Alumni of the Month February 2009

Leke Adebayo (1992 Latin & Law)

Leke Adebayo 1. How did you get to where you are now?

To cut a long story short, I left the law in 2002. I had trained and been a corporate solicitor at Slaughter and May and then SJ Berwin but law wasn't really for me. I am a creative type! It was a pretty hard slog for three years then, in 2005, I found an agent. I have had small roles in productions here and there but this new BBC2 production "Moses Jones" (being aired in late January 2009) will be the biggest thing I will be involved in so far.  I mean... the new "Dr Who" Matt Smith is in it!

2. What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Being at Keele University... by far. The number of good friends I have made for life and the time I had there were second to none. I must add, though, that I am currently not married and have no children as yet so my answer could well be different in a couple of years' time!

3. And your biggest mistake?

Good Question.  Perhaps, it would be not following my passions (acting and writing) immediately after University and trying to blend in with the crowd. But, it's NEVER too late to follow your passions.

4. What are your ambitions now?

To try and do the best work I can in the entertainment field. Not chasing fame, I'd like to add, just great artistic work that can stand, in my own little world, the test of time.

5. What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in a similar field?

Make sure you have a genuine passion for the work. A lot of people see this line of work in purely glamorous or in "celebrity" terms. It is a very, very difficult industry but one should NEVER EVER give up on your dreams. EVER.

6. What made you choose Keele University?

 It offered me the chance to do a joint degree. I wanted to study law but I still wanted to continue the Latin which I had studied for A' Level. So, that was it, really. Simple! 

7. How has Keele influenced your life?

In the friends that I met and the experiences that I had.

8. What is your favourite memory of Keele?

Graduation Day, when my family and friends came up to celebrate with me. I felt so proud that I had done them (and myself) proud. I graduated in June 1992 and the late great South African Statesman Walter Susulu (one of the leaders of the ANC alongside Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo) was there to witness the graduation of a member of his family. I shook him by the hand and it filled me with great hope for the future - hope that has been more than justified.

9. And your worst?

It involves a young lady who rejected my repeated and ever more urgent offers of everlasting love and marriage.  She is still alive so, unfortunately, I cannot mention her name...

10. Anything else you would like to add?

 No, I think I covered everything but you can view some of my comedy work on YouTube....