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Actor Kunle Afolayan Biography, Age, Movies & Networth

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Nollywood actor, producer and director Kunle Afolayan hails from Nigeria. He was born in Isara Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria, on May 30, 1974. He is the son of the late, highly celebrated Yoruba movie pioneer Adeyemi Josiah Afolayan popularly known as Ade Love, a filmmaker who died in 2011.

Early Life and Education

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Afolayan was introduced to the film business at a young age since he was raised in a home where filmmaking was prevalent. He received his education at the University of Lagos, where he majored in Economics before transferring to the Nigerian Law School in Lagos to study law.

He also attended the New York Film Academy to study finance before starting his career as a banker and performing on the side.

Afolayan worked as an actor and producer in Nigeria’s Nollywood film industry before pursuing a career in filmmaking.

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In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he began his career in the entertainment business as an actor, performing in a number of Nollywood productions.

Before opting to make his directorial debut with the 2005 movie “Irapada,” he also worked as a producer, helping to develop a number of movies.

Family

He is the brother of the popular Nollywood actors Aremu and Gabriel Afolayan. He was married to Tolu Afolayan and had four kids together. In 2019, an accusation of adultery caused their marriage to fall apart.

Movie Debut

With his 2006 movie “Irapada,” which took home the prize for Best Indigenous Language Film at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2007, Kunle Afolayan made his directorial debut.

He continued to create well-received movies like “The Figurine” (2009), which was nominated for the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Film, “Phone Swap” (2012), which was nominated for the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Film, and “October 1” (2014), which won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Soundtrack and Original Score.

Association with Femi Otedola

Not much is known of Kunle Afolayan’s association with billionaire oil mogul, Femi Otedola. However, earlier in March 2019, he revealed he had a nice time out with the businessman discussing the future of African cinema.

Kunle Afolayan and Femi Otedola

He shared a picture of them together, he wrote: “Had an interesting session today with Egbon Femi Otedola. It was a pleasure hanging with you and discussing the past, present and the future of African cinema. I am excited about the future collaboration and possibilities. And thank you for the gift. Please don’t ask me what the gift is. make i run before…

On Femi Otedola’s birthday, he shared a picture of them together with the caption “Happy birthday to A great, kind and supportive Egbon.
You have impacted and touched a lot of lives. May the good lord continue to touch every aspect of your life and that of your family.

On his birthday, Temi Otedola, the 3rd daughter of Otedola was one of the many who stormed his comment section to wish him well, referring to him as uncle K.

Commercial Success and Networth

Kunle Afolayan on the scene of “Ijogbon” with his younger brother, Gabriel

His films have received both critical praise and economic success, and he is a well-known producer and director in Nigeria.

His movies have gotten positive reviews from critics and viewers, and they have been nominated for and won several accolades.

Afolayan is renowned for exploring socially important subjects like corruption and tradition in his films and for utilising Yoruba language and culture.

He is also renowned for using top-notch production qualities, which has aided in increasing the recognition of Nollywood movies globally.

Several of his films, including “The Bridge” (2010), “The CEO” (2015), and “Mokalik,” were both produced and directed by him (2019).

Additionally, he founded the Nigerian film production business Golden Effects Pictures.

The seasoned film-maker announced in 2021 a deal with Netflix with the goal of making three feature-length films, including one that would be a film version of Sefi Atta’s Swallow.

Kunle Afolayan directed the most searched Nollywood epic fantasy movie of 2022, Anikulapo featuring Kunle Remi, Bimbo Ademoye, Sola Sobowale, Mr Macaroni and many others.

Kunle Afolayan has agreements with well-known companies including Globacom Nigeria, Pavillon Afriques, Air France, Pan Nigeria, and Lontor Products, and he makes a good living from all of his ventures. Kunle’s net worth is thus estimated to be $1.3 million.

Family Legacy

Eyiyemi Afolayan, daughter of director Kunle Afolayan, was also a part of the production in “Anikulapo”. She acted in the role of “Omowunmi” officially introducing her to the movie scenes at the age of 17.

According to BusinessDay, this “cement[ed] the family’s heritage” because the Afolayan dynasty has a history of being involved in the film business dating back to their first generation. 

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