Kunle Afolayan Biography
Kunle Afolayan is a Nigerian actor, film producer and director. He was born on 30 September 1974. He is of Igbomina-Yoruba descent, from Kwara State. He is one of the sons of the famous theater and film director and producer Ade Love.
Afolayan’s father Adeyemi Josiah Afolayan (Ade-Love) was a Nigerian artist of the second half of the 20th century who worked in traveling theater, then turned to the film-making industry.
He majored in economics and started out working in a bank while doing some casual acting, before deciding to move into full-time filmmaking and taking a course at the New York Film Academy. He has been active in the Nigerian film industry since 2005.
He has made several extremely popular movies including: The Figurine: Araromire which was in the Yoruba and English languages and Phone Swap which featured Wale Ojo, Joke Silva, Nse Ikpe Etim and the legendary Chika Okpala. The Figurine won five major awards in the African Film Academy and experienced tremendous success in the Nigerian movie theaters.
Kunle Afolayan with his colleague Zeb Ejiro, appeared at the Subversive Film Festival in 2011 where he represented Nigerian film industry. The Subversive Film Festival was said to be the world’s second largest in 2009.
In May 2013, Phone Swap premiered in France at the first edition of NollywoodWeek Paris and won the Public Choice Award.
On 6 April 2015, Afolayan posted a tweet which implied that Igbos were the majority group behind copyright infringement in Nigeria. The backlash from fans led to an apology from him and an explanation that he was concerned about the piracy of his films, and most especially hints on the potential release of unlicensed copies of October 1, his latest film at the time. Shortly after his outburst, pirated copies of October 1 hit the market on 13 April 2015.
Kunle Afolayan Weds
Kunle Afolayan walked down the aisle with his US-based lover, Tolulope Kofoworola at a church in Ebute Meta on 26 May.
Kunle Afolayan Wife – Kunle Afolayan Children
Kunle is married to Tolulope Kofoworola and they have three children.
Kunle Afolayan Movies
- Roti – 2017
- Omugwo – 2017
- The CEO 2016
- Dazzling Mirage – 2014
- October 1 – 2014
- Phone Swap – 2012
- The Figurine – 2009
- Saworoide – 1999
- Irapada – 2006