Kunle Afolayan, a Nigerian actor, producer, and director, was born on September 30, 1975. In Ebute Metta, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria, he was born into the family of Adeyemi Josiah Afolayan (Ade Love, the father). He is the oldest of three children, and his siblings are Moji, Aremu, and Gabriel Afolayan (brother). He is a native of the Yoruba ethnic group known as the Igbomina, which is found in Nigeria's South-Western Kwara state. Because of his father's acting career, Kunle Afolayan developed a love for movies. He actively participates whenever his father travels to Nigeria's cities and villages to perform. After witnessing the Tade Ogidan-produced film Hostage, in which Tope Idowu's performance served as inspiration, he was greatly impacted by his father's work and began to develop a passion for acting and filmmaking.

Full Biography of Kunle Afolayan

Full Biography of Kunle Afolayan

Full Biography of Kunle Afolayan

Full Biography of Kunle Afolayan

Full Biography of Kunle Afolayan



Kunle afolayan received his primary and secondary education in nigeria, just like any other educated nigerian. he continued his education at a higher level of school, earning a bachelor of science in economics. kunle afolayan, who received his diploma from the new york film academy after graduating from the university, joined there in 2005 to study digital filmmaking. he obtained all the information required for the task at hand and had more than enough practical experience to demonstrate his proficiency; he is well-prepared for the field of filmmaking in the future. after completing his studies, kunle afolayan worked in finance and briefly in acting before deciding to give up banking and focus solely on the film industry. 

His career as an actor and filmmaker started see officially in the year 2005 when he appeared in a movie titled Ti Ala Ba Ku. A lot happened in 2005 for Kunle as he also established Golden Effects Pictures his own movie production company.


Afolayan is the CEO of Golden Effects Pictures, a Nigerian film and production company incorporated in 2005.Ambassador Audu Kadiri, Nigeria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) office in Geneva said, "the acclaimed producer came to limelight as a film producer in Nigeria when he founded the Golden Effect Pictures Limited, a film production company that produces and releases high-quality films."The company's feature films include Irapada, The Figurine, Phone Swap, October 1, Roti, Omugwo, The Tribunal, The CEO and Mokalik. His company Golden Effects Pictures was established in 2005, it is a company that mainly focuses on film productions, rentals of film equipment, movie editing, consulting and other movie production-related works. This company has been so focused on its goal which is to always produce movies that will take the country by storm and they have done this times without numbers. Golden Effect Pictures is a registered company, they are known for unique scripts and content development, TV commercials, documentaries, TV productions and so on producing high-quality films. The company has a section for a modern state-of-the-art studio which is being used by advertising agencies and also for independent producers. The company has a section for a modern state-of-the-art studio which is being used by advertising agencies and also for independent producers.

His products have been topping charts for years and he is known for delivering evergreen movies that can be seen and enjoyed at any time. Due to his good works he has won a lot of awards both in Nigeria and overseas, he is certainly a force to reckon with as far as movie production is concerned. Kunle Afolayan was able to attain fame in his country Nigeria, Africa and also worldwide. The biggest movie streaming platform in the world Netflix had deals with him and most of his movies with the old ones inclusive are on Netflix.


In 2011, he and Zeb Ejiro were chosen to represent Nigeria at the Subversive Film Festival. In 2013, the popular film Phone Swap had its French premiere, and in 2011, he took home the Public Choice Award at the first Nollywood Week in Paris, France. The 2014 film October 1, which was based on the history of Nigeria's official declaration of independence on October 1st, 1960, genuinely shocked the entire nation of Nigeria. As the second-highest grossing Nigerian film of all time, this one helped him advance professionally and become one of the top producers of movies in Nigeria to this day.

A few of the successful films Kunle Afolayan produced include The Figurine: Araromire, Mokalik, Phone Swap, The C.E.O, Omugwo, Irapada, ROTI, and The Tribunal, among many others. In 2009, he appeared in The Figurine: Araromire with Omoni Oboli and Ramsey Nouah. One of the most popular films in Nollywood history, the movie won him five significant African Movie Academy Awards on its own. In Nigeria, Kunle Afolayan has collaborated with a number of well-known actors, directors, producers, and actresses, including Zeburudaya, Joke Silva, Wale Ojo, Ramsey Noah, Nse Ikpe Etim, and many more.



Afolayan's movie Citation, which was also released on Netflix in 2020, dominated the charts for several months after it came out. A deal was made between the director and Netflix in 2021 to make three feature-length films, one of which would be a film adaptation of Swallow by Sefi Atta. He and the author collaborated on the script, which appears to have a considerable alteration from the initial plot. A woman in Lagos in the middle of the 1980s who begins to consider getting engaged in drug trafficking is the movie's primary character.


Awards & Recognition

In 2010, he won the Best Director by the Africa Movie Academy Awards

Golden Jury award for Best Film at the Abuja International Film Festival  2012

Festival Prize for Outstanding Film Directing at the Abuja International Film Festival  2012

In 2012, Festival Prize for Outstanding Film Directing

In 2012, Golden Jury award for Best Film

In 2013, he was the nominee by Nollywood Movie Award for Best Director

In 2015, Nigeria Entertainment Award nominee for Actor of the Year

Nollywood Movie Award nominee for Best Director  2013

Nigeria Entertainment Award nominee for Actor of the Year  2015

Africa Movie Academy Award nominee for Best Director  2015

Best Movie Director at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards  2015

October 1 won the Best Costume Design at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)  2015

Best Nigerian Film  October 1 at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)  2015

October 1  Best Movie of 2014 at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2015

An Icon in the African Entertainment Industry Award at the Afro-Heritage Broadcasting and Entertainment Awards (AHBEA)  2016


In 2015, he won the Best Movie Director at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards

In 2015, he was the Africa Movie Academy Award nominee for Best Director

In 2015, he won Best Movie of 2014 at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for October 1st

In 2015, The movie October 1 got him the Best Costume Design at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)

In 2015, he won Best Nigerian Film October 1 at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)

In 2017, he was nominated as the Best Movie Producer of the Year (English) by the City People Movie Award

Nominated at the City People Movie Award for Movie Director of the Year (English)  2017


In 2019, he won the Best Film Award at the Durban International Film Festival

Afolayan's movie Citation, which was also released on Netflix in 2020, dominated the charts for several months after it came out.

A deal was made between the director and Netflix in 2021 to make three feature-length films, one of which would be a film adaptation of Swallow by Sefi Atta. He and the author collaborated on the script, which appears to have a considerable alteration from the initial plot. A woman in Lagos in the middle of the 1980s who begins to consider getting engaged in drug trafficking is the movie's primary character.


Kunle Afolayan is active on social media. You can connect with him via his official handles on  Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.