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Kunle Afolayan (born 30 September 1974)[3] is a Nigerian actor, film producer and director.

Kunle Afolayan
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Born (1974-09-30) 30 September 1974 (age 44)[1]
ResidenceMagodo, Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria[2]
OccupationActor, Director, Producer
Spouse(s)Tolu Afolayan
Parent(s)Adeyemi Josiah Afolayan (Ade Love - father)
RelativesMoji Afolayan (sister)
Gabriel Afolayan (brother)
Aremu Afolayan (brother)


Early life and careerEdit

Kunle Afolayan is of Igbomina-Yoruba descent, from Kwara State.[4][5][6] He is the son of the famous theater and film director and producer Ade Love. 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.[6] Since 2005 he has been active in the Nigerian film industry. He has made several extremely popular titles 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.[5]

Kunle Afolayan appeared at the Subversive Film Festival in 2011 where he represented Nigerian film industry, said, in 2009, to be the world's second largest,[7] with his colleague Zeb Ejiro.[5] In May 2013, Phone Swap premiered in France at the first edition of NollywoodWeek Paris and won the Public Choice Award.[8] 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.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Kunle is married to Tolu and they have three children.[10][11] He identifies as a Free-thinker.[12]

Kunle Afolayan is silently doing well in the Nigerian movie industry where he recently got himself a very unusual car – Thunderbird Ford 1965. The model is the fourth generation of the Ford Thunderbird which is a large personal luxury car produced by Ford. The V8 engine needed nearly 11 seconds to push the heavy T-bird to 96 km/h


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 Afolayan and an explanation that he was concerned about the piracy of his films, and most especially threats on the potential release of unlicensed copies of October 1, his latest film at the time.[13][14] Shortly after his outburst, pirated copies of October 1 hit the market on 13 April 2015.[15]

In an interview with Cable magazine[16], Afolayan was quoted as saying he does not watch Nigerian movies; ″Truth be told, I hardly watch them because I am keen on watching movies that will challenge me and change my orientation about certain things.″ and this led to him receiving several heated responses from fans and some colleagues in the Nigerian movie industry[17]. Days after this News broke, he shared a video on social media where he announced that he had been taken out of context and then tried to set the record straight[18]


  1. ^ "Its Kunle Afolayan's birthday". The Nation Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Kunle Afolayan Shows Off His New House In Magodo". Star Gist. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Celebrity Birthday: Kunle Afolayan Celebrates New Year". Information Nigeria Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  4. ^ Akande, Victor (22 December 2012). "Kunle Afolayan on the trail of Yoruba deities". The Nation. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "'Mi smo nova filmska revolucija'".
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  7. ^ "Nollywood rivals Bollywood in film/video production". United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  8. ^ "NollywoodWeek Paris".
  9. ^ Interview with Kunle Afolayan, Director The Figurine (araromire). YouTube. 16 March 2010.
  10. ^ "Kunle Afolayan: "Does our Government consider Us worthy Citizens of Nigeria?"". Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  11. ^ "I work too hard but i'm still a tenant" – Kunle Afolayan to relocate from Nigeria". Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Dad didn't encourage his children to act -Kunle Afolayan". Ilorin Info. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  13. ^ Chidumga Izuzu (9 April 2015). "Kunle Afolayan on controversial tweets: "I was not aware of the Oba's comment, I was just bitter" [Video]".
  14. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: "I Was Just Bitter", Kunle Afolayan On His 'Igbo' Tweets - Channels Television". Channels Television.
  15. ^ ""Pirated copies of October 1 film now released, please don't buy"". Pulse Nigeria. 13 April 2015.
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