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Akin Lewis Biography: Education, Career, Family, Movies, Awards, and Net Worth

Akin Lewis

Akintola Akin-Lewis, popularly known as Akin Lewis, is a Nigerian film actor, director, and producer, who is very popular in Yoruba films and sometimes in Nollywood movies.

Early Life & Education

Akin Lewis was born on April 7, 1957, in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, in Nigeria’s southwestern region. He received both his primary and secondary education in Lagos State. He continued his education at the University of Ife, now known as Obafemi Awolowo University, where he earned his B.Sc. Following his B.Sc, he was awarded a scholarship to pursue his Master’s degree at the University of Sophia in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he earned an M.Sc in Dramatic Arts.


In 1973, the same year he began his acting career, Akin Lewis joined a theatrical club led by Nigerian writer and dramatist Professor Bode Sowande. In 1980, he rose to prominence as the title character in the comic film Why Worry, which aired on NTA Ibadan. He won the award for best actor based on the series in 1982. Tade Ogidan’s 2005 film Madam Dearest catapulted him to national prominence. Over the years, he had appeared in, produced, and directed a number of films. He appeared in Niji Akanni’s 2010 Nigerian film Heroes and Zeroes, as well as Tinsel, a Nigerian soap opera that premiered in August 2008.

Akin Lewis worked in business for over 20 years before becoming famous, eventually rising to the position of Senior Executive Director. He worked for NTA, Globacom, and the former Owena Bank, among other companies. He is currently the rector of Graig-Phillips College of Technology, a film school in Shonibare Estate, Maryland, Lagos.

Personal Life

Much of Akin Lewis’s personal life is not published online, but it is widely known that he is married. Although, it was reported that he already had two failed marriages.

Selected Filmography

  • A Soldier’s Story
  • Ade Ferarri
  • Alabahun
  • Alantakun
  • Apere
  • Better than the Beginning
  • Blood in the Lagoon
  • Borokini
  • Dream on Monkey Mountains
  • First Cause
  • Heroes and Zeroes
  • Hotel Majestic
  • Inquest
  • Judas Kiss
  • King of Boys
  • King of Boys: The Return of the King
  • Koko Close
  • Love Is War
  • Love, Sex, and Money
  • Mad King of Ijudiya
  • Madam Dearest
  • Mind Bending
  • Moliere
  • Mr and Mrs, Chapter
  • My Blood
  • Olabisi Oloyingbo
  • Omo Gomina
  • Opa Abo
  • Red Hot
  • Return From The Dead
  • Rivers Between
  • Seven and a Half Dates
  • Silver Lining
  • Soft Work
  • Spider
  • The Benjamins
  • The Gods are not to Blame
  • The New Patriots
  • The Night Before
  • The Vacation
  • Tinsel
  • Two Sides of a Coin
  • Upnorth
  • Wedlock of the Gods
  • Were Alaso
  • Why Worry
  • Wild Wolf
  • Your Excellency

Awards & Nominations

2018City People Movie AwardYoruba Movie Personality of the Year (Male)Won
2017Community Development Committee (CDC)Award of ExcellenceWon
2010The Audio Visual Awards (TAVA)Best ActorWon
1982Best ActorWon
1979Best Overall Student at the University of IfeWon

Net Worth

Akin Lewis’s net worth is estimated at around $800,000. Although, no verified online sources published his exact net worth.


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