Nigerian actor Deyemi Okanlawon was born and raised in Lagos. The popular web series GidiUp (NdaniTV), Knock (Inkblot Productions), and Kpians Premonition (Stanlee Ohikhuare), as well as the short films Blink (Tolu Ajayi) and In Iredu, have all received nominations and awards from notable Nigerian cinema bodies, establishing him as a significant actor (Abiola Sobo).
Deyemi won the Best Actor in a Short Film award at the In-Short film festival in 2013 for his portrayal of a vicious, crazy spouse in the thriller short film Blink. Blink was also a nominee for the 2013 Nollywood Movies Awards’ Best Short Film category. Kpians Premonition received an AMVCA nomination for Best New Media Online Video, while In Iredu was among the top 5 finalists for Best Animation in the Afrinolly short film competition. Gidi Up won Best TV Series at the 2014 NMA, and he won Best Youth Act, Movie at the TUSH Awards for his performance in Gidi Up.
Early Life and Education
Deyemi Okanlawon was born and reared in Lagos State, which is in the southwest of Nigeria, and was raised by his parents, Mrs. Adeyinka Okanlawon, a baker, and Mr. Adeyemi Okanlawon, an aircraft engineer. He had his primary education at Taikenny Nursery and Primary School in Lagos and his secondary education at the International School in Lagos. He subsequently went on to the University of Lagos in Lagos, Nigeria to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. He was a sales and marketing professional before working as a baker. The New York Film Academy awarded him a Certificate in Acting for Film as well.
Deyemi Okanlawon’s acting career began when he was five years old and appeared in a primary school play as part of a “end-of-year” production. Additionally, at the age of 9, Okanlawon appeared alongside Kunle Bamtefa in a nationally syndicated television commercial.
Additionally, Okanlawon actively participated in the theatre ensembles Xtreme Reaction, Snapshots, and Gf(x) (Harvesters Company) while he was a student at the University of Lagos (Covenant Christian Centre).
Deyemi Okanlawon made his feature film debut in the 2010 film ZR-7 with the short A Grain of Wheat. He later went on to co-produce and appear in numerous other short films. His frequent performances in a number of short films and web series, such as Blink, 6:30 pm, and Knock Knock, helped him gain popularity by 2012.
Additionally, he began concentrating solely on acting in movies in 2013 and has since appeared in over 50 movies. Additionally, he has made appearances in OLX and GLO Television advertisements as well as Waje and Aramide music videos.
In that same 2013, he was awarded the Best Actor in a Short Film at the In-Short film festival for his role as a psychotic husband in the thriller, Blink.
In January 2013, Okanlawon got married to his wife Damilola. Also, on 10th day of July, 2016, Okanlawon and his wife Damilola welcomed their first child.
Movies, TV shows/ feature films
2022 Blood Sisters Kola Biyi Bandele Netflix original limited series
2021 King of Boys: The Return of the King
2020 Rise of the Saints
2019 Pandora’s Box
Two Weeks in Lagos
2017 The Royal Hibiscus Hotel
2016 Desperate Housegirls 2 & 3
It’s about your husband
2015 Dowry II
If Tomorrow Never Comes
Road To Yesterday
All of Me
2014 Dowry I
Lekki Wives III
A Place Called Happy
Friends and Lovers
A Few Good Men
Vanity’s Last Game
2013 Kpians: The Feast of Souls
Gidi Up II
Journey To Self
Gidi Up Season 1
Grain of Wheat
Awards and Nominations
|2022||Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards||Best Actor in A Comedy||Deyemi Okanlawon (Omo Ghetto: The Saga )||Pending|
|2019||Best of Nollywood Awards||Best Supporting Actor –English||Deyemi Okanlawon (Levi)||Nominated|
|2016||GMA Awards||Best Actor, African Collaboration||Deyemi Okanlawon (No Man’s Land)||Won|
|Best Actor in a Drama Series||Deyemi Okanlawon (An African City)||Nominated|
|2015||Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards||Revelation of the Year||Deyemi Okanlawon (If Tomorrow Never Comes)||Won|
|GMA Awards||Best Actor, African Collaboration||Deyemi Okanlawon (If Tomorrow Never Comes)||Won|
|2013||In-Short Film Festival||Best Actor in a Short Film – Supporting Role in an English language film (Married but Living Single)||Deyemi Okanlawon (Blink)||Won|
|In-Short Film Festival||Best Short Film||Blink||Nominated|
|Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA)||Best New Media Online Video||Kpians Premonition||Won|
|AFRINOLLY||Best Animation||In Iredu||Won|