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Kunle Afolayan Biography: Education, Career, Family, Movies, Controversy, Awards, and Net Worth

Kunle Afolayan is a Nigerian actor, film producer, and movie director. Kunle is the CEO/founder of Kunle Afolayan Productions Television (KAPTv) and Golden Effects Pictures. He is the first son of a popular Nollywood actor and movie producer, the late Adeyemi Josiah Afolayan, popularly known as “Ade Love.”

Early Life and Education

Kunle Afolayan was born in Ebutemetta, Lagos, Nigeria, on September 30, 1974, to the late Adeyemi Josiah Afolayan, a prominent Nollywood theatre and film director and producer. He had his early education and grew up in Lagos, although he is from Igbomina, Kwara State, Nigeria.

Kunle earned a BSc in Economics after completing his secondary education. In 2005, he received a diploma in digital filmmaking from the New York Film Academy after quitting his banking job.

Career

While working at a bank, he began his career as a part-time actor. He began performing professionally in Nollywood in 2005 after quitting his banking job. He established his production company, Golden Effects Pictures, the same year.

He has been working in the Nigerian film industry since 2005. He has a number of films to his credit, including The Figurine: Araromire (in Yoruba and English) and Phone Swap (with Wale OjoJoke SilvaNse Ikpe Etim, and Chika Okpala). The Figurine won five major prizes from the African Film Academy and was a box office triumph in Nigeria.

In 2011, Afolayan and his colleague Zeb Ejiro attended the Subversive Film Festival, where they represented the Nigerian film industry. Phone Swap premiered in France in May 2013, winning the Public Choice Award at the first edition of NollywoodWeek Paris. In 2014, he starred in the film October 1, which grossed over $60 million in theatres. At the time, the film was the second highest-grossing film in Nigerian cinema.

Incorporated in July 2005, Golden Effects Pictures is a film production business. Film production, editing, film equipment rentals, and film consulting are among the company’s specialities. The company operates as a fully integrated film production company with two divisions: film content development and post-production and equipment rental.

The film content development section is in charge of film and television productions, documentary filmmaking, and television commercials, among other things. So far, this corporation’s division has produced seven hit films: Irapada (Redemption), The Figurine – AraromirePhone SwapOctober 1The C.E.OOmugwoROTIMokalik, and The Tribunal, among others.

Also in 2020, Netflix released Citation, a film starring Temi Otedola and other international performers. The film was a hit, and it topped the box office for months. He also produced other high-grossing movies, like SwallowA Naija Christmas,and Ayinla with Tunde Kilani.

Personal Life

Afolayan is nuptial to Tolu Afolayan, a Lagos businesswoman who is also a graduate of Nigeria Business School, Lekki, Lagos. The union is blessed with four children, which include Diekoloreoluwa David Afolayan (son) and Darimisire Afolayan (son). He is one who keeps his personal life private and describes himself as a free thinker when it comes to religious beliefs.

However, his marriage to his wife appears to be having some difficulties since they are temporarily separated. Tolu Afolayan lives independently with the four children she had with the filmmaker. Their marriage was on the rocks in 2019, with adultery charges as the foundation of the problem.

Relatives of Kule Afolayan who are also popular in the movie industry are, Moji Afolayan (sister), Gabriel Afolayan (brother), Aremu Afolayan (brother), and Toyin Afolayan (aunt) who is the junior sister of their late father.

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Controversy

On April 6, 2015, Afolayan tweeted that Igbos were the overwhelming group in Nigeria responsible for copyright piracy. Following the outcry from fans, Afolayan issued an apology and explained that he was concerned about film piracy, particularly threats of the release of unlicensed versions of October 1, his most recent movie at the time. On the 13th of April 2015, pirated copies of October 1 reached the market shortly after his outburst.

In another controversy, he said: “Truth be told, I barely watch them because I am interested in viewing movies that will push me and shift my orientation about certain things,” Afolayan was quoted as saying in an interview with Cable magazine. As a result, he received a barrage of angry messages from fans and colleagues in the Nigerian film business. Days after the news surfaced, he posted a video on social media claiming that he had been misquoted and then attempting to correct the record.

Movies

  • Saworoide
  • Agogo Eewo
  • Ti Ala Ba Ku
  • Irapada
  • Èjiwòrò
  • Onitemi
  • The Figurine
  • Farayola
  • Phone Swap
  • Dazzling Mirage
  • October 1.
  • The CEO
  • The Bridge
  • Omugwo
  • Crazy People
  • Mokalik
  • Diamonds in the Sky
  • Citation
  • Ayinla
  • Swallow
  • A Naija Christmas
  • Anikulapo

Anikulapo’s Oscar Rejection

In October 2022, Kunle Afolayan reacted to Nigeria Oscar Selection Committee’s refusal to consider his latest movie “Anikulapo” for an award.

Afolayan’s “Anikulapo” tells the story of Saro, a zealous traveller seeking for greener pasture in the kingdom of Oyo but unfolding events and his affair with the Alaafin’s wife led to his untimely death.

His encounter with a mystical bird, which gave him power grants him a new life beyond his dreams.

As reviews continue to pour in for his newest project which was released on September 20, 2022, the award-winning movie producer expressed delight as he thanked the whole world for tagging his movie a ‘masterpiece’.

Though he seemed disappointed the Nigeria Oscar selection committee’s thought his movie wasn’t worth submitting for an Oscar award, the 48-year-old entertainment boss promised to keep giving his best shot to every of his projects.

He wrote: “I am so pleased and delighted that the whole world has decided to tag ANIKULAPO film a masterpiece even though the Nigeria Oscar selection committee thinks it’s not worth submitting for the Oscars. Will keep doing my own thing.”

 

Endorsements

  • Kunle Afolayan is an ambassador of Pavillon Afriques.
  • He is an ambassador of Air France.
  • Pan Nigeria Ambassador.
  • Kunle has an ambassador deal with Globacom Nigeria.

Awards and Nominations

  • Africa Movie Academy Award nominee for Best Director – 2010
  • 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
  • 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 2015 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).
  • 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
  • City People Movie Award-nominated him for Best Movie Producer of the Year (English) – 2017
  • Nominated for the City People’s Movie Award for Movie Director of the Year (English) – 2017
  • The Best Film Award at the Durban International Film Festival (2019)
  • Nominated for Director of the Year at the Best of Nollywood Awards (Diamond in the Sky), 2019.
  • Nominated for the Most Searched Actor at the Net Honours, 2021.

Net Worth

In the Nigerian film industry, Kunle Afolayan is a success. He is well-known for his passion for classic and vintage automobiles; he owns a 1982 Jaguar XJ6, a 1929 Mercedes Benz W10 Gazelle, a Peugeot 508 and he recently purchased a Thunderbird Ford (1965). The Ford Thunderbird, a big personal luxury car built by Ford, is now in its fourth generation. To accelerate the hefty T-bird to 96 km/h, the V8 engine took approximately 11 seconds. He is said to be worth an estimate of $800,000.

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