Kunle Afolayan (born 30 September 1974) is a Nigerian actor, film producer and director. He is from the renowned Afolayan entertainment family that comprises Ade Love, Kunle Afolayan and Aremu Afolayan, Toyin Afolayan, an actress.
Kunle Afolayan is of Igbomina-Yoruba descent, from Kwara State. He is the son of the famous theatre and film director cum 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. 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.
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.
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, with his colleague Zeb Ejiro.
In May 2013, Phone Swap premiered in France at the first edition of NollywoodWeek Paris and won the Public Choice Award. 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.
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. Shortly after his outburst, pirated copies of October 1 hit the market on 13 April 2015.
Kunle Afolayan Parents and Siblings
His father is Adeyemi Afolayan, a famous Nigerian film actor, director, and producer. Additionally, Kunle’s father is a brother to Toyin Afolayan, a famous actress.
Afolayan’s siblings are Moji Afolayan, sister, and his two brothers, Gabriel Afolayan and Aremu Afolayan. One of Kunle’s brother, Ade Love, died in 1996. All his siblings are in the entertainment industry as producers and actors|actress.