The name Kunle Afolayan has been a loud name in the Nigerian movie industry “Nollywood”, he is a prolific actor, movie producer, director and film-maker. His contribution to the Nigerian movie industry has been exceptional and currently, he seems to be the best movie producer.
Kunle Afolayan is the founder and the CEO of Kunle Afolayan Productions Television (KAPTv), and Golden Effects Pictures, he has been able to reach far and wide with his company all thanks to his God-given talent and skills which made him a great achiever.
His products have been topping charts for years and he is known for delivering evergreen movies that can be seen and enjoyed at any time. Due to his good works he has won a lot of awards both in Nigeria and overseas, he is certainly a force to reckon with as far as movie production is concerned.
Kunle Afolayan was able to attain fame in his country Nigeria, Africa and also worldwide. The biggest movie streaming platform in the world Netflix had deals with him and most of his movies with the old ones inclusive are on Netflix.
Before we begin our discussion proper on the biography of Kunle Afolayan and his net worth, here is a piece of brief profile information about Kunle Afolayan:
Kunle Afolayan Profile
|Full Name:||Kunle Afolayan|
|Date of Birth:||30th September, 1974|
|Place of Birth:||Ebute Metta, Lagos|
|State of Origin:||Kwara State|
|Education:||New York Film Academy|
|Married to:||Tolu Afolayan|
|Occupation:||Actor, Director, Producer, Filmmaker|
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Kunle Afolayan was born on the 30th of September 1974 into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Adeyemi Josiah Afolayan in Ebute-metta Lagos State, Nigeria. His father is the popular movie director and producer (Ade-Love) who worked in the traveling theater of the 20th century.
He is a native of Igbomina, a Yoruba ethnic group in Kwara state South-Western region of Nigeria. His love for movie was as a result of his fathers’ profession, Kunle Afolayan is actively present whenever his father travel to act in cities and villages all over Nigeria.
His father’s profession really influenced him and he developed a great love for acting and movie production after watching a movie titled Hostage, the movie was produced by Tade Ogidan and he was inspired by the performance of Tope Idowu.
Kunle Afolayan siblings are also deeply into media, acting of movies, singing and so on, he has three well-known siblings Moji Afolayan, Gabriel Afolayan and Aremu Afolayan. They are all well brought up to respect and uphold the culture and traditional values of Yoruba.
Kunle Afolayan just like every other educated Nigeria had his primary school and secondary school education in Nigeria. He furthered his education to the higher institution where he bagged his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.
After graduating from the university, Kunle Afolayan in 2005 enrolled for Digital film-making at the New York Film Academy in the United States of America where he got his Diploma from.
He gathered every knowledge needed for the task ahead of him and had more than enough practicals to show his expertise, he is well prepared for the future of filmmaking.
Kunle Afolayan after his education worked in the bank and also did some part-time movie acting before making up his mind to quit banking and strictly face the movie industry.
His career as an actor and filmmaker started officially in the year 2005 when he appeared in a movie titled “Ti Ala Ba Ku”. A lot happened in 2005 for Kunle as he also established Golden Effects Pictures his own movie production company.
His movies mostly portray the African culture, values and tradition of the Yoruba people, though he has produced other circular movies that have always recorded success.
As an exemplary actor and producer, he was opened to so many opportunities and his style of production has been so unique compared to other movie producers in the country.
In 2011, he was selected to represent Nigeria at the Subversive Film Festival alongside Zeb Ejiro, a popular movie “Phone Swap” was premiered in 2013 and he won the Public Choice Award at the first edition of Nollywood Week in Paris, France.
The movie that really shook the whole of Nigeria “October 1” was produced based on the story of Nigeria’s independence which officially took place on the 1st of October 1960, it was released in 2014. This movie is the second highest-grossing Nigerian movie of all time and this boosted his career making him one of the best movie producers in Nigeria till this present day.
Kunle Afolayan has also produced many movies that recorded success, some of them are; The Figurine: Araromire, Mokalik, Phone Swap, The C.E.O, Omugwo, Irapada, ROTI and The Tribunal, and so many others.
Also in 2020, a movie titled Citation was released on Netflix, it was directed by Kunle Afolayan and the movie was a success, tops the chart for months.
He starred in the movie The Figurine: Araromire alongside Ramsey Nouah and Omoni Oboli in 2009. The movie alone got him 5 huge awards from the African Movie Academy Awards and is one of the most successful movies in the history of Nollywood.
Kunle Afolayan has worked with prominent movie producers, directors, actors and actresses in Nigeria, the likes of Zeburudaya, Joke Silva, Wale Ojo, Ramsey Noah, Nse Ikpe Etim and many others.
The biography and net worth of Kunle Afolayan wouldn’t be complete without us making mention of Kunle Afolayan’s personal life. Kunle Afolayan is happily married to Tolu Afolayan and the marriage is blessed with 4 kids.
Mr. Kunle Afolayan made sure his children are well vast in the history of Yoruba land and also taught them to speak and write the Yoruba language. He is a proud father and a lover of his tribe.
Golden Effects Pictures
His company Golden Effects Pictures was established in 2005, it is a company that mainly focuses on film productions, rentals of film equipment, movie editing, consulting and other movie production-related works. This company has been so focused on its goal which is to always produce movies that will take the country by storm and they have done this times without numbers.
Golden Effect Pictures is a registered company, they are known for unique scripts and content development, TV commercials, documentaries, TV productions and so on producing high-quality films.
The company has a section for a modern state-of-the-art studio which is being used by advertising agencies and also for independent producers.
Awards & Recognition
- In 2010, he won the Best Director by the Africa Movie Academy Awards
- In 2012, Festival Prize for Outstanding Film Directing
- In 2012, Golden Jury award for Best Film
- In 2013, he was the nominee by Nollywood Movie Award for Best Director
- In 2015, Nigeria Entertainment Award nominee for Actor of the Year
- In 2015, he won the Best Movie Director at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards
- In 2015, he was the Africa Movie Academy Award nominee for Best Director
- In 2015, he won Best Movie of 2014 at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards for “October 1st”
- In 2015, The movie October 1 got him the Best Costume Design at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)
- In 2015, he won Best Nigerian Film “October 1” at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)
- In 2017, he was nominated as the Best Movie Producer of the Year (English) by the City People Movie Award
- In 2019, he won the Best Film Award at the Durban International Film Festival
These are just a few of the awards Kunle Afolayan has on his shelf, he is an achiever and must be respected for that.
Aside from all his awards and good works he also has ambassadorial and endorsement deals with big brands like Globacom Nigeria the leading indigenous telecommunication company in Nigeria, he is an ambassador of Pavillon Afriques, Ambassador of Air France and Pan Nigeria Ambassador.
The current net worth of Kunle Afolayan is estimated to be about $800,000, his wealth is attributed to all his movie productions, endorsement deals, income made from his company Golden Effects Pictures.
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