Kunle Afolayan is an award-winning Nollywood actor, film-maker, movie producer and director. He is the first son of the late Adeyemi Afolayan aka Adelove. Also, Kunle is the CEO/founder of Kunle Afolayan Productions Television (KAPTv), and Golden Effects Pictures.
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Kunle Afolayan Background
Kunle Afolayan was born on the 30th of September 1974 in Ebutemetta, Lagos, Nigeria to late Adeyemi Josiah Afolayan, who was also a popular Nollywood theatre and film director, and producer. He had his early education and growing up in Lagos State, although, he hails from Igbomina, Kwara State, Nigeria.
After Kunle’s secondary education, he obtained a BSc degree in Economics. He also acquired a Diploma in digital film-making at the New York Film Academy in 2005. Kunle Afolayan is married and blessed with four children. He is one who keeps his personal life private and describes himself as a free thinker when it comes to religious beliefs.
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Kunle Afolayan’s Cars And Houses
Kunle Afolayan is a collector and a lover of antique pieces. This reflects in his choice of cars, and interior house design. He owns three vintage cars – a Thunderbird Ford 1965, a Jaguar xj6 1982, and a Benz 1969. He also owns houses similar to what is obtainable in Beverly Hills, USA.
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Kunle Afolayan Career
Kunle Afolayan used to be a banker and acted part-time before he eventually delved fully into the movie industry. He didn’t come to the limelight in the industry until 2005, after he quit his banking job, and became a professional filmmaker. He established his production company – Golden Effects Pictures same year.
Kunle Afolayan represented Nigeria at the Subversive Film Festival in 2011 alongside Zeb Ejiro. In May 2013, Phone Swap was premiered in France and won the Public Choice Award at the first edition of Nollywood Week, Paris. After the release of October 1, Kunle Afolayan was recognized as the producer of the second highest-grossing Nigerian film of all time.
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Golden Effects Pictures
Golden Effects Pictures is a film production company that was incorporated in July 2005. The company specializes in film production, editing, film equipment rentals, and film consulting. In addition, they strongly believe in making movies that the public love without compromising their standard.
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The company is a fully integrated film production company with two arms which are the film content development unit, and the post-production and equipment rental unit.
The film content development unit handles film productions, TV productions, documentary filmmaking, TV Commercials, etc. Thus far, this arm of the company has produced seven successful movies: Irapada (Redemption), The Figurine – Araromire, Phone Swap, October 1, The C.E.O, Omugwo, ROTI and The Tribunal, and the most recent – Mokalik.
The equipment rental unit rents out film cameras. it also houses a modern film editing studio to independent producers, advertising agencies, music video directors.
Kunle Afolayan’s 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
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Awards And Nominations Of Kunle Afolayan
- 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 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) – 2015
- 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 at the City People Movie Award for Movie Director of the Year (English) – 2017
- Best Film Award at the Durban International Film Festival – 2019
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Quotes Of Kunle Afolayan
“…Most importantly, let’s try to make Nigeria a great place, so we won’t have a reason to go anywhere, except you want to have a good time. God bless Nigeria, and God save every Nigerian wherever you are in the world.”
“Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness.”
“Let’s take time out to educate our children on individual values and integrity.”
“Since the smile is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart. I share my smile with you. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace.”
“I know me, I love me, I always challenge me! I will always remain me at the top.”
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Net Worth Of Kunle Afolayan
According to austinemedia.com, Kunle Afolayan was worth $700,000 in 2018.
Life Lesson Of Kunle Afolayan
- You can always change the course of your life. Nothing is really a hindrance, except you let it.
- Being talented isn’t enough. You need to hone your talent and be skilful.
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