Kunle Afolayan (born 30 September 1974) is a Nigerian actor, film producer, and director.
Early life and career
Afolayan is of Igbomina-Yoruba descent, from Kwara State. He is the son of the theatre and film director 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 films 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 Chika Okpala. The Figurine won five major awards in the African Film Academy and was successful in Nigerian movie theaters.
Afolayan appeared at the Subversive Film Festival in 2011 where he represented the Nigerian film industry 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 is married to Tolu and they have four children. He identifies as a Free-thinker.
The filmmaker struck a deal with Netflix in 2021 to make three feature films, including a screen adaptation of Sefi Atta’s book SWALLOW. He and the writer penned the script which reportedly has a major twist from the original story. The movie revolves around a woman who begins to consider going into drug trafficking in mid-’80s Lagos.
Kunle Afolayan’s net worth is estimated to be $700,000, according to the list of richest Nigerian celebrities.