Many Happy Returns Adékúnlé Afoláyan

by Duchess Magazine

On September 30, 1975, Adekunle Ayodeji Akande Afolayan was born in Ebute Metta, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria. He is a Nigerian actor, producer, and director. Afolayan is the CEO of Golden Effects Pictures, a 2005-founded film and production business in Nigeria.

He is from Kwara State and is of Igbomina-Yoruba heritage. Ade Love, a theatre and cinema director, is his father.

Prior to opting to transition into full-time filmmaking and enrolling in a course at the New York Film Academy, he studied in finance and began by working in a bank while performing some sporadic acting.

He has been working in the Nigerian film industry since 2005. He has produced a number of movies, including Phone Swap and The Figurine: Araromire, which were both in Yoruba and English. The Figurine was a hit at Nigerian movie cinemas and took home five major African Film Academy awards.

Tolu and Afolayan are married, and together they have four kids.

His films consistently top the charts, and he is renowned for producing timeless works that are enjoyable at any time. He has received numerous honors for his excellent deeds both domestically and abroad.

He received the Best Director honor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2010.

Abuja International Film Festival’s Golden Jury Prize for Best Film was given in 2012

2012 Abuja International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Film Direction

Festival Award for Outstanding Film Directing in 2012

Best Film Golden Jury Prize in 2012

At the 2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, best film director was recognized.

At the 2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), October 1 won for Best Costume Design.

The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2015’s Best Nigerian Film was announced on October 1.

The 2014 Best Movie winner has been announced during the 2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

At the 2016 Afro-Heritage Broadcasting and Entertainment Awards (AHBEA), an icon in the African entertainment industry was recognized.

At the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in 2015, he took home the Best Movie Director prize.

His film October 1st won Best Movie of 2014 at the 2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
He won the Best Costume Design prize at the 2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards for the film October 1. (AMAA).

He received Best Nigerian Film at the 2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards for “October 1.” (AMAA)

He was the 2019 Durban International Film Festival’s Best Film winner.

Citation, another 2020 Netflix offering from Afolayan, dominating the box office for several months after its premiere.

At the 2022 National Film Festival (NFF) in the UK, Citation was named “Best International Film.”

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