Deyemi Okanlawon, born April 9, is a popular Nigerian actor and voice-over artist known for his roles in the TV series Gidi Up and An African City. He also appeared in the movies If Tomorrow Comes and Road to Yesterday and made cameo appearances in several Nigerian music videos, including No Be You by Waje and Soldier by Falz and Simi.
He was born in Lagos State. His father, Mr. Adeyemi Okanlawon, is an aircraft engineer, while his mother, Mrs. Adeyinka Okanlawon, is an entrepreneur and baker.
Okanlawon made his film debut in the 2010 movie ZR-7, before he featured in a short film titled A Grain of Wheat. He went on to feature in and co-produce many more short-films and in 2012 he had was already recognized for his numerous appearances in made-for-internet short films and web series including Blink, 6:30pm and Knock Knock.
Early Life and Education
Dayemi Okanlawon was born in Lagos, the southwest region of Nigeria, to an aircraft engineer father, Adeyemi Okanlawon, and Adeyinka Okanlawon, a baker and entrepreneur.
He attended Taikenny Nursery and Primary School in Lagos before he proceeded to International School, Lagos, for his secondary education, after which he got admission to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.
The talented actor also obtained a Certificate in Acting and Film Making from the New York Film Academy, then ventured into acting full time.
Dayemi Okanlawon worked as a baker, sales and marketing executive before he came into the limelight in acting and became an outstanding actor in the Nollywood industry.
Okanlawon was opportune to showcase his talent for the first time at the age of 5 when he featured in an “end-of-year” play while he was in primary school. At the age of 9, he got another feature in a nationally syndicated television commercial with Kunle Bamtefa.
During his time at the University of Lagos, Okanlawon became an active member of the drama groups Gf(x) (Harvesters Company), Xtreme Reaction, and Snapshots (Covenant Christian Centre).
Dayemo Okanlawon made his film debut in the 2010 movie ZR-7, before he featured in a short film titled A Grain of Wheat and went on to feature in and co-produce many more short films.
In 2012, Okanlawon had gained fame in the movie industry for his numerous appearances in made-for-internet short films and web series, including Blink, 6:30pm, and Knock Knock. The actor switched his career to focus on acting full-time in 2013 and has since appeared in over 50 film credits, 8 stage credits, and has appeared in OLX and GLO television commercials.
He also has cameo appearances in music videos for Waje and Aramide. The Lagos-born actor also had roles in movies such as Greg Odutayo’s “Beyond Blood,” starring Joseph Benjamin and Kehinde Bankole; Pascal Amanfo’s “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” starring Yvonne Nelson; Ishaya Bako’s “Road to Yesterday,” starring Genevieve Nnaji and Majid Michel; and Pascal Amanfo’s No Man’s Land,” starring Adjetey Anang.
He was in NdaniTV’s series Gidi Up with OC Ukeje, Titilope Sonuga, Somkele Iyamah, and Joke Silva. Okanlawon also featured in the TV series Taste of Love, Lekki Wives, An African City, and Dowry.
His hard work has earned him awards, including the 2013 award for Best Actor in a Short Film at the In-Short Film Festival for his role as a psychotic husband in the thriller, Blink.
Dayemi Okanlawon Net Worth
The net worth of Dayemi Okanlawon is an estimated $1 million. The actor is one of the richest Nollywood actors who has amassed wealth, playing several roles in movies and television series.
Okanlawon is married to his beloved wife Damilola. They got married in January 2013 and welcomed their first child on July 10, 2016. The couple have been living in peace and harmony with no rumor of marital problems.
Okanlawon and his family live in Lagos State, the country’s number one commercial city and the south-western region of Nigeria.