Gabriel Afolayan Biography
He is the son of Adeyemi Afolayan, a famous actor in Nigeria and he has four siblings; Kunle, Aremu, Moji, and Toyin Afolayan. One of his brother, Kunle is the renown movie producer and director in Nollywood.
Gabriel Afolayan is from Agbamu, Irepodun Local Government Area in Kwara State. Gabriel was born in at Island Maternity, Lagos Island, but he grew up in Ibadan. He had his basic, elementary, and university education in Ibadan.
The award – winning and talented singer and movie actor is married. He has featured in so many Nollywood movies and his superlative performance in movies has added many feathers to his cap. He is one of those that were nominated for an award in the just concluded AMVCA on May 14, 2022 for the “Best Actor in a Drama” category for the movie For Maria Ebun Pataki but was eventually won by Stan Nze.
|Real Name:||Gabriel Afolayan|
|Date of Birth||March 01, 1985|
|Place of Birth:||Lagos|
|Nationality:||Nigerian( from Kwara State)|
|Occupation:||Actor & Singer|
Early Life and Education
Gabriel Afolayan was born on the March 01, 1985 in Lagos, Nigeria. His father, Adeyemi Afolayan (aka AdeLove) was a renowned actor in the Nigerian film industry.
Gabriel, though from Agbamu, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, he grew up in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, where he also had his primary, secondary as well as tertiary education.
Gabriel attended the prestigious University of Ibadan (U.I), Oyo State where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts. After his tertiary education in Nigeria, he furthered studies abroad where he bagged a certificate from the Identity Drama School in Brixton, London.
He made his acting career debut in 1990, when he featured in the movie “F Opawon “, a movie written by Baba Sala. Gabriel started gaining popularity when he featured in the movie, Madam Dearest written by Tade Ogidan, and the popular TV series ‘Super Story’ written by Wale Adenuga. Since he came to limelight, he has acted in different Nollywood movies of which have made him garner a lot of accolades.
The movies he has featured include:
- Madam Dearest
- Super Story Series
- F Opawon
- Ghetto Dreamz: The Dagrin Story
- Heroes and Zeroes
- The Antique
- 7 Inch Curve
- Okafor’s Law
- A Love Like This
- King Invincible
- Something Wicked
- Alakada Reloaded
- Power of 1
- Gold Statue
- Lugard, The Movie
- For Maria
- Oracles Online
- Coming from Insanity
- Latana 1 and 2
- Say Mama
The list of the awards he has won and been nominated include:
- Best Supporting Actor in the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards (Won)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in the 2013 Nollywood Movies Awards (Nominated)
- Best Actor in a Leading Role in the 2013 Nollywood Movies Awards (Nominated)
- Best Supporting Actor (Yoruba) in 2017 Best of Nollywood awards (Won)
- Best Kiss in a Movie in 2017 Best of Nollywood Awards (Won)
- Best Actor (Male) in the 2019 Intellects Awards (Nominated)
- Actor of the year in the 2019 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) (Nominated)
- Best Actor (Male) in the 2019 Intellects Awards (Won)
- Outstanding Actor at the Abuja in the 2019 International Film Festival (AIFF) (Nominated)
- Best Actor in a Drama in the 2020 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) (Nominated)
- Best Actor in a Drama in the 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) (Nominated)
Apart from his outstanding performances in movies, Gabriel is also talented in music as he has released lots of singles to his name as well as sang alongside some great musicians in Nigeria.
Gabriel Afolayan’s music career began back in 1997 when he joined a band in Ibadan and signed to Phynix Studio as a backup singer.
He is said to be influenced in music by some renowned artists like 2Face, Banky W, Aṣa, and Bez. He has released music albums which include:
- Sisi Eko -2018
- So Fine -2021
- Doesn’t count – 2018
- Kpasi Kona – 2015
Gabriel Afolayan and his wife, Adebanke Afolayan got married in 2018.