yemi ‘Adelove’ Afolayan is a well-known Nigerian filmmaker, director, and actor. He comes from a family of talented and accomplished individuals in the entertainment industry.
His father is Adeyemi Afolayan, popularly known as Ade Love, who was a pioneer of the Nigerian film industry, also known as Nollywood. Ade Love was an actor, director, and producer who made several notable films in the 1970s and 1980s.
Adelove’s brothers, Kunle Afolayan and Gabriel Afolayan, are also successful actors and filmmakers in Nigeria. Kunle is a renowned director and producer known for his award-winning films such as “The Figurine” and “October 1,” while Gabriel is a prolific actor and singer who has appeared in many movies and TV series.
Adelove himself has made several critically acclaimed films, including “The Bridge” and “Phone Swap.” He has also acted in numerous movies and TV series, winning several awards for his performances.
The Afolayan family has made a significant impact on the Nigerian film industry, and their contributions to Nollywood continue to inspire and influence new generations of filmmakers and actors.
Adeyemi ‘Adelove’ Afolayan
There’s probably no known acting Dynasty in today’s Nollywood as the Adeyemi ‘Adelove’ Afolayan Dynasty
Before the death of the Patriarch in 1996 as a result of complications of stroke, the Adelove family have been acting and till date they have kept his memories alive in the heart of his fans especially the older ones of his generation through the years.
This has brought it to light the Yoruba saying that ” Ti ina ba ku, afi eru boju, ti ogede, ba ku, afi Omo e ropo’ meaning, ” when a fire dies it covers itself with it ashes and when a banana tree dies, it sprout forth another one.”
They have been representing the name of, Adeyemi ‘Adelove’ Afolayan in various ways in Nollywood.
Meet the children and sister of Adelove
Kunle is a former banker, who came to limelight after he featured in, Tunde Kelani’s 1999, successful political satirical movie, Saworoide as Arasejabata.
He played the son of murdered, Adebomi and his wife. Adebomi, is the next in line to the Jogbo throne. But, the king orders his death after he committed an abomination, but his son, wasn’t murdered with his parent. He escaped with Ayangalu and series of events eventually led to him being crowned the king of Jogbo. The movie feature star actors like, Kola Oyewo, Bukky Write, Lere Paimo and others.
Kunle Afolayan went on to be known as Nollywood big budget movie producer. Having credits to movies like, ‘ Figurine, Mokalik, Phone Swap, Irapada and October 1st.
He’s also a movie director and he directs most of his works. He is currently reported to be estranged from his wife, Tolu.
Kunle Afolayan was born in 1974.
Moji is the daughter of Adeyemi ‘Adelove’ Afolayan, who started acting quiet early. Moji, who studied to become a teacher never practice teaching as she was only interested in acting. Moji, who was born in 1969, as featured in many Nollywood production but came into limelight in the movie ‘Arinjo’ in which she feature alongside, Dele Odule.
She’s married to fellow actor and film producer, Razak Olayiwola.
Aremu was born in 1975. Aremu though, an actor is also known as one of the best movie director. His breakthrough in Nollywood was in 2009 in the movie ‘Idamu Akoto’. He’s married to Kafilat Quadri and they have a daughter together.
Apart from Kunle Afolayan, Gabriel Afolayan is another well known of the Adeyemi ‘Adelove’ Afolayan children. Gabriel, who was born in 1985, started his acting career very young in Nollywood. He first appeared in F’opawon, a movie by Moses Olaiya, better know as Babasala. But his major breakthrough, was in the popular movie ‘Madam Dearest’ by director, Tade Ogidan. successful movie ‘Madam Dearest’ as the lost son, actor, Yemi Solade and actress, Opeyemi Aiyeola.
He has also acted in movies such as, HoodRush, 7 Inch Curve, Ojuju, Ija Okan, Okafor’s Law and many others.
Gabriel, who’s also a musician just like his late father, graduated in the Theatre Act Department of University of Ibadan.
Gabriel Afolayan recently got married.
Lola Idije Afolayan
Lola is the younger sister of late Adeyemi ‘Adelove’ Afolayan. The 60 year old, Lola Afolayan came into prominence in the 1995, popular movie ‘Lola Idije.’
Since then, she has continue to feature in many Nollywood Yoruba movies such as Iyawo Oko Elenini, Alatakun and Alagbato.