Gabriel Afolayan

Gabriel Afolayan
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Updated: Oct 08, 2022

Birth Name: Gabriel Afolayan

Stage Name: Gabriel Afolayan

Birth Date: March 1, 1985

Occupation(s): Actor, Singer

Years Active: 1990 till present

Net Worth: Unknown

Personal Life

Gabriel Afolayan is a Nigerian actor and singer and son of late Nigerian entertainment icon, Adeyemi Afolayan, popularly called Ade Love. He was born on March 1, 1985, at Island Maternity, Lagos Island but grew up in Ibadan, where he had all his education. He is from Igbomina in Kwara State.

Gabriel comes from a family of thespians. His father, late Adeyemi Josiah Afolayan, is a popular Nollywood film director and producer. His three siblings; Aremu Afolayan, Kunle Afolayan, and Moji Afolayan also followed in their father’s footsteps. His aunt, Toyin Afolayan, popularly known as Lola Idije, is also an actress.


He graduated from the University of Ibadan with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts. He also studied Performing Arts at the Identity Drama School, Brixton, London.


Gabriel commenced his acting career in 1990. Although he debuted in the Baba Sala movie ‘F Opawon’, he gained prominence with Tade Ogidan’s ‘Madam Dearest’ and Wale Adenuga’s TV series ‘Super Story’.

Some of the movies he has featured in include; Gold Statue, Nnenna, Kasala, Closet (TV Series), Okafor’s Law, 7 Inch Curve, Heroes and Zeroes, Hoodrush, Ija Okan, Madam Dearest, Ojuju, and Citation.

As a singer, he has released hit singles like Kokoro Ife, Awelewa, Chapterz, Put Your Money (Bebe Toh Duro).


2019 – Five Continents International Film Festival, Special Mention Lead Actor Feature

2019 – Ynaija named Gabriel Afolayan amongst the 100 most influential Nigerians in film

2019 – Africa Movie Academy Awards, Best Actor in a Leading Role

2019 – Abuja International Film Festival, Outstanding Actor

2013 – Africa Movie Academy Awards, Best Supporting Actor

2012 – Nollywood Movies Award, The Rising Star

2012 – Yoruba Movies Academy Awards, Most Promising Actor

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