Kunle Afolayan is a popular Nigerian Filmmaker, actor and film director. He can be said to be as one of Nigeria's most hardworking and successful movie producers. Many of his his movies are among the top 20 highest grossing Nigerian movies ever.
Kunle Afolayan is of Yoruba descent. He is the son of the famous theater and film director and producer Ade Love. He majored in economics. Before he became a filmmaker, He started off as an actor in 1998, and when the zeal, anxiety and dream of wanting to become a filmmaker came, he approached established filmmakers like Tade Ogidan and Tunde Kelani.Tunde Kelani gave him audience and when he said he wanted to be a filmmaker, Kelani asked him, ‘What does he know about films?’ Told him filmmaking is not a fluke you have to learn it, you need to go to school. Kelani adviced him and he started off as an actor, Tunde told him that he could start like his father. When it was time for them to shoot Saworoide movie, they invited him for an audition and he scaled through and that was how he started as an actor. But, the following year, he started working in the bank this didn’t give him room to feature in so many films, so while in the bank between 1998 and 2004 he didn’t feature in up to ten films. So in 2004, he said to himself that he does not belong in the bank.
Even though he was making money, he was comfortable, had a car, and was living in a 4 bedroom flat but it wasn’t really what he wanted to do and one day he resigned, stayed home for eight months doing research on what he wanted to do.