Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
|Years active||2010 – present|
Deyemi Okanlawon is a Nigerian film, television, theatre and voice actor. He is best known for his roles in the TV Series Gidi Up and An African City and featured in Movies, If Tomorrow Comes and Road to Yesterday as well as his cameo appearances in a number of Nigerian music videos including No be You by Waje and Soldier by Falz The Bahd Guy.
Okanlawon was born in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria to an Aircraft Engineer father Adeyemi Okanlawon, and Adeyinka Okanlawon a baker and entrepreneur. He had his primary school education at Taikenny Nursery and Primary School in Lagos, and his secondary education at International School, Lagos. He then went on to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. A former baker and sales and marketing executive he also obtained a Certificate in Acting for Film, from the New York Film Academy.
Okanlawon had his first experience with acting at the age of 5, when he featured in an ‘end-of-year’ play while in primary school. At the age of 9, Okanlawon featured in a nationally syndicated Television commercial with Kunle Bantefa. While 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).
Okanlawon made his feature film debut in the 2010 movie ZR-7, before which 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 by 2012 he had gained notoriety for his numerous appearances in made-for-internet short films and web series including Blink, 6:30pm and Knock Knock. In 2013 he switched careers to focus on acting full-time and has since featured in over 50 film credits, 8 stage credits and has appeared in OLX and GLO Television commercials as well as music videos for Waje and Aramide. He has 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. He has also featured in the TV Series Taste Of Love, Lekki Wives, An African City and Dowry.
In 2013, he won the 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.
|2010||ZR-7||Alabi||Udoka & Olufemi||Principal (Feature Film)|
|2010||Grain of Wheat||Saviour||Daniel & Ruyi||Lead Role/Short Film|
|2011||Dependence||Dayo||Brian Wilson||Lead/Short Film|
|2012||6:30PM||Ghost||Tonye Faloughi||Short Film/Supporting Role|
|2012||Journey To Self||Ex lover||Tope Oshin-Ogun||Feature Film alongside Ashionye Raccah, Katherine Obiang, Dakore Akande, Tina Mba and more|
|2012||Blink||Husband||Tolu Ajayi||Lead Role/Short Film|
|2012||Gidi Up Season 1||Tokunbo||Jade Osiberu||Lead/Series|
|2013||Kpians: The Feast of Souls||Eric||Stanlee Ohikhuare||Sub-Lead/Feature Film alongside Kiki Omeili and Ashionye Ugboh-Raccah|
|2013||+Kpians Premonition||Eric||Stanlee Ohikhuare||Sub-Lead/Web|
|2013||Gidi Up II||Tokunbo||Jade Osiberu||Lead/Series|
|2013||Oblivious||Charles||Stanlee Ohikhuare||Feature Film|
|2014||Dowry I||Demola||Victor Sanchez||Lead Role/Series|
|2014||Lekki Wives III||Hassan||Blessing Egbe||Supporting Role/Series|
|2014||A Place Called Happy||Dele||LowlaDee||Feature Film|
|2014||Perfect Imperfection||Kanmi||Ehizojie Ojesebholo||Lead Role/Feature Film|
|2014||Friends and Lovers||Frank||Yemi Morafa||Feature Film|
|2014||A Few Good Men||Wale||Ejiro Onobrakpor||Feature Film featuring Joseph Benjamin|
|2014||Vanity’s Last Game||Justin||Ehizojie Ojesebholo||Feature Film|
|2015||Dowry II||Demola||Victor Sanchez||Feature Film featuring Iretiola Doyle|
|2015||If Tomorrow Never Comes||Kay||Pascal Amanfo||Feature Film featuring Yvonne Nelson|
|2015||Road To Yesterday||Michael||Ishaya Bako||Feature Film featuring Majid Michel and Genevieve Nnaji|
|2015||All Of Me||Chris||Okey Ifeanyi||Feature Film|
|2015||Undercover Lover||Mr Roberts||Okey Ifeanyi||Feature Film|
|2016||Desperate Housegirls 2 & 3||Femi||Sukanmi Adebayo & Akin-Tijani||Supporting Role/Series|
|2016||Tobi||Ha.foo.sa||Niyi Akinmolayan||Animated Series|
|2016||It’s About Your Husband||Kay||Bunmi Ajakaiye||Feature Film|
|2016||Madam Caitlyn||Dr Sam||-||Feature film|
|2016||Asawana||Sere||Diminas Dagogo||Feature Film|
|2016||Dinner||-||Jay Franklin Jituboh||Feature Film featuring Iretiola Doyle and Richard Mofe Damijo|
|2017||The Royal Hibiscus Hotel|
|2013||In-Short Film Festival||Best Actor in a Short Film - Supporting Role in an English language film (Married but Living Single)||Deyemi Okanlawon (Blink)||Won|
|In-Short Film Festival||Best Short Film||Blink||Nominated|
|Africa Magic Viewer's Choice Awards (AMVCA)||Best New Media Online Video||Kpians Premonition||Won|
|AFRINOLLY||Best Animation||In Iredu||Won|
|2015||Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards||Revelation of the Year||Deyemi Okanlawon (If Tomorrow Never Comes)||Won|
|GMA Awards||Best Actor, African Collaboration||Deyemi Okanlawon (If Tomorrow Never Comes)||Won|
|2016||GMA Awards||Best Actor, African Collaboration||Deyemi Okanlawon (No Man's Land)||Won|
|GMA Awards||Best Actor in a Drama Series||Deyemi Okanlawon (An African City)||Nominated|
- Dimorkorkus, Stella (16 May 2016). "Actor, Deyemi Okanlawon Shows Versatility In Falz's Short Film Musical, 'Soldier'". SDK. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
- Vitae, Style (19 February 2015). "DEYEMI OKANLAWON'S FIVE THINGS THIS WEEK". Style Vitae. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
- Izuzu, Chidumga (19 March 2016). "9 things you should know about talented actor". PulseNG. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
- Izuzu, Chidumga (11 November 2014). ""My Wife is My Woman Crush Forever" - Deyemi Okanlawon". PulseNG. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
- Gidi cast on The Juice, Ndanitv, Retrieved 6 October 2016.
- Ibaka, TV (16 May 2016). "Adeyemi Okanlawon". IbakaTV.com. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
- Showemimo, Adedayo (12 July 2016). "Nollywood actor, Deyemi Okanlawon welcomes first child". TheNetNG. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 26 July 2016.