Deyemi Okanlawon

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Deyemi Okanlawon
Adeyemi Okanlawon

Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Years active2010 – 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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Okanlawon was born in Lagos,[2] 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,[2] 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.[3]


Okanlawon had his first experience with acting at the age of 5,[4] 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 Bamtefa. 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).[4]

Okanlawon made his feature film debut in the 2010 movie ZR-7,[4] 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,[2] 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.[5] 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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Okanlawon got married in January 2013.[4] On July 10, 2016, Okanlawon and his wife Damilola welcomed their first child.[7]


Year Title Role Director Notes
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 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
2019 Pandora's Box


Year Event Prize Recipient Result
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


  1. ^ Dimorkorkus, Stella (16 May 2016). "Actor, Deyemi Okanlawon Shows Versatility In Falz's Short Film Musical, 'Soldier'". SDK. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Vitae, Style (19 February 2015). "DEYEMI OKANLAWON'S FIVE THINGS THIS WEEK". Style Vitae. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  3. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga (19 March 2016). "9 things you should know about talented actor". PulseNG. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Izuzu, Chidumga (11 November 2014). ""My Wife is My Woman Crush Forever" - Deyemi Okanlawon". PulseNG. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  5. ^ Gidi cast on The Juice, Ndanitv, Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  6. ^ Ibaka, TV (16 May 2016). "Adeyemi Okanlawon". Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  7. ^ Showemimo, Adedayo (12 July 2016). "Nollywood actor, Deyemi Okanlawon welcomes first child". TheNetNG. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 26 July 2016.