Olaniyi Afonja

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Olaniyi Mikail Afonja, popularly known as Sanyeri, is a Nigerian comedian, actor and producer.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Oyo State as the first child of his parents, Olaniyi had his formal education at St. Michael Primary School, Oke-Ibo, Oyo State and Durbar Grammar School, Oyo Town, Oyo State where he completed his secondary school education.[2]


Olaniyi's acting career started in 1992, after joining a theatre group introduced to him by a friend. In 1996, Olaniyi relocated to Lagos State to further his career and has since starred in several Yoruba films.[2][3]


  • Obakeye
  • Awero
  • Edun Ara
  • Jenifa
  • Opa Kan
  • Omo Carwash
  • Sekere
  • Mawe Ku
  • Sanyeri in London
  • Ibale
  • Apaadi
  • Olu Omo
  • Koboko
  • Salako Alagbe
  • Omo Iya Meji
  • Mama Do Good
  • Osole
  • Sanyeri Oloka
  • Area Boys
  • Ise Awako
  • Waheed Kolero
  • Afoju Meta
  • Were Merin
  • Kosi Tabi sugbon

Personal life[edit]

Olaniyi is married to Omolara Afonja with whom he has two children.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award ceremony Prize Result Ref
2014 Yoruba Movie Academy Awards Best Comedy Actor Nominated [4]
2015 2015 City People Entertainment Awards Best Movie Producer of The Year (Yoruba) Nominated [5]
Comic Actor of The Year (Yoruba) Nominated [5]


  1. ^ a b Dolapo, Amodeni (13 December 2013). "Comic actor, Sanyeri denies using wedding to raise funds". Ecomium Weekly. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Sanyeri Olaniyi Afonja". Nigeria Films. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  3. ^ Bada, Gbenga (13 May 2015). "3 funniest Yoruba actors in town". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  4. ^ Ayobami, Abimbola (27 May 2013). "Top Yoruba actors' battle to win at the Yoruba Movie Academy Awards". Premium Times. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b Mayowa Wana, George (14 July 2015). "Olamide, Tiwa Savage, 360Nobs Nominated At 2015 City People Awards". 360Nobs. Retrieved 11 February 2016.