Deyemi Okanlawon Personality Profile

Deyemi Okanlawon Personality Profile

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.

Deyemi Okanlawon

Early life

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 very first experience of being in front of an audience at the age of 5, doing a primary school plays. At age 9, he featured in a national family planning TV commercial and there his acting career paused. Getting into University, acting was back in his life, as he was a member of the drama group Gf(x), He later went to head Crew Xtreme, the Xtreme Reaction drama-music-dance concert team and also became a member of the Snapshots Theatre group. A chance meeting in 2010 led to his first audition and subsequent casting in ZR7 (aka The Red House 7) and A Grain Of Wheat which led to him eventually changing careers to full time acting in 2013.

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 LoveLekki WivesAn African City and Dowry.

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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.

Personal life

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


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 6:30 PM 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
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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