Deyemi Okanlawon is a Nigerian actor, born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. He is recognized as an important actor with a few of his works being nominated and granted by noticeable Nigerian film bodies including the hit web series GidiUp (NdaniTV), Knock (Inkblot Productions), and Kpians Premonition (Stanlee Ohikhuare) as well as short movies Blink (Tolu Ajayi) and In Iredu (Abiola Sobo).
In the year 2013, Deyemi was granted Best Actor in a Short Film at the In-Short film celebration for his depiction of a savage maniacal spouse in the short film thriller, Blink. Blink was also nominated for Best Short Film at the 2013 Nollywood Movies Awards. Kpians Premonition was designated in the Best New Media Online Video classification of the AMVCA, while In Iredu was in the main 5 finalists of the Afrinolly short film rivalry and won Best Animation. In 2014 Gidi Up was assigned for Best TV Series at the 2014 NMA while he was selected for Best Youth Act, Movie (TUSH Awards) for his work in Gidi Up.
Deyemi Okanlawon’s Biography
April 19, 1979
Lagos State, Nigeria.
Early Life and Education
Deyemi Okanlawon was born and raised in Lagos State, which falls in the Southwestern part of Nigeria, to the family of Mr Adeyemi Okanlawon, an Aircraft Engineer father, and Mrs. Adeyinka Okanlawon a baker and entrepreneur. He attended Taikenny Nursery and Primary School in Lagos for his primary school education and had his secondary education at International School, Lagos. He then proceeded to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. He has served as a former baker and sales marketing executive. He also obtained a Certificate in Acting for Film, from the New York Film Academy.
The career of Deyemi Okanlawon started at age 5 when he had his first experience in acting when he featured in an ‘end-of-year’ play while in primary school. Also, while at the age of 9, Okanlawon was featured in a nationally syndicated Television commercial with Kunle Bamtefa.
Furthermore, While he was 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).
In 2the 010 movie ZR-7, Deyemi Okanlawon made his feature film debut in a short film titled A Grain of Wheat. He furtherly went on to feature in many more short films and co-produced some. By 2012, he became popular for his numerous appearances in a series of short films and web series including Blink, 6:30 pm, and Knock Knock.
Furthermore, in 2013, he focus on acting full-time movies and has since then featured in over 50 films. He has also appeared in OLX and GLO Television commercials as well as music videos for Waje and Aramide.
In that same 2013, he was awarded the Best Actor in a Short Film at the In-Short film festival for his role as a psychotic husband in the thriller, Blink.
In January 2013, Okanlawon got married to his wife Damilola. Also, on 10th day of July, 2016, Okanlawon and his wife Damilola welcomed their first child.
Movies, TV shows/ feature films
2022 Blood Sisters Kola Biyi Bandele Netflix original limited series
2021 King of Boys: The Return of the King
2020 Rise of the Saints
2019 Pandora’s Box
Two Weeks in Lagos
2017 The Royal Hibiscus Hotel
2016 Desperate Housegirls 2 & 3
It’s about your husband
2015 Dowry II
If Tomorrow Never Comes
Road To Yesterday
All of Me
2014 Dowry I
Lekki Wives III
A Place Called Happy
Friends and Lovers
A Few Good Men
Vanity’s Last Game
2013 Kpians: The Feast of Souls
Gidi Up II
Journey To Self
Gidi Up Season 1
Grain of Wheat
Awards and Nominations
|2022||Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards||Best Actor in A Comedy||Deyemi Okanlawon (Omo Ghetto: The Saga )||Pending|
|2019||Best of Nollywood Awards||Best Supporting Actor –English||Deyemi Okanlawon (Levi)||Nominated|
|2016||GMA Awards||Best Actor, African Collaboration||Deyemi Okanlawon (No Man’s Land)||Won|
|Best Actor in a Drama Series||Deyemi Okanlawon (An African City)||Nominated|
|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|
|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|