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Deyemi Okanlawon

Deyemi Okanlawon

Deyemi Okanlawon is a Nigerian film, television, theatre and voice actor. He is best known for his roles in Omo Ghetto

1990

17 July 1990

Early life

Okanlawon, born in Lagos, Nigeria, to an Aircraft Engineer father and a baker and entrepreneur mother, attended Taikenny Nursery and Primary School and International School in Lagos before pursuing Chemical Engineering at the University of Lagos; later, he transitioned to acting and acquired a Certificate in Acting for Film from the New York Film Academy.


1990

17 July 1990

Career

Okanlawon's acting journey began at a young age with school plays and television commercials, and after joining drama groups during his time at the University of Lagos, he later transitioned to acting full-time and has since been involved in numerous film, stage, and television projects, gaining recognition for his roles in various productions.


2013

17 July 2013

Awards and recognition

In 2013, he received the Best Actor award at the In-Short film festival for his portrayal of a psychotic husband in the thriller "Blink," and he also participated in the Acting for Film course at the New York Film Academy in partnership with Del-York.


2015

17 July 2015

Establishment of production and talent management firm

In 2015, Deyemi established Covenant Entertainment Services, a production and talent management firm, later becoming a consultant to Silverbird Film Distribution


2017

17 July 2017

Movie Debut

In 2017, Deyemi made his debut in the Romantic Comedy drama titled "Scars," starring alongside Lilian Esoro and Chelsea Eze, under the direction of Tope Alake and written by Psalm Oderinde.

2019

17 July 2019

Managerial role

In 2019, he assumed the role of marketing manager, eventually rising to head Nollywood and Independent movie distribution and serving as acting CEO, overseeing the company's operations.

2022

17 July 2022

Movie nomination

In 2022, he earned his inaugural nomination at the Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy due to his performance in "Omo Ghetto: The Saga."

2023

17 July 2023

Personal life

In January 2013, Okanlawon tied the knot, and on 10 July 2016, he and his wife Damilola celebrated the arrival of their first child.


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