Gabriel Afolayan is a multi-award-winning Nigerian actor and singer. His stage name as a singer is G-fresh, and he is the younger brother of the widely acclaimed movie producer and director – Kunle Afolayan.
Gabriel Afolayan Background
Gabriel Afolayan is the son of one of the pioneers of the Nigerian Nollywood industry – Mr Adeyemi Afolayan, popularly known as Adelove.
He hails from Kwara State, Agbamu, Irepodun Local Government Area. Gabriel was born in the early ’80s at Island Maternity, Lagos Island, but he grew up in Ibadan. He had his basic, elementary, and university education in Ibadan.
Gabriel Afolayan studied Theatre Arts at the University of Ibadan (U.I) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts. He went on to study performing arts at the identity drama school Brixton, London. Identity Drama School produced potentials like John Boyega, Cynthia Erivo, Letitia Wright, Idris Damson, Malaki Kirby, Gloria Chikezie, etc.
He is married to Adebanke Afolayan.
Gabriel Afolayan Career
The talented actor commenced his acting career in 1990, with the movie – F Opawon – a Baba Sala movie. He came into limelight with the movie, Madam Dearest by Tade Ogidan, and the popular TV series – Super Story by Wale Adenuga. Since then, he has featured in several hit movies and has received numerous awards and nominations.
Gabriel Afolayan had always had a thing for music and was a member of his church choir. His love and appreciation for music have been his driving force through his musical career. In 1997, Gabriel became a backup singer at the Phoenix Studio, Ibadan.
He describes his music genre as a love ballad. Gabriel has released several albums with hit singles, including Kokoro Ife, Awelewa, Chapterz, Plug it, Dayan Mo Club 09, Kpasikona, Put Your Money (Bebe Toh Duro).
His musical influences are 2Face, Banky W, Aṣa, and Bez.
Gabriel Afolayan’s Movies
- Madam Dearest
- Super Story Series
- F Opawon – 1990
- Aramotu – 2010
- Ghetto Dreamz: The Dagrin Story – 2011
- Heroes and Zeroes – 2012
- Hoodrush – 2012
- Glitterati – 2013
- The Antique – 2014
- Ojujo – 2014
- 7 Inch Curve – 2015
- Okafor’s Law – 2016
- A Love Like This – 2016
- King Invincible – 2017
- Tatu – 2017
- Something Wicked – 2017
- Alakada Reloaded – 2017
- Hanatu – 2017
- Kasala – 2018
- Power of 1 – 2018
- Philander – 2018
- Gold Statue – 2019
- Lugard, The Movie – 2019
- For Maria – 2019
- Oracles Online – 2019
- Coming from Insanity – 2019
- Alubarika – 2019
- Codewilo – 2019
- Latana 1 and 2 – 2019
- Sharo – 2019
- Say Mama – 2019
Gabriel Afolayan’s Songs
- Kokoro Ife in the album Songs Collection – 2015
- Awelewa in the album Songs Collection – 2015
- Alantere in the album Songs Collection – 2015
- Kpasi Kona in the album Songs Collection – 2015
- Bebe Toh Duro in the album Songs Collection – 2015
- Real Talk in the album Songs Collection – 2015
- Chapters in the album Songs Collection – 2015
- Segi in the album Segi – 2015
- Ko Le Ye Won in the album Ko Le Ye Won – 2016
- Hold On in the album Hold On – 2016
- Amoke in the album Amoke – 2018
- Doesn’t Count in the album Amoke – 2018
- Gamulu in the album Amoke – 2018
- Ife Wa in the album Instinct – 2018
- Sisi Eko in the album Instinct – 2018
- Meta in the album Instinct – 2018
- Orekelewa in the album Instinct – 2018
- Ontemi in the album Instinct – 2018
- Shogunrege in the album Instinct – 2018
- All my Love in the album Instinct – 2018
- Take my Hands in the album Instinct – 2018
- Funky Love in the album Instinct – 2018
- Tin Ba Gbo Kpe in the album Instinct – 2018
- Sugar Daddy in the album Instinct – 2018
- Ready in the album Instinct – 2018
- Original in the album Instinct – 2018
- Essential in the album Instinct – 2018
- Money in the album Instinct – 2018
- Go Up in the album– 2018
- So Fine in the album So Fine – 2019
- Cute Bunny in the album Cute Bunny – 2019
Studio6 is a multimedia limited liability company, established in 2010, by Gabriel Afolayan, to represent the Gabriel Afolayan Brand. The company aims to influence the world through quality media content.
Studio6 provides the following services: film production, music production, label management, television advertising, and programming, radio advertising, and programming. The company is also involved in the sales of media-related equipment.
Endorsements Of Gabriel Afolayan
Gabriel Afolayan is the official Ambassador for Airtel Nigeria.
Gabriel Afolayan Quotes
“Yes, I believe in destiny… and destiny to some is changeable. To some, unchangeable. But to me, destiny is a process. Because it is what happens eventually.”
“Speed does not decrease the length of a journey; it only hastens the exhaustion of energy.”
“Knowing the right thing doesn’t mean much unless you do the right thing.”
“Don’t be pushed around by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”
“Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining – gbe body eh!! The best view comes after the hardest climb!!”
“Who is an actor – a soul in a living body that is plagued with emotions. The only way to let it out is to constantly display.”
“Don’t allow quotes to delude you, hard work doesn’t determine success, but it will never leave you empty-handed. So work hard, while you wait for grace to finish up.”
“Protect your grace. No think say na you too do. Be humble.”
“My brother hustle oh, make your charger no go first you blow.”
“Don’t be a force in other people’s relationships, you might just ruin the slightest chance for the couple/friends to mend the mendable. On whoever sides you take, you still don’t know the full story. Only the two can tell the truth.”
Awards And Nominations Of Gabriel Afolayan
- Most Promising Actor at the Yoruba Movies Academy Awards – 2012
- The Rising Star at the Nollywood Movies Award (NMA) – 2012
- Best Supporting Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) – 2013
- Nominated at the Nollywood Movies Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – 2013
- Best Actor in a Leading Role nominee at the Nollywood Movies Awards for Best Actor – 2013
- Outstanding Actor at the Abuja International Film Festival (AIFF) – 2019
- Nominee for Best Actor in a Leading Role (English) at the BON Awards – 2019
- Best actor in a leading role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) – 2019
- Ynaija named Gabriel Afolayan amongst the 100 most influential Nigerians in film – 2019
- Best Actor (Male) nominee at the Intellects Awards – 2019
- Actor of the year nominee at the Africa Choice Awards – 2019
- Special Mention Lead Actor Feature at the Five Continents International Film Festival (FCIFF) – 2019
Net Worth Of Gabriel Afolayan
According to keninfo.com.ng, Gabriel Afolayan is worth $500,000.
Entrepreneurial Lesson From Gabriel Afolayan
The right connections are important, but hard work is more important
Gabriel Afolayan is the son of the legendary Nollywood actor – Adelove. He already had the right network to enable a stable and thriving career in the Nollywood movie industry, but he didn’t see that as an opportunity to relax and just expect things to happen for him.
Gabriel works hard and attends auditions for roles like every other actor. The result of his hard work is evident in his numerous local and international awards and nominations.
As an entrepreneur, position yourself to make the right connection, but most importantly work hard, and ensure you’re dishing out real value to the right audience.