Gabriel Afolayan is a well-known Nigerian actor and singer. He is more popular as an actor than a singer. He is the younger brother of the well-known movie producer and director Kunle Afolayan. Gabriel’s stage name as an artist is G-Fresh.
Gabriel Afolayan is the son of the veteran Nigerian Nollywood actor Adeyemi Afolayan, famously known as Adelove. The award-winning actor and singer is from Igbomina Kwara State, Nigeria. Gabriel was born on the 1st of March 1985 at Island Maternity in Lagos Island, however, he grew up in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Gabriel Afolayan has 3 siblings, in which they all followed their father’s footsteps. His siblings are Aremu Afolayan, his brother who is also an actor, Kunle Afolayan, his brother who is a movie producer and director, and his sister Moji who is an actress, film director, and producer.
Gabriel Afolayan Educational Background
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Gabriel had the majority of his education in Ibadan, Oyo State. His primary and secondary education was in Ibadan. He later went to the University of Ibadan to further his studies and obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts.
Gabriel also studied Performing Arts at the Identity Drama School in Briston, London. Identity Drama School has produced numerous actors in the world such as Idris Damson, John Boyega, Letitia Wright, Gloria Chikezie, and many more.
Gabriel Afolayan Career
Gabriel has always had a passion for acting, he so much loved his father’s profession and decided to follow in his father footsteps. He started acting in the year 1990, his first movie was the Baba Sala “F Opawon”. Gabriel was popularly known he was featured in the movie “Madam Dearest by Tade Ogidan and the famous TV series ” Super Story” by Wale Adenuga. He has gotten more popular and has featured in lots of top movies.
Gabriel Afolayan has also featured in numerous films produced by his brother Afolayan. Aside from acting which he is famously known for, Gabriel is also a singer. He started his musical career in 1997 where he was part of a music group in Ibadan. He said in an interview that he was in the church choir and he loves music. The talented actor and singer worked at the Phoenix Studio, Ibadan as a backup singer in 1997.
He stated that his music genre is known as ” Love Ballad”. He has released about 8 albums and various hit singles such as Kokoro Ife, Plug it, Kpasikona, Awelewa and much more. Gabriel says he looks up to some top Nigerian artists in the industry such as 2face, Banky W, Asa and Bez.
Gabriel established a company in 2010 known as Studio 6. The company has various services ranging from film and music production, TV and radio advertising and programming and label management.
Gabriel Afolayan Songs and Movies
- All My Love
- Bebe Toh Duro
- Cute Bunny
- Doesn’t Count
- Funky Love
- Go Up
- Hold On
- Ife Wa
- Kokoro Ife
- Ko Le Ye Won
- Kpasi Kona
- Plug It
- Real Talk
- Sisi Eko
- So Fine
- Sugar Daddy
- Take My Hands
- Tin Ba Gbo Kpe
Below are some of his popular movies
- 7 Inch Curve
- Closet (TV Series)
- Heroes and Zeros
- Super Story (TV Series)
- King Invincible
- Ija Okan
- Madam Dearest
- Okafor’s Law
- Something Wicked
- Say Mama
- Oracles Online
Gabriel Afolayan’s Marriage
Gabriel Afolayan is presently married. He got married to Adebanke (Banke) Afolayan. They dated for one year and six months and decided to tie the knot in 2018. The traditional marriage between Gabriel Afolayan and his wife took place in Ibadan.
He is a family man and being the brand ambassador for various companies like the telecommunication giant Airtel, he continues to develop his career and stay out of controversies.
Gabriel Afolayan’s Awards and Nominations
The talented actor and musician have bagged numerous awards and recognition, some of they are:
- Yoruba Movies Award- Most Promising Actor: 2012
- Nollywood Movies Award (NMA)- Rising Star: 2012
- Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)- Best Supporting Actor: 2013
- Abuja Film Festival (AIFF)- Outstanding Actor: 2019
- BON Awards- Nomination for the Best Actor in Leading Role (English): 2019
- Intellects Award- Best Actor (Male) nominee: 2019
- Was named by Ynaija amongst the 100 most influential Nigerians in film- 2019
- Africa Choice Awards- Actor of the year- 2019
Gabriel Afolayan Net Worth
Gabriel Afolayan is a successful and popular Nigerian actor and singer, he features in top movies and he is rated as one of the richest entertainers in the Nollywood industry. Gabriel Afolayan has an estimated net worth of about $500,000.
He is very active on social media, you can connect with him on Instagram: @gabbylucciii and on Twitter at @gabbylucciii.