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 famous acclaimed movie producer and director – Kunle Afolayan.
Gabriel Afolayan’s 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.
Gabriel Afolayan is married to Adebanke Afolayan.
Gabriel Afolayan’s Career
The talented actor started 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).
F Opawon – 1990
Super Story Series
Aramotu – 2010
Ghetto Dreamz: The Dagrin Story – 2011
Hoodrush – 2012
Heroes and Zeroes – 2012
Glitterati – 2013
The Antique – 2014
Ojujo – 2014
7 Inch Curve – 2015
Okafor’s Law – 2016
A Love Like This – 2016
Tatu – 2017
Something Wicked – 2017
Alakada Reloaded – 2017
King Invincible – 2017
Hanatu – 2017
Power of 1 – 2018
Kasala – 2018
Philander – 2018
Gold Statue – 2019
Say Mama – 2019
Lugard, The Movie – 2019
For Maria – 2019
Coming from Insanity – 2019
Alubarika – 2019
Codewilo – 2019
Oracles Online – 2019
Latana 1 and 2 – 2019
Sharo – 2019
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
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
Endorsements Of Gabriel Afolayan
Gabriel Afolayan is the official Ambassador for Airtel Nigeria.
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.
Cheating rumour: Actor Gabriel Afolayan and wife unfollow each other on Instagram.
Actor Gabriel Afolayan and his wife have reportedly unfollowed each other on Instagram.
It was recently reported that trouble surfaced in their home after it was alleged that Afolayan’s wife cheated on him with popular music star, Banky W.
According to the report, Adebanke allegedly cheated on her husband Gabriel Afolayan with singer, Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W. The singer, who is the husband of actress Adesua Etomi-Wellington, had attended Afolayan and Adebanke’s wedding with his wife in 2018.
It was alleged that the cheating scandal had led to a split between Gabriel and his wife Adebanke . And amidst the cheating rumours, the couple has unfollowed each other on their Instagram pages.