Deyemi The Actor | Deyemi Okanlawon is a Nigerian film, TV and stage actor with several of his work being nominated and awarded by prominent Nigerian and Pan-African film bodies
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About Deyemi

My very first memory of being in front of an audience was at about the age of 5 doing primary school plays, I was 9 years old when I featured in a national family planning TV commercial and there my acting career paused. Getting into Uni acting was back in my life as member of the drama group Gf(x), I later went to head Crew Xtreme, the Xtreme Reaction drama-music-dance concert team and also became a member of the Snapshots Theatre group. A chance meeting in 2010 led to my fist audition and subsequent casting in ZR7 (aka The Red House 7) and A Grain Of Wheat which led to me eventually changing careers to full time acting in 2013. The rest, as they say, is history.

Acting is such a noble calling that it took quite a while for me to get comfortable introducing myself as an actor and so I sorta get miffed when people add a prefix to the word “Actor”. Yes I am Nigerian, yes I am black, yes I have done movies across Africa, yes I have tried and still am trying different acting techniques – Stanis, Lee, Stella, Meisner, and yes I have done film, tv, theatre and voice work… but all I want hear when I pass by is “Hey, that’s Deyemi!”. “Which one?”. “The Actor”. (… see what I did there?).

Knowing how unnecessarily long it took to discover my calling, I’m passionate about motivating and empowering young people to discover, explore their talent, develop skill and maximise their potential. I pay particular attention to young women in this part of the world who unfortunately face a number of challenges their counterparts elsewhere don’t and I’m fortunate to have helped quite a few along their career path.

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Some of his breakout work include GIDI UP (nominated for Best TV Series at the 2014 NMA and Best TV Drama AMVCA 2015), BLINK by Tolu Ajayi (Best Actor in a Short Film, Best Short Film nominee at the 2013 NMA, shortlisted in the Best Short Film category at the AFRIFF), DIAGNOSIS directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa for the British Council’s LAGOS THEATRE FESTIVAL. Others include KNOCK-KNOCK, TASTE OF LOVE, DOWRY 1 & 2, LEKKI WIVES 3 and A FEW GOOD MEN (featuring Kate Henshaw and Joseph Benjamin). After 8 years working as a Sales and Marketing Manager he switched careers to follow his passion for entertaining and resigned from his position as Marketing Manager of OLX Nigeria.

Since his film debut in 2010 he has worked on several high profile productions and has 35 film credits, 7 stage credits and has appeared in OLX and GLO TV commercials as well as music videos for Waje and Aramide. His most recent movie “If Tomorrow Never Comes” features celebrity model-actress Yvonne Nelson and is scheduled for release in cinemas, on TV and online from 2015.


As well as being a talented stage and screen star, Deyemi is an experienced presenter and host. Growing up he worked with his mother’s cake business, Bakers World and was the unofficial wedding cake presenter. Years later he compered at several friends’ weddings before he eventually got a paying MC opportunity. He has since compered at high profile events including Covenant Christian Centre’s THE PLATFORM and Ndani TV’s Season 2 launch of THE JUICE with celebrity presenter Toolz O.

Deyemi’s experience as an actor and his relaxed stage presence make him an ideal MC at any function as his natural charisma connects instantly with his audience and creates a fun, entertaining atmosphere for a wide range of event styles. His talent and contagious personality is always a pleasure to work with.

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