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Legend Series: Nigerian Actor: ADE LOVE

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Adeyemi Josiah Afolayan (1940-1996) was a Nigerian actor, filmmaker, dramatist and producer.

Adeyemi Afolayan (also known as Ade Love) was born in 1940. From Kwara state Nigeria, he was a film actor, director and producer.

In 1966, Afolayan joined Moses Olaiya’s drama troupe, in 1971, he left to establish his own drama group which went on to stage comedic plays.

In 1976, he appeared in Ola Balogun’s Ajani Ogun and later produced and starred Ija Ominira, also directed by Balogun. Kadara, also called Destiny in English was the first movie he wrote, produced and also starred as leading actor. The movie was shown at the ninth Tashkent film festival for African and Asian cinema. Afolayan went on to produce and star in other productions such as Ija Orogun, Taxi Driver and Iya ni Wura.

His best films are Taxi Driver (1983) and Ajani Ogun (1976).

He is the brother of actress Toyin Afolayan as well as father to film actors, Kunle Afolayan, Tayo Afolayan, Gabriel Afolayan, Moji Afolayan and Aremu Afolayan.

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