Olaniyi Afonja popularly known as Sanyeri is a Nigeria comic actor in the yoruba movie sector whose comic roles is exceptionally incredible. He is also a movie producer and has more than 10 movies to his credit and has featured in over 200 movies till date. He is currently one of the most sought after actor for comedy roles in the Industry.
Early life and Personality
Olaniyi Afonja popularly known as Sanyeri was born in Oyo State as the first child of his parents. He was born on October 14 1974 in the ancient town of Oyo. He started his Primary and Secondary school at St. Michael Primary School Oke Ibo and Durbar Grammar School in Oyo State respectively.
After he finished his secondary school education, he joined a theatre group through his friend, he was responsible for carrying the group costume, but after some years of not been paid well, he left the group to start shoe business. He had to learn how to repair shoes so he become a shoe cobbler. Eventually he left Oyo to lagos for greener pasture but still yet he was unable to make ends meet even when he combines both acting and shoe business.
He eventually left shoe cobbler to acting fully when he noticed it was affecting his career and decided to face acting squarely.
Who is Olaniyi Afonja’s wife?
Olaniyi Afonja is married to Omolara Hawawu Afonja for about 11 years. According to him, they met at National theatre Iganmu where he came to screen his movie ‘Okan emi’.
He said “I was attracted to her when I saw her that day so i summoned the courage to meet her through one of her friend “. It took several month before I could convince her to date me. They are happily married with two kids (Boluwatife and Olasunkanmi Afonja)
Olaniyi Afonja started his acting career in 1992 after he was introduced to a theatre group by his friend. In 1996 he moved to Lagos to further his career and has since starred in several movies in the yoruba sector. He did not only act movies, he also produces and writes some movies in Yoruba sector.
Olaniyi Afonja is known as one of the top comedian and successful yoruba actor in the industry. He is also one of most famous and influential actors in the industry, his name has strived through to be an household name in the Nigeria movie industry
Awards and Nominations
Olaniyi Afonja has bagged a lot of awards due to his comic and exceptional roles in the Nigeria industry.
Some of his awards include;
- City People Award for the best movie of the year (2018)
- City People Award for Comic actor of the year (2015, 2017)
- City People Award for the best movie producer of the year (2015)
Olaniyi Afonja can be contacted through the following link on the social media platform
Facebook Handle; Olaniyi Afonja
Instagram Handle; @sanyeri02
He has featured in so many movies which includes:
- Edun Ara
- Opa Kan
- Omo Carwash
- Mawe Ku
- Sanyeri in London
- Olu Omo
- Salako Alagbe
- Omo Iya Meji
- Mama Do Good
- Sanyeri Oloka
- Area Boys
- Ise Awako
- Waheed Kolero
- Afoju Meta