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Toyin Afolayan, popularly known as Lola Idije, is a legendary Nigerian actress who has been actively involved in the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) since the early 90s. Born on September 24, 1959, in Lagos, Toyin Afolayan is the elder sister of two notable Nigerian actors, Bolaji Amusan, also known as Mr. Latin, and Adebayo Salami, popularly called Oga Bello.
Early Life and Education
Toyin Afolayan was raised in Lagos, Nigeria. Her father was the late Adeyemi Afolayan, a notable Nigerian film director and producer, popularly known as Ade Love, while her mother was the late Afolayan, who was also an actress. She attended St. John Primary School and later proceeded to St. Finbarr’s College in Lagos for her secondary education. She later furthered her education at the Lagos State Polytechnic.
Tohin Afolayan began her acting career in 1984 when she featured in the movie “Erin Lakatabu,” produced by her brother Adeyemi Afolayan. However, she became more prominent in the Nigerian movie industry in the early 1990s when she featured in the movie “Deadly Affair,” a movie produced by Akin Akindele. Since then, she has gone on to feature in several movies, including “Iyawo Alhaji,” “Itakun,” “Ojurongbe,” “Agbaarin,” “Alani Pamolekun,” and many others.
Toyin Afolayan has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the Nigerian movie industry. Her impressive acting skills and comic versatility have endeared her to the hearts of many Nigerians. She has also garnered a massive following on social media, with thousands of followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Toyin Afolayan is a mother of three and a grandmother. She has been married for over 25 years to her loving husband, whom she fondly refers to as “Baba Ibeji.” The couple is well-known for their philanthropic gestures, and they have been involved in several charity works.
Toyin Afolayan is also a proud owner of several luxurious cars and a magnificent house. Some of the cars she owns include a Toyota Venza, Toyota Highlander, and a Mercedes Benz.
According to reports, Toyin Afolayan’s net worth is estimated to be around $550,000, which is equivalent to 212,000,000 Nigerian Naira, 1,324,600 Canadian dollars, 2,384,750 Ghana cedis, 57,590,875 Kenya shilling, 5,734,332 South Africa rand, 4,121,320 Uganda shilling, and 40,214,500 Indian rupees.
Despite the challenges she faced in her early years, Toyin Afolayan’s hard work, determination, and talent have made her a significant force to be reckoned with in the Nigerian entertainment industry. Her contribution to Nollywood has earned her several awards and nominations.
Awards and Nominations
Some of the awards she has won include the City People Entertainment Award for Yoruba Movie Personality of the Year, Best Comic Act, Yoruba Film Reproduction Award, and the Yoruba Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
To conclude, Toyin Afolayan has proven to be a talented actress over the years. Her contribution to Nollywood cannot be overemphasized, and she has paved the way for many talented actresses in the Nigerian movie industry. Her fans can enjoy her performances by watching some of her movies on YouTube, such as “Iya Oko,” “Asake,” and “Eru Akata.” They can also follow her on social media for updates on her personal and professional life.