Sanyeri Biography | Everything There Is To Know About The Yoruba Star
His real name is Olaniyi Mikail Afonka, and he was born on the 14th of October 1974. His stage name is Sanyeri, and many people only know him by this name. Sanyeri is a movie producer, an actor, and a comedian.
He is one of the most popular Yoruba actors today in Nollywood. His family originated from Ilorin, Kwara State, as reflected by his name, but are based in Oyo.
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Sanyeri Biography | How he began
Sanyeri was born in Oyo Town, Bola Area, to be precise. He is also the first child of his parents. He attended St Michael Primary School, Oke-Ebo in Oyo State, and later proceeded to Durbar Grammar School in Oyo town.
As of the time of this write-up, Sanyeri is not known to have attended any higher institution.
Sanyeri Biography | His acting career
Sanyeri started acting in movies in 1992 when he joined a theater group. He was introduced to this theater group by one of his friends. Sanyeri relocated to Lagos in 1996, and this helped him take his acting career to another level entirely.
Over the years, Sanyeri has featured in many movies, some of which are below:
- Abuke Oshin
- Kosi Tabi Sugbon
- Opa Kan
- Were Merin
- Omo Carwash
- Afoju Meta
- Waheed Kolero
- Mawe Ku
- Ise Awako
- Sanyeri in London
- Area Boys
- Sanyeri Oloka
- Olu Omo
- Mama Do Good
- Omo Iya Meji
- Salako Alagbe
And so on
He has produced three movies since he ventured into movie production, titled:
Okan Eni made in 2004, Apaadi produced in 2009 and Mimi was created in 2020.
Sanyeri Biography | Personal life
Sanyeri is married with two children. The name of his wife is Hawawu Omolara Afonja and those of his children are Boluwatife Afonja and Olasunkanmi Afonja.
He got married on the 1st of December 2013 at Agidingbi, Lagos. Sanyeri met Omolara in 2004 at the National Theatre, Onikan, Lagos State, during his first movie production, titled Okan Eni.
Series of controversies greeted his wedding ceremony, with many critics saying he used the wedding to raise funds for his personal use. He vehemently denied the allegation, in any case.
While agreeing that he sold Aso Ebi to the wedding guests, he also declared that many people did not show up at the wedding with the Aso Ebi, and they were not penalized for that.
Sanyeri Biography | Nominations
Sanyeri has been nominated for several awards in his acting career, which include the following:
He was nominated for the Best Comedy Actor award at the 2015 edition of the Yoruba Movie Academy Awards. He was also nominated for the Best Movie Producer of the year (Yoruba) at the 2015 edition of the City People Entertainment Awards.
Sanyeri equally had a nomination for the Comic Actor of the Year award at the 2015 education of City People Entertainment Awards.
What is Sanyeri Net worth
His net worth is around $300,000. It makes him one of the richest actors in Yoruba Nollywood.