July 13, 2024


Mike Afolarin (born on September 1, 1993) has gained widespread recognition in the Nigerian film industry due to his leading role in the Netflix series “Far From Home” playing the role of “Ishaya Bello.” 

In addition to his acting career, Afolarin is a television presenter, film producer, and photographer.

Early & Education 

Afolarin was born to Christian parents of Yoruba descent. He spent a few of his formative years in Ibadan before his family had to relocate to Lagos state at the age of seven.

He was enrolled in a Lagos school where he had primary and secondary education.

He attended Federal Government College, Ijanikin, and later got admission to one of the prestigious universities in Nigeria, where he bagged a degree.


Afolarin is a talented and ambitious actor who is genuinely dedicated to his profession. He made his entry into the Nigerian film industry in 2013 while he was still pursuing his education at the university. Since then, Afolarin had the opportunity to take on a variety of exciting and challenging roles, working with some of the most respected and well-known actors in the industry, such as Funke Akindele, EbonyLife Films, Daniel Etim-Effiong, Akin Lewis, Demola Adedoyin, and others. 

Afolarin’s hard work and dedication to his profession paid off when he was cast in the Nigerian Netflix series “Far From Home,” which was released in December 2022. 

This role catapulted him to stardom and cemented his reputation as a skilled and versatile actor capable of tackling a wide range of roles and projects.

He acted alongside Natse Jemide, Elma Mbadiwe, Genoveva Umeh, Bucci Franklin, Olumide Oworu, Gbubemi Ejeye, Ruby P. Okezie, Natse Jemide, Raymond Umenze, Moshood Fattah, Tomi Ojo, and others.


  • The Thing About Love
  • Chasing Shadows
  • Ajoche
  • The Last days
  • Love in Asylum
  • Penance
  • Your Excellency
  • Far From Home 
  • Media Controversy

Personal Life 

Despite being a well-known celebrity, Afolarin has managed to keep his personal lifestyle out of the spotlight. Little is known about his personal lifestyle or relationships, as he has successfully maintained his privacy on these matters. 

It remains to be seen whether Afolarin is currently in a romantic relationship.

Awards & Nominations 

  • 2018: Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)
  • Viewer’s Choice Award
  • 2018: ZUMA Film Festival
  •  Best Picture
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Director
  •  Best Editing
  • Best Screenplay

Social Media 

Net Worth 

Afolarin has been consistent in his profession since he got involved. He has amassed an estimated net worth of US$50,000 -US$100,000.

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