Oyekunle Oluwaremi “Kunle Remi” (born: 18 October 1988; Age: 35 years old) is an established Nigerian actor, director, model, TV and event host, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and winner of the 7th edition of Gulder Ultimate Search (2010). He is most famous for his roles in 13 Letters (2021), Falling (2015), and Gold Statue (2019).
Kunle mixes talent, skills, and charisma to turn himself into a highly celebrated versatile actor who has brought many characters to life. He is a self-acclaimed “Half Human Half Screen God” and showcases himself through skits that would lead to his being nicknamed the “king of TikTok.”
Kunle Remi Is 35 Years Old and Hails From Ekiti State
Kunle Remi was born Oyekunle Oluwaremi Opeyemi on 18 October 1988 in Benue State. He is, however, a native of Ekiti State who later moved to Ibadan in Oyo State, where he had his early life.
Kunle’s father is an engineer named Joseph Ibukun Oluremi, while his mother is an academician and a school owner named Mrs. S.O Oluwaremi. The actor disclosed in an interview that his parents are supportive.
Kunle has five siblings – an older sibling and four younger ones. He is the only entertainer in the family, but his younger brother studies theater arts. According to Remi, he mentors his brother.
What Schools Did Kunle Remi Attend?
Kunle Remi has attended different schools within and outside of Nigeria. He went to secondary school in Ibadan, Oyo State, and headed for his University education at the University of Ibadan, where he studied Fishery and Wildlife Management.
According to reports, Kunle had left the University of Ibadan to attend Sheffield University, South Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom, where he purportedly studied Tourism and Hospitality Management. However, his website has no mention of the university, but he attested to have graduated from UI.
Regardless, Remi attended New York Film Academy (NYFA) to study acting in 2014, and in 2015, he obtained a qualification in filming and directing from the same school. The school has also graduated other notable Nigerian celebrities such as Omoni Oboli, Stephanie Okereke Linus, Banky W, Kemi Adesoye, and OC Ukeje.
Kunle Remi Came Into the Limelight as a Reality TV Star of Gulder Ultimate Search
Kunle Remi participated in the 7th season of the Gulder Ultimate Search in 2007. The reality show then took place in Omo Forest in Ogun State of the Southwest region of Nigeria. His winning the show brought him into the public consciousness, as it did another Nollywood actor Chris Okagbue.
About four years after he won GUS, the show took a hiatus in 2014, and upon its return in 2021, he was named the taskmaster of season 12. He was also named the taskmaster of the 13th season in 2022.
Kunle Remi Started His Professional Acting Career in 2011
The native of Ekiti State has been in the acting scene for 12 years since 2011 when he was about 23. He started with minor roles until he reached a major in Heavy Beauty in 2012. At the initial stage of Kunle’s acting career, he also performed stunts in 2014 in Kpains: The Feast of Souls. Additionally, served as an actor in the same film where he interpreted the role of Henry.
The same year and about the time he was 26 years old, Kunle’s acting career landed him roles in mostly short films such as Sister’s Keeper and Sting. Despite this, he further exposed himself with the interpretation of Oliseh’s role TV series called The Getaway. In 2015, Remi’s fame grew as he played more characters in Hex as Emeka and other roles in Out of Luck, Deluded, and Mrs. & Mrs. Johnson.
Falling was Kunle Remi’s Breakthrough Movie
Four years after Remi entered the Nigerian movie industry as an actor, he appeared in Falling (2015) as Imoh – a young married man who had an accident that left him in a coma. The Niyi Akinmolayan-directed film also added to the fame of Adesua Etomi, whose role as Imoh’s young wife won her the award of Best Actress in a Drama at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.
The film has other notable Nigerian actors such as Blossom Chukwujekwu, Desmond Elliot, and Deyemi Okanlawon, among others. Since then, Kunle Remi continues to shine as a force to reckon with in the movie industry of Nigeria and counts no fewer than 100 roles as an actor. At present, he comfortably boasts of playing a lover boy, killer, thief, and several other roles that include other challenging ones.
Kunle Remi’s Movies and TV Series
- Anikalupo (2022)
- Deserted (2022)
- Treasury (2022)
- Borrowed Wealth (2022)
- 13 Letters (as Akinola ‘Owoblo’ Owolabi, 2021)
- Still Falling (role of Tunde Bada, 2021)
- Wild Affair (as Henry, 2021)
- Hide ‘N’ Seek (as James Kokori, 2021)
- Flip of Love (role of Osas, 2021)
- A Naija Christmas (as Ugo, 2021)
- Season of the Vow (as Dayo, 2020)
- Mama Drama (played Gboyega, 2020)
- Quagmire (as Kolade, 2019)
- Gold Statue (role of Chike, 2019)
- Stronger Together (as Jide, 2018)
- The Eve (as Audu, 2018)
- Purple Heart (role of Ademola, 2017)
- Sobi’s Mystic (as Sobi, 2017)
- Tiwa’ Baggage (as Lolu, 2017)
- Falling (played Imoh, 2015)
- Forbidden (as Demilade Doregos, 2018)
- Tinsel (role of Zane, 2016-2017)
- Lincoln’s Clan (played Eric, 2016-2017)
- Lagos Cougars Reloaded (2015-2016)
- The Getaway (as Oliseh, 2014)
Kunle Remi’s Awards and Nominations
- Best of Nollywood Awards
- Nomination for Best Supporting Actor – English (2019)
- Best Kiss in a Movie (won, 2020)
Kunle’s Career as a TV Host
The 35-year-old actor has a thriving career as a TV and event host. He started as the host of an online TV called CELEBVILLE360. He has also hosted 18+ shows on DStv’s Africa Magic channel. One of the career highlights of the actor as a host was reporting live at 2013’s Oscars from the United States.
His life took an entirely new turn when he was called to become the taskmaster of Gulder Ultimate Search in 2021, 11 years after he took the same path as a contestant. According to him, it was an opportunity he dreamt of, and when it finally came knocking, he had to cancel his tight schedule to work on the reality show. He worked on GUS with Toke Makinwa, who was the anchor for season 12.
The Benue State-Born Actor’s Career Is Also A Producer
Although Kunle’s acting career has set him on the map as one of the best actors and one of the highest-grossing earners of 2021, he also has a career as a producer. His first production traces to 2014, when he served as the executive producer of Sting. In 2020, he also produced a short film called Just One Call Away (JOCA).
How He Rose to Fame on Social Media
Before 2020, Remi had a social media presence but was very busy filming that he had little time to put out content. This nonetheless changed when the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020, and there was a lockdown. Then, he realized that he was left with his phone, TV, and a few people he was isolated with.
This marked the beginning of his journey to becoming “the King of TikTok” and a social media content creator many cannot compete with. When he started, Remi felt he was only entertaining people and exercising his skills as an actor. Still, it turned out to generate large followership on different platforms.
Currently, Kunle Remi is known for his funny videos, especially on TikTok and Instagram. He also dubs himself a man who is “always doing fhingzz (things).”
Summary of Kunle’s Social Media Handles Followers
- Username: Kunle Remi
- Followers: above 160k
- Handle: @kunleremiofficial
- Followers: More than 630k
- Handle: @kunleremi.kr
- Followers: above 578k
Kunle Remi’s Modelling Career
The actor with 12 years of professional acting experience is also a model and has worked with several brands in Nigeria and America. His modeling career reportedly landed him space as part of Isis Models agency.
The agency founded by Joan Ikorodudu is one of the biggest in Nigeria and is dedicated to identifying, developing, and sustaining the modeling careers of black people. In addition, Kunle represents both premium and upcoming brands as a brand influencer and ambassador.
Who Is Kunle Remi’s Wife, Is He Married?
Kunle Remi is not married at the time of this writing. In an interview, he said he would get married in his time. He has, however, been associated with several women in the movie industry in terms of romantic relationships. He was first linked to Adesua Etomi.
The actors reportedly had an affair before it ended before she became Banky W’s wife. Although the news juggled around the media and made waves at a point, Remi reached his Instagram around 2017 to stop being referred to as Adesua’s ex. He further announced that he had never attested to ever dated the light-skinned 35-year-old Adesua, and neither has she.
Instead, they were a couple in a movie, Falling, which prompted the allegation. Also, there are reports that Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson had joked about being married to the actor. Although it turned out false, there were suggestions that they probably had an affair. Similarly, Remi had been linked to a woman whose identity was given as Mrs. Gunz.
He stepped out with her in 2020 and was allegedly his fiancee. Well, there is barely any report about the 2. Whatever the case, as time progressed and again, the actor’s love life was linked to another actress, Bimbo Ademoye. There are rumors that the two have been dating for a while, especially because they seem close.
Despite this, Kunle disclosed through an interview that he and Bimbo are not dating but are close friends and colleagues. The actor has also been rumored to have a child. However, he mentioned that he has no child but a close relationship with his nieces and nephews.