Olaiya Igwe Biography, Net Worth, Age, Wife, Education, Career, Personal Details


Lukman Ebun Oloyede, who is popularly known as Olaiya Igwe, is a celebrated Nigerian actor and film producer. He is well known for his mastery in the interpretation of roles and his comical acts in Yoruba Nollywood movies.

Early Life and Education

Olaiya was born on the 27th of July 1957 in Kenta, Oke-Ejigbo, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. He attended St. Judes Primary School in Abeokuta and Premier Grammar School for his secondary schooling in Ojere, Abeokuta. He later proceeded to the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, where he studied mass communication.


After seeing the late Adeyemi Afolayan’s film “Maaramo,” Oloyede was inspired to pursue acting.
He pretended he’d never seen movie star with tribal markings. He acted well without noticing the tribal marks on his face. At that point, he decided to pursue career in theatre.

Olaiya Igwe, as she is affectionately known, began performing in the 1970s after joining the Musbau Shodimu Theatre Organisation in Abeokuta. In movies like Ololade (Mr Money), Iru EsinKosi Tabi SugbonBaale Oko ilu, and Son, he had a starring role. He also appears in the well-liked Africa Magic TV show, Awon Aladun De.

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He has featured in various movies alongside top actors like Odunlade AdekolaBimbo Ademoye, and Iyabo Ojo, among others.

Personal Life

Ridwan Oloyede, the son of Olaiya Igwe, is a musician chasing his dreams in New York. He reportedly has a mansion in Ogun state, the city where he was raised.

Olaiya is married, and his marriage is blessed with children.

Olaiya Tribal Marks

Olaiya disapproved of his tribal marks and claimed that due to the tribal marks, he would not have been able to play professionally if he were a footballer.

In an interview with City People, the actor expressed shame over the tribal markings on his face. Olaiya highlighted the Alaafin of Oyo as an example when he discussed how he had come to appreciate his tribe’s markings; he claimed that the Oyo king had tribal markings that were appropriate for him.
He also stated that the grandchildren of Alaafin of Oyo do not have tribal markings because it is not part of our custom. Several African tribes, particularly those in Nigeria, he claims, brand distinctive marks on their natives in order to identify them. However, many people have come to regret having these marks on their bodies because they are vulnerable to bullying, embarrassment, and lack of confidence as result, among other things.

MC Oluomo’s Car Gift

In a post on Instatory by King_WesttOluomo’s son, on the 11th of August 2022, he captioned the post, “My dad surprised actor Olaiya with a new Benz. It’s good to be good. See how he pushed him. When you are loyal, you will always get what belongs to you. ” Nigerians were surprised to see the veteran actor prostrating and rolling on the floor in appreciation of the GLK350 Mercedes Benz gift from Musiliu Akinsanya, a.k.a. MC Oluomo, the chairman of the Lagos State Park and Garages Management.

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He has starred in several movies, some of which are:

  • Ololade (Mr Money)
  • Irun Esin
  • Kosi tabi Sugbon
  • Baale oko ilu
  • Oga Olopa
  • Abela Pupa
  • Posi Alaye
  • Aye Olorogun
  • Ito funfun
  • Boya lemo
  • Okan lomo
  • Ologbon meji
  • Sababi
  • Obi omo
  • Sunmi bare
  • Ajoke Point One
  • Ogbologbo
  • Fila Daddy
  • Aye Olorogun
  • Olorun Esan
  • Eni eleni
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Awards and Nominations

  • City People Movie Award for Comic Actor of the Year (Yoruba).

Net Worth

Olaiya has an estimated net worth of $750,000.

Social Media Handles

Instagram: olaiyaigwefilms