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Actor Deyemi Okanlawon now Techstars Toronto Mentor

Nollywood actor, Deyemi Okanlawon has been appointed as a mentor for global entrepreneurs at Techstars Toronto.

The appointment came as a result of the successful premiere of Mo Abudu’s latest Netflix original feature film, ‘Elesin Oba; an adaption of Wole Soyinka’s book, ‘Death and the King’s Horseman, at the recently concluded 47th Toronto International Film Festival. He said:

“Super proud to announce that I am now officially a Techstars Toronto Mentor!.

“Very soon, I’ll be sharing some really amazing news on the intersection of Film and Tech so stay tuned.”

In 2013, Deyemi won Best Actor in a Short Film at the In-Short film festival for his role as a psychotic husband in the thriller, Blink. He attended the Acting for Film course at the New York Film Academy in collaboration with Del-York.

In 2015, Deyemi founded Covenant Entertainment Services, a production and talent management firm and soon became a consultant to Silverbird Film Distribution. In 2019 he took up the position of marketing manager at Silverbird Distribution, rose to head Nollywood and Independent movie distribution and thereafter took over the management of the operations of the company as acting CEO.

In 2022, he received his first-ever nomination at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy for his role in “Omo Ghetto: The Saga”.

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