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#GBanks2018! First of all, Introduction for Nollywood Actor Gabriel Afolayan & Heartthrob Banke



Nollywood actor, director and singer Gabriel Afolayan is set to get married.
He and his heartthrob Banke had their introduction yesterday and we love how the two of them were simply glowing.

Their pre-wedding shots were captured by SC George.

Check on it!

Makeup and gele @oteniaramakeovers
Asooke @knotty_knitters
Lashes @aziyahbelladonna
Glow @ewaronkepro
Dress @aprilbykunbi
Photography: @adetolaadelekestudios | @scgeorge1


  1. PD Young Billionaire

    April 4, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    So beautiful.God bless u guys…

  2. Teal

    April 4, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Bella please post as Aunty Bella.

    Married women please I need advise. How important is love when considering who to marry? I’m in my 30s, some failed relationships. I have this man who loves me and will do anything to be with me and make me happy. He’s a good person and we’re friends. Everyone thinks I’m crazy for not giving him a chance. They say it’s better when the man loves you more and love can always grow.
    But I don’t love him and feel I will be settling, but then again there’s no one serious coming and the thought of dating from scratch makes me sick.
    I’m so confused and almost depressed over this matter. Please help.

    • Bola

      April 5, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      I’m in my early 20s. What I’ll say is, when deciding who to marry, always remember people want a wedding and you want a marriage; a good one. Most ladies hurriedly say yes to proposals without being sure cause everyone is getting engaged or married or pressure from family or society, or cause Africans believe after University marriage follows; especially for girls. Who you get married to is one of the important decisions you’ll make so worry not about your age, what people will say, etc. There are people who got married in their 30s cause their Moms told them “at this stage, it doesn’t matter; marry anyone”, or for varied reasons; a few years after they’re divorced with and/or without children. 90% of the time, we know when we’re doing what’s not right; even though we don’t want to admit it. If you want to get married cause you’re both in love, you can grow together and support each other, you complement each other, etc, then go for it, but if it’s cause you’re in your 30s, with pressure from family & society and past heartbreaks; then deliberate deeply on it. Good luck and God bless you!

    • Renelle

      April 5, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      I feel your plight but don’t feel you’re under any form of societal pressure, emotional pressure or hurry. Marriage is meant to last a lifetime, to be enjoyed not endured. I suggest if you’re of the Christian faith to pray and ask God not to miss his perfect will and purpose for you. At the end of the day it’s your life to live, if you don’t see a future with him don’t force yourself, if you’ve got a gut feeling he’s not the one and there is better ahead, it’s better to be alone than in a miserable marriage just because others think you’re running out of time.. at 30 something? No! Wishing you all the best.

    • Big sis

      April 5, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      Love is very important in marriage just as much as respect for one another,torrance and patience. Try and find our things u love about this guy..give urself more time to get to know him.I’m sure u’ll find out sth priceless about him that will make u love him. Its verybgood that he loves u more. All d best

    • Don’t be so quick to write him off

      April 6, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Look I understand the concept of looking for the “ideal package”, I don’t think anyone was as picky as me when it comes to men. So when u wanna talk about being big on physical and sexual chemistry….those initial “butterflies” and all that silly mushy stuff, I am the queen of that domain, however life has humbled me. See that 20something yr old giving you advice up there?? Has yet to experience life…..and its
      Totally not her fault because I was once like that and reasoned like that

      Now to the real matter, you said this guy makes you happy, he seem to care for u. My only question now is, do you have like zero attraction to him. Because if you can’t find it in yourself to even look at him in a desirable way, then Aunty, begin waka, no be your load.

      Physical attraction is important in marriage, there is no getting around that but if say you are friend zoning the guy because he is not six feet, has a funny accent, has a rubbish razz family or other stupid frivolous reasons then abeg reconsider

      The good thing is u guys have a history, you kinda know what to expect….as supposed to starting with a stranger who might turn out to be something else than he was portraying while y’all are dating.

      Ask yourself this, is he kind? Does he have a good relationship with God? Does he respect women? How does he act around kids? How does he react when angered? Is he hardworking? Driven? can he provide for a family? If you were stranded on a highway at 3:00am in the morning and had no one to come get me, can I count on this guy to be there? If you were deathly ill tomorrow and had to be hospitalized for months, will he stick around or take off? Is he consistent? Does he care about how his behavior affects you or is he selfish?

      My dear if uncle checks most of the questions I asked above, abeg marry that man. That my dear is love!

      Infatuation wears off over time, and you will be surprised how many people confuse infantuation with love…..leave the 6’2” swaggalicious, six figure earning, dark and handsome with smooth pick up line, make your panties wet oloshos you are longerthroating for….I have been there done them and got the tee-shirt. They are bastards! And honey u will never be the only one or ever be enough!

      I remember passing up a good looking very well off guy 2yrs ago when I was 32 because he had a funny Ibadan accent when he spoke youruba but his English was impeccable. He was also a bit on the short side….I was so focused on the stupid stuff couldn’t see all his good qualities. I just could not just see my self kissing him let alone sleeping with him only to pass him up for one bastard like that (whom I thought I was in “love with” and checked all my boxes) the guy I picked almost ruined my life and made me borderline suicidal (yeah, those were dark times but we thank God and good parents) No day goes by I don’t regret my decision of picking the other fella

      Alright I will get off my soapbox now, remember there is no such thing as a perfect guy, and yes! Love does grow!!! The older u get, ur priorities change….u crave less intimacy and more companionship,,respect and consistency. And also remember the older you get as a female the narrower your dating pool gets, this guy is available today, he might not be there tomorrow…be “effing” smart!

    • Demmy

      April 6, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      I will say n advise, u pray about it. It’s a life time commitment and you don’t want to go by feelings. Most times, those we feel for ain’t good for us but the bottom line is pray n seriously seek God’s advice. Nobody can advise u better than ur maker. Hope this helps.

    • toto

      April 6, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      Ask the help of the Holy Spirit, he will guide you

  3. Bibi

    April 4, 2018 at 10:51 pm


  4. Olamide

    April 5, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Kai, my crush is getting married ????. Banke lives in New York though, in other words, it is going to be a long distance marriage.

  5. Fizzy

    April 5, 2018 at 2:03 am

    Well spoken. I like this guy. Very different from the norm you see in the yoruba actors circle..HML in advance. Lovely pictures even better colour co-ord’

  6. Marlee

    April 5, 2018 at 6:22 am

    I see He and his. I have to take a second look or are they gay. This day a man can look like a woman. Very confusing write up.

  7. Hawtchic

    April 5, 2018 at 6:53 am

    @Marlee, Baba or Mama, it’s correct fa! ‘He and his heartthrob’. In Yoruba, to break it down, that would be “Ohun Ati ololufe re”. Am I helping or epping. Ese. Babai.

  8. marlee

    April 5, 2018 at 7:10 am

    @Hawtchic this is what heartthrob mean: a man, typically a celebrity, whose good looks excite romantic feelings in women. so who is the heartthrob between the two? and i do not speak any Nigerian language so enlighten me in English please.

  9. Tuti

    April 5, 2018 at 8:41 am

    @marlee, I doubt they are gay.
    As much we know that the word Heartthrob is mostly used for men however in recent times, it has also assumed the female gender meaning that i can use the word to describe a female or a male. Words evolve everyday and English is not left out.

  10. Smh

    April 5, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Can you please stop derailing this beautiful post?! Haba. Too early in the day for this kind of thing. Gabriel and his heartthrob Banke IS CORRECT. If heartthrob means something else to you, too bad, for majority of us we know it as a synonym for sweetheart.

    Congratulations to the couple.

  11. zzzzzzzzzzz

    April 5, 2018 at 11:02 am

    @Teal, won’t really advise you to marry the man if you do not love him. won’t be fair to him. Lovely pics, very handsome groom

  12. Moi

    April 5, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    @Teal, pls don’t be depressed and most importantly, don’t listen to the people that think or say you are crazy. Believe me, people think they know what’s best for you, but then pls.follow your heart. Don’t look at your age at all, your happiness and peace of mind matters after all. Pls dear, if you don’t love him genuinely, don’t marry him. Don’t rush, don’t be in haste, the person whom you guys love each other will come soon. Don’t listen toto what they say, listen to yourself. At the end of the day, u’ll keep running to those people , crying to them and seeking their advice and they will eventually get tired of you dat, well ur problem is too much and then, Its ur cross and you have to carry it and everyone has their problems. So, my advice if you don’t love him, don’t marry him, the one that people said he’s better a man loves you more than you do , well, it will get to a time that he’ll get tired and shows his true color. And then, you know that he really doesn’t love you as he claimed afterall, and all what people said about him isn’t so true afterall. It is well with you dear sis. Pls follow your heart and don’t listen to those people who think you are crazy because you are not.

  13. Asake

    April 5, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    “Teal, please don’t marry a man you don’t love. “Love grow” ke? I don’t believe in that bullsh*. 30 is not the end of life, wait a bit, start from the scratch, you’ll find the one you truly love. Abeg, na beg i beg you o! My elder sis did same when she was approaching 31, and ended up marrying a man 20yrs older than her. A widower. At the end of the day, sex is an issue with both. My sis won’t let the man kiss her not to talk of sex because “she doesn’t love him” It took the intervention of their Pastor and mum before this could happen. It got worse when sis must take liquor or something that will make her high to tolerate her hubby when making love. So my dear, Love is key in marraige pls. Pray, Chill, and don’t forget to Mingle. All the best!

  14. Somto

    April 5, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Love is just a chemical reaction and people fall in and out of love. That’s many why marriages these day end in divorce because they can wake up one day and fall out of love.
    Respect and strength of character is what holds a marriage together., If you respect each other and there’s good character and values

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      April 6, 2018 at 10:15 am

      I understand your point – i.e. don’t rush heedlessly in love without making a complete assessment of all the values which the other person brings to the relationship which can either positively or negatively impact on your union. Fully understood.

      However, that chemistry which comes with love is very important. Very, very important. To put it bluntly and especially for a vast percentage of women, there must be something about him that causes you to fluidly spread your legs when the lights are low and the mood is right. What? Marriage is a lifetime sentence oh, don’t enter knowing that you feel zero attraction to the person standing in front of the pulpit with you or else that’s going to be a recipe for disaster. And only a very tiny percentage of people actually get to experience that whole “love will grow” theory.

      Your union needs full helpings of a love you’re both willing to daily work on, or else na here we go begin read Aunty Bella story in 2 years (“I married my husband knowing I didn’t love him and now I’m playing away match with the love of my life”). Biko, don’t do that to anyone coming with his marriage proposal and whose genuine feelings you know you’ll not be able to reciprocate.

  15. Somto

    April 5, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Forgive my many mistakes.
    These yeye Cheap China Smart phones that out do themselves. Just be adding and correcting things. Be disgracing somebody

  16. Moi

    April 6, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Now I can’t see thethe message I wrote to @Teal

  17. Veegirl

    April 7, 2018 at 11:14 am

    @don’t be too quick to write him off, @somto. You have given @teal the best advice she can ever get. If I could like your comments a million times, I will. I have being married for 6 years and I am in my middle 30s. I learnt the secrets of a good marriage the hard way. I had married the all good looking guy, who speaks perfectly and all. After the marriage failed. I realized what it takes to have a good marriage. It takes like @somto said, respect and strength of character. And if he ticks well the questions asked by @don’t be too quick to write him off. Biko jump and marry him.

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