‘Rise’ on Disney +: How Dayo Okeniyi, a graphic designing student, became an actor

Disney + is bringing the much-awaited sports-based film ‘Rise’ written by Arash Amel. Akin Omotoso has helmed the film which is executive-produced by Antetokounmpo and produced by Bernie Goldmann. ‘Rise’ is all set to release on June 24, 2022 at Disney +.

The plot of the film is based on three remarkably talented brothers who work exceptionally hard to make their dream of becoming NBA league stars come true. With the film all set to release on Disney + in the next few days, let’s take a look at the main cast member, Dayo Okeniyi. Before that, ardent fans can also watch these sports based films and series like ‘Hustle’, ‘Gensan Punch’ and ‘Bad Sport’.


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What is the name of Dayo Okeniyi’s first movie?

Dayo made his big screen debut in Hollywood industry with ‘The Hunger Games’. He initially also acted in short films ‘Eyes To See’ and ‘Lions Among Men’. Furthermore, Dayo has also acted in films like ‘The Spectacular Now’, ‘Runner, Runner’, ‘Cavemen’, ‘Endless Love’, ‘Terminator Genisys’, ‘Good Kids’, ‘Emperor’, ‘Run Sweetheart Run’ and was also seen in ‘Queenpins’. Dayo has also acted in television series like ‘Revolution’ and ‘Shades Of Blue’. Dayo is going to be seen playing the lead role of NBS star Antetokounmpo’s father in the film ‘Rise’.

In an old interview with Essence.com, opening up on his background before he became a Hollywood actor, Dayo Okeniyi said, “I was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and I moved to Anderson, Indiana, in 2003 to go to school. I finished high school in America, then I went to college. I studied graphic design and advertising. But while I was there I did plays, so acting has always been my true love. And I did theater in Nigeria, too – I did a ton of plays when I was home ”.

Speaking on the fact of how ‘The Hunger Games’ film became his first major role in Hollywood industry that paved the way for him to become an actor, Dayo said, “I moved to LA a couple years ago and I was lucky to land an indie feature right away. At that time, I was tipped off that there was a casting director looking for young actors. So, I followed up and performed for him and he was really impressed. He was like, “Who’s your agent, I’d love to get in touch. I have roles I’m casting for right now and I think you’d be perfect! ” I was like, “Sir, I don’t have any representation.” He then made a phone call and set me up with a manager. It was a victory just getting representation. The first audition my manger sent me on was The Hunger Games, and I got the role ”.

What is Dayo Okeniyi’s current net worth?

According to Stardom1.com, as of 2022, Dayo Okeniyi’s current net worth is $ 3 million.

What is Dayo Okeniyi’s relationship status?

According to Datingcelebs.com, as of 2022 Dayo Okeniyi is currently not dating anyone and is single.

Other cast members for ‘Rise’ includes Uche Agada, Ral Agada, Yetide Badaki, Jaden Osimuva, Elijah Shomanke, Anthony Abiola, Manish Dayal and Taylor Nichols.


The official trailer of the film is out now. You can also watch it below.

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