Growing up in Nigeria as the youngest of 20 children, Folake Olowofoyeku always dreamed of delving into the arts. Her parents, Chief Babatunji and Chief Mrs. Felicia Olowofoyeku, however, insisted she enter the family professions of law and politics.
Though they expected her to study economics and then attend law school, Olowofoyeku began studying acting at the City College of New York and graduated with a B.A. with honors in theater. While at university, she developed a love for basketball, competing in the NCAA Women’s Division III for the Beavers. Additionally, she received a diploma in audio engineering from the Institute of Audio Research and taught herself to play guitar.