Segun Adefila is an artist of Nigerian origin. His first encounter with the arts started from his childhood in his ancient hometown of Omu Aran in Kwara State(North Central Nigeria) where as a child he danced with masquerades during traditional festivals. This background has greatly influenced his art as a performance artist with a remarkable awareness of the potency of the arts as a veritable tool for social rejuvenation.
He had his informal training in theatre with Black Image Theatre Company after which he became a co-founder and artistic director of the Crown Troupe of Africa with a couple of friends in June 1996. In his quest for knowledge in the arts of theatre, Segun Adefila studied for a certificate in Drama from the defunct Centre for Cultural Studies, University of Lagos in 1997 and later obtained his B.A (2.1-Second Class Upper Division) in Creative Arts from the same institution in 2002. Segun Adefila began to gain recognition as a performer while in school winning awards at both departmental and professional levels with the Crown Troupe.
Some members of the group were invited by the National Troupe of Nigeria to perform at the maiden edition of Contacting The World, an international youth theatre festival hosted by Manchester based Contact Theatre in 2002. This was to be the group’s first international exposure overseas.