Nkem Owoh: Everything You Should Know About Osuofia

Osuofia is a name every Nigerian is familiar with. The award-winning Nigerian actor, whose real name is Nkem Owoh, has been in TV series and films since 1987. He is an interesting man and he always succeeds in reflecting this interestingness on our TV screens. His character as Osuofia in a Nollywood movie is what skyrocketed his fame and made his name an ever-present one on the lips of Nigerians. He

What was Nkem Owoh’s Early Life Like?

Nkem Owoh was born on the 7th of February, 1958. He hails from Amagu Village in Udi Local Government Area in Enugu State. Other sources, however, claim, that the actor was born on the 17th October 1960, but there has been no confirmation from Osuofia himself.

He grew up in Nsukka, a famous town in Enugu State. He finished his primary and secondary school education in Nsukka, before moving on to the University of Ibadan, where he studied Electrical Engineering and graduated with an Engineering Degree. While he was at the University of Ibadan, he had already begun appearing in TV shows.

How Did Nkem Owoh’s Career Life Begin?

Nkem Owoh first appeared in the TV series, Things Fall Apart, in 1987. He was probably between the ages of 29 to 31 at the time. He co-starred with popular actors like Pete Edochie, Justus Esiri, and Sam Loco Efe. Nkem Owoh and Patience Ozokwor co-starred as a couple in Ukwa, the comedy film that was shown in 1995. At first, Nkem Owoh was named after his character, Ukwa.

But after this, he soon featured in more comedy films and this became his specialty. He was gifted in witty comebacks and always had something for any character who crossed his path. Soon, he and Patience Ozokwor became a regular couple in Nollywood films in those days, and people soon began to take them for a real couple.

Finally, in 2003, Nkem Owoh’s nickname changed from Ukwa to Osuofia, and this nickname has followed him till now.

When was Osuofia in London Released?

Osuofia in London was produced by Kingsley Okoro and was released in 2003. Nkem Owoh was the real actor, and several critics and Nollywood experts have stated that this film is Nollywood’s highest-selling films of all time. There were no ticket sales at the time to properly account for the movie’s success, but it, without a doubt, was one of the most popular Nollywood movies.

The comedy film shows Osuofia, a villager, moving to London, England, where he has plans of inheriting his brother’s properties and his widow.

Was Nkem Owoh part of the G8 Nollywood Ban?

Nkem Owoh had quite a number of early successes in the Nollywood movie industry and soon found himself amidst controversy. He was banned from appearing in films.

Some Nollywood actors and actresses were apparently allegedly sidelining independent producers, preferring instead, to work with market distributors. The other actors named were; Genevieve Nnaji, Jim Iyke, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Ramsey Nouah, Richard Mofe Damijo, Emeka Ike, and Stella Damascus. These actors were also accused of demanding huge paycheques and underperforming. This led to producers coming together to ban them from featuring in Nollywood movies for a year.

Is Nkem Owoh Married?

Nkem Owoh got married to his wife, Ngozi Nkem Owoh in 1998, and they have two daughters together. He has four major songs, and combines singing with his acting career.


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