Nkem Owoh’s Biography
Nkem Owoh is an award-winning Nigerian actor. Popularly known as Osuofia, he was born in Enugu in 1962. Though he studied Engineering, Owoh was most actively involved in activities that concern the arts and performance. No wonder he was already taking lead roles in films and taking part in television productions while he was a student. Osuofia has been acting as far back as 1987 when he featured in the novel Things Fall Apart adapted from Chinua Achebe’s award-winning novel of the same title. In 2003, Nkem became a household name in the Nigerian movie industry at the release of his blockbuster comedy film titled Osuofia in London. Besides acting, Osuofia, as he is fondly called by his teeming fans, is also a musician. He is well known for his controversial song, “I Go Chop Your Dollar” in which he glorifies (as accused of by EFCC) advance fee fraud otherwise known in Nigeria as Yahoo-Yahoo. This is why some time after the release of the song the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) together with the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) banned it. Nkem Owoh has acted, directed and produced several popular movies prominent among which have been awarded.
Nkem studied Engineering at the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State.
Popular Roles: Nkem’s notable role is as a character named Osuofia in the popular film Osuofia in London. He is always a clownish figure in most movies in which he featured.
Breakout Movie including year released: Osuofia In London (2003)
Popular Movies including year released:
- Ghana Must Go (2015)
- Osuofia in London (2003)
- Stronger Than Pain (2007)
- Osuofia in London 2 (2004)
Recent Movies including year released:
- The Compound Thief (2016)
- Ghana Must Go (2015)
- My Destiny (2015)
- My Baby (2015)
- (Best Actor in a Leading Role) 2008 Africa Movie Academy Awards
Nkem Owoh is notably a man of controversies just like most stars in the movie industry. After his release of a song that went viral, the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) banned it. The song titled “I Go Chop Your Dollar” encourages – according to the commission – Yahoo-Yahoo and 419, a financial crime in the shape of advance fee fraud. As if that was not enough, also in 2007 the popular comedian actor was among the 111 people arrested by the Amsterdam police in Netherlands for offence connected to lottery fraud. This incident occurred while he was performing a musical show. However, he was later released. In addition, Nkem was also a victim of kidnap, which made his family members coughed out painfully a whopping 1.4 million naira. This incident happened in November 2009 in the eastern part of Nigeria.
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