Nigerian Movie Star Profile
Name: Kenneth Arinzechukwu Okonkwo
Location: Nsukka, Enugu State.
DOB: 6th November.
Marital Status: Married
State of Origin - Local government and State: Nsukka LGA, Enugu State.
Languages Spoken: English, Igbo, A bit of French.
Educational Background - Academic and Actors school. Bachelor of Science in
Management- University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Bachelor in Theology- Pentecostal
International Bible Seminary, Lagos. Masters in International Law and
Diplomacy, University of Lagos, Akoka.
Tell us a little about your childhood, growing up, parents,
brothers and sisters?
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My childhood was basically academic with a lot of cohesion with my brothers
and sisters. I played a lot as a child. My Fatherís name is Chief Ozioko
Francis Okonkwo, and my Motherís name is Chief Beatrice Okonkwo. I grew up
in a large family of twelve. Nine boys and three girls and we are very
close. What was the first paying job ever that you had? - Tailor,
carpenter, clerk, foot soldier, etc.?
I was employed first as a Sales Executive to market office equipment
products. Apart from that I did other jobs. Basically I am a scholar, so am
still studying. In addition, I am a film producer and marketer. I am the
Chief Executive of Goal Productions Ltd, a movie producing and marketing
What made you go into the Acting career and when did you start Acting
Interest and talent. I knew I had the talent so immediately I finished my
University Education I went into acting. This was sometimes in 1991.
Who were your Idols/Models (Actors) in those days?
We started the movie thing in Nigeria, so I did not have specific models but
I was greatly inspired by the Indian and American movies of those days as
well as some soap operas in Nigeria.
My first role in movie is ďAndyĒ of Living in Bondage. My first role in TV
is Captain John Mark of Ripples- a soap opera. It was basically my major
break-through role and film. What were the constraints you had to face
and overcome as an up-and-coming Actor (young actor)?
Because we were the beginners of the whole thing the constraints were more
like experience. So far, I have been involved in about 40 movies. They
include films like Living in Bondage, Taboo, Betrayal, World Apart, To Love
a Thief, Windfall, Treasure, My Fatherís Love, Price of Hatred, Rising Sun.
As a DYNAMIC, OUTSTANDING, 'A'-List Actor, how have you managed to adapt
to the different range of roles you have played in your career?
It has been very challenging but the grace of God has always seen me
through. Talent is basically a gift from God and since my performance is as
a result of talent I adapt very easily to roles in my movies.
The most awkward or strangest role I have had to take/play was as a mad man.
Because madness is a very awkward thing and to act it well you must look and
What film have you been most proud to be involved with so far, and why?
All my films but particularly Living in Bondage because it brought me to
limelight and opened the movie industry in Nigeria Did you at anytime
want to quit your Acting career for something else or for a reason, and why
Naturally from time to time I take stock of my life and ask God for
direction before moving on. I never thought of quitting but sometimes I
divert a little to accommodate other areas of interest like studying.
However the motivation for me or what keeps me interested in this career
every morning I wake up is the fact that I cherish making people happy so
when people call me and tell me they were entertained by my movies it makes
my day in addition to the job satisfaction I derive by doing what I love to
do. How important are our Nigerian roots, morals, values, knowledge and
sense of wisdom to you and your works?
I am a typical case of a home grown boy so all I have been able to achieve
is attributable to my Nigerian roots
As a Producer, Director and filmmaker also, how is this different for you
from Acting and what is the additional drive for you?
I read Business Administration and this marks my interest in the business
aspect of the movie industry. In acting, you are confronted with the
challenge of managing yourself but in producing, directing or film making
you are saddled with the additional responsibility of managing others. I am
currently working on some very powerful movies with both domestic and
foreign partners Where do you see yourself and this industry in the next
As a child of God there is a provision for me to be on top in all I do. God
started me with the top, so I believe him to remain on top. As for Nollywood,
presently we are ranked third in the world. I believe in the next couple of
years we will be ranked first
When you are not working (Acting, producing, directing or making a film),
what do you do or how do you pass the time?
I read, play and write articles for publication. I also like playing
football and table tennis. I enjoy gospel music too.
What message do you have for your international fans in America, United
kingdom, Europe, Africa and its Diaspora?
I am humbled by there outpouring of love and support. I assure them that
they have not seen the best of me. As one of the people who opened the
industry and who is committed to making my fans have the best movies at
their disposal for their entertainment