Chinedu Ikedieze// , MFR[1][2] (born 12 December 1977) is a Nigerian actor,[3][4] entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for playing alongside Osita Iheme in the 2002 film Aki na Ukwa.[5] He has featured in over 150 films in a career spanning over 20 years. He has acted in the role of a kid in most of his films during his early career due to his stature and physical appearance. He is known as Aki for his performance in the film Aki na Ukwa. In 2011, he married fashion designer Nneoma Nwaijah and the couple had their first child in 2012.[6]

Chinedu Ikedieze

Ikedieze at an award show
Ikedieze at the 2021 Africa Movie Academy Awards
Born (1977-12-12) 12 December 1977 (age 46)
Iluoma Uzuakoli, Bende, Abia State, Nigeria
Other namesAki
Alma materNew York Film Academy
Institute of Management and Technology
Years active2000–present
Known forAki na Ukwa
SpouseNneoma Ikedieze (m. 2011)

Career edit

Chinedu completed his primary and secondary education in Aba, Abia State. After completing his secondary education he earned a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Theatre Arts and a degree in Mass Communication from the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu (IMT).[7][8] After completing his studies at IMT, he initially wanted to become a lawyer but pursued a career in film acting in 1998 and initially featured in lesser roles.[9] He first acted in a minor role in the 1998 film Evil Men. He enrolled in the prestigious New York Film Academy in 2004.[10]

Collaboration with Osita Iheme edit

Aki and Paw Paw

He entered the Nollywood industry in 2000 and rose to recognition in a Nigerian film he acted in 2000, Aki na Ukwa, where he played the breakthrough role of Aki alongside another little person actor Osita Iheme.[11] This created a bond between both of them. The duo were popularly identified as "Aki and Paw Paw" since the release of the film in 2002 and ever since they have both featured together in several films taking the lead roles in those movies. Both Chinedu and Osita have been maintaining onscreen and offscreen chemistry which is widely praised by the Nollywood fraternity.[12][13]

Honours edit

In 2007, Ikedieze received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.[14] He was also honored with the Order of the Federal Republic which was given by the then Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan for his contributions to Nollywood and to the economic growth of the country.[15]

In 2018, he was honored in Miami, Florida in the United States of America as a distinguished visitor to the city of Miami, Florida.[16] In appreciation he said “From the bottom of my heart I say thank you to Miami-Dade, country office of the Mayor and the county commissioners for honoring me as a distinguished visitor to the city of Miami, Florida. You have just given me a key to more success in life. He therefore encouraged all to believe if themselves if the world believes in them.[17]

Legacy edit

His performance alongside fellow little person actor Osita Iheme in the 2002 film Aki na Ukwa is still widely spoken of and the duo especially Osita's character has been trending through memes since 2019 in Twitter and other social media platforms globally. Osita is listed as one of the richest actors in Nigeria.[18][19][20][21]

Filmography edit

Year Film Role Notes
2002 Aki na ukwa Aki with Osita Iheme
Spanner: The Humble Servant Spanner with Nkem Owoh
Okwu na uka with Osita Iheme & Patience Ozokwor
Aka Gum with Osita Iheme
2003 The Tom and Jerry Tom with Osita Iheme
The Catechist with John Okafor
Show Bobo: The American Boys Kizzito with Osita Iheme
School Dropouts with Osita Iheme
Pipiro with Osita Iheme
Onunaeyi: Seeds of Bondage with Pete Edochie, Osita Iheme, Patience Ozokwor & Clem Ohameze
Lagos Boys with Osita Iheme
Family Crisis
Charge & Bail with Osita Iheme
Back from America with Rita Dominic
I'm in Love Gabriel with Osita Iheme
Local Champion with Osita Iheme
2 Rats with Osita Iheme, Patience Ozokwor and Amaechi Muonagor
Nwa Teacher Jaja with Osita Iheme
2004 Across the Niger with Pete Edochie, Kanayo O. Kanayo & Ramsey Nouah
Big Daddies with Osita Iheme
Igbo Made
Not by Height with Osita Iheme
Spanner Goes to Jail Spanner with Nkem Owoh
Spanner in Battle of Supremacy Spanner with Nkem Owoh
Sunday School Children with Osita Iheme
2005 Village Boys with Osita Iheme
Spoiler with Osita Iheme
Secret Adventure with Osita Iheme
Reggae Boys with Osita Iheme
One Good Turn with Osita Iheme
I Think Twice with Osita Iheme
Final World Cup with Osita Iheme
Colours of Emotion Ebony with Osita Iheme
2006 African Tallest Men with Osita Iheme
Young Masters with Osita Iheme
Winning Your Love with Osita Iheme & Patience Ozokwor
'U' General with Osita Iheme & Patience Ozokwor
Sweet Money with Osita Iheme
Royal Messengers with Osita Iheme
Magic Cap with Osita Iheme
Last Challenge with Kanayo O. Kanayo & Osita Iheme
Kadura with Osita Iheme
Jadon with Osita Iheme
Games Men Play with Chioma Chukwuka, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Ini Edo, Mike Ezuruonye & Jim Iyke
Criminal Law Hippo with Osita Iheme
Brain Masters with Osita Iheme
Brain Box with Osita Iheme, Kanayo O. Kanayo & Sam Loco Efe
Boys from Holland with Osita Iheme
Blessed Son with Osita Iheme
Cat & Rat with Osita Iheme
2007 Thunder Storm with Osita Iheme
Stubborn Flies with Osita Iheme
Spirit of a Prophet with Osita Iheme & Clem Ohameze
Powerful Civilian Richie with Osita Iheme & Victor Osuagwu
Power as of Old with Osita Iheme & Clem Ohameze
Escape to Destiny with Osita Iheme
Cain & Abel with Osita Iheme
Village Destroyers Azu with Osita Iheme and Kenneth Okonkwo
2008 Daddy Must Obey with Osita Iheme
Intelligent Students with Osita Iheme and Sam Loco Efe
Markus D Millionaire with Osita Iheme
2009 Onye Obioma with Osita Iheme
2010 Loyal Enemies with Osita Iheme and Van Vicker
2011 Ben Ten with Osita Iheme
Love for the Kids followed by Another Love; with Osita Iheme
Another Love sequel to Love for the Kids; with Osita Iheme
Yellow Sisi with Osita Iheme
2012 Village Rascals with Osita Iheme
2013 The Fighter with Osita Iheme and Funke Akindele
Terrible Twos with Osita Iheme
2015 Two Sons of Ali with Osita Iheme
2016 The Twin Sisters with Osita Iheme
2018 Too Much Money with Osita Iheme
2021 Aki and Pawpaw with Osita Iheme
unknown House Boys for Sale[22] with Patience Ozokwor and Osita Iheme

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Film Result Ref
2023 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Actor In A Comedy Drama, Movie Or TV Series Aki & PawPaw Nominated [23][24]

Television edit

References edit

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