Dolly Unachukwu

Dolly Unachukwu (born 1 November 1969) is a Nigerian actress, producer, writer, and director. One of the pioneers of Nollywood, she gained national fame as Fadake Akin-Thomas in the TV series Fortunes.[2]

Dolly Unachukwu
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Dolly Unachukwu in 2020
Dolly Nchedo Nkem Unachukwu

(1969-11-01) November 1, 1969 (age 52)
Lagos, Nigeria
OccupationActress, writer, producer, film director
Years active1986 - present
Spouse(s)Emmanuel Nwokenkwo (1992 - 1994) (divorced) 1 child
Jonathan Ezea (2000 - 2000) (annulled)
Dr. Olaniyan (2011-present) [1]
Children2, Ody Nwokenkwo (Billions CFL), Hazel Okoro

Dolly Unachukwu is one of the pioneers of Nollywood, a talented actress, writer, producer and recently turned film director. Born in 1969 to a family of seven, Unachukwu started her acting career at the age of 16. A native of Amichi in Anambra state, she first featured in a television programme junior drama in 1985 as a secretary. Later that year she was cast in the prime time soap opera Mirror in the Sun as Prisca, but it was her role in Fortunes that made her a household name in 1993, where she played 'Fadeke', the subdued wife of a millionaire, an ideal Nigerian woman. Unachukwu made her debut in films with her performances in Deadly Affair and Deadly Affair II, where she featured alongside nollywood veterans such as; Emeka Ike, Sandra Achums and Jide Kosoko. Speaking three different Nigerian language in the film. Unachukwu played a mean pimp in the controversial film Glamour Girls, a film that later won the most popular Nigerian film in America in 1995.

In 1997, Unachukwu produced her life story, Wildest Dream. In the film, she narrated the ordeal of her first marriage, which crashed in 1994, making her a single parent. Her estranged husband threatened to sue her over using his real name in the film. Unachukwu remarried in 2000 and in August of the same year she move to join her husband in England, only to split up with him at the airport upon realising that he had not been all that truthful to her. Now in England, Unachukwu acquired more knowledge as she got the European Computer Driving Licence in 2002 and the next year began a three-year degree course in Films and Videos at the East London University Docklands, taking two years off to care for a new baby girl that arrived in 2004. She graduated in June 2008. Unachukwu produced and directed her own film, called The Empire in 2005, while on break from the university.

Unachukwu attended the Television College Jos in Plateau State, where she received a diploma in Television Production in 1988. She later went on to study phonetics in 1989 at the FRCN Training school Lagos and then went to the Lagos State University in 1990 and earned a diploma in Law.


  • Mirror in the Sun (TV) 1986
  • Fortunes (TV) 1993
  • Deadly Affair 1995 1&2 1994
  • Glamour Girls 2 1995
  • Tears for Love 1996
  • Deadly Affair II 1997
  • Deadly Passion 1997
  • Wildest Dream 1997
  • Love without Language 1998
  • Brotherhood of Darkness 1998
  • Father Moses 1999
  • Full Moon 1 & 2 1999
  • War of Roses 2000
  • The Empire 2005
  • Sisters Love 2007


  1. ^ "Dolly Unachukwu weds third husband". Vanguard. 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  2. ^ "Marriage Is Not My Priority - Dolly Unachukwu". Nigerian Movies & Nollywood on 2007-08-17. Archived from the original on 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2008-09-11.

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