Anayo Modestus Onyekwere MFR[1][2] // popularly known as Kanayo O. Kanayo // (born 1 March 1962)[3] is a Nigerian veteran actor and lawyer.[4] In 2006, he won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the movie Family Battle.[5][6]

Kanayo O. Kanayo
Kanayo O. Kanayo at the Aka Ikenga dinner event in Lagos, Nigeria, 2008
Anayo Modestus Onyekwere

(1962-03-01) 1 March 1962 (age 62)
Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria
Alma materUniversity of Lagos, University of Abuja
Occupation(s)Actor, Lawyer
Years active1982- till date
SpouseNneka Onyekwere (married 1999–present)
AwardsAMVCA Best Actor in a Drama

Early life and education edit

Kanayo was born on 1 March 1962, he is a native of Nru Umueze Oboama Ezinihitte in Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria.[1] He was raised in Aba, Abia State and attended St. Joseph primary school. He had his secondary education at Secondary Technical School, Aba.[7] He obtained a diploma in Mass Communication, a diploma in Law and a graduate degree in philosophy from the University of Lagos.[1] He also obtained a master's degree in political sciences.[7] He also obtained a Law degree from the University of Abuja in 2018 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2020.[8][9]

Career edit

Kanayo started his acting career in 1982, acting in productions by the Nigerian Television Authority. He made his debut movie appearance in the year 1992 in the film Living in Bondage.[1] He has starred in over 100 films and was nominated in 2008 for Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie Across the Niger.His most recent movies are Up North and Living in Bondage: Breaking Free.

In 2011, he contested for the Chair of Imo State House of Representatives but lost.[10] In 2018, he contested for representative of Ahiazu/Ezinihitte Mbaise in the Federal House Of Representatives under the political party APGA[11] but lost.[12]

He has featured in multiple Nollywood productions including Lion Heart and the sitcom Professor Johnbull,[13] however, he is known for playing the role of a Villain in these productions especially in films relating to occultic practices.[14][15]

He has received the order of the MFR.[16][17]

Kanayo was among various Nigerians honored by the government in 2014 during the centenary celebration.[18]

Politics edit

Kanayo declared his interest on 6 June 2018 to represent the Ahiazu/Ezinihitte Mbaise Federal Constituency of Imo State at the House of Representatives the following election year which was 2019. He made this know to the public, stating he was going to be under the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). He lost the election but was expected to run the next election year (2023).[3]

Kanayo disclosed in 2022 he was not contesting for any position in politics and said, "I will not contest for any political office in 2023. This sacrifice is to enable me to work for a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction."[4]

Filmography edit

Films edit

Year Title Role Ref
1992 Living in Bondage Chief Omego [19]
1993 Circle of Doom
1994 Nneka the Pretty Serpent
1997 Blood Money: The Vulture Men Chief Collins
1999 Festival of Fire
2000 Battle of Love
419 Connection: Deadly Rose
Ngene: The Mistake of the Past Millennium
2003 Billionaire's Club [14]
2004 Across the Niger [20]
2005 Money is Money Andy [15]
Hot Money
2014 Apaye Emman [21]
October 1 Okafor [22]
2018 Up North Chief Otuekong
Lion Heart Igwe Pascal [23]
2019 Living in Bondage: Breaking Free [24]
2021 Detour [25]

TV shows edit

Year Title Role Ref
1984-88 Village Headmaster
1991-94 Checkmate Okosun [7]
New Masquerade
2016 Professor Johnbull Professor Johnbull [26]
2023-present Agu Etim Inyang [27]

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2006 Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Family Battle Won [28]
2008 Africa Movie Academy Awards Across the Niger Nominated [29]
2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards Special Recognition Award Won [30]
2014 Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Apaye Nominated
Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best Actor Won [31]
Best On-Screen Duo Nominated
Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actor in Leading Role (English) Nominated [32]
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actor in a Lead Role Nominated [33]
2019 Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Up North Nominated

See also edit

References edit

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  2. ^ "Official Website". Archived from the original on 1 July 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b AMatus, Azuh (2 March 2007). "Why Nollywood must recapitalise – Kanayo O. Kanayo". Daily Sun. Lagos, Nigeria. Archived from the original on 4 March 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  4. ^ a b Okporu, Rachel (26 January 2022). "'This is disgusting' Actor Kanayo O. Kanayo dragged after rubbishing s€x for role claims in Nollywood". Kemi Filani News. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  5. ^ "AMAA 2006 - List of Winners". Africa Movie Academy Awards. Archived from the original on 12 February 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Kanayo O. Kanayo Celebrates His 59th Birthday (Photos) – Igbere TV". Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  7. ^ a b c "The Sun Award winners 2020: Kanayo O. Kanayo: Thespian of outstanding ability". The Sun Nigeria. 17 September 2021. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  8. ^ "Nollywood actor, Kanayo O. Kanayo celebrates 60th birthday". The Sun Nigeria. 1 March 2022. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  9. ^ "Nigerians congratulate Veteran actor, Kanayo Kanayo as he officially becomes a lawyer". Vanguard News. 15 September 2020. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  10. ^ Medeme, Ovwe (28 March 2011). "Nigeria: Kanayo's Truth About the Country". Daily Independent. Retrieved 11 April 2022 – via AllAfrica.
  11. ^ Augoye, Jayne (7 June 2018). "Actor Kanayo O Kanayo To Contest For House Of Reps". Premium Times. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  12. ^ "APGA aborted my dream — KOK". Vanguard. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  13. ^ Anazia, Daniel (24 March 2018). "Glo-Sponsored Professor Johnbull cast and crew on set for Season 6". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  14. ^ a b Ojiakor, Ojinime Ebelechukwu; Obiora, Adanma Vivian (2019). "Perception of Nigerian Audience on Real-life of Nollywood Artistes Repeatedly Characterized as Villains" (PDF). International Journal of Social Sciences and Management Research. 5.
  15. ^ a b Hanmakyugh, Teddy Thaddeus (2019). "Ritual culture phenomenon in Igbo films: a study of Money is Money". EJOTMAS: Ekpoma Journal of Theatre and Media Arts. 7 (1–2): 374–385. doi:10.4314/ejotmas.v7i1-2.25. ISSN 2449-1179. S2CID 224242230.
  16. ^ Olowoporoku, Muhaimin (1 March 2021). "Nollywood actor Kanayo O. Kanayo celebrates 59th birthday". P.M. News. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
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  18. ^ "Nigeria's Centenary: Queen Elizabeth and all the award winners". PM News. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  19. ^ Haynes, Jonathan (4 October 2016). Nollywood: The Creation of Nigerian Film Genres. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-38795-6.
  20. ^ Tsika, Noah A. (10 April 2015). Nollywood Stars: Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora. Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-01580-8.
  21. ^ "Apaye". Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  22. ^ "Synopsis; October 1 – A Kunle Afolayan Movie". Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  23. ^ Tsika, Noah (21 January 2022). "Genevieve Nnaji, director. Lionheart. 2018. 95 minutes. English and Igbo, with English subtitles. Enugu, Nigeria. The Entertainment Network. Streaming on Netflix. No price reported". African Studies Review. 65: E56–E58. doi:10.1017/asr.2021.122. ISSN 0002-0206. S2CID 246168515.
  24. ^ "Living in Bondage: How 1992 classic changed Nollywood". Pulse Nigeria. 22 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  25. ^ Staff, Daily Post (14 November 2021). "Afribold releases thriller "Detour" starring KOK, Jemimah Osunde, Monalisa Chinda, others". Daily Post Nigeria. Retrieved 5 August 2022.
  26. ^ Okoye, Chukwudi M.C.; Abunike, Chibuike M. (2019). "Cultural transposition and challenges of policy making: a review of select Nigerian television series". Unizik Journal of Arts and Humanities. 20 (3): 119–132. doi:10.4314/ujah.v20i3.7. S2CID 228953346 – via AJOL.
  27. ^ Udodiong, Inemesit (20 November 2023). "Kanayo O Kanayo set to play lead role in Showmax's new series 'Agu'". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 30 December 2023.
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  31. ^ "GIAMA 2014 Full List Of Winners". Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  32. ^ "BON Awards 2014". BON Magazine. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  33. ^ Micheal Abimboye. "Nigeria: Tiwa Savage, Davido, Win Big At NEA Awards". Premium Times. Retrieved 3 September 2014.

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