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Anayo Modestus Onyekwere[1][2] (popularly known as Kanayo O. Kanayo, born March 1, 1962 in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria)[3] is a Nigerian actor. In 2006 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.[4]

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

(1962-03-01) March 1, 1962 (age 57)

In 1992, Kanayo made his debut film appearance in the film Living in Bondage.[5] Kanayo has starred in over 100 films.[5]

He is currently a United Nations ambassador and bears the title of MFR.[6] Kanayo along with Kenneth Nnebue (producer of Living in Bondage), Olu Jacobs, Enoch Adeboye, Queen Elizabeth and Fela Kuti were among Nigerians honored by the government in 2014 during the centenary celebration.[7]


  1. ^ "Anayo Modestus Onyekwere aka KOK". African Movie Academy Award. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Official Website". Archived from the original on 1 July 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  3. ^ 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. ^ "AMAA 2006 - List of Winners". African Movie Academy Awards. Archived from the original on 12 February 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ a b "Living in Bondage: Internet Movie Data Base". Retrieved 2009-10-18.
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  7. ^ "Nigeria's Centenary: Queen Elizabeth and all the award winners". Retrieved 7 October 2014.

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