Nkem Owoh

Nkem Owoh is a Nigerian actor and comedian. In 2008, he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in the Nigerian movie "Stronger than Pain".[1]

Nkem Owoh
Nkem Owoh at the African Movie Academy Awards in Bayelsa State, Nigeria, 2008
Nkem Owoh

(1958-02-07) February 7, 1958 (age 63)
Amagu Village, Udi Town, Enugu State Nigeria
Other namesNwabuoku
Spouse(s)Ngozi Nkem Owoh

Early lifeEdit

Nkem Owoh was born in Enugu State, Nigeria. After his primary and secondary school, he headed to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and studied engineering. Already, during his university studies, Owoh began acting in various television and film productions.[2]


Owoh featured in the 2003 film Osuofia in London. He is also known for performing the song "I Go Chop Your Dollar" about advance fee fraud. The song was featured in the film The Master in which Owoh plays a scammer.[3] The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission banned the song.[4] In 2007 Owoh was arrested in Amsterdam, Netherlands (Bijlmermeer neighborhood in the Amsterdam Zuidoost borough) as the result of a seven-month investigation by the Dutch police dubbed "Operation Apollo".[3] Owoh was arrested while performing a musical show when the police raided the event and arrested 111 people on suspicion of lottery fraud and immigration violations. Owoh was later released.[4][5] In November 2009 Owoh was kidnapped in eastern Nigeria.[6] His kidnappers demanded a 15 million naira ransom.[7] Owoh was released after his family members allegedly paid a ransom fee of 1.4 million naira.[8][9]


Year Film Role Notes
1987 Things Fall Apart with Pete Edochie
1995 Rattlesnake Odinaka with Francis Duru
2000 Ukwa with Patience Ozokwor
1999 Big Man...Big Trouble
Sawam with Francis Agu
Conspiracy with Onyeka Onwenu
2001 Onye-Eze Onye-Eze
2002 Fake Doctor Dr. Zebedi
Ifeonye Metalu
Long John
Police Officer
Spanner with Chinedu Ikedieze
2003 Anunuebe ejimfor 2011
King of the Forest
Lion Finger
Mr. Trouble with Patience Ozokwor
Osuofia in London Osuofia
Police Recruit
2004 America Visa
My Driver
My Own Share
Osuofia in London 2 Osuofia
Spanner Goes to Jail with Chinedu Ikedieze
The Master with Kanayo O. Kanayo
2005 Akanchawa
Bus Driver with Dakore Egbuson
The Prince
2006 A Fool at 40 Hygenius
Foreign Base
Indemnity Egbentu
Made in Cambridge
My Kingdom Come
The Barrister Athanasius
The Dreamer
2007 Battle of Indemnity Egbentu
Covenant Keeping God Samuel
De prof
Johnbull & Rosekate Johnbull
Stronger Than Pain Ulonna with Kate Henshaw-Nuttal
Owoh's performance in this film earned him the Best Actor in a Leading Role award
at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2008
2008 His Holiness Onyabo
His Last Action
Wonderful Man
2012 Military Zone
2014 osuofia and the widow with Walter anga mayor ofoegbu chinyere wilfred
2015 Ghana Must Go [10]
2018 Lionheart Chief Godswill
2019 Kpali[11] Mr. Kalayor with Gloria Young and Ini Dima-Okojie
2021 My Village People[12] with Bovi and Amaechi Muonagor


  1. ^ "AMAA 2008: List of Nominees and Winners".
  2. ^ "Biography of Nkem Owoh". Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
  3. ^ a b Jan Libbenga (2007-07-02). "'I Go Chop Your Dollar' star arrested". The Register.
  4. ^ a b "Police Arrest Nkem Owoh in Holland". NigeriaMovies.net. 2007-07-04.20
  5. ^ "'I Go Chop Your Dollar' star arrested". Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  6. ^ Nkem Owoh (Osuofia) Kidnapped
  7. ^ Breaking News Osuofia (Nkem Owoh) Kidnapped
  8. ^ "Jubilation in Nollywood as Osuofia is freed". Archived from the original on 19 November 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  9. ^ "'Scam comic' kidnapped in Nigeria". BBC News. 2009-11-10.
  10. ^ "'Ghana Must Go': Everything you need to know about Yvonne Okoro's upcoming movie". Pulse Nigeria. Chidumga Izuzu. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  11. ^ editor (2019-12-28). "'Kpali' for Nigerian Immigrants". THISDAYLIVE. Retrieved 2021-04-12.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  12. ^ Nwogu, Precious (2021-05-31). "Watch the official trailer for 'My Village People'". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2021-06-08.

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