Osita Iheme// MFR (born 20 February 1982) is a Nigerian actor,[1][2] producer and author.[3] He is widely known for playing the role of Pawpaw in the film Aki na Ukwa alongside Chinedu Ikedieze.[4] Osita Iheme is the founder of Inspired Movement Africa which he founded to inspire, motivate and stimulate the minds of young Nigerians and Africans. In 2007, Iheme received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.[5] He is considered to be one of Nigeria's most famous actors.[6] In 2011, Osita Iheme was honored as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) by President Goodluck Jonathan.[7] He has an estimated net worth of 560 million naira.[8]

Osita Mutyavaviri

Khawl award
Born (1982-02-20) 20 February 1982 (age 42)
Other namesPawpaw
Alma materLagos state university, Bsc Computer science
Occupation(s)Actor, Producer, Comedian
Years active2002— present
Known forAki na Ukwa
Notable work
  • Baby Police
  • 2 Rats
  • Village Boys
  • Aki na ukwa
  • Welcome To Africa
  • Aki and Pawpaw (2022)
  • Christmas in Miami (2021)
  • Mr Herbert Iheme (father)
  • Mrs Augustina Iheme (mother)
AwardsAfrican Movie Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.
HonoursOrder of the Federal Republic

Early life edit

Osita Iheme was born into a family of five with his siblings and parents all being taller than him, his father being Mr Herbert Iheme and mother being Mrs Augustina Iheme.[9] Born on February 20, 1982,[10][9] Iheme hails from Mbaitoli, Imo State, Nigeria. He grew up in Abia State and has an MBA degree from Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu[11] (IMT). After completing his studies at IMT, he initially wanted to become a lawyer, but pursued his career in film acting in 1998 and initially featured in small roles.[12]

Career edit

Aki and Paw Paw

In his career, Osita Iheme was often typecast in the role of a child, a pattern that followed him well into adulthood. In 2002, he rose to fame when he starred together with Chinedu Ikedieze in the comedy film Aki na Ukwa in which he played the role of Pawpaw. In this role, Osita Iheme played a mischievous child.[13]

He is the New Generation Ambassador for Rotary International District 9110 and the author of the book INSPIRED 101. Osita Iheme has starred in over a hundred movies.[14] Like his on-screen partner Chinedu Ikedieze, Iheme has a small physique, making him different from other actors in the Nigerian movie industry.[15][16]

He has evolved in his career from a comedic actor to a multifaceted established actor.[11]

Both Chinedu and Osita have been maintaining onscreen and offscreen chemistry which is widely praised by the Nollywood fraternity.

He revealed in 2018, however, that he had desires and hopes to become a politician in the near future.[17]

Honor edit

To reward his contribution towards comedy genre movies Nigerian Film Industry, in 2011 he was awarded the Nigerian National Honor of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) by President Goodluck Jonathan.[18] In 2007 he was given the lifetime Achievement award by AMAA (African movie Academy Awards).[9]

Influence edit

Osita Iheme's performance alongside fellow actor and his longtime friend Chinedu Ikedieze in the 2002 film Aki na Ukwa is still widely spoken about and the duo, especially Osita's character, on-screen trending through memes since 2019 on Twitter and other social media platforms.[19][14] This eventually earned him a global fanbase.[20][21]

Filmography edit

Year Film Role Notes
2002 Aka Gum with Chinedu Ikedieze
Aki na ukwa Pawpaw with Chinedu Ikedieze
Okwu na uka with Chinedu Ikedieze & Patience Ozokwor
2003 2 Rats with Chinedu Ikedieze, Patience Ozokwor and Amaechi Muonagor
Baby Police Dada with Okey Billy Boniface
Back from America Risky with Chinedu Ikedieze and Rita Dominic
Charge & Bail with Chinedu Ikedieze
Good Mother with Amaechi Muonagor
Green Snake Akpuruka with Nkiru Sylvanus
I, Not Stupid with Sam Loco Efe
I'm in Love Osuondu with Chinedu Ikedieze
Informant with John Okafor
John and Johnny Just Come
Johnny Just Come Johnson with Sam Loco Efe
Lagos Boys with Chinedu Ikedieze
Local Champion with Chinedu Ikedieze
Nicodemus with John Okafor
Nwa Teacher Azigo with Chinedu Ikedieze
Oke Belgium Kekere
Onunaeyi: Seeds of Bondage with Pete Edochie, Chinedu Ikedieze, Patience Ozokwor & Clem Ohameze
Pipiro with Chinedu Ikedieze
Show Bobo: The American Boys Ikem with Chinedu Ikedieze
School Dropouts with Chinedu Ikedieze
Tell Them with Sola Fosudo
The Tom and Jerry Jerry with Chinedu Ikedieze
2004 American Husband with Amaechi Muonagor
Big Daddies with Chinedu Ikedieze
Columbia Connection
Mr. Ibu Muo with John Okafor
Not by Height with Chinedu Ikedieze
Sunday School Children with Chinedu Ikedieze
2005 Colours of Emotion Spark with Chinedu Ikedieze
Final World Cup with Chinedu Ikedieze
Holy Diamond Ikenna
I Think Twice Obinna with Chinedu Ikedieze
The Last Orphan
My Business
One Good Turn with Chinedu Ikedieze
Reggae Boys with Chinedu Ikedieze
Secret Adventure with Chinedu Ikedieze
Spoiler with Chinedu Ikedieze
Twin Brothers with Sam Loco Efe
Village Boys with Chinedu Ikedieze
2006 African Tallest Men with Chinedu Ikedieze
Big Thief Small Thief with Amaechi Muonagor
Blessed Son with Chinedu Ikedieze
Boys from Holland with Chinedu Ikedieze
Brain Box with Chinedu Ikedieze, Kanayo O. Kanayo & Sam Loco Efe
Brain Masters with Chinedu Ikedieze
Cat & Rat with Chinedu Ikedieze
Criminal Law Chris with Chinedu Ikedieze
Jadon with Chinedu Ikedieze
Kadura with Chinedu Ikedieze
Last Challenge with Kanayo O. Kanayo & Chinedu Ikedieze
Magic Cap with Chinedu Ikedieze
Remote Control
Royal Messengers with Chinedu Ikedieze
Sweet Money with Chinedu Ikedieze
'U' General with Chinedu Ikedieze & Patience Ozokwor
Winning Your Love with Chinedu Ikedieze & Patience Ozokwor
Young Masters with Chinedu Ikedieze
2007 Thunder Storm with Chinedu Ikedieze
Stubborn Flies with Chinedu Ikedieze
Spirit of a Prophet with Chinedu Ikedieze & Clem Ohameze
Powerful Civilian Joe with Chinedu Ikedieze & Victor Osuagwu
Power as of Old with Chinedu Ikedieze & Clem Ohameze
Escape to Destiny with Chinedu Ikedieze
Cain & Abel with Chinedu Ikedieze
Village Destroyers Acho with Chinedu Ikedieze and Kenneth Okonkwo
2008 Daddy Must Obey with Chinedu Ikedieze
Intelligent Students with Chinedu Ikedieze and Sam Loco Efe
Markus D Millionaire with Chinedu Ikedieze
2009 Onye Obioma with Chinedu Ikedieze
2010 Loyal Enemies with Chinedu Ikedieze and Van Vicker
2011 Ben Ten with Chinedu Ikedieze
Love for the Kids followed by Another Love; with Chinedu Ikedieze
Another Love sequel to Love for the Kids; with Chinedu Ikedieze
The Mirror Boy Mirror Boy with Genevieve Nnaji
Yellow Sisi with Chinedu Ikedieze
2012 Kingdom on Earth with John Dumelo
Village Rascals with Chinedu Ikedieze
2013 Double Mama with Chiwetalu Agu
The Fighter with Chinedu Ikedieze and Funke Akindele
Terrible Twos with Chinedu Ikedieze
2014 Bomboy followed by Osuofia the Boxer; with Nkem Owoh
Osuofia the Boxer sequel to Bomboy; with Nkem Owoh
Pawpaw the Guitar Boy with Chiwetalu Agu
2015 Two Sons of Ali with Chinedu Ikedieze
2016 The Twin Sisters with Chinedu Ikedieze
2017 The Self-Destruction of Little Mark
2018 Ada My Love
Games Men Play 5: Computer Games Is Our Game
Too Much Money with Chinedu Ikedieze
2021 Aki and Pawpaw Pawpaw with Chinedu Ikedieze
Christmas in Miami Raphael
2023 Welcome to Africa
unknown House Boys for Sale[22] with Patience Ozokwor and Chinedu Ikedieze

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