Ramsey Nouah

Ramsey Nouah (born Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr.; December 19, 1970)[1] is a Nigerian actor and director.[2] He won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2010 for his performance in the movie "The Figurine".[3][4][5] He made his directorial debut with the film Living in Bondage: Breaking Free in 2019[6][7] and also went on to direct Nollywood classic Rattle Snake: The Ahanna Story[8][9] which is a remake[10] of Rattlesnake (1995).[11][12][13][14]

Ramsey Nouah
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Nouah in Gbomo Gbomo Express (2015)
Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr.

(1970-12-19) 19 December 1970 (age 51)
Lagos, Nigeria
Film director
Years active1993-present
Spouse(s)Emelia Philip-Nouah

Early lifeEdit

Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr. was born in Lagos on December 19, 1970, to an Israeli Jewish father and a Yoruba mother who hails from Owo, Ondo State. He grew up in Surulere, Lagos, where he attended Atara Primary School[15] and Community Grammar School.[16] He received a diploma in Mass Communications at the University of Lagos, after which he pursued a career in acting.[17]


Ramsey Nouah started acting in the early 90s because he needed money for his General Certificate Education (GCE).[15] His acting career kicked off when he starred as Jeff Akin-Thomas in the Nigerian TV soap opera Fortunes.[18] He has since appeared in numerous films starring as the lead role, and has been called "Lover-Boy" for his numerous roles in romantic films.[19][20] He is also considered to be one of the most sought-after actors in Nigeria.[21]

In 2015, Nouah secured the rights to the 1992 movie Living in Bondage [22] for a possible remake.[23] In 2018, he announced his remake had become a sequel titled Living in Bondage: Breaking Free, which was released on November 8, 2019. Nouah, who played the new villain, made his directorial debut,[24] and the film won 7 awards at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.[25]


Year Award ceremony Prize Film Result Ref
2010 African Movie Academy Award Best Actor in a Leading Role The Figurine Won [26]
2017 African Movie Academy Award Best Actor in a Leading Role 76 Won [3]
2018 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actor in a Lead Role - English Nominated [27]
2019 Levi Nominated [13]
2020 Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Living in Bondage: Breaking Free Won [26]
Best of Nollywood Awards Director of the Year Won [28]
2021 Best of Nollywood Awards Rattlesnake Nominated [29]
2022 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Overall Movie Nominated [30]
Best Director of the Year Won

Personal lifeEdit

Nouah is married to Emelia Philips-Nouah. The couple have two sons named Quincy Nouah and Joshua Nouah, and one daughter named Desiree Nouah.

Selected filmographyEdit


Year Title Function Cast
1996 Silent Night[31] Actor with Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw, Segun Arinze, and Alex Usifo
1999 Camouflage Actor
End of the Wicked Actor with Alex Usifo Omiagbo and Helen Ukpabio
2000 Fugitive Actor with Genevieve Nnaji, Stella Damasus, and Rita Dominic
2001 The Battle of Love Actor
2002 Power of Love Actor with Genevieve Nnaji
Valentino Actor with Genevieve Nnaji
My Love Actor with Hilda Dokubo
Church Business Actor with Genevieve Nnaji
2003 Break Up Actor with Genevieve Nnaji, Jim Iyke and Pat Attah
Emotional Crack Actor with Stephanie Okereke and Patience Ozokwor
Supa Love Actor with Genevieve Nnaji
True Love Actor with Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
2004 Across the Niger Actor
Dangerous Twins Actor (Taiye & Kehinde) with Stella Damasus and Bimbo Akintola
2005 Coming to South Africa Actor
Bleeding Love Actor
2007 The Faculty Actor
2008 Chase Actor with Uche Jombo
Sweet Tomorrow Actor
2009 Reloaded (2009 film) Actor with Stephanie Okereke and Rita Dominic
The Figurine Actor (Femi) with Kunle Afolayan
Nnenda Actor
Guilty Pleasures (2009 film) Actor (Tesso) with Nse Ikpe-Etim
2010 Private Storm Actor (Alex) with Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde, Ufuoma Ejenobor, and John Dumelo
The Black Soul Actor
2011 Heart of a Fighter Actor with Mercy Johnson, Enebeli Elebuwa, and Chika Ike
Iru Oka Actor with Ayo Adesanya, Adebayo Salami, and Racheal Oniga
2012 Weekend Getaway Actor with Genevieve Nnaji, Ini Edo, and Uti Nwachukwu
Gem of the Rainforest Actor
2013 Confusion Na Wa Actor (Emeka Nwosu)
2014 Unguarded Actor with Chet Anekwe
Busted Life Actor with Chet Anekwe
30 Days in Atlanta Richard Actor
2015 Tempting Fate Actor (Ugo) with Dan Davies, Andrew Onochie, and John J Vogel
The Grave Dust Actor (Johnson Okwuozo) with Joke Silva
Gbomo Gbomo Express[32] Actor (Austin Mba)
2016 '76 Actor (Captain Joseph Dewa) with Rita Dominic and Ibinabo Fiberesima
2017 The Accidental Spy Actor (Manny)
My Wife & I Actor (Toyosi)
2018 Crazy People [33] Actor (Ramsey Nouah) with Chioma (Chigurl) Omerua, Sola Sobowale, Iretiola Doyle, Monalisa Chinda, Desmond Elliot and Kunle Afolayan
Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons Actor (Ayo Alesinloye) with Remi Martins, Falz, Amaju Abioritsegbemi, Ayo Makun, Naz Okigbo, and Jim Iyke
Lagos Landing Actor (Bayo)
2019 The Millions Actor (Bem Kator)
Living in Bondage: Breaking Free Director / Actor (Richard Williams) with Enyinna Nwigwe and Swanky JKA
Merry Men 2 Actor (Ayo) with Ayo Makun, Jim Iyke, and Falz
2020 Deranged Actor (Benny Essiam) with Nadia Buari
Rattle Snake: The Ahanna Story Director Stan Nze, Osas Ighodaro, Ayo Makun, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
Nneka the Pretty Serpent Actor (Richard Williams)
2021 Slay Actor (Richard)


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Fortunes Jeff with Liz Benson and Regina Askia
2018 Oghenekome (Broken) with Segun Arinze
2022 Blood Sisters Uncle B


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