Nkem Owoh is his real name (meaning something dear, that has bearing with smartness and intelligence). Osuofia is a vetran Nigerian actor and comedian. He is regarded as one of the funniest actors who has made much from the acting profession.
Osuofia was born on 7 February, 1958 in Amagu Village, Udi Town, Enugu State, Nigeria. After his primary and secondary education, he went to the University of Ilorin and studied engineering. He also studied at the Institute of Management Technology, Enugu where he bagged a degree.
In his primary to university days, Osofia had already began acting in various television and film productions but became fully involved in acting after completing his studies.
In 2008 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He is a multiple award winning actor and other awards to his credits.
His Early life Background
Osofia featured in his popular film in the year 2003 Osuofia in London. This film received wide recognition. In that movie, he played the role of a village man who was fortunate to enter London after the death of his wealthy brother. The movie was not only popular but won many awards both home and abroad. In addition, Osuofia has featured close to 200 movies so far and is regarded as one of the strong pillars of Nollywood actors in Nigeria.
Osuofia is also a musician. His song “I Go Chop Your Dollar” was about advance fee fraud earned him a setback. The song was featured in the film The Master in which he acted as a fraudster. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission banned the song.
In 2007, Osuofia was faced with another challenge when he was arrested alongside 111 people in Amsterdam, Netherlands on suspicion of lottery fraud and immigration violations and was subsequently released.
In November 2009 Osuofia again had another setback, when he was kidnapped in eastern Nigeria. His kidnappers asked for a 15 million naira ransom. He was released after his family members were said to have paid a ransom fee of 1.4 million naira.
Osuofia is a social commentator who believes in social justice and rule of law. In his recent interview, he maintained that the marginalization of the Ibos are responsible for agitations for Biafra. He recommended that equity and justice remain fair play and concluded by asking the Ibos in Northern part of Nigeria to return home.
Osuofia is highly talented and this singular uniqueness marked him out of his colleagues in the movie industry. His immense contribution to the development of Nollywood industry cannot be overemphasized. In short, you cannot talk about Nollywood in Nigeria without mentioning the vetran actor Osuofia.
His Movie Collections:
Osuofia’s movie collections are just too numerous. They are tabulated as follow:
|1987||Things Fall Apart||with Pete Edochie|
|2000||Ukwa||with Patience Ozokwor|
|1999||Big Man…Big Trouble|
|Sawam||with Francis Agu|
|Conspiracy||with Onyeka Onwenu|
|2002||Fake Doctor||Dr. Zebedi|
|Spanner||with Chinedu Ikedieze|
|King of the Forest|
|Mr. Trouble||with Patience Ozokwor|
|Osuofia in London||Osuofia|
|My Own Share|
|Osuofia in London 2||Osuofia|
|Spanner Goes to Jail||with Chinedu Ikedieze|
|The Master||with Kanayo O. Kanayo|
|Bus Driver||with Dakore Egbuson|
|2006||A Fool at 40||Hygenius|
|Made in Cambridge|
|My Kingdom Come|
|2007||Battle of Indemnity||Egbentu|
|Covenant Keeping God||Samuel|
|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 Roleaward
at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2008
|His Last Action|
|2015||Ghana Must Go|
His Net Worth
Osuofia’s net worth is about 44 million dollars. Osuofia is married to Ngozi and the marriage is blessed with two daughters.