Clara Nneka Oluwatoyin Folashade Chukwura (long name indeed) is widely known and addressed as Clarion Chukwura. She is a renowned multiple award-winning Nollywood actress, television personality, entrepreneur and a humanitarian.
She was born on 24th July, 1964 in Lagos in south western part of Nigeria, but hails from Anambra State Nigeria, though had her upbringing in Lagos State.
Clara did her primary in Lagos and secondary education in Queen of the Rosary College also in Lagos, Nigeria, where she had her primary and secondary school certificates respectively. She thereafter went to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Arts. Since graduation, she has remained very active in the acting industry.
Her Acting Career
Before joining the Nigerian Movie Industry, Clara was already in acting scene when she used to feature on NTA television series. She did her first Nollywood movie in 1994.
In 2003, she featured in the Nollywood blockbuster movies “Egg of Life”, a movie she starred in company of Nneka Sylvanus and Georgina Onuoha. She became more famous after starring in another Nollywood Blockbuster movie “Abuja Connection” alongside Ngozi Ezeonu and Eucaria Anunobi.
Clara is a beautiful woman, highly skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles as well as gifted in accepting and fitting into any character given to her by any movie director and producers in Nigeria. She is the proud mother of the Nigerian famous music director, Clarence Peters.
Clara is a prolific actress with over 200 movies to her credit including few below:
Midnight Love, Abuja Connection, Apaye, Farewell to Babylon, Money Power, Fiery Force, Delilah and several others too numerous to mention here.
She is reputed to play role of mothers, house wife, mother-in-laws in most Nigerian movies alongside veteran celebrities like Ngozi Ezeonu, Pete Edochie, Patience Ozokwor, Olu Jacobs, Justus Esiri and several others.
Clara is one of the Nigerian most celebrated actresses who is highly gifted, talented, hard working and very creative. She knows the job very well and interprets her movie roles beautifully.
Clara Chukwura is a proud recipient of many prestigious awards both locally and internationally including:
• Best actress of the year at All African Film in Oagadogou in Burkina Faso in 1982.
• Best actress award for Glamour Girls at Afro-Hollywood awards.
• 2001 won the best Supporting actress at THEMA awards.
• Best actress at Lebatino Film Festival in Mexico
• 2003 won best actress at Africa Cinema
• 2004 won best actress at Reel awards
• 2014 won best actress in a leading role at the African Movie Academy Awards.
• She has also won the Nollywood 20th Anniversary award.
Clara Nneka is also conferred on a traditional Chieftaincy title of Ada Eji Eje Mba 1 of Onitsha by the renowned Obi of Onitsha, Anambra State in South eastern part of Nigeria.
She was appointed Peace Ambassador by the United Nations for humanitarian work across Africa and the first Nigerian to win the Best actress category at the 1982 FESPACO Film Festival in Burkina Faso.
Clara Chukwura was married to one Abiola but the marriage was short live and ended up in divorce in December 2003. She again re-married to Femi Oduneye since February, 2004.
Her Net Worth
Clara Nneka Chukwura is rated one of the wealthiest, most gifted, most talented and most influential Nollywood actresses in Nigeria with a net worth of about $1 million dollars.