Bob Manuel Udokwu is a renowned Nigerian actor, producer, director, a politician and a television personality.
He was born on the 18th of April, 1970 in Enugu in south eastern Nigeria. He hails from Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Bob Manuel had his primary education in St. Peters Primary school and Hill Side Primary school both in Enugu State. He later went to Oraukwu Grammar School also in Enugu where he obtained the usual primary and secondary school certificates respectively.
He later went to the University of Port Harcourt where he bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts in 1990 and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Lagos.
His Acting Career
Bob Munuel acting career started in his University days and was subsequently elected President of the Nigerian University Theatre Arts Association in the University of Port Harcourt in 1989. He was also the co-ordinator of NYSC Drama Group in his mandatory service year in Oyo State, Nigeria in 1991.
He joined Nollywood in 1992 and had his debut movie “Living In Bondage”. It was the same movie that gave Nollywood wide recognition both locally and internationally as most Nigerians who hitherto had little or no regard for our local movies started having interest and watching our local movies.
He again acted another hit movie, a romantic blockbuster movie “When the Sun Set”. He however rose to popularity in another blockbuster movie ‘Checkmate’, a movie that earned him an award at Thelma and Reel Awards for Best actor in a supporting role.
Bob Manuel is exceptionally creative and talented Nollywood actor, gifted in acting and interpreting movie roles to make acting as real life situation. He can as well take any character assigned him by producers and directors in the industry in Nigeria.
He is a prolific Nollywood actor with over 100 movies to his credit. Some of the movies include Blood Brothers, One Dollar, Beyond the Altar, My Time, Evil Genius, Living In Bondage, Black Maria, Heaven after Hell, A Time To Love, Endless Tears among others. He features alongside top stars in the industry like Pete Edochie, Kate Henshaw, Genevieve Nnaji, Kanayo O. Kanayo and other stars.
He is one of the strong pillars of Nollywood who has made a tremendous contributions to the growth and development of the Nigeria Movie Industry.
This veteran Nollywood actor was given a political appointment under Peter Obi as Governor of Anambra State in 2012.
Bob Manuel also anchors Gulder Ultimate Reality Show, which many viewers described as excellent presentation.
Bob Manuel in his years of acting experience won several awards. They include:
- Reel Awards for best actor in Nigeria at the African Movie Academy Awards.
- Most prominent actor in Nigeria at the African Movie Academy Awards
- Lifetime Achievement Award at the 10th African Movie Academy Awards as best lead actor in Nigeria.
- Best Nigerian Film Makers Role Model Awards
Bob Manuel was also nominated for best actor in a supporting role at Bes to Nollywood Awards for his role in a movie Adesuwa.
His Personal Life
Bob Manuel is married to Cassanda and the union is blessed with two beautiful children.
His Net Worth
Bob Manuel Udokwu is a Nollywood legend, rated one of the richest and most influential with a net worth of about $7 million dollars.