He was born on 27th of August 1960 in Ibadan, Oyo state in south western Nigeria.
Hanks had his primary and secondary education in Ibadan where he obtained his first and secondary school certificates respectively.
He later went to Auchi Polytechnics in Edo State where he bagged a Higher National Diploma (HND) in 1981. Upon graduation, Hanks moved into USA for many years before relocating back to Nigeria to join the Nigeria Movie Industry in the year 2000.
His Acting Career
Hanks was introduced to Nollywood by a popular Nigerian actress, Regina Askia. He acted his first movie, ‘The Skeleton’.
He again starred in another hit movie, ‘The Senator’, a movie he played the lead role of an aspiring Senator and was eventually shot to fame and recognition in Nollywood.
Hanks has since featured in over 100 Nollywood movies, some of which include:
• The Captor
• My Love
• Men on the Hard Way
• Fools on the Run
• Desperate Ambition
• Wanted Alive
• Force Alarm
• Blood Diamonds
• Bitter Honey
• King of Jungle
• Brutal Heart
• Face of Murderer among others.
Hanks is such a creative and exceptionally talented Nollywood actor known for good interpretation of roles in movies. He is fondly known to play the role of hard men or bad guys in most movies alongside top key players in the industry like Gentle Jack, Jim Iyke, Emma Ehumadu, Jerry Amilo, Ernest Asuzu, Alasco Wariboko, Saint Obi and other top stars.
Hanks Anuku was in 2015 alleged to have contacted the deadly HIV/AIDs and deliberately infected his wife. The news of this negative development went viral on social media.
That same year 2015, Hanks was said to have involved in a bike accident in Nungua Ledzokuku Krowor area in Accra, Ghana and was presumed dead. He again came out to debunk the spread rumour and revealed he was alive and not dead.
Following these controversies surrounding the talented Nollywood actor, he relocated to Ghana and naturalized as a Ghanaian citizen with his family. He then changed his name from Hanks Anuku to Nana Kwame Fifi Kakra Anuku.
Hanks revealed he is currently satisfied being a Ghanaian citizen.
Hanks Anuku has in the course of his acting career won several awards. They include:
• Best Actor of the year at the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
• Best Actor in a leading role at the Best of Nollywood Awards.
• Best Actor in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards.
• Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria at the African Movie Academy Awards.
His Net Worth
Hanks Anuku is currently one of the richest and most influential Nigerian and Ghanaian actors with a net worth of about $1 million dollars.