She was born on November 1, 1969 in Lagos. She hails from Amichi in Anambra State. Dolly is one of seven children in a family.
Unachukwu is a graduate of Films and Videos at the East London University Docklands in 2008. Prior to the degree programme, she got the European Computer Driving Licence in 2002.
Unachukwu also attended the Television College Jos in Plateau State, where she received a Diploma in Television Production in 1988.
She studied phonetics at the FRCN Training school Lagos in 1989 and later had a Diploma in Law at the Lagos State University in 1990.
Her Acting Career
Unachukwu began her acting career at the age of 16 during which she featured in a television programme Junior Drama in 1985 as a secretary.
Later that year, Dolly starred in the prime time soap opera, ‘Mirror in the Sun’ as Prisca.
Dolly was shot to fame and recognition in Nollywood when she featured in a movie, ‘Fortunes’, a hit movie she played the role of Fadeke the subdued wife of a millionaire, an ideal Nigerian woman. The movie made her a household name in the Nigerian movie industry.
Unachukwu made her debut in films with her performances in ‘Deadly Affair’, where she featured alongside Nollywood veterans like Emeka Ike, Sandra Achums and Jide Kosoko. In the movie, she Spoke three different Nigerian languages.
Unachukwu also played a mean pimp in the controversial film Glamour Girls, a film that later won the most popular Nigerian film in America in 1995.
The versatile, highly creative and talented actress and pioneer of Nollywood has so far acted in several movies, some of which are:
• Mirror in the Sun (TV) 1986
• Fortunes (TV) 1993
• Deadly Affair 1995 1&2 1994
• Glamour Girls 2 1995
• Tears for Love 1996
• Deadly Affair II 1997
• Deadly Passion 1997
• Wildest Dream 1997
• Love without Language 1998
• Brotherhood of Darkness 1998
• Father Moses 1999
• Full Moon 1 & 2 1999
• War of Roses 2000
• The Empire 2005
• Sisters Love 2007
Unachukwu has successfully produced and directed a number of her own movies including The Empire in 2005 while on break from the university.
Her Personal Life
In 1997, Unachukwu produced her life story, Wildest Dream. In the film, she narrated the ordeal of her first marriage, which crashed the rock in 1994, making her a single parent. Her estranged husband threatened to sue her over using his real name in the film.
Unachukwu was said to have remarried in 2000 and in August the same year, she went to join her husband in England, only to split up with him at the airport upon realizing that he had not been all that truthful to her.
Her Net Worth
Dolly Unachukwu is indeed a rare talent in Nollywood, rated one of the richest and most influential with a net worth of about $600,000 dollars.