Kanayo O. Kanayo is a renowned Nigerian actor and philanthropist. He was born on March 1, 1962, in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria. Kanayo started his acting career in 1992 in the Nollywood industry which is one of the largest film industries in the world. Since then, he has become a household name in Nigeria and across Africa, appearing in over 100 movies including some of the most iconic and critically acclaimed titles in Nigerian cinema history.
|Kanayo O. Kanayo
|Date of Birth
|March 1, 1962
|Place of Birth
|Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria
|1992 – present
Early Life and Education
Kanayo O. Kanayo was born into a family of six children. He grew up in his hometown of Mbaise in Imo State, Nigeria. He studied at St. Joseph’s College in Mbaise and later proceeded to the University of Lagos where he earned a degree in philosophy.
After completing his studies, Kanayo moved to Lagos to pursue his acting career. He made his film debut in 1992 in the movie “Living in Bondage” which was a huge commercial success and became a cult classic in Nigerian cinema history.
Since then, Kanayo has appeared in a number of blockbuster movies including “Family Battle”, “Aki n’ Ukwa”, “Games Women Play”, “The Mayors”, “Fatal Imagination”, and “Full Moon” among others. He has also featured in several international movies such as “Blood Diamond”, “Blue-eyed Boy”, and “The Contract” alongside Hakeem Kae-Kazim, and Patience Ozokwor.
Kanayo has won several awards over the years including the ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ at the African Movie Academy Awards, and was also appointed as a United Nations Ambassador by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2008.
Some popular videos of Kanayo O. Kanayo on YouTube are:
- Kanayo O Kanayo’s Best Movie of All Time – (The Fearless Man)
- Kanayo O Kanayo ‘Tears For Money’ | The Contract
Kanayo O. Kanayo was married to Nneka Onyekwere, but they got divorced. The actor is a proud father of three children.
Cars and House
Kanayo O. Kanayo has been seen driving a black Mercedes-Benz SLK230 and a white Mercedes-Benz C-Class. He also owns a beautiful mansion in his hometown of Mbaise which is estimated to be worth millions of naira.
Awards and Nominations
Some of Kanayo O. Kanayo’s notable awards and nominations are:
- African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for Best Actor in a Leading Role (2005) – Won
- Best Actor of the Year at The Future Awards Africa (2018) – Won
- Best Actor in Nigeria at the African Entertainment Legend Awards (2015) – Won
- Best Supporting Actor at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2016) – Nominated
Kanayo O. Kanayo has made a significant impact in the Nigerian film industry and his contributions have helped to shape the industry into what it is today. His philanthropic work has also earned him respect and admiration both locally and internationally.
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