Abia is a state in the south eastern part of Nigeria. The capital is Umuahia, and the major commercial city is Aba, which was formerly a British colonial government outpost in the region, and is also one of the most populated areas in Nigeria. Abia state was created in 1991 from part of Imo State.
Here are 10 famous nollywood actors from the state:
#1. Emeka Okoro
Emeka Okoro is a famous Nollywood actor, director, media personality, writer, singer, model and a television personality. He is popularly known for playing criminal roles and hit man roles in movies alongside with Hanks Anuku, Gentle Jack, Emma Ehumadu, Jim Iyke, Saint Obi and a host of other top Nollywood celebrities.
He was born and bred in Umuahia, the capital city of Abia State in the south eastern part of Nigeria, where he completed both his primary and secondary school education and obtained both his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate.
He is very handsome, gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles. He knows how to interpret his roles very well and can fit in any character given to him by movie directors and producers in Nigeria.
Emeka Okoro is originally from Umuahia in Ukwuano Local Government Area of Abia State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. He started acting at a very tender age and participated in several drama and stage play in his secondary school days as a teenager.
Emeka Okoro has acted in more than 90 Nollywood movies which include Dirty Deal, The Senator, Flee, Occultic Battle, First Love, One Love, Men and Money, Ojuelegba, Circle of Tears, Take me to Mama, When God Says Yes, My Sweet Heart, His Majesty, etc.
He is currently one of the most handsome, most gifted, most skillful, most creative and most talented actors in Nigeria. He knows how to interpret his roles very well and can fit in any character given to him by movie directors and producers in Nigeria.
Emeka Okoro in the cause of his career as an actor has won few awards which include Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria at the Best of Nollywood Awards and Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
Williams Uchemba is a famous Nollywood child actor, movie producer, model, comedian, philanthropist, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and a television personality. He is currently the United Nation Ambassador and African Youth Representative to the United Nation. He was born and bred in Abia State in the south eastern part of Nigeria.
Williams Uchemba is originally from Abia State in the south eastern part of Nigeria, where he completed both his primary and secondary school education and obtained both his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate.
Williams Uchemba joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) in 2000 as a child actor and rose to fame in 2001 after featuring in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “The Journey of the Dead” a movie he acted alongside with Pete Edochie, Olu Jacobs and Ramsey Noah. The movie “The Journey of the Dead” brought him to limelight and gave him a lot of advantage in Nollywood.
In 2003, he acted in another Nollywood blockbuster movie “Beyond Belief”. In 2006, he acted in another blockbuster movie titled “The World of Riches”. He is popularly known for playing the role of a smart kid in several Nollywood movies.
Williams Uchemba aside from acting is also a comedian, a model, a philanthropist and a motivational speaker. He is currently the United Nation Ambassador and African Youth Representative to the United Nation. He is currently based in the United States of America, where is shooting his comedy skits. He is very popular on Instagram with several thousands of followers. He publish trending funny comedy skits on Instagram and also on YouTube with most of his comedy skits receiving millions of views monthly and several thousand likes and comments.
Williams Uchemba has acted in more than 90 Nollywood movies.
In 2002, he won the award for Best Kid Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards for his role in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Oh My Son”.
Williams Uchemba in the cause of his career as an actor has been nominated for several awards and has won few awards which include Most Promising Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award, Best Kid Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Most Promising Act to Watch at the Best of Nollywood Awards and Best Actor in a Comedy at the City People Entertainment Awards. Williams Uchemba is currently single and has not revealed who his girlfriend is.
#3. Mike Ezuruonye
Mike Ezuruonye rose to prominence in Nollywood for his diverse acting skills. He is celebrated as one of the finest Nigerian actors, directors, and filmmakers.
For his consistent and excellent performance in the Nigerian movie industry, Mike Ezuruonye has received several nominations including the ones he got for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008 and 2009.
He gained recognition after featuring alongside Stephanie Okereke Linus in one of the top-selling Hollywood movies titled Critical Decision.
Mike Ezuruonye was born on September 20, 1982, in Lagos state but he is originally from Uzoakoli in Abia state, Nigeria. He is the eldest son of four siblings and has described his family background as financially solid, decent, and comfortable. His younger sister, Chichi, is a physician in the UK.
Mike acquired his education in different states, starting with the Federal Government College, Taraba and then followed by Archbishop Aggey Memorial school, Lagos. After his secondary education, Ezuruonye gained admission at Nnamdi Azikiwe University to study Accounting.
Before becoming a movie star, Mike Ezuruonye was working as a banker. He confirmed this during an interview with the Vanguard. According to Ezuruonye, a close friend and colleague named Dayo Amusa introduced him to acting. He said he was reluctant at first but later decided to give it a try; it turned out more than he expected.
Mike Ezuruonye debuted his on-screen appearance in the movie titled, Broken Marriage in December 2003. As the pay was more than his banking salary, and he started getting more roles, he decided to quit his banking job.
It wasn’t long before his name became a household one in Nigeria. He featured in several Nollywood romantic comedy movies including Endless Passion (2005), Desire (2008), Ropes of Fate (2010), Unforgivable (2014), The Duplex (2015), and much more.
Ezuruonye debuted his directorial prowess in the comedy movie, Divorce Not Allowed in 2018. Speaking about why he decided to make the film, the prestigious actor expressed that many marriages continue to fail because couples give up easily and simply stopped fighting for the union they originally believed in. According to him, the film explored marital problems among young couples and how their resolutions sometimes threaten to shake the foundation of their love.
The famous actor, like some of his co-stars in the Nigerian movie industry, has openly indicated his interest in politics. But then, he’s not in a hurry, considering his growing career. Ezuruonye’s career in the entertainment industry has spanned over 15 years and counting, with more than 80 movies to his credit.
Ezuruonye got married to his wife Nkechi Nnorom in November 2010, with a white wedding ceremony held at the Folawiyo Bankole Methodist Church in Lagos. The couple met in Abuja during one his movie shoot in 2009.
His wife was living and working as a medical psychologist in Canada, but moved back to Nigeria where they met and started dating. Together, they have a cute son named Reynold Nkembuchim Ezuruonye; he was born in October 2011. Reynold has a little sister.
#4. Chinedu Ikedieze
Chinedu Ikedieze popularly known as Aki is an award-winning Nollywood Actor, who gained popularity, and breakthrough in the industry after the movie Aki ni Ukwa. He is also a comedian and an entrepreneur.
Chinedu Ikedieze was born on the 12th of December 1977, to Mr and Mrs Michael Ikedieze Ogbonna in Iluoma Nzeakoli, Bende, Abia State. As a child, Chinedu wanted to be either a doctor or a lawyer, but that narrative changed after he joined his secondary school’s drama society, and developed an interest in acting.
He studied mass communication at the Institute of Management & Technology (IMT), Enugu State after his secondary education.
His passion for acting led him to join the Institute’s theatre group. Chinedu was an active member of the group, so he took part in several large-scale productions. As a wise and smart guy, he saw it as an opportunity and utilized it by making industry contacts and honing his craft.
Chinedu’s desire to be one of the best in the industry led him to enrol at the New York Film Academy (NYFA) in 2004. He is married to Nneoma Ikedieze.
After his studies at IMT, he started auditioning for movie roles. After several attempts, he was eventually chosen to act a minor role in the movie – Evil Men in 1998. The producers of the movie were pleased with his acting. As a result, they continued giving him roles in subsequent movies.
He got his big break and rose to limelight in 2002 when he acted as Aki in the movie Aki na Ukwa. Since then, the name Aki has stuck as a household name. Presently, Chinedu Ikedieze is one of the most recognized faces in Nollywood, as his movies are enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age.
He credits his rise to limelight in the Nollywood industry to the marketer and producer of the Aki na Ukwa movie – late Chukwuka Emelionwu aka Kasvid. Asides acting, Chinedu Ikedieze also has businesses in the media, fashion, branding/graphics, and tourism industry.
He is currently one of the actors of The Johnsons as Efetobore Johnson.
#5. IK Ogbonna
Ikechukwu Mitchel Ogbonna , professionally known as IK Ogbonna , is a Nigerian film and television actor, Model , Director and TV Personality . He originated from the area of Abia State , which is in the south -eastern part of Nigeria . He attended primary and secondary school in Lagos State . He proceeded to the University of Jos , where he studied Sociology. He is popularly known for his role in the movie ‘Playing Safe ’ alongside Tonto Dikeh and Ini Edo . He was also featured in Disguise ( 2018 ), The Washerman ( 2018 ) and Pebbles of Love ( 2017 ).
Ikechukwu “IK ” Ogbonna was born in Abia State , South -eastern Nigeria on 11 January 1984 and is the second in the family of four children consisting of two boys and two girls . He is of Igbo descent. He attended primary and secondary education in Lagos, Nigeria . While in Secondary School , he won the Milo Awards for Fine Arts . After completing his primary and secondary school education in Lagos , IK Obgonna proceeded to the University of Jos in Jos ,Plateau State in Nigeria, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. After completing his tertiary education , IK Ogbonna joined the Nigerian film industry, also known as Nollywood , as an actor, and he rose through the ranks to become one of Nollywood ‘ s celebrated actors.
Ogbonna began acting after completing his education in University of Jos . He has featured in over 100 Nollywood movies . His first movie was Lovelom produced by Rukky Sanda in 2013 . Ogbonna has won several awards , he is known for his stunning appearances on red carpets and he is also an ambassador for Dorco Shaving Stick . Ogbonna took part in the audition of the Amstel Malta Box Office television show in 2005 and was picked. He has been a model for quite a long time .
Ogbonna was married to a Columbian model named Sonia Morales. Before his marriage to Sonia Morales, Ogbonna was in a relationship with Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim .
He has won several awards which include Milo Award for Fine Arts ( secondary school), The Cynosure Awards, Most Promising Actor in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards, Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Best New Act to Watch at the African Magic Viewers ’ Choice Awards.
#6. Alexx Ekubo
Alexx Ekubo is an award-winning Nigerian Actor, Model, Motivational Speaker, Compere, Producer & Entertainer. He is also referred to as “Johnny” from the popular Yemi Alade Song “Johnny” which has over 90million views on youtube, thereby making it the most watched music video out of Africa. Alexx Ekubo has won numerous awards & competitions; like the MR NIGERIA contest in 2010 where he emerged the 1st Runner Up, which gave him the platform to launch his mainstream movie career in Nollywood. He is a Law graduate from the University of Calabar, & also has a Diploma in Mass Communication from Calabar Polytechnic, Nigeria.
Early Life & Career Beginnings Alexx Ekubo was born in Portharcourt, River state, Nigeria, to Jane Ekubo, a fashion designer/business woman and Mazi Alex Ekubo, a petroleum marketer. The second of four siblings; Alexx has two sisters & a brother.
Alexx grew up in several Nigerian cities, owing to his father’s job description. He speaks fluent Hausa & Igbo language. Alexx Ekubo was educated at K.Kotun nursery & primary school, Lagos & then Federal Government College Daura, Katsina State, before proceeding to the University of Calabar where he graduated with an L.L.B Law in 2008.
#7. Emmanuel Ehumadu
Emmanuel Ehumadu is from Amafor Isingwu in Umuahia of Abia State Nigeria.
His Primary and secondary education in Jos Plateau State then went ahead to study Mass Communication in Lagos State University. He started his acting carrier in 1996 in Lagos with the movie titled “Rituals” as his first major movie. Since then he has featured in countless Nigerian Movies with the movie “Labista” shooting him into fame in 2004. Ever since, he has remained a prominent and one of the most sort after actors in Nigeria, mostly known for his “hit man” roles.
#8. Promise Odika
Promise Odika is a fast-rising Nollywood actor, producer and a television personality. He was born on 20th February 1986 in Aba, Abia State in the south eastern part of Nigeria to the family of Mr. and Mrs J.A Odika. He is popularly known for acting in sorrowful movies.
Promise Odika was born and raised in Aba, Abia State in the south eastern part of Nigeria, where he completed both his primary and secondary school education and obtained both his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate.
He started acting at a very tender age while still in primary school and joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) in 2000 as a child actor. In 2001, he rose to fame after starring in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Onye-Eze” where he played the role of a child who lost his mother and is been maltreated by his step mother.
Promise Odika is popularly known for his ability to cry in movies. He acts mostly in sorrowful movies alongside with Hilda Dokubo, Nkiru Sylvanus, Chinwe Owoh and a host of other top Nollywood celebrities.
Promise Odika in the cause of his career as an actor has been nominated for few awards which include Most Promising Act to Watch at the City People Entertainment Awards and Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
#9. Ejike Asiegbu
Henry James Asiegbu is his real name but fondly known and addressed as Ejike Asiegbu. He is a Nigerian actor, director, producer, television personality, politician and a rare philanthropist.
He was born on the 8 th of November, 1959 in Umuahia, Abia State, to Chief Sir J.U. Asiegbu, an engineer with the then National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) and the mother Mrs. Comfort Egobeke Asiegbu as a petty business woman.
Ejike was born into a family of six children and he hails from Abia State, in south eastern Nigeria.
Ejike Asiegbu had his primary education at Santa Maria, now Constitution Crescent Primary School in Abia Abia State. He attended Abdul Azeez Attah Memorial College, Okene in Kogi State and eventually completed his secondary education at Christ the King College in Onitsha, Anambra State where he obtained his secondary school certificate in 1980.
He later went to the University of Port Harcourt in Rivers State where he bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts in 1993.
Ejike joined the Nigerian Movie industry in 1996 and acted his first movie “Silent Night”. It was this movie that shot him to popularity.
He has starred in over 200 movies since joining Nollywood.
Ejike is happily married to his beautiful wife, Ogechi, a graduate from Federal Polytechnics, Oko in Anambra State and the union is blessed with children.
Ejike Asiegbu in his acting career has earned a number of prestigious awards. They include Best actor in a leading role at the Best of Nollywood awards, Most prominent actor in Nigeria at the African Movie Academy Awards, Best actor of the year at the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Best actor in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards.
Ejike Asiegbu was a one time President of Actors of Guild of Nigeria (AGN).
#10. Emeka Enyiocha
Chukwuemeka Michael Enyiocha popularly known as Emeka Enyiocha is a famous Nollywood actor, director, producer, investor, entrepreneur and a philanthropist. He was born on 6 March 1972 in Umuahia, Abia State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. Emeka Enyiocha is the eldest child in a family of eight children. He is originally from Umuahia, Abia State in the south eastern part of Nigeria.
Emeka Enyiocha completed his primary school education in Umuahia, Abia State in the south eastern part of Nigeria and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. After completing his primary school education, Emeka Enyiocha proceeded to Government Technical School in Port Harcourt, River State in south southern part of Nigeria and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate.
After completing his secondary school education, Emeka Enyiocha proceeded to Lagos State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts in 2002. Emeka Enyiocha started his career as a professional model. He quit the modeling industry when he discovered that he wasn’t getting enough jobs to sustain himself due to the scare on his forehead.
In 1994, Emeka Enyiocha joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) and acted in the NTA popular soap opera “Memorial Hospital” a film directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen. After that, he started featuring in several Nollywood movies as a minor character.
In 2003, Emeka Enyiocha rose to fame after starring in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “End of the River” alongside with Julius Agwu. The movie was produced by Amaco Production.
After the success of the movie “End of the River,” Emeka Enyiocha starred in another Nollywood blockbuster movie “Peace Maker” alongside with Emeka Ike, Benita Nzeribe and Nkiru Sylvanus. The movie was very popular in Nigeria and made him a public figure. The movie “Peace Maker” won him the award for Best Actor of the Year at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
In 2008, Emeka Enyiocha got married to his long time girlfriend Stella Ugochi. The traditional marriage took place in Ovim in Isikwuato local government area of Abia State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. The marriage is currently blessed with three beautiful children. In 2017, Emeka Enyiocha quit Nollywood and is fully involved in Beer business.