Christian Ogbonna Chiwetalu Agu (born March 5, 1956), addressed professionally as Chiwetalu Agu, is a legendary and iconic personality in the Nigerian Nollywood sector.
He is a veteran Nollywood Nigerian actor, comedian, and television personality.
He is one on-screen character who has carved a niche for themselves. Even though vulgar but hilarious, Chiwetalu Agu‘s slangs are in-jokes judging from his roles in Nollywood films.
Early Life & Education
Christian Ogbonna Chiwetalu Agu is a veteran Nollywood actor and comedian. He is famous for his fluency in the Igbo dialect and his slangs in his movies.
He was born on the 5th March 1956 in Enugu, Nigeria. He is still alive.
Chiwetalu Agu attended Municipal Council School, Ogui, and Saint Luke’s Primary School, Ogui, for his primary education.
He attended the College of Immaculate Conception, Uwani, for his secondary education and gained his WASSCE certificate there in 1977. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Arts in 1981 at Munchen College, Germany.
Chiwetalu Agu, as similar to other actors, started developing his talent at a very young age. He underwent his compulsory one-year service to his country in Jos.
After his service, he staged tons of performances with his group, the Inspirers Theatre Group, which he formed in 1983. He also worked at NTA, Enugu, after which he ventured into acting full time as a career.
Chiwetalu Agu has featured in the movie Things Fall Apart, the famous novel written by the great writer Late Chinua Achebe, Sunrise, Old School, and many others.
He has worked alongside celebrity stars like Ireti Doyle, Patience Ozokwor, widely known as Mama G, Pete Edochie, and many others.
Due to his skills and professionalism, he was recognized as the Nollywood developer by Professor Femi Shaka of the University of Port Harcourt.
Chiwetalu Agu has also been given awards like the Best Actor in an indigenous Movie. He won that award for speaking the Igbo dialect in the movie- Nkwocha and a handful of nominations.
Chiwetalu Agu is married to his wife, Nkechi Agu. They have five children– three sons and two daughters. Two of his sons names are Christian Agu and Emeka Agu while his daughters’ names are not figured out.
He is a native of Amokwe in Udi Local Government Area, Enugu State, Nigeria.
Awards & Nominations
Chiwetalu Agu has won and been nominated for several awards, including:
- Nomination for the best actor in the indigenous movie at the Nollywood Movie Awards in 2012 for his role in the movie Nkwocha. The actor won this award.
- He was also nominated for the Best Supporting Actor at the Zulu African Film Academy Awards (ZAFAA London) in 2011 for his role in the movie, The Maidens.
- In 2008, the actor was nominated for ‘the Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the 4th annual African Movie Academy Awards for his role in the movie, Across the Niger.
- He received the Most Popular Actor Award from the Catholic Church of Nigeria.
There is a record of at least 150 movies in which Chiwetalu Agu has been cast.
- Last Ofalla
- Things Fall Apart
- Return of Justice By Fire
- Traditional Marriage
- Fire on the Mountain
- Price of the Wicked
- Dr. Thomas
- The Priest Must Die
- The Price of Sacrifice
- The Catechist
- Police Recruit
- Old School
- Sounds of Love
- Across the Niger
- The Plain Truth
- Sounds of Love
- Church Man
- Holy Anger
- Evil Twin
- Beauty and the Beast
- Royal Messengers
- Royal Destiny
- Burning kingdom
- The Maidens
- Battle of the Gods
- The Wedding Party 2
You cannot mention the highest-paid honchos in Nollywood without enlisting him. Chiwetalu Agu has an estimated net worth of US$800,000.
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