Nkem Owoh

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Nkem Owoh
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Nkem Owoh at the African Movie Academy Awards in Bayelsa State, Nigeria, 2008
Born Nkem Owoh
Enugu Nigeria
Occupation Actor

Nkem Owoh is a Nigerian actor and comedian. In 2008 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.[1]

Early life[edit]

Owoh was born in Enugu, Nigeria. After his primary and secondary school he headed to the University of Ilorin and studied engineering. Already during his university studies, Owoh began acting in various television and film productions.[2] o;h[phi

Career[edit]

Owoh starred in the 2003 film Osuofia in London. He is also known for performing the song "I Go Chop Your Dollar" about advance fee fraud. The song was featured in the film The Master in which Owoh plays a scammer.[3] The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission banned the song.[4] In 2007 Owoh was arrested in Amsterdam, Netherlands (Bijlmermeer neighborhood in the Amsterdam Zuidoost borough) as the result of a 7-month investigation by the Dutch police dubbed "Operation Apollo".[3] Owoh was arrested while performing a musical show when the police raided the event and arrested 111 people on suspicion of lottery fraud and immigration violations. Owoh was later released.[4][5] In November 2009 Owoh was kidnapped in eastern Nigeria. His kidnappers demanded a 15 million naira ransom. Owoh was released after his family members allegedly paid a ransom fee of 1.4 million naira.[6][7]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1987 Things fall apart with Pete Edochie
2000 Ukwa with Patience Ozokwor
1999 Big Man...Big Trouble Sawam
with Francis Agu Conspiracy with Onyeka Onwenu
2001 Onye-Eze Onye-Eze
2002 Fake Doctor Dr. Zebedi
Ifeonye metalu
Long John
Police Officer
Spanner with Chinedu Ikedieze
2003 Anunuebe
King of the Forest
Lion Finger
Mr. Trouble with Patience Ozokwor
Osuofia in London
Police Recruit
2004 America Visa
My Driver
My Own Share
Osuofia in London 2
Spanner Goes to Jail with Chinedu Ikedieze
2005 Akanchawa
Bus Driver with Dakore Egbuson
The Prince
2006 A Fool at 40 Hygenius
Captain
Foreign Base
Indemnity Egbentu
Made in Cambridge
My Kingdom Come
The Barrister Athanasius
The Dreamer
2007 Battle of Indemnity Egbentu
Covenant Keeping God Samuel
De prof
Johnbull & Rosekate Johnbull
Persecution
Stronger Than Pain Ulonna with Kate Henshaw-Nuttal
Owoh's performance in this film earned him the Best Actor in a Leading Role award
at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2008
2008 His Holiness
His Last Action
Wonderful Man

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AMAA 2008: List of Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 16 January 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Biography of Nkem Owoh". Retrieved 2009-11-11. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b Jan Libbenga (2007-07-02). "'I Go Chop Your Dollar' star arrested". The Register. 
  4. ^ a b "Police Arrest Nkem Owoh in Holland". NigeriaMovies.net. 2007-07-04. 
  5. ^ "'I Go Chop Your Dollar' star arrested". Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Jubilation in Nollywood as Osuofia is freed". Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "'Scam comic' kidnapped in Nigeria". BBC News. 2009-11-10. 

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