Ikedieze at the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards
December 12, 1977
|Spouse(s)||Nneoma Ikedieze (m. 2011)|
Chinedu Ikedieze, MFR (born 12 December 1977 in Bende, Abia State, Nigeria) is a Nigerian actor, entrepreneur and serial investor. He is best known for playing alongside Osita Iheme in majority of the movies after their breakthrough as duo in the 2002 film Aki na Ukwa. He has featured in over 150 films in a career spanning over 20 years. He has acted in the role of a kid in most of his films during his early career due to his dwarf stature and physical appearance. He then transformed himself and acted in lead adult roles. He is nicknamed as Aki for his performance in the film Aki na Ukwa. In 2011, he married a fashion designer Nneoma Nwaijah and the couple had their first child in 2012.
Chinedu pursued his primary and secondary education in Aba, Abia State. After completing his secondary education he pursued a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Theatre Arts and a degree in Mass communication from the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu (IMT). After completing his studies at IMT, he initially wanted to become a lawyer but pursued his career in film acting in 1998 and initially featured in small roles. He first acted in a minor role in the 1998 film Evil Men. He enrolled in prestigious New York Film Academy in 2004.
Chemistry with Osita Iheme
He entered Nollywood industry in 2000 and rose to prominence in 2002 film Aki na Ukwa where he played the breakthrough role of Aki alongside another dwarf actor Osita Iheme. The duo were popularly called as "Aki Paw Paw" since the release of the film and they featured together in several films in the lead roles. Both Chinedu and Osita has been maintaining onscreen and offscreen chemistry which is widely praised by the Nollywood fraternity.
In 2007, Ikedieze received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the African Movie Academy Awards. He was also honoured with the Order of the Federal Republic which was given by the then Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan for his immense contributions to Nollywood and to the economic growth of the country.
His performance alongside fellow dwarf actor Osita Iheme in the 2002 film Aki na Ukwa is still widely spoken and the duo especially Osita's character has been trending through memes since 2019 in Twitter and other social media platforms globally.
|2002||Spanner||Spanner||with Nkem Owoh|
|Okwu na uka||with Osita Iheme & Patience Ozokwor|
|Aka Gum||with Osita Iheme|
|2003||The Tom and Jerry||with Osita Iheme|
|The Catechist||with John Okafor|
|Show Bobo: The American Boys||Kizzito||with Osita Iheme|
|School Dropouts||with Osita Iheme|
|Pipiro||with Osita Iheme|
|Onunaeyi: Seeds of Bondage||with Pete Edochie, Osita Iheme, Patience Ozokwor & Clem Ohameze|
|Lagos Boys||with Osita Iheme|
|Charge & Bail||with Osita Iheme|
|Back from America||with Rita Dominic|
|'am in Love||with Osita Iheme|
|Aki na ukwa||with Osita Iheme|
|2 Rats||with Osita Iheme, Patience Ozokwor and Amaechi Muonagor|
|2004||Spanner Goes to Jail||with Nkem Owoh|
|Not by Height||with Osita Iheme|
|Big Daddies||with Osita Iheme|
|Across the Niger||with Pete Edochie, Kanayo O. Kanayo & Ramsey Nouah|
|2005||Village Boys||with Osita Iheme|
|Spoiler||with Osita Iheme|
|Secret Adventure||with Osita Iheme|
|Reggae Boys||with Osita Iheme|
|One Good Turn||with Osita Iheme|
|I Think Twice||with Osita Iheme|
|Final World Cup||with Osita Iheme|
|Colours of Emotion||Ebony||with Osita Iheme|
|2006||Young Masters||with Osita Iheme|
|Winning Your Love||with Osita Iheme & Patience Ozokwor|
|'U' General||with Osita Iheme & Patience Ozokwor|
|Sweet Money||with Osita Iheme|
|Royal Messengers||with Osita Iheme|
|Magic Cap||with Osita Iheme|
|Last Challenge||with Kanayo O. Kanayo & Osita Iheme|
|Kadura||with Osita Iheme|
|Jadon||with Osita Iheme|
|Games Men Play||with Chioma Chukwuka, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Ini Edo, Mike Ezuruonye & Jim Iyke|
|Criminal Law||Hippo||with Osita Iheme|
|Brain Masters||with Osita Iheme|
|Brain Box||with Kanayo O. Kanayo & Osita Iheme|
|Boys from Holland||with Osita Iheme|
|Blessed Son||with Osita Iheme|
|2007||Thunder Storm||with Osita Iheme|
|Stubborn Flies||with Osita Iheme|
|Spirit of a Prophet||with Osita Iheme & Clem Ohameze|
|Powerful Civilian||with Osita Iheme|
|Power as of Old||with Osita Iheme & Clem Ohameze|
|Escape to Destiny||with Osita Iheme|
|Cain & Abel||with Osita Iheme|
- The Johnsons as Efetobore Johnson
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