Osita Iheme

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Osita Iheme

Khawl award
Born (1982-02-20) February 20, 1982 (age 37)

Osita Iheme, MFR (born February 20, 1982) is a Nigerian actor. He is widely known for playing the role of 'Pawpaw' in the film Aki na Ukwa alongside Chinedu Ikedieze. He is the founder of Inspired Movement Africa which he founded to inspire, motivate and stimulate the minds of young Nigerians and Africans. In 1998, Iheme received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the African Movie Academy Awards.[1] He is considered to be one of Nigeria's most famous actors.[2] In 2011, he was honored as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) by President Goodluck Jonathan.[3]

Early life[edit]

[4][5] He hails from Mbaitoli, Imo State, Nigeria. Iheme grew up in Abia State and has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Lagos State University.[6]


Early in his career, Osita Iheme was often typecast in the role of a child. In 2003 he rose to fame when he starred together with Chinedu Ikedieze in the comedy film Aki na Ukwa in which he played the role of 'Pawpaw'. In this role, Iheme played a mischievous child. He has played the role of a child in many of his films but later has adopted more mature roles. He has since displayed his versatility as an actor, taking on more mature and dramatic roles. This has garnered him awards such as the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2007 Africa Movie Awards and Best Actor Africa Magic Viewer's Choice Awards 2014[7]. He is the New Generation Ambassador for Rotary International District 9110 and the author of book INSPIRED 101. Iheme has starred in over a hundred movies and is one of the most popular faces in Nollywood.[8] Like his onscreen partner Chinedu Ikedieze, Iheme has a small physique and the two are sometimes referred to as the midget duo.[by whom?] Iheme's rare condition[clarification needed] gave him the advantage of being different from all other actors in the Nigerian movie industry. He has evolved in his career from just a comedic actor to a multifaceted established actor. This has gained him respect throughout the Nigerian movie industry and with its fans alike.[6] To reward his contribution towards the growth of the Nigerian Film Industry, in 2011 he was awarded the Nigerian National Honour of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) by President Goodluck Jonathan.


Aki and Paw Paw


  1. ^ Coker, Onikepo (4 May 2007). "Africa Celebrates Film Industry at AMAA 2007". Mshale Newspaper. Minneapolis, USA: Mshale Communications. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  2. ^ Muchimba, Helen (23 September 2004). "Nigerian film lights Zambia's screens". BBC News. London, UK: BBC. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  3. ^ "BN Bytes: Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Okereke, Amaka Igwe, Aliko Dangote & Jim Ovia receive National Honours – Photos from the Ceremony". bellanaija.com. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  4. ^ M'bwana, Lloyd. "Who is older between Aki and Paw Paw?? As Aki celebrates his 41st birthday". www.maravipost.com. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  5. ^ Adikwu, Marris (14 August 2019). "The Nigerian Film Stars Behind Some of Twitter's Greatest Memes". Vulture. Retrieved 13 September 2019. Don’t be fooled by Iheme and Ikedieze’s size — they’re both grown men (Iheme is 37 and Ikedieze is 41).
  6. ^ a b Cornel-Best, Onyekaba (6 May 2005). ".DYNAMITES. That's what we are". Daily Sun. Lagos, Nigeria. Archived from the original on 10 May 2005. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Funke Akindele, Osita Iheme headline AMVCA nominations". Vanguard News. 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  8. ^ "Is Osita Iheme's meme used by Fenty Beauty and 50 Cent a win for Nollywood?". This is africa. 2019-07-10. Retrieved 2019-11-16.

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