On this day: In history (1962), Anayo Modestus Onyekwere better known by his stage name Kanayo O. Kanayo was born. He is a popular Nigeria actor from Mbaise, Imo State. He is a graduate of Law from the University of Abuja.
Kanayo’s journey to becoming a top television personality started after he graduated from secondary school in 1982. His search for a white-collar job saw him go to NTA, Aba, where he became an instant favourite. He would move to NTA, Enugu and then, ABS TV (Anambra Broadcasting Service). Luck shined on him when, after his role in “Checkmate” (a popular soap opera in the 90s) by Amaka Igwe, he was called for an audition. It is his successful role that would propel him to where he is today.
Kanayo, in 1992, made his debut movie appearance in the film Living in Bondage. He has starred in over 100 films. In 2006 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the movie “Family Battle.” He was nominated in 2008 for African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in the movie “Across the Niger.” His most recent movies are Up North and Living in Bondage: Breaking Free, a sequel to his debut movie appearance.
Kanayo has featured in various Nollywood blockbuster movies which includes Lion Heart and Professor JOHNBULL where he portrayed the character of an intelligent and achieved educated man.
Kanayo was among various Nigerians honored by the government in 2014 during the centenary celebration. He is currently a United Nations ambassador and bears the title of MFR.
Happy birthday, legend!
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