To Get Personalised contents and be able to add items to your favourites, please Sign In or Sign Up          

Nkem Owoh (Osuofia)

Encyclopedia » Biography » Actors/Actresses

Today we will get to meet a wonderful Actor and Comedian “Osuofia”, the veteran and venerable Chief of African Comedy in Film.

Welcome to Logbaby’s Biography of Nkem Owoh.


Name: Nkem Owoh

Stage or Nickname: Osuofia

Date of Birth: 1964

Relationship Status: Married with 2 Children

Occupation: Actor, Singer

Net Worth:  $3.9 Million


Nkem Nwabuoku Owoh aka Osuofia is a Nigerian Actor and Comedian. He had his major break in acting when he played a supporting role in series Things Fall Apart but nothing will cement his fame like the drunkard he would later play in many movies to come. This lovable and crafty drunk called "Osuofia" would become so popular as to become essentially his name to the movie world and to fans. In 2003 an adaptation of the character in the movie Osuofia in London would become one of the highest selling movies in Nollywood history.


Nkem Owoh was born in 1964 and hails from Amagu Village, in Udi LGA of Enugu State.  He was born in Enugu and he did both his primary and secondary educations in Nsukka, After which he began his tertiary Education at the University of Ilorin And got a degree in Engineering at the Institute of Management Technology (IMT) where he completed his studies.

On April 10th 1985 at the youthful age of 21, he lost his elder brother when Nigeria's current President and then Military Dictator ordered the exection of his brother Bartholomew Owoh and 2 other Nigerians for drug offences which at the time they "may" have been committed were not capital offences. In essence the President took laws into his own hands and executed them using a new military law. For this Nkem Owoh was sad when Buhari came up for election in 2015.



Nkem Owoh began his acting career way back in his Primary and Secondary school days. He knew right from time that he had a talent in acting because he was a natural when it came to acting. During his university studies, He was still involved in various television and film productions. Nkem Owoh worked with WACO Engineering after his youth service but was unfortunately laid off after a year. That became a blessing in disguise because it gave room for him to concentrate on radio and television production. He had his first major break in acting when he played a role in the series adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” in 1987, the series had fifty episodes and was aired on NTA's TV Network. As Nollywood boomed, he got a supporting role in both Ukwa 1 and 2 alongside other big names such as Sam Loco and Patience Ozokwor.

He would later star in a host of movies playing his famed alter-ego Osuofia but none more glorious than 2003's “Osuofia” in London. While he was famous before this, this movie was a cross border and multi-ethnic success, cementing his role in Nollywood as a powerhouse of comedy.



Nkem Owoh is one of Nigeria's most popular actors, he is also a pioneer in the comedy segment of the Nigerian Movie Industry, in fact after his many star roles in comedy many producers began to opt for productions in other genres as they felt the market change but "Osuofia" stayed with comedy.

He has acted in many films and has the versitility to star in other genres of film, having played many serious roles in films like, King of the Forest, John Bull and Rose Kate etc. He has played lead characters and supporting actor in more than 100 movies, and has  many renowned movies like Long John, Onye Eze, Captain, The Barrister and Stronger Than Pain which earned him an award for Best Actor at the 2008 African Movie Academy Awards.

His most famous films include

Ukwa Akidi Osuofia In London
Stronger Than Pain Onye-Eze The Barrister
Long John The Dreamer King of the Forest


He became popular as a musician for “I Go Chop Your Dollar" which is a song about advance fee fraud. The song was featured in the movie ‘The master’ in which he plays a scammer. He has also done other songs like Akalaka, Agreement and Marry me.


He is married to Ngozi Nkem Owoh. Although not much is known about his personal life he stepped out last year with two of his daughters.


In 2009 Nkem Owoh was kidnapped while travelling along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, at the time Kidnapping was reletively rampant. His kidnappers requested a ransom of 15 million but were later begged down to 1.5million according to the family. After a week in the kidnappers den he was released for 1.4million with the kidnappers holding his car pending a bailout of 100,000.

When he went into music for a short while his song "I Go Chop Your Dollar" was a smash hit. The song depicting a 419 Fraud transactions and saying basically "White man I will spend your money" was banned by both the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crime Commission) and the NBC (Nigerian Broadcasting Commission) due to its inciteful message on fraud.

In an unrelated event, in 2007 he was arrested in Amsterdam, Netherlands as a result of a 7-month investigation by the Dutch police called "Operation Apollo". He was arrested while singing on stage. The police raided the event and arrested 111 people on suspicion of lottery fraud and immigration violations but he was later released.



African Movie Academy Award (AMAA)

Best Actor in a lead role




He is an MTN Ambassador and his ambassordorship deal with MTN was recently renewed.


Today he remains relevant in the Nigerian movie industry, starring in the modern cinema films that are now part of the high end of the Nigerian movie industry. In 2016 he starred in Ghana MustGo, a Yvonne Okoro production. He is married to Ngozi Nkem Owoh with 2 daughters and lives in Enugu State, Nigeria.





Article Credit: Kenechukwu Edeh

Updated 3 Years ago

Find Us On Facebook

Tags:     Nkem Owoh     Osuofia     Nigerian Actor     Comedian