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Nkem Owoh

Nkem Owoh at the African Movie Academy Awards in Bayelsa State, Nigeria, 2008
Born Nkem Owoh
Amagu Village, Udi Town, Enugu State Nigeria
Other names Nwabuoku
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Ngozi Nkem Owoh

Mr 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

Owoh was born in, Enugu StateNigeria. 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]


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 AmsterdamNetherlands (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.[6] His kidnappers demanded a 15 million naira ransom.[7] Owoh was released after his family members allegedly paid a ransom fee of 1.4 million naira.[8][9]


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 ejimfor 2011
King of the Forest
Lion Finger
Mr. Trouble with Patience Ozokwor
Osuofia in London Osuofia
Police Recruit
2004 America Visa
My Driver
My Own Share
Osuofia in London 2 Osuofia
Spanner Goes to Jail with Chinedu Ikedieze
The Master with Kanayo O. Kanayo
2005 Akanchawa
Bus Driver with Dakore Egbuson
The Prince
2006 A Fool at 40 Hygenius
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
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
2012 Military Zone Onyabo
2015 Ghana Must Go [10]


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