Celebrity marriage: It’s Teena for Nollywood’s beloved actor DKD
This year seems to be a good one for celebrity marriages in Nollywood. There has been a cast of popular Nigerian screen celebrities walking the aisle with their heartthrobs.
Till date, people are still discussing the talk-of-the-town wedding between notable Nollywood actress, Adesua Etomi, and her beau singer and actor, Banky Wellington, aka Banky W.
But one other celebrity marriage that would be recorded as one of the great unions of the year is the wedding between award-winning actor, Daniel K. Daniel, and his longtime girlfriend, Teena.
The white wedding ceremony between Daniel and Teena took place in Lagos days before Banky and Adesua literarily shut down Cape Town, South Africa, for their white wedding. But the Daniel and Teena November 18 wedding was merely the grand finale of the traditional marriage ceremony that took place in Nnewi, Anambra State, and the marriage proposal, which Daniel announced on his birthday in May.
With the grand ceremony that attracted notable screen and music personalities, Daniel has swelled by one, the list of notable screen celebrities who are married.
The first of four children born to the late Chris Daniels, an engineer, and Mrs. Kande Daniel, a broadcast journalist and former national president of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Daniel Kanayo Daniel or DKD for short, hails from Nenwe in Aninri Council Enugu State.
The Applied Biochemistry graduate of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU) and multi-award winner was raised in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Enugu, because as he revealled, his parents lived in these three cities.
A recipient of the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) for Best Actor for his role in A Soldier’s Story last year, Daniel also won the Best Actor award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), making him the first Nigerian actor to achieve the feat of winning both awards in the same year.
It was a loud ovation that greeted the announcement by leading actor, Richard Mofe Damijo that DKD was the AMAA jury choice for Best Actor in a leading role.
Decked in a blue blazer and black pant, an elated Daniel walked majestically to the stage to receive the AMAA crest, his fourth big winning as a leading actor in the last two years.
In 2014, he was nominated for the City People Awards’ Best New Actor of the Year category, an award he went on to win. Same year, Daniel was nominated for the Best of Nollywood Awards’ (BON) Revelation of the Year category, which he again won.
Two years after, precisely on March 5, Daniel won AMVCA’s Best Actor in a Drama for his role in the Nigerian war thriller, A Soldier’s Story. It was also his performance in the war story that gave him the AMAA crest and it has rightly placed him in the comity of leading men of the continent.
A busy actor who had a stint in the world of modeling, Daniel has in a short time emerged an instant producer and director’s delight.
Star of Afam Okereke’s 2010 movie, Ladies Man and other critically- acclaimed movies, such as Paint My Life, Tempest, Lions of 76, Jujuwood, Body of the King, Book of Magic, Mummy Dearest, A Long Night, Bambitious, Devil in Red, Fearless Lions, Chimaobi, Dise’s Secrets and Save A Life, Daniel hit the right notes when he played the heroic antagonistic role of Oviawe in the AMBO Season 4 movie, The Child, which Izu Ojukwu directed for the now defunct Amstel Malta Box Office reality show project.
His career picked up from there and since then, there has been no looking back for the star of acclaimed television and movie productions, including Love and Sacrifice, Under, Same Difference, Perfectly Flawed, Match Maker, Girl, I’m Audrey and The Last Trigger.
He was also part of the cast in the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) radio drama series, Story Story and starred in the BBC movie, Sarah’s Choice, and Ebony Life TV’s comedy series, Madam Sarah’s.
DKD’s career ambition is to be involved in more quality projects that would guarantee him a place in the local and international scheme of things.
“I want to do more work. I want to be involved in quality projects. I want to reputed globally and by God’s grace, it will come to pass,” he enthused.
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