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Kanayo O. Kanayo: What Better Title Than Veteran?

Born Anayo Modestus Onyekwere today, March 1, 1962, in Mbaise, Imo State, and has grown to be given the title: veteran actor.

Kanayo O. Kanayo received his primary and secondary education at Saint Joseph Primary School and Ahiara Boys Secondary School, Imo state, respectively. Then he went to the University of Lagos, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Political sciences.


After he had graduated from the University of Lagos, he played as a guest star in the popular Nigeria TV-show “New Masquerade.” He starred alongside such actors as Ovuleria, Prince Jegede Shokoya, Chief Zebrudaya, and Giringory. Since his performance in the TV-series, he began visiting a lot of film auditions.

He made his debut appearance in “Living in Bondage” that was produced in 1992, where he played Chief Omego; a film that is about to get to a sequel.

Popularly known as Kanayo O. Kanayo and nicknamed “father of ritualists”, the now 57-year-old actor won “Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria” and “Best Actor in a Leading Role” at the African Movie Academy awards for his outstanding acting in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

He is currently a United Nations ambassador and has also been given the title of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic.

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