BIRTH NAME: Enyinna Nwigwe
DATE OF BIRTH: September 18, 1982
OCCUPATION: Actor,Movie Producer
MARITAL STATUS: Not Married
Enyinna Nwigwe is popular Nollywood actor and producer, he has worked alongside some of the most respected producers and directors in Africa and overseas. Movies he's shown in includes Black November, The wedding party and more..
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
Enyinna Nwigwe is from Imo state, Nigeria. Andy/Yinna (as friends like to call him)is the last of four children born to public servant parents in Nigeria. A graduate of the University of Calabar in Nigeria, Enyinna first made the headlines in Nigeria when as a shy teenager he won the teenage tennis tournament in his state, a title he went on to defend the next year.
He began his entertainment career as a runway model and transcended into a much sought after model for print advertising, but ultimately found his calling when he met internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jeta Amata who instantly saw the potential in him and went on to cast him in his first movie role and thus his prominent acting career was born.
SPEAKS MORE ABOUT HOW IT STARTED FOR HIM:
How did you begin this journey of acting
I started in 2004. Then I was studying at the University of Calabar. At a time, I was introduced to modelling, I started training models which I was doing as a part time back then as an undergraduate. That was what actually sustained my interest in entertainment. In 2003, I met Jeta Amata, who was working in Calabar then, and we became friends.
When he was filming his movie, “The Wheel of Change”, he invited me to the location and I honoured the invitation. Somehow, he was shooting a particular scene where he needed somebody to compliment the role. That was how he casually asked me to play the role. I would say that my delving into acting was accidental. In fact, it was this singular action that triggered off my interest in acting.
Modelling was your first love. Have you dumped it?
I wouldn’t say I have dumped modelling even though it wasn’t a career path for me. It was something I was doing by the side. At a time, modelling was good. It was something that kept me busy as an undergraduate. Then I was doing runaway modelling within the South South region before I later stormed Lagos. I did a couple of jobs for leading telecommunications companies and airlines. Also, there was a job I did for a bank that lasted for about two years. But since I started acting, I haven’t been doing modelling.
CAREER AND LIFE
Beginning in 2005 with starring roles in videos such as ‘Wheel of Change’ and ‘Last Game’ he earned the reputation of a rising star in Nigeria. He continued to land a variety of roles such as an attorney in ‘Games Men Play, He also took it further and dared to go where eagles dread when he played a gay lawyer in “Reloaded”, Enyinna went on to build a more impressive fan base when he took on the role of the philandering bachelor in the Nigerian- Guinness sponsored tv series “ Bachelors”,The leading man in Jeta Amata’s ‘Mary Slessor’ with which he also earned his first “Producer” title and also has Titles like “Sarauniya” (The story of Queen Amina) under his Producer belt, all geared towards preserving the Nigerian heritage.
He also starred in “The Amazing Grace”, and most recently starring in the explosive political thriller ‘Black November’ as Tamuno. It is ‘Black November” a riveting film by Jeta Amata which depicts the violence, corruption and human injustice in the Niger Delta that has introduced Enyinna to America and potentially the rest of the world.
Americans have already grown fond of his glowing gifts as an actor with many suggesting that he is a rare combination of Sidney Poitier and Denzel Washington. Gaudy accolades to say the least, but a measuring stick for just how great Enyinna Nwigwe can become.
Away from the entertainment scene, sharp witty and business savvy Enyinna Nwigwe is a serial entrepreneur with interests ranging from building & construction to Importation of home remedy products and accessories.
Enyinna is part of the campaign “Save the Niger Delta”, a movement aimed at cleaning up the oil spills in the Niger Delta of Nigeria, one that informed the “Black November” story. He also is doing his bit to take Nollywood to the world and bring the world to Nollywood.
SPEAKS MORE ABOUT HIS CAREER AND LIFE
Being a ladies man, how do you handle advances from the opposite sex?
I get passes from women even when I’m on movie location and off location. But naturally, I know how to handle them. I’m a human behaviour person, I observe and understand human behaviour. It helps me to manage situations like that very well. But I’m always nice and friendly to women. There are several ways you can be friendly and people would understand that you can be friends and at the same time be decent without having all the complications.
Can you deny that you have not hurt any woman in your life?
Well, if I have hurt anyone, it may not be as a result of betrayal, or my being irrational and mean to that person. It’s just a case of misunderstandings that is peculiar to human nature.
Apart from studying Economics and going into modelling, did it occur to you that you would end up as an actor someday?
I used to be a shy kid, I grew up being a shy kid. My very first attempt at acting was so bad. Then I was about five years, and there was this kiddies programme on the television. My teachers were going from class to class selecting kids that would present a play on the television. In my class, I was the first kid that was selected to rehearse a few lines and before I could say one or two words, I was sent back to my sit. I was so nervous and that attempt discouraged me as a child until my meeting with Jeta Amata which opened my eyes further to film coupled with the friendship we had, and his passion for his career rubbed off on me. After which it opened up my mind causing me to realise my great capabilities and things I could do with film.
If have the opportunity, what would change about your life?
I think I love my life the way it is. There weren’t things I think is different really in my life.
What’s your dream in Nollywood?My dream is to carve out a unique brand for myself in the industry. I’m not necessarily interested in doing a thousand and one films in a year. I’m about doing what I love to do with any script that excite. If I don’t find an exciting script for a whole year, I will be doing my business by the side.
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS
– Houston Texas Award
– State of Texas Award of Recognition
– Black November Certificate of Congressional Recognition
– Los Angeles Certificate of Commendation
– Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition
– Best Supporting Actor of The Year (City People Awards)
– Certificate of Recognition for Lead Actor Role in Black November Movie.
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