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
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
SPEAKS MORE ABOUT HOW IT STARTED FOR HIM:
How did you begin this journey of acting
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.
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?
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
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?
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?
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?
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?
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 Awards:
– 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.