Enyinna Nwigwe

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Enyinna Nwigwe
Enyinna Nwigwe.jpg
Born
Ngor Okpala, Nigeria
OccupationActor, Film Producer, Entrepreneur
Years active2005 –present

Enyinna Nwigwe is a Nigerian Actor, Producer, and Creative Entrepreneur. He is best known for playing Nonso in The Wedding Party 2,[1][2] and playing Tamuno in Black November.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Nwigwe was born and raised in Ngor Okpala, in Imo State to Nigerian parents. He studied at the University of Calabar and holds a degree in Economics.[4]

Career[edit]

Nwigwe began his career as a print and runway model before transitioning to professional acting.[5]

His first feature was in a 2004 film, Wheel of Change[6] after which he went on to work alongside some of the most respected producers and directors in Africa and across the globe.[7]

In 2012, he joined the cast of Black November opposite actors Kim Basinger, Vivica A. Fox, Akon, and Wyclef Jean. In 2017, he played the lead role in South African movie, All About Love which won best film Southern Africa at the AMVCA. In 2019, Nwigwe played the role of “Obinna Omego” in the remake of Nigerian film, Living in Bondage: Breaking Free,[8] and also played the role of Nura Yusuf in Nigeria's first military-based film, Eagle Wings.[9] Nwigwe also played the lead in Badamasi, a biopic on the former military President of Nigeria.[10] He got the Best Actor in a Leading Role nomination at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, for his portrayal of President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) in the film.[11]

Nwigwe‘s portrait by Nigerian-American photographer Iké Udé was selected to permanently be on exhibition[12] at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art,[13] situated at the National Mall of the United States capital, Washington DC.

Personal life[edit]

Nwigwe lives in Lagos, Nigeria. He is passionate about cooking, fitness and enjoys playing tennis.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Wheel of Change Tony
Last Game Gubabi
2006 Games Men Play Attorney
The Amazing Grace Etukudo, Associate Producer
2011 Black Gold Tamuno, Co-Producer
2012 Turning Point Steve
Black November Tamuno Alaibe, Associate Producer
2015 Silver Rain Bruce
Love Struck Actor TV Movie
2016 Put a Ring on It Robert
Hell or High Water Actor Short Film
When Love Happens Again Enyinna
Dinner Adetunde George Jnr.
The Wedding Party Nonso Onwuka
2017 Hire A Man Jeff
Red Code Charles
Atlas Osas
The Wedding Party 2 Nonso
2018 Bound Elochukwu
2019 Living in Bondage: Breaking Free Obinna Omego
Cold Feet Tare
2020 Dear Affy Micheal
Badamasi Ibrahim Babangida
2021 Eagle Wings Nura Yusuf

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Mary Slessor Prince, Producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result Ref
2015 Nollywood and African Film Critics Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role Black November Nominated [15]
2016 City People Entertainment Awards Best Supporting Actor of the Year (English) Nominated [16]
2020 Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Badamasi Nominated [11]
Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actor in a Lead role – English Dear Affy Nominated [17]
2021 Best of Nollywood Awards Badamasi Pending [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Wedding Party 2": Taking Nollywood Global". The Guardian Life.
  2. ^ "This Nollywood Star Is On a Mission to Become a Master Actor—and He's Well On His Way". Okay Africa.
  3. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga. "Enyinna Nwigwe: 10 things you didn"t know about "Black November" actor". Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  4. ^ "Biography/Profile/History Of Nollywood actor Enyinna Nwigwe – Daily Media Nigeria". Daily Media Nigeria.
  5. ^ "Enyinna Nwigwe – Runway model to award-winning actor". Guardian Nigeria.
  6. ^ "Meet Enyinna Nwigwe - The talented and good-looking Nigerian born Nollywood Actor and Producer on an impressive climb to stardom". Talk Media Africa.
  7. ^ "Enyinna Nwigwe: Here"s everything you need to know about actor"s "unusual" character in "Suru L" ere"". Pulse Nigeria.
  8. ^ "'Living in Bondage: Breaking Free' Premiers on Netflix". Thisday Nigeria.
  9. ^ "Nigeria's first-ever military movie 'Eagle Wings' premieres in Lagos". Premium Times Nigeria.
  10. ^ "Filmmaker tells IBB's story in biopic film 'Badamasi: Portrait of a General'". Premium Times Nigeria.
  11. ^ a b "Film on IBB gets AMAA 2020 nominations". News Express Nigeria.
  12. ^ "Moving Nigerian filmmaking beyond Nollywood". CNN.com.
  13. ^ "Nollywood actor Enyinna's portrait selected for American museum". The Nation Online.
  14. ^ "Enyinna Nwigwe talks acting in Borno, not leaving Nigeria for Hollywood". The Cable Lifestyle.
  15. ^ "Oprah Winfrey, Vivica Fox, RMD, AY & Others make Nollywood & African Film Critics' Awards (NAFCA) Nominees List". Nollywood Observer.
  16. ^ "City People Entertainment Awards 2016: "Suru L"ere," "Tinsel," Adeniyi Johnson, Mide Martins among nominees". Pulse Nigeria.
  17. ^ "Behold hot steppers and winners at BON awards 2020". Vanguard News. 2020-12-12. Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  18. ^ Edeme, Victoria (2021-09-11). "BBNaija Pere bags 'Best Actor' nomination in 2021 BON Awards". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2021-09-17.

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