Chiwetalu Agu is a veteran Nigerian actor, comedian and movie producer who won the 2012 Nollywood award for ‘best actor in indigenous movie (non-English speaking language)’. His usage of specific language slang, phrases or clichés in each film has made him uniquely a household name in Nigeria and among Nollywood admirers abroad.
|Chiwetalu Agu Biography
|Real Name: Chiwetalu Agu
|Date of Birth: 5th of March 1956 (67 years)
|Place of Birth: Enugu
|State of Origin Enugu State
|Marital Status: Married
|Net Worth $ 800,000
While affirming that comic genres is a unique vehicle in projecting Nigerian culture globally also as establishing the Nollywood brand, Agu is listed as one of the outstanding comedians who have contributed to the event of Nollywood comic genres by Prof. Femi Shaka of the University of Port Harcourt. Agu is married to Nkechi and has three sons and two daughters.
Agu’s prolific works dates back to the transition of Nigerian television soap operas to Nollywood movies. Before the idustry came into existence, which was about 31 years ago, television serial was the order of the day and Chiwetalu featured in Nigerian Television Authority Channel 8 Enugu’s Ikoro, produced by Joe Onyekwelu. He also featured in ETV Channel 50, now ESBS. in soaps like Baby Come Now and Ripples (in Lagos), produced by Chico Ejiro’s brother, Zeb; in the latter he played the character of Chief Abunna.
Chinwetalu Agu raised the dust when he described the harassment alleged in Nollywood as a problem with a general phenomenon. Also, when he added that Nollywood actresses are well endowed, it set tongues wagging on internet .
Recently, fast-rising actor, Gideon Okeke criticized Chiwetalu Agu when he took to his social media page to state that Agu should be sanctioned for his use of vulgar language in movies.
Chiwetalu Agu swiftly skilled his criticism by telling the young actor to mind his business and leave the Censor board to do their job. Agu further added that he doesn’t even know who Gideon Okeke is. However, before Agu’s response, thousands of fans had already attacked Okeke which resulted him deleting the post from his Instagram handle. Agu during a recent interview spoke about politics and disclosed that it’s not for him. According to him, politics is a dirty game. He advised his colleagues to not venture into it although he conceded to the very fact that there’s the necessity for the proper people to move the country in the right direction.
Speaking about the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Agu also advised his colleagues using the association to play politics to desist from doing so. He reiterated that these individuals should avoid violence and permit the association move forward peacefully and progressively.
recently Chiwetalu made it known that he has 47 awards and featured in over 727 productions in the last three decades in the industry. That he has been able to exert his influence from Nollywood and this has bore fruit in securing funding for the industry. for instance , the previous President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan approved a whooping sum of N3 billion for Nollywood during his tenure.
Talking about his Nollywood career, Chiwetalu Agu is one among the foremost actors in the industry. he’s an honest inventor of his own phrases and they always go along side the films he acts or the various roles he executes. The veteran actor has featured in over 250 Nollywood Movies. the films are as follows; Taboo.
Last Ofalla, Last Ofalla 2, Last Ofalla 3, Last Ofalla 4, Things fall apart, Return of Justice By Fire, Ripples, Traditional Marriage 1, Traditional Marriage 2, Price of the Wicked, Fire on the Mountain 1, Fire on the Mountain 2, the worth of Sacrifice, Police Recruit, Nkwocha , Evil Twin, The Priest Must Die , old fashioned 1, old fashioned 2, old fashioned 3 , The Catechist ,Honorable 1, Honorable 2 , Sunrise 1, Sunrise 2, Across the Nige, The Maidens , Royal Destiny 1 Royal Destiny 2, Sounds of affection 1, Sounds of love 2, The Plain Truth 1, The Plain Truth 7, The Plain Truth, Sounds of affection 1, Sounds of love 2 , the marriage Party 2, Church Man 1, Church Man 2, Holy Anger, Holy Anger 2, Beauty and therefore the Beast 1, Beauty and therefore the Beast 2, Beauty and the Beast , Royal Messengers 1, Royal Messengers 2, Burning kingdom 1, Burning kingdom 2 , Battle of the Gods 1, Battle of the Gods 2.
Chiwetalu Agu’s Son & Family
Agu is married to Nkechi Agu and they have five children together. They have three sons and two daughters. The actor revealed that he was so poor during his youthful days that he couldn’t look at women. As a result, he decided to focus his time and effort on making money at this time.
Chinwetalu Agu Biafra Controversy
The veteran actor was arrested by the Nigerian soldier after shooting a movie in Anambra state where he was sharing bread to widows on the street. His arrest was necessitated by the colour of his costume (Biafran flag colour). Though his colleagues under the umbrella of Nigerian Guilds of Actors facilitated his release coupled with the nationwide online and physical protest for him to be released of which he finally was released after spending 1 week with the DSS. This so far is the only controversial issue he has faced as a celebrity.
Chiwetalu Agu Net Worth (2024) – $ 800,000
The Nigerian actor and comedian is notably ranked as one of the richest stand-up comedian and no doubt one of the most influential with an estimated Net-worth of about $ 800,000 dollars and with a number of exceptional eye catching movies that have received enormous sales, not excluding several endorsement deals and businesses as well.
Agu is one of the few Nigerian movie producer that have left his foot print already in the Nigerian film industry, considering how influential he has been in recent years. Having said all of this, Agu’s personal life, career and so many other achievements in the past has made him so famous that he his widely known both in Nigeria and Africa. His consistency and relentless pursuit towards his goal is one of the most imperatives upcoming actors should imitate.
Is Chiwetalu Agu Still Alive?
Chiwetalu Agu is still alive and well. He once said that certain unknown persons in the industry, as well as his adversaries, attempted to murder him through devious tactics.
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