Okey Bakassi, whose full name is Onyegbule, he is a Nigerian stand-up comedian and actor. In 2014, he was awarded for the “Best Actor in a Leading Role (Igbo)” category at the 2014 edition of the Best of Nollywood Awards for his role in the film Onye Ozi which he starred in and executed flawlessly.
Okey Bakassi’s Biography
He is a native of Mbaise, a small town situated in Imo State. Okey completed his primary school education in Owerri at Alvan Ikoku Demonstration School and where he secured his First School Leaving Certificate. After successful completion of his primary education, he went to Mbaise Secondary School in Imo State, Nigeria where he studied for a short time before moving to Federal Government College, Port Harcourt in Rivers State where he secured his West African Senior School Certificate (O’level certificate).
Okey proceeded to Rivers State University of Science and Technology in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering in the year 1992. Okey was later deployed to Lagos State for the one year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Programme which was made compulsory.
Okey Bakassi was given birth to in Owerri, Imo State to Mr. Livinus Onyegbule, who is a retired military personnel and Mrs. Felicia Onyegbule, a nurse. Okay Bakassi and some other students who shared the common goal and interests came together to form a group ‘Theatre Kolleagues’ solely of acting and entertaining everyone around the school community. Okey after graduating from the university, Okey came to Lagos and thereafter met with prominent movie producers and directors, Okey had first opportunity gibven to him by Zeb Ejiro to appear on a network tv production – ‘Fortunes’ where he played Nick, one of the Johnson’s bodyguards in 1993.
Okey solely desired to study Theatre Arts, but for the fact that Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) are not in approval of Theatre Arts at the time, he opted to settle for Agricultural Engineering. While in the university, Okey had same passion and interests together with some of his friends, They united form a group known as “Theatre Kolleagues” just for the sole purpose of acting and also entertaining the university community.
While Okey was in Lagos for his NYSC programme, He was posted to Nigerian Industrial Development Bank (NIDB) where he worked at the Project Resuscitation Department. Okey featured in about eleven episodes of the soap opera “Fortunes” before the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) was given birth to and took the centre stage.
Considering his experience both as an actor and stand-up comedian at Rivers State University of Science and Technology and coupled with experience gotten during his service year as a member of the Lagos State drama troupe it was only natural for him to want to carry on in that direction as a career. He has featured in several international comedy shows both home and abroad and has acted in several Nollywood movies before focusing his career fully on stand-up comedy. In 2014, he won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Igbo) category at the 2014 edition of the Best of Nollywood Awards for his role in the film “Onye Ozi”.
Okey is now fully participating in comedy and has featured in several comedy skits and has really entertained many people Both in Nigeria and Africa. He has gotten a new appellation for stand-up comedy. In a bid to make the entertainment in general and stand-up comedy in particular more popular, Okey in 1995 collaborated with Opa Williams and Nollywood actress Reginald Ebere, sat down together to fashioned out a way forward. That idea gave birth to “Night of a Thousand Laughs” a stand-up comedy show hosted in different part of Nigeria.
Presently, He hosts a daily comedy show on a radio Station. “Lagos Talks 91.3 fm which is called “It’s Okay with Okey” together with other comedians like Acapella, Senator Comedian and Dan de Humorous. He also hosts a programme called “The Other News” on Channels TV. Recently, on April 22nd, 2018 he celebrated 25 his years in the Nigerian comedy industry.
How Old is Okey Bakassi?
Many are of the opinion that he looks quite younger than his age. Yes, and it will surprise you to know that the famous Nigerian stand up comedian was born on the 23rd of October 1969, he will add an extra year to his current age this 2022. He will make it (the celebration) a day never to forget, as his family, Loved ones and not forgetting his beloved fans nation wide who will celebrate with him on this very special day.
Okey Bakassi’s Net Worth (2022) – $7.5 Million
The Nigerian actor and stand-up 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 $7.5 million and with a number of exceptional eye catching movies that have received enormous sales, not excluding several endorsement deals and businesses as well.
Okey is one of the few Nigerian comedian 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, Okey’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.
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