NOLLYWOOD NEWS: Comic Actor Chiwetalu Agu has revealed somethings about his life, career and family.
In this new interview with Vanguard reporter Fred Iwenjora, veteran Nollywood actor Chiwetalu Agwu unveiled his never before told life story.
Below are some of the excerpts:
My Early Years:
I was born on 5th March 1956 in Enugu and named Christian Ogbonna Chiwetalu Agu. It was fashionable to be COC Agu just like MI Okpara or KO Mbadiwe or COC Chiedozie, famous school administrator.
I attended Ogui Primary School, Ogui, Enugu, from 1962 to 1967. I later transferred to St. Luke Primary school Ogui Urban Area, Enugu, from 1970 to 1971. After primary, I proceeded to College of Immaculate Conception (CIC) Uwani, Enugu, from 1972 to 1977 before going abroad to study dramatic arts.
How did you start out as an actor?
It was during my years at College of Immaculate Conception CIC Enugu that the talents showed and I had to pursue acting well with the kind assistance of someone who believed in my ability. So you see that. I studied acting. I did not just stumble on it. I believe it is a calling. I enrolled from 1977 to 1981 and obtained a Bachelors degree in Dramatic Arts from the MUNCHEN College, Former West Germany.
Tell me more about your schooling and stay in Germany?
My going off to Germany was facilitated by Mrs. Helen Joezck, wife to my late Uncle, the first lawyer in the whole of Udi Local Government. Barrister JDC Agu was a trail blazer who built the famous Amokwe House on Agbani Road, Enugu. Auntie Helen made it possible for me to study at Munchen, Germany and all members of that family including three sons made my stay and study in Dramatic Arts in the school stress free.
Over 950 films and still counting, you are really a record breaker? Any listing for some of the films you did?
It will be very difficult to count or name all my films at the stretch of the finger because they are numerous.
But I have counted 950 films till date since 1981. I believe that this is a Guinness Book of Records material. I doubt if any actor in Africa as well as the world over has such a record. Then you add it to the 52 awards I have received from several groups and organizations and from Enugu state my state of origin. I am happy that my state has honored me twice. First, Governor Sullivan Chime presented me with most innovative actor of the year 2014. Again, I got The Celebrity Award 2018 by Enugu state through the Enugu Youth Summit. I am grateful to God for all these awards and recognition.
How do you feel being seen as Nollywood’s most treacherous man?
I do not feel any way because I know I am just acting. It is unfortunate for those who only see the bad character roles. I am just an actor anyway; a well trained one at that who can play all kinds of roles. Directors discovered that treachery is an acting style I am at ease with and started casting me like that since 1994.
Can you see yourself playing another role other than the one you currently play?
I am a very professional actor who can play any roles and producers know about my versatility. They have also cast me in many other roles even many of comedy only that many see the treacherous roles more than the others. My 950 films may not only be about a bad guy.
What do you consider the secret of your still being relevant in an industry that is said to use and dump?
I give all the glory to Almighty God for the talent. I form clichés and signatures for every of my movies with ease and I have never repeated such clichés.
I find a catchword, signature and byline for all the movies and I give God the glory for making it look easy.
What words do you have for the comic Actor?
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