Anayo Modestus Onyekwere popularly known as Kanayo O Kanayo is a famous Nollywood actor, producer, television personality and a philanthropist. He was born on 1st March, 1962 in Ahiara, Aboh, Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. He is currently 55 years old. His parent names are Mr. Donatus and Mrs. Isabel Onyekwere. Kanayo O Kanayo is currently married with beautiful children.
Kanayo O Kanayo had his primary school education at Saint Joseph Primary School in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. After completing his primary school education, Kanayo O Kanayo proceeded to Ahiara Boys Secondary School in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria for his secondary school education. Kanayo O Kanayo completed his secondary school education at Technical College Aba in Abia State, Nigeria and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate.
After completing his secondary school education, Kanayo O Kanayo proceeded to University of Lagos and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication. After his graduation from the University, Kanayo O Kanayo became a guest artiste in NTA Enugu drama series and started appearing in soap opera.
In 1992, Kanayo O Kanayo joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) and became highly famous after starring as Chief Omego in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Living in Bondage” a movie that brought Nollywood to limelight. Kanayo O Kanayo is currently married to Nneka Onyekwere and the couples are blessed with two beautiful kids namely Uloaku and Einstein Onyekwere.
Kanayo O Kanayo is one of the pioneers of the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) and contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood in Nigeria and abroad. Kanayo O Kanayo has acted in more than 250 Nollywood movies which include Circles of Doom, Nneka, Billionaires Club, Rituals, Tears for Love, Living in Bondage, The Coven, Blood Money, etc. In 2005, Kanayo O Kanayo won the award for Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria at the African Movie Academy Awards.
In 2006, Kanayo O Kanayo won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the African Movie Academy Awards and also the Best Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. Kanayo O Kanayo is currently a United Nations Ambassador and has been honored by the Nigerian government as a Member of the Federal Republic, the highest award offered to celebrities in Nigeria who have contributed to the growth and development of the Nation.
Kanayo O Kanayo is currently one of the richest and most influential actor in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $2.5 million.