Chiwetalu Agu popularly known as Ichie Ogwu is a legendary Nollywood comic actor, television personality and a comedian. He is very funny and always use comedy slangs to portray his role. He acts mostly as a title chief and wicked father in-law in several Nollywood movies.
He was born on 27th October 1956 in Amokwe, a small village in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. He is currently 62 years old. He attended Municipal Council School Ogui Town, Saint Luke’s Primary School Ogui Urban Area both in Enugu coal city of Enugu State in the south eastern part of Nigeria.
After completing his primary school education, Chiwetalu Agu went further to College of Immaculate Conception (CIC) in Enugu and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate. While in primary school he was actively involved in the performing art and was among the group that performed Williams Shakespeare historical fiction play Hamlet.
After completing his secondary school education, Chiwetalu Agu went further to Miinchen College in Enugu and obtains a National Diploma in Dramatics Arts. His professional acting career took off immediately after his graduation from Miinchen College Enugu in 1981 as he took part in the NTA drama series Things Fall Apart, where he played the role of Anikwu while Pete Edochie played the role of Okonkwo. Things Fall Apart is an historical traditional fiction story written by literary icon Chinua Achebe in 1955.
In 2002, Chiwetalu Agu won the Best Actor of the Year at the Africa Movie Academy Awards. In 2007, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards for Best Comic Actor in Nigeria. He has often been described as one of the best actors of his generation and also one of Nigeria’s funniest comic actors. Chiwetalu Agu has acted in more than 250 Nollywood movies which include Things Fall Apart, Ripples, The Catechist, Dr. Thomas, Old School and many more.
Chiwetalu Agu is currently married to Nkechi and the marriage is blessed with five children comprising of three boys and two girls. He is always known for using slangs and funny phrase in making his character look more interesting and unique. In 2008, he was nominated for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
In 2011, Chiwetalu Agu was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at Zulu African Film Academy Awards held in London, United Kingdom. In 2012, he won the Nollywood awards for Best Actor in Indigenous Movie (non-English speaking language) for his role in Nkwocha. What amazes most viewers is the way he manages to combine his well-disciplined life with the wicked and devilish roles he acts in movies.
Chiwetalu Agu aside from acting is a royalty. He is the traditional ruler of his community. He has received a national award by the Nigerian Federal Government as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which happens to be the highest award given to a celebrity who has contributed immensely to the economic growth and development of the country.
Chiwetalu Agu currently has an estimated net worth of $800,000, making him one of the richest and most influential comic actors in Nigeria. He has been regarded as one of the most funniest actors in Nigeria. His usage of specific language slang, phrases or clichés in film has made him uniquely a household name in the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood).
Chiwetalu Agu has also been is listed as one of the outstanding comedians who have contributed immensely to the growth and development of Nollywood comic genres. The evil role he plays in movies has affected him negatively as many people in real life think of him as a wicked person, but in real life he is very friendly, kind, jovial and fun to be with.
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