Ngozi Ezeonu is a veteran Nollywood actress and former journalist notable for her maternal roles in Nollywood movies. She has been described as the mother of Nollywood. She was born on 23rd May 1965 in Ogbunike, Anambra State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. She is currently 57 years old. In 2012, she starred in Adesuwa, a role that earned her the Best Supporting Actress nomination at the 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Her father’s name is Dennis Ikpelue while her mother’s name is Ezenwanyi Ikpelue. She is a native of Ogbunike, but was born and bred in Owerri, Imo state and has six siblings. Before finding fame and mainstream success as an actress, she studied Journalism at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism and worked for Radio Lagos and Eko FM as a radio presenter and news anchor.
Although she is best known for her reprisal of mother figures in several Nollywood movies, Ngozi Ezeonu was originally cast as a younger character at the start of her acting career in the early 90s. In 1993, veteran film director Zeb Ejiro offered Ngozi Ezeonu a supporting role as Nkechi, the antagonist’s best friend in the Igbo blockbuster film Nneka The Pretty Serpent and she was just 28 years old. This was followed by her role in the 1994 blockbuster movie Glamour Girls, where she played the role of Thelma, a high society mistress.
Ngozi Ezeonu has been described as a hard working Nollywood actress and a television personality. She is often regarded as the mummy of Nollywood. She has been in the industry for almost three decades. She always plays the role of a good mother, royal queen, mother in-law and house wife in several Nollywood movies. She is very beautiful, gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles. She knows how to interpret her roles very well and can fit in any character given to her by movie directors and producers in Nigeria.
Ngozi Ezeonu is currently married without any media scandal and her marriage is blessed with four lovely children. After completing her primary and secondary school education, Ngozi Ezeonu obtained a Diploma in Journalism in Lagos. Ngozi Ezeonu has worked as a Journalist for some time before joining the Nigeria movie industry popularly known as Nollywood in Surulere, Lagos.
Ngozi Ezeonu joined the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood in 1992 and acted in her first movie “Living in Bondage” a movie that brought Nollywood to limelight. In 1993, she rose to fame after starring in the Nollywood blockbuster movies “Living in Bondage, Nneka the Pretty Serpent and Glamour Girls” a movie that has been regarded as the highest grossing and best selling Nollywood movie of all time.
Ngozi Ezeonu has featured in more than 250 Nollywood movies which include Shattered Mirror, Family Secret, Abuja Connection, Living in Bondage, Glamour Girls, Nneka The Pretty Serpent, and many more. She is currently a GLO ambassador and also has endorsement deal with top beauty brands. She has been regarded as one of the most beautiful actresses in Nigeria and sometimes dubbed forever young.
Ngozi Ezeonu gained more popularity after starring in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Nneka the Pretty Serpent” a movie produced by Zeb Ejiro which earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the Africa Movie Academy Awards. In 2007, Ngozi Ezeonu received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards for Most Accomplished Actress in Nigeria. She has often been described as one of the best actress of her generation and also one of Nigeria’s most famous actress known for her motherly role in movies.
In 2013, Ngozi Ezeonu started losing weight tremendously, which made her followers and fans worried about her health. Ngozi Ezeonu currently has an estimated net worth of over $800,000, making her one of the richest and most influential actress in Nigeria. She is also very popular on social media with more than a million followers on her official Instagram handle.
Ngozi Ezeonu in the cause of her acting career has won several awards which include Most Prominent Actress in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards, Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards and Best Actress in Nigeria at the Best of Nollywood Awards.
In 2011, she received a national award by the Nigerian Federal Government as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR) which happens to be the highest award and honor given to a celebrity in Nigeria who has contributed immensely to the economic growth and development of the country through entertainment. Aside from acting, Ngozi Ezeonu is devoted to her family. She believes that family is the best and must be taken as first priority before anything else.
Ngozi Ezeonu always play the role of queen in most of her movies and very careful when chosen a scripts, so as not to tarnish her good image. She is one of those Nollywood actresses that are scandal free. She has never played any adult or nude scene in movie and this has earned her so much respect and prestige among fans and colleagues.
In 2012, she starred in Adesuwa, a movie that earned her an award for Best Supporting Actress at Africa Movie Academy Awards. Ngozi Ezeonu has been described as one of the most sought after actress in Nigeria. She is indeed an interesting character to watch out for in the Nigeria movie industry popularly known as Nollywood.
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