Okechukwu Ukeje popularly known as OC Ukeje is a famous Nollywood actor, television personality, model and a musician. He was born on 15th July 1981 in Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria. He is currently 36 years old. He is the second child in the family of three children.
OC Ukeje completed his primary school education in Lagos, Nigeria and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. After his primary school education, OC Ukeje proceeded to Federal Government College Ijanikin in Ojo, Lagos State, Nigeria and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate.
After completing his secondary school education, OC Ukeje proceeded to University of Lagos and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts. He began his career in acting from his first year in the University of Lagos with a lead role in a stage play and drama.
After graduating from the university, OC Ukeje went on to pursue a career in both music and acting. He is very handsome, creative and talented. He came into prominence after winning the Amstel Malta Box Office reality TV show.
In 2008, OC Ukeje made his first professional screen appearance in a movie titled “White Waters” alongside with actress Joke Silva and Rita Dominic. The movie was directed by Izu Ojukwu. In 2008, he won the award for Best Upcoming Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards. In 2010, he won the award for Best New Act at the City People Entertainment Awards.
On 8th November 2014, OC Ukeje got married to Senami Ibukunoluwa Togonu-Bickersteth and the marriage is blessed with beautiful kids. OC Ukeje currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria with his family. He continued to write music, collaborating with a few Nigerian musical artistes and producers and working on radio jingles for corporate organizations and conglomerates.
In 2007, OC Ukeje was cast as a lead character in the popular television series “Wetin Dey”. The film was produced by BBC World Service Trust and presented at the International Emmy World Television Festival.
In 2012, OC Ukeje featured in the blockbuster movie “Black November” the movie was produced by Jeta Amata featuring Hollywood celebrities like Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Sarah Wayne-Callies, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Vivica Fox.
In 2013, OC Ukeje acted as a lead character in the popular movie “Half of a Yellow Sun” alongside with top celebrities like Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton. The story of the movie was generated from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel “Half of a Yellow Sun”. The movie was directed by Biyi Bandele.
In 2012, OC Ukeje was among the team that showcased 3 stage plays for the Nigeria House at the London Cultural Olympiad. He also acted in the BFI sponsored film “Gone Too Far”.
In January 2015, OC Ukeje was listed by Nigerian Cinema Exhibition Coalition as one of the highest box office grosser of 2014. In 2016, he was invited alongside with Somkele Iyamah to attend the Toronto International Film Festival as “Nollywood rising stars” in Canada.
OC Ukeje has acted in more than 150 movies which include Comrade, Confusion Na Wa, Awakening, Till Death Do Us Part, White Waters, Black Gold, Black November, Half of a Yellow Sun, Gone Too Far, The Department, When Love Happens, etc.
OC Ukeje has won several awards which include Most Promising Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Best Lead Actor in a Film at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards, Best Lead Actor in an English Movie at the Best of Nollywood Awards, Best Actor in a Lead Role at the Nollywood Movie Awards, Best Actor in a Drama at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards
OC Ukeje is currently one of the richest and most influential actor in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $5 million.
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