Samuel Dedetoku popularly known as Sam Dede is a legendary Nollywood actor, director, producer, politician, senior lecturer and a television personality. He always features in action thriller movies. He has been regarded as one of the highest paid actors in Nigeria and also one of the richest actors and most influential actors in Nigeria. Sam Dede is one of the prominent actors in Nigeria. He has been in the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) for over 20 years and still in the game. He is regarded as one of the most sought after actor in Nigeria.
He is always known for playing the role of a warrior, police detective, top security agent and hitman role in several Nollywood action thriller movies. He has been in the industry for over 2 decades and regarded as one of the pioneer of the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood.
He was born on 17th November 1965 in Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria. He is currently 54 years old. He is a native of Okrika, a small village in Rivers State in the south southern part of Nigeria but grew up in Surulere, Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria, where he completed both his primary and secondary school education and obtained both his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate.
After completing his primary and secondary school education, Sam Dede proceeded to University of Port Harcourt in River State, Nigeria and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts. After his National Youth Service (NYSC), Sam Dede came back to University of Port Harcourt and obtained his Masters Degree in Theatre Arts. While still in the university as an undergraduate, Sam Dede was actively involved in stage drama and performing art. He started acting on stage and appearing on several television soap opera as an undergraduate back days in the University of Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Nigeria.
Sam Dede is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Port-Harcourt in River State, Nigeria where he lectures in the Department of Theatre Arts. He is one of the pioneers of the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood and has contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood in Nigeria and rest of the world. He has been in the Nigerian movie industry for over 20 years and has acted in more than 350 Nollywood movies.
Sam Dede joined the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood in 1995 and rose to fame after starring in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Ijele” a movie he acted alongside with Gentle Jack and Genevieve Nnaji. In 2005, Sam Dede won the Africa Movie Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He has also won the award for Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
Sam Dede has acted in more than 350 Nollywood movies. Some of the movies he has acted include Ijele, Ebube, Oganigwe, Issakaba, Igodo, Mission to Nowhere, Darkest Night, War Front, The President Must Not Die, Lion King, and many more. He always features in action thriller movies. Sam Dede is very gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles. He knows how to interpret his roles very well and can fit in any character given to him by movie directors and producers in Nigeria.
Sam Dede in the cause of his acting career has won several movie awards both locally and internationally. Some of the awards he has won include Best Performing Actor in Nigeria at the Afro Hollywood Awards, Most Promising Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Best Television Actor (English) at the City People Entertainment Awards, Best Actor (Epic) at the Best of Nollywood awards and Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Nigeria Entertainments Awards and many more.
Sam Dede is currently married with many beautiful and grown up children. He is currently based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in the south southern part of Nigeria with his family, where he combined both his lecturing job and movie acting together to support his family. Sam Dede started showing interest in acting right from his secondary school days, he was fond of writing drama scripts and acting in stage play. As a teenage Sam Dede dream was to become a professional actor. He admired several British, American and Hollywood actors and wanted to become famous when he grows up. That is why he was actively involved in drama, stage play and performing arts while still in secondary school to the extent that he had to study Theatre Arts in the University.
Sam Dede currently has an estimated net worth of over $3 million, making him one of the richest and most influential actor in Nigeria. He is also very popular on social media with more than a million followers on his official Instagram handle. In 2011, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) being the highest honor and award giving to a celebrity who has contributed immensely to the economy growth and development of the country through entertainment. Sam Dede is also considered to be one of the most sought-after actors in Nigeria and also one of the most richest actors in Nigeria.
Sam Dede aside from acting and lecturing is also a politician. In 2012, he was appointed by the River State Governor as the Director-General of the Rivers State Tourism Development. Sam Dede is one of the most gifted actors in Nollywood and one of the most talented actors in Nigeria. He is very talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles. He is currently a brand ambassador for GLO and MTN with endorsement deal running in millions of naira. Sam Dede has been regarded as one the most respected actors in Nigeria by many ranking media in the internet. His personality and comportment speaks volume of him.