FULL NAME : Segun Padonou Aina
STAGE NAME : Segun Arinze
NET WORTH : An estimated net worth of $1.5 million.
DATE OF BIRTH/AGE : Born on 24th September 1965
PLACE OF BIRTH: Onitsha, Anambra State
OCCUPATION : Nigerian Nollywood actor, director, producer, singer, television personality and a philanthropist
NATIONALITY : Nigerian
MARITAL STATUS/WIFE : Former wife is Ann Njemanze , present wife is Julie Arinze
EDUCATION : He studied Dramatic Arts at Obafemi Awolowo University
Born Segun Padonou Aina better known by his Nollywood stage name Segun Arinze, is a veteran Nigerian actor ,director, producer, television personality, philanthropist and singer. This is the biography of Segun Arinze and Profile, Life History, Latest News Of Nigerian Nollywood Actor and former Ex-AGN President.
The Nollywood actor is a popularly known as “Black Arrow” and the former President of an association came into limelight few months before he got an admission into Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife. Here are the lesser known facts about him that will make your day.
Early Life And Education
Mr Segun Arinze was born on the 24th of September 1967 in Onitsha Abia State. Segun Arinze is a product of a marriage between a Yoruba father from Osun state and an Igbo mother from Abia State. He is a descent of Badagry, Lagos State . He is currently 52 years old. Segun Arinze is one of the Nollywood actors that created a niche for Nigerian Movie Industry as well as one of the pillars that hold the industry. He is widely regarded as very gifted, creative, skillful and talented actor who have the right talent of interpretation of movie roles and he fits into any movie role he is given.
Segun Arinze attended Victory College of Commerce in Ilorin, then proceeded to Taba Commercial College in Kaduna State to complete his secondary education. After completing his secondary and primary school education, he proceeded to study Dramatic Arts at Obafemi Awolowo University. According to revelations, the actor who is popularly known as Black Arrow started acting right from his secondary school years in Ilorin, Kwara State in the south western part of Nigeria where he participated in several drama and stage play as revealed by his oicial biography.
After schooling in different cities across several states and ending up at OAU, he finally obtained a degree in Dramatic Arts and this was where his acting career kick started officially. Segun Arinze joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) in the early 1990s and hit limelight after featuring in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Black Arrow” a movie he acted along side Ramsey Nuah who also was a newbie in the movie Industry. This was his first major movie and that was where he got the name Black Arrow.
The Nigerian actor has featured in numerous block buster movies and he has been in Nollywood for decades. He has also won several awards as well as many nominations to his name. Some of his award nominations include Best New Actor at the African Movie Academy Awards , Most Promising Act to Watch at the Golden Icon Movie Academy Awards, Special Recognition Awards at the City Peoples Entertainment Awards to name a few. He is not just one of the most talented Nigerian actor , he is also one of the most loved Nigerian actor in those years when he was over performing in the movie industry. It is easily seen and understand that the dark skinned man is now appearing less in movies and reasons remain unknown.
Segun Arinze has starred in over 200 Nollywood movies where he played lead roles. Some of his popular movies include Silent Night, Fragile Pain, Across the Niger, Church Business, To Love a Thief, 30 Days, Family on Fire, A Place in the Stars, Women in Love, Anini, Darkest Night, Invasion 1897, Extra Time and many others . He plays the role of a bad boy in most of his movies and he has acted along side some big guns in the movies industry names like Saint Obi, Sam Dede, Hanks Anuku, Gentle Jack, Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Stephanie Okereke, Ramsey Noah, Regina Askia, Jim Iyke among others.
Personal Life: Wife And Children
Before his movie career came through, he had a thriving music career, with his 1992 debut studio album titled “Dreams”. Segun got married to Nollywood actress Ann Njemanze in 2008 and the union was cemented with a beautiful daughter named Renny who is all grown up now. They later divorce after two years following some irreconcilable differences. After the annulment of his marriage with Ann Njemanze, in 2010, Segun Arinze got married again to his beautiful wife, Julie Arinze and the couples are blessed with 3 kids.
Segun Arinze said his six children are from three different women
The veteran Nollywood bad boy has disclosed he has six children from different women, including one from his ex-wife, Ann Njemanze.
He recently made this known in a chat with Thisday.
The veteran Nollywood act, Segun Arinze, has disclosed he has six children from different women, including one from his ex-wife, Ann Njemanze.
The movie star recently made this known in a chat with Thisday.
“I’m married to a lovely woman called Julie. I have children too.
Em…from my wife (Julie), I have Ayo, Femi and my new baby daughter, Victoria Ejiamatu. And, of course, before then, you know I had a son and then we had Morenike between Ann and me. I also have Ebunoluwa,” Arinze said.
Speaking on tittle-tattles about some of his debauched roles in movies, the former President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria said: “Many people believe I’m a bad guy because of the scary movies, but well, if they think that I am bad by virtue of the role I play, then it’s a total misconception. There is always a difference between the character you play and who you are in real life.
“I am a very simple person; I like simplicity and I like to take things easy. I like humour a lot. I am also a serious-minded person.”
“I am what you may call a method actor. I pick up a role having in mind that in life, there are different kinds of characters and you pick up one and say this is how I see this character and I go ahead to recreate the character.
“So, if I play a bad guy role, that doesn’t depict me as a bad guy in real life…just trying to clear that delusion,” the father of six, added.
Awards And Recognition
- Best New Actor at the African Movie Academy Awards
- Best Actor in a Leading Role at the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards
- Special Recognition Awards at the City Peoples Entertainment Awards
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the African Movie Academy Awards
- Most Promising Act to Watch at the Golden Icon Movie Academy Awards
- Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria at the Best of Nollywood Awards