BIRTH NAME : Okechukwu Ukeje
STAGE NAME: OC Ukeje
NET WORTH : Approximately
DATE OF BIRTH/AGE : (Born 15th July 1981 )
PLACE OF BIRTH: Lagos State
STATE OF ORIGIN : Lagos State
OCCUPATION : Nigerian actor, model and musician
NATIONALITY : Nigerian
MARITAL STATUS : Married to Senami Ibukunoluwa Togonu-Bickersteth on 8 November 2014
CHILDREN : Blessed with two children
EDUCATION : He went on to earn a Law degree from King’s College London, He obtained Masters in Law from the University of London.
Who is OC Ukeje
Okechukwu Ukeje better known as OC Ukeje (stage name) is Nigerian actor, model and musician. The highly celebrated Nigerian celebrity shot into the limelight after emerging the winner of Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality show. OC Ukeje has won several awards and earned lots of nominations to his name.
Some of the awards he has received include Africa Movie Academy Awards, Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards, Nollywood Movies Awards, Best of Nollywood Awards and Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
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The multiple award winning actor has featured in a number of popular movies including Two Brides and a Baby, Hoodrush, Half of a Yellow Sun, Alan Poza and Confusion Na Wa . The top rated actor tied the knot with the love of his life, Senami Ibukunoluwa Togonu-Bickersteth.
Early Life And Background
Okechukwu Ukeje better known as OC Ukeje was born on 15th July 1981 in Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria. The 36 years old actor is the second child in the family of three children.
He completed his primary school education in Lagos, Nigeria and successfully bagged his First School Leaving Certificate. After completing his primary school education, he proceeded to Federal Government College Ijanikin in Ojo, Lagos State, Nigeria to obtained his West African Senior School Certificate.
After completing his secondary school education, he gained admission into University of Lagos where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts. He officially launched his acting career from his first year in the University of Lagos with a lead role in a stage play and drama.
He decided to pursue a career in acting while he was still studying at Federal Government College Ijanikin, Ojo, Lagos. He officially began acting from his first year at the University of Lagos, Yaba, playing a lead role in a stage play and this was prior to joining Nollywood . After some time, he decided to pursue both music and acting, then he focused mainly on acting in stage plays for the first four years of his career before attempting and winning a reality TV show, Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO).
According to his biography, his first screen appearance was in White Waters (2008) with Joke Silva and Rita Dominic, popular film directed by Izu Ojukwu. He emerged the winner of the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for the Best Upcoming Actor (2008) and the City People’s Award for Best New Act (2010) which placed him a good position as an upcoming actor. As time went on, he continued writing new music and collaborating with a few Nigerian musical artists and producers and working on radio jingles for corporate organizations. According to his biography, he worked in movies and television between 2008 and 2012.
At some point in his career, he was a member of cast of the TV series that was presented at the International Emmy World Television Festival, Wetin Dey (2007) produced by the BBC World Service Trust . He played a lead and supporting lead roles in films like Comrade, Confusion Na Wa and Awakening. The handsome young man also starred in other popular movies like Black November (2012) by Jeta Amata along side other big names like Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Sarah Wayne-Callies, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Vivica Fox to name a few.
OC Ukeje was featured on the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun (2013) with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton as lead cast, a film directed by Biyi Bandele. OC Ukeje was a member of repertory team that showcased 3 stage plays for the Nigeria House at the London Cultural Olympiad (2012).
He has also starred in the BFI sponsored film, Gone Too Far. The actor was in NdaniTV’s series Gidi Up with Titilope Sonuga, Deyemi Okanlawon, Somkele Iyamah and Ikechukwu Onunakuhttps.
Notably in January 2015, he was listed by Nigerian Cinema Exhibition Coalition as one of the highest box office grosser of 2014. The following year he was invited with Somkele Iyamah to attend the Toronto International Film Festival as “rising stars”.
Personal Life and Marriage
OC Ukeje got married to Senami Ibukunoluwa Togonu-Bickersteth on 8th November 2014, and the union is cemented with beautiful kids. The highly rated Nigerian entertainer currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria with his family.
Awards and Nominations
- 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards for Most Promising Actor in White Waters
- 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for Best Actor in a Drama in Two Brides and a Baby
- 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role in Confusion Na Wa (nominated)
- 2013 Best of Nollywood Awards for Best Lead Actor in an English Movie in Alan Poza
- 2013 Nollywood Movies Awards for Best Actor in a Lead Role in Hoodrush
- 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Film in Alan Poza
- 2007 White Waters
- 2008 Comrade
- 2011 Black Gold
- 2011 Two Brides and a Baby
- 2012 Black November
- 2012 Hoodrush
- 2012 Till Death Do Us Part (Short)
- 2013 Confusion Na Wa
- 2013 Alan Poza
- 2013 Half of a Yellow Sun
- 2013 Awakening
- 2013 Gone Too Far
- 2013 The Rubicon
- 2014 When Love Happens
- 2014 Gidi Up (TV Series)
- 2014 A Play Called a Temple Made of Clay (Short)
- 2015 The Department
- 2015 Heaven’s Hell
- 2015 Before 30
- 2017 Catch.er