Anayo Modestus Onyekwere, a veteran Nollywood star and one of Africa’s best actors, popularly known as Kanayo O Kanayo, has added another feather on his red cap by becoming a full-fledged law attorney.
The ace actor who bagged a law degree in 2019 has also passed his law school exams therefore becoming a qualified lawyer, ready to practice in Nigeria as soon as he is called to bar later this year. He earlier studied Philosophy as first degree and later got a Master’s Degree in Political Science, both from the University of Lagos.
Kanayo O. Kanayo was born on the 1st of March, 1962 in Mbaise, Imo State. He was born into the family of Donatus Onyekwere and Mrs. Isabella Onyekwere of Nru Umueze, Oboama, Ezinihitte Mbaise, Imo State.
He was brought up by his elder brother, John in Enugu but had his primary education at Saint Joseph Primary School Mbaise while his secondary education was at the Ahiara Boys Secondary School, also in Mbaise. He however didn’t complete there and had to finish up at Technical College Aba, Abia State.
After his primary and secondary education, KOK as he is also called got admitted into the University of Lagos where bagged his first and second degrees.
After finishing from the university, Kanayo played a guest role for the NTA series, ‘New Masquerade’ alongside other veteran actors like Prince Jegede Shokoya, Ovuleria and Giringory Akabuogu, Alias 4.30.
From there he started attending Nollywood auditions and rose to limelight in 1992, when he played the role of Chief Omego in the movie, ‘Living In Bondage’. He is married to Mrs. Nneka Onyekwere and they have five children.
KOK has won a good number of awards and endorsements for himself in the industry. Some of them include: Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria at the African Movie Academy Awards, 2005; Best Actor in a Leading Role at the African Movie Academy Awards, 2006; National honour of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), among many others.
Kanayo O. Kanayo is one of the top actors in Nigeria. He is also into business and politics and is estimated to be worth about $800,000.
We at ALSC say, Congratulations to KOK