‘It feels great to be celebrated while alive’ – Kanayo O Kanayo

Renowned Nollywood actor, Anayo Onyekwere, popularly known as Kanayo O. Kanayo, says he feels so great to be celebrated by friends, fans, and well-wishers, while alive.

Onyekwere, who on Oct. 16 received the 2020 Sun Newspaper Nollywood Icon award for his excellent role delivery and iconic status, said he felt honored to be recognized by the newspaper.

He took to his Instagram page on Monday to share his feelings over the award and celebration that followed it.

He wrote: “It feels so great to be honored and celebrated. Thanks for celebrating me when I am alive.

“Sun has risen and it will always shine. Thanks to Sun Newspaper, all my fans, friends, well-wishers, and enemies alike.

“It is done, all for Nollywood.”


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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that since the reception of the award, the Nollywood icon had been celebrated by friends and fans.

Kanayo began his acting career in 1982, cutting his teeth in some of the local productions of Nigerian Television Authority in Aba and Enugu.

He later relocated to Lagos, where he waxed stronger, featuring in mega drama series, like Checkmates, Ripples, New Masquerade and Village Headmaster.

It was not long before he became an actor of outstanding ability with his role of Chief Omego in Living in Bondage, a 1992 blockbuster movie.

He also featured in over 100 movies, including Rituals, Blood Money, Living Dead, Desperate Billionaire, Circles of Doom, Lost Kingdom, Billionaires Club, and many others.

After many years of blossoming acting career, Kanayo became a lawyer and was called to the Nigerian Bar on Sept. 15, 2020.

He holds the National honor of Member of the Federal Republic.

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