Mike Ezuruonye is a popular Nollywood actor with a net worth of $3.5 million. His acting career is a major source of his net worth but aside from appearing in front of the camera, he has other income sources, including his career as a producer. He produced his first movie in 2016.
Ezuruonye is one of those that have contributed a lot to the Nigerian movie industry. In addition to acting and producing, he is also a writer who does not back down from taking on different challenges. He believes in mixing things up as he has played so many roles and does not want to be stereotyped into a particular role.
Mike Ezuruonye Is From Abia State, Nigeria
Mike Ezuruonye was born on the 21st of September 1982 in Lagos State, Nigeria. He hails from Uzuakoli in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State. He is from a family of five, and he is the eldest of all his siblings. The actor’s other siblings are all doing well; one is a medical doctor in the UK, another works in a bank, the other is an electronic Engineer with Shell and the last works with Chevron.
For his education, Mike attended Federal Government College, Wukari, Taraba State, and Archbishop Aggey Memorial Secondary School, Lagos. He got a degree in Accounting from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and a doctorate in Arts and Literature from Estam University, Benin Republic.
While he was growing up, Mike enjoyed writing scripts and he wrote a good number of them. He said that his proprietress in school was involved with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), and this brought him closer to TV. He revealed in an interview that he is from a wealthy home, but everything came crashing after his father’s death. However, his mother did her best to see that her children get the best education they deserve and never lacked anything. Being the eldest in the family, he had to support his mother in taking care of his siblings when he was done with his university education.
Ezuruonye Is Happily Married With Kids
Mike got married to the love of his life, Nkechi Norom, whom he met in 2009 while shooting a movie in Abuja. She is a Medical Psychologist based in Canada. They dated and finally got married on the 13th November 2010 in Folawiyo Bankole Methodist Church, Lagos. They currently reside in Ontario, Canada.
More so, they welcomed their first child, a baby boy, on 1st October 2011, in Canada. Mike is fond of his son, Reynold Nkembuchim Ezuruonye, as he posts his pictures on social media. Later, on 16th November 2016, the couple welcomed another child. This time around, it was a baby girl named Elsa. The baby girl is not exposed to the camera like her brother. Thus, nothing much is known about her. Although she is rumored to be an albino, the actor has come to refute these claims.
Mike Ezuruonye Has Made a Fortune From His Acting Career
Unlike other actors and actresses who entered the movie industry through auditions, Mike got his opportunity through personal contacts and recommendations. It was his act of mimicry that attracted Aquila Njama and Dickson Iruegbu to him. He got to meet Dickson Iruegbu through Amata, his friend, and from there, he was picked up. After many movies with these directors, their recommendations now led to his breakthrough.
Ezuruonye describes his coming into prominence in the movie industry as a Cinderella Story. He started acting in 2003, playing minor roles until he got his commercial breakthrough with the movie Critical Decision. The movie Broken Marriage, directed by Dickson, brought him to the limelight. However, his first appearance was in the TV series Ultimate Hero. Since then, he has written several movies, acted in over 80 movies, and directed and produced some.
Although the amount paid to the Nollywood star is not known, he acted and earned from many movies. Let’s take a look at some of his prominent movies.
- Burning Desire – 2004
- Beyond Reason – 2004
- Moment of Truth – 2005
- Living Without You – 2005
- Married for Money – 2006
- Games Men Play – 2006
- The Prince and Me – 2007
- Slave to Lust – 2007
- Most Wanted Bachelor – 2007
- My Confession – 2008
- Live to Remember – 2008
- Beauty and the Beast – 2008
- Clash of twins – 2009
- Jealous Friend – 2009
- Palace Slave – 2010
- Jewels of the Sun – 2011
- Unforgivable – 2013
- Hazeezat – 2014
- Scars – 2015
- Brother Jekwu – 2016 (written and produced by Mike Ezuruonye)
- The Screenplay – 2017
- What Just Happened – 2018
He Has Some Awards to His Name
Acting has earned the Nollywood star some awards and achievements. Below is a list of his nominations and awards.
- The 2008 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) as the Best Actor in a Supporting Role in the movie Black Friday
- The 2008 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) as the Best Actor in a Supporting Role in the movie Mirror of Reality
- The 2009 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) as the Best Actor in a Leading Role in the movie The Assassin
- Best Actor in the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA)
- Best Lead Male in the movie Unforgivable, in the 2014 Nollywood Movies awards
- The 2014 City People Movie Awards as the Best Actor of the Year
- Best Actor in Comedy in the movie Brother Jekwu, in the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA)
Other Ways Mike Ezuruonye Makes Money
The famous Nollywood actor does not believe in one source of income and so has other sources. Acting paved the way for him in the entertainment industry and today, he is not just an actor but also a producer and an ambassador to several companies. Let’s take a look at some of these other avenues that contribute to his net worth.
Not satisfied with acting alone, the famous Nollywood actor moved into movie production in 2016. As we know, he has always been a writer, and adding directing and producing to it is not so difficult for him. In an interview with Punch in 2017, he revealed that producing a movie in the hit of the economic recession in the country was a big challenge for him. However, he took up the challenge, as it is what he is best known for, and produced the movie. He managed the situation with boldness and a positive mindset. He transported his crew of 14 people in and outside of Nigeria while producing the movie. In the end, the movie production was a success, and they came up with the comic movie, Brother Jekwu.
Aside from acting and producing, Ezuruonye signed some endorsement deals with few companies. These deals have contributed a lot to his net worth. Some of these companies include the following.
- Technocool Electronics – Was made brand ambassador alongside Chioma Apotha in 2019
- Airtel – Made ambassador in 2014
- Glo – Serves as Ambassador
- DPKay Real Estate Homes and Awards Limited