Acting has brought him fame and wealth. Chinedu started his acting career with minor roles and received a paycheck as low as N500. He later entered the spotlight through the comic roles he plays in movies, and today, he is among the highest-paid actors in Nollywood. His determination and efforts brought him to where he is today. From acting, the star has diversified into other businesses and made some lifetime investments.
A native of Bende LGA of Abia State, he completed his basic education in Aba before proceeding to the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu (IMT), where he got a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Theatre Arts and Mass Communication. He also attended the famous New York Film Academy (NYFA) and graduated in 2004. At first, he wanted to be a lawyer, but he later chose acting instead. Beyond his acting career, Aki, as he is fondly called, is a happily married man. He got married to Nneoma Nwaijah in 2011, and since then, they have lived in harmony.
How Chinedu Ikedieze’s $3.5 Million Net Worth Come About
Chinedu Ikedieze is a businessman, actor, and brand ambassador, who has accrued a net worth estimated at $3.5 million. He made his wealth through his career as an actor and other businesses. Acting bought him fame and relevance in society and is a major source of income for the Nollywood star. Let’s take a look at the major sources of Chinedu Ikedieze’s net worth.
He Made a Large Part of His Net Worth Through His Acting Career
Chinedu started acting in 1998. According to him, his first paycheck was N500, which he got from the movie Evil Men. He also said that he used that money to buy a boiler ring for himself. Although the pay was poor, the actor was not discouraged; instead, he saw it as life and continued struggling. However, he rose to prominence in 2002 with the comic movie Aki na Ukwa, in which he starred alongside Osita Iheme.
Following his role as Aki, a mischievous character in the movie, he is now popularly called Aki, while his movie twin, Osita Iheme, is called Pawpaw. This movie gave him the popularity he needed, and he starred in many other movies produced in that same year. Since then, Chinedu has acted in over 100 Nollywood movies, and he has played major roles compared to when he started. Currently, he is starring in the Africa Magic TV show, The Jonsons as Efe.
Below is a list of some of the notable movies Chinedu Ikedieze starred in.
- Spanner – 2002
- Okwu na Uka – 2002
- Lagos Boys – 2003
- Family Crisis – 2003
- School Dropout – 2003
- The Catechist – 2003
- Back from America – 2003
- Akpu-Nku – 2003
- 2Rats – 2003
- Charge & Bail – 2003
- Igbo Made – 2004
- Big Daddies – 2004
- Across the Niger – 2004
- Village Boys – 2005
- Spoiler – 2005
- Boys from Holland – 2006
- Sweet Money – 2006
- Stubborn Flies – 2007
- Cain & Abel – 2007
- The Rain Makers – (2009)
- Loyal Enemies – (2010)
- Jack and Jill – (2011)
- Village Rascals – (2012)
- Take the Spotlight – (2014) Chinedu co-produced this movie and is a collaboration between Nollywood and Hollywood.
Is Chinedu Ikedieze Still Active in Nollywood?
Yes, the actor is still acting in movies and TV series. His relevance in the movie industry cannot be overemphasized. While his acting career is still blossoming, it changes form by the day. As time goes, new trends arise, and the best actor is one who changes with time and age. Adapting to the new trend and giving the audience the best of what he knows best. In light of these, Chinedu Ikedieze and his partner, Osita Iheme, are currently shooting a TV series titled Fatty & Sons Autos.
Through His Acting Career, He Has Earned A Few Honors and Awards
Over the course of his career, Chinedu Ikedieze has been nominated for several awards. More than that, he was given the presidential award for the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic for his contributions to the Nigerian entertainment industry.
Other Things That Contributed to Chinedu Ikedieze’s Net Worth
Acting is one of the careers that may not occupy people all the time. However, a few actors have branched out to other businesses, and Chinedu is one of them. There are many other ways by which money comes into his pocket apart from acting. Although not all of his income sources are open to the public, we know he has made so much from real estate investments and brand endorsements. Let’s look at them below.
Real Estate Investment
The Nollywood actor owned a mansion in Lagos, which he sold out for reasons best known to him. He is also doing business with Lead Homes, a real estate company located in Lagos State. We are not sure whether he is the owner, a partner, or just an ambassador for the company. He promotes the company by advertising its businesses on his Instagram page.
Following a video posted online where the actor did an advert for Apple Court Phase 1, located at Shapati community of Bogije, rumors began to spread that he is the owner of the estate. However, the actor has neither confirmed nor denied it to date. More so, he is said to own an exquisite lounge in Surulere. Like his other business, details of his lounge and how much he makes are unknown.
In addition, the actor is said to own a fashion label called Nizik, a football academy, and a traveling agency. All these and more have helped him achieve a net worth of $3.5 million.
The star is a brand ambassador to several companies, and he advertises for some of these companies on his Instagram page. These endorsement deals bring more money to his pocket and add to his net worth. Although the amount he is being paid has not been revealed, we believe it will be running in millions.
A Look into the House Chinedu Ikedieze Calls Home
The famous Nollywood actor and his beautiful wife live in an exquisite mansion in Omole Estate, Lagos. However, the features of his house are not known as he has doesn’t share photos of his house on social media. Meanwhile, he built a multi-million naira mansion in his hometown, Uzuakoli, Bende Local Government Area of Abia State. He made this known to the public in January 2020 in a video he posted on his Instagram page. Also, he revealed that he spent his Christmas holiday in his new mansion.
For him, home is everything, so he decided to build this mansion in his hometown. According to the actor, you may have property scattered around the globe, but you have not started if you don’t have any in your hometown. Although he has not disclosed the features of his house, a look at the video he shared shows the one-storey mansion has a modern design with several comfort areas, including a well-furnished sitting room, among other things.
Is Chinedu Ikedieze Richer Than Osita Iheme?
It is widely known that Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme came into the spotlight with the same movie Aki na Ukwa. It is also true that both actors star almost in the same movies. However, to outrightly say who is richer between these two could be a daunting task. To say who is richer, there are many things to consider since the duo has appeared side by side in their most successful projects. More so, they were paid almost the same amount.
Although they may have earned the same amount, they invested in different businesses, which have helped increase their net worth. According to recent online estimates, both actors have an estimated net worth of $3.5 million each. Also, judging from available evidence, we can say that Osita Iheme has more sources of income. However, when it comes to assets, the two thespians live in befitting houses and have posh cars in their garage. Truly, both actors are hardworking and have some form of investment apart from acting. With the pace they are going, they will make it bigger than they already are.