Kenneth Okonkwo, also known by many as ‘Andy’, is a well known Nigerian Nollywood actor.
He was born on 6th November, is a native of Enugu State (Nsukka Local Government), and was brought to limelight following the role he played as ‘Andy’ in the movie Living in Bondage, a Nigerian drama thriller released in 1992. Since then, Kenneth Okonkwo has stayed true to his craft. He also featured in the Television Soap Opera Ripples where he played the role of Captain John Mark.
Kenneth Okonkwo became popularly known as ‘Andy’ following his role in the age long film Living in Bondage, the movie that gave birth to Nollywood. The film portrays the story of a man, Andy, whose desperation for wealth leads him to join a secret cult, sacrifice his wife in exchange for wealth, gain enormous wealth as a reward, but who is afterwards haunted by the ghost of his dead wife.
The film was directed by Chris Obi Rapu, written by Kenneth Nnebue and Okechukwu Ogunjiofor, and produced by Okechukwu Ogunjiofor. Other stars cast in Living in Bondage include Kanayo O. Kanayo, Francis Agu, Okechukwu Ogunjiofor, and a host of others.
Nollywood actor Kenneth Okonkwo graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Enugu State and later graduated with a Masters degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, Akoka. He later went on to study Theology at the Bible School.
According to the Barrister Kenneth Okonkwo, he became a born-again Christian in 1994. Narrating the story of his salvation he said:
“You know, when you think that material things, fame and fortune will make you happy and God deposited all these things in you, yet you are not happy, then, you just know that there is a vacuum. God must be interested in me. The story of my salvation is determined by the God Almighty. I just knew that truthfully without Him, I can’t do anything”.
Kenneth Okonkwo’s first marriage was in the year 2000, to Ogechi Ezekiel, the only daughter of Pastor Ezekiel, General Overseer of Christian Pentecostal Mission International. Kenneth Okonkwo’s union to Ogechi lasted barely two years and it ended in 2002. The crashed marriage produced a son. News of the actor’s failed marriage shook the movie industry as Kenneth had turned born again even before they got married.
However, Kenneth Okonkwo found love again and re-married in 2007 to his present wife, Ifeoma. The couple was married for nine years before they finally welcomed their first child together at the University of Maryland, St. Joseph Medical Centre in the United States of America, on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
Kenneth Okonkwo revealed that he is not like most men who cheat on their partners. According to the actor, between the time he became born again and the time he married his first wife, he never had carnal knowledge of any other woman, and neither did he ever cheated on his present wife.
Explaining how he escapes infidelity amidst all the attention from so many beautiful women who would throw themselves at him at no cost, Kenneth Okonkwo said: “If I’m in London and I feel so, I can fly in, see my babe and fly back to location (laughs). At times, I would be on location and after a while, I will scream, ‘Hey! Hey! I just have to go home. I don’t know how my body is feeling.’ I’m that straight forward. I will announce it in the public. And if I don’t run that time, something will happen”.
Surely, this is something that a lot of men can learn to adopt, as it clearly is working for Andy.