Queen Nwokoye (born August 11, 1982, Age: 40 years old) is a Nigerian actress widely recognized for her role as the lead character in a 2014 film titled Chetanna, which earned her the “Best Actress” nomination at the 11th Africa Movie Academy Awards
She is an amazing lady who does not pass out any possibility to make her presence acknowledged in her over a decade career in the movie industry.
To many Nollywood lovers, the 40-year-old multiple award-winning actress is that one actress you would always prefer to see as a fiery princess or a woman from a humble background. Her versatility over time has undoubtedly earned her a spot among the very best actresses in Nollywood.
Queen Nwokoye Hails From Anambra State, Nigeria
Over the years, there have been debates about where Queen Nwokoye originally hails from. The question of her ethnicity was never in doubt as it is general knowledge that she is of the Igbo tribe. Before she came out to fully disclose her heritage, many were unsure which of the eastern states she hails from. Some speculated that she is of Abia origin, while others claim she was from Mbano in Imo State. The speculations about her originating from Mbano were fuelled by her character role in the 2014 comedy Ada Mbano.
Even though it was a false claim, Queen Nwokoye being from Mbano spread like wildfire and contributed to why the Darling of Nollywood did finally come out to clear the air. When she finally spoke of her heritage, she made it known that she is a native of Ihembosi in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria.
Queen was born on August 11, 1982, to Mr. and Mrs. Nwokoye – devoted members of the Catholic Church. The actress was born into a family of seven – three boys and four girls. Although it is not clear what number she is of the seven children, we know that she is the first of their four female children. Her mother is a retired teacher, and her maternal grandmother was also in the same field of work as her mom.
She Has a Degree in Sociology and Anthropology
Having been raised in Enugu State, Queen Nwokoye completed most of her schooling years in the Coal City. She began her primary school education at Airforce Nursery and Primary School before changing school to Independent Layout Primary School. However, she earned her first school leaving certificate at Ekulu Primary School. Upon completing her primary school education, Queen attended Queen’s College, Enugu, where she acquired her secondary school education.
She wanted to study law at the university, but it just did not work out for young Queen, who ended up studying sociology and anthropology at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Akwa, Anambra State. The highest educational qualification Queen Nwokoye possesses is a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology.
Queen Started Acting Professionally in 2004
While on her path to earning her Bachelor’s degree, Queen discovered she had a passion for acting, and her decision to follow after her passion helped define her career completely. While at UniZik, Queen took her first few acting roles, and along the line, she found herself going for auditions. Then, she acted in some low-budget films that never made it to the screens, but it helped groom her into the prominent actress she is today.
Queen Nwokoye made her first significant acting role in 2004 (after her National Youth Service) in a movie titled Nna Men. In the same year, she starred in other films such as The Girl is Mine, His Majesty, and The Security Risk. Since 2004, she has made significant appearances in over 200 movies, and the most noticeable of them was Chetanna, a film that earned her several awards wins and nominations.
Some of her films include:
- His Majesty (2004)
- The Girl is Mine (2004)
- Security Risk (2004)
- Save The Baby (2005)
- Back Drop (2005)
- Speak The Word (2006)
- Lady of Faith (2006)
- Clash of Interest (2006)
- The Last Supper (2007)
- When You Are Mine (2007)
- Angelic Bride (2008)
- Prince of The Niger (2009)
- Personal Desire (2009)
- League of Gentlemen (2009)
- Last Mogul of the League (2009)
- Jealous Friend (2009)
- Makers of Justice (2010)
- Mirror of Life (2011)
- End of Mirror of Life (2011)
How She Became One of Nollywood’s Busiest Actors
While the Nollywood comedy Adure and its sequel Ada Mbano remained one of her most challenging movie roles. The movie, no doubt, helped her rise to fame. According to the actress, getting to speak the Imo State dialect in the film was so tasking.
The obstacles and challenges the actress encountered over the year were the bedrock that helped shape her into the star she currently is. Among all of the A-list actors and actresses in Nollywood right now, Queen Nwokoye is one of the busiest and most sought after. Her expertise has seen her work with other A-list Actors like Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha, Mercy Johnson, John Okafor, Nkem Owoh, and many more.
Aside From Acting, Queen is also A Producer
Oftentimes, we see actors and actresses switch from just acting to either producing or directing and sometimes even doing both. Queen Nwokoye falls in the category of those who ended up extending their talent to being behind the cameras as producers and directors. Although she is yet to make many movies, she urged her followers to look forward to her upcoming movies. So far, we know Queen Nwokoye to have produced and directed the film titled The Heiress.
At 40, Queen Has Won Many Awards
Queen Nwokoye may not be a real queen with a magnificent empire. Still, when it comes to the onus of acting, she sure got the experience, and her expertise has helped her garner not just a financial balance but mind-blowing awards and recognitions most people in her field will die to have. You could list her among the top Nollywood actresses with the highest number of awards and recognitions. Queen received her first award during 2011 Best of Nollywood Awards, where she was awarded the Fresh Scandal Free Actress Award. Her next award came in 2015 when she won the Best Indigenous Female Actress Award in the 2015 ZAFAA African Film Academy Awards.
In 2015 and 2016, the beautiful actress won the Best of Nollywood Awards, the Best Actress in a Leading Role (Igbo), and The Face of Nollywood at the City People Entertainment Awards. Although she could not win Africa Movie Academy Awards’s “Best Actress in a Leading Role,” for which she was nominated in 2015, the year remained one of her best years as she won two prestigious awards. Over the years, her active roles in the movie industry have continued to earn her more awards.