Rachael Okonkwo (born on 26th May 1987), famously known as Nkoli Nwa Nsukka, is a Nigerian Nollywood actress, model, and dancer. She got her nickname from the movie Nkoli Nwa Nsukka where she starred in the lead role.
She is one of the actresses who started their career in the movie industry through auditions and worked their way from minor roles to lead roles. Her contributions, efforts, and talent brought her to where she is today. In this piece, we’ll explore Rachael Okonkwo’s biography and her net worth, including how she makes and spends her money.
Rachael Okonkwo Is from Enugu State, Nigeria
Rachael Okonkwo was born in her hometown in Enugu State, Nigeria, on 26th May 1987. She hails from Ukpata, Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State. She grew up in the state and had her early childhood education, secondary school education, and university education there.
As a child, she was always been interested in acting. However, Nkoli, as she is fondly called, switched to dancing to make ends meet. She got involved in the music industry in 2005 due to the lack of movie roles and made appearances in some music videos in Nigeria.
Dancing, just like acting, is one of her passions and she enjoys doing it. Her dancing and acting careers all started while she was a child and she has leveraged these two to become who she is today.
The actress lost her father when she was 13 years old. She and her two siblings were raised by their mother who later died in 2020. She is the eldest of the three. Rachael’s other siblings – Olaedo and Peter- are also doing well for themselves. Olaedo is a rapper who raps in the Igbo language.
As mentioned before now, Okonkwo attended her primary, secondary, and university education in Nsukka. She studied at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria, for her university education.
Notwithstanding her family’s condition, she was able finish her university education, graduating with a degree in Mass Communication. The exposure and Knowledge she acquired from the university contributed to the talented actress we have today.
Rachael Okonkwo Started Her Acting Career Officially in 2007
Before joining the movie industry in 2007, Rachael Okonkwo had started acting in 2005. Her joining the movie industry gave her more chances to perform at auditions and more movie roles came her way. For a start, Rachael was given minor and insignificant roles in movies. She didn’t reject them; however, she accepted the roles and from there, grew her career in the industry.
In 2008, she advanced from minor roles to supporting roles. Some of the movies where she starred in supporting roles include Royal War alongside Van Vicker and Ini Edo, and Open and Close alongside Patience Ozokwor, John Okafor, etc.
Rachael Okonkwo graduated into lead roles in 2014 when she starred as Nkoli in the movie Nkoli Nwa Nsukka. This movie shot her into the spotlight and brought her fame as well as more fans and money. With this, many producers wanted her on their sets and she has since starred in many other movies.
A List of Rachael Okonkwo’s Movies and TV Shows
Since her entrance into the movie industry, Nkoli has starred in over 100 movies. This has added more money to her pockets and brought her fame as well. Below is a list of some of the movies she has starred in over the years.
- Open and Close – 2010
- Nkoli Nwa Nsukka – 2014
- Royal War – 2008
- Ekaette Goes to School –
- Zee World Madness – 2017
- Arthur Onye Eze – 2017
- Paw Paw the Guitar Boy – 2014
- Tears of Betrayal – 2015
- Ijele the Princess of Fire – 2015
- Please Leave My Husband – 2015
- Bloody War – 2014
- Not My Child – 2016
- University Girls – 2016
- The Ghost and the Tout – 2019
- Small Chops – 2020
- Miracle Centre – 2020
Beyond Acting, Rachael Has Diversified Her Career in Many Ways
Although acting is the major source of income for the veteran actress, she has added other streams of income to it over the years. No doubt, some of these other streams are a result of her acting career and exist because she is a talented actress.
Aside from acting, Rachael Okonkwo earns from endorsement deals. Her talent/skill and contribution to the movie industry brought numerous endorsement deals her way and more money into her pockets.
She is also a movie director and producer. For the times she is not acting or seen on the screens, she is behind some of the movies we see. Directing and movie production fetches her more money and contributes to the net worth she enjoys today. In addition to these, Rachael Okonkwo is also into the real estate business.
Rachael Okonkwo’s Net Worth is Estimated at $1 Million
The actress has an estimated net worth of $1 Million. She accrued this amount majorly through her acting career. Her other endeavors also contribute to this net worth she enjoys. These other interests include those mentioned above – movie direction and production, real estate business, and endorsement deals.
With these, actress Rachael Okonkwo joins the league of the richest celebrities in Nigeria. She is still acting and her net worth will definitely continues to grow by the day.
List of Rachael’s Net Worth Sources
Here is a list of the sources of Rachael Okonkwo’s impressive net worth.
- Movie directing and production
- Real Estate Business
- Endorsement deals
What Does the Actress Spend Her Money On?
Rachael, just like other celebrities in Nigeria, spends her money on a luxurious lifestyle. However, she is not extravagant and she keeps some of her property away from the public. Below are the things she spends her money on.
Rachael Okonkwo’s House and Cars
The actress was based in Enugu state until recently when she joined a host of other celebrities to acquire a house at Lekki Phase 1, Lagos State, Nigeria. Unlike others, she is not so open about this acquisition.
She Has a Fleet of Expensive Cars in Her Garage
Rachael Okonkwo is not a fan of many items of luxury but she doesn’t abhor them. She has a few luxurious and expensive cars in her garage and she never ceases to flaunt them on her social media page. She takes photos alongside these cars and posts them on her social media pages. Below is a list of some of the cars she owns
- Mercedes Benz G Class
- Mercedes Benz-AMG GLE 63
- Ford Explorer SUV
She Gives Back to Society through the Easter Carnival
Actress Rachael Okonkwo is a philanthropist as seen in the way she organizes and gives out items to children. She gives back to society by organizing the Children’s Easter Carnival. She started it in 2015 with the first edition in Enugu, then the second edition in 2016 held at Onitsha. And the third was held in 2017 at Nsukka.
From the start, the turnout at the event has been growing year by year and she gives the children lots of gift items. Also, she has been accompanied by fellow actors like Nonso Diobi, Angela Okorie, and Ken Erics among others.
Later on, she incorporated other things into the carnival. In 2021, she stated that the aim of the Easter Carnival is to get the children to understand the importance of education and make them value it. The second is to empower the widows, making them know that they are not alone. The 2021 edition was held in Enugu from April 2 to April 4.