Stan Nze (Born: May 16, 1989; Age: 34 years old) is a Nigerian actor, producer, and model best known for his role in the 2020 remake of Rattlesnake.
Stan is one actor with so much energy for action movies. His acting talent has seen him grace the screens of many highly-rated films. He has played important movie roles in scores of Nigerian films and television series, but the 2020 movie Rattlesnake: The Ahanna story remains one of his biggest films for which he has won notable awards. Here are some facts to know about the famous Nigerian actor you would love to know
34 Years Old Stan Nze Hails from Anambra State
Stan was born and raised in Lagos state but is an indigene of Nnewi, a commercial and industrial city in Anambra State, southeastern Nigeria. Stan’s father, Sabastian Nzediegwu, is a businessman and his mother, Chika Nzediegwu, is a fashion designer. Not much is known about his family, but it is said that he is the first of five children. This means that he has siblings who might not be as popular as he is.
Stan Nze began his education journey in Lagos state, and after successful completion of his primary and secondary education, he proceeded to Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Anambra state for a degree in Computer Science. He then returned to Lagos state to study acting at the Stella Damasus Arts Foundation (SDAF).
He Began His Acting Career in 2009
Stan has always known he would do well as an actor and to achieve his goal, he returned to the classroom to get himself grounded on the nitty-gritty of acting. After his time at the Stella Damasus Arts Foundation, he set off his acting career by doing a few scenes on some TV series, including Private Sector and the multiple awards-winning series, Tinsel.
Taking occasional roles was all Stan got as a starter in the Nigerian movie industry. However, his passion for the field forced him to search for more significant roles. Fortunately, he got a lead role in 2012 with another TV series, The Benjamins, and in the musical thriller film Hoodrush, which stars actors like Bimbo Akintola, OC Ukeje, and Gabriel Afolayan.
In 2013, Stan Nze got yet another lead role in the movie named Murder At Prime Suites, where he played the role of “Adolf” a serial killer with bipolar affective disorder. The 2013 Nigerian crime thriller film directed by Chris Eneng has Nze sharing the screen with stars like Joseph Benjamin, Keira Hewatch, and Chelsea Eze.
Stan hopped to make his major break in the movie industry following his role in the Nollywood film Just Not Married, which went to the Toronto International film festival. But while his co-actors received awards nominations, he didn’t, and it almost shattered his dream of being at the top echelon of the industry.
Luck finally shined on Stan Nze as he landed a lead role in the remake of Amaka Igwe’s Rattlesnake, which eventually earned him an award for ‘Best Actor in Drama’ at the 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA).
Stan Nze’s role as Ahanna in the 2020 movie directed by Ramsey Nouah did not only offer the actor his much-anticipated rise to fame but also was a platform he used to get to meet and work with some of Nollywood legends like Chiwetalu Agu, Osas Ighodaro, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, and Ayo Makun.
Speaking about his role, Nze also revealed that he had to watch and familiarise himself with the project just so he would break free from Francis Duru’s acting style of acting Ahannajust so he could make the character unique in the new movie.
Though he described his role as one of the most challenging roles he’s ever taken, the actor was quick to add that the good energy he received from his co-actors made his work much easier, and to crown it all up, the movie brought him up for four major awards out of which he won three. The 45 minutes film grossed $70 million, listing it as one of the highest-grossing Nigerian films of all time.
Since his emergence into the limelight, the Nollywood actor has appeared in scores of other mind-blowing movies, some of which have topped various Nollywood best movie chats. Some of his most recent films as of the time of writing this piece include Black Wedding, Brotherhood, everybody Wants Alvin, Not My Will, and Discerning Eyes.
As a producer, Stan Nze is known for working on the award-winning movie Bad Drop (2015). He has also worked on films like Colourless (2016), Anita (2017), Mute (2017), Within the Shadow, Split (2020), and Everybody Wants Alvin.
Stan Nze’s Awards and Nominations
For his efforts in the Nigerian movie industry, Stan Nze has earned himself fame, wealth, and notable awards that have helped to elevate him among the best actors in the industry. The awards he has so far won include the following:
- Nominated for the Best LeadActor at the 2016 Zulu African Film Academy Awards (ZAFAA)
- Nominated for the Best Supporting Actor – Engish category at the 2019 Best of Nollywood Awards
- Nominated for the Best Supporting Actor – Engish category at the 2020 Best of Nollywood Award
- Won the “Best Actor” category at the 2021 City People Movie Awards
- Won the “Best Kiss in a Movie” award at the 2021 Best of Nollywood Awards
- Won the “Best actor in Drama” category at the 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards
Stan Nze is Married to a Popular Nollywood Actress
34 years old Stan Nze is happily married to Blessing Jessica Obasi, an actress. The actor and his wife officially became a couple on September 11, 2021, amid mounting criticism of him settling down with a woman much older than him.
Giving reasons for marrying a woman who is almost ten years older than him, the Nollywood actor said Blessing Obasi was the best thing that has ever happened to him. He said his wife is his best friend and that she gives him peace of mind. In September 2022, the couple celebrated their one-year anniversary, appreciating each other’s contribution to the success of their union.
Blessing is a Nollywood actress, entrepreneur, and producer best known for her roles in films like Dirty Dirtier (2018), Day of Destiny (2021), and Split (2019). Blessing and Stan are yet to have children of their own, but they are enjoying their union free from any form of controversy.