Zubby Michael (Real Name: Azubuike Michael Egwu, Born On: 1 February 1985; Age: 38 years old) is a Nigerian actor and movie producer best known for his role as ‘Joel’ in the 2012 movie titled “The Three Widows”.
Zubby is one of the many familiar faces you may find in almost every Nigerian action movie. Not only is he one of the best actors and producers making a huge impact in the entertainment industry, but he is also one of the biggest social media icons with millions of active fans. With an excelling career of over a decade long, Zubby has done well in enlisting himself among Nollywood big boys. Check out interesting facts about the actor below.
Who Is Zubby Michael?
Zubby Michael is a popular Nigerian actor and movie producer. His real name is Azubuike Michael Egwu. He was born into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Egwu and was raised in a middle-class household with his father being a businessman, and his mother, being a teacher.
Zubby is Igbo by tribe and hails from Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State in the southeastern part of Nigeria. He is a graduate of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, in Anambra State, Nigeria, where he bagged a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication.
Zubby Michael’s siblings include Chris Egwu, Cynthia Egwu, Sheiley Egwu, Mary Slimsugar, and Stanley Egwu. Though not as famous as he is, Zubby’s siblings have gained their own fair share of popularity – thanks, of course, to their brother’s rise to fame.
What is Zubby Michael’s Age Now?
Zubby’s current age is 38 years. He was born on February 01, 1985, in Yola, Adamawa state capital, where he was raised and had his basic and secondary education.
Zubby was about eight years when he joined the Nigerian movie industry as a professional actor, and he made his first big break in the industry at the age of 21. He also won his first major award at 33. Currently, at 38 years, he is one of the best and highest-earning actors in Nigeria.
How Zubby Michael Began his Acting Career
Acting has long been a passion Azubike developed since his childhood age, and he got the chance to become one at the tender age of 8 in Yola. He met a movie producer who ushered him into the industry, and he had a minor role in a movie titled: “Missing Rib”.
His first movie appearance was in a movie titled “Missing Rib” with the likes of Ify Afuba, Rita Arum, Ifeanyi Azodo, Oluchi Chikweuba. He then received his first lead role in The Three Windows – a 2012 movie that also featured stars like Justice Esiri, Ngozi Ezeonu, Queen Nwokoye, Oge Okoye, Donkollins Onuekwusi, Ben Nwosu. Though the movie could not earn him an award, it was the stepping stone he needed for a major rise to fame in the industry
Not long after Zubby became a popular face, he began to receive more lead roles in movies. He appeared in Nigerian home videos like ‘Princess Rihanna’, ‘Implication’, ‘The Generals’, ‘Royal storm’, ‘The killer’, ‘Stolen love’, and more.
Growing further into the industry, Zubby Michael eschewed the romantic guy imagery in favor of villainous roles that include armed rubber, militant, cultist, etc. He became adept at interpreting such characters, and this earned him leading roles in movies like “Boy Make Money”, “Flash Back”, “Yahoo King”, “Return of Ezediala”, and “The One man Squad”.
His roles in movies in the likes of the movies mentioned above have seen him work alongside actors like Emma Ehumadu, Sylvester Madu, Junior Pope Odonwodo, Jim Iyke, Alaso Wariboko, Gentle Jack, Hanks Anuku, and Jerry Amilo.
Zubby Michael became a mega superstar after starring in the Nollywood blockbuster movies “Princess Rihanna” and “Implication” the two movies that gave him a nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
List of Zubby Michael’s Movies
Having been acting for as long as years now, Zubby Michael has featured in over 100 movies and counting. Luckily, he has played roles in movies that have gained unimaginable box-office success. One such is Omo Ghetto: The Saga, a 2020 Nigerian gangster-comedy film that stars him in a supporting role and has him working with co-Nollywood stars like Funke Akindele, Nancy Isime, Eniola Badmus, Chioma Akpota, Deyemi and Mercy Aigbe in the lead roles.
The film was labeled the highest-grossing Nigerian film for the year 2020 after grossing a whopping ₦636.1 million. Other films that Zubby Michael stars in, which have achieved similar success at the box office, include “My Village People”, “Ponzi”, and, of course, the crime-action thriller, “Brotherhood “.
Zubby Michael’s Awards and Recognitions
For a career that spans over a decade, Azubuike Michael Egwu has received many award nominations and recognition to his name. Interestingly, most of these recognitions are rewards for his expertise in explaining movie roles and playing characters with realness:
- Nominated as Actor of the Year in Indigenous Films at the 2015 Nigerian Entertainment Award
- Nominated as Best Supporting Actor of the Year in the English film category at the 2015 City People Movie Awards
- Nominated as Best New Actor of the Year (English) at the 2014 City People Movie Awards
- Nominated for Best Actor of the Year (Igbo award category at the 2019 City People Movie Awards
- Nominated Best Actor Of The Year (English) at the 2018 City People Movie Awards
- Won the Movie Icon of the Year at the 2018 South East Entertainment Award
- Nominated for Best Lead Actor of the Year (English) at the 2019 Nigeria Achievers Awards
- Nominated for Best Igbo Film of the Year (Eze Ndi Ala) at the 2019 City People Movie Awards
- Won the award for Nollywood Personality of the Year at The 2018 Nigerian MSMEs & Achievers Awards
- Nominated for Most Promising Act (male) at the 2011 Best Of Nollywood Awards (BON).