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Kanayo O. Kanayo Biography, Family, Education, Career, Net Worth and Assets



 Kanayo O Kanayo Biography Family Education Career Net Worth and Assets
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In this piece, chronicles the biography, family, education, career, net worth and assets of veteran actor Kanayo O. Kanayo.

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Anayo Modestus Onyekwere MFR popularly known as Kanayo O. Kanayo is a Nigerian actor and a lawyer.


In 2006, he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the movie Family Battle.


Kanayo O. Kanayo is widely recognized for his genre of movies, which sees him representing occultic groups to make money through rituals.



Kanayo was born on 1 March 1962, he is a native of Nru Umueze Oboama Ezinihitte in Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State. He was raised in Aba, Abia State.


Kanayo is currently married to Nneka Onyekwere. He has four children, namely Uloaku Valerie Onyekwere, Kosisochukwu Montell Onyekwere, Einstein Onyekwere, and Clinton “Onye Eze Mbaise” Onyekwere with his lovely wife.



Kanayo O. Kanayo attended St. Joseph primary school. He had his secondary education at Secondary Technical School, Aba.


He obtained a diploma in Mass Communication, a diploma in Law and a graduate degree in philosophy from the University of Lagos.


He also obtained a master’s degree in political sciences. He also obtained a law degree from the University of Abuja in 2018 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2020.

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Kanayo started his acting career in 1982, acting in productions by the Nigerian Television Authority.


He made his debut movie appearance in the year 1992 in the film Living in Bondage. He has starred in over 100 films and was nominated in 2008 for African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie Across the Niger.



His most recent movies are Up North and Living in Bondage: Breaking Free.

In 2011, he contested for the Chair of Imo State House of Representatives but lost.


In 2018, he contested for representative of Ahiazu/Ezinihitte Mbaise in the Federal House Of Representatives under the political party APGA but lost.

Kanayo disclosed in 2022 he was not contesting for any position in politics and said, “I will not contest for any political office in 2023.


This sacrifice is to enable me to work for a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction.”


He has featured in multiple Nollywood productions including Lion Heart and the sitcom Professor Johnbull, however, he is known for playing the role of a Villain in these productions especially in films relating to occultic practices.


He has received the order of the MFR.

Kanayo was among various Nigerians honored by the government in 2014 during the centenary celebration.



As of current research, Kanayo O. Kanayo‘s net worth is estimated to be about US$3 million, making him one of the wealthiest actors in Nigeria.



The Veteran Nollywood actor has a multi-million naira house in his hometown in Aboh-Mbaise, Imo State.


His mansion of which he did a proper opening ceremony when it was completed, family friends came to rejoice.


Kanayo is also a lover of cars, his car ranges from Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota 4Runner, 2012 Toyota Camry, 007 Toyota Camry.

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