Saint Obi Biography, Family, Education, Career and Net Worth
In this piece, platinumpost.ng chronicles the biography, family, education, career and net worth of Obinna Nwafor.
Obinna Nwafor (16 November 1965– 7 May 2023) popularly known as Saint Obi, was a Nigerian actor, film producer and film director.
Obi is known for his roles in Candle Light, Sakobi, Goodbye Tomorrow, Heart of Gold, Festival of Fire, Executive Crime and Last Party.
Saint Obi was born on November 16th, 1965. He hails from Okpa in Mbaitolo Local Government Area, Imo State.
Saint Obi was the only son in the family of 9 children, Obi grew up in Jos, Plateau State.
Obi is married to Lydia Saint Nwafor and they are blessed with many beautiful kids.
He speaks English, Igbo, Hausa and a little of the Yoruba Language.
Saint Obi had his primary, secondary and tertiary education in Jos, Plateau State.
He attended Zang Secondary Commercial School and in 1991, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Jos.
Inspired by foreign movies as a child, Obi always wanted to be an actor.
Saint Obi joined the Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood, in 1995. In 1996, he rose to fame after starring in the popular NTA commercial series.
He has sincethen, featured in more than 250 Nollywood movies some of which include Candle Light, Goodbye Tomorrow, Heart of Gold, Executive Crime, State of Emergency, War Front, and The President Must Not Die.
He produced his first movie titled “Take Me to Mama” in 2001, where he starred as Jerry, alongside with Ebi Sam.
Few years ago, the actor quit acting to focus on the production and business part of the entertainment amongst other things.
He revealed in an interview that he had to move behind the scene so that he could improve things.
He denied quitting acting because jobs stopped coming, but because he needed to do other things. “As one grows older, you realize that you do not need to be in all the movies.
If you have been following my career, as years went by, from doing 10 movies in a year, I reduced it to six. I later reduced to one per year, because I felt that it’s not how many times you appear in a movie but how well you act,” the actor explained.
As an entrepreneur, Obi was the Founder and CEO of Agwhyte International Limited – a Production, Talent and Brand Management and Public Relations Firm based in Nigeria and U.S.A.
Saint Obi won several movie awards which include Best Actor in Nigeria at the African Movie Academy Awards, Best Actor in Africa at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards and Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Nollywood Movie Awards.
Saint Obi was one of the richest and most influential actors in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $7 million.