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Ken Erics Ugo Biography: Inside The Life Of The Nigerian Actor

Ekenedilichukwu Ugochukwu Eric Nwenweh is a Nigerian actor, writer, producer, and occasional musician who goes by the stage names Ken Erics Ugo and simply Ken Erics. He played Ugo in the film “The Illiterate,” alongside Tonto Dikeh and Yul Edochie.

Early Life and Education

Ken Erics was born on February 28, 1985, in Kano State, Northwest Nigeria, to Eric Chukwuemeka Nwenweh and Grace Ifeyinwa Nwenweh, both of Enugwu-Ukwu in Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria. He is of Igbo descent. Erics received his primary education at the Binta Mustapha Science Nursery and Elementary School in Kano and his secondary education at the Dennis Memorial Grammar School (DMGS) in Onitsha, Anambra State. Erics developed an interest in the arts as a child, which led to his admission to Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Anambra State, where he earned a degree in theatre arts. He also holds a master’s degree in theatre and film studies.


Erics made his acting debut as a first-year university student in the Chris Ubani-directed “direct-to-dvd” film “Holy Prostitute,” in which he played a doctor for three scenes. After finishing his degree, he began attending auditions and was offered a couple more cameo roles in in-home movies. However, his portrayal as “Ugo” in the 2012 film The Illiterate won over viewers and opened doors for him in the Nigerian film industry.

Eric’s first published work, Cell 2, drew attention and has been used for academic and theatrical purposes in a number of Nigerian higher education institutions. Erics, who previously had his own musical band, occasionally performs as a vocalist and musician, as well as playing the guitar and keyboard. He has contributed to the creation of several original movie soundtracks.

Erics won Best Lead Actor at the Afrifimo Awards in the United States in 2014, as well as Best Supporting Actor at the City People Entertainment Awards. In 2015, he won the City People Entertainment Award for Best Lead Actor. Erics was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Movie Awards in 2018 and went on to win Best Actor of the Year at the City People Entertainment Awards in 2017.

Ken Erics’ debut single, Inozikwa Omee, was released in December 2018. His first single was met with applause from his fans. The fantastic song and stunning vocals are a clear indication that Ken Erics is here to stay.

He has also appeared in films with A-list actors, including Yul Edochie, Desmond Elliot, Chiwetalu Agu, Regina Daniels, and Ngozi Ezeonu.

Personal Life

In March 2019, Ken Erics made the decision to call it quits on his marriage to Onyi Adada. The actor claims that as things grew intolerable, it was crucial for him to end his marriage. He, though, expressed satisfaction at the union’s dissolution.


Selected singles of Ken Erics are the following;

  • Inozikwa Omee (2018)
  • Thank You Baba (2019)
  • Mama (2019)
  • Many Mysteries (2019)
  • Sugarcane Baby (2019)
  • Pretence (2019)
  • Anom Gi N’aka (2019)
  • Love is Life (2019)


2002Holy ProstituteDoctorChris UbaniCameo Role
2006Silence of the godsOnyegbulaTeco BensonHome Video
2007Eran and ErakOliverTheodore AnyanjiFeature Film
2010Evil intentionSantosUgezu j UgezuFeature Film
2011Gold, not SilverNwokoloTchidi ChikereFeature Film
2011A Better TomorrowIzuMichael JaJaFeature Film
2011Days of GloomIzuMichael JaJaFeature Film featuring John Dumelo, Olu Jacobs and Chioma Chukwuka
2012The IlliterateUgoSilvester MaduFeature Film
2013Release me oh LordOsitaIfeanyi OgbonnaFeature Film
2014Father MuonsoFather ElijahVincent De AnointedFeature Film
2014Burning BridgesLouisOkechukwu OkuFeature Film
2014SugarcaneAzukaObinna UkezeFeature Film
2015Trials of IghoIghoChris EneajiLead/Feature Film
2015Echoes of LovePrinceUgezu J. UgezuFeature Film
2015OmalichamJeremiahUgezu J. UgezuFeature Film
2016Almost PerfectNonsoDesmond ElliotFeature Film
2016Within these wallsFrancisUche JomboFeature Film
2016ValerieJoeTaiwo ShittuFeature Film
2016The VengeanceJeffGoodnews Erico IsikaFeature Film
2016Okafor’s LawChuks A.k.A FoxOmoni OboliFeature Film featuring Blossom a Chukwujekwu, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Omoni Oboli
2017Crossed PathJesseFrank Rajah AraseFeature Film featuring Okawa Shaznay, Frank Artus & Emem Inwang
2017What Lies WithinBrianVanessa NzediegwuFeature Film with  Michelle Dede, Tope Tedela, Kiki Omeili
2017OmugwoRaymondKunle AfolayanFeature Film featuring Patience Ozokwo, Ayo Adesanya, Omowunmi Dada
2017Body LanguageLancelotMoses InwangFeature Film featuring Ramsey Nouah, Tana Adelana
2017The BridgeAugustineKunle AfolayanFeature Film featuring Chidinma Ekile, Demola, Adedoyin, Zach Orji
2017Fate of Amanda
2018You Are My LightSamsonVincent D AnointedFeature Film produced by Ken Erics and featuring Yvonne Jegede, Ebele Okaro
2019Love MelodyObioraAbility TagboFeature Film produced by Ken Erics and featuring Rachael Okonkwo
2019Ordinary FellowsEkeneLorenzo Menakaya and Ikenna AniekweFeature Film featuring Wale Ojo, Chiwetalu Agu and Somadina Adinma

Television Roles

2005WebsLivinus OttehTV Series
2015Growing OldChidiChris EneajiTV Series

Stage Plays

Hopes of the Living DeadHacourt WhyteOla Rotimi
Trials of Oba OvoramnwenConsularOla Rotimi
Hangmen Also DieR.I.PEsiaba Irobi
Childe InternationalChiefWole Soyinka
EverymanEverymanObotunde Ijimere
Grip AmIseOla Rotimi
Gold, Frankincense and MyrrhProf OgunEsiaba Irobi

Awards and Nomination

  • Named Best Supporting Actor at the City People Entertainment Awards in 2014.
  • In 2014, he received the Afrifimo Awards (USA) for Best Lead Actor for the second time.
  • Eric was named Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Golden Icons Movie Awards (GIAMA) in 2015.
  • He was named Best ‘on-screen duet’ at the Golden Icons Movie Awards (GIAMA) in 2015.
  • In 2017, he was named Best Actor at the City People Entertainment Awards.
  • He was named Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Movie Awards (GMA) in 2018.
  • He received the South-South Achievers Awards in 2019. (SSA)

Net Worth

Ken Erics is estimated to have a net worth between $800,000

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