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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.

Career

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.

Discography

Selected singles of Ken Erics are the following;

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  • 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)

Filmography

Year Title Role Director Notes
2002 Holy Prostitute Doctor Chris Ubani Cameo Role
2006 Silence of the gods Onyegbula Teco Benson Home Video
2007 Eran and Erak Oliver Theodore Anyanji Feature Film
2010 Evil intention Santos Ugezu j Ugezu Feature Film
2011 Gold, not Silver Nwokolo Tchidi Chikere Feature Film
2011 A Better Tomorrow Izu Michael JaJa Feature Film
2011 Days of Gloom Izu Michael JaJa Feature Film featuring John Dumelo, Olu Jacobs and Chioma Chukwuka
2012 The Illiterate Ugo Silvester Madu Feature Film
2013 Release me oh Lord Osita Ifeanyi Ogbonna Feature Film
2014 Father Muonso Father Elijah Vincent De Anointed Feature Film
2014 Burning Bridges Louis Okechukwu Oku Feature Film
2014 Sugarcane Azuka Obinna Ukeze Feature Film
2015 Trials of Igho Igho Chris Eneaji Lead/Feature Film
2015 Echoes of Love Prince Ugezu J. Ugezu Feature Film
2015 Omalicham Jeremiah Ugezu J. Ugezu Feature Film
2016 Almost Perfect Nonso Desmond Elliot Feature Film
2016 Within these walls Francis Uche Jombo Feature Film
2016 Valerie Joe Taiwo Shittu Feature Film
2016 The Vengeance Jeff Goodnews Erico Isika Feature Film
2016 Okafor’s Law Chuks A.k.A Fox Omoni Oboli Feature Film featuring Blossom a Chukwujekwu, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Omoni Oboli
2017 Crossed Path Jesse Frank Rajah Arase Feature Film featuring Okawa Shaznay, Frank Artus & Emem Inwang
2017 What Lies Within Brian Vanessa Nzediegwu Feature Film with  Michelle Dede, Tope Tedela, Kiki Omeili
2017 Omugwo Raymond Kunle Afolayan Feature Film featuring Patience Ozokwo, Ayo Adesanya, Omowunmi Dada
2017 Body Language Lancelot Moses Inwang Feature Film featuring Ramsey Nouah, Tana Adelana
2017 The Bridge Augustine Kunle Afolayan Feature Film featuring Chidinma Ekile, Demola, Adedoyin, Zach Orji
2017 Fate of Amanda
2018 You Are My Light Samson Vincent D Anointed Feature Film produced by Ken Erics and featuring Yvonne Jegede, Ebele Okaro
2019 Love Melody Obiora Ability Tagbo Feature Film produced by Ken Erics and featuring Rachael Okonkwo
2019 Ordinary Fellows Ekene Lorenzo Menakaya and Ikenna Aniekwe Feature Film featuring Wale Ojo, Chiwetalu Agu and Somadina Adinma

Television Roles

Year Title Role Director Notes
2005 Webs Livinus Otteh TV Series
2015 Growing Old Chidi Chris Eneaji TV Series

Stage Plays

Title Role Writer
Hopes of the Living Dead Hacourt Whyte Ola Rotimi
Trials of Oba Ovoramnwen Consular Ola Rotimi
Hangmen Also Die R.I.P Esiaba Irobi
Childe International Chief Wole Soyinka
Everyman Everyman Obotunde Ijimere
Grip Am Ise Ola Rotimi
Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh Prof Ogun Esiaba 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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