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Sam Dede Biography: Career, Family, Movies, and Net Worth

Sam Dede is a renowned Nigerian award-winning movie actor, lecturer, movie director, entrepreneur, entertainer, and politician.

Early Life

Sam Dede, a renowned Nigerian award-winning movie actor and director, was born in the 1960s in Lagos, Nigeria to Pa Dede and Elsie Iyenginabaibo Abel Dede.

Sam was born on November 17, 1965, in Ogbodo, Okrika Local Government Area, Rivers State. Rivers State is a Nigerian state in the south.

As a ‘Lagos Boy,’ the actor attended both elementary and high school there.

Sam studied and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt (UniPort), Rivers State.

Dede returned to the University of Port Harcourt after completing his National Youth Service (NYSC). He studied and earned a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts this time.


Dede began his acting career shortly after the formation of Nollywood. Simply put, he is one of the forefathers of the Nigerian film industry (Nollywood).

He has been in the film industry for more than two decades. His breakthrough came with the film ‘Igodo,’ which went on to become a box office success.

Lecturer, Sam Dede is a senior lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt’s Department of Theatre Arts. He also teaches at the University of Lagos.



Since he started acting, Sam Dede has featured in over 150 movies. These are some of his movies among others;

° The President must Not Die

° Darkest Night

° Ebube

° Isakaba

° Mission to Nowhere

° Lion King

° War Front

° The Black Book

Personal Life

Dede is married to Tammy Sam-Dede with whom he has four children. Three boys and a girl.



° The award for Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria at the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards

° African Movie Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 2005

° Appointed by the River State Governor as the Director-General of the Rivers State Tourism Development, 2012

Net Worth

Altogether, Sam’s net worth is estimated at $5 million.



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