Chinedu Ikedieze popularly known as Aki is an award-winning Nollywood Actor, who gained popularity, and breakthrough in the industry after the movie Aki ni Ukwa. He is also a comedian and an entrepreneur.
Chinedu Ikedieze Background
Chinedu Ikedieze was born on the 12th of December 1977, to Mr and Mrs Michael Ikedieze Ogbonna in Iluoma Nzeakoli, Bende, Abia State. As a child, Chinedu wanted to be either a doctor or a lawyer, but that narrative changed after he joined his secondary school’s drama society, and developed an interest in acting.
He studied mass communication at the Institute of Management & Technology (IMT), Enugu State after his secondary education.
His passion for acting led him to join the Institute’s theatre group. Chinedu was an active member of the group, so he took part in several large-scale productions. As a wise and smart guy, he saw it as an opportunity and utilized it by making industry contacts and honing his craft.
Chinedu’s desire to be one of the best in the industry led him to enrol at the New York Film Academy (NYFA) in 2004. He is married to Nneoma Ikedieze.
Chinedu Ikediezie Career
After his studies at IMT, he started auditioning for movie roles. After several attempts, he was eventually chosen to act a minor role in the movie – Evil Men in 1998. The producers of the movie were pleased with his acting. As a result, they continued giving him roles in subsequent movies.
He got his big break and rose to limelight in 2002 when he acted as Aki in the movie Aki na Ukwa. Since then, the name Aki has stuck as a household name. Presently, Chinedu Ikedieze is one of the most recognized faces in Nollywood, as his movies are enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age.
He credits his rise to limelight in the Nollywood industry to the marketer and producer of the Aki na Ukwa movie – late Chukwuka Emelionwu aka Kasvid. Asides acting, Chinedu Ikedieze also has businesses in the media, fashion, branding/graphics, and tourism industry.
Chinedu Ikedieze Filmography
2002 – 2003
Spanner with Nkem Owoh – 2002
Okwu na uka with Osita Iheme and Patience Ozokwor – 2002
Aka Gum with Osita Iheme – 2002
Aki na Ukwa with Osita Iheme – 2002
The Tom and Jerry with Osita Iheme – 2003
The Catechist with John Okafor – 2003
Show Bobo: The American Boys Kizzito with Osita Iheme – 2003
School Dropouts with Osita Iheme – 2003
Pipiro with Osita Iheme – 2003
Onunaeyi: Seeds of Bondage with Pete Edochie, Osita Iheme, Patience Ozokwor & Clem Ohameze – 2003
Lagos Boys with Osita Iheme – 2003
Family Crisis – 2003
Charge and Bail with Osita Iheme – 2003
Back from America with Rita Dominic – 2003
‘am in Love with Osita Iheme – 2003
Akpu-Nku – 2003
2 Rats with Osita Iheme, Patience Ozokwor and Amaechi Muonagor – 2003
2004 – 2005
Spanner Goes to Jail with Nkem Owoh – 2004
Not by Height with Osita Iheme – 2004
Igbo Made – 2004
Big Daddies with Osita Iheme – 2004
Across the Niger with Pete Edochie, Kanayo O. Kanayo & Ramsey Nouah – 2004
Village Boys with Osita Iheme – 2005
Spoiler with Osita Iheme – 2005
Secret Adventure with Osita Iheme – 2005
Reggae Boys with Osita Iheme – 2005
One Good Turn with Osita Iheme – 2005
I Think Twice with Osita Iheme – 2005
Final World Cup with Osita Iheme – 2005
Colours of Emotion with Osita Iheme – 2005
2006 – 2007
Young Masters with Osita Iheme – 2006
Winning Your Love with Osita Iheme & Patience Ozokwor – 2006
‘U’ General with Osita Iheme & Patience Ozokwor – 2006
Sweet Money with Osita Iheme – 2006
Royal Messengers with Osita Iheme – 2006
Magic Cap with Osita Iheme – 2006
Last Challenge with Kanayo O. Kanayo & Osita Iheme – 2006
Kadura with Osita Iheme – 2006
Jadon with Osita Iheme – 2006
Games Men Play with Chioma Chukwuka, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Ini Edo, Mike Ezuruonye & Jim Iyke – 2006
Criminal Law with Osita Iheme – 2006
Brain Masters with Osita Iheme – 2006
Brain Box with Kanayo O. Kanayo & Osita Iheme – 2006
Boys from Holland with Osita Iheme – 2006
Blessed Son with Osita Iheme – 2006
Thunder Storm with Osita Iheme – 2007
Stubborn Flies with Osita Iheme – 2007
Spirit of a Prophet with Osita Iheme & Clem Ohameze – 2007
Powerful Civilian with Osita Iheme – 2007
Power as of Old with Osita Iheme & Clem Ohameze – 2007
Escape to Destiny with Osita Iheme – 2007
Cain & Abel with Osita Iheme – 2007
2008 – 2014
Marcus ‘D’ Millionaire 1 and 2 – 2008
The Rain Makers 1 and 2 – 2009
Loyal Enemies 1 and 2 – 2010
Jack and Jill 1 and 2 – 2011
Village Rascals 1 to 4 – 2012
IV The Meeting – 2012
Take the Spotlight – 2014
Chinedu Ikedieze’s Television Series
He is currently one of the actors of The Johnsons as Efetobore Johnson.
Quotes Of Chinedu Ikedieze
“When common sense is COMMON, even animals become beneficiaries.”
“There’s a thin line between being hardworking, and being successful.”
“Be contented with what you have today; tomorrow shall be better.”
“You are bigger than all your problems. Just don’t give up.”
”Be amazing, be good, be pretty, be strong, be smart, be cool. But the most important thing is, be yourself.”
“…Taking a cue from the past helps you fine-tune the future.”
”Attach your brand to the right people with progressive minds…BIG THINGS are sure to come!”
Awards And Recognitions Of Chinedu Ikedieze
Filmmakers Association of Nigeria (FAN) Award
Lifetime Achievement Award at the Africa Movie Awards – 2007
Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – Dr Goodluck Ebere Jonathan, honoured him as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – 2010
Miami- Dade County office of the Mayor and the County Commissioners honoured Chinedu Ikedieze as a Distinguished Visitor to the City of Miami, Florida – 2018
Net Worth Of Chinedu Ikedieze
According to Wikipedia.org, Chinedu Ikedieze is worth $3.5million.
Life Lessons From Chinedu Ikedieze
Disability cannot hinder you from attaining success unless you let it. In other words, you are in charge of your life so write your story the way you want it to be heard.
Once you know what you want, go for it. Train yourself to be good at it, and gain relevance in the industry.
No matter how long, keep being you, and keep doing your thing. Eventually, you would reap the fruits, no matter how long it takes, don’t ever give up.