Yul Edochie has acknowledged the King of Punchlines, Chiwetalu Agu, for his immense contribution to Nollywood. He took yesterday to celebrate the legend even though it wasn’t his birthday.
“Today I want to celebrate this Nollywood legend. Today is not his birthday but I recognize his immense contribution to Nollywood.”
Chiwetalu Agu is undoubtedly one of Nollywood’s greatest. He is known for using specific language slang, phrases, or clichés in each film and that made him uniquely a household name in Nigeria and Nollywood admirers abroad.
The Sixty-four (64) year old veteran actor played a major role in selling the Nollywood arts and Nigerian culture in general to the world with his outstanding comic prowess. Prof. Femi Shaka of the University of Port Harcourt once said that Agu is listed as one of the outstanding comedians who have contributed to the development of Nollywood comic genres. The comic genre is the unparalleled conveyer in projecting Nigeria culture and establishing the Nollywood brand. He won the 2012 award for Best Actor in Indigenous Movie.
“The Legend Uncle Chiwetalu Agu (Ichie Ogwu) the King of Punchlines. One of the greatest actors Nollywood has ever produced. Today, many of us copy his punchline style without giving him much credit for it.” Yul Edochie continued.
“Sir I recognize you and appreciate you. You helped shaped my career. Thank you. May you live longer in good health for us and for your family. Amen!”
Chiwetalu Agu is married to Nkechi Agu. They are blessed with three sons and two daughters. Much about his family is not known as the actor has been very protective of the family’s image.
What memory do you have about the veteran actor?