Man Crush Monday: Enyinna Nwigwe

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Enyinna Nwigwe is a Nigerian actor and producer. He is best known for The Wedding Party, Black November, and Black Gold.

Early life and education

Nwigwe was raised in Ngor Okpala in Imo State, along with two sisters and a brother, by retired public servants. He graduated from the University of Calabar in Nigeria with a degree in Economics. He speaks both Igbo and English.

Career

While in university, Nwigwe began his career as a runway and print model before transitioning to acting. He made his professional film debut in the 2004 film Wheel of Change (directed by Jeta Amata). He now travels between Los Angeles and Nigeria to work.

He appeared in multiple Nigerian films before being cast in Black November opposite Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Vivica A. Fox, Akon, Wyclef Jean, and Anne Heche in 2012.

In 2015, he was cast in the lead role of a gay pastor in the short film Hell or High Water (directed by AMVCA winner Asurf Oluseyi), for which he openly expressed his commitment to working on “socially relevant film(s)”.

In 2017, News of Africa named him #1 in the 12 Sexiest Nollywood Actors of that year.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Wheel of Change Tony
Last Game Gubabi
2006 Games Men Play Attorney
The Amazing Grace Etukudo, Associate Producer
2011 Black Gold Tamuno, Co-Producer
2012 Turning Point Steve
Black November Tamuno Alaibe, Associate Producer
2015 Silver Rain Bruce
Love Struck Actor TV Movie
2016 Put a Ring on It Robert
Hell or High Water Actor Short Film
When Love Happens Again Enyinna
Dinner Adetunde George Jnr.
The Wedding Party Nonso Onwuka
2017 Hire A Man Jeff
Red Code Charles
Atlas Osas
The Wedding Party 2 Nonso

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Mary Slessor Prince, Producer

 

Awards and nominations

In 2015, Nwigwe was nominated for a Nollywood and African Film Critics Award, also known as the African Oscars, for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Black November.

In 2016, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor of the Year (English) at the City People Entertainment Awards.


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