Ebele Okaro

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Ebele Okaro
Born
Other namesEbele Okaro Onyiuke
Alma mater University of Calabar
Occupation Actress

Ebele Okaro Onyiuke (born 19 January) [1] is a Nigerian actress and film producer [2]

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Early life and education

Okaro was born in London and raised in the Nigerian state of Enugu. [3] She began acting while attending the Santa Maria Primary School [1] [2] and continued while at Nsukka's Queen of the Holy Rosary Secondary School. After beginning studies of Education at the University of Calabar, Okaro found her passion for the dramatic arts won out and she earned a Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts. [2] [3] Her mother was a full-time television producer and her father was an engineer [4] who had great interest in arts and literature.

Career

After her graduation, Okaro served her National Youth Service at the Nigerian Television Authority, where she took up opportunities for television appearances. [2] [4] However, with declines in the Nigerian movie industry (known as Nollywood), she took up a job as working in an embassy in Lagos and later in a bank before being able to return to acting. [3]

In 2014, Ebele Okaro Onyiuke produced and acted in Musical Whispers, a movie that advocates for loving care for children with autism. [5] [6] [7] It features other prominent Nigerian actors and actresses, most notably Chioma Chukwuka and Kalu Ikeagwu. [6]

She has become known as the "Mama of Nollywood" [1] [4] and has earned the respect of both fans and colleagues. [3]

Personal life

She married into the Onyiuke family. [3]

Awards

In 2017, her performance in 4-1 Love won Okaro the African Magic Viewers Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress. [3] [8] She was nominated for her rolei the movie 'Smash' at 2020 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series). [9]

Filmography

YearTitleRoleDirectorNotesReferences
Eziza [4] [3]
Moving Fingers [4] [3]
Red Light [3]
Shallow Waters [3]
Third Eye [4] [3]
1996Hostages Tade Ogidan [4] [3] [10]
2006 30 Days Mama Alero Mildred Okwo [4] [3] [11]
2014 Bambitious Dr. Ese Okechukwu Oku [12]
2014 Chetanna Ikechukwu Onyeka Igbo language [13]
2014Musical WhispersJasmine Bond Emerua Also the producer [5] [6]
20164-1-LoveUju's Mother Ikechukwu Onyeka Best Supporting Actress in a Drama 2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards [3]
2015The Powerful BabiesChioma [14]
2015 Road to Yesterday Victoria's mum Ishaya Bako [15]
2017KarmaMama NgoziMayor Ofoegbu [16]
2018Black RoseRoseOkey Oku [17]
2019 Living in Bondage: Breaking Free Eunice NworieRamsey Nouah

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