Nkem Owoh was given birth to February 7, 1958 and he is from Udi town in Enugu state. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Ilorin. He is a Nollywood veteran and comedian.
He was once a newscaster. In the late 80s, Nkem Owoh presented the news on NTA Channel 8 in Enugu and Anambra State Broadcasting Corporation.
Although acting brought him to the limelight, Nkem Owoh started out as a screenwriter. He wrote scripts for Basi and Company (late activist Ken Saro-Wiwa’s sitcom), for the comedy drama series New Masquerade, and for NTA Network’s Memorial Hospital.
He subtitled Living in Bondage. Non-Igbo viewers have him to thank for the English words of the film, which is considered the first Nollywood movie – one that launched the careers of several actors who are still working today including Kenneth Okonkwo, Kanayo O. Kanayo, and Ngozi Nwosu.
Although he had a small role in NTA’s 1987 TV series Things Fall Apart (a screen adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s first novel of the same name), his first movie role was in Circle of Doom, where he was also tasked with editing and reshaping the script.
He wrote the script for the hit Igbo movie Taboo which starred Kenneth Okonkwo, Rosemary Honnah, and Sam Loco Efe amongst many others. He was also the film’s artistic director, editor, line producer and associate producer, besides acting as the town drunk.
Osuofia in London (2003) was the movie that shot him to international limelight. Already beloved of Nigerians, the role of Osuofia endeared Nkem Owoh to viewers all over the world and earned him the nickname by which he still goes today – although some fans still call him Ukwa, the name of the character he played in Ukwa where he starred alongside Patience Ozokwo and Amaechi Muonagor.
He released a music album in 2006, with tracks, like I Go Chop Your Dollar, Agreement, and Susana, etc.