Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule, better known as Okey Bakassi, is a towering figure in the Nigerian entertainment industry

Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule, better known as Okey Bakassi, is a towering figure in the Nigerian entertainment industry
Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule, better known as Okey Bakassi, is a towering figure in the Nigerian entertainment industry

Born on October 23rd, 1969, in Owerri, Imo State, Okey carved a niche for himself as a stand-up comedian and actor, becoming one of the most influential figures in Nollywood comedy.

His journey to stardom began at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, where he nurtured his passion for performance. Despite studying Agricultural Engineering, Okey’s heart was set on the arts, leading him to form “Theatre Kolleagues” with fellow students.

His big break came with the television production “Fortunes,” and he has since graced both national and international stages, leaving audiences in stitches with his unique brand of humor. In 2014, his talent was recognized with the “Best Actor in a Leading Role (Igbo)” award at the Best of Nollywood Awards for his role in “Onye Ozi”.

Offstage, Okey Bakassi is a dedicated family man. He has been married to his wife, Ezinne, for over 17 years, and together they have three children: two girls and a boy. His family resides in Canada, where Ezinne completed her education and currently works. This balance of a bustling career and a stable family life is a testament to Okey’s ability to manage the limelight while keeping his personal life flourishing. As he continues to entertain and inspire, Okey Bakassi remains a beloved icon, not just in Imo State or Nigeria, but across the globe, as a pioneer and a pillar of Nollywood’s comedic scene.

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