7 Jan 2014

Spotlight on Okey Bakassi - Nigerian Actor/Comedian

Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule (a.k.a) Okey ‘Bakassi’ McAnthony was born on the 23rd of October 1969. The first of 5 children of Late Mr Livinus Onyegbule and Mrs Felicia Onyegbule.
His early education was at; Alvan Ikoku Demonstration School Imo State, Mbaise Secondary School Imo State and Federal Government collage Port Harcourt. He holds a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Rivers State University of Science & Technology, Port Harcourt.

 He is happily married to Ezinne and they have 3 children; Chidera, Fechi and Chetanna .
  • This Engineer became a professional movie actor in 1994 after his national service(NYSC) with Nigeri an Industrial Development Bank (NIDB), now Bank of Industry.
  • His unique talent, synergy and high level of professionalism has clearly distinguished him in the movie / showbiz industry. As one of the pioneers of Nollywood (The 3rd fastest growing Movie Industry in the world) Okey has starred in over 64 movies from 1994 till date.
  • A versatile Television and Radio presenter/Analyst.
  • As an actor and stand-up comedian, Okey Bakassi has played comic roles that brought laughter to our homes, and happiness to our hearts. As a movie producer he has employed several young men and women in his productions and has been a positive role model.

He has won several Awards and recognitions as an Entertainer and quality service provider.
·         His knowledge of the sciences backed by over 18 years of professional experience as an Actor / Co median and public speaker has exposed him to audiences around the world, e.g.; Dallas (USA), Frank furt (Germany), London (UK), Toronto (Canada), Ghana, South Africa, 36 States of Nigeria + Abuja.
In October 2008, Okey Onyegbule was appointed Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Imo State on Entertainment Industry Matters and served diligently till the end of tenure in August 2011.
He initiated the annual youth musical concert tagged ‘Ichu Afo’ and Oguta Wonder Lake Fiesta. He has good working relationship with several corporate bodies.
  • Member, Rotary Club of Ogba, Lagos.
  • Member, Board of trustees, Actor’s Guild of Nigeria (AGN)
  • Member, Director’s Guild of Nigeria (DGN)
  • Member, Association of Movie Producers (AMP)
  • Member -Film Maker’s Cooperative of Nigeria (FCON).

Okey Bakassi is a man of impeccable character and has demonstrated his willingness to serve the less privileged through his support for various charities including providing fun for sick kids in various Hospitals. He loves sports, Travelling, Reading.

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