Kalu Egbui Ikeagwu is a British-Nigerian Actor, Producer, and Scriptwriter. He is an award-winning, talented, and veteran actor in Nollywood. His outstanding performance on screen has earned him an enormous number of fans. The creative actor and writer have blessed our screen with extraordinary films over the years.
He is ready to go the extra mile to be in tune with whatever character he seems to be acting at the time, we have seen a bald and beardless Kalu.
As much as he is a private person, he is still active on social media and his fans can connect with him via his Instagram handle @kaluikeagwu likewise on Twitter @kaluikeagwu.
Kalu was born May 18th, 1972 in English. His family hails from Ogbunike, Oyi’s local government area of Anambra state. He relocated back to Nigeria when he was 9 years old as his parents fear he might forget his Nigerian roots if he stayed too long in England.
Kalu started his primary education in England and Zambia before he came back to Nigeria, by the time Kalu was 10 he had lived in 4 countries. He started his secondary education in Enugu State, Nigeria. He then proceeded to get his bachelor’s degree in English as his father had introduced him to Literature growing up. He graduated with honors from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1991. He did his postgraduate course at the same university but rather than the English language he studied initially he chose to study Business Management and Computer Programming.
How Kalu’s Career Started.
Kalu worked as a computer analyst prior to him joining Nollywood. His earlier acting career was stage plays, his first stage play was “Put Out The Lights” by Esiaba Ironsi. This first play was followed by many others such as Ola Rotimi’s “Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again” Esiabi Ironsi’s “Hangmen Also Die”, and many other Nigerian classic plays. He also performed in various plays in the 1995 and 1997 Edinburgh Film Festival.
His big break in showbiz happened in 2005 when he got cast for his first TV series titled “Domino”, this brought him to the limelight. Kalu’s debut movie role is David Salako in the movie “For Real” by Emem Isong. Kalu realized he couldn’t do anything else besides acting after this. Along the course of his career as an actor, Kalu became a movie producer and excellent scriptwriter.
IMPORTANT LIFE EVENTS
Kalu Ikeagwu got married in an elaborate wedding attended by Nigerian top celebrities in 2016 to his longtime sweetheart Ijeoma Eze in Enugu state. The couple welcomed their son Lotanna Gabriel Ikeagwu in 2019.
The award-winning actor has starred in a lot of movies and some of them are listed below including Television series;
- Second Chances
- Kafa Coh
- 30 Days
- The Distance Between
- Between Two Worlds
- Love my way
- The Wrong Woman
- Fragile Pain
- For Real
- Games Men Play
- Crisis In Paradise
- War Without End
- My Precious Son
- Beneath Her Veil
- Daniel’s Destiny Plan
- Pretty Angels
- The Lost Maiden
- Darkest Night
- Freedom Bank
- The Waiting Years
- Ocean Deep
- Count On Me
- Two Brides and a Baby
- Blue Flames
- Heaven’s Hell
- My rich boyfriend
- Three Thieves
- Doctors’ Quarters
- Circle Of Three
- Super Story
Kalu has received many awards and nominations, which includes the following;
- Best Supporting actor – 2014 Best of Nollywood Awards
- Best Actor (African Collaboration) – 2012 Ghana Movie Awards
- Best Actor – 2013 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards
- Best Upcoming Actor – 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards
- Best Supporting Actor – 2011 Best of Nollywood Awards
- Best Supporting Actor – 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards
- Best Actor – 2014 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards
Kalu is currently ranked among the richest and influential actors in Nollywood with his net worth estimated to be $1million.
Other Interesting Facts
Kalu is a Christian and holds his faith dearly, those close to him often say if he had not been an actor he would have been quite the clergyman.