Okechukwu Ukeje, known as OC Ukeje is a celebrated Nigerian actor, model and musician. He shot into the limelight after emerging the winner of Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality show. He has featured in a number of popular movies including Two Brides and a Baby, Hoodrush, Alan Poza,Confusion Na Wa and Half of a Yellow Sun. In 2015, he sealed the knot with his hearthrob, Senami Ibukunoluwa Togonu-Bickersteth.
O.C was born on July 15th, 1981. He is the second of three children. He attended Federal Government College Ijanikin Lagos for his secondary education.
Mr Ukeje’s acting career kicked off from his first year at the University of Lagos, Yaba when he snagged a lead role in a stage play.
After this, he pursued acting and music fervently focusing mainly on acting in stage plays for the first four years of his career before beating other contestants to win the reality TV show, Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO). The first time he appeared on the big screen was in the Izu Ojukwu directedWhite Waters (2008) with Joke Silva and Rita Dominic.
He has been a member of cast of the TV series that was presented at the International Emmy World Television Festival, Wetin Dey (2007) produced by the BBC World Service Trust and played lead and supporting lead roles in films like Comrade, Confusion Na Wa and Awakening. He also featured in Black November (2012) by Jeta Amata with cast members such as Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Sarah Wayne-Callies, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Vivica Fox and a host of others.
Ukeje starred in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun (2013) with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton as lead cast, directed by Biyi Bandele. He was a member of the repertory team that showcased 3 stage plays for the Nigeria House at the London Cultural Olympiad (2012).
He also starred in the BFI sponsored film, Gone Too Far. In 2014, he landed a role in the second season of the television series Gidi Up. In January 2015, he was listed by Nigerian Cinema Exhibition Coalition as one of the highest box office grosser of 2014.
Awards and Recognition
He has received several awards and accolades including Africa Movie Academy Awards, Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Nollywood Movies Awards, Best of Nollywood Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Awards and Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards. He bagged the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for the Best Upcoming Actor (2008) and the City People’s Award for Best New Act (2010).