President Muhammadu Buhari has facilitated with Nollywood actor and politician Bob-Manuel Obidinma Udoku as he turns 60 on 18 April, 2023.
This is contained in a congratulatory message by his media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Monday in Abuja.
Buhari rejoiced with the entertainment industry, particularly Nollywood, where the notable actor had held sway for many years, featuring in more than 200 movies.
He said that the influencing role of Udokwu in the popular culture and structuring of the second-largest movie industry in the world, with a strong global presence and recognition, serving in various capacities as actor, director, and producer.
The President saluted the actor’s courage for delving into politics and public office, contesting elections in his home State, Anambra and working with three governments as Senior Special Assistant, New Media, and Special Adviser on Entertainment, Leisure, and Tourism.
The President said Udokwu’s experience in the creative and entertainment industry will always be relevant, especially in mentoring younger people in career choices.
The President prayed for the well-being of the multiple award-winning thespians and his family.
In 2014, Udokwu received the Lifetime Achievement award at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Bob-Manuel Udokwu is from Nkwelle-Ogidi, Idemili North L.G.A. of Anambra State, Nigeria. He is of Igbo ethnicity.
The name of his father is Geoffrey Nwafor Udokwu and the name of his mother is Ezelagbo Udokwu.
He was born in Enugu State. He is the fourth child in a family of 6 children.
He is also the second son. He comes from a family which consists of three male and three female children.
He attended the University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Rivers State where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts.
He bagged a master’s degree in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations from the University of Lagos, Lagos State. He was the president of the Nigeria University Theater Art Student Association for the year 1989-1990.
The father-of-two has acted in over 100 movies including Living in Bondage, Rattlesnake, Karishika, Games Men Play and Naked Sin.
Bob-Manuel was nominated for Best Actor in a supporting role at the 2013 Nollywood Movies Awards for his role in ‘Adesuwa’.