Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule, is one of the highly influential, and one of the prosperous Nigerian comedians.
Okechukwu, who is popularly known as Okey Bakassi, is a famous stand-up comedian, television personality, Nollywood actor, producer, director, master of ceremony (MC), an entrepreneur, and a television host.
Like you have guessed, this article would be about the man Okey Bakassi, and we would be discussing his net worth, his biography, and who he is.
- Name: Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule
- Stage name: Okey Bakassi
- Date of birth: 23rd of October 1969
- State of origin: Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
- Nationality: Nigeria
- Net worth: $5 million
Who is Okey Bakassi
Okey Bakassi was born on the 23rd day of October 1969, in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. He was born in the household of Mr. Livinus Onyegbule, who is a retired soldier, and Mrs. Felicia Onyegbule, who is a nurse.
He is the first son of a family of five. He is from Mbaise, a small town in Imo State, and is currently married with lovely kids.
He completed his primary education from the Alvan Ikoku Demonstration School in Owerri, Imo State, in the southeastern part of Nigeria, and he was able to obtain his First School Leaving Certificate.
After his primary education, he proceeded to Mbaise Secondary School in Imo State. He studied there for a brief time before he moved to Federal Government College, Port Harcourt, where he completed his senior secondary school and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate.
Okey Bakassi is a graduate from the University of Science and Technology, in Rivers State, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. There he got a Bachelors’s degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1992; in that same year, he was deployed to Lagos, where he served at the NYSC program NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE CORP.
Before he got into the University of Science and Technology, he wanted to study Theatre Arts, but the school was not offering the course, so he settled for Agricultural engineering.
Though during his school days, he was able to meet people who had the same dreams and goals like he did, so the formed a group “Theatre Kollegues,” and this group of people entertained the university community.
During his NYSC program, he was posted to the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank (NIDB), and while he was serving there, he met with popular Nollywood movie producer and director, Zeb Ejiro.
Through him he was able to get a chance at his very first television production “Fortunes,” and he played the role of Nick, who was one of the Johnsons bodyguards
Considering the experience he gained from his days in the University, the various drama group he was part of, his little experience during the youth service days, and overall experiences, he decided to go entirely into the entertainment industry and pursue a career in that direction.
In his career days, he had featured in various movies and had done lots of stand-up comedy before he finally decided to go fully into comedy. In the year 2014, Okey won the best Actor in a leading role; this was at the 2014 edition of the Nollywood Award.
Aside from the movie world, Okey Bakassi had featured in various comedy skits, and various shows, within and outside the country, and he always gets the opportunity to always get called on for various shows.
One of his greatest achievements was the creation of one the biggest shows ever in Nigeria” A Night of a Thousand Laughs” this idea was formed from the collaboration of Opa Williams and the Nollywood star Reginald Ebere, and till date, it’s still one of the biggest stand-up-comedy shows in Nigeria.
The show was the very same show that paved the way for many Nigerian Famous comedians today, the likes of I Go Dye, AY, Ali Baba, Gordons, Basket Mouth, Bovi, I Go Save, Julius Agwu and a host of other comedian came to limelight due to this show.
Okey Bakassi, revealed to the media, that one day he would return to engineering, he also confirmed that he has a dreams of building an engineering firm one day.
Awards and Achievements
Like many other stars, Okey Bakassi had won several awards for himself in the entertainment industry,
- Best of Nollywood Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Best Actor in Comedy at the Africa Movie Academy
- Nigerian Entertainment Awards fro African Best Comedian of the Year
- He is a Brand Ambassador of the Globacomm telecommunication Glo
He has several multi-million contracts to his name in various companies, and also various properties and ventures.
Okey Bakassi is definitely one of the best in the comedian and movie industry, and he is currently estimated to worth $ 5 million dollars.
Okey is definitely one of the best out there, and he never fails to deliver outstanding pieces of work whenever he comes out to do his thing.
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