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Singer, composer, actress, human rights advocate, and social activist Onyeka Onwenu (MFR)
In addition to being an actress, singer, and songwriter, Onyeka Onwenu (MFR) has also served as a previous judge on the X Factor series and is a human rights and social activist.
Born on May 17, 1952, Onyeka Onwenu hails from Ndi Aniche Obinetiti, Arondizuogu, located in Ideato, North Local Government Area, Imo State. She is the youngest child of Nigerian politician and educationist D.K. Onwenu. When she was four years old, her father perished in an automobile accident. The Nigerian media dubbed her the “Elegant Stallion”. She served as the Imo State Council for Arts and Culture’s previous chair.
From Wesley College in Massachusetts, USA, Onwenu earned a BA in International Relations and Communication. She also holds a master’s degree in Media Studies from The New School for Social Research in New York. After working for several years at the UN office in New York, she returned to Nigeria in 1980 to finish her one-year required National Service with the National Television Authority (NTA). She was a brave, sharp-witted, and eloquent reporter who left her mark at NTA.
The People’s Democratic Party has Onyeka Onwenu among its members. She ran twice, losing both times, for the position of Local Council Chairman of Ideato North Local Government Area in Imo State; nonetheless, she was named Imo State Council Chairperson for
In addition to appearing in multiple Nollywood productions, Onyeka Onwenu was awarded the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2006. She costarred alongside Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the film Half of a Yellow Sun.
Onwenu released the album “For the Love of You” in 1981, when she was still employed with NTA, to kick off her musical career. She was once a secular singer but now primarily sings gospel music. She still writes and sings on subjects like HIV/AIDS, peace and coexistence, women’s rights, and the condition of children. The theme of her most recent collection, “Inspiration for Change,” was Nigeria’s need for a shift in mindset.