Due to his attention to specifics when making or directing movies, Saint Obi is often referred to as Nollywood’s Mr Quality. The actor sacrificed his Mercedes Benz car in the bomb blast scene when he created the movie, Take Me to Maama, due to his desire to make the scene look authentic.
You will learn a lot of stuff about the life and family of this legendary Nollywood actor in this article.
Saint Obi: Biography
Early life and Education
Saint Obi was born in Port Harcourt (Rivers State) on 16 November 1965. In Mbaitolo Local Government District, Imo State, the actor hails from Okpa. With eight other female sisters, he is the only male child.
He grew up in Jos, where he obtained his primary, secondary and tertiary training. Before proceeding to Jos University to study Theatre Arts, Obi attended Zang Secondary Commercial School in Jos.
Saint Obi – Career
Saint Obi entered Nollywood in 1995 when he began attending movie auditions. The actor featured in number of soap operas which aired on NTA after which he was called by Opa Williams to star in the movie.
This was followed by another invitation by Zeb Ejiro to star in another movie. Ever since his acting debut in 1995, the actor has been involved in over 250 films.
The actor created his first movie, Take Me to Maama, starring Ebi Sam, Rachel Oniga, Nse Abel and Enebeli Elebuwa, in the guise of Jerry. The movie earned a corporate endorsement as the first Nigerian film. Coca-Cola has endorsed it and NTA has sold and promoted it.
Among other stuff, the actor left acting to concentrate on the production and company section of the entertainment. In an interview, Obi revealed that he had to move around behind the scenes in order to change things.
The actor is currently active in independent movie production and distribution, as well as mentoring and directing younger acts in the industry.
Saint Obi –Movies
Saint Obi entered Nollywood in 1995, when he began attending movie auditions. He has appeared in more than 250 Nollywood movies, including some of which:
- Blue Sea
- Candle Light
- Check Point
- Crime Planner
- Dapo Junior
- Executive Crime
- Goodbye Tomorrow,
- Heart of Gold,
- Sleeping With the Enemy,
- State of Emergency,
- Street Fame
- Take me to Maama
- The President Must Not Die
- War Front
Saint Obi is known to feature in mostly action movies.
In December 2006, Saint Obi married Lydia Saint Nwafor, and their marriage was blessed with children. They got married in Lydia’s Anambra hometown. In 2008, they had their first child, a boy.
Saint Obi has received several awards in Nollywood over the last two decades. Some of these include:
- Best Actor in Nigeria at the African Movie Academy Awards
- Best Actor in Africa at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards
- Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards
- Best Actor in a leading role at the Nollywood Movie Awards
Currently, Saint Obi is worth an estimated $7 million. The actor is a car-lover. He splashed up to N50 million on a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon back in 2014.
The actor has revealed that old Nollywood looks better than the present one. The industry created more movies in the past and hired more, according to the star.
He also disclosed that the framework is not there, and in terms of the total ability of the sector, the industry seems to be declining.
The actor also revealed that the financiers do not understand the business, and even in terms of piracy that has seriously affected the industry, the government does not seem to be helping in particular.
More cinemas should be interested in showing Nollywood movies, Obi also suggested.
Saint Obi is a businessman and philanthropist on a full-time basis. He is Agwhyte International’s CEO. The business is part of the Film, Television, Media & Consultancy Group. For the Presidential Campaign of Goodluck Jonathan, Agwhyte was a significant media resource.
The business also has a music unit and film production division that has recently released 5 blockbuster films, including After the Pledge, Mrs. Brown, Big Shot, Invaders, and My Yesterday. In order to release these movies, Agwhyte invested over N200 million.
Agwhyte International is dedicated to telling the Nigerian story, according to the actor, and to promoting the Nollywood brand to the rest of the world.
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