Emeka Enyiocha

Posted by Nigeriamovies.net on 2009/08/23 | Views: 3038 |

Opening the doors to his Surulere Lagos home to let in our reporter, he was decked in an apron which suggested he was in the kitchen. In other words, he could pass as your everyday ordinary guy.

But he is not just an ordinary guy, heís Emeka Enyiocha, a household name as far as Nollywood is concerned.

You may wish to call him the bad boy of Nollywood, and if you do, you may not be far from the truth considering the bad boy roles he often plays.

Emeka or "Ezebunafo" as he is called after his character in the movie, "End of the River" did not just get into acting for the sake of it.

This Abia State-born actor, says he got into acting as an afterthought after trying to leave the country in search of greener pastures.

A guy who is not only open but accommodating, Emeka despite the gains more often than not associated with stardom describes it as sometimes a hard price to pay.

"Ezebunafo" before becoming a known face in Nollywood did a little bit of modelling here and there to pass time but according to him, the mark on his face took him off modelling.


Family background

Iím Emeka Enyiocha but most people know me by my act name like Ezebunafo in "End of The River" that was in 2002/2003. Iím from Abia state, Umuobiaosu, Afugiri Local Government Area. Iím from a family of eight. My father married two wives, six children from my mother and two from my stepmother and Iím the first born.


My educational pursuit is funny. From a poor home and all that, trying to raise myself. I schooled in Port Harcourt, I even started university education in Port Harcourt but I had a problem in school, in my second year so I couldnít continue and I had to leave.

I came down to Lagos, trying to travel abroad for a couple of years, frustration and all other things crept in, finally I got into the industry. Back there in Port Harcourt I was reading Engineering but after my entrance into the industry, I went back to school, took GCE and got into LASU and did a diploma course in Theatre Arts, this was some years after.


When I was trying to raise money to travel abroad, a cousin of mine introduced me to Tunde Adesina then in NTA for the soap "Memorial Hospital" directed by Mr. Lass Eguaveon. From there the industry idea came up.

I got into acting via an after thought kind of thing, I started a programme on air, admiring what they do on air, then the interest grew. Then I was a model, one or two jobs here and there and because of the mark on my face I wasnít really getting enough jobs that would bring much money. So the acting idea came up, I fitted in because structure wise, I was there but the acting, I had to learn.

I could remember one of my first episodes in "Memorial Hospital," Lancelet Imaseun was the production assistant then, I was told to romance a girl in the office, if I touch the girl, Iíll be shaking and forget my lines but if I leave her Iíll read out my lines.

Luckily my co-actor was patient with me, so after about thirty takes, it was okay with the encouragement from Lancelet and the director of the soap.

The Big Break

"End of The River" by Amaco productions. Actually before this movie, I had done some movies, it took me almost nine to ten years to get a break in the industry.

When the script came, I saw it and said to myself "this is it, either I make it or get out of the industry."

I was viewed as a problematic person but am a very blunt person, so the director thought I would be the difficult person to deal with on set. On set of "End of The River" was really tasking, we had to stop shooting twice because the location camera got spoilt twice and we had to wait for another camera but as for me I was determined to make it in spite of the set back.

The movie came out and thanks to God, it was a hit, it gave me prominence, the start of my journey to stardom and the name "Ezebunafor" stuck from then.

My Movies

To the best of my knowledge and ability I do good movies. This is because, good movies start from good scripts. I select my scripts and I try to be the best in my performances.

Unforgettable Movies

Personally, all my movies come with memories that are not easily forgettable but I would say "End of The River" and "Peace maker 1 & 2". The film Peace Maker" was an artistic fulfilment for me because I put in everything, it was a movie that came after "End of The River" and I had to do something quite different from my role before and I was glad I did the movie as it won the best movie of the year 2003.


Enormous. The challenges of trying not to disappoint yourself, trying to remain in the market rating, trying not to disappoint your fans and trying to upgrade your ability and your performance because its not only getting to the height, it is remaining there because there are a lot of talents coming up. But all in all, I try to be myself, I do not imitate people.

Artistic interpretations come with different challenges so I donít have any role that I have played that I would term most challenging since it is challenging trying to be someone else to convince every watchful eye.

Embarrassing Moments

Itís all about the "Peace Maker 1 & 2" I was driving one of my jalopies around Yaba market, I discovered I had a flat tyre so while I was trying to fix it, a woman just came from no where, started beating me, abusing me and crying at the same time. So I just turned to her and said "Mummy what is the problem?" A crowd had gathered and amidst raining abuses on me she told the crowd of how wicked I was in the movie, so people started laughing and explaining to her that it was just a movie but tears dropped from my eyes, I was hurt but it was not her fault, because I deserved to be shot because of the character I played. But would I call it embarrassing, somehow it was and it wasnít. Secondly, most of the so called fans, get my number from anywhere and start flashing.

Parents view on acting

They didnít have any choice. All they told me was make sure you donít do any bad business, any business that will make the police look for you. They didnít really have any choice in my decision to act. Then people started telling them of my movies but then they didnít have the opportunity of seeing them and I wasnít really making much money from it, until God cancelled poverty in my life and it affected them positively, unfortunately my dad died last year.


Itís not exciting. Iím an indoor type of person and coupled with my type of career, Iím not supposed to be seen everywhere so I stay at home and I try as much as possible to make my home easy and comfortable. But I donít want to remain this way forever, I want to get married, have kids and raise my own family, but for now I donít have any choice.

Female Fans

Most of them are lovely but others could be annoying. You know, when a woman wants you, the only way you can escape is when youíre rude or run away totally from her.

For the female fans, it has not been easy coping with their demands most times but I respect them and they are my favourite fans, but its always good to be diplomatic to the ones who are crazy enough to want you for themselves but others should stop flashing, it pisses me off.

Cost of stardom

Sometimes you go somewhere and youíre stopped on the road and asked to drop something especially the "alaye" boys and when you try explaining to them they refuse to understand and then think youíre being a snob just because you are a star.

When you want to buy something because youíve been recognized the price is inflated, what another person would buy for N2,000.00, youíll have to buy it for N5,000.00 just because youíre a star. But there are yet other people who see you and appreciate you and generally it is okay.

Bad boy roles

I wish I had the powers to pick roles but thatís not possible. Our industry is a private driven sector and the average investor wants where he can put the money that he borrowed from the bank to yield him profit before the interest multiplies, so that would be why I was in more bad boy roles. But right now I have started rejecting scripts with me in the bad boy role and people keep seeing me in those roles, but I love playing romantic roles.

Most people will say that Iím rigid but two movies that Iíve played romantic roles made people start calling me a playboy and Iím told I donít look it but thatís a role I love playing.

Iíve been able to mix my roles, good boy, bad boy, emotional roles like I did in "Pretty Woman" where I cried like a baby.


I donít like talking about my private life because thatís what it is called private but I pray that God will give me the woman that He has always kept for me, I will not say thereís one now or thereís no one now.

My Ideal woman

The real African woman. Itís not just any African woman but one that is perfect, pure in heart, believes in God and knows how to take care of her home front. There are girls everywhere but few wife materials and those wife materials are what I call the African women.

Iíve not really placed my hand on a particular thing that impresses me in a woman but she has to be someone I can talk to, be with, because I could be indoors for one week with the woman that makes me happy.


If Iím not working, I go for a walk out, I go to the gym. Stay at home watch movies, my movies, play music and if Iím hungry I go into the kitchen and cook my own meals.


I wouldnít call it regret rather Iíll term it disappointment because I donít regret whatever I have set out my heart to do. There have been little disappointments here and there but I learn from them. Whatever action I take and it doesnít yield fruits, I donít regret, I regard such as mistakes that I should learn from.

Are you sexy

Every part of my body is sexy but the issue of one being sexy is a womanís thing, yeah I dress up and look at myself before I go out but I canít say Iím sexy, thatís a womanís thing.

Role Models

RMD - his dress sense, Uncle Olu Jacobs - heís wonderful, for the women, Eucharia Anunobi-Ekwu - sheís apt, Aunty Joke Silva - her diction is perfect, I also admire Genevieve - Sheís okay, Ayo Mogaji. My role models are people that love the arts, just like the musicians P-Square, they love what they are doing and it shows.

Body Grooming

I love taking good care of myself. I would do anything that would take some years off me. I love going to the gym and going for a little massage once in a while to take away the tension.

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