Biography of Onyeka Onwenu

Biography of Onyeka Onwenu

Onyeka Onwenu
Onyeka Onwenu was born on May 17, 1952 to D. K. Onwenu. She is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, actress, journalist, and politician.

Onwenu attended Wellesley College of Massachusetts, USA and
possess a BA in International Relations and Communication, and a Master's degree in Media Studies which she obtained from The New School for Social Research in New York.

Onnyeka Onwenu was a staff of the United Nations in New York where she lived and worked for many years before returning to Nigeria in the year 1980.

Onyeka did her mandatory one-year National Service, at the Nigerian Television Authoriy (NTA).

She began her music career in the year 1981 while still working at the NTA. Then she released the album "For the Love of You".

In the year 2013, Onyeka was named as one of the three judges on the Nigerian version of The X Factor.

Onyeka Onwenu later joined politics and became a member of the People's Democratic Party. She was appointed the Chairperson of Imo State Council for Arts and Culture.

On September 16, 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Onyeka the Executive Director/chief executive officer of the National Centre for Women Development.

Onwenu has featured in numerous Nigerian movies and in the year 2006, she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress.

In the year 2014, she acted in the movie Half of a Yellow Sun together with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.

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