Osita Iheme Biography
Osita Iheme is a popular Nollywood actor and comedian. He is widely known for playing the role of ‘Pawpaw’ in the film Aki na Ukwa alongside Chinedu Ikedieze. He is the founder of Inspired Movement Africa. A movement set aside to inspire, motivate and stimulate the minds of young Nigerians and Africans.
After completing his primary and secondary education in Abia State, Osita got admitted to Enugu State University where he studied Mass Communication. He has often been described as one of the best actors of his generation. In less than a decade he has gone on to become one of the most in-demand actors in Nollywood.
In 2007 Osita received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the African Movie Academy Awards. He is considered to be one of Nigeria’s most famous actors. In 2011, he was honored as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR).
Osita Iheme Age
Osita was born on February 20, 1982 in Abia State, Nigeria, where he also grew up. He is 36 years old as of 2018.
Osita Iheme Family
He was born into a family of five children to Augustine Iheme, Herbert Iheme. He hails from Mbaitoli, Imo State, Nigeria but born in Abia State.
Osita Iheme Wife | Osita Iheme Wedding | Osita Iheme Married
The popular Nollywood actor and comedian, Osita Iheme also known as pawpaw may be getting married soon, Nigerian media reported several years back. Wedding plans are said to be on the way as the actor prepares to tie the knot with his Ghanaian girlfriend. Pawpaw however, revealed that he was opting for a secret wedding
The reports come years after his screen twin brother Chinedu Ikedieze had a luxurious wedding. Fans in Nigeria have been pressuring the Iheme to follow on the footsteps of Chinedu.
Osita Iheme Career
Early in his career Osita was often typecast in the role of a child. In 2003, he rose to fame when he starred together with Chinedu Ikedieze in the comedy film Aki na Ukwa in which he played the role of ‘Pawpaw’. In this role, Osita played a mischievous child. He has played the role of a child in many of his films but later adopted more mature roles.
Displaying his versatility as an actor, Iheme decided to take on more mature and dramatic roles. This bold move has garnered him a number of awards most notably the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2007 Africa Movie Awards, Best Actor Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards 2014.
He is the New Generation Ambassador for Rotary International District 9110 and the Author of an inspirational book titled INSPIRED 101. With just a decade in the Nollywood movie industry, Osita has wowed audiences and critics alike with his comedic timing, talent and versatility in playing different roles, starring in over a hundred movies. Multi-talented Osita is today one of the most popular faces in Nollywood.
Like his onscreen partner Chinedu Ikedieze, Osita has a small physique and the two are sometimes referred to as the midget duo. Osita’s rare condition gave him the advantage of being different and unique from all other actors in the Nigerian Movie industry.
He has evolved in his career from just a comedic actor to a multifaceted established actor. This has gained him respect throughout the Nigerian movie industry and its fans alike. To reward his contribution towards the growth of the Nigerian Film Industry, in 2011 he was awarded the Nigerian National Honour of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Osita Iheme House
Osita Iheme is said to have acquired a landed property at an approximate cost of about N100 million located in an exclusive and the most expensive estate in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.
Osita Iheme Movies
- Games men play 5: Computer Games is our Game (2018)
- The Self-Destruction of Little Mark (2017)
- Double Mama (2015)
- Mirror Boy (2010)
- Tom and Jerry (2008)
- Markus D Millionaire (2008)
- Stubborn Flies (2007)
- Boys from Holland (2006)
- Brain Box (2006)
- Criminal Law (2006)
- Jadon (2006)
- Last Challenge (2006)
- Remote Control (2006)
- Royal Messengers (2006)
- Winning Your Love (2006)
- Young Masters (2006)
- Colours of Emotion (2005)
- Final World Cup (2005)
- Holy Diamond (2005)
- I Think Twice (2005)
- My Business (2005)
- Reggae Boys (2005)
- Secret Adventure (2005)
- Spoiler (2005)
- Village Boys (2005)
- American Husband (2004)
- Big Daddies (2004)
- Columbia Connection (2004)
- Daddy Must Obey (2004)
- Mr.Ibu (2004)
- Baby Police 2 (2004)
- Green Snake (2003)
- 2 Rats (2003)
- Aki na ukwa (2003)
- I’m in Love (2003)
- Baby Police (2003)
- Back from America 2 (2003)
- Charge & Bail (2003)
- Tell Them (2003)
- Oke Belgium (2003)
- Good Mother (2003)
- Informant (2003)
- Johnny Just Come (2003)
- Nicodemus (2003)
- Nwa Teacher (2003)
- Twin Brothers (2003)
- Aka Gum (2002)
- Okwu na uka (2002)
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‘Small but Mighty’ Osita ‘Paw Paw’ Iheme says his size doesnt bother him
Celebrating 10 years in Nollywood
I never knew I would get to this height in life. My intention was just to act and enjoy the career. I had always wanted to be an actor. I used to watch movies a lot and I would say to myself that one day, I would be an actor. In fact, my aim was to become an international actor. Even in my days in church during our block rosary, I used to act a lot. I was a part of the drama group. I knew this was what I wanted to do. I always had the dream. I know that God has always had something special for me and whatever I touch becomes big. When I met my brother Chinedu, I knew we were going to be big. I knew that the combination of the two of us would be a blockbuster. So when the producer of Aki na Ukwa came up with the movie, it became big. That was where we started. It is 10 years now. In everything I do in life, I always believe that God is a part of it. God has a way of doing things. He can turn around any situation. I give glory to God for putting me in the position I am today. In my own little way, I worked hard and I have been focused.
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My brother Chinedu (Aki) and I have been producers before now. This is not the first time we are producing a movie. We have produced one movie before now. To ask us why we suddenly became producers is to assume that we have just got into movie production. But it is not so. We have been working on this for some years now.
There is a new project we are working on. We intend to use it to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It is one of the films we want to shoot to mark the day. We have two scripts lined up as well. One of them talks about four children in a family living together before their father dies. The children try to hustle to raise money since their father is no more. One of them is a musician. Another is an actor and the others are in different professions. The message is that you can thrive in every situation you find yourself. Your background should not be an obstacle to whatever you want to become in life. If you are determined, you can achieve whatever you set out to achieve.
Winning a national award
I was happy when I was awarded a Member of the Federal Republic. The award didn’t come as a surprise because many people expected it. I was happy I finally got it after so much controversy. I knew I was going to get the award. It was just that the organisers didn’t want to give me the award the same time they would give it to Aki. The Federal Government may have decided to give us the award one after the other. That was what happened. People were spreading rumours concerning the award. Some said I envied Chinedu when he got his award. Others said I insulted the son of one of the members of the panel in charge of the awards. I was with Chinedu in Abuja when he received his award. We posed for photographs together. I cannot imagine insulting anybody who had anything to do with the awards. But in any case, this is show business and any story can come up. I just had to move ahead even when all the rumours where flying. Within me, I knew I was going to get the award.
Allegations of being a snob
I can never be arrogant. Although I’m a star, my lifestyle will always be the same. I am a very humble person. I come from a very humble background. Fame cannot change my character. I will only use stardom to add value to my life and become a better person. As an actor, you don’t need to limit yourself to one particular character, you need to be versatile. We are not stereotyped. There was a time we were just getting small children’s roles. We didn’t want it to look as if that was the only thing we could do. We had to edit and choose the kind of scripts we wanted. And that was when the adult roles started coming and we started playing such roles. Although we lack the advantage of size, what matters is what we have upstairs. If you put yourself in the character you are acting, you will do it well. That was how we started playing other roles that are not just for kids.
Why I’m not intimidated by bigger people
Everybody must not be the same. Everybody does not have the same height. Some people are tall, while others are short. You can either be tall or short. We are not of equal height. There is no need for me to be worried about my size or to feel inferior. I know that my height doesn’t have anything to do with my brain. I believe that it is not by size, but what you can do and what you can put on the table. I don’t allow my size to bother me. In fact, I don’t even believe I am small. To me, I am normal and I am a big man.
Chinedu got married and we no longer live together as we used to. I miss him. Before, if I was going home, I knew I would see him at home. We were always doing things together. We discuss, chat and share ideas together. It is not really like that now since we no longer live together. I miss him a lot. But I knew we weren’t going to be living together forever. I knew that we would be married some day and have our families. I don’t know when I will get married, but I know that when it is time, everybody will know about it. I cannot tell you this is the time. God is preparing the way for me and I am walking through that path. When I get there, everybody will know. I cannot tell you there is a particular girl now. There are girls all over the world. It is just for me to listen to God when He is talking to me and showing me the girl I should go for. When the time comes, I will pick a girl.
Coping with stardom
Each time I leave the house, I always have it at the back of my mind that I am a celebrity. I know that people will come to me and do all sorts of things out of excitement. I try to be involved in such scenario whenever I find myself in a situation where fans gather around me. I try to always remember that these fans are the ones that admire my work. I always try to keep a head straight and carry on with my fans.
I want to help a lot of people in future. I want a situation where young and talented people can say that Osita Iheme inspired them to be what they are. I want them to say that I was the one that influenced their lives positively. I want to help build the younger generation. I also try to help people in need. I just want people to look back and say that they are what they are because God used me to touch their lives.