Segun Arinze Biography
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Segun Arinze born Segun Padonou Aina is a Nigerian actor and singer. He is famously known as Black Arrow. Arinze is also a director, producer, television personality, and philanthropist.
Segun Arinze Age
Arinze was born Segun Padonou Aina on September 24, 1965, in Onitsha. As of 2019, Segun Arinze is 54 years old.
Segun Arinze Early Life and Education
Arinze was born in Anambra State to a Yoruba father and an Igbo mother. He attended the Victory College of Commerce in Ilorin, then proceeded to Taba Commercial College in Kaduna State to complete his secondary education. Segun studied Dramatic Arts at Obafemi Awolowo University. He is popularly known as Black Arrow which he gained from a role he played. Arinze joined the primary school in Onitsha, obtaining his first School Leaving Certificate.
However, he completed his secondary school education while in Taba Commercial College, Kaduna State. Segun attended Victory College of Commerce, Ilorin. He holds a West African Senior School Certificate from college, Arinze furthered his education by joining Obafemi Awolowo University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Degree in Dramatic Arts.
Segun Arinze State of Origin
Arinze was born in Onitsha, Anambra State to a Yoruba father and an Igbo mother. He is a descent of Badagry, Lagos State. His father is from Yoruba tribe in Badagry, Lagos State. Details include his origin as in the southwestern part of Nigeria. While for his mother, she originates from Onitsha, Anambra State, the southeastern part of Nigeria. Originally, Arinze is from Badagry. Badagry is a small town in Lagos State in the southwestern part of Nigeria.
Segun Arinze Career
He started his acting career in Ilorin. He started acting while in a secondary school in Ilorin. Mainly he was a participant in drama and stage play. In the early 1990s was when Arinze joined the Nigerian Movie Industry. His fame came along with the Nollywood blockbuster movie, “Black Arrow”. Continuing with his career, the total number of movies adds up to more than 250 Nollywood movies. Mostly he is in action movies playing as a bad guy character role. Arinze has acted like a criminal, arm robber, kidnapper, assassin, and terrorist. He has played in these roles alongside other famous actors and actresses. They include Saint Obi, Sam Dede, Regina Askia, Ramsey Noah, Stephanie Okereke, e.t.c.
Before even jumping to acts, Arinze did music. In 1992, he had his first music album, “Dreams”. Including more roles, Arinze was also the former president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria(AGN).
Segun Arinze and Family
In 2008, it was when the famous actor tied the knots. He was married to Ann Njemanze, a Nollywood actress. The couple had a daughter, Renny (Morenike). Graduating from university is quite a major accomplishment for this lady. Hence, she congratulated herself on having achieved it. In the photos shared by her, Renny was wearing a Tee shirt and trousers. The white T-shirt was marked all over with ink and the signatures of her friends and loved ones. This was done in accordance with ‘signing out’ tradition practiced in Nigerian universities. However, for them it was nor great. The marriage, however, crashed following allegations and counter-allegations of infidelity between them. They had a divorce two years later. In 2010, it was when they had their annulment announced.
He later wedded in a traditional wedding ceremony of ‘Black Arrow’ as he is popularly known. Arinze got married to Julie Arinze, his current wife. The couple was indeed blessed to have three beautiful kids. Veteran Nigerian actor Segun Arinze and his wife Julie have three children. Two boys and one girl. Julie is a lawyer and a staff of Schlumberger, a multinational company in Nigeria. She hails from Oguta in Imo State. While his in-law was 63years he died and Arinze attended the burial.
Segun Arinze Awards and Nominations
The movie, Black Arrow, earned him a nomination as the Best New Actor for the African Movie Academy Awards. Also, he was part of the Most Promising Act To Watch for Golden Icon Movie Academy Awards. In addition to all these, Segun was a nominee for Special Recognition Awards at the City Peoples Entertainment Awards.
More so, he still holds other awards. They include Best Actor in the Supporting Role at African Movie Academy Awards. Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria at the Best Nollywood Awards. Icon Movie Academy Awards. Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria at the Best of Nollywood Awards. He has also won the Best Actor in Leading Role at the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
Segun Arinze Movies
- Women in Love
- Darkest Night
- Extra Time
- Fragile Pain
- Across the Niger
- Church Business
- To Love a Thief
- Silent Night
- 30 Days
- Family on Fire (2011)
- A Place in the Stars (2014)
- Invasion 1897 (2014)
Segun Arinze Net Worth
As of now, Segun has been classified as one of the richest and most influential actors in Nigeria. Segun Arinze has an estimated net worth of 1.5 million Us Dollars.
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