Onyeka Onwenu is 65 today! Born on the 31st of January, 1952, Onyeka is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, actress,
journalist, politician, and X Factor series judge.
She is the youngest
daughter of the Nigerian educationist and politician D.K Onwenu. Dubbed
the “Elegant Stallion” by the Nigerian press, she is a former
chairperson of the Imo State Council for Arts and Culture, and currently
the Executive Director/chief executive officer of the National Centre
for Women Development.
We respect her as a living legend. However, apart from the fact that she sang “One Love” and “You and I will live as one,” what else do you know about her. Little, right?
She was educated abroad, earning degrees at Wellesley College of
Massachusetts and The New School for Social Research in New York,
studying International Relations and Media Studies respectively.
She was attached to the NTA during her NYSC program. During her time
there, she wrote and presented an epic documentary for NTA/BBC titled “Nigeria, A Squandering of Riches”. The documentary garnered a lot of positive reviews especially from the international community.
Onyeka Onwenu is also a proficient actress, having actively partaken in
a number of movies alongside top local acts. She even won an award at
the 2006 African Movie Academy Award as Best Actress in a Supporting
PDP, the veteran has contested twice to be Chairman of the Local
Government she hails from, Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo
state. She lost at both attempts.
Chairperson of Imo State Council for Arts and Culture, appointed by
former governor Ikedi Ohakim. She was also a board member of NTA.
(Let Them Say). After the very positive response the song got, and in
acquiescence to fans’ demand for more, she and the master of juju music
did two more songs – “Wait for Me” and “Choices.”
cut her hair low when she was in school, and has never worn a weave or
long hair after that. That was about three long decades ago!