Nigerian Actors Who Don’t Go By Their Real Names


Some people might agree with me when I say that I never knew some Nigerian actors use names other than their actual names, most of them use nicknames. Sometimes, fans become used to these nicknames, therefore they have little or no idea about the actual names of these actors. Interestingly, this article will provide a list of actors who don’t go by their real names, it will also provide the real names of these Celebrities.


1. Kanayo O. Kanayo

A lot of people watched Kanayo’s movies while growing up, you might be thinking that this actor’s name is Kanayo O. Kanayo, but interestingly, his real name is Anayo Modestus Onyekwere.

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2. Saint Obi

Saint Obi is well known for playing the role of a gangster, fighter, and even a policeman in movies. Lots of people love him for his roles hence it wasn’t difficult for him to become a household name. However, Saint Obi isn’t his real name, his real name is Obinna Nwafor.

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3. Jim Iyke.


Jim Iyke is a popular Nollywood actor, he enjoys playing the role of a bad boy with mastery in English. This actor’s real name is James Ikechukwu Asomugha, he probably coined the name Jim Iyke from James and Ikechukwu.

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4. Segue Arinze

The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the name Segun Arinze is that he is probably half Igbo and half Yoruba. However, this actor was once a musician and his stage name was Segun Arinze, his real name is Segun Padonou Aina.

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5. Femi Branch

Femi Branch is a popular Nollywood actor, his real name is David Babafemi Mauton Osunkoya.