Kenneth Okonkwo, also known by many as ‘Andy’, is a well-known Nigerian Nollywood actor, lawyer, and a politician. In fact, he was the first man to act the so-called, Nollywood movies. Born on 6th November 1968, he is a native of Enugu State (Nsukka Local Government) and was brought to the limelight following the role he played as ‘Andy’ in the movie living in Bondage, a Nigerian drama thriller released in 1992 and which gave birth to Nollywood. Since then, he has stayed true to his craft. He also featured in the Television Soap Opera Ripples where he played the role of Captain John Mark. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Enugu State and later graduated with a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, Akoka. He later went on to study Theology at the Bible School. Giving an adept of his salvation, he says he was saved back in 1994. Narrating the story of his salvation he said;
“You know, when you think those material things, fame and fortune will make you happy and God deposited all these things in you, yet you are not happy, then you just know that there is a vacuum. God must be interested in me. The story of my salvation is determined by the God Almighty. I just knew that truthfully without Him, I can’t-do anything”.
He first married Ogechi Ezekiel, the only daughter of Pastor Ezekiel, General Overseer of Christian Mission International. The union lasted barely two years and it ended in 2002. The crashed marriage produced a son. News of the actor’s failed marriage shook the movie industry as Kenneth had turned born-again even before they got married. He later found love again and re-married in 2007 to his present wife, Ifeoma. The couple was married for nine years before they finally welcomed their first child together at the University of Maryland, St. Joseph Medical Centre in the United States of America, on Saturday, May 7, 2016. About his marriage, he revealed that he is not like most men who cheat on their partners. According to the actor, between the time he became born again and the time he married his first wife, he never had carnal knowledge of any other women, and neither did he ever cheated on his present wife. Explaining how he escapes infidelity amidst all the attention from so many beautiful women who would throw themselves at him at no cost, Kenneth laughs. “If I’m in London and I feel so, I can fly in, see my babe and fly back to location (laughs). At times, I would be on location and after a while, I will scream, ‘Hey! Hey! I just have to go home. I don’t know how my body is feeling. ‘I’m that straightforward. I will announce it to the public. And if I don’t run at that time, something will happen”.