Kanayo O Kanayo, the ace Nollywood actor, says it’s only he and his sisters that are alive in his immediate family


He took to Instagram on Saturday to share a never-before-seen black and white photo of his family members.

“My lineage. My father, Mr Donatus Onyekwere, My mother , Ezinne Isabella Onyekwere, my elder brother, John Onyekwere, and my younger sister , Chinasaokwu, Cordelia was not born as at this time, 1965/66,” he captioned it.

“To God be all the glory, it’s just me and my sisters that are still in this land of the living. I am a full Orphanage, having lost both parents and only brother.”


In 1992, Kanayo had his acting debut in ‘Living in Bondage’, a two-part film today regarded as one of the earliest successes in Nigeria’s film production history. The Imo state-born actor would go on to star in over 100 movies.

Kanayo had earlier made the news after he hit back at critics who taunted him for playing ritual roles in films.

“What’s the link between Kanayo O Kanayo and the role he played as Nicholas? There are certain questions people ask you all the time such that it looks as if these people don’t think,” he had said.


“Let gossipers be. They should go educate themselves. Even among Jesus’ disciples, Luke was a doctor. They all had what they were doing before they were called.

“You take up a role and interpret the script so well, only for viewers to ask if you truly do money rituals. What’s one’s business with that? What people should understand is I have a profession.”

The Nollywood actor became a lawyer after being called to the Nigerian bar in September 2020.


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