Zack Orji is an award-winning Nollywood actor, director, and producer. He has been in the Nigerian movie industry for the past two decades and has been very influential so far.
He is one of the most sought after artist having starred in over 250 movies, and his ability to take any role he’s given with ease.
- Name: Zachee Ama Orji
- Age: 60 years
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Profession: Actor, Director, producer
- Date of birth: 10th of October 1960
- Spouse: Ngozi Orji
- Children: 3
Zack Orji’s Net-worth
The veteran actor is considered one of the wealthiest and most influential in Nigeria with an estimated Net-worth of about $4million.
He has achieved such wealth through an enormous number of movie sales, endorsement deals from big brands such as GLO and MTN, real estate, as well as other businesses.
Zack Orji hails from Nsukka, Enugu State, in the southeastern part of Nigeria. He was born in Libreville, Gabon, on the 10th of October 1960.
His childhood was quite adventurous, having spent most of it in countries like Cameroon, Togo, and the Benin Republic in West Africa. Growing up as the eldest of seven children, Zack was very helpful to his parents.
When he was in Cameroon, he would fetch firewood for his mother, who was into soft drinks business; he would also go out to sell oranges and other little things to support his parents financially. Although his father wanted him to become a medical doctor, Zack had other plans for himself.
He discovered his passion for acting at a young age, and a member of several dramatic guilds which allowed him to participate in several stages plays on different occasions while growing up.
Zack had his primary and secondary school education in Gabon, Cameroon, and Togo after he obtained both his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate.
He returned to Nigeria to further his tertiary education at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Enugu State. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Estate Management.
After he graduated, he ventured into the shoemaking business, but all his efforts became in vain when his shop was destroyed and lost so many costly things in the process. At this point, Zack decided to pursue a career in acting.
Zack’s first major appearance in the Nigerian Movie Industry was in 1991. He debuted in a movie titled “Unforgiven Sins.” However, Zack became famous after he starred in the blockbuster film, “Glamour Girls.” This film gained him prominence as well as earned him wealth in the industry.
Since then, Zack has been featured in an enormous amount of movies. He is highly sorted for by many producers, directors, and other artists, because of his ability to fit in perfectly in any role he’s given to play.
Zack Orji is also referred to as one of Nollywood Pioneers, because of his immense contribution to the growth of the Nigerian Movie industry.
In the course of his career, Zack has starred in over 250 movies, including very prominent ones like
- Above Death
- Unforgiven Sins
- Mama Africa
- Zonal Leader
- All My Life
- Head Gone
- Brave heart
- Beson’s Villa
- Half of a Yellow sun
- Bridge of No Return
- Head gone
- Christmas is coming
- Games women play
- Women’s cot
- The blues kingdom
- The three wise men
- The bridge
- The witch,
- Zonal Leader
- Sacred heart amongst others
Zack has featured alongside top Nollywood stars such as Paul Sambo, Toni Tones, Sola Sobowale, Adesua Etomi, Sani Muazu, Omoni Oboli, Samuel Adedoyin, Akin Lewis, Sylvester Madu, Kenneth Okonkwo, Kanayo O. Kanayo and several others.
He was a one-time President of the actor guild of Nigeria.
Zack is married to his wife Ngozi Orji, and their marriage is blessed with three children, who are doing well in the entertainment industry, just like their father.
Zack’s son Lionel Chukwuemeka Orji had his tertiary education in the united kingdom, where he studied Media & Television at Bradford University. He is a Nigerian music artist who is gradually progressing in his music career some of his released songs include Uju and roll, Baby Joo.
Zack’s Daughter Yvone Orji takes after her father, she was recently nominated for the ‘Best Supporting Comedy Actress’ category in the next Emmys Awards to hold later in 2020. She gets this nomination for her role as ‘Molly Carter’ in the TV drama series ‘Insecure.’
Yvonne was born on December 2nd, 1983, she grew up in the United States and pursued her career in comedy after graduating from the university. She gained the role of Molly on Insecure in 2015.
Zack Orji is regarded as one of Nollywood’s most decorated artists, as he has won many prestigious awards in the course of his career.
Some of these includes:
- Most prominent actor in Nigeria at the Best of Nollywood Awards
- Lifetime Achievement Awards by the City People Entertainment Awards.
- Best Actor in Nigeria at the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
- Best actor of the year at the African Movie Academy Awards
- Best actor in a leading role at the African Movie Academy Awards
- He was a time President of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).
- Most Promising Actor in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards.