Nigerian actor, Yul Edochie has taken to social media to celebrate veteran actor and senior colleague, Chiwetalu Agu for his immense contribution to the growth of Nigeria’s movie industry, Nollywood.
Yul said Chiwetalu Agu is one of the best actors Nollywood has ever produced since the existence of the movie industry.
Recognizing him as the “King of Punchlines”, Yul appreciated him for all he has done for the industry, especially the role he played in shaping his career.
In his words “Today I want to celebrate this Nollywood legend. Today is not his birthday but I choose to recognize his immense contribution to Nollywood.
The Legend Uncle Chiwetalu Agu (Ichie Ogwu) @chiwetaluagu. The King of Punchlines. One of the greatest actors Nollywood has ever produced.
Today, many of us copy his Punchline style without giving him much credit for it. Sir, I recognize you and appreciate you. You helped shape my career.
Thank you. May you live longer in good health for us and for your family. AMEN!”
Chiwetalu Agu, an actor, comedian, and movie producer, won the 2012 Nollywood award for ‘best actor in indigenous movie.
His usage of specific language slang, phrases or clichés in each film has made him uniquely a household name in Nigeria and among Nollywood admirers abroad.
While asserting that comic genres is a unique vehicle in projecting Nigerian culture globally as well as establishing the Nollywood brand, Agu is listed as one of the outstanding comedians who have contributed to the development of Nollywood comic genres by Prof. Femi Shaka of the University of Port Harcourt.
Agu’s versatility dates back to the transition of Nigerian television soap operas to Nollywood movies.
Before the inception of Nollywood, about 31 years ago, television soap opera was the order of the day and Agu featured in Nigerian Television Authority Channel 8 Enugu’s Ikoro, produced by Joe Onyekwelu.
He also featured on ETV Channel 50, now ESBS and Soap-opera’s like Baby Come Now and Ripples (in Lagos), produced by Chico Ejiro’s brother, Zeb; in the latter, he played the character of Chief Abunna.