Nigerian Movie Industry (Nollywood) is blessed with numerous vigorous stars, those stars who are manly actors and actresses have made names for themselves in distinguishing ways and Bob happens to be one of them. One thing I’ve noticed about Nollywood scenes is that most of the male characters tend to look more physically intimidating in real life than in many of the movie scenes, this may sound as farce but it is mainly my observation and it also does not mean others to will not have an exact opposite opinion based on the different experiences. Maybe it’s as a result of my 12 inches television or perhaps my rather archaic perception. 🙂
The sight of Charming Bob Manuel Udokwu walking majestically, full of confidence is a joy to behold, it’s a look and aura that many people tend to identify as full confidence, and to an extent – ‘the stride of a giant’. This among others earned him the tag- ‘gentle gaint’. Bob is also a locals favourite, in his hometown, he is known, loved and respected. The biggest impression you will get from him is his adorable and simplified lifestyle, the ability to blend with the locals and his native language (Igbo) speaking prowess in addition to English. In meeting Bob Manuel, one of many great things you will notice almost immediately about him is his free lifestyle that doesn’t suggest “I am a celebrity, ‘ordinary’ people should steer clear from me”. A free lifestyle filled with humility is one way to identify Bob. He has this aura that goes with him and lingers for sometime after he left.
The Enugu born actor is a household name in Nigerian Movie Industry, Biz show and Entertainment as a whole, and even politics of recent. Blessed with a great voice, good use of English, strong, Physically endorsed with gives him intimidating looks even in the mist of his fellow men.
Bob Manuel Udokwu was born to a popular Udokwu family of Nkwelle-Ogidi in Idemmili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria. He was born on April 18th in the late 1960s at Enugu, Enugu State to the family of Mr Geoffrey Nwafor Udokwu (father) and Mrs Ezelagbo Udokwu (mother). He is the Fourth Child and the second son in the family of six which consists of three males and three females.
He attended his primary school education at St. Peters Primary School (now Hillside Primary School) in the Coal Camp, Enugu, Enugu State and his Secondary school education at Oraukwu Grammar School, Oraukwu, Anambra State from where he proceeded to University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Rivers State where he obtained a Certificate – Bachelors of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts. He equally bagged a Master’s degree in Political Science with specialisation in International Relations from the University of Lagos, Lagos State.
He is married to Cassandra his sweetheart and they have two children. He named his son after the great Marcus Garvey.
Movies and Entertainment
Bob is among the current crop of Nollywood actors/actress that were part of the great movie – Living in Bondage, a Movie that opened the door to a greater feat of Nollywood, he played the role of Mike who is a member of the secret cult which Andy (Kenneth Okonkwo) was introduced to. The Flamboyant actor is from Ogidi, the same town with another known Nollywood actor, Obi Madubogwu (of blessed memory). Both of them were very active in the 1990s, the resurgent years of Nollywood. Another popular Nigerian actor and movie director, Tony Umez is also from Ogidi.
List of Movies he featured in
Bob has featured in many movies, below are some of his best movies
Living in Bondage
The Key to Happiness
Black Maria *His Star Movie!
Heaven after Hell
A Time to Love
Adesuwa. – Star Movie
Living in Bondage Trailer –
Adesuwa Trailer, thanks to YouTube –
Bob was nominated for Best Actor in a supporting role at the 2013 Nollywood Movies Awards for his role in Adesuwa. He received the Lifetime Achievement award at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2014.
Bob plays many roles in Nollywood which includes – Stubborn Child in a family, Strong Headed Young man, Secret Cult member/leader, Loving husband in some cases.
His stature makes a role of a strong-headed young man very suitable to him. He does well as a secret cult member. His
academic attainment and good knowledge of English paved a way in many of his movies that he played roles of Lawyer & solicitor.
Bob tend to do poor in romantic movies despite being a good looking fellow (our opinion though).
Outside Nollywood Bob is The Ambassador of Gulder and the Director/Coordinator of Gulder Ultimate Search.
Bob Manuel Udokwu is active in Anambra State politics, former Governor of Anambra State Peter Obi appointed him Senior Special Assistant to Governor Peter Obi on Creative Media and the present Governor of Anambra State Gov. Willie Obiano appointed him a Senior Special Assistant on Movie/Entertainment industry.
In 2015 Nigerian General Election he contested for a seat in Anambra State House of Assembly to represent Idemmili North Constituency under Anambra State ruling party – All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) against a fellow entertainer Tony One Week which he won. In a recent interview, he explained his position in Entertainment Industry, stating that his political position has not stopped him from acting.