Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu has acted in at least 950 movies playing different roles since 1981.
The actor, in an interview with Vanguard Newspaper, narrated how he got roles in the Television adaptation of Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart,' and NTA's longest running soap, 'Ripples.'
"It will be very difficult to count or name all my films at the stretch of the finger because they are numerous. But I have counted 950 films till date since 1981. I believe that this is a Guinness Book of Records material. I doubt if any actor in Africa as well as the world over has such a record," Agu said.
On some his many roles, Agu explained the series of event that led to some of the big projects he has starred in while acknowledging that he lost his chances to play in Kenneth Nnebue's historic home video, 'Living in Bondage.'
Playing Aniikwu in Things Fall Apart
"I started professional acting and formed a theatre troupe called INSPIRERS Theatre Group in 1983 with loads of performances around Nigeria. It was this group that was sought after when the performance was intricate both in Enugu and around Nigeria. I became guest actor, writer, and co-producer and co director at Nigerian Television Authority Enugu and former Anambra Television Channel 50 Enugu which was set up by then Governor Jim Nwobodo until 1986 when I was drafted into playing the role of ANIIKWU in THINGS FALL APART, the famous NTA network drama. The character was one of the fathers-in-law of the character OKONKWO, the leading character," Agu said.
Playing Chief Abunna in 'Ripples'
Agu said, "It was my soap opera The Advocate that took me to Lagos NTA headquarters for co-production. It was within this period that I got co-opted to be part of Ripples by Zeb Ejiro. It was the longest running soap ever on NTA and I doubt if that record has been beaten."
Unknown to many, Chiwetalu Agu obtained a Bachelors degree in Dramatic Arts from the Munchen College, Former West Germany between 1977 and 1981.