The Kanayo O. Kanayo Mentoring Academy, KOKMA, is a platform for mentoring and inspiring the youths to great achievements.
Nollywood veteran Kanayo O. Kanayo, the prolific Nigerian actor who made his debut as Chief Omego in 1992’s 'Living in Bondage"(for which he earned a ₦1,500 pay) is nowadays far removed from the childhood he described as ‘Spartan.’
Yet even that doesn’t give you a complete picture of the journey the actor, who had his first paid job digging pit latrine, has covered.
A native of Imo State, Nigeria, the actor by sheer determination, managed to secure an education, earning a diploma in Mass Communication and Law, a degree in Philosophy, and a Masters in Political Science, all from the University of Lagos.
Now a renowned veteran, Kanayo O. Kanayo seeks to inspire the youth to great achievements, and provide a platform upon which they can more easily realize their dreams.
“My message to these younger ones is that you can be whatever you want to be in life, and you have nothing to limit you to your dreams. Education is the future, especially when you take your education seriously; nothing should actually be a stone in the way of your progress. We need to tell the younger ones that the future is bright," the actor said.
"The Kanayo O. Kanayo Mentoring Academy, KOKMA, is a platform for mentoring, and when I talk about mentoring here, I am talking about finding support for youths, for young adults, especially the ones in secondary school. It’s my own gift to the world.
"My team and I have set up a five-year program to ensure that we launch out all around Nigeria, and into many other areas in Africa. We are planning to launch this project very soon. We intend after that, to visit some secondary schools, to meet with the students and talk to them, tell them the primary and the currency of education. After that, we’ll make presentations to the schools and the students. Thank you very much, for celebrating me as an actor.
I will also like to thank our government for supporting us in this initiative and global companies like Transfast and all our other partners for helping us inspire our youths to great achievements. If I can make it in life, they can also make it," the actor added.
Kanayo O Kanayo is popular for movies like "Lost Kingdom," "Apaye," "October 1" among others.
Watch actor in "Festival of Fire" below.