He has been regarded as one of the highest paid actors in Nigeria and also one of the richest, best performing actors and also most influential actors in Nigeria. He is always known for playing the role of a legend, hero, police detective, top security agent and hitman role in several Nollywood action thriller movies. He has been in the industry for over 2 decades and regarded as one of the pioneer of the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood.
He was born on 16th November 1965 in Port Harcourt, River State in the south southern part of Nigeria. He is currently 54 years old. Saint Obi is a native of Okpa, a small town in Mbaitolo Local Government Area of Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. He grew up in Jos, Plateau State in the northern part of Nigeria.
Saint Obi is the only son in a family of 9 children. He has eight sisters and was the only male child in the family. He completed his primary school education in Jos, Plateau State in the northern part of Nigeria and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. After completing his primary school education, Saint Obi proceeded to Zang Secondary Commercial School in Jos, Plateau State in the northern part of Nigeria and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate.
After completing his primary and secondary school education, Saint Obi proceeded to University of Jos in Plateau State in the northern part of Nigeria and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts in 1991. While still in the university as an undergraduate, Saint Obi was actively involved in stage drama and performing art. He started acting on stage and appearing on several television soap opera as an undergraduate back days in the University of Jos in Plateau State, Nigeria.
In 1995, Saint Obi joined the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood professionally and started attending movie auditions and featuring in movies as supporting character. In 1996, Saint Obi rose to fame after starring in several NTA commercial series.
Saint Obi is currently married to Lydia Saint Nwafor and the marriage is blessed with many beautiful kids. In 2001, Saint Obi produced his first movie titled “Take Me to Mama” where he starred as Jerry, alongside with Ebi Sam. Saint Obi started showing interest in acting right from his secondary school days, he was fond of writing drama scripts and acting in stage play. As a teenager Saint Obi dream was to become a professional actor.
Saint Obi has acted in more than 250 Nollywood movies. Some of the movies he has acted include Candle Light, Goodbye Tomorrow, Heart of Gold, Executive Crime, State of Emergency, War Front, The President Must Not Die, and many more. He act mostly in action thriller movie and is always hailed by fans as Nollywood living legend. Sometimes he acts in romantic movies, but he is very good and perfect in action thriller movies and always plays the role of a top security detective who fights crime and disturb top government corrupt officials.
Saint Obi admired several British, American and Hollywood actors and wanted to become famous when he grows up. That is why he was actively involved in drama, stage play and performing arts while still in secondary school to the extent that he had to study Theatre Arts in the University of Jos. Saint Obi is very handsome, gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles. He knows how to interpret his roles very well and can fit in any character given to him by movie directors and producers in Nigeria.
Saint Obi currently has an estimated net worth of over $5 million, making him one of the richest and most influential actor in Nigeria. He is also very popular on social media with more than a million followers on his official Instagram handle. In 2010, Saint Obi was awarded a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) being the highest honor and award giving to a celebrity who has contributed immensely to the economy growth and development of the country through entertainment. Saint Obi is also considered to be one of the most sought-after actors in Nigeria and also one of the most richest and highest paid actors in Nigeria.
Saint Obi in the cause of his acting career has won several movie awards both locally and internationally. Some of the awards he has won include Best Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Best Actor in Africa at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Most Promising Actor in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards, Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Best of Nollywood Movie Awards and Best Performing Actor at the Afro Hollywood Awards.
He is indeed a great actor and has been regarded as the greatest of all time. Unfortunately, he is no longer active in Nollywood and has stopped appearing on screen. But during an interview, he made a promise that he will make a comeback to Nollywood after acquiring much technical knowledge in film production and he will reshape the Nigerian movie industry and make it the best in the world