Obinna Nwafor (popularly known as Saint Obi) was a Nigerian actor, film director and movie producer.
He was popularly known for movies like ‘Sakobi’, ‘Heart of Gold‘, ‘Last Party‘, ‘Candle Light‘, ” and ‘Goodbye Tomorrow‘. He is considered one of the pioneers of Nollywood, and his contributions to the Nigerian movie industry have been recognized by various awards.
We’d be seeing the biography of Obinna Nwafor and highlighting some of his achievements and contributions to the Nollywood industry.
Cent Obi Profile
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Full name: Obinna Nwafor
Popularly known as: Saint Obi, Cent Obi
Born: 16th November 1965
Died: 13th May 2023
Age: 57 years (2022)
Parents: Chief Melvin Nwafor, Millicent Nwafor
Occupation: Actor, film producer
Education: University Of Jos, Main Campus
Spouse(s): Lydia Saint-Nwafor
Residence: Lagos, Nigeria
Obinna Nwafor (Saint Obi) Biography and Educational Background
Obinna Nwafor was born on the 16th of November, 1965 to the family of Chief Melvin Nwafor and Millicent Nwafor. He was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria but he hails from Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State. His father was a titled Igbo chief while his mother was a teacher. Saint Obi was the only son among the couple’s nine children.
After obtaining his First School Leaving Certificate, Saint Obi proceeded to Zang Secondary Commercial School, Plateau, Jos for his secondary education. He thereafter, enrolled at the prestigious University of Jos, where he earned a degree in Theater Arts.
Saint Obi is considered one of the pioneers of Nollywood, and his contributions to the Nigerian movie industry have been recognized by various awards. He is also known for his philanthropic activities, especially in the areas of education and healthcare.
He started his acting career in the late 1980s and became popular for his role in the TV series ‘Family Circle‘. He then starred in several Nollywood movies, including ‘Checkmate‘, ‘Sakobi‘, ‘State of Emergency‘, ‘Executive Crime‘, and ‘Take Me to Maama‘.
Saint Obi was featured in more than 90 movies during his lifetime, some of them include:
- Blue Sea
- Check Point
- Crime Planner
- Candle Light
- Dapo Junior
- Heart of Gold
- Sleeping With the Enemy
- Goodbye Tomorrow
- Executive Crime
- Street Fame
- The President Must Not Die
- War Front
- State of Emergency
- Take me to Maama (as producer)
Awards and Recognition
Saint Obi is considered one of the pioneers of Nollywood, and his contributions to the Nigerian movie industry have been recognized by various awards:
- Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards
- Best Actor in Nigeria at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAAs)
- Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Nollywood Movie Awards (NMAs)
- Best Actor in Africa at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA)
Saint Obi was married to Lynda Amobi and the union was blessed with three children. According to thefamousnaija.com, Lynda is a tech commercial expert and chief enterprise business officer at MTN Nigerian PLC and hails from Anambra State.
The couple got married in 2006 but the marriage broke up due to allegations of domestic violence.
Is Saint Obi Dead?
Saint Obi has reportedly passed away after a protracted illness. According to PunchNG, he died early in the week after battling an undisclosed illness for several months with no successful treatment.
Vanguardngr reported that he passed away on Sunday, 7th May 2023 at the home of one of his siblings. The news of his death was, however, not made public officially on time due to disagreement among his siblings.
May Saint Obi’s soul rest in peace.
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