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Aki and Pawpaw are two names that would never fizzle out in the Nigerian entertainment and movie industry. The origin of the names dates back to the year 2002 when the comedy movie Aki an Ukwa introduces Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme as Aki and Pawpaw respectively.
The movie ushered them into the Nigerian Nollywood scene and marked the beginning of their collaboration from that day henceforth. They have been in the scene for two decades, featuring in over a hundred movies, and won several awards.
Their popularity has gone beyond the shores of Nigeria, with many celebrities across the world using their hilarious clips for memes. This is a look into the lives of the duo, net worth, relationship, and career.
Who Is Aki?
Aki’s real name is Chinedu Ikedieze, born on December 12th, 1977 in Bende, Abia State, Nigeria. The 44 years old had his primary and secondary education in Aba, Abia State. Following his secondary graduation, he enrolled in the Institute of Management and Technology, (IMT), Enugu to obtain a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Theatre Arts and a degree in Mass Communications.
After rounding up at IMT, the actor desired to become a lawyer, however, he took to acting. And by 1998, he was already featuring in minor roles, with his first being Evil Men. In 2004, He went to the reputable New York Film Academy.
He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2007. Former President Goodluck Jonathan honored the actor with the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).
Who Is Pawpaw?
Pawpaw’s real name is Osita Iheme. He was born on 20th February 1982in Mbaitoli, Imo State, Nigeria. The 39 years old was raised in Abia State. He went to obtain a BSC in Computer Science from the Lagos State University.
He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2007 edition of the African Movie Academy Awards. And in 2011, he was honored by then Nigeria’s President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR).
Apart from acting, he is also an author and founder of a charity foundation. He founded the Inspired Movement Africa, with the aim to encourage, drive and spur the minds of young Africans. He wrote the book titled INSPIRED 101.
Net Worth of Aki And Pawpaw
The duo is no doubt among the list of Nigerian actors whose careers flourished. They have been active in the movie industry for two decades, with many major roles. Both earned a huge amount from acting, as well as other endeavors.
According to the media, Chinedu Ikedieze (Aki) has an estimated net worth of ₦1.3 billion, thus making him one of the richest actors in Nollywood. Well when one has money, it is seen in the lavish lifestyle he/she lives.
There are speculations that the actor owns a house in Omole Phase 1 in Lagos State. And has also put down another one in his hometown in Abia State. That is not all, his garage parades some exotic cars such as; the Infinity FX, Hummer Stretch Limousine, Benz E300, and Porsche Carrera.
On the other hand, Osita Iheme (Pawpaw) is said to have an estimated net worth of ₦560 million. Reports making rounds in the media show that the actor is investing heavily in real estate, having spent more than ₦100 million in the building of houses. However, he seems to focus more funds on his hotel project.
He also has a range of luxury cars in his garage. They include; Land Rover LR3, and Toyota Harrier, Honda NSX.
Judging by their net worth, Chinedu Ikedieze (Aki) is richer than Osita Iheme (Pawpaw).
Marriage And Relationship of Aki And Pawpaw
Aki and Pawpaw are seen by most people as twins. However, it was acting that brought them together. Besides acting, each has their individual and private lives.
Chinedu Ikedieze (Aki) is happily married to Nneoma Nwaijah, a fashion designer. They tied the knots traditionally on 26th November 2011 in the bride’s hometown of Obolo, Isala Mbano, Imo State. And had the white wedding on 9th December 2011 at Redeemed Christian Church of God at Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos State.
Before the marriage, the couple first cross paths on the set of a movie in Lagos State in 2008. Starting first as friends, the two later became lovers. They dated for 3 years before deciding to take it to the next level.
The couple doesn’t have any children yet, as both are focusing on their careers. However, the possibility of having children in the future is not ruled out.
Osita Iheme (Pawpaw) is not married at the moment. However, Wikipedia mentioned “Noma” as his spouse. The actor has managed to keep his personal life away from the media. So, there is no information about his marital or relationship status.