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The Authority Icon: RAMSEY NOUAH

The Authority Icon: RAMSEY NOUAH

For being a major force in reinventing and re­positioning Nollywood and African cinema; for his passionate desire for creative growth of movie industry leading to his founding a movie production company called Ramsey­films and for inspiring rookie-actors to follow their dreams, Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr. is The AUTHORITY Icon

An Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, he is acclaimed as one of the most sought-after actors in Nigeria. Meet Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr.

He was born on December 19, 1970, in Edo State, to an Israeli father and a Yoruba mother who hails from Owo, Ondo State. He grew up in Surulere, Lagos, where he attended Atara Primary School and Com­munity Grammar School. He obtained a diploma in mass communications at the University of Lagos, after which he pursued a career in acting.

Nouah’s acting career kicked off when he starred in the Nigerian TV soap opera Fortunes. Nouah has since then appeared in numerous films starring as the lead role. He has been called “Lover-Boi” for his numer­ous roles in romantic film.

In 1996, he made his major screen movie debut in the well-received Silent Night after performing in a few Nigeria home videos (now widely known as Nollywood) proj­ects which never got released due to lack of completion funds and related issues. Suc­ceeded by numerous Nigerian home video projects where he mainly played romantic roles, from the 1990’s through the early 2000’s; Nouah was quickly labelled “Lover Boy”. In 2004, he starred in Dangerous Twins (2004) and his stellar performance as a good and bad twin, Taiye and Kehinde, projected him as a multi layered actor ca­pable of much more his “Lover Boy” image had suggested. By then, his fame had tran­scended the shores of Nigeria and was ex­ceeding Africa.

His face was on numerous movie post­ers and his performance progressively got stronger and attracted acclaim as he sold millions of Nigerian home video (which was straight to DVD) projects within lovers of African entertainment. He is an African household name that won’t be forgotten for his immense contribution to the African entertainment industry at large. In 2009, he portrayed a socially awkward fresh gradu­ate in The Figurine (2009).

In 2010, Nouah won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the Best Picture award-winning film The Figurine (2009). Nouah is considered to be one of the most sought-after actors in Africa.

With an amazing talent and acting range, he has managed to remain new and fresh even after more than two decades in the industry. He has won numerous awards for his acting and contribution to the Afri­can entertainment industry in Nigeria and around the world. He is a one of the few ac­tive pioneers and ambassador of the laud­able Nigerian movie industry also known as Nollywood. His burning desire to add to the creative growth of Nollywood and Af­rican cinema led to his founding a movie production company called Ramseyfilms.

Nouah is married to Emelia Philips-Nouah, a union blessed with two sons and a daughter - Quincy, Camil Nouah and De­siree Nouah.