Man Crush Monday: Chimezie Imo

by Duke

Chimezie Imo, a rising star in the Nigerian film and television industry, embarked on his acting journey in 2014 as the runner-up on the esteemed Nigerian talent show, ‘The Next Movie Star Reality Show’. His inaugural on-screen appearance in the film, ‘Learning Curves’, marked the beginning of a promising career that has seen him grace both the big and small screens with his talent. Notable among his early works are his roles in TV shows like ‘Origin’ and the comedic gem ‘90 Gogoro’, which showcased his versatility and charisma.

In 2018, Chimezie’s portrayal of a conflicted young man succumbing to societal pressures in Shuga Naija catapulted him into the spotlight, garnering widespread acclaim for his compelling performance. The same year, he captivated audiences as one of the four inseparable friends navigating life’s challenges in the critically acclaimed comedy, Kasala, further solidifying his standing as a sought-after talent in the industry.

Continuing to push the boundaries of his craft, Chimezie delivered a gripping portrayal of a troubled teenager grappling with drug addiction in the 2019 film, Nimbe. His stellar performance earned him accolades, including a nomination for Best Actor at the prestigious Future Awards 2020 and recognition as a Most Promising Young Actor nominee at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2020, highlighting his growing influence and impact in the cinematic landscape.

In 2022, Chimezie showcased his depth and versatility yet again in the psychodrama “Choke”, portraying a sickle cell patient on a harrowing journey of self-discovery and turmoil. His nuanced portrayal earned him widespread praise, cementing his reputation as a formidable talent to watch. The following year, his excellence was further acknowledged with a nomination for the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his outstanding performance in “Choke”, culminating in his well-deserved win of the 2024 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award Trailblazer Award, a testament to his contributions to the ever-evolving landscape of African cinema.

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