Professor Lazarus Edward Nnanyelu Ekwueme , widely known as Laz Ekwueme is a veteran Nigerian actor, producer, pioneer lecturer of music, musicologist, prolific writer and a multi-talented personality.
He was born on the 28th of January 1936 in Oko community in Anambra state, his original home of birth in south eastern Nigeria.
Laz had his primary education in Oko and Government College, Umuahia in Abia state.
He later went to Royal College of Music in London, United Kingdom where he obtained a Diploma in music.
He went further to have a degree in music in the University of Durham in the United Kingdom. He also obtained the professional teaching Diploma from the Licentitate of Guildhall School of Music.
Laz Ekwueme went further for his post graduate degree in Music Theory from Wale University in the United States of America. He taught music for years in various colleges abroad before returning to Nigeria as a pioneer lecturer in music with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Laz has many publications in poems, puns, proverbs and music lyrics especially the role of music in the lives of Africans and Africans in Diaspora.
His Acting Career
Laz Ekwueme began his acting career after joining the Nigerian Movie Industry in the early 1990s, a career he embraced while studying in the University abroad. He became popular after featuring in a hit Nollywood movie “Igodo”. It was a movie that shot him to fame and recognition in Nollywood and made him a public figure.
He is creative, gifted and exceptionally talented Nollywood actor. He interpret roles in movies brilliantly and accepts any character assigned him in movies.
Laz has over 100 Nollywood movies to his credit, some of which include the popular hit movie Igodo, Senator, Love Story among others. He is one of the pioneers and strong pillars of Nollywood who has made wonderful contributions to the growth and development of the entertainment industry in Nigeria.
Laz Ekwueme is a recipient of several awards. They include:
• Best actor in Nigeria at the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards
• Most prominent actor in Nigeria at the African Movie Academy Awards.
Laz Ekwueme is happily married to his lovely wife with grown up children. He is the younger brother to the former Vice President of Nigeria, Alex Ekwueme and presently a traditional ruler in Oko Kingdom in Anambra State.
His Net Worth
Lazarus Ekwueme is indeed a renowned Nollywood actor, rated one of the richest and most influential with a net worth of about $3.5 million dollars.