Alex Usifo

Alex Usifo Biography / Profile

Alex Usifo was born on April 16, 1953 in Lagos to Mr Barnabas, who worked with Central Bank at the time and Mrs Patricia Anobi Usifo

Alex Usifo Age

Alex Usifo is 70 years old.

Alex Usifo Early Life

He completed his secondary education at St. John Bosco's Grammar School, Ubiaja, Edo state after his primary education in Ibadan, Hawking fried fish and fruits to complement his parents’ meager earning.

After his secondary education, he became independent, working at NTA Benin after five years, he gained admission into St Peter and Paul Major Seminary, Bodija - Ibadan in 1978 where he went to to be trained to become a priest. He left the seminary to get a diploma degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos unwavering against financial difficulties.

Looking for  a good fit for his baritone, he  began going for auditions at different media houses including Radio Nigeria in Lagos, Voice of Nigeria in Lagos and Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) in Ilorin, where he made it at the top list but was eventually dropped because of ‘Quota System’.

Alex Usifo Career

In 1984, Alex Usifo's acting career kicked off with his playing a role in the movie 'The Return of the Native' by Jimmy Atteh which was produced by Ray Yusuf. He went on from there to play lead roles in the movies, 'Natas' and 'Two People' which was produced by Baba Babs Fashina, going to NTA station in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria to take part in the weekly television series 'At Your Service'. Before Nollywood, Alex Usifo had participated in stage plays like 'Awero' which was written, produced and directed by Larry Williams and  Ola Rotimi's 'Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again!'  Which went on to be staged at the National Theatre, Iganmu.

His rise to fame came in 1988 when he starred in Zeb Ejoro's TV program, 'Ripples' playing the character of Talaab Abass who was the villian in the movie and which is the name that most people know him as. He went on from Ripples to star in Reemmy Jes’ Dirty Game and then ‘Beyond Our Dreams’ where he played the part of Chief Odiete. After 'Beyond our dreams', people alternated between calling him Talab Abass and Chief Odiete.

Alex Usifo started a Modelling Agency in partnership with Nollywood Director, Andy Amneechi but later went solo as Silver and Gold Productions eventually evolving into the home for models and beauty queens like Sandra Petgrave and Toyin Raji to name a few. He also took jobs behind the screen, producing and directing.

The towering, baritoned actor whoose signature look is a clean shaven head which is his attempt at standing out as an artiste, is a member of Actors' Guild of Nigeria, Directors' Guild of Nigeria and Association of Movie Producers took part in various NTA productions; 'Echoes of Life', 'Turning Wheel', 'Super Story', 'This is Life' and has starred in over 250 Nollywood movies which include 'Okoro the Prince', 'Strong Men at Work', 'Trumpet of Death', 'Who Am I, Final Point', 'The Guilty', 'Azima, Silent Night', 'Desperadoes', 'My Love', 'Classical Fraud' and  'Dangerous Sisters'.

He took a break from acting, taking a teaching job in the Department of History and International Studies in Babcock University.

He went for a Master's degree in English at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), after gaining a degree in English at  Ambrose-Ali University graduating with a 2nd-Class upper degree and then Babcock University, Illishan - Remo in Ogun state where he bagged a PhD in Philosophy emerging as the President of the 2016 Post- graduate Class in the University.

In an interview, he talked about his plans to go back to school for a degree in Statistics.

Alex Usifo Personal Life

He married Princess in 1993 and they have four children, Sarah, Isaac, David and Osedebame together.

Alex Usifo Awards

  • Best Actor (African Collaboration) at the Ghana Movie Awards
  • Best Actor at the Legends of Nollywood Awards
  •  Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nollywood Christian Fellowship Awards
  • Excellent Achievement in the Movie Industry at the Niger Delta Awards
  • Outstanding Achievement in Nollywood at the Bells University Awards
  •  Award for Excellence in Artistic Creativity, Rotract Club of Sagamu Inspirational Award
  • Nollywood Icons Award at the Nigerian Film Corporation.

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