Hanks Anuku is a popular Nollywood actor known as the bad boi of Nollywood. He acts mostly in action thriller movies and always play criminal, villain and hit man role in movies. He has been in the industry for over two decades. So in this article I will be sharing with you 10 real facts about Nollywood famous actor Hanks Anuku that you probably didn’t know.
1. is a legendary Nollywood actor, producer, entrepreneur and a television personality. He always features in action thriller movies. He has been regarded as one of the highest paid actors in Nigeria, one of the best performing actors in Nigeria and also one of the most influential and most talented actors in Nigeria. He is always known for playing criminal, villain and hit man role in movies. He always play the role of a criminal, arm robber, warrior, a palace guard, a presidential agent, terrorist and a leader of a campus confraternity in several Nollywood action thriller movies. He has been in the industry for over 2 decades and regarded as one of the pioneer of the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood.
He was born on 27th August 1960 in Ibadan, Oyo State in the south western part of Nigeria. He is currently 59 years old. He is currently married with lovely kids. He is popularly known for his criminal and villain role in movies. He is referred to as the most rugged Nollywood star. He is originally from Ibadan, Oyo State in the south western part of Nigeria, where he completed his basic educations.
Hanks Anuku completed his primary school education in Ibadan, Oyo State in the south western part of Nigeria and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. After completing his primary school education, Hanks Anuku proceeded to Loyola College in Ibadan, Oyo State in the south western part of Nigeria and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate. He is popularly known worldwide as Senator or Jangle because of his role in the Nollywood blockbuster movie King of the Jungle”. While still in primary and secondary school, he was actively involved in school drama, stage play and performing art. He joined his school dramatic club and acted on stage in several occasions, ceremony and events.
After completing his secondary school education, Hanks Anuku proceeded to Auchi Polytechnic in Auchi, Edo State in the south southern part of Nigeria and graduated with a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication in 1981. After completing his tertiary education, Hanks Anuku relocated to the United States of America to pursue green and pastures.
After spending so many years in the United States of America, Hanks Anuku returned back to Nigeria and joined the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood in early 2000 and acted in his first movie “The Skeleton” a movie that gave him an advantage in Nollywood and attracted him to movie producers and directors in Nigeria. In 2003, Hanks Anuku rose to fame after starring in the Nollywood political action thriller movie “The Senator” a movie that earned him an award for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Hanks Anuku always plays the role of a bad guy in movies and has an American accent because of the many years he has spent in America. Hanks Anuku is very handsome, gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles. He knows how to interpret his role very well and can fit in any character given to him by movie directors and producers in Nigeria. Due to his tough look and physical appearance, movie directors and producers choose to give him tough roles and characters in movies.
Hanks Anuku has acted in a few numbers of Hollywood movies in the United States of American before relocating to Nigeria. He was introduced into the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood by Regina Askia and his first movie was “The Skeleton” a movie that gave him an advantage in Nollywood and also attracted him to movie directors and producers in Nigeria. Hanks Anuku rose to prominence after acting in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “The Senator” a political action thriller movie where he played the role of an aspiring Senator who used tricks to defeat his opponents.
Hanks Anuku has acted in more than 150 Nollywood movies. Some of the movies he has acted include The Skeleton, The Senator, King of the Jungle, The Captor, My Love, Bitter Honey, Ògìdán, Men on Hard Way, Fools on the Run, Desperate Ambition, Wanted Alive, Force Alarm, Blood Diamonds, and many more. He features mostly on action thriller movies. Hanks Anuku always starred in action thriller movies alongside with Sam Dede, Saint Obi, Gentle Jack, Emma Ehummadu, J.T. Tom West, Jerry Amilo, Alaso Wariboko, Ernest Asuzu and Jim Iyke.
In August 2015, controversial Nollywood actor Hanks Anuku was involved in a bike accident in Nungua, Ledzokuku-Krowor area of Accra in Ghana. That year rumors spread all over Nigeria and Ghana that the gangster actor was dead, but during an interview with the media, Hanks Anuku debunks the rumors saying I am not dead, I am still alive. In 2015, Hanks Anuku was heartbroken after news went viral especially on social media, accusing him for testing positive to HIV/AIDS and deliberately infecting his wife with the deadly virus.
Hanks Anuku currently has an estimated net worth of over $1 million, making him one of the richest and most influential actor in Nigeria. He is also very popular on social media with more than a million followers on his official Instagram account. In 2017, Hanks Anuku naturalized as a Ghanaian citizen and relocated to Accra, Ghana with his family after changing his name from Hanks Anuku to Nana Kwame Fifi Kakra Anuku. Unfortunately, Hanks Anuku has denounced his citizenship in Nigeria and is now a certified citizen of Ghana.
Hanks Anuku in the cause of his career as an actor has won few awards. Some of the awards he has won include Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Best Actor of the Year at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and Most Promising Actor in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards. Unfortunately, Hanks Anuku is no longer appearing on movies anymore. He has quit the industry and now focused in other businesses.