Daniel K Daniel Biography, Wife, Movies, Awards and Net Worth
Daniel Kanayo Daniel is a famous Nollywood actor popularly called Daniel K Daniel. He is also a television personality, model, voice-over artiste, event manager and a philanthropist. He was born on 22 May 1986 in Maiduguri, Borno State in the northern part of Nigeria. He is currently 32 years old. He is a native of Nenwe in Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State in the south eastern part of Nigeria.
He was brought up in a Christian home. His father, Chris Daniel was an engineer and his mother, Kande Daniel was a Broadcast Journalist and former National President of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists. She is currently the Special Adviser to the Minister of Power on Media Matters. Daniel K Daniel is the first child in a family of four children.
Daniel K Daniel attended Command Children School in Enugu, Nigeria and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. During his primary school days in Command Children School, Daniel K Daniel led the drama and debating club of his primary school. He was very intelligent and always at the top of his class.
After his primary school education, Daniel K Daniel proceeded to Command Day Secondary School, Enugu in 1996, he later moved to Federal Government College, Enugu and he completed his senior secondary education there in 1999 .
Daniel K Daniel had the desire to be trained as a pilot, having had three role model fighting pilots in his family. He looked up to (Late) Air Marshal Ibrahim Alfa, his foster grandfather who was former Nigeria Chief of Air Staff while his three uncles John Chukwu, Air Vice-Marshal Chris Chukwu, and Shu’aibu Alfa were Squadron Leader in the Nigerian Airforce.
His hopes to become a pilot were dashed when he was diagnosed with “myopia” (short sightedness) and was told it would be difficult to achieve his dream as a pilot with poor eyesight.
At this time his father moved to Port Harcourt, Rivers State in the south southern part of Nigeria, while his mother moved to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, on separate national assignments.
Daniel got admission to study Applied Biochemistry in the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka in Anambra State, Nigeria in the year 2004.
Daniel K Daniel started his modeling career while still in the university, doing a couple of Television commercials for Zandas Cosmetics. After his university education, he took part in a few runway shows including the Abuja Moroccan Fashion Show.
After one of the shows, a Super model by the name Steiner Eunice Opara dragged Daniel K Daniel to a movie audition. The directors in the movie audition were impressed by his talent and gave him his very first acting job in the Television series “All About Us” in 2009.
He was then casted for a BBC movie titled “Sarah’s Choice” which was directed by Mark Kusare. In that movie, he starred alongside OC Ukeje, Seun Dada and Sylvia Oluchi. After the success of “Sarah’s Choice” Daniel K Daniel took on the role of the antagonist in the Amstel Malta Box Office produced movie “The Child” directed by Izu Ojukwu in which he starred alongside with Joke Silva, Alex Usifo, Bukky Ahyi and Wole Ojo. He also had the opportunity to featured in another blockbuster movie titled “Ladies Men” which was directed by Afam Okereke and also starred popular Nollywood celebrities like Mercy Jonson, Funke Akindele, Queen Nwokoye, Ruth Kadiri, Alex Ekubo and Chigozie Atuanya.
In February 2010, Daniel K Daniel took a break from his new found acting career to go for his National Youth Service, which is a mandatory requirement for Nigerian University graduates. Durinh his service, he worked with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria.
In 2011, after he had completed his service, he returned to acting and starred in several movies which include Ivie, Same Difference, Paint My Life, Tempest, Lions of 76, Jujuwood, Body of the King, Book of Magic, Matchmaker, Spirit Girl, Devil in Red, Girl, Mummy Dearest, Bambitious, etc.
He has also starred in several Television Series which include My Treasure, Spider and Car Hire.
Tthe British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) radio drama series “Story Story and Neighbor My Neighbor” also had Daniel K Daniel as part of the cast.
In 2014, Daniel K Daniel won the award for Best New Actor of the Year at the City People Entertainment Awards. He was also nominated for Revelation of the Year at the Best of Nollywood Awards.
On 5 March 2016, Daniel K Daniel won the award for Best Actor in a Drama at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for his role in the Nigerian war thriller movie “A Soldier’s Story”.
In the same year in 2016, Daniel K Daniel also won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards for his portrayal as a Bossman in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “A Soldier’s Story” in 2016.
In 2016, Daniel K Daniel was also nominated for Best Actor at the Golden Movie Awards and Best Actor at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.