Nene Nwoko is a Nigerian-born actress and model. She is the youngest of five children born to retired principal and educator Prince Martin Ezedimbu Nwoko, and retired Deputy Provost and African music composer Elsie Ezinwa Nwoko.Nene grew up in a world infused with art and education. In elementary and high school, she spent much of her time involved in school productions. She danced in statewide competitions and lent in her voice at every opportunity to sing in school programming.
The love of performing followed her to college. While studying Management Information Systems at the University of Texas at Arlington, Nene was cast in productions by the African Students Association. The first, “Mother Africa,” introduced her to writer/director Nnaemeka Andrew Madueke. Impressed by her talent, approach and dedication to hard work, Nnaemeka invited her to portray “Doris” in his first film, “Night To Fly” (2008). “Night To Fly” sparked Nene’s desire to perform for a living.
Nene’s work has been recognized by the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Peachtree Village International Film Festival and the Lone Star Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
2009’s “The Okra Principle,” received an AMAA nomination for “Best Film by an African Filmmaker in Diaspora,” 2011’s “Mystery of Birds” won an AMAA for “Best Film by an African Living Abroad,” and 2014’s “Take The Spotlight” won “Best Filmmaker” at the 9th Annual Peachtree Village International Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. “I Am More,” a documentary film project for the Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (T.O.R.I), received a Lone Star Emmy Award in 2014.
Nene chalks her love of performing up to several entertainers. She describes Meryl Streep as versatile and dedicated, Chiwetel Ejiofor as awe-inducing, David Oyelowo as inspiring, Christoph Waltz as her favorite villain, adores Lupita Nyong’o’s talent, elegance, class and eloquent communication, appreciates the comedic sense of Bill Nighy and Jason Bateman, and finds Colin Firth’s work in the “King’s Speech” very inspiring. In Nene’s local acting community, Anne Beyer, Cynthia Santiago, April Hartman, Nikki Dixon, Arianne Martin Von Hilliard, Mila McCoy and Edgar Arreola inspire her to always bring her A game.