Daniel K Daniel: Biography, Age, Career, Family And Movies


Daniel K Daniel: Biography, Age, Career, Family And Movies

Daniel K Daniel

Daniel Kanayo Daniel (born 22 May 1986) is a Nigerian television and film actor, model, voice-over artiste and events compere. He is best known for his portrayal of Bossman in the movie A Soldier’s Story, for which he won the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) and the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) awards for Best Actor,as well as his roles in the period piece 76, which also starred Ramsey Noah, Chidi Mokeme and Rita Dominic and the light-hearted Mummy Dearest alongside veteran Nigerian actress Liz Benson.

Early life

Daniel was born at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Borno State, in Northeastern Nigeria on 22 May 1986. While Daniel was a toddler, his family relocated to Lagos State in Southwest Nigeria and then to the Southeast State of Enugu, where he began his formal education. Daniel is of Igbo descent and is a native of Nenwe in Ani-Nri Local Government Area of Enugu State. He was brought up in a Christian home. His father, Chris Daniel was an engineer and his mother Kande Daniel is a Broadcast Journalist and former National President of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, and currently serves as the Special Adviser to the Nigerian Minister of Power on Media Matters. He is the first of four children, one of whom is Chris Daniel Jnr (Kris’D) a musician and performing artist.


Daniel led the drama and debating club of his primary school, Command Children School. Almost always at the top of his class, he graduated into secondary school in 1996. He enrolled in Command Day Secondary School Enugu, and later transferred to Federal Government College Enugu in 1999 to complete his senior secondary education.

Daniel had desired to train as a pilot, having had three role model fighter pilots in his family: his foster grandfather, former Chief of Air Staff, (Late) Air Marshal Ibrahim Alfa, and his three uncles – Squadron Leader John Chukwu, Air Vice-Marshal Chris Chukwu, and Shu’aibu Alfa (a civil pilot). Daniel’s hopes were dashed when he was diagnosed with myopia (short sightedness) and was told it would be difficult to achieve his dream with poor eyesight. At this time his father moved to Port Harcourt, Rivers State in South-south Nigeria, while his mother moved to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, on separate national assignments. He then got admission into the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State in 2004 to study Applied Biochemistry.

In November 2004, Daniel’s life changed for good as he lost his father in a ghastly auto crash and being the first child, he had to grow up quickly. In 2005 his family relocated to Abuja after his father’s death in Port Harcourt while his studies continued in Nnamdi Azikiwe University where he also started his modelling career. He graduated from the University in 2009 and managed his uncle’s business Twinkles Catering Service, the pioneer eatery in Gusau, Zamfara State for four months.


Daniel started his modelling career while in school, doing a couple of Television commercials for Zandas Cosmetics. In 2009 when he returned to Abuja from the university, he took part in a few runway shows including the Abuja Moroccan Fashion Show. After one of the shows, Supermodel Steiner Eunice Opara, dragged a reluctant Daniel to a movie audition. The directors – Kabat Esosa Egbon and Tola Balogun were impressed by Daniel’s talent and gave him his very first acting job in the Television series All About Us.

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He then got cast for a BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) movie titled Sarah’s Choice, directed by Mak Kusare in which he starred alongside OC Ukeje, Seun Dada and Sylvia Oluchi. After the success of Sarah’s Choice, Daniel took on the role of the antagonist in the Amstel Malta Box Office produced movie, The Child,[4] directed by Izu Ojukwu in which he starred alongside Joke Silva, Alex Usifo, Bukky Ajayi, and Wole Ojo. Afterwards he gained the lead role in the hit movie, Ladies’ Men, directed by Afam Okereke, also starring Mercy Johnson, Funke Akindele, Queen Nwokoye, Ruth Kadiri, Alex Ekubo, Chigozie Atuanya.

Daniel took a break from his newfound acting career in February 2010 to go for his National Youth Service, which is a mandatory requirement for Nigerian University graduates. He then worked with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja the Federal Capital Territory as part of his youth service.

He returned to acting in 2011 at the end of his Youth Service program and starred in a plethora of movies including Under which was shot in Ghana, IvieSame DifferencePaint My LifeTempestLions of 76JujuwoodBody of the KingBook of MagicMatchmakerSpirit GirlDevil in RedGirlMummy DearestBambitious and others. He has also starred in a number of Television Series such as My TreasureSpider and Car Hire. Daniel was also part of the cast in the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) radio drama series – Story Story and Neighbor My Neighbor.

Awards and recognitions

In 2014 Daniel was nominated for the City People AwardsBest New Actor of the Year category, an award he went on to win. Daniel was also nominated for the Best of Nollywood Awards (BON)Revelation of the Year Category in 2014, which he won.

On March 5, 2016, Daniel won the Award for Best Actor in a (Drama) at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) 2016 edition, for his role in the Nigerian war thriller A Soldier’s Story. In the same year, Daniel also won the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the same movie.


Year Event Prize Recipient Result
2014 City People Awards Best New Actor of the Year Daniel K. Daniel Won
Best of Nollywood Awards (BON) Revelation of the Year Daniel K. Daniel Won
2016 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actor in a (Drama) Daniel K. Daniel Won
12th Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actor Daniel K. Daniel Won
Golden Movie Awards Best Actor Daniel K Daniel Nominated
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actor Daniel K Daniel Nominated


Movie roles

Year Title Role Director Notes
2010 Ladies’ Men Bernard Afam Okereke Feature Film
2010 The Child Oviawe Izu Ojukwu Feature Film (Amstel Malta Box Office Produced Film)
2010 Under 1 and 2 Dave Nonso Emekaekwue Feature Film
2010 Sarah’s Choice Sub-lead Mak Kusare Feature Film (Produced by the BBC)
2012 Paint My Life/Tempest Friday Tchidi Chikere Feature Film
2012 Lions of 76 Corporal Obi Izu Ojukwu Feature Film
2013 Book of Magic Obinna Nonso Ekene-Okonkwo Feature Film
2013 Spirit Girl Obinna Nonso Ekene-Okonkwo Feature Film
2014 Matchmaker Opie Solomon McAuley Feature Film (MNet-Afriwood Production)
2014 Girl Pita Solomon McAuley Feature Film (MNet-Afriwood Production)
2014 I’m Audrey Esosa Alex Mouth Feature Film (MNet-Afriwood Production)
2014 Mummy Dearest Chijioke Chinda Willis Ikedum Feature Film (Released in 2015)
2014 Almost Perfect Major Desmond Elliot Feature Film (Yet to be released)
2014 A Long Night (2014) Jude Desmond Elliot Feature Film (Yet to be released)
2014 Same Difference Sam Ehizojie Ojeshobolo Feature Film
2014 Devil in Red Bryan Okorie Chucks-John Ejiofor Feature Film
2014 Bambitious Jerry Braide Okechukwu Oku Feature Film
2014 Fearless Lions Ebube Vincent D Anointed Feature Film
2014 Chimobi (The Only Son) Chimobi Emeka Nnakihe Feature Film
2015 Dise’s Secrets Tony Jay Franklyn Jituboh/Chris Odeh Ebonylife TV Original Film
2015 Amiable Dave Stanlee Ohikhuare Feature Film
2015 A Soldier’s Story Bossman Frankie Ogar Produced by Martin Gbados
2015 Perfectly Flawed Lead Role Chris Eneng Africa Magic Original Film
2016 Schemers Sub-Lead Gbenga Salu Produced by Grace Edwin Okon
2016 For the Wrong Reasons Sub-Lead Role Elvis Chuks An Elvis Chuks Production
2016 The Flute Boy Lead Amaechi Ukeje Produced by Demek Movies
2016 The Brotherhood Lead Role Prince Emeka Ani A Chez Movies Production
2016 What Goes Around Lead Sadiq Sule Produced by Sadiq Sule
2016 Icheke Oku Prince Agunannya Emeka Amakeze An Igbo Language Film
2016 Awele My Love Lead Victor Okoli Produced by Kelechi Onwuchekwa
2016 Brother’s Love Lead Ben Emeh An Uzo Sele Production
2016 Chidera Prince Henry Mgbemele An Igbo Language Film, Produced by Coruma Movies
2016 ’76 Corporal Obi Izu Ojukwu 2017 AMVCA Film of the Year
2016 Eye of Love Chukwudinigbo Ugezu J Ugezu Produced by Trust in God Productions
2016 Oloibiri Lieutenant Yisa Curtis Graham Produced by Rogers Ofime
2017 Saved by Love Ezinne Ifeanyi Azodoh Produced by Great Films
2017 Scorned Bosun Tokunbo Ahmed/Asurf Oluseyi Produced by Tokunbo Ahmed and Chris Martin
2017 Broken Reed Lead Kabat Esosa Egbon Produced by Daniel Imasuen
2017 The Guardian Smoke Kabat Esosa Egbon A Divine Images Production
2017 Black Widow Jide Chibuike Ike Produced by Chibuike Ike
2017 Hell or High Water Sub-Lead Asurf Oluseyi A TIERS Production

Television roles

Year Title Role Director Notes
2010 My Treasure Lead Livinus Otteh TV Series
2011 Away from Home Lead Wonder Obasi TV Series
2013 Car Hire Kola Sweeny Frankie Ogar EbonyLife TV Series
2015 Pulse William Paul Igwe TV Series
2016 How to Die in an African Home Papa Daniel K Daniel Web Series featuring Etinosa Idemudia
2017 Professor John Bull Guest Star Tchidi Chikere TV Series (produced by Globacom)
2017 Tinsel Guest Star Africa Magic Series TV Series