His full name is Obinna Nwafọ, popularly known as Saint Obi.
Saint Obi was born on 16th November 1965 in Port Harcourt in Rivers State. He hails from Ọgwa in Mbaitoli Local Government Area, Imo State. He is the only male child with eight other female sisters.
He attended primary, secondary, and tertiary education in Jos.
He studied Theatre Arts at the University of Jos.
Saint Obi joined Nollywood in 1995 and featured in different soap operas aired on NTA after which he was called by Opa Williams to star in a movie.
Saint Obi has been involved in over 250 movies since his acting debut in 1995.
He produced his first movie titled “Take Me to Maama” where he starred as Jerry, alongside Ebi Sam, Rachel Oniga, Nse Abel, and Enebeli Elebuwa.
Take me to Maama was the first Nigerian movie to receive a corporate endorsement. It was endorsed by Coca-Cola and marketed and promoted by NTA.
Let me tell you something about Saint Obi.
Saint Obi is often called “Nollywood’s Mr Quality” because of his attention to details when producing or directing movie. He hates mediocrity.
When he produced the movie— “Take me to Maama”, the actor sacrificed his Mercedes Benz car in the bomb blast scene because of his desire to make the scene look real.
First in history a real car was destroyed in Nigerian movie. He sacrificed his Benz for that.
Some of the movies he acted in include:
2. Blue Sea
3. Candle Light
4. Check Point
5. Crime Planner
6. Dapo Junior
7. Executive Crime
9. Goodbye Tomorrow,
10. Heart of Gold,
11. Sleeping With the Enemy,
12. State of Emergency,
13. Street Fame
14. Take me to Maama
15. The President Must Not Die
16. War Front, etc.
He is known for his action movies.
He quit acting to focus on his businesses.
Saint Obi is a business mogul. He is the CEO of Agwhyte International. The company is involved in Film, Television, Media & Consultancy Company.
Agwhyte was a major media resource for Goodluck Jonathan’s Presidential Campaign.
The company also has a music unit and movie production section which recently released 5 blockbuster movies which includes After the Vow, Mrs. Brown, Big Shot, Invaders and My Yesterday. Agwhyte spent over N200 million to release these movies.
Other companies by Saint Obi include:
1. Peak Score Limited: an Oil Services & Exploration company.
2. Project Image Nigeria: producer of handbills, films, TV & Radio commercials that promote Nigeria.
3. Agwhyte Music Inc: The label produced the song, IMAGINE… THE DREAM which was a non-profit song designed to assist UNICEF and other social causes, especially global peace n harmony.
4. Entertainment Extravaganza: An annual fun night for corporate Nigeria.
5. Elite Business Africa Network: Owners of Nigeria Elite Business Awards; a celebration of the best of corporate Nigeria/Africa.
As a philanthropist, he set up Saint Obi Foundation. The Foundation has sunk boreholes for those in rural areas to produce healthy and drinkable water. It has involved in repair of roads and construction of shops for those in rural areas.
The foundation also teach students in various schools, values and create awareness on the hazards of irresponsible traits. It fights against Osu System and its syndrome in some communities in ala Igbo.
Saint Obi Foundation is an empowerment platform with gender inclusiveness or age.
Saint Obi is behind the scene now, managing his chains of businesses.
He is married to an Anambra woman, by name Lydia.