Arinze Okonkwo is an actor, model and a praise worship leader at the Fountain of Life Church. Born and bred in Lagos, this Anambra State-born dude attended Union Secondary School, Awkunanaw, Enugu, for his secondary education and Obafemi Awolowo University, where he bagged a B.Sc degree in Economics. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). Arinze, who is the Public Relations Officer of the Association of Professional Models in Nigeria, has been modelling for 18 years, and acted alongside Genevieve Nnaji, Kenneth Okonkwo, Rita Dominic, Mike Ezuruonye, Desmond Elliot, RMD and in movies like Deadly Affair, Dangerous Sisters, Glamour Girls 2 and Revelation. Arinze also runs a fashion outfit called Jaspido and tells GERALDINE AKUTU what fashion is to him.

What is fashion to you?

It is all about knowing how to add colours and wearing what suits.

What is style to you?

It is bringing out your real self.

What would you not be caught wearing?

You can’t find me in orange trousers or red shoes.

Who are your favourite designers?

Mudi, Dayo Davies, Jaspido (my brand), Marks & Spencer and Fendi.

Favourite colour?

Blue, Burgundy and fuchsia pink.

Turn on?

Humble people.

Turn off?


Your role models

My father and Pastor Taiwo Odukoya

How do you relax?

I watch movies, listen to music and worship God.

What’s your take on Nollywood?

Nollywood has come to stay, though there is room for improvement. On October 1, some of my colleagues in the industry had dinner with the president for the first time. It shows there is hope for the industry.

What do you think of celebrity break ups?

In every marriage there are ups and downs. Marriage is for matured men and women not for boys and girls. Celebrities must be ready to apply wisdom and take responsibilities to save their marriages.

What would you like to change in Nigeria?

Corrupt practices. Ensuring people go through the due process. Leadership should change from 60s down to 40s. Give the youths opportunity to rule so that things will change for the better.

Your philosophy of life

Do to people what you want them to do to you and don’t look down on any man because tomorrow is pregnant; you don’t know what it will bring.