Francis Duru, a Nigerian actor hailing from Imo State, has made significant contributions to the Nollywood film industry. Born on July 27, 1969, in Cameroon, Duru relocated to Nigeria to pursue his passion for acting.
With a career spanning several decades, he has become known for his roles in village-themed Nollywood films.
Besides his acting talent, Duru has also been recognized for his positive influence on Nigerian youth, earning him the prestigious United Nations Ambassador of Peace award.
Early Life and Education:
Francis Duru was born to Nigerian parents in Cameroon but has ancestral roots in Imo State, Nigeria. He completed his primary and secondary education in Cameroon before moving to Nigeria to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree. Duru enrolled at the University of Port Harcourt in Rivers State, where he studied theater arts and graduated with a B.Sc. degree in 1996.
Duru’s acting career began in 1989 when he made his debut in the Nigerian film industry with the movie “Missing Mark,” directed by Ndubuisi Oko. However, it was his role in the action comedy “Rattle Snake,” directed by the late Amaka Igwe, that propelled him to prominence. Duru portrayed the character of Ahanna, earning him critical acclaim and recognition among Nollywood enthusiasts.
Throughout his career, Francis Duru has appeared in numerous films, showcasing his versatility and acting prowess. Some of his notable works include “The Good Husband” (2020), “Mboputa” (2020), “Stigma” (2013), “Home In Exile” (2010), and “Nnenda” (2009), among others. His performances in these movies have solidified his reputation as a talented actor in the Nigerian film industry.
Recognition and Awards:
Duru’s contributions to the film industry and his positive impact on Nigerian youth have garnered him recognition and accolades. He was honored with the United Nations Ambassador of Peace award for his efforts in promoting peace and inspiring young people. In addition, Duru received the Best Actor in a Leading Role (Igbo) award at the 2020 Best of Nollywood Awards for his exceptional performance in the movie “Mboputa.”
Personal Life and Philanthropy:
In 2003, Francis Duru married his wife, Adokiye, whom he met during their time at the University of Port Harcourt. The couple has been blessed with four children. Duru is not only dedicated to his acting career but also actively involved in various philanthropic endeavors. He has collaborated with domestic and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as UNICEF, USAID, LEAP AFRICA, and COMPASS to improve the lives and education of African children.
Francis Duru’s journey from his humble beginnings to becoming a respected figure in Nollywood exemplifies the power of passion and dedication. His remarkable acting skills and commitment to empowering Nigerian youth have earned him both national and international recognition. As a renowned actor and humanitarian, Duru continues to inspire others, leaving a lasting impact on the Nigerian film industry and the lives of young people