Ramsey Nouah

Ramsey Nouah (born Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr.; 19 December 1970)[1] is a Nigerian actor and director. He won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2010.[2] He made his directorial debut with the film Living in Bondage: Breaking Free in 2019.[3]

Ramsey Nouah
Nouah in Gbomo Gbomo Express (2015)
Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr.

(1970-12-19) 19 December 1970
Edo, Nigeria
Years active1993-present

Early life

Nouah was born in Edo State to an Israeli father and a Yoruba mother who hails from Owo, Ondo State. He grew up in Surulere, Lagos, where he attended Atara Primary School and Community Grammar School. He obtained a diploma in mass communications at the University of Lagos, after which he pursued a career in acting.[4]


Nouah's acting career kicked off when he starred in the Nigerian TV soap opera Fortunes.[5] He has since appeared in numerous films starring as the lead role, and has been called "Lover-Boy" for his numerous roles in romantic films.[6][7] In 2010 Nouah won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in The Figurine.[2] Nouah is considered to be one of the most sought-after actors in Nigeria.[8] In 2015, he secured the rights to Living In Bondage from Kenneth Nnebue for a possible remake to be filmed in Europe, America and Nigeria.[9] The news was later confirmed on Instagram, but the film appeared to be in development hell for three years.[10]In 2018, Nouah announced his remake had become a sequel titled Living in Bondage: Breaking Free, slated for release on November 8 2019. Nouah, who plays the new cult chief priest, makes his directorial debut, with original actors Okwonkwo, Udokwu, and Kanayo also reprising their roles. The story centers around Andy's son Nnamdi and his quest for wealth. Rapper and MBGN winner Muna Abii also stars in the sequel.[11]

Personal life

Nouah is married to Emelia Philips-Nouah. The couple have two sons and a daughter, named as Quincy, Camil Nouah and Desiree Nouah.

Selected filmography


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Silent Night with Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw, Segun Arinze and Alex Usifo
1999 Camouflage
2000 Fugitive with Genevieve Nnaji, Stella Damasus and Rita Dominic
2001 The Battle of Love
2002 Power of Love With Genevieve Nnaji
2002 Valentino with Genevieve Nnaji
2002 My Love with Hilda Dokubo
2002 Church Business with Genevieve Nnaji
2003 Emotional Crack with Stephanie Okereke and Patience Ozokwor
2003 Supa Love with Genevieve Nnaji
2003 True Love with Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
2004 Across the Niger
2004 Dangerous Twins Taiye & Kehinde with Stella Damasus and Bimbo Akintola
2005 Coming to South Africa
2005 Bleeding Love
2007 The Faculty
2008 Chase with Uche Jombo
2008 Sweet Tomorrow
2009 Reloaded (2009 film) with Stephanie Okereke and Rita Dominic
2009 The Figurine Femi with Kunle Afolayan
2009 Nnenda
2009 Guilty Pleasures (2009 film) Tesso with Nse Ikpe-Etim
2010 Private Storm Alex with Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde, Ufuoma Ejenobor and John Dumelo
2010 The Black Soul
2011 Heart of a Fighter With Mercy Johnson, Enebeli Elebuwa & Chika Ike
2011 Iru Oka With Ayo Adesanya, Adebayo Salami & Racheal Oniga
2012 Weekend Getaway With Genevieve Nnaji, Ini Edo and Uti Nwachukwu
2012 Gem of the Rainforest
2013 Confusion Na Wa Emeka Nwosu
2014 Unguarded with Chet Anekwe
2014 Busted Life with Chet Anekwe
2014 30 Days in Atlanta Richard
2015 Tempting Fate Ugo With Dan Davies, Andrew Onochie & John J Vogel
2015 The Grave Dust Johnson Okwuozo With Joke Silva
2015 Gbomo Gbomo Express[12] Austin Mba
2016 '76 Captain Joseph Dewa With Rita Dominic, Ibinabo Fiberesima
2018 Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons Ayo Alesinloye With Remi Martins (Falz the Bad Guy), Amaju Abioritsegbemi (AY the comedian),and Naz Okigbo (Jim Iyke)
2019 The Millions Bem Kator


2018 Oghenekome (Broken) with Segun Arinze

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Fortunes Jeff with Liz Benson and Regina Askia


  1. "Nollywood Actor Ramsey Nouah Birthday". IReportersTV. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  2. "The 2010 African Movie Academy Awards: Winners, Re-Cap, Dresses". New York, NY, USA: MTV Networks a division of Viacom International Inc. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  3. "'Living in Bondage: Breaking Free' is perfect for Ramsey Nouah's directorial debut (Review)". Pulse Nigeria. 2019-10-31. Retrieved 2019-11-28.
  4. "I don't have a University degree: Ramsey Nouah". Nigeria: City Pulse. Archived from the original on 2015-02-04. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  5. Mercy, Michael (24 July 2010). "Ramsey Nouah". The Nation. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  6. "Ramsey Noah: Lover boy…". Stabroek News. Georgetown, Guyana. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  7. Kerrigan, Finola (2010). Film Marketing (1 ed.). Elsevier Ltd. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-7506-8683-9.
  8. Okpewho, Isidore; Nzegwu, Nkiru (2009). The New African Diaspora. Indiana University Press. p. 403. ISBN 978-0-253-35337-5.
  9. "A sequel to the 1992 classic is being made". www.pulse.ng. 2015-10-27. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  10. "TheNET.ng - Nigeria's Top Website for News, Gossip, Comedy, Videos, Blogs, Events, Weddings, Nollywood, Celebs, Scoop and Games". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  11. "Awaiting Second Coming Of Living In Bondage". guardian.ng. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  12. "Ramsey Nouah, Alexx Ekubo, Blossom Chukwujekwu star in new movie". YeYePikin.com. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
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