Daniel Kanayo Daniel 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) award for Best Actor.
Today being his birthday, here are 10 things you probably might not know about Daniel O Daniel;
1. Daniel was born at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Borno State, in Northeastern Nigeria on 22 May 1986.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. He is the first of four children, one of whom is Chris Daniel Jnr (Kris’D) a musician and performing artist.
5. 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.
6. He enrolled in Command Day Secondary School Enugu, and later transferred to Federal Government College Enugu in 1999 to complete his senior secondary education.
7. Daniel took a break from his new found acting career in February 2010 to go for his National Youth Service, which is a mandatory requirement for Nigerian University graduates.
8. 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, Ivie, Same Difference, Paint My Life, Tempest and more
9. In 2014 Daniel was nominated for the City People Awards, Best 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.
10. 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