Zeburudaya alias 4:30 was a household name in Nigerian entertainment industry in the 80s and 90s. The name was on the lips of average Nigerians.
Chika Ọkpala is known as Zeburudaya in a comedy TV series called “New Masquerade” aired on NTA from 1983-1993.
Chika Ọkpala was known as Chief Zeburudaya Okoroigwe Nwogbo alias 4:30.
He is a veteran actor and comedian who was amongst the founding fathers of movie Industry in Nigeria now known as Nollywood.
He started theatre in Igbo land immediately after the war before others.
Chika Ọkpala was born in Nnobi, Anambra State on the 10th June 1950.
Immediately after the war, Chika Ọkpala founded a theatre group known as Two Cities, through the help of his friends. They performed in different places in old Anambara State and beyond.
Between 1964-1972, Chika Ọkpala schooled at Prince Memorial High School Ọnịcha. In 1996, he obtained B.Sc from Enugwu State University of Science and Technology.
In the New Masquarade Comedy on NTA, he performed a funny character who always speak pidgin and incorrect English grammar in a funny way.
Others he starred alongside were:
- James Iroha = Giringory Akabọgụ.
- Lizi Evoeme = Ovuleria
- Claude Eke = Prince Jegede Sokoya, etc.
Chika Ọkpala had performed in different parts of Nigeria and abroad. In the 80s, he was part of Cockcrow At Dawn. The former President of Sierra Leone, Siaka Stevens invited him in 1986 to perform on stage in his country.
He has written several scripts for programs. One of his works called Ogologo Ndụ— Long Life was entered for the John Hopkins Award.
Chika Ọkpala has received several National Awards such as Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). He was awarded the Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) for his role and contributions to the development of Nigerian theatre. He is also a national ambassador of POCACOV.
He was awarded a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) by the Federal Government of Nigeria for his contribution to the Nigerian entertainment industry.
He won African Magic Viewers Choice Award, 2017 Industry Merit Award on March 4, 2017.
Chika Ọkpala has been the ambassador of Malaria drugs in Nigeria, an ambassador of lepers drugs in Nigeria, and an ambassador of the National Open University of Nigeria. He has other corporate endorsements. He’s an ambassador to isiagụ brand.
Chika Ọkpala a.k.a Zeburudaya Okoroigwe Nwogbo alias 4:30 is a living legend. He has paid his dues in full.
Some of his filmographies include:
- New Masquarade
- Professor Johnbull
- Lion Heart, etc.
What other film appearance have you seen him?