Ngoli Onyeka Okafor

Ngo is a Nigerian model, talented actor, successful businessman and former boxer.

Born in Framingham, Massachusetts on 30th December 1979 and raised in Nigeria, Africa, Ngo is on track to becoming one of the most sought after celebrities of our time.

Ngo began his studies at the University of Connecticut and then went on to study acting at the Lee Strassberg Theater Institute in New York City.

He has been called one of the best boxers of his generation, a powerful yet graceful presence in the ring. Within three years of beginning his career in 2005, Ngo, became a two-time heavyweight champion, winning back-to-back Golden Gloves, amateur boxing’s highest distinction.

Raised in the Ibo speaking region of Nigeria, the second child of a Harvard academic and a teacher, sports were frowned upon in his house; brains were always valued over brawn. “My dad used to say athletes are like jesters in a king’s court,” recalls
Ngo, whose name means joy in Ibo. “I’ve always appreciated the value of a good education.” He attended the University of Connecticut in the US and studied computer science, eventually landing a job with the Connecticut Department of Transportation, where he taught engineers and architects how to draw using computers. “I’ve always loved computers and there’s a part of me that will always be a bit of a nerd,” says Ngo. “But I also knew that I was naturally athletic and I wanted to see where that side would take me. I was curious to see if I could play at the highest level.” He accidentally stumbled into boxing five years ago, at the ripe old age of 31 (around the time when most fighters hang up their gloves). What began as a simple workout routine quickly grew into an all-consuming passion for
Ngo, who, at the urging of several fashion photographers, had relocated to New York City to pursue modelling. Professional fighters who watched him sparring noticed his innate talent and encouraged him to develop his skill. With the fierce dedication he’s applied to his work throughout his life, he immersed himself in the ring, training five to six hours a day, every day. Boxing became his life. After winning the Golden Gloves by unanimous decision in 2008 and 2009, Ngo turned to modelling and acting. With his boyish good looks, chiselled physique and quiet intensity, he was a natural.

Over the years, he’s posed with supermodels like Gisele Bundchen (V Magazine) and superstars like
Mary J. Blige (MAC Cosmetic’s Viva Glam campaign). He’s appeared in more than a dozen issues of Men’s Health Magazine, has produced two best-selling calendars and has been featured in publications ranging from Vogue and W to ESPN and Fortune. Most recently, he was celebrated alongside five Olympians in the March issue of the Wall Street Journal Magazine. As a result of all of his efforts, he is now widely considered to be one of the most downloaded black male models in the world.

Ngo’s acting career is also taking off. His television work has included stints on soap operas, including All My Children and One Life to Live and the series Six Degrees and Kings. His latest film, The Rebound, starring Catherine Zeta Jones, opens in theatres in summer 2010 and he’s currently at work on Triumph of the Will a feature-length documentary, which chronicles his journey from Nigeria to the top of the boxing world. “I really want the film to inspire people to dream big and work hard,” says Ngo. “That’s always been my mantra and so far so good.”

*** Information taken from Ngo’s official site


Aneesah Furqan said…
Hooray for Mr. Ngoli Onyeka Okafor and his gifted good looks and talent!!

He is certainly an excellent motivating force encouraging good health, exercise, and life-style practices!!

In fact, he has just inspired me to get up and get right to the Gym!!