Segun Arinze, born September 24, 1965, also known as Segun Padonou Aina, Black Arrow, is a Nigerian actor, movie producer, and singer. He is best known for his action roles in Nollywood movies.
Segun was born and raised in Onitsha, Anambra State, to a Yoruba father, Bamidele Padonu, and an Igbo mother, Lydia Padonu. He is the first son in a family of seven children.
Segun Arinze began his career professionally as a singer and an actor and rose to stardom for his movie roles in Nollywood.
Early Life and Education
Segun was born and grew up in Onitsha, Anambra State, to a Yoruba father, Bamidele Padonu, and an Igbo mother, Lydia Padonu, a fashion designer. He is the first son in a family of seven children. He is a native of Badagry, Lagos State.
Segun Arinze attended Victory College of Commerce in Ilorin before he proceeded to Taba Commercial College in Kaduna State, where he completed his secondary education. He attended Obafemi Awolowo University, where he studied dramatic arts.
Segun Arinze is one of the best Nigerian actors. He came into prominence in 1996 after playing the role of Black Arrow, in the movie “Silent Killer,” a film produced by the late filmmaker Chico Ejiro.
He actually gained an audience as a singer when he released his debut album, Dream. Although the album didn’t receive massive success, the actor was shot into the spotlight.
He started his acting career in Ilorin, appearing in numerous movies and being widely known for his action roles and movies, especially playing the role of a policeman.
Segun is also an actor coach who currently works with a prestigious African International Film Festival, passing his knowledge on to the next generation of actors.
Segun Arinze Net Worth
Segun Arinze is a talented actor and singer. He has an estimated net worth of $2 million. He has amassed wealth through his acting career, having starred in several Nollywood movies.
- Women in Love
- Darkest Night
- Extra Time
- Lovers Day
- Fragile Pain
- Across the Niger
- Church Business
- To Love a Thief
- Silent Night
- Chronicles (with Onyeka Onwenu and Victor Osuagwu)
- 30 Days
- Family on Fire (2011)
- A Place in the Stars (2014)
- Invasion 1897 (2014)
- An eye for an eye
- Deepest Cut (2018) – with Majid Michel and Zach Orji
- The Island Movie (2018)
- Gold Statue (2019)
- Òlòtūré (2019)
- Who’s the boss (2020)
Segun Arinze got married to fellow Nollywood actress Anne Njemanze, although the marriage didn’t last long. The marriage was blessed with one daughter, Renny Morenike, who was born on May 10.
During an interview Thisday, Segun Arinze revealed that he has six children from different mothers. His children are Ayo, Femi, Victoria Ejiamatu, Ebunoluwa, and Renny Morenike.
However, Segun Arinze is currently married to Julie Arinze, and they are enjoying a joyful marriage. In January 2021, the actor penned a heartfelt birthday message to his wife on his 51st birthday.