Onyeka Onwenu (born 01 January 1952 ) is a foremost Nigerian performer with a string of successful, award-winning music albums and movies. In 2006, she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a supporting role. Dubbed the "Elegant Stallion" by the Nigerian Press, this multi-talented Artiste is a Singer,Songwriter, Actress, Social Critic and Politician. She is a former chairperson of the Imo State Council for Arts and Culture. She is currently the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Women Development.
Onwenu possess a B.A. in International Relations and Communication of the Wellesley College of Massachusetts, USA, and a Masters Degree in Media Studies from The New School for Social Research in New York. She worked for many years at the United Nations in New York before returning to Nigeria in 1980, where she completed the mandatory one-year National Service, at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), in Lagos. In under one year at the NTA, Onwenu made an impact as an articulate, incisive and fearless Television Reporter. In 1984, she wrote and presented the internationally acclaimed BBC/NTA documentary called "Nigeria, A Squandering of Riches". It became the definitive film about corruption in Nigeria as well as the intractable Niger Delta agitation for resource control and campaign against environmental degradation in the oil rich region of Nigeria.
Onyeka Onwenu has unsuccessfully pursued the dream of being Local Council Chairman(Mayor) of her native Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State. She was appointed Chairperson of Imo State Council for Arts and Culture by former governor Ikedi Ohakim. She has served on the board of the Nigeria Television Authority. On September 16, 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan apppointed her the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Women Development.