Regina Daniels biography: marriage, acting, controversies | Everything you need to know about the Nollywood actress
Regina Nneamaka Daniels, most popularly known as Regina Daniels is a Nigerian actress, film producer, model and philanthropist.
She entered Nollywood (the Nigerian movie industry) as a child actress in 2007 when she was supposedly seven years old, although more likely nine years. We will discuss more on that in the Controversy section below. Her mother, Rita Daniels also work in the industry. While the actress is relatively successful and known in the industry, her popularity skyrocketed after news surfaced early this year that she married billionaire Ned Nwoko, a businessman and politician from Delta State. Her acting career seems to have been put on hold since then although she has taken up other endeavours.
Regina Daniels background, age, family & education
Regina Daniels age
There seems to be some confusion about Regina Daniels’ age and the actress has so far opted not to set the record straight. However, current evidence suggests that the actress was born on 10 October 1998, which means she’s 21 years presently. We discussed more about Regina Daniels’ age in the Controversy section below.
Regina Daniels family
The actress is the fifth of six children. She has three brothers (Samuel Daniels, Lawrence Daniels and Emmanuel Daniels) and two sisters (Ifeoma Daniels and Destiny Daniels). Her mother, Rita Daniels, is also an actress, filmmaker, politician, entrepreneur and currently chairs the Delta State chapter of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).
Her father is not publicly known. However in May this year, just after her traditional marriage to Ned Nwoioko, a Lagos based lawyer, Barrister Jude Ojeogwu, claimed on social media that he is Regina Daniels’ father. The lawyer has since deleted the post. Neither Regina Daniels nor anyone on her camp publicly reacted to the story.
Regina Daniels education
The movie star grew up in Asaba, Delta State in the South-south geopolitical zone of Nigeria where she had her primary and secondary school education. She attended Hollywood International School, Umuagu in Asaba, Delta State. She is currently a student of Igbenedion University, Okada in Edo State where she studies Mass Communication.
Regina Daniels career
Her first movie was Marriage of Sorrow, in which she featured in at an alleged age of seven. She broke into limelight in 2010 after she starred in the Nollywood blockbuster Miracle Child alongside Nollywood heavyweights like Ini Edo, Chika Ike and Mercy Johnson. She has since gone ahead to become one of the most featured faces on the big screens of Nollywood. As of 2014, she had already been featured in more than 100 films.
Some of the movies she has starred in so far include Miracle Child, Dumebi in School, The Mother Confessor, A Prayerful Woman Has Powers, The Girl with A Strange Blindness, to mention just a few. You will find a more comprehensive list of films at the end of the article.
In addition to acting, Regina Daniels also has producer credits to her belts. As a movie producer, she has produced some of her own films including Jericho and Twins Apart.
Regina Daniels is also a photo and fashion model and she has modelled for multiple brands and has many endorsement deals. She has also appeared in several TV commercials, fashion magazines and on billboards. Her most recent endorsement deal is her contract with House of Lunettes, a popular eyewear brand. The deal was signed in May 2019.
Aside from her work as an actress, producer and model, Regina Daniels also had a stint as a political coordinator. In January 2019, she was appointed the Youth Campaign Coordinator for Atiku Abubakar, the People’s Democratic (PDP)’s presidential candidate in the 2019 elections. That in itself is not surprising as her husband is a politician as well.
Regina Daniels marriage
Regina Daniels is married to Prince Ned Nwoko, a 59-year-old Nigerian billionaire, politician, businessman, and legal expert. She is his fifth wife. The marriage was reportedly contracted in April but they had their traditional wedding in Aniocha local government area in Delta State on 26 May 2019. Prior to the knowledge of the relationship becoming public, speculations had been ongoing on social media after the actress started flaunting a luxurious lifestyle on social media. She also revealed that she bought a house for her mother.
Naturally, a lot of fans did not believe that the wealth was from her acting jobs as the level of luxury was way too much to be accounted for by her pay: flashy cars, pieces of jewellery, private jet, Rolex watches, designer apparels, you name it. Then the rumours started that she was in a relationship with an older man before it was confirmed by outside sources that the older man was Senator Ned Nwoko. All these while, Regina Daniels was silent about the relationship and didn’t address it until much later.
Once it was confirmed that the actress was actually married to a rich older man, the criticism and censure started including from the man who claimed to be her father, Barrister Jude Ojeogwu, who said that his consent to the marriage was neither sought nor given.
For a while, apart from a casual mention on her YouTube channel in June 2019, the Nollywood diva did not respond to the uproar surrounding her marriage on social media. She eventually confirmed her union with the 59-year-old billionaire when she shared their official portraits as husband and wife and professed her undying love for him on her social media channels in August. It is worth noting that most of the criticisms surrounding the marriage were based on the almost 40 years’ gap between Ned Nwoko and Regina Daniels’ ages.
Later, in October, during an interview conducted by Daddy Freeze, the Nollywood diva finally spoke out concerning that issue.
“I don’t think I could have married someone of my age because I am quite stubborn; very stubborn; my head is not down but with my husband, that is not the case because I respect him a lot,” she said in response to why she married someone that much older than her.
Prince Ned Nwoko, her husband, was also quoted to have said during the interview, “Some people thought I met her (Regina) through her mother. We met, fell in love and got married within three weeks.”
When she was asked about how she felt regarding the public uproar that trailed her marriage, Regina responded;
“The only thing I was worried about when he proposed was how I was going to tell my family and not what the public will say or think. I have learned a lot from him. I call him ‘baby’. I used to cook but my husband has stopped me from entering the kitchen because we have cooks and domestic staff.”
From indications, Regina Daniels seems to be very happy in her marriage.
Regina Daniels boyfriend before marriage to Prince Ned
Prior to Regina’s marriage to her husband 59-year-old Ned Nwoko, it was rumoured that she was in a romantic relationship with one Somadina Adinm, a 20-year- old award-winning Nollywood actor who also entered the movie industry as a child actor. Given Regina Daniels’ assertion that she couldn’t have married someone of her own age group, it’s not very surprising that the relationship did not last. Nevertheless, the two seem to still be in contact as Regina Daniels revealed during a question and answer session she hosted on YouTube in June 2019. A fan had asked who was the last person she texted, the actress laughed and replied that it was Somadina.
Regina Daniels controversies
Regina Daniels age controversy
There has been a lot of debates and confusion regarding Regina Daniels age, which the actress has never directly addressed. This has left many people who are interested in the subject bewildered as to her real age. Anything from 16 to 35 years has been suggested as her age but we know those two numbers cannot be. Her mother is quoted by the Punch Newspaper to have said that the actress turned 20 during her last birthday in October 2019. If that were the case, then Regina Daniels would have started acting at the age of eight and not seven.
On the other, in January 2019, Regina Daniels showoff off her permanent voters’ registration card (PVC) on social media, and inadvertently revealed what seemed to her real date of birth, 10th October 1998 as shown in the image below.
Also, a quick search on the INEC’s voters registration portal pulls out information that shows her date of birth to be 10th 1998. The portal returns “Not found” for 10 October 1999 and 10 October 2000, suggesting that the 10th October 1998 data belongs to Regina Daniels.
The above strongly suggests that Regina Daniels’ real age is 21 as at November 2019. That also means that she started acting at the age of nine and not seven as had been suggested. This also means that Regina Daniels’ mother, Rita Daniels, was not correct in stating that Regina Daniels clocked 20 years during her last birthday in October 2019 unless the mother was speaking in a general sense but we don’t know for sure if that were her intent.
Regina Daniels scam controversy
In 2017, Regina Daniels was allegedly involved in a scandal that had something to do with scamming an aspiring actress. In a Facebook post by one Amanda Chisom, the victim claimed to have sent intimate pictures to Regina and was directed by her to a movie producer for training. After the meeting, Regina was reported to have been angry with the aspiring actress for not offering her body to the producer. The teen star denied every allegation two days later; claiming that an impostor had been using her name to dupe aspiring actresses. She was later exonerated on the following day when the impostor got arrested by the police.
Regina Daniels marriage controversy
Her marriage to the 59-year-old also caused some ripples between Regina Daniels’ mum and her alleged father’s family. Barrister Jude Ojeogwu, who claimed to be Regina’s father, surfaced on social media to say that whatever was happening between her daughter and Prince Ned Nwoko was not to his knowledge.
He said Regina’s mother was treading a dangerous path and he hoped she would retrace her steps.
In his words:
“Regina Daniel Ojeogwu is my biological daughter. Whatever is ongoing is not to my knowledge and without my consent. The fact speaks for itself looking at the picture. Her mother Rita Daniels is threading on a dangerous path and I hope she will retrace her steps.”
“Even the initiation ceremony into otu odu appears completely strange to Regina Daniel Ojeogwu. Regina is from ogwashi uku and not from olor as being rumoured. All the opportunities for Mr Ned Nwoko to discuss with me proved abortive not realising that we once lived in the same house in Awoyokun Street, Onikpan, Lagos.”
“The implication of all this is that she impregnated herself. The name Regina was my late mother’s name. I have tried to exercise restraint but Regina’s mother kept pushing me to the wall. I am alive and not dead…”
Around that same period, Regina Daniels posted on social media: “Every Dick and Harry claiming to be my father that is if I have one. Yo! I know who my father is.”
The lawyer has not been heard from again since that initial allegation and it is not known whether there was some truth or not in his claims.
Regina Daniels philanthropic activities
One of Regina’s way of giving back to the society is through her charity organisation, Regina Daniels Foundation, an organisation aimed at caring for the underprivileged and physically challenged with special focus on the youth. The organisation goes all out to care for the needy on a yearly basis particularly on Children’s Day.
Awards and recognitions
Regina Daniels has won some awards including the award for the Best Child Actress at the Africa Movie Academy Awards for her role in Miracle Child and, the Most Promising Actress at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.
Regina Daniels has also been nominated for the following awards:
- City People Movie Award for Most Promising Actress of the Year (English) 2016 – 2017 City
- City People Movie Award for Best Upcoming Actress of the Year (English) 2017
- People Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress of the Year (English) 2016
Social media fans
Regina Daniels can now be considered as one of the biggest social media influencers in Africa as She currently has 6.2m fans on Instagram and 1.6m fans on her Facebook page. Regina Daniels also has a YouTube channel with over 6o,000 subscribers and over 3m views.
Regina Daniels net worth
Her exact net worth has not yet been pinpointed. Although, as of 2018, it was published in an House of Maliq magazine interview piece that she earns N600,000 per movie. Some soft publications quote her net worth to be about$350,000 but none of them explains how they arrived at the figure. This was also before her marriage. And being the wife of a billionaire, there has been a significant change in her lifestyle since she got married. Regular trips on private jet, luxury automobiles including a Lexus RX 330, Ferrari and a Mercedes-Benz GL450 SUV have become part of the stories about her in the news. The fact is that Regina Daniels’ net worth is not publicly known. That information currently resides with her bank or asset manager.
Nollywood has many stars who entered the industry as child actors but Regina Daniels is, no doubt, isthe biggest on that list at the moment. Other Nollywood stars that started as child actors include the likes of Chukwudi Okoro, Sharon Ezeamaka, Azeez Ijaduade, Somadina Adinma (Regina’s ex-boyfriend), William Uchemba, Samuel Olasehinde, Olumide Owuru, Kabirat Kafidipe and Opemipo Bamigbopa.
Regina Daniels also seems well adjusted and very matured as can be seen from the few public statements she made. She also seems very happy with her marriage and life. She’s also kind of funny with a peculiar sense of humour as can be seen from the video of the Youtube link above. It is easy to see why she is one of the most popular Nollywood actresses. And above all, she’s happy and in love. We wish her the best in her endeavours.
List of Regina Daniels movies
- Miracle Child
- Dumebi in School
- Python Girl
- The Bat-Man
- The Jericho
- Plantain Girl
- Jaja The Great
- Tears of ojiugo
- Wipe your sorrows
- Royal covenant
- Traditional War (Part 1)
- Stronger Than The gods
- The King and The Python
- Tears of the Vengeance
- Hanging Coffin
- The Ghost Baby Born With Super Powers
- The Mother Confessor
- A Prayerful Woman Has Powers
- Dancing Maid From The Village
- Beautiful Trouble
- The Guardian Princess of Ajara Kingdom
- Phyno Ezege (REGINA DANIELS AND THE FAKE PHYNO)
- The Day my life Changed
- Stronger than the Gods
- Life Turned Me to a Bad Girl
- The City Girl
- A Humble Maiden
- The Girl with A Strange Blindness
- The Blind Girl and the Prince
- Mad Girl, I desire to Marry
- Enemies of the Princess
- Beauty of the Palace
- The poor Innocent Schoolgirl
- Prayer Defeats The Devil
- The Village Child
- The Brave Child and the Beast
- The Little Child Defender
- The Jungle Girl
- The Prince and The Jungle Girl
- Helpless Palace Maiden
- The Jealous Beauty
- Evil Priestess
- Ogadi and the Village Witches
- The Skeleton Girl
- Anger of a Queen
- Quest for a new King
- The Strange Child
- The Virgin Child
- Ocha The Fire Bender
- The Forest Girl
- My Sick Wife
- Cat Man
- The Lion King
- Weeping Princess
- Secretly Pregnant
- Awelle the Village Lamb
- My Ceremonial Wife
- Wounded for Love
- My Blind Daughter
- The Village Tigress
- Somma the Fishergirl
- Separated at Birth
- Ogbanje Maids
- The Land of Blood
- Plantain Girl
- Mechanic Girl
- Daughter of Fire
- The Fathers Cross
- The Goddess of Fire
- Blind Warrior
- Queen of Wealth
- My Powerful Daughter
- Daughter of the Gods
- Spider Girl
- The Evil Girl and Her Mother
- Daughter of Vulture
- The Child Ghost
- The Strange Girl and the Powerful hunter,
- Regina the Avenger
- Dragon Mother
- The Mysterious Child
- Iyi-Ogba the Evil Goddess
- The Brave Child