Coming together as family always makes Christmas special – Onyeka Onwenu

Veteran actress-singer Onyeka Onwenu has recounted some of her Christmas memories, saying that coming together as a family always makes the yuletide season special.

The 69-year-old said this in a video posted on Instagram on Thursday.

Wishing her fans a merry Christmas, she said, ” Each Christmas has been special, you know you always go back to your childhood when you have no cares, you didn’t worry about where the money was going to come from, you just knew you were going to have some new shoes and a whole lot of toys.

And most importantly in my family, it wasn’t so much the toys, it was the companionship the coming to together with of family with your grand parents and aunties and cousins that you haven’t seen throughout the year because you live in different places,” she said in parts.

The Conspiracy actress is the youngest daughter of Nigerian educationist and politician D. K. Onwenu, who died when she was four years old in an auto-crash a week before his appointment as Minister for Education.

She began her music career in 1981 while still working with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), releasing the album For the Love of You, a pop album which featured an orchestral cover of Johnny Nash’s ‘Hold Me Tight’, and her second album Endless Life was produced by Sonny Okosun. Both records were released on the EMI label.

In 2013, the singer served as one of the three judges on X Factor Nigeria.

She has starred in several movies like Womens’ Cot, Every Single Day, The Tyrant, Chain Reactions, Omalinze, Half of a Yellow Sun, Lionheart, Muna, and others.

Onyeka is currently filming a stage play Speaking Out with fellow veteran Patience Ozokwo and Kate Henshaw.

She is the mother of two children Tijani Charles and Abraham.