Frankincense Eche Ben is a multiple award winning Nollywood actor, model, TV personality, very talented actor and a fantastic model too.
Who is Frankincense Eche Ben?
Frankincense Eche Ben is one of the handsome, talented and skillful Nollywood actor who is very good in interpreting movie roles given to him by producers and director.
He is free-spirited and believes in breaking convention, so while his outside looks cool and calm as a result of his shyness, it belies the “weirdness” and resourcefulness that he is more about inside and which help push him to achieve the ‘seemingly unattainable’ in certain respects.
True to the saying that everyone is unique in their own ways, some of the unique things about Frankincense Eche Ben include the irises of his eyes, as they are of different hues, which automatically has him always ticking the “other” box(where it is provided) in segments of forms asking the eye colour, and then there is his ambidextrous nature.
Date of Birth (age) and State of Origin:
Frankincense Eche Ben, was born on March 1st, his birth year and age are not known (to be updated later). Born Franklyn, and catholic, his name Frankincense legitimately took over after his mom saw the Classic film SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS in which one of the brothers’ name was Frankincense, and started to call him that. Frankincense hails from Imo State in the south east of Nigeria.
Frankincense Ben, had his primary school in Imo state, same as his secondary education where he obtained his first school leaving and WAEC certificate respectively. Frankincense Eche Ben went on to study Mass Communication (Public Relations and Advertising) at The Lagos State University(LASU), where graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State.
During his time at the University, he won an award as one time MOST HANDSOME (male) student, with a follow up nomination the following year which he wasn’t available to acknowledge and consequently forfeited.
His Acting Career/Movies:
Standing at 6 foot 3 inches in height, Frankincense Eche-Ben, first started acting unprofessionally as a youngster in primary school, is no new comer to the small screen and big screens. In the year 2001, he joined the Nigerian movie industry, popularly known as Nollywood, few weeks later, he auditioned for and got his first movie (lead) role as “Arthur” in a movie based on cultism titled MACABRE, which was eventually never commercially released but was premiered at the National Arts Theatre in Lagos Nigeria and thereafter taken on a tour of Nigerian universities. MACABRE was produced and directed by the duo of Wale Adebayo(Sango) and Bayo Bankole(Boy Alinco).
Since then he has starred in a number of other movies, and some of his popular titles include LAW STUDENTS, LAST WEEKEND(who killed Pa Reuben), LAST GIRL STANDING, THE UNFORGETTABLE, COUPLE’S AWARD, TRUTH OR DIE, TOO MUCH BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN, PRIVATE STORM, CULPRIT, CALABASH, CHRONICLES OF BLIZZARD: ”The return of the pestilence”, which won ‘Best Costume Design’ and ‘Best Movie’ at the NAFCAs Hollywood and equally premiered to critical acclaim on May the 2nd 2015 at the Regent ”arc” Theatre in Hollywood, to name a few, feature length and shorts alike.
Participation in the Africa Magic Original Films projects include but not only LOVE’S TWIST, KARMA, THE SINGLE WIFE, THE HERMIT etc. Other international movie projects include HOLLYWOOD INVASION and AMERICAN QUAGMIRE both shot on locations in Hollywood USA featuring both White and African-American Hollywood stars.
He also featured in the hit family TV series ONE LOVE, HEAVEN’S GATE, ALERO, TARIMA, FACES, HUSBANDS AND WIVES, FRIENDS, TINSEL, DISCLOSURE, ECHOES, TALES OF EVE(Simi), CRUEL INTENTIONS, DEAR DIARY, DOGOOD, ASUNDER, TEARS OF LOVE[seasons 1 & 2], BATTLE GROUND, including M-NET’s, Ghanaian mini-serial TENANT, and also Ghana’s highly revered series; Shirley Frimpong Manso’s ADAM’S APPLES(Season2), amongst others. Various guest appearances, some of which include DEAR MOTHER, BACHELORS, MY MUM AND I, BELLA’S PLACE, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES AFRICA, THE COUNSELLOR, and a stage play titled 3 SKIRTS AND A MASK are also in the bag.
Frankincense Eche-Ben is equally something of a linguist,a multilingual actor, showing his creative depth and versatility by playing deeply challenging roles in various languages, dialects and accents both indigenous and international on such projects as CASINO tv series/CULPRIT movie and others [American accent] OGHENEKOME tv series [French].
THE JOHNSONS season5, winner of the Best Comedy Tv Series category AFRICA MAGIC VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARDS AMVCA 2017 [French] NKEWA tv series [Igbo] IREOLA movie and others[Yoruba] and in 40 DAYS IN THE WILDERNESS movie, speaking at length, some ”cryptic” language formulated on the set just for the film. He has also tried out his hands at producing; as a co-producer of yet-to-be released cinematic feature film, COMMANDMENT 7, as well as does regular charity/volunteer work for NGO, HEARTS OF DIAMOND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE.
Frankincense has taken part in a series of radio drama which include series of human rights awareness campaigns for The Civil Liberties Organisation(CLO) as well as playing “Soji” in the award-winning MTV SHUGARADIO NAIJA, and a few other voice over jobs and radio jingles.
His career as a commercial model and presenter has also seen him hosting the live massive maiden edition of the THE INDIGENOUS MOVIES AWARDS (TIMA) in December 2010, appearing in some Nigerian music videos as well as in various television commercials (& radio), billboards, press, calendars, magazines and handbills for many popular front-line multi-national brands and organisations, as well as taking over the co-hosting of the long running infotainment programmes, E-360 and E-360+, from the year 2006 to 2008 and also anchoring the HARP ‘REAL DASH’ PROMO (how much can you grab in 60 seconds) which ran on the NTA network from October to December 2008, co-hosting THE FUNNY SIDE OF LIFE comedy and tv game show in 2010 and from the year 2012 to 2014 hosting 3 full seasons of THE DARK SAILOR RUM [DSR] FAN LEAGUE; a football tv talk show.
With works cutting across film, TV, Theater and Radio he also gets featured across all 7 Africa Magic Channels on various projects, endeavours which all have over time, seen him work with most heavyweights in Nigerian entertainment and many of the Ghanaian as well as the Hollywood counterparts. After series of auditioning and screen tests, an offer of presenting and news casting for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) was in November 2014 passed up on by him because of the rigidity of programme schedules which could greatly hamper his acting career.
He got a FUTURE AWARDS nomination in the actor of the year category in 2006.
On the 28th of February 2009, Frankincense was conferred with the AFRICAN YOUTH ROLE MODEL AWARD; a merit award, by the AFRICAN YOUTH SOCIETY. He was also awarded the best upcoming actor at the ZAFAA AWARDS held in London in October 2010.
Frankincense has been in the Nollywood industry for a long time and is one of the popular actor in Nollywood. He is said to be worth $200,000 dollars.
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