Judith Chichi Opara Mazagwu (born 12 July 1971), commonly known by her stage name Afro Candy (also spelled Afrocandy), is a Nigerian film actress, director, producer, singer-songwriter, model and pornographic actress. She is the founder and CEO of Invisible Twins Productions LLC.
Early life and education
Mazagwu was born in Umuduruebo Ugiri-ike, Ikeduru Local government area of Imo State. She is the daughter of late Nze Ogadimma Opara and Agatha Opara. As a teenager in high school, she was drawn to acting but lost interest after entering college. Mazagwu gained an associate degree in Office Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. In addition, she trained as a fireguard/security officer.
Discovered by modeling agency King George Models, Mazagwu was encouraged to pursue acting. She began her career in modeling and appeared in commercials for companies such as Coca Cola, Nixoderm and Liberia GSM. She ventured into television, where she played mainly minor roles. In 2004, she made her major film debut as Susan in the Obi Obinali directed film Dangerous Sisters. Her other roles include Nneoma, a village girl in End of the game and Jezebel in Dwelling in Darkness and Sorrow.
In 2005, she joined her husband in the United States with whom she had two children. After 2 years living there together, the couple separated. Mazagwu has also starred in films such as Destructive Instinct, How Did I Get Here, Ordeal in Paradise, The Goose That Lays The Golden Eggs and has played small roles in various Hollywood movies. As a musical artist, her first single “Somebody Help Me” was released in 2009 followed by her debut studio album which produced the popular hit “Ikebe Na Moni”. Also in 2011, she released the single “Voodoo-Juju Woman”.
Besides acting and singing, Mazagwu works as a practicing medical billing and coding specialist.