Valentino Agunu (Valentino Agunu Onierhovwo)
Actor and music composer (Rome, Italy, 1987)
Valentino Agunu was born in Rome, Italy in 1987. His Nigerian-born parents moved to Italy six years before his birth. When he was in seventh grade, he traveled with his family – he has three sisters, born and raised in Italy – in Africa and in later in US. In this way he lost the requirements necessary for the request of Italian citizenship. Now he has a residence permit for student, as he studies biotechnology at Camerino University. His personal experience drove him to join Rete G2, an organization engaged for the rights of second generation boys and girls and for a reform of the law on citizenship.
He got close to music since his teen years, when he started to play the flute and sing in a church choir in Nigeria. Big fan of hip hop music and R&B, he made a name in indie music as Valentino Ag and WADO, appearing in several music videos. Parole povere, his first EP, was released in 2015.
Since 2008 Valentino appeared also in a few film and TV productions, notable as an extra in Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna and as a testimonial of second generation’ conditions in the documentary 18 ius soli by Fred Kuwornu, featuring also his single Sono nato qui. In the summer of 2015 he appeared as commentator in talk show Announo, hosted by Michele Santoro and broadcast on La7.
Valentino was chosen by Pupi Avati as colead in the TV movie Le nozze di Laura, freely inspired to an episode of the gospel: Valentino plays the role of Karimu, originally a prince from Chad who works as a seasonal worker in agriculture to pay for his medical studies.
Bianco e Nero (Cristina Comencini, 2008, ff, act), Miracolo a Sant’Anna (Spike Lee, 2008, ff, act), 18 ius soli (Fred Kuwornu, 2011, doc, mlf, act, mc), Sono nato qui (Fred Kuwornu, 2011, mv, act), Il segreto dell’acqua (Renato De Maria, 2011, tvs, act), Dream Girl (Olkim Kimberland, 2012, mv, act), Non ti vedo (Olkim Kimberland, 2013, mv, act), Tetris (Alessandro Murdaca, 2015, mv, act), Voglio toccare (Another Production, 2015, mv, act), Causa effetti (Another Production, 2015, mv, act), Le nozze di Laura (Pupi Avati, 2015, tvm, act),
Contributors: Leonardo De Franceschi, with Renato Loriga and Sara Talevi
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