Eme Ikwuakor (pronounced IK-WALKER) is a triplet, born in Wheatridge, Colorado, and the son of Nigerian parents (his father is a college professor in Nigeria). Attending the University of Colorado on a track and field scholarship, he was considering a sports marketing major until a college advisor recommended an acting course. Ikwuakor signed up and was quickly cast in the part of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird. It became a life-changing experience.
Always fascinated by history and African-American rights issues, Ikwuakor then became heavily involved in the Interactive Theater Project in Colorado, a professional acting troupe that specialized in theater for social change. This experience became a great influence on his career goals. During this period, he was cast in Ink, the critically acclaimed, locally produced, independent science fiction feature that won Best Colorado Film at the 2009 Denver Film Critics Society awards and was considered "one of the best films of 2009." (JoBlo) This positive experience taught Ikwuakor a great deal about how to independently produce projects, market and take chances.
Arriving in Los Angeles after college graduation with a B.F.A in Performance Theater, Ikwuakor took a series of jobs to support his acting and producing ambitions. His life-changing project, Chance, was a short dramatic film, which he wrote, produced, co-directed and starred in. Its insight encouraged him to drop his day job of three years and focus entirely on his acting career. Since then, he has never been busier. Ikwuakor's television series credits include Outlaw, Love Bites, Victorious, The Comeback, Silicon Valley, Castle, Hawaii Five-O, Extant and We Are Angels. In addition to Ink, he has been featured in the films Concussion (with Will Smith), The New Republic, Murder in the Dark and Not Safe for Work. Ikwuakor will be seen next in the upcoming television series Marvel's Inhumans for ABC and IMAX. He continues to work actively for social and political change.