Annie Ilonzeh Bio, Ethnicity, Family & Dating Status

Annie Ilonzeh's bio reveals that she was born on 23rd August 1983...was raised as the eldest of five daughters in her family...embraces Igbo Nigerian, Polish, and English ethnicity...stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 meters) Shaquille O'Neal, aka Shaq...

Annie Ilonzeh Bio, Ethnicity, Family & Dating Status

Annie Ilonzeh is an American actress. She has played the role of Maya Ward on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital (2010-2011), Kate Prince in the short-lived ABC reboot of Charlie's Angels (2011), Kidada Jones in the biographical drama film All Eyez on Me (2017), and Emily Foster in the NBC drama Chicago Fire (2018-2020).


Annie Ilonzeh was born in Grapevine, Texas, the USA, as Annie Ngosi Illonzeh on 23rd August 1983. She attended Colleyville Heritage High School and later studied Finance in college. After that, Annie got enrolled at the University of Texas at Arlington on a basketball scholarship.


Annie stands 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 meters) tall.

Family & Ethnicity

Annie's parents Annette Louise and Christian Ostita Ilonzeh raised her as the eldest of five daughters; Christina Ilonzeh, Emily Ilonzeh, Jennifer Ilonzeh, and Laura Ilonzeh. Her father Christian is Nigerian and has Igbo roots, whereas her mother Annette is American and is of half Polish and half English descent.

Moreover, her maternal grandparents are named Chester P. Osmianski (born in West Virginia to a Polish father and a Polish mother) and Laura May Bullock (born in West Virginia to English parents).

Annie Ilonzeh's Dating Status

Annie Ilonzeh is dating former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, aka Shaq. The couple was first spotted together in 2019 in New York, holding hand-in-hand.


Annie Ilionzeh with Shaquille O'Neal (Photo: theshaderoom's Instagram)

Annie and Shaq have a ten-year age gap.

Her boyfriend Shaquille was previously married to Shaunie Nelson from 2002 to 2010. He has four children: Shareef, Amirah, Shaquir, and Me'arah with Shaunie. Later, Shaq dated Arnetta Yardbourgh and welcomed a daughter named Taahirah O'Neal. However, his relationship with Arnetta was also short-listed.

In 2010, Shaq began dating a reality TV star Nicole "Hoopz" Alexander until 2012.

Boyfriend Shaquille O'Neal

Born on 6 March 1972 in Newark, New Jersey, to Lucille O'Neal and Joe Toney, Shaquille is a retired professional American basketball player. He is now a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA on TNT. He is also considered one of the greatest players in the National Basketball Association (NBA) history. Over his 19 years career, he has played for six teams.

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In addition to his basketball career, Shaq has also released four rap albums Shaq Diesel (1993), Shaq Fu: Da Return (1994), You Can't Stop the Reign (1996), and Respect (1998).

Quick Facts

  • Annie's birth sign is Virgo.
  • She has made a television debut on How I Met Your Mother.
  • Her boyfriend Shaq, stands at a height of 7 feet  0¾ inch (2.15 meters).