Nollywood, Africa’s largest
movie industry has seen quite a lot of talented people as Nollywood actors and Nollywood actresses. Some of Nollywood’s best actors and actresses started acting right before the cinema of Nigeria came into existence. Now that the institution is at its peak, releasing more than 200 movies per month, there are actresses who graced it up to this level and are worth mentioning. The list below outlines the best 10 Nollywood actresses of all times.
Some have featured in more than 100 movies hence have made their faces so popular, while some others are on the list because of their natural acting skills rather than reading and obviously acting out written manuscripts.
10. Rita Dominic
Rita Dominic was born on 12 July, 1975, a native of Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria. Rita Dominic won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2012. She was exposed to acting as a child and later starred in her first movie: “A Time To Kill”. She won the city People Awards in 2004 for being the most outstanding actress. Because of her acting prowess, she has featured in over 100 movies alongside other talented actors and actresses. Rita is definitely one of the top Nollywood actresses of all times.
9. Oge Okoye
Oge Okoye, born in London and a graduate of Theatre Arts from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, has featured in more than 60 movies since her acting career started in 2001 and some of her recent movies include: ‘Marry Me’, ‘The Girls’ and ‘Blackberry Babes’. Another top Nollywood actress you don’t want to miss her movie.
8. Tonto Dikeh
Tonto Dikeh is from Ikwerre, Rivers State Nigeria. Born on the 9th of June, 1985, she graduated from Rivers State University of Science and Technology where she went to study Petrochemical Engineering. Tonto Dikeh was exposed to acting and joined Nollywood movie industry after she finished as the first runner-up for the reality TV programme: The Next Movie Star. Since then she has featured in several Nollywood hit movies.
7. Uche Jombo
Uche Jombo was born in Abiriba, Abia State, Nigeria, seems like most Nollywood actresses were technologically inclined before they had a change of career, Uche is a graduate of Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Calabar, and Computer Programming from the Federal University of Technology Minna. She then ventured into the Nollywood in 1999 starring in the movie: “Visa To Hell”, Jombo has featured in more than 60 movies. She is also a screenwriter and has written and co-written several other interesting movies which include: ‘Games Men Play’, ‘The Celebrity’, ‘Girls in the Hood’ and ‘A Time to Love’. She has produced other Nollywood movies such as Nollywood Hustlers, Holding Hope and her latest work: “Damage” which deals with the issue of domestic violence in homes. This GLO Ambassador could be more described as an all-rounder.
6. Stephanie Okereke-Linus
Stephanie is a Nigerian born actress, singer and model. The pretty model joined Nollywood and started acting in 1997 when she was featured in “Compromise II” and “Waterloo”. A year later she was accepted into the English and Literary Studies Programme at the University of Calabar, graduated with her degree Stephanie Okereke, finished second place in the 2002 “The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) beauty pageant. One of her very successful movies was “Emotional Crack”. She was nominated for eight awards of which she won 2: Best Actress. English and Reel Awards Best actress of the year 2003. Stephanie has also starred in quite a few films including Private Sin. Final Solution, Pretender and Adora. She has a blog where she shares her personal experiences.
5. Mercy Johnson
Mercy Johnson, an indigene of Okene in Kogi State is a popular Nigerian actress known for her natural and bold acting. She ventured into acting after failing her Jamb exam and has made her acting debut in the movie, “The Maid” playing the role of a possessed house help. Her performance in the movie shot her into the limelight. She has featured in other popular Nigerian movies. Her acting prowess has led her to star in more than 100 movies and has won her the African Film Award for best supporting actress in 2009.
4. Patience Ozokwor
Patience Ozokwor, popularly known as mama G is a personality in the Nigerian movie industry that you may never forget. She is a highly talented actress that sets the pace in Nollywood acting. Patience hails from Enugu Ngwo and was usually given acting roles as part of her school work each term. However, to show that skills and talent have nothing to do with youthfulness, she was influenced by Chika Okpala popularly known as Chief Zebrudaya to join Nollywood where she has made her mark. Patience ctress of the year at the 2001 City People Awards.
Why Women In Nollywood Have More Money Than Men – Linda Osifo
Ebony Nigerian actress, Linda Osifo has opened up on why women in the movie industry are more successful than their male counterparts.
When asked why women do better, have more cars than the men in the industry, Osifo, speaking during an interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on Rubbing Minds, said there are so many more avenues for women to make money than men.
According to her, actresses have ambassadorial deals from wig brands, skin care, clothing brands, which is why some of them have more money than men and are able to acquire houses.
“As a woman compared to a man I have more options to get more jobs than a man.
“I can advertise hair, wigs, shoes and a wide range of clothes from brands which most men cannot. The ratio of men to women is 1:3 which makes the market wider for us.
“I’ve become a brand ambassador to skincare brands and that’s an industry that men don’t dominate and conquer so this is how women are more successful.
“Women have more opportunities to make money.”
The 29-year-old actress said the mentality of the society that a woman can’t make it on her own is the reason for the rumours that most actresses have illicit affairs.
“I’ve come to understand that society has the mindset that most women can’t succeed on their own. It’s a big problem because there are many women who are doing so much for themselves,” she added.
She noted that social media plays an important role in an actor’s career because we are in a digital world but talent sustains your success.
“The more people on social media platforms, the more you can market to them, but at the end of the day talent sustains success,” she said.
The Voice Nigeria 3: How Darey Pushed Esther To Victory
The Voice Nigeria Season three came to a crescendo last Saturday night when 23-year-old Esther Benyeogo emerged as the winner of the music reality TV show.
With Esther’s victory at the keenly contested competition, Darey Art Alade has engraved his name on the list of the Voice Nigeria coaches whose talent emerged winners.
The journey to victory for Esther began with a blind audition that had a total of 32 talents performing to get the attention of any coach in order to get a turnaround.
In the third week of the show, Esther made her first appearance at the blind auditions. Her rendition of Andra Day’s ‘Rise Up’ erupted the first teary emotion on the show as coaches Darey, Waje and Falz turned to canvass for her acceptance into their teams. After her rendition of the song, Waje couldn’t hold back her tears as she got emotional and cried while heaping accolades and commendations on the graduate of the University of Benin.
Settling into Team Darey with Rachel, Ayomikun, Jeremiah, Blescene, and Dapo, Esther made no mistake of saving her powerful voice for the last round, she displayed her dexterity and brilliance from the knockouts where she was sent straight to the battles after her rendition of Westlife’s ‘Flying Without Wings.’
The Delta indigene didn’t settle for less as she conquered Jeremiah on the battlefield to qualify for the live show.
Her final performance at the grand finale elicited cheers and claps from the studio audience.
Though not new to winning singing competitions, Esther says, winning The Voice Nigeria 3 is special because she’s recognised for her singing abilities.
“I am grateful to The Voice Nigeria and my fans out there for this amazing experience. It has been my utmost joy to come on your screens every week and share my gift on such a huge platform. This win is even more special for me because it is one thing to know you have a gift, but it means everything to be recognised for that gift. I must however give thanks to God without whom I would not be here today and also appreciate my family and friends for their love, support, and prayers,” she stated.
With every of her step, Darey couldn’t help but shower accolades on Esther, who had won God’s Children Great Talent Season 7 contest in 2017 at age 19, after she emerged first runner-up in the Next Big Teen talent in 2012.
“Of course, I am thankful to my Coach, Coach Darey, for making my time here truly rewarding, and for equipping me with the skills to give this my best shot,” she said of her coach.
I Hope Nobody Else Dies Before PSquare Reconcile – Ayo Animashaun
Media entrepreneur, Ayo Animashaun, has urged former PSquare duo, Peter and Paul Okoye, to settle their differences and not wait until they lose another person.
The executive producer shared a photo of members of the defunct Plantashun Boyz, 2face Idibia, Blackface and Faze after they had made peace at the ‘Night of Tribute’ in honour of late Sound Sultan in Terra Kulture, Lagos State on Sunday, July 25, 2021.
The singers were at some point called upstage and urged to reconcile as a way to honour the late singer, who was their bosom friend and colleague.
They agreed, embraced peace and even performed their classic songs together on stage.
Holding photo of the Plantashun Boiz which he described as his ‘picture of the month’, Animashaun called on the Okoye twin brothers to follow suit while hoping they do not lose any life before they eventually do the needful.
He wrote: “My picture of the month….I hope we don’t lose another life before @iamkingrudy and @peterpsquare realise it’s their turn to bury the hatchet. @therealblackfacenaija @fazealone @official2baba.”
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