Sunday, 29 November 2020

25 New And Pretty Actresses We Hardly Talk About In The Nollywood Industry


25 New And Pretty Actresses We Hardly Talk About In The Nollywood Industry


A whole lot has changed and there are new damsels in town. They will be making up the series of 25 new and pretty actresses we hardly talk about in the Nollywood industry, They are beautiful, vivacious, multi-talented and are on top of their trades. They are the new breed of amazing actresses who have changed the looks of Nollywood with their uptown style, rare talents and versatility. Most of them shot into limelight barely two years ago while others got into reckoning as far back as five to six years ago. Meet them:


Bukola Shittu (Omotanwa): she started her journey into the world of entertainment as video model before finding her feet as an actress. She started out in the English-speaking sector of Nollywood before true fame found her in the Yoruba sector. She started more like 7 years ago but started her good run a couple of years ago. Her biggest movie is “Omotanwa” from which she got her moniker.


Omobewaji Oyediji : Omobewaji Oyediji, simply known on Instagram as Mo’bewa is lively, refreshing and stylish. She belongs to the golden generation of Yoruba actresses who are changing the old narrative into a breezy blend of glamour and class. She could claim to have started acting much earlier than six years ago but her big break came in the TV series “Casino”. She has two Bachelor degrees; one in accounting (2015) and the other in mass communications (2017), both from the University of Lagos.


Oloruntimilehin Bosede Bukola: she is popularly known as Kiitan Bukola had her first cameo in a movie in 2010 but her career didn’t pick up professionally until 2016. Kiitan Bukola got the name ‘Kiitan’ added to her name when she produced the film ‘Kiitan’. She has featured in other movies like Ori Eiye, Ero Ife, Surface, Ajoji, Maybe (Boya) and many more.


Opeyemi Adetunji : Dark and lovely Opeyemi Adesola Adetunji who has featured in Yoruba blockbuster movies like Omo Alhaja 2, Omo Ijoba, to mention just a few, is a woman fired up to carve a y9 niche for herself in the movie industry. Having produced four movies of her own ‘Mopelola’, “Voice”, “Selflessness” and “Pinch” she’s poised to rub shoulders with the top guns in the industry.


Seilat Adebowale: Newly married Seilat Adebowale who took her career to another level in Dayo Amusa’s “Omoniyun” first shot a film in 2014, then picked up a job and returned fully in 2015. She is now one of the upcoming girls hot in demand. She has featured in well over 30 movies. She recently produced her own film “Barrister Seilat”.


Ini Dima-Okojie: Is a 30 years old Nigerian born actress, She studied at the New York Film Academy and also attended the “Become A Host” boot camp in Los Angeles. Her break out role as Hadiza, in the movie ‘North East” sparked her ascent to the top as Film & TV’s IT Girl. Her next lead role was a character in the 2016 Romantic Comedy “It’s Her Day”. She is a major cast member on popular TV series Africa Magic’s Battleground as Teniola Bhadmus. She is a young lady with a colorful flair for all things creative, the young and talented rising star has been described as a style icon. Her recent movies are Namaste Wahala and Who Is The Boss{2020}


Dorcas Shola Fapson : She is a Nigerian actress and presenter, known for her role in MTV’s Shuga as ‘Sophie’. Fapson was born in London in the 1990s. Her mother died when she was 14 and she took her first degree in Criminology England. She then went on to study acting in New York. In 2020, she returned to the MTV Shuga series as it dealt with coronavirus issues, with the actors doing the filming, over several African countries. The 29 years old actress also featured in the movie Banana Island Ghost {2020}.


 Uzoamaka Doris Aniunoh : She is a Nigerian writer and actor. She has been a regular cast member of MTV Shuga appearing in several series including the first and the sixth. Aniunoh was born in Onitsha. She studied at the University of Nigeria and gained followers to a blog she created. In 2015 she moved to the UK where she studied creative writing at the University of Birmingham. Gaining a master’s degree. Aniunoh was in series 6 of MTV Shuga and the role of “Cynthia” was included when it went into a mini-series titled MTV Shuga Alone Together highlighting the problems of Coronavirus on 20 April 2020. The series was written by Tunde Aladese and broadcast every night – its backers include the United Nations. The series was based in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire and the story will progresses using on-line conversations on location between the characters. All of the filming will be done by the actors who include Lerato Walaza, Mamarumo Marokane, Jemima Osunde and many more.

Aniunoh is also a writer and has had work published. An excerpt from her work Balcony was edited and published by the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


Mimi Onalaja: Mimi Onalaja is a TV host, presenter, actress, blogger and media personality, The 30 year old has joined the league of celebrities who own a YouTube channel, and her vlog is titled “For the Life of Mimi”. She attended Kemsing School International, Ikoyi, Lagos and Queens College, Yaba, Lagos, for her secondary education. She graduated in 2010 from Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, where she studied International Relations. She also has a diploma in Acting for Film from the New York Film Academy, she worked with Deliotte, Ebony TV, She hosted Africa’s biggest youth event, The Future Awards Africa nominees unveiling and the ELOY awards in 2016. Her latest movie is the Smart Money Woman {2020 Unreleased}.


Georgina Chloe Eku Edewor-Thorley : she is otherwise known as Eku Edewor, She is a British Nigerian actress, television presenter, and model. She is best known for her work as host of the entertainment television program 53 Extra on Africa Magic. The 33 years old actress graduated from Benenden School, University of Warwick. She has a passionate and captivating aura. Her most recent movie is the Smart Money Woman {2020 Unreleased}.


Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama : She is a Nigerian TV, film actress and model. She is well known for her roles in 93 Days, The Wedding Party, The Arbitration, the TV series Gidi Up and gained recognition at the Toronto International Film Festival and Africa International Film Festival. The 32 years old is also the latest ambassador for Multichoice’s DSTV Explora, the widest satellite cable network across Africa. She’s set to feature in the highly anticipated movie, A Soldier’s Story 2 {2020} : Return from the Dead – sequel to 2016 multiple award-winning romantic drama, Somkele holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from McMaster University. She volunteered in several shows for charity at McMaster and modeled during the holidays in Nigeria. Her web site states her work includes Virgin Nigeria, Harp, ETB and Visafone Communications. Somkele said in an interview with punch NG “that she is a very private person”, She further went on saying her mother is her role model. Her strength is admirable and enviable. Her tenacity to keep going on against all odds is also very commendable.


Jemima Osunde : Is a Nigerian actress, model and presenter. She gained exposure after playing Leila in the television series Shuga. Osunde was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 15th Africa Movie Academy Awards for her performance in The Delivery Boy, she was born into a family of five and is a native of Edo State. She studied physiotherapy at the University of Lagos. Osunde appeared in the film Jungle Jewel after being encouraged by her uncle to pursue acting. The 24 years old actress was casted as Laila in MTV Shuga, appearing in the fourth series. When the show moved to South Africa for its fifth series, Osunde was written out for a year. She returned for the sixth series when it returned to Nigeria. In 2020 she was in the cast of Quam’s Money which is a follow-up to the 2018 film she starred in New Money. The new cast was led by Falz, Toni Tones, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Nse Ikpe-Etim.


Adebukola Oladipupo : Is a Nigerian actress who debuted on MTV Shuga, Oladipupo was born in London but educated in Lagos. She has two siblings. Oladipupo had her primary education in Bellina Nursery and Primary School Akoka, Lagos. She also attended Babcock High School and Caleb International School for her secondary education.

The 26 years old was successfully auditioned for MTV Shuga in 2015 where she was given what became the continuing role of “Faa”. She puts her success down to the media mogul Mo Abudu who taught her to have self-belief. In 2015 she appeared in the first season of Indigo, Inevitable and The Other Me. In 2017 she appeared in the film missing as the secretary playing herself. Her film credits include – Moms at War, Phases (NdaniTV), The Men’s Club, and Africa Magic Forbidden. Oladipupo was still in MTV Shuga as the character “Faa”, she went into a nightly mini series titled MTV Shuga Alone Together highlighting the problems of Coronavirus in April 2020. The show was broadcast for 60 nights and its backers include the World Health Organization. The series will be based in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Cote D’Ivoire.


Bukunmi Grace Oluwasina : Is a fast rising Nigerian actress, movie producer, singer, musician, playwright, and model. She was born in the early 1990s into a family of seven in which she happens to be the 3rd born of the family. She is a native of Ekiti state (Oke-Imesi). She won the city people movie award for fastest rising actress of the year. Bukunmi is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, she graduated from the department of dramatic art, she is officially married to her longtime boyfriend Ebun Oluwasina, who came into limelight with the award-winning movie ‘Ayomi’, some of the movies she has featured in includes Modebi Olami, Eniitan, Test, Excursion and many more.

The actress also partnered with Pepsi, AVF, and Vivas for the premiere of Ayomi. What is so unbelievable is that Bukunmi shot the movie while she was still studying at the Obafemi Awolowo University. She revealed she was really stressed while at university because she was close to her final year. She was, however, greatly supported and taught how to manage her time. She explained:


“One thing I have gotten to learn about life is that too many people complain about time saying there is no time, but the truth is, show me a woman that knows how to manage her time, and I will show you a man who can achieve anything”.

When talking about the challenges she faced in the course of shooting Ayomi, Bukunmi said that there was nothing much her cast and crew couldn’t handle. She had the opportunity to work with amazing actors who took her as their own child, sister, and friend. They are Joke Muyiwa, Gabriel Afolayan, Damola Olatunji, and others.


Oluwasina debut movie Ayomi has won many awards and has gotten a number of nominations, including the 2015 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards in the Best Indigenous Movie (Yoruba), the Best of Nollywood Awards (BON Awards), MAYA Awards, and ACI Awards.


Sharon Onoja : Is a Fast-rising Nigerian actress who has tension her fans with her amazing personality and acting skills. The Mass Communication graduate from Houdegbe North American University Benin. Sharon Onoja came into limelight after playing the role of “Shalewa” in the web series Skinny Girl in Transit. Sharon started her acting career when she moved to Lagos in 2013. She is a native of Benue state who was born in Kaduna and raised in Plateau State, she is 29 years old.

She hosted GT Bank’s Fashion week red carpet alongside Timini Egbuson in 2017. Sharon has featured in movies like King of Boys, Skinny Girl in Transit, Lara and the Beat, Bling Lagosian and who’s The Boss.


 Meg Otanwa : Is fast becoming one of the leading women in the Nigerian movie industry. She has captivated everyone with her dark beauty and intense performance on stage, TV series and films.

The award winning actress has shown that there is more she can give to the world and it is only the beginning, Meg Otanwa was born February 14 and she is from Benue State. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from TIME University Tunis, Tunisia and an MBA training from University Jean Moulin, Lyon France.

Meg worked at African Development Bank in Tunis, Tunisia several years before moving back to Nigeria to pursue her passion as an actress, Meg’s first movie role was in 2011 acclaimed movie I’ll Take My Chances alongside Ini Edo and Bryan Okwara. She has featured in movies like October 1, Ojuju, Kpians: The Feast Of Souls, Being Single, TV series Before 30 and among others. Meg’s love for culture gave her the opportunity to learn different languages. She can speak and write 5 languages- English, French, Hausa, Idoma, Spanish and Yoruba-fluently. Her breakout came in 2016 when she starred in the acclaimed series Hush and thriller Derailed. She won the 2017 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards. Meg claims she would never forget the moment because she wasn’t expecting to win.


Chinenye Uba : Is a fast rising Nollywood actress, model, and a television personality.  She was born on 29th June 1989 in Anambra State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. She is currently 31 years old. She was raised in Asaba, Delta State in the south southern part of Nigeria, where she completed both her primary, secondary and tertiary education and obtained both her First School Leaving Certificate, West African Senior School Certificate and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts. After completing her tertiary education, Chinenye Uba worked as a model before joining the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood. She ventured into Nollywood  in 2015 and in 2016 but rose to fame after starring in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Akweke” , where she played the role of a beautiful maiden Akweke. Her role in the movie brought her to limelight and established her as a household name in the Nollywood industry. Chinenye Uba has acted in more than 70 Nollywood movies. Some of the movies she has acted include Pretty Little Thing, Princess Ebube, Heart of Gold, My Love My Tears, Heart of a Ghost, Sacred Virgins,  Desire of the Royalty, The Hands of Revenge, Daughters of Elegant, Unimaginable Act, and many more. She has won some awards and nominations like; Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Most Promising Actress in Nigeria at the Africa Magic Viewers Choices Awards which she later won and Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Exquisite Lady of the Year Award, Chinenye Uba net worth is pegged at $500,000, making her one of the richest actresses in Nigeria. She makes most of her money from her movies and as a brand ambassador.

Chinenye Nnebe :  is a Nollywood actress, model, and a television personality. She started her acting career as a Nollywood child actress. She is the daughter to Nollywood costumier and movie producer Uche Nancy. She was born on 5th April 1997 in Asaba, Delta State in the south southern part of Nigeria. She is currently 23 years old. She grew up in Asaba, Delta State in the south southern part of Nigeria, where she completed her primary and secondary school education. Chinenye Nnebe received her formal education at St Augustine College Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria and obtained her West Africa Senior School Certificate. In 2000, Chinenye Nnebe was introduced into the Nigerian movie industry by her mother Uche Nancy as a child actress. She has featured in over 100 Nollywood movies. Some of the movies she has acted include Proof of Life, The Seed, Gallant Babes, Fulton Mountain, Dirty Diamond, Not My Queen, The Model, Hot Kingdom, Deep Water, The Lamb, Best of Enemies, and many more. Chinenye Nnebe has featured alongside with several Nollywood top actors and actresses like Mercy Johnson, Ken Erics, Regina Daniels, Jim Iyke, Ngozi Ezeonu, Nonso Diobi and other top Nollywood celebrities.Chinenye Nnebe became a global figure when she starred in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Dry” a movie produced and directed by Nollywood veteran actress Stephanie Okereke. She is worth over $160,000 making her one of the most influential actress in Nigeria.

Lizzy Gold Onuwaje : Is a Nigerian nollywood actress, model and television personality born on 16th October 1989 in Warri, a suburb of the Delta State in Nigeria, making her currently 30 years old. Lizzy had most of her education in Warri, there she completed both her primary and secondary school education and obtained both her First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate. Lizzy graduated from delta State University in Abraka where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Information Science. After which she attended Emeng Isong’s acting school in Lagos and received a Diploma in Performing Act. Her career all started in 2012 when she starred in lots of movies like Agaracha the Lioness, Love is all she needs, Dangerous women and a host of others. Aside acting, she was into modeling and as a model, Lizzy Gold emerged as the winner of Delta state beauty pageant in 2006 and was also a runner-up in Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria.

The beautiful actress is married and with a son whom she welcomed in 2015, Lizzy Gold has an estimated net worth of over $400,000 making her one of the richest and most influential actress in Nigeria.

Sharon Ifedi : Is popularly known as Nollywood star girl is a fast rising Nollywood teenage actress, model, dancer and a television personality. She is popularly known for playing the role of a kid in several Nollywood movies. The 16 years old is very beautiful, gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles. She knows how to interpret her roles very well and can fit in any character given to her by movie directors and producers in Nigeria. She has acted alongside with Nollywood stars such as Queen Nwokoye, Zubby Michael, Ngozi Ezeonu, Mercy Johnson, Ruth Kadiri,  Oge Okoye, Ebele Ekaro, Regina Daniels, Ken Erics and many others. Sharon has acted in over 40 Nollywood movies which includes Child Misfortune, Return of Tears of Sharon, Sarafina The Rejected Orphan, Wasted Authority, Shakira (Queen of Selfie), Tears of the Weeping Prince, Price of Wickedness and many more, she act mostly sorrowful movies. Sharon Ifedi is currently one of the richest and most influential teenage actress in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $58,000.

Luchy Donalds : Is a Nollywood fast rising actress, model and a television personality. She is very beautiful, gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie role. She knows how to interpret her role very well and can fit in any character given to her by movie directors and producers in Nigeria. She was born on 28th May 1991 in Owerri, Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. She is currently 29 years old, Luchy Donalds had always had the dream, aspiration and ambitious of becoming a professional actress during her childhood days. She loves acting with so much passion, that zeal and commitment has always been her driving force. Luchy Donalds has featured in top Nollywood movies like Bianca My Wife, The Missing Princess, and many more. And Ghanaian actress Jackie Appiah have starred together in several movies and whoever that see them together will think they are siblings because of their striking resemblance. She has been nominated for Most Promising Actress in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards and Best New Actress at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.

Luchy Donalds has an estimated net worth of $320,000 making her one of the most influential actress in Nigeria.                     

              ….                         Faith Ugonma


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