Saturday, 26 September 2015

13 Most Bankable Nollywood SuperStars

Kunle Afolayan is of Yoruba descent but his fame transcends across the African continent. He is also the son of the late famous theatre practitioner, Ade Love. He majored in Economics and started out working in a bank while doing some casual acting, before deciding to move into full-time filmmaking by proceeding on a course at the New York Film Academy.

Since he made a grand entrance in 2005, he has been active in the Nigerian film industry. He has made several successful movies including: The Figurine: Araromire which was in Yoruba and English and Phone Swap which featured Wale Ojo, Joke Silva, Nse Ikpe Etim and the legendary Chika Okpala. The Figurine won five major awards at the African Film Academy and experienced tremendous success in the Nigerian movie theatres. His last movie, October 1 has also won him several awards. He is regarded as one of the best filmmakers in Nigeria and is currently working on his latest project, The CEO which stars Jimmy Jean-Louise, Angelique Kidjo and many others.

Popular screen goddess Mercy Johnson Okojie is acclaimed to be one of the most expensive actresses and the reason for this is not far fetched. Mercy has remained consistent with her acting, which many describe as outstanding and believable. The widely admired mother of two who is currently pregnant with her third child is noted for her versatility and ability to fit into and execute different roles, ranging from a high class lady, to a house maid and other memorable roles. Mercy Johnson is simply one of the best things to have happened to the Nigerian movie industry and over the years, she has garnered a countrywide followership.

Nkem Owoh who is popularly known as Osuofia is one of the industry’s most reliable comedians and actors. In 2008, he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Owoh’s acting career began during his days as a student of Engineering at the University of Ilorin, when he featured in various television and film productions. He became widely known as Osuofia when he starred in a Nollywood movie titled Osuofia in London which is one of the most successful movies to have been produced in Nollywood.. The versatile and untiring screen icon is also known for ‘I Go Chop your Dollar’, a song about advance fee fraud popularly referred to as ‘419’. The song was used in the film ‘The Master’, in which Owoh plays a fraudster. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) later banned the song from further circulation which ironically made the song even more popular.

Ageless beauty, Kate Henshaw began her foray into Nollywood in 1993 with the hit movie, ‘When the Sun Sets’ and has ever since proven her mettle as a screen diva, most noted for the professionalism she brings to fore on set and of course, her delivery which has helped her gather fans, endorsements and several awards. She won the Africa Movie Academy Award in 2009, for the Best Actress in a Leading Role in the movie, ‘Stronger than Pain‘. The ebony actress is the ambassador of Onga seasoning, a judge on Nigeria’s Got Talent and the face of Blessing Perfumes. She is also an ambassador of Samsung mobile alongside music star and label owner, Banky W.

Ini Edo is one of the highest paid stars in Nollywood. The Glo ambassador got into acting in 2000 and has since then featured in over 100 movies including Thick Madam and Desperate Housegirls. The Akwa-Ibom State-born movie star is a screen delight whose acting career began at a tender age, in church and at school.


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