They hardly make screen appearances except in the most expensive, big-budget projects and when they do, there is a huge buzz around it. In no particular order, here are some of the most bankable actors in Nigeria.
Many will never forget her role in the self-produced 2008 movie, ‘Jenifa’ which saw her status grow remarkably in the industry and catapulting her into the ranks of A-list actresses. Born Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde, but better known as Funke Akindele, she’s one of the most recognisable actresses in Nigeria. The University of Lagos (UNILAG) law-graduate and Glo ambassador ranks as one of the most prolific artiste-cum-producers in Nollywood. She has produced (and featured) in movies like Jenifa, Omo Ghetto and OJO Ketala. Funke is the only Yoruba actress who has won an AMAA award for Best Actress.
Okechukwu Ukeje, known as OC Ukeje is a Nigerian actor, model and musician. He came into prominence after winning the Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality show in 2008. He has been a part of several stage and movie productions including Two Brides and a Baby, Hoodrush, Alan Poza, Confusion Na Wa and Half of a Yellow Sun. He’s a winner of several awards including Africa Movie Academy Awards, Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Nollywood Movies Awards, Best of Nollywood Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Awards and Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards. O.C was recently unveiled as a Glo ambassador.
Talented, charming and graceful are perhaps the words that best describe Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, popularly known as ‘Omo Sexy’. The Lagos-born star who hails from Ondo State made her debut in Nollywood in 1995. Since then, she has acted in about 200 movies and has endeared herself to producers and marketers. Her star power has seen her snag numerous endorsement deals and even a listing by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, along with the likes of Michelle Obama, Beyonce and Kate Middleton.
Ali Nuhu is a household name, especially in the Northern part of the country. The good looking Nuhu made his debut in Kannywood – the Hausa home movie industry and an integral part of Nollywood – in the early 90s. He has diversified into music and film making. He has also landed endorsement deals for several corporate organisations. He has so far featured in more than 50 movies, cutting across Nollywood and Kannywood. Nuhu was the winner of the MTN Kannywood Best Actor Award in 2013, for his role in MatanGida, a Hausa production.
Genevieve Nnaji has expanded her relevance from acting to modelling, music and entrepreneurship. Unlike most of her colleagues, she started off very early with her first role coming when she was only 8 years old. At the age of 19, her role in the movie Most Wanted catapulted her to fame. She is an ambassador to several notable brands including Lux and most recently, telecommunications giant, Etisalat.
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