Nollywood Portraits

NOLLYWOOD PORTRAITS: A RADICAL BEAUTY

Alexx Ekubo
Actor
Born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria Over 50 movies & counting
Career highlights: Winner of Fastest Emerging African Screen Talent Award, Screen Nation Film & Television Awards in London, UK (2014)

Genevieve Nnaji
Actress and producer
Born in Amaimo, Imo State, Nigeria
Over 100 movies
Career highlights: She is arguably the reigning queen of Nollywood and is most beloved by ardent fans all over Nigeria, Africa and the diaspora. Winner of Best Actress of the Year, City People Awards (2001), Best Actress in a Leading Role, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2005); selected as the brand ambassador for telecom giant, Etisalat; conferred Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by President Goodluck Jonathan for her contribution to the entertainment industry.

Kiki Omeili
Actress
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
32 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Best Supporting Actress, African Film Awards (2012), Best Supporting Actress, Golden Icon Academy Movie Awards (2015), and Best Actress, In-Short Film Festival, Lagos (2015)

Her Imperial Highness, Farah Pahlavi

O.C. Ukeje
Actor
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
30 movies Career
highlights: Winner of several awards including Best Upcoming Actor, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2008), Best New Actor, City People Awards (2010), and Best Actor, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2015)

Her Imperial Highness, Farah Pahlavi
Iretiola Doyle

Iretiola Doyl
Actress
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
20 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Best Actress in a Leading Role, Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (2013) and Best Actress in a Leading Role, Nollywood Movie Awards (2014)

Iretiola Doyle
Jim Iyke Esomugha

Jim Iyke Esomugha
Actor, producer, and entrepreneur
Born in Libreville, Gabon
110 movies
Career highlight: Directorial debut in Visible Difference

Jim Iyke Esomugha
Beverly Naya

Beverly Naya
Actress Born in London, UK
15 movies
Career highlights: Nominated by the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards as Best Supporting Actress for Before 30 (2016); became a Dark and Lovely brand ambassador

Beverly Naya
Gbenro Ajibade

Gbenro Ajibade
Actor, producer, host, and model
Born in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria
15 movies and over 200 episodes in a TV series
Career highlights: Best Actor/Model, Nigerian Models Achievers’ Award, Best Youth Act, Tush Awards, Best Actor, Scream Awards

Gbenro Ajibade
Mary Lazarus

Mary Lazarus
Actress
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
40 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Most Outstanding Photography Model – Female at Nigerian Models Achievers’ Award (2010); nominated as Best Actress in a Drama, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2016) and Best New Actress, Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (2013)

Mary Lazarus
Cossy Orjiakor

Cossy Orjiakor
Actress and entrepreneur
Born in Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria
Over 40 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Most Distinctive and Daring Artist, Nollywood Europe Golden Awards (2015) and Most Promising Female Act, Gbedu Awards (2012)

Cossy Orjiakor
Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett
Actress, producer, director, and host
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
10 movies and several TV series in the UK and Nigeria
Career highlights: Inducted as Fellow of the Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists (1992); conferred Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) by President Olusegun Obasanjo (2006); awarded the Professor Pat Utomi’s Centre for Values in Leadership 23rd CVL Leader Without Title (LWT), Sector Leadership, Award of Excellence of Exceptional Leadership in Recognition of Outstanding Contribution in Redefining the Nigerian Entertainment Sector (2015)

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett
Daniel K. Daniel

Daniel K. Daniel
aka DKD
Actor
Born in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria
24 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Best Actor, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2016), Best New Actor, City People Awards (2014) and Revelation of the Year, Best of Nollywood Awards (2014)

Daniel K. Daniel
Lilian Esoro Franklin

Lilian Esoro Franklin
Actress
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
31 movies
Career highlights: Nominated as Best Actress in a Comedy, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2013) and as Best Actress of the Year, Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (2014)

Lilian Esoro Franklin
Richard Mofe Damijo

Richard Mofe Damijo
Actor
Born in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria
Over 70 movies
Career highlights: Winning Best Actor, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2005)

Richard Mofe Damijo
Kehinde Bankole

Kehinde Bankole
Actress
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
10 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Best Actress in a Drama, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2015), Best TV Actress, Nigerian Broadcasters Merits Awards (2014), and Revelation of the Year, Best of Nollywood Awards (2009)

Kehinde Bankole
Sadiq Daba

Sadiq Daba
Actor, producer, and director
Born in Kumasi, Ghana
Over 60 movies and TV productions
Career highlights: Winner of Best Actor, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2015), Best of Nollywood Awards (2015), and Industry Merit Award, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2016)

Sadiq Daba
Ebube Nwagbo

Ebube Nwagbo
Actress and producer
Born in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria
Over 70 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Best Actress, ZAFAA African Film Academy Awards, London (2008), Best Supporting Actress, African Muzik Magazine Awards, United States (2014), Best Supporting Actress, Best of Nollywood Awards (2015)

Ebube Nwagbo
Enyinna Nwigwe

Enyinna Nwigwe
Actor
Born in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
40 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Best Actor, Nollywood and Africa Film Critics’ Awards (2015) and Best Actor, City People Awards (2012)

Enyinna Nwigwe
Wale Ojo

Wale Ojo
Actor
Born in London, UK
15 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Best Actor, Nigeria Entertainment Awards (2010); nominated for Africa Movie Academy Awards (2011) and as Best Actor in a Comedy, Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (2015)

Wale Ojo

Paul Obazele
Actor, director, and producer
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
Over 40 movies
Career highlights: Elected National President, Association of Movie Producers, Nigeria and Provost, Film Cooperative of Nigeria

Ivie Okujaye
Actress, writer, and producer
Born in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
Over 10 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Best Young Actor, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2012) and the Trailblazer Award, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2013)

Joke Silva

Joke Silva
Actress and producer
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
60 international and local movies
Career highlights: Conferred the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic Award by the Nigerian government; winner of Best Actor in a Leading Role, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2006) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2008)

Joke Silva
Tamara Eteimo

Tamara Eteimo
Actress
Born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
35 movies
Career highlights: Nominated as Best Supporting Actress, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2014), Best Supporting Actress, Nigeria Entertainment Awards (2014), and Best Supporting Actress, Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (2014)

Tamara Eteimo

Daniella Chioma Okeke
Actress and producer
Born in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria
50 movies
Career highlights: Nominated as Best Actress, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2014), Nigeria Entertainment Awards (2014) and Nollywood Movie Awards (2014)

Julius D’Genius Agwu
Actor, comedian, entertainer, and author
Born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
15 movies and several TV series and stage plays
Career highlights: Created Musicomedy; is the first Nigerian comedian to start a solo comedy show, Crack Ya Ribs (both locally and internationally)

Reginald Chiedu Ofodile

Reginald Chiedu Ofodile
Actor, writer, and also a lawyer
Born in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria
14 movies
Career highlights: Winner of the BBC African Performance Award, London (1997) and the Warehouse Theatre International Playwriting Award (1997)

Reginald Chiedu Ofodile
Chelsea Eze

Chelsea Eze
Actress
Born in Kano, Kano State, Nigeria
30 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Award for Most Promising Talent, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2010)

Chelsea Eze
Tina Amuziam

Tina Amuziam
Actress and producer
Born in Delta State, Nigeria
Over 100 movies
Career highlights: Recognized as a cultural ambassador for Delta State; winner of the Industry Builders Award, ZAFAA African Film Academy Awards, London (2006) and the Nigeria Celebrity Awards (2012)

Tina Amuziam
Udoka Oyeka

Udoka Oyeka
Actor, director, writer, and producer
Born in Dallas, Texas
4 movies
Career highlights: 8 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards nominations for Living Funeral

Udoka Oyeka

Monalisa Chinda
Actress, director, talk show host, and entrepreneur
Born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Over 150 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Best Actress, Afro Nollywood Awards (2009); nominated as Best Actress in a Leading Role, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2014); launched a nationally syndicated TV talk show (2015)

Uti Nwachukwu
Actor, TV host, and model
Born in Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria
15 movies
Career highlights: Winner of the First and Only Big Brother Africa All Stars (2010), Best New Actor, Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (2014), and Entertainment Personality of the Year, Nigeria Entertainment Awards (2012)

Linda Ihuoma Ejiofor
Actress
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
10 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Best Supporting Actress in a Drama (The Meeting), Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2015)

Shawn “Faqua” Ibekwute
Actor
Born in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
25 movies
Career highlights: 5 nominations for his first cinema feature film, Lagos Cougars, including an Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Young/Promising Actor (2014)

Angel Ufuoma

Angel Ufuoma
Actress
Born in Delta State, Nigeria 1
7 movies
Career highlights: Introduced at the Kennedy Center stage with Hollywood star actress Vivica A. Fox as part of the international cast at the World Premiere of the movie Doctor Bello; winner of Most Promising Actress, Daylight Annual Leadership Award (2016)

Angel Ufuoma
Deyemi Okanlawon

Deyemi Okanlawon
Actor and creative entrepreneur
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
12 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Best Actor in an African Collaboration, Ghana Movie Awards (2015) and Best Actor, In-Short Film Festival (2013)

Deyemi Okanlawon
Stephanie Okereke Linus

Stephanie Okereke Linus
Actress, director, writer, and producer
Born in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
Over 100 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Overall Best Actress, Reel Awards (2003) and Best Overall Film Africa, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2016)

Stephanie Okereke Linus
Chinonso Young

Chinonso Young
Actress
Born in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria
10 movies & counting
Career highlight: Played first lead in the award winning hit series Lekki Wives

Chinonso Young
Belinda Effah

Belinda Effah
Actress
Born in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria
30 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Best New Act, Best of Nollywood Awards (2012), Best New Act, Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (2012), and Best New Actor, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2013)

Belinda Effah

Desmond Elliot
Actor, director, and politician
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
Over 200 movies
Career highlights: Winner of several awards including for Best Supporting Actor, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2014), Best Actor, African International Film Festival (2013), and Best Director, Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (2013)

Osas Ighodaro Ajibade

Osas Ighodaro Ajibade
Actress
Born in New York City, NY
Over 20 movies C
areer highlights: Winner of TV Actress of the Year, Eloy Awards (2014)

Osas Ighodaro Ajibade

Ozzy Agu
Actor and television personality
Born in Huntsville, Texas
7 movies
Career highlights: Played Professor “Crinkum Crankum” Jojoba in Wakaa the Musical; hosted the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards Red Carpet

Omoni Oboli
Actress, writer, producer, and director
Born in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
36 movies
Career highlights: Winner of several awards including Best Actress – Narrative Feature, Los Angeles Movie Awards (2010), Best Actress, Harlem International Film Festival (2010), and Best Actress in a Leading Role, Nigeria Entertainment Awards (2011)

Gideon Okeke

Gideon Okeke
Actor and producer
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
7 movies
Career highlights: Graduated from Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, New York (2011); winner of Best Actor (TV series), Nigeria Entertainment Awards, New York (2012); nominated as Best Actor, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, Nigeria (2014)

Gideon Okeke
Eku Edewor

Eku Edewor
Actress and TV personality
Born in London, UK
3 movies and 2 TV series
Career highlights: Winner of Best Actress in an African Collaboration, Ghana Movie Awards (2014); co-anchor for 53 Extra, a satellite TV show syndicated across Africa

Eku Edewor
Oludotun Baiyewunmi Jacobs

Oludotun Baiyewunmi Jacobs
aka Olu Jacobs
Actor and producer
Born in Kano State, Nigeria
Over 200 international and Nigerian movies
Career highlights: The first recipient of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards’ Life Achievement Award; winner of Best Actor in a Leading Role, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2007); conferred Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government

Oludotun Baiyewunmi Jacobs

Uru Eke
Actress and producer
Born in Newham, London, UK
45 movies
Career highlights: Producing her first feature film

Tope Tedela
Actor
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
23 movies C
areer highlights: Winner of Best Actor in a Drama, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2014), Best Actor in a Leading Role, Nigeria Entertainment Awards (2014), and Best Actor, Best of Nollywood Awards (2014)

Kemi Lala Akindoju

Kemi Lala Akindoju
Actress and producer
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
5 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Actor of the Year, The Future Awards (2010), Most Promising Young Actor, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2015), and the Trailblazer Award, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2016)

Kemi Lala Akindoju
Chinedu Ikedieze

Chinedu Ikedieze
aka Aki
Actor and entrepreneur
Born in Uzuakoli, Abia State, Nigeria
Over 70 movies
Career highlights: Winner of several awards including Overall Best Actor (Drama), Broadcasters Organisation of Nigeria Award (2014), Best Comedian, Nigeria Youth Awards (2013), Lifetime Achievement Award, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2010); also conferred Member of the Order of the Federal Republic – MFR (National Honours Award) by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010

Chinedu Ikedieze
Tunde Kelani

Tunde Kelani
Filmmaker
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
14 movies
Career highlights: Founder of Mainframe Film and Media Institute in Abeokuta (2016)

Tunde Kelani
Chineze Anyaene

Chineze Anyaene
Director and producer
Born in Abuja, FCT, Nigeria
1 movie
Career highlights: Made the highest grossing film in cinema (2010–15); elected Chairman, Nigeria Oscar Selection Committee; winner of 13 International Festival Awards for debut feature length film Ijé

Chineze Anyaene

Tony Abulu
Director, writer, and producer
Born in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria
5 movies
Career highlights: Brought 50 Nollywood stars to the US (2004); signed a distribution deal with US cinema chain, AMC; founded the First Nigeria International Film Festival (2005)

Simi Opeoluwa

Simi Opeoluwa
aka The Voodooman
Director, producer, and special effects director
Born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria
39 movies
Career highlights: Winner of Best Special Effects, Best of Nollywood Awards (2015), Best Special Effects, THEMA Awards (1999), and Best Special Effects Sound-Score, Amen Awards (1999)

Simi Opeoluwa
Tope Oshin

Tope Oshin
Director and producer
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
13 movies and 4 TV series
Career highlights: Winner of Best Programme Director, Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (2016), Special Jury Award, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2014), Best Director, In-Short Film Festival (2012)

Tope Oshin

Fidelis Duker
Filmmaker and producer
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
Over 100 movies
Career highlights: Winner of several local and international awards for making such films as Blood Brothers (Reel Awards), Dada Oni Paki (Cannes Short Film Corner and Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards), and Night of Vultures (Brussels International Film Festival); founder of the Abuja International Film Festival (the longest running film festival in Anglophone West Africa); elected to several leadership roles in the film industry such as President of the Directors Guild of Nigeria and Regional Secretary General of the Federation of Pan African Filmmakers

Obi Emelonye
Director, screenwriter, and producer
Born in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
10 movies
Career highlights: Winner of several awards including for Best Drama, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2013), Best Film, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2013), and Best Film, Screen Nation (2012)

Charles Novia
Filmmaker
Born in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
43 movies and 10 TV series
Career highlights: Winner of numerous awards and nominations including Africa Movie Academy Awards (2013), Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2016); selected as a member of the Nigerian Oscar Awards Committee for Best Foreign Language Category

Teco Benson
Director and producer
Born in Oji River, Enugu State, Nigeria
60 movies
Career highlights: Conferred Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government (2012); winner of several local and international awards including Best Nigerian Film, Africa Movie Academy Awards (2014), Best Director, Best of Nollywood Awards (2011), and Director of the Year, City People Awards (2002)

Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen

Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen
Director and producer
Born in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
Over 200 movies
Career highlights: Co-founder of the Directors Guild of Nigeria (1997); is the first Nollywood filmmaker featured on CNN’s Screening Room; winner of several local and international awards

Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen
Kunle Afolayan

Kunle Afolayan
Producer and director
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
5 movies
Career highlight: Made the movie The Figurine

Kunle Afolayan
Elochukwu Anigbogu

Elochukwu Anigbogu
aka Elonel
International Film distributor and producer
Born in Amichi, Anambra State, Nigeria
75 movies

Elochukwu Anigbogu

Chioma Ude
Founder of the Africa International Film Festival
Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone
Career highlight: Celebrated the fifth edition of the Festival

Wole Alade
Musician and composer
Born in Ibadan, Nigeria
4 movies
Career highlight: Found musical truth

Andy Abulu
Animation director and entrepreneur
Born in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria
6 shorts, including 3 Cannes entries
Career highlights: Winner of Best Animation, Abuja International Film Festival (2005)