Top 10 Nollywood Actresses 2016!
The Nigerian movie scene has indeed come of age after several years underground. Nollywood as she’s called, has taken the world by storm over the years with award winning performances that has endeared the worldwide audience to the African TV screen.
Amongst the throng of excellent stakeholders in the industry, there exists a league of top performers who have made us cry, laugh and even become better persons with their award winning interpretations of movie scripts. In no particular order, we bring to you the hottest players in Nollywood for 2016
Compiled By Eniola Samuel
- Mercy Aigbe: Perhaps the most prominent actress in the Yoruba Nollywood industry, Mercy Aigbe has starred in many Yoruba movies, garnering a host of nominations and awards in the process. A graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Lagos, Aigbe is currently married to a Nigerian hotelier and has three children.
- Venita Akpofure: Delta born diva Venita Akpofure is currently one of the biggest names in the Nigerian television series arena. A model and Tv personality, Venita is currently stars in the sitcom, AY’s Crib.
- Damilola Adegbite: Popular Tinsel actress Damilola Adegbite joins our list and it’s no surprise really as she a force to be reckoned with. Asides starring as Thelema Duke in Tinsel, Damilola also casted as Kemi Williams in Flower Girl. In 2011 she won the award for best actress in a TV series at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards.
- Rita Dominic: Just when we’d thought that she’s faded, Rita Dominic burst back into the limelight with her romcom, The Meeting. Born in Maine, Imo State. Rita Dominic is a veteran in the industry having featured in a lot of movies and receiving various accolades. She won the award for best actress in a leading role at the Africa Movie Academy awards in 2012.
- Funlola Aofiyebi Raimi: Porting from the theatre scene to onscreen acting can be such a drag, not for this diva though. Funlola Raimi, a graduate of Westminster College and the prestigious Actors Studio in London, made her acting debut by starring in Amaka igwe’s Violated. She has since then starred in various Nollywood blockbusters. She is currently part of the cast of Tinsel.
- Nse Etim Ekpe: A Nigerian actress who hails from Akwa Ibom state, Nse Etim Ekpe came into prominence in 2008 for her role in Reloaded. She was nominated for the African Magic viewers choice awards for her role in Mr and Mrs and won the African Magic Viewers Choice award for best actress in 2014 for her role as Nse in Journey to Self.
- Daniella Okeke: Yet another representative of Imo State, Daniella has starred in a number of nollywood movies including Stronger Than Pain and as Joke in Lagos Cougars, a flick which earned her a nomination for best actress in a leading role at the 10th African Movie Academy Award and 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
- Funke Akindele: If you do not know the name Jenifa, then you probably haven’t been watching Nigerian television or have been abducted by space aliens. Ikorodu’s finest, Funke, debuted onscreen in I Need To Know before her big break in 2009’s blockbuster, Jenifa. Perhaps her biggest asset, Akindele ported the comedy flick into a television series that is currently trending on terrestrial stations across the nation
- Stephenie Okereke Linus: Another old face in the industry who is still yet to fade. Stephanie Okereke kickstarted her career in 1997 and as at last January, her latest project, Dry, is still rocking the cinema screens. One of the most decorated Actresses in Nigeria, Stephanie Linus is definitely the epitome of longevity.
- Lilian Esoro: When medical comedy, Clinic Matters debuted in 2010, we got our first look at Lilian Esoro, who played Nurse Abigail. Fast forward 6 years and the Imo State amazon is still waxing strong. She currently stars alongside yul in the sitcom Yul’s and Mine.
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