Some of the industry’s best started acting right before the cinema of Nigeria came into existence. Nigeria with its drama, comedy, and talented actors is the home to the dazzling Nollywood movie scene. Now that the movie industry is at its peak, there are actresses who have graced it up to this level and has enabled the release of more than 200 movies per month. These women are worth mentioning.
Who Is The Best Nollywood Actress?
Have you ever given attention to the top Nigerian female actresses who make waves in this industry? There is much more to these inspiring, greatest Nollywood actresses than just glitz and glamour though. Some of these actresses are on the list because of their natural acting skills rather than reading and obviously acting out written manuscripts that’s why there’s a need to know the best Nollywood actress in 2019
Top 10 Nollywood Actresses
The list below outlines the best 10 Nollywood actresses of all times. Here we will take a tour in the lives of some of the most famous actresses in the industry and get to know them a little bit.
1. Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve, referred to as the “Julia Roberts of Africa” by CNN was born on May 3, 1979 and is a native of Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria. She won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005. She has won numerous awards both locally and internationally. She is one of the highest paid actresses in Nollywood. The multi award winning Nigeria actress started her acting career as a child actress in the popular soap opera “Ripples” at the age of 8 but she became well known in 1998 with the movie “Most Wanted”. Today she has her own production company, The Entertainment Network (TEN), which was founded by her in partnership with Chinny Onwugbenu and has some of the most popular endorsement deals like Range Rover, and Polo. Her first movie, “Road to Yesterday” won the best Movie Overall in West Africa at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards.
2. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
Omo sexy as she is fondly called is one of the best actresses Nollywood can ever have. The beautiful Nigerian Nollywood actress who qualified as an estate manager has had a very successful career in acting. The star actress who is in her 40’s discovered her future when she accompanied her friend to an acting audition. Since her Nollywood film debut in 1995 with the movie Mortal Inheritance, Omotola has appeared in over 300 films and her movies are selling millions of video copies. She was described as the queen of Nollywood in 2013 as she makes the list of world most influential alongside world leaders like Michelle Obama and this same year she was recognized in TIME magazine and that validated her career and brand in Africa. She deserves to be among the top best actresses in Nollywood.
3. Ini Edo
Ini Edo, a household name in Nigerian movie, hail from Calabar and a Theater Arts graduate of the University of Calabar. The beautiful actress made her big-screen debut in the 2003 movie -Thick Madam. She is currently the special assistant to Akwa Ibom state Governor on culture and tourism and has been nominated for 10 awards and has won over 7 awards. Besides acting, she is also the Youth Envoy for the United Nations-Habitat program.
4. Mercy Johnson Okojie
Mercy Johnson who ventured into acting after failing her JAMB exam is an indigene of Okene in Kogi State. The popular Nigerian actress is known for her natural and bold acting. Johnson has emerged in over 100 Nollywood movies but keeps a low profile these days, yet occasionally appearing in Nollywood movies. She made her acting debut in the movie, The Maid, playing the role of a possessed house help and since then she has acted various roles in numerous films. She has several awards to her name and they include, Africa’s queen of the screen held in Sydney, Australia; best actress of the year at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in 2013; best actress in a supporting role at the 5th Africa Movie Academy Awards and others. Her acting prowess has led her to star in more than 100 movies. The star actress still maintains her beautiful figure even after three children.
5. Stephanie Okereke Linus
Stephanie is from Imo state and was born on 2nd October 1982. She is a graduate of New York Film Academy. The pretty actress joined Nollywood and started acting in 1997 when she was featured in Compromise II and Waterloo. She finished second place in the 2002 “Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria” (MBGN) beauty Pageant. She was nominated for eight awards of which she won 2 within an interval of 7 years: Best Actress – English and Reel Awards Best Actress of the Year 2003. Stephanie has also released two award winning movies. She got married in 2012 to Linus Idahosa and together they welcomed a son, Maxwell, in 2015.
6. Rita Dominic
Rita Uchenna Dominic, born on 12 July 1975, is from a royal family in Abo Mbaise. Rita Dominic is a graduate of Theater Arts from the University of Portharcourt. She has been performing since childhood, appearing in school plays and children’s television shows in Imo State and later starred in her first movie: A time to kill. She won the City People Awards in 2004 for being the most outstanding actress and the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role In 2012.
7. Uche Jombo
This Abia state actress is a graduate of mathematics and statistics from University of Calabar and Computer Programming from the Federal University of Technology Minna. She made her debut into Nollywood in 1999, in the movie “Visa to hell”. She is not just popular, but also one of the richest actresses in Nollywood. Uche has been nominated for numerous awards and has bagged many awards till date. She is also a screenwriter and a producer.
8. Patience Ozokwor
Patience Ozokwor, popularly known as mama G is an actress in the Nollywood industry that you may never forget. She was born on 14th September, 1958 in Enugu State and is a graduate of fine and applied art from institute of management and Technology Enugu. Patience has won several awards such as Best Supporting Actress award at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards in Cinema and so on. The AMAA award winning actress who married at the age of 19 has 3 biological children and 5 adopted Children.
9. Funke Akindele
Olufunke Ayotunde Akindele is one of the most popular actresses in Nollywood and was born on 24th August 1977 in Lagos. She has a law degree from the University of Lagos and is popularly called Jenifa as she is known for her hit TV Show called Jenifa’s diary where she is the lead character with a very hilarious English accent. She has been contributing immensely to the film industry and has graced more than 100 movies with her presence.
10. Tonto Dikeh
Tonto Dikeh, born on the 9th of June, 1985 is from Ikwere; Rivers State Nigeria. She rose to national fame after appearing on the reality TV show “The Next Movie Star”. She graduated from Rivers State University of Science and Technology where she studied Petrochemical Engineering. She welcomed her first child in 2016 and often participates in charity events. She has appeared in films like Missing Rib and The Plain Truth.