Some Nollywood stars who quit acting in the 90s made our childhood days memorable and lit, while some are still around entertaining their loyal fans. Their roles in classic movies helped set the pace for the industry we’ve come to love dearly today.
These great actors have been involved in one scandal or another and some have managed to remain scandal free. Amidst their endless dramas, their fans still can’t bear not seeing them on their TV screens. They also look out for their movies either on DVD or in the cinemas.
10 talented Nollywood actors we will never stop loving.
1.Genevieve Nnaji: The world can never get enough of talented Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji. The 39-year-old diva is also a movie producer, director, screenwriter and former model. She reportedly welcomed her first child at the age of 16 and did not let that affect her studies or movie career. Having joined the industry in her teenage years, the delectable actress has featured in countless movies both local and international. Her latest movie, Lion Heart, made millions of naira after it was bought by Netflix. Nnaji, a millionaire has reportedly delved into real estate in Abuja.
2. Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde: Born February 7, 1978, the 41-year-old actress is loved by many. It could be recalled that Omotola Jalade got married to her pilot sweetheart, Captain Matthew Ekeinde in 1996 and together they have four lovely children. Omotola is not just an actress, who has featured in countless movies, the beautiful woman is also a singer and bagged loads of awards. In 2012, she launched her own reality show, Omotola: The Real Me, on Africa Magic Entertainment, a M-Net subsidiary broadcast on DStv. This made her the first Nigerian celebrity to star in her own reality show. The beautiful screen goddess recently produced a movie, Alter Ego. This movie bagged many awards and got lots of nominations both home and abroad.
3. Sola Sobowale: She is fondly called, Toyin Tomato. Beautiful Sola Sobowale is also a screenwriter, producer, actress and movie director. This is loved for her ‘dramatic’ roles in movies and every producer/director is happy working with her because she interprets her roles perfectly. Sobowale began her acting career as a member of the Awada Kerikeri Group under the leadership of Adebayo Salami. She made her first film debut in 1992 in the film, Asewo to re Mecca, and has since featured in lots of movies. The beautiful woman recently featured in award winning movies, The Wedding Party 1 & 2 and Kings of Boys. She is a show stopper and loves stunning on the red carpets.
4. Funke Akindele-Bello: When it co mes to listing top Nollywood screen divas, talented Funke Akindele-Bello, will always top the list. Popularly known as Jenifa because of her lead role in her TV soap opera, Jenifa’s Diary, she became a TV sensation after her role in popular sitcom I Need to Know from 1998 to 2002. She was once married to one Kehinde Oloyede, who is the CEO of Al-Maroof but the union hit the rocks few years after. She did not give up on love but gave it a second chance in the arms of talented singer, JJC Skillz. The couple welcomed their first babies (twins) in December 9, 2018. Funke Akindele is one actress who knows her onions and never fails to deliver once given a script. She recently featured in the movies, King of Boys, Mom’s at War, to mention a few.
5. Joke Silva: Popularly known as Mummy J, talented movie star Joke Silva is married to Nollywood legend, Olu Jacobs. Silva has starred in numerous films and television series in both the English and Yoruba languages. One of her earliest roles was in the 1990 English film, Mind Bending. Till date, Mummy J remains a force to be reckoned with in the movie industry.
1. Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD): RMD is known as one of Nollywood’s sweethearts and loved by fans. After graduating from the university, he took part in a television soap opera in the late 80s called, Ripples. He has featured in loads of blockbuster movies ever since. Aside from being a talented actor, the grandpa is loved by many for his fashion sense and charisma. He strikes the pose of a perfect gentleman. He was once the commissioner for culture and tourism in Delta state. RMD was once married to journalist, May Ellen-Ezekiel, but after her death in 1996, he got married TV personality, Jumobi Adegbesan.
2. Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah: With his lover boy’s looks, Ramsey Nouah is another bunch of talent in the Nigerian movie industry. Nouah was born in Edo state to an Isreali father and a Yoruba mother who hails from Owo, Ondo state. Nouah’s acting career kicked off when he starred in the Nigerian TV soap opera, Fortunes. He has since then appeared in numerous films starring as the lead role.
3. Odunlade Adekola: Odunlade Adekola is an actor, singer, producer and movie director. Although he grew up in Abeokuta, Ogun state, the movie star hails from Otun Ekiti, Ekiti state. Odunlade studied business administration at the University of Lagos (Unilag) where he bagged a degree in May 2018. In December 2015, Odunlade paved his way into the Nigerian music industry. However, due to his popularity and impact in the film industry, pictures of him during filming were widely used as internet memes. He is happily married and blessed with four handsome boys.
4. Olu Jacobs: This is one of the greatest Nollywood ever liveth. Born Olufotun Baiyewu Jacobs, the movie legend hails from Egba Alake but spent his early childhood in Kano, and attended Holy Trinity School where he was a member of the debating and drama societies. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, he starred in various British television shows and series in the 1970s. Olu Jacobs is married to veteran actress Joke Silva and the union is blessed with wonderful children.
5. Pete Edochie: Chief Pete Edochie is considered one of Africa’s most talented actors, being honoured with an Industry Merit Award by Africa Magic and Lifetime Achievement by Africa Film Academy. Although a seasoned administrator and broadcaster, he came into prominence in the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s all-time bestselling novel, Things Fall Apart.