Nollywood’s Most Influential Actresses

By on July 22, 2013
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They captivate us with their compelling on screen presence and they leave us wanting more! Nollywood's most influential actresses are truly pioneers. They are adored by millions of fans across the globe and have taken Nollywood even to shores unheard of. They are household names but at the same time, not a lot a said about the power they command and the kind of influence they bring. Prior to these ladies, the industry was looked down upon. No Nigerian parent had the guts to claim that their child was an actor or actress. Any child who stood his/ her ground to go into the profession was often chatised and almost forced to go into a profession that would 'make money' – for instance, being a doctor, lawyer or banker. Fast forward a few years and a revolution has taken place. Not only are the actresses 'making money', they are fashion icons and philantropists.

We are proud that they make Nigeria and indeed Africa proud; and for that, we honor their successes.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

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Popularly known as 'Omo Sexy', Omotola could qualify as the most popular faces of Nollywood. Her ability to accurately portray and give life to any character she plays is nothing short of true talent. So its no surprise that she has bagged over 1 million likes on Facebook; the first ever of any African celebrity. A few months ago, Omotola was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. She is also the first Nollywood celebrity to have her own reality TV show. Let's just say there is no stopping this award winning actress!

Genevieve Nnaji

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Gorgeous actress Genevieve Nnaji has been referred to as the Juliet Roberts of Africa. She has been featured on global news leader CNN as well as showcased on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Besides being an actress, Genevieve has also had a successful modeling career. She has been in a number of commercials and also became the 'Face of Lux'. On the personal front, Geneveive has a teenaged daughter who she has managed to keep out of the spotlight for privacy reasons.

Stephanie Okereke Linus

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This award winning actress is also a film director, model and regular blogger. She was first runner up in the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant in 2002. Stephanie started acting as a teenager and has gone on to star in numerous Nollywood movies. She has also endured some personal challenges in her 30 years of existence. One of those challenges was a serious car accident on her way to the AMA Awards which left her with a broken leg and burns. She recovered and returned to acting. The other notable challenge was her divorce from her football playing husband after about 3 years. It was alleged that the marriage was annulled because he was legally married to a woman in the US. Stephanie has since remarried in a fairy tale ceremony which attracted numerous Nollywood celebrities.

Ini Edo

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Ini Edo is also a producer who works closely with popular Nollywood producer – Emem Isong. She is married to American based Nigerian business man Philip Ehiagwina. The actress also owns a shoe line.

Uche Jombo

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Screenwriter, Producer – a couple of the many facets to Uche Jombo. The star actress has penned and co-written a few movies notably 'Celebrity' and 'Games Men Play' as well as produced and co-produced others. She got married in 2012; her husband of hispanic decent is US based.

 

 

 

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