Nollywood, Africa’s largest movie industry has seen quite a lot of talented people as Nollywood actresses and actors. Some of the industry’s best started acting right before the cinema of Nigeria came into existence. Now that the institution is at its peak, releasing more than 200 movies per month, there are actresses who have graced it up to this level and are worth mentioning.
The list below outlines the best 6 Nollywood actresses. Some have featured in more than 100 movies, hence, have made their faces so popular while some others are on the list because of their natural acting skills rather than reading and obviously acting out written manuscripts.
- Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve was born on May 3, 1979, a native of Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria. Referred to as the “Julia Roberts of Africa” by CNN, She won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005. She was introduced into Nollywood in 1998 with the movie Most Wanted and since then has featured in over 80 movies. She is one of the highest paid Nollywood actresses and has gone ahead to release her own music album. Other awards she received include Best Actress of the year award at the 2001 City People Awards.
She had a ground breaking record with her latest movie, Lionheart which is recorded as the highest earning movie produced in Nollywood and also the first to be bought buy Netflix.
2. Rita Dominic
Rita Uchenna Dominic is from a royal family in Abo Mbaise in Imo state. Since childhood, she has been waxing strong in the movie industry and has starred in over 100 movies till date. She’s unarguably one of the highest paid actresses in Nollywood. She also produced the award wining movie “The meeting” a romantic comedy drama.
3. Mercy Johnson
Mercy Johnson, an indigene of Okene in Kogi State is a popular Nigerian actress known for her natural and bold acting. She ventured into acting after failing her JAMB exam and made her acting debut in the movie, The Maid, playing the role of a possessed house help. Her performance in the movie shot her into the limelight. She has featured in other popular Nigerian movies ever since and one of her best role was “dumebi”. Her acting prowess has led her to star in more than 100 movies and has won her the African Film Award for best-supporting actress in 2009 and lots more.
4. Sola Sobowale
The role of Alhaja Eniola Salami in the Kemi Adetiba political thriller, ‘King Of Boy’, couldn’t have suited any movie star better than Sola Sobowale.
The veteran actress is a natural, portraying the character with the right measures of energy, cold-hearted dialogues and determination as a ruler of the underworld striving to win political battles. Her character purely fits her personality in the movie. She is also bringing out her star act in other TV series such as hustle and lots more and also bags a lot of endosmemt deals.
5. Omotola Ekeinde
Omosexy the real beauty of this Nollywood actress has no questions. She is amazing looks, she is rich, and she is extremely popular with over 300 movies behind her back, impressive awards and true love of many Nigerians.
The beautiful Nigerian Nollywood actress who qualified as an estate manager has had a very successful career in acting. She is also a singer and launched her music career in 2005. Omotola Ekeinde burst into the Nollywood film industry with the movie Mortal Inheritance (1995) where she played a sickle-cell patient who fights for her life even when she knows she might not be able to live. At the end of the day, she has a baby and eventually lives. This film which received good reviews won her awards for her role and is still known as one of Nigeria’s best movies ever made.
6. Funke Akindele
Jenifer as fondly called in her best seller TV series is one of the most popular actress of Yoruba decent in Nigeria. She is an actress to reckon with in the movie industry in Nigeria and also one of the highest paid. A very interesting person to be with. She is also one of the richest Yoruba actress in Nigeria currently.