The Nigerian movie industry known as Nollywood is Africa’s largest movie industry. It is filled with highly talented individuals who have helped to raise the profile of the industry to where it is today. The industry has a global audience especially from other African countries who rely so much on Africa’s most populated country for their supply of African stories in movies. There are so many gorgeous ladies who parade this industry, some of whom started acting before Nollywood was born. The industry currently is the second best in the world in terms of annual movie volume, behind India’s Bollywood. More than 200 movies are released per month in Nollywood as of today. We will be talking about some of those actresses who have played significant roles in helping to shape the industry as it is today. Those actresses featured on this list have appeared in over 100 movies each which is an indication of their acting prowess and acceptability to the audience. They are so popular and may be considered as megastars. Let’s discuss some famous Nigerian female actors.

List Of Famous Nigerian Actresses Names And Date Of Births

  • Genevieve Nnaji

First on this list is the gem of Nollywood, Genevieve Nnaji. She is a beauty to behold anytime. Ms. Genevieve Nnaji was born on the 3rdday of May in the year 1979. She is a native of Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria. She has been referred to as the “Julia Roberts of Africa” by CNN. She made her Nollywood debut in the year 1998 when she featured in the movie Most Wanted. Since then, his profile has risen rapidly and she has featured in over 100 movies. In the year 2005, she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She is as of today one of the most sought after and highest paid Nollywood actresses. She at a time ventured into music and released her own music album. Her recent movie Lionheart was bought by popular American media services provider, Netflix which is the first time an African movie will be bought by the company. She has received many awards over the course of her career including Best Actress of the year award at the 2001 City People Awards.

Nigerian Actresses Names
  • Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde aka “Omo sexy” certainly needs no introduction at all to lovers of Nollywood movies. She is a highly successful Nollywood actress who is also a qualified estate manager. She is also a musician and launched her music career in the year 2005 although she is famous for her acting career alone as her music has not gained as much traction as her acting. Omotola Ekeinde burst into the Nollywood film industry with her appearance in the movie Mortal Inheritance which was released in the year 1995. She played the role of a sickle-cell patient who fought for her life even when she knew she may not survive. Eventually, she had a baby and then died. The movie earned good reviews and her awards for her role and the movie is still recognized as one of Nigeria’s best movies ever made.

  • Patience Ozokwor

Mama G is one of the easily recognized faces in Nollywood as of today. Her full name is Patience Ozokwor. She is highly talented and she is one of the leading actresses that set the pace in Nollywood acting. She is quite famous for her portrayal of the wicked stepmother in several home videos in Nigeria. She hails from Enugu Ngwo and was usually given acting roles as part of her school work each term. It was Chika Okpala, popularly known as Zebrudaya who influenced her to join Nollywood where she has made her mark which is to show that skills and talent have nothing to do with youthfulness. Mama G has featured in over 200 home videos since she made her acting debut. She has earned several awards and accolades for her works and she was recently named as the Best Actress in the African Collaboration category at the Ghana Movie Awards.

  • Oge Okoye

Oge Okoye is another beauty to behold. She was born in London and is a graduate of Theatre Arts from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. She started her acting career in the year 2001 and has featured in about 100 movies since then. Some of the recent movies she has featured in include: Marry Me, The Girl and Blackberry Babes. She is a prolific actress and one to leave you spellbound when she is on your TV screen. This Nigerian female actor is quite huge and commands a huge following in the country.

  • Tonto Dikeh

Tonto Duke hails from Ikwere in Rivers State, Nigeria. She was born on the 9the  of June, 1985. She completed her higher institution training at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology where she studied Petrochemical Engineering. Her Nollywood sojourn began after she finished as the first runner-up in the reality TV show: The Next Movie Star. She has since featured in so many movies and is regarded as one of the best Nigerian female actors as of today.

  • Uche Jombo

Uche Jombo was born in Abiriba, located in Abia State, Nigeria. She is graduated from the University of Calabar where she earned a degree in Mathematics and Statistics. She also studied Computer Programming from the Federal University of Technology Minna. Her acting career started in the year 1999 when she starred in the movie: Visa to hell. She has featured in over 60 movies since she made her acting debut. She is not the only actress, but she is also a screenwriter and has written and co-written several interesting movies such as Games Men Play, The Celebrity, Girls in the Hood & A Time to Love. She has also produced Nollywood movies such as Nollywood Hustlers, Holding Hope and her latest work titled Damage deals with the issue of domestic violence in homes. She is indeed an all-rounder. She is currently an ambassador for telecoms giant GLO.

  • Stephanie Okereke

Stephanie Okereke is a beautiful Nigerian female actor, singer, and model. This pretty damsel joined Nollywood in the year 1997 when she was featured in Compromise II and Waterloo. In the year 1998, she proceeded to study English and Literary Studies at the University of Calabar. After graduating, she finished in second place in the 2002 “Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria” (MBGN) beauty Pageant. Her movie, Emotional Crack was highly successful and earned her eight awards nominations of which she won two. She won Best Actress- English and Reel Awards Best Actress of the Year 2003. She has also starred in quite a number of films including Private Sin. Final Solution, Pretender, and Adora.

  • Mercy Johnson

Up next is the highly talented Mercy Johnson. She is an indigene of Okene located in Kogi State. She is quite popular and is well known for her natural and bold acting. She found herself in the movie industry after failing the University Matriculation Exam which is a prerequisite for gaining admission into the University in Nigeria. Her acting debut came in the movie The Maid, where she played the role of possessed house help. Her impressive performance in the movie shot her into the limelight and she has since starred in severe other movies. She has featured in well over 100 movies and has won the African Film Award for best supporting actress in the year 2009. She is currently one of the highest earning actresses in Nigeria.

  • Ini Edo

Iniobong Edo Ekim was born on the 23rd of April, 1982. She hails from Calabar in Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria. She is a graduate of Theater Arts from the University of Calabar. She is a household name as of today due to her successes in front of the camera since she began her acting career in the year 2000. She has featured in more than 50 movies since that time.

  • Rita Dominic

The delectable screen diva Rita Dominic rounds up this list. The fair screen beauty was born on the 12th of July 1975. She is a native of Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria. She is a popular star and is loved by many. She has featured in well over a 100 movies. She has won many awards for her impressive showings in front of the camera, including the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role which she won in the year 2012. Rita Dominic was exposed to acting at a young age and she later starred in her first movie which was titled A time to kill. In the year 2004, she bagged the City People Awards for being the most outstanding actress. She is widely regarded amongst her peers and is no doubt one of the legends of the Nigerian movie industry. She is a beauty and a joy to watch anytime she is on screen and her acting skills are bound to have you glued to your TV screen when watching her movies.

  • Funke Akindele
  • Sola Sobowale
  • Ngozi Ezeonu
  • Rita Dominic
  • Ini Edo
  • Kate Henshaw
  • Monalisa Chinda
  • Chioma Chukwuka
  • Stella Damascus
  • Chika Ike
  • Fathia Balogun
  • Mercy Aigbe
  • Joke Silva
  • Clarion Chukwura
  • Daniella Okeke
  • Dakore Akande
  • Bimbo Akintola
  • Regina Daniels
  • Toyin Aimakhu
  • Adesua Etomi
  • Nse Ikpe-Etim
  • Omoni Boli
  • Iyabo Ojo
  • Damilola Sobowale
  • Chacha Eke
  • Mary Remmy Njoku
  • Ebube Nwagbo
  • Shan George
  • Doris Simeon
  • Beverly Naya

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Conclusion On The List Of Famous Nigerian Actresses, Date Of Births

This article has discussed some of the most popular Nollywood actresses as of today. These Nollywood actresses command huge following all over the African continent and are industry giants by all standards.

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