8 New NOLLYWOOD Actresses & Actors

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Beverly Naya
Beverly Naya    
Beverly Naya    

Lancelot Imasuen’s ‘Living in exile’ ushered her into the movie industry. Since then, Beverly has grown to become a household name. She has appeared in several movies, including Charles Novia’s romantic comedy, ‘Alan Poza.’ She has also joined the ‘Tinsel’ family, playing the role of Yaya. Awards she has won include Best of Nollywood’s Most Promising Talent in 2010 and Fast Rising actress at the City People Awards in 2011.

Linda Ejiofor

Linda Ejiofor
Linda Ejiofor
Linda Ejiofor

Lancelot Imasuen’s ‘Living in exile’ ushered her into the movie industry. Since then, Beverly has grown to become a household name. She has appeared in several movies, including Charles Novia’s romantic comedy, ‘Alan Poza.’ She has also joined the ‘Tinsel’ family, playing the role of Yaya. Awards she has won include Best of Nollywood’s Most Promising Talent in 2010 and Fast Rising actress at the City People Awards in 2011.

Lilian Esoro

Lilian Esoro

If her comedian friend, Bovi, hadn’t convinced her to take a shot at acting, she would have become a fashion designer. Since she starred in the 2006 sitcom, ‘Extended family’, Esoro has been enjoying the game. She plays Nurse Abigail in another sitcom ‘Clinic matters’ and is seen by many as one of the most promising actresses, having been nominated in the Best Actress in Comedy category at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. The Imo state born actress, who doubles as an events planner, has acted alongside O.C. Ukeje, JideKosoko and YemiBlaq in various movies including ‘Secret room’, ‘Strive’, ‘The potter’ and ‘Next door neighbor.

Uru Eke

Uru Eke

Uru began acting while in the UK. She started with the group, The Association of Multinational Performing Artists in productions like ‘The reunion’, ‘Stripes’ and ‘The salon’. She has more than 10 movies under her belt, including ‘Ebony’, ‘Lucky Joe’, ‘African soldier’, ‘Friends in Love’, Timeless passion’ and, most recently, ‘Last flight to Abuja’. She was awarded the Best Upcoming Actress in 2011 by BON.

Nkiru  Kiki  Omeili  

Nkiru Kiki Omeili

A medical doctor turned actress, Kiki became popular for her role as TitiHaastrup in the movie ‘Married but living single’ alongside FunkeAkindele and Joseph Benjamin. She made her debut in the TV series ‘Behind the smile’ in 2011. Other series she has appeared in are ‘Nowhere to be found’, ‘Gidi culture’ and ‘Lekki wiv’ She won Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2012 African Film Awards. She also works as an OAP on Smooth FM where she anchors the programme, Balancing Life.

Osas Ighodaro

Osas Ighodaro

The 2010 Miss Black USA, Ighodaro studied Fine Arts in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. Prior to her return to Nigeria, she had been on Broadway and acted in ‘Coloured museum’ and ‘Revenge of the king’. She teamed up with the ‘Tinsel’ family and got a role as Adanna. She also hosts the Maltina Dancehall Family Show.

Chelsea Eze

Chelsea Eze

Months after an audition with producer EmemIsong, she was called up by producer Vivian Ejike to star in the 2009 movie, ‘Silent Scandals’, which fetched her three nominations including AMAA’s 2010 Most Promising Actress. She has since featured in other movies like ‘Hood rush’, ‘Two brides and a baby’, ‘Closed door’, and ‘Tears of passion.

Ivie Okujaye

Ivie Okujaye

A graduate of Economics from the University of Abuja, Ivie has an eye for drama and movies. She won the 2009 edition of Amstel Malta Box Office reality show and starred alongside Faze in the 2011 movie, ‘Alero’s symphony,’ which won her the AMAA Best Young Actor award. She has since appeared in productions like ‘Kamara’s tree’, ‘The volunteers’, ‘The black silhouette’ and ‘Make a move’ which she also produced Nigerian actors who performed at the Nigerian House during the 2012 Olympics and in 2013, her production company staged a set of performances of ‘The V Monologues’ starring TaiwoAjayi-Lycett, Bimbo Akintola, DakoreAkande and others. She recently wrapped up acting in ‘Dazzling Mirage,’a movie made by ace director, TundeKelan.

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