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Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Genevieve Nnaji
Nollywood is full of glamorous, sexy as well as talented actresses. They are popular for their acting capability, gorgeous figure, perfect skin tone and appealing eyes. In this article, BOLA AKINBOADE-BELLO presents to you Nollywood fantastic five. In my own judgement, they are the most popular Nollywood actresses and have earned reputation and fame because of their excellent performance in films and TV.

Genevieve Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then-popular television soap opera "Ripples" at the age of 8. She was also featured in several commercials, some of which included Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 1998, at the age of 19, she made her debut in the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie "Most Wanted." As an upcoming actress, trying to create a niche for herself, she went through various minor roles seeking for that opportunity for a breakthrough. Her subsequent movies--"Last Party," "Mark of the Beast," and "Ijele" (which is still considered to be one of her best epic performances to date)--brought forth an icon to be loved and adored by many Her name became a household name and her image the desire of every young girl. In 2002, she starred in the movie Sharon Stone (2002), and her fame shot beyond the shores of Nigeria to the rest of Africa and several European countries. One can say that through the buzz, Genevieve reinvented the Nigerian film Industry, introducing Nollywood to the rest of the world. Genevieve appeals just as warmly to Kenyans, Liberians, South Africans, and Ghanaians, who avidly watch Nigerian home videos at home and abroad.
In recognition of her immense contribution to the Nigerian film industry, Genevieve was presented with numerous awards, some of which have been in Dublin, London, and the United States. She won best actress of the year in the 2001 City People Awards and in 2005 at the inaugural awarding of the prestigious African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).
In 2004, a search for the face of Lux was embarked upon, and out of several celebrities all over Africa, Genevieve emerged with the highest votes. She graced several billboards and television stations with her enduring smile and personality. In 2009, Genevieve made history by being the first Nigerian actress to be profiled on The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) on an episode about the most popular people around the world. Genevieve is believed to be the highest-paid and most desired actress in Nollywood today.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is another actress who has proved that she is also one of the best around. She hit the limelight with her role in "Mortal Inheritance" years back and also proved her worth in Kingsley Ogoro's movie, "Prostitute", This mother of four fondly called "Omo Sexy" is endowed with a good height and good figure.

Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde
Since her Nollywood film debut in 1995, she has appeared in an astounding 300 films, selling millions of video copies.
During the early 2010s, Omotola starred in several high-grossing films, which saw record-breaking success. The first being "Ije," (2010) becoming the highest grossing film ever in the African cinemas. This was followed by "Last Flight To Abuja," earning Omotola another box office record for becoming the highest grossing film in opening week. These accomplishments earned Omotola a new nickname, Cinema Box Office Queen.
In 2011, Omotola was invited to attend the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA in recognition of her work with Amnesty International and her song "Barren Land," which was featured in a public service announcement, addressing the Shell Oil spill in the Niger Delta.
2012 marked another career high for Omotola. On October 27, she was awarded The Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts BEFFTA Icon Award, an exclusive honorary award for her outstanding contributions to the global film jindustry.
In 2013, she was named one of TIME Magazine's Most Influential People In the World.
After receiving numerous high-profile awards, launching a music career, and amassing an enviable fan base, the press has revered the Screen Nation 'Best Actress' as Africa's biggest star.
Today, she is not only noted for her incomparable showbiz accomplishments, but is also applauded for her remarkable humanitarian efforts. Over the years, Omotola has been a pioneer in the Nollywood film industry, successfully becoming the most watched actress in Africa.

Funke Akindele is another top name in Nollywood. She  worked in television before switching to cinema, becoming known for her starring role in the family-oriented Nigerian television show I Need to Know. Funke’s qualifications include an OND in Mass Communication from the Ogun State Polytechnic and a law degree from the University of Lagos.
Funke Akindele
She made a great deal of impact in the 2008 comic and educative movie titled “Jenifa”. The movie in the first year of release bagged 4 nominations from African Movie Academy Awards. Funke Akindele also won African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance and role in the movie which made enough wave in 2008-2012. Aside the AMAA awards, she’s also been nominated both in Nigeria and other International platforms for the role she played in the movie JENIFA.

Rita Dominic is one of Nigeria's most famous Nollywood actresses. Her movie career spans more than a decade with scores of high profile movies she has starred in.

Rita Dominic
Rita Dominic started displaying her talent and love for acting right from childhood, as she played very active roles in many school plays and children’s television shows in her state. However, her journey to stardom began in 1998, a year to her graduation from the University, when she starred in her very first movie titled “A time to kill”. Since then, she had featured in over 100 films in Nollywood and she is being regarded as one of the most successful actresses to have ever surfaced in the industry.
In 2004, she won City People Awards for the most outstanding Nollywood actress of the year. In 2012 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Presently, Rita Dominic is worth over fifty million naira in assets, and is one of the top five richest actresses in the Nigerian movie industry.

Kate Henshaw  has been in the industry for a long time and still waxing strong. She is  known for River of Tears (2008), River of Tears 2 (2008) and Stronger Than Pain (2007) In 1993 Henshaw auditioned for the lead role in the movie When the Sun Sets and was handed the role. This was her first appearance in a major Nollywood movie. Henshaw has starred in over 40 Nollywood movies.

Kate Henshaw
In 2008 she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the film Stronger than Pain. She is presently "The Face of Onga". Kate is presently one of the judges on Nigeria's Got Talent.

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