Nollywood’s large barn of new faces
While a few have been blazing the trail, others have been pulling their own strings and winning call back to locations.
Here is a quick pick of some of the new talents who have their eyes on the summit.
Mercy Mac Joe
MERCY Mac Joe once told the story of how she flogged the street, hawking to make ends meet.
But the story is different today, as she has hugged the soapbox.
Friendly and amiable up and coming actress, Mary Mac Joe, from Eket in Akwa Ibom State, joined the industry in 2011 and has since then been working her way steadily up the ladder.
Crown Queen, Mad House, Blackberry Babe and The Lonely Princess are some of the movies in her expanding movie pouch.
OMA Nnadi is new, but she is hot.
The star of Village Babes, Sisters Battle, Devil in Disguise, Daughters on Fire, Village Babes and Daughter of a Gambler, though new on the bloc, is doing so well that she is begging to grab some of the roles reserved for the established actresses.
The Nkwerre, Imo State-born Oma looks set to continue to samba well on screen and likely to play at the top soon, considering the number of scripts that has been lined up for her to feature in.
IN Kannywood, Garzali Miko is a prince. A producer, singer, dancer and actor, Garzili is one of the few new faces that have been blazing the trail in the Kano-based movie industry, dubbed Kannywood.
A singer turned actor, Garzali, or Garzilo as he is fondly known, is one of the new faces that rocked Kannywood in 2017.
A multi-talented artiste, it would just be a matter of time for the star of Arashi to get a permanent spot on the top rung of celebrated Kannywood actors.
DELECTABLE Zainab Balogun may be new in Nollywood, but the actress and show host is not new to acting.
The Royal Hibiscus star has featured in a Bollywood movie, Cocktail, and in a Hollywood hit, The Dark Knight Rises.
Zainab recently shot into limelight as lead actor in the romantic drama directed by Ishaya Bako, Royal Hibiscus Hotel, starring established actors, such as Jide Kosoko and Charles Inojie.
She had earlier hit the right nerves when she featured in the two-part box office hit, The Wedding Party.
EVEN though she won this year’s African Magic Viewers Choice Trail Blazer award, Bisola Aiyeola is still a fresh face when you talk of mainstream Nollywood actors.
A one-time Big Brother Nigeria (BBN) first runner-up, Bisola has been grabbing screen roles easily since she stepped up a few years ago.
A singer, actress and star of Ovy and Picture Perfect and a couple of critically-acclaimed short films and web series, Bisola, who participated in the 2008 edition of MTN Project Fame, is on a mission to remain on the list of the industry’s recognisable faces.
Busayo Esther Adeyeye
YOU probably won’t find anyone among the large audience of Yoruba movies if you ask of Busayo Esther Adeyeye.
But mention Ayo Adey and fingers would point to the Lagos-born actress and product of the Psychology Department of the University of Lagos.
An actress and producer of mounting credits, ‘Ayo Adey’ joined the movie industry two years after she completed the mandatory one-year national service.
Since then, she has been pulling her strings, acting in and signing memorable productions.
Inspired by the acting prowess of celebrated actors, such as Peju Ogunmola, Angelina Jolie and Joke Silva, ‘Ayo Adey’ has signed notable productions, including Alarade, Ina Abe, Oko Longe, Ojiji Oga, Ohun Ton Dan and Olofin Tooto.
Her career ambition is to make a difference in the Nigerian movie space, nay Yoruba movie industry.
HANDSOME and always well dressed, Bolanle Ninalowo is perhaps one of the most promising new actors of the last two years.
Hailed by the yellow press as Nollywood’s new bad boy, Bolanle has been cutting the swath since he returned to the industry in 2014.
He had taken a short break to attend to ‘other issues.’
Since he returned, he has been walking in and out of location, grabbing lead and supporting roles.
FEYISARA Hassan is easily one of the most promising Yoruba movie actresses and producer and one practitioner who is gradually earning the reputation of being the actress and producer with the most.
Still in her 20s, Feyisara has featured in a number of movies and has also signed a few as producer, her first movie as a producer at 18 being Rokun Rosa.
She has so far signed about 10 movies as producer, including Ipinle Ese and Aye Asan.
ONE of Nollywood’s fast rising actresses, Chiamaka Nwokeukwu, an indigene of Ohuhu in Abia State, is having a good run in moviedom.
She hugged fame early when she starred in the urban telling My Urban Son and has so far featured in over 50 movies, including Chinelo The Shy Virgin, The Suspense, Men in Chain, Kurekere Babies, Illuminati Girls, Innocent Fugitive, Letters From Two Worlds and Unthinkable.
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