Before Genevieve Nnaji it was Regina Askia and Before Ramsey Noah it was RMD. The paradigm has shifted and these young cats in Nollywood seem to be taking over and shining, we strongly believe they deserve some accolades and we predict that in a few years they would be the most positively talked about Nollywood acts.
Who are these stars? Get familiar with them.
1. JEMIMA OSUNDE:
Starring in A-list movies like Jungle Jewel, Shuga, Lions Heart, Esohe, New Money and My Wife & I, this lovely edo Actress promises to be the next big deal in Nollywood. Some have compared her to the great Genevie calling her the millennial version and she seems to prove them right with her delivery in all the roles she’s been getting. We’re yet to see her quake and with the way she’s going, she just might be the next Genevieve or Omotola.
2. TIMINI EGBUSON:
Pushed by his hot sister (Dakore Akande Egbuson) into acting, this young actor has captured the hearts of the Nigerian ladies with his acting and has made a mark for himself in the industry. The multi-talented actor has done a great deal of voiceover work as well as event hosting. He has had distinguished roles in television, radio and film productions. Timini has recently been involved in several film projects such as the upcoming feature films ‘50’ and ‘Tentacles’.
He is also a firm believer in giving back and volunteers for international NGO, Action Aid.
Timini plays ‘Tobi’ in MTV Shuga.
3. UZOAMAKA ANIUNOH:
With a few cameos and nice supporting roles, this delectable actress rose to fame with her role as Cynthia in MTV’s series Shuga. She’s been referred to as the new kid on the block and in 2017, Uzoamaka’s acting career took off when she was selected as a finalist in the acting category for the Script to Screen Africa Reality TV show set to happen in the coming month. She also won The Rookie competition for the month of July organised by thesparkng which earned her a scholarship at Royal Arts Academy. She looks forward to creating pace-setting works in Nollywood, but in all of these, she is simply just a girl somewhere, trying to find her way.
4. AKAH NNANI:
Akah Nnani has starred alongside some of the biggest names in Nollywood and has been described by media critics and entertainment enthusiasts as one of the fastest rising Nigerian stars to watch. Akah Nnani’s talent is not just limited to TV and new media, but has been in theatre productions. He was one of the major characters in ‘Heartbeat The Musical’ which was described as the best Nigerian theatre production of 2016. Akah Nnani has also created shows such as ‘Shade Corner’, which is on the largest TV/Online platforms in Africa. With the rise in demand for authentic creators and genuine talent from Africa, the only way forward for Akah Nnani is up.
5. BRYAN OKOYE:
A big name in independent Nollywood movies, this macho actor has worked with a plethora of big names and has featured in numerous award-winning movies, series and stage plays. He played the role of Labata in the acclaimed stage adaptation of Ola Rotimi’s THE GODS ARE NOT TO BLAME by Mellis Copia Production at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja last November. He has featured in Tv series such as, TINSEL, NOLLYWOOD SCANDALS, SONS OF THE CALIPHATE, BEYOND YOUR SIGHT, WHO WANTS TO BE EMPLOYED, TONY WANTS TO MARRY and most recently, he played a sub-lead role in an upcoming Uche Jombo series titled BOYS ARE NOT SMILING which will start airing by the second quarter of the year. This promising actor is one to look out for.
6. OLUMIDE OWORO:
He rose to fame with his role in MTV’s Shuga but he commenced his acting career at the age of six with the television series Everyday People. He is also known for his role as ‘Tari’ in the Africa Magic Series ‘The Johnsons’. He starred in other television series such as The Patriot, The Men In Her Life, Hammer, Stolen Waters and New Son. Olumide portrayed the character ‘Weki’ in Mtv Base’s Shuga series, seasons 3 and 4. He is also a television presenter. Olumide has won several awards including the “Mr. Popularity” prize in the Model of Africa 2012 contest, the “Nollywood Revelation of The Year” award at the Scream Awards 2014 and “The Most Promising Youth Actor” award at Ping Awards 2014. He won the Most Promising actor in the 2015 Best of Nollywood Awards and Best Supporting actor for his role in the Soldier’s Story in the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.