In Todays post we would be talking about 14 Nollywood Actors Are Into Before Becoming Popular.
1. Chizzy Alichi
Chizzy Alichi is an entrepreneur before discovering her talents in acting.
The actress came from a poor family background.
She joined Nollywood in 2010 by chance. She randomly joined the Actors Guild of Nigeria, applied for a movie role and got her first ever shot as an actress in a movie titled Magic Money featuring Mercy Johnson and Bob-Manuel Udokwu. The turning point of her career came with the movie Akaraoku, which means “hot akara”, in 2016, Directed by Yul Edochie. The movie poster went viral on social media when people assumed the actress was an akara seller. She has featured in more movies as a result in 2017.
Today she has a large fan base and married to a rich business man.
2. Jim Iyke
After his schooling, he moved to Lagos to hustle just like an average Nigerian man struggling to earn a living.
After years of hustling, he was convinced to venture into his dream as an actor.
Jim Iyke began acting in 2001. As of October 2013, he was one of the highest paid actors in Nollywood, and he has appeared in more than 150 films.
He started a movie production company, Untamed Productions in 2007, and also has his own music record label, Untamed Records. His first album, titled Who Am I?, featured some of Nigeria’s top musicians, such as TuFace Idibia and Sound Sultan.
3. Mercy Aigbe
Mercy Aigbe has so far had a successful career in the Nollywood industry, best known for her roles in Yoruba movies. Her acting career began in 2001 when she joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) and started attending movie auditions, playing minor roles in movies. After her graduation from the university, Mercy Aigbe joined the industry full time and became a professional actress. She has acted in more than 100 Nollywood movies which include Satanic, Afefe ife, Okanjua, Atunida leyi, Igberaga, Ihamo, Ìpèsè, Iró funfun, Mafisere, Oju ife, Ile Oko mii, etc. She acts mostly in Yoruba movies.
4. Osita Iheme And Chinedu Ikedieze
The two short but matured comedians had gone to a popular hotel in the heart of Enugu for audition only to start glaring at each other in the presence of other artistes.
And like Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author, the duo of Osita and Chinedu formed the centre of attraction during the audition.
They in fact turned into living characters for the directors present, even as a smart producer shortly afterwards invented a script featuring the two with a title, Aki na Ukwa (Two Mischievous Kinds). The movie expectedly launched the two into the entertainment world and ever since then, they continued to rise with an increasing record of movies both locally and abroad.
Recently, Daily Sun visited the actors at their Enugu home where they shared their experiences. Chinedu is a graduate of Mass Communication from the Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Enugu while Osita is currently a second year student of Mass Communication at Enugu State University. Although they have so much excelled in comedy, these talented actors now crave for more challenging roles, noting that mischief is not the only thing they dramatise:
Osita rose to fame when he featured in the movie, Aki na Ukwa alongside Chinedu Ikedieze (Aki) in 2003.
Today both actors are extremely rich despite coming from a poor family background.
5. Ngozi Ezeonu
Shortly after completing her diploma, Ngozi worked as a journalist for a few months, working as a radio anchor at Radio Lagos. She then left the station and joined EKO FM, which would then be her last journalism-related workplace.
She then left the station and joined EKO FM, which would then be her last journalism-related workplace. In 1993, she left the journalism industry and ventured into acting, landing her first major acting role a year later.
6. Frederick Leonard
Frederick Leonard is a Biochemistry Graduate of Kaduna State Polytechnic but ventured into acting in 2008. He went into acting to please his mum, who wanted him to do sciences. Luckily, he graduated early in life and started pursuing his passion – movie acting.
Speaking of Frederick’s wife, the Nollywood actor is not yet married. He has been in and out of relationships with several women, including;
Frederick Leonard is the CEO of Cineworx Entertainment, a filmmaker in Nollywood. The movies that brought him to the limelight were “Indian Doctor” and the hit TV movie series “Disclosure” in 2009. Frederick started his acting career in 2001, also doubling as a model. He took a break from the screens shortly after his debut in 2001 to further his modeling career and expand his educational grounds. Seven(7) years later, In 2009 was when Frederick starred in the movie “The Indian Doctor” Since 2008 Leonard has featured in tons of films, including “Disclosure.”
Frederick Leonard believes that the African Cinema is not just a means to grow any country’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product), as Nollywood contributes to 1.3% of Nigeria’s GDP. Still, the Cinema is a powerful medium through which stories can be told to inform and market the African culture to the World. Frederick, the actor who left science for art, has garnered various notable awards.
7. Tonto dikeh
Tonto Dikeh started her journey in 2005 when she became the first runner-up on a reality show, The Next Movie Star but before then she was into music.
This was a talent show search that had its first season in 2005. It still continues reaching out to different talents. After she became the first runner-up, Tonto left her old job, working at a car dealership to become a full-time actress.
After the competition, she landed a role in the film Tea or Coffee which was in 2006. Tonto had her second movie titled Holy Cross which was what persuaded producers and directors to start casting her in more productions.
After her role in Holy Cross role, Tonto started landing more roles than she did the previous year. In 2006, she became a darling to different producers who wanted to work with her.
As she continued with her journey, she got another role in the movie Dirty Secrets. The movie was based on true life events and through that she was able to grow her fan base remarkably.
8. Ken Eric Ugo
In 2001, as a first year student in the University, Erics got his first movie role, in the Chris Ubani directed ‘direct-to-dvd’ movie ‘Holy Prostitute’, where he played a minor role as a medical doctor, with just three scenes. He went on to graduate from the University and began to attend auditions and bagged a few other cameo roles in home movies. However, his 2012 portrayal of “Ugo” in the movie ‘The Illiterate’ endeared him to audiences and opened up more opportunities for him in the Nigerian movie industry.
As a writer, Erics first published work Cell 2 has gained attention and has been used in a number of Nigerian tertiary institutions for stage productions and academic purposes.
As an occasional singer and musician who plays the guitar and keyboard, Erics, who had earlier run his own musical band, has been involved in the production of a number of original movie soundtracks.
9. Mercy Kenneth
10. Ik Ogbonna
IK Ogbonna started his career by joining the Nigerian movie industry, also known as Nollywood, after completing his tertiary degree.
It’s obvious that the handsome young man have in mind of becoming an actor as he went straight to acting immediately securing his master’s.
11. Nancy Isime
Before venturing into acting, Nancy Isime was into modelling and she was doing absolutely great.
The actress came from an average family background.
Nancy Isime began a career as an actress in the TV series Echoes in 2011. She is also a television presenter, known for presenting gossip show The Squeeze, technology show What’s Hot, and backstage segments of MTN Project Fame season 7.
Richard Eyimofe Evans Mofe-Damijo (born 6 July 1961), popularly known as RMD, is a Nigerian actor, writer, producer, lawyer, and former journalist. He was also a former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State in 2009.
The ever young actor happens to be into politics before becoming an actor.
13. Zubby Michael
He started acting in Yola, Adamawa State when he was about eight years old; Zubby Michael made the skills professional when he finally joined the Nigerian movie industry, otherwise known as Nollywood, in 2006.
Before he joined the movie industry, Zubby was a television drama actor. Then, he featured in television soap operas and commercials and was featured in the TV series titled “Coded Hussle.” “Coded Hussle” was a popular TV and drama show that aired around 2006.
Having “Missing Rib” as his first movie in Nollywood, Zubby revealed in interviews that he had met the producer who introduced him to the industry in Asaba, Delta State.
But God remembered him in the blockbuster movie “Three widows” and today he is among the richest actor in the movie industry.
14. Ruth Kadiri
Ruth Kadiri came from an average family background, she completed her schools and was into buying and selling of women accessories during her university days.
The actress completed her primary and secondary school education in Benin City, Edo State. She earned a National Diploma in Business Administration from Yaba College of Technology in Yana, Lagos State. She later graduated from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication.
Kadiri joined Nollywood after completing her university studies and gradually built her career. She is now an actress, screenwriter, and producer. Ruth’s first role was in the Boys Cot film.