Celebrity | 22 June 2008 10:48 CET

Expose of Nollywood female role models

The Nigerian movie industry popularly called Nollywood and the third highest movie industry in the world has produced top actresses that have stood the test of time in the make believe clan. Some of them have been described as shooting stars that never fade as well as role models to upcoming actresses and other female admirers in Nigeria and beyond. Among these trail blazers are:

Liz Benson:- This top actress turned evangelist had her first stint in 1990 in the Tv Soap 'Fortunes' which was aired in 1993. after that she found her way into Nollywood in the movie 'Circle of Doom' where she played a minor role, while the movie 'Glamour Girls,' shot her to public eye. Today, this renowned actress, widow and mother of three is seen as a role model by many budding actresses.

Like every star, Liz as she is popularly called has gone through a lot of topsy-turvy in the media. Aside the devastating death of her husband, late Samuel G. Benson, the lesbianism tale and the litany of men linked with her are some of the issues that have kept the 43 year old thespian away from the movie scene.

However, this has not made her change her mind in Nollywood as she is currently serving the Lord and cooking something new for her teeming fans.

Joke Sylva:- She is adjudged the undisputed queen of the Nigerian movie industry. Aunty Joke as those who look up to her, call her was groomed in the UK before she returned to Nigeria. She had her stint into acting in the TV soap 'Mind Bending' in 1990, but shot her profile in the Yoruba film entitled 'Owurolojo' in 1993.

Ever since, this mother and wife of renowned thespian, Uncle Olu Jacobs has upped the ante in the industry making it difficult if not impossible for others to reach.

Joke Jacobs, nee Sylva knows her onions in the movie scene, both on the stage and in front of the camera, she displays her dexterity and acting prowess to the delight of her fans. As a role model, she is and still remains the only actress in Nigeria that is controversy free.

Her countless works both on stage and in Nollywood are sublime and always professional. Still thinking of which movie she has played in recently, then check out '30 Days', directed by Mildred Okwo, and if you missed the stage play 'Vagina Monologues', then you have not known enough of this multi-talented screen goddess and one-time AMAA best Actress.

Eucharia Anunobi:- UK as she is popularly called by her numerous fans and admirers breezed into Nollywood in 'Nneka the pretty serpent,', but the controversial movie, 'Glamour Girls 2' was the flick that brazed her to limelight. It was in this movie that she acted an erotic scene with Zack Orji.

At that time, the phenomenum called Nollywood was still in its gestation period, so people were shocked at her pluckiness to interprete such a role and to be candid, she did it so well.

Today, this Nollywood Sharon stone has won many adherents and the number is increasing by the day after disclosing to the world how her husband Charles Egwu abandoned her and their sickle cell child. The top actress can boast of over 200 movies to her kithy and more are still coming.

Kate Henshaw-Nuttai:- This vivacious actress cut her acting teeth in Hints production way back in 1994 in the movie, “When the Sun Set,” since then, her profile has continued to rise in the industry.

Many see her as a role model, a mother and a friend. With over 100 movies to her credit, Kate seems not to be done yet as the onus has fallen on her now after been crowned Africa's number one actress by AMAA in the movie, 'Stronger than pain'.

Before she got married to Mr Roderick James Nuttai and both having a lovely seven year old daughter named Stephanie, she had topsy-turvey affair with acclaimed Gospel artiste Sammie Okposo, that hit the rocks following some unprintable issues. This delectable actress is a role model for many budding artistes in the industry

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