Tick Tock, Tick Tock… time is an important factor when it comes to growth. It is amazing how far the Nigeria movie industry, Nollywood has come in terms of popularity, box office grossing and the accommodation of wealth of talents. To say that the performance of Nollywood actors has hit a milestone globally is an understatement. It is estimated that there are over 100,000 Nigerians in the creative industry. Some even say talent flows in the blood, and that blood runs everywhere a Nigerian is or has been to.
Be it short films or documentaries, home videos or soaps, some Nollywood actors have stood out of the lot with their exceptional acting skills and professionalism over the years – which have earned them a spot in the biggest movie producing industry, Hollywood. Here are some of the talented actors who had been introduced to the world stage.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (Keep Away)
Omotola Jalade has steadily and continuously climbed the ladder to fame in all ramifications, not only is she known for her acting prowess which has made her the famous sweetheart that she is today, she is known for her motherly and wife roles too.
On June 24, 2013, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde made her US TV debut when she starred in the VH1 American drama television series ‘Hit the Floor‘. Starring in the fifth episode (titled ‘Keep away‘) of the first season, the Nigerian star actress made a five-second appearance mid-way in the drama series when she waltzed past pop star Akon who also made a star guest appearance. Omotola acted as Akon‘s date for the event they attended in the show.
Akon had however had an earlier appearance where he gave out his diamond earpiece to charity while flirting with one of the series’ regulars – Kyle (played by Katherine Bailess). In her five-second appearance, Omotola was complimented for ‘looking beautiful’ by Kyle while walking down with Akon.
Stephanie Linus Okereke (Boonville Redemption)
Sometimes we lack words to describe someone or qualify an object and other times there are words but nothing better describes our object of admiration. It is “fascinating” and a delight to watch this scintillating actress do her stuff.
Nollywood actress Stephanie Okereke-Linus has not just reigned as a screen diva but also for her gentility, intelligence and spontaneity on set. On the 23rd July 2014, the beauty shared pictures from the set of movie she worked on, ‘Boonville Redemption’, where she played the role of a slave girl named Doris.
The actress who hasn’t featured in any movie recently, extended her trade to the shores of Hollywood. The movie was shot in Los Angeles, USA. The movie is a faith-based Western movie set in 1906, and is about an angry young girl trying to find out what happened to her father. Stephanie Okereke played a maid of Nigerian heritage during the second generation of the slave trade in America.
Jim Iyke (And Then There Was You)
You shouldn’t expect less from Nollywood’s “Bad Boy” Jim Iyke, with his distinctive looks, personality and his style of acting which has earned him a movie role in Hollywood. This apparently handsome man of Igbo decent is known for his dictions and fluency, which might have landed him the role in the first place.
The actor/singer acted in “And The There Was You” along with some American stars like Kate Nauta of Transporter 2, Leon of Above The Rim, Brian White of Stomp The Yard, Garcelle Beauvais of Wild Wild West, and Lynn Whitfield of Redemption. The movie was directed by Leila Djansi.
Are there any great Nigerian actors we missed on this list who have played a role in a Hollywood movie? Kindly share with us in the comment section below.