Nollywood light skinned beauty Queen, Monalisa Chinda was born and bred in Port Harcourt, Rivers State to an Ikwerre father and an Igbo mother. She is the first of six children. Young Mona attended Army Children’s Primary School, GRA, Portharcourt and Archdeacon Memorial Grammar School, Elelenwo also in Portharcourt. She furthered and obtained a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Port Harcourt.
Lisa was discovered whilst still in the University in the movie titled Pregnant Virgin which she did in 1996 and after graduation in 2000, she featured in another movie titled Above the Law and has done many others since then. The dream of being a star became a reality in 2007 when she started appearing on the television soap ‘Heaven’s Gate’.
And then again in 2011, she debuted as Executive Producer in the Royal Arts Academy movie, ‘Kiss & Tell’, which was co- produced by Emem Isong and directed by Desmond Elliott.
Monalisa became one of the first of four Nollywood actors to be featured on the cover of Hollywood Weekly Magazine in 2012. Even as she added becoming a publisher to her ever busy schedule, as she is the owner of the magazine known as MONALISA.
Monalisa is involved in a lot of charity work and ambassador to different charity projects, even as she partners with NAFDAC and visits the Prisons to see the female Prisoners. She is the first Slum2School Ambassador of a major charity organization making a lot of waves because of its impact in the lives of children and the youths. Mona has an Arise Monalisa Foundation that she has been running for a while now and in her last birthday celebration; after her charity walk alongside her colleagues. She single-handedly sponsored 200 less privileged Children to School.
Mona has been called on several occasions to speak to women on domestic violence; a subject she had always held dearly due to personal experience. She is currently working on a massive talk-show project titled You& I with Monalisa. Her aim is to try her best to see the end of domestic violence in our society. She plans to provide a platform for other women who have gone through domestic violence so they can voice out and be healed.
Monalisa was crowned the Face of Port Harcourt – Carnival Queen, in her hometown of Rivers State in 2011. She was nominated for Best Actress in a drama series at the Terracotta TV and Film Awards in 2010. Best Actress, Afro Hollywood Award 2009 at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.