4 Nollywood Yoruba Actresses That Are From Edo State (Photos)

Nollywood Yoruba industry has made considerable progress to get one of the top industries in the Nigerian movie scene and we have a vast number of actresses who act excellently in Yoruba movies. What is most surprising is that some of these actresses are not from the Yoruba part of the country, but they have figured out how to exceed expectation at featuring in a decent number of Yoruba movies which regularly has caused the fans to accept they are of Yoruba origin.

However, in this article, I will be sharing with you 4 Yoruba Actresses that are from Edo State:

1. Mercy Ebosele

Mercy Ebosele is a Nigerian actress, producer and television personality.

She was born on the 25th of July in Oyo State Nigeria. Mercy is originally from Edo State but had her up-bringing in Oyo State. She is the sixth child in a family of seven children.

Mercy had her primary and secondary education at the famous Memorial primary school and Oba Adeyemi school in Oyo state, where she obtained her first and secondary school certificates respectively.

She later went to the University of Ibadan where she bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. Since graduation and joining Nollywood, she has remained active and relevant to the Nigerian movie industry.

Mercy Ebosele began her journey into acting dated back to her secondary school days when she used to act drama and stage plays.

She joined the Nigerian Movie Industry in 2003 and rose to fame after starring in a number of Yoruba movies, including Adura, Tibitire, Soko Soko, Alabela, Dodo among others.

The actress is beautiful, creative and highly creative Nollywood actress. She knows how to interpret movie roles and can as well accept any character in movies. She is known to acts in Yoruba genres.

Mercy is also a producer and has successfully produced several Yoruba movies, some of which are Ibisan, Anike, Adufe and Febesola which happens to be her first movie production.

Mercy Ebosele has in her years of acting received several awards and nominations. They include Best new actress of the year and most promising actress at the City People Movie Awards.

Mercy is happily married to a business man named Kehinde Olasupo. She is also one of the very few Yoruba actresses free from scandal.

2. Doris Simeon

Doris Simeon is an English and Yoruba actress, model, television presenter, event manager, Television personality, and a philanthropist.

Doris Simeon was born on July 22nd in Lagos, Nigeria. She was born and bred in Ojota area of Lagos state but hails from Etsako East Local Government Area in Edo state. She is an award-winning actress, model, MC, TV presenter, and philanthropist. She acts both in Yoruba and English movies.

Doris attended primary and secondary school in Ojota and later proceeded to PEFTI Film Institute in Ajao Estate Isolo, Lagos State where she graduated with a Diploma in Production Management.

Doris joined the movie industry in 2001, and featured in her first Yoruba movie titled “Oloju Ede,” a movie that brought her to limelight and earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the Africa Movie Academy Awards. She officially started out her acting career in Yoruba speaking movies before moving to English speaking movies. She began her career as an actress by participating in part three episodes of the Papa Ajasco comedy series, Papa Ajasco and Company, by Wale Adenuga Production which ran on WAP TV, and later moved to Nollywood and started featuring in Nollywood movies which include Alakada, Ten Million Naira.

Since she rose to prominence, Doris has featured in a whooping number of Yoruba movies, some of which include Omo Pupa, Asiri, Abani Kedun, Modupe, Omo Iya Kan, Eti Keta.

Doris was married to a movie producer and director Daniel Ademinokan, whom she met on a movie set. The marriage was blessed with one son named David. Unfortunately, in May 2013, Doris Simeon and her husband, Daniel Ademinokan, got divorced.

3. Toyin Abraham-Aimakhu

Toyin Abraham-Aimakhu, born on 5th September 1984, is a veteran Yoruba actress.

She was born in Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria, but grew up in Ibadan, Oyo State. She is originally from Edo State. Toyin started her primary education at Oba Kenzo Primary School in Edo State, Benin City but could not finish because her father retired. As a result, the family moved to Ibadan, where she continued her education at Queen’s Staff School. Afterward, she enrolled at St. Anne’s secondary school, Ibadan, where she completed her secondary education.

In 2005, Toyin got admission to Osun State polytechnic, Iree, where she had her Ordinary National Diploma. She proceeded to Ibadan polytechnic, where she obtained a Higher National Diploma in Marketing. Toyin later furthered her education at Olabisi Olabanjo University, where she bagged a degree in philosophical science.

She began acting in 2003, when Bukky Wright, a Nigerian film actress, visited Ibadan to shoot a movie. Over the years, Toyin Abraham has produced, directed, and featured in several Yoruba films, such as Alani Baba Labake and Ebimi ni.

She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Yoruba film titled Ebimi ni, at the Best of Nollywood Awards in 2013.

Ever since Toyin hit the limelight as a Nigerian celebrity, so many controversies have trailed her illustrious career and personality. Some of her famous controversies included her fight with Yoruba actress, Lizzy Anjorin, who accused Toyin of opening multiple Instagram accounts to troll her and attack her colleagues in the industry. Toyin Abraham was also criticized during the EndSars movement in October 2020 for publicizing her new movie, the fate of Alakada, instead of lending a voice to the movement. But she has since moved on from the drama as she joined the protests alongside other big names in the industry.

Toyin Abraham has a blissful married life with popular Nigerian actor, Kola. The couple has known each other for years but based on friendship. However, the two started dating not long after Toyin’s first marriage crashed. On 14th July 2017, the couple announced their engagement, with the actress flooding her Instagram with their engagement photos. However, on 14th August 2019, the couple welcomed a baby boy named Ire.

4. Mercy Aigbe

Mercy Aigbe is a Nigeria actress, movie producer, director and business woman.

Mercy Aigbe was born on January 1st, 1978 in Benin City, Edo State into the family of five emerging as the second child of the family. She hails from Edo State.

She spent her childhood and youthful age in Ikeja, Lagos State completing her basic education at the Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School.

Upon completion of her secondary education, Mercy Aigbe attended the Polytechnic of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. After four years of study in the tertiary institution, she became a National Diploma holder in Financial Studies.

In 1997, she enrolled in the University of Lagos to further her education and after completing all her semesters and projects, she bagged a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts.

Mercy Aigbe’s acting career began since she was in secondary school, she had so much love for the profession but could not help it to study a course she wasn’t so interested in while in the polytechnic due to her low-grade performance at the WASSCE University entry examination.

During her days in the Polytechnic, she had started auditioning for acting jobs and has been lucky to have been featured in some movies then although within short scenes.

Mercy Aigbe fully embarked on her acting career after graduating from her first tertiary institution and lack of enough standings professionally was what made her decide to go back to the university to study the career she has always been in love with.

In 2006, she has already started gaining prominence in the industry and that was also the time she registered fully as a member of the Nigerian movie industry.

Right now, Mercy Aigbe happens to be one of the biggest actresses not just in the Yoruba aspect of Nollywood, but also acts in other English-speaking TV series with an appearance in over 120 Nollywood movies.

Mercy has become one of the most popular and sought-after Yoruba actresses, and has been featured in a lot of movies such as Satanic, Afefe Ife, Okanjua, Atunida leyi, Ara, Igberaga, Osas, Ihamo, Ipese, Iro funfun, Mafisere, Gucci Girls, Oju ife, Ile Oko mii among others.

Mercy Aigbe is also the founder and CEO of the Mercy Aigbe Gentry School of Drama which was founded in 2016 and runs till date.

She also owns a fashion store which is named Mag Diva Boutique and was launched in November 2014.

Mercy Aigbe got married to a hotelier and business man, Lanre Gentry. She also have a son and a daughter but her relationship with her husband soon came to an end due to irreconciliable differences with the actress pointing to domestic violence.

Mercy Aigbe has won a good number of awards since her first feature in Nollywood movie. Some of her notable awards include Best Actress in Yoruba award at the City People Awards, Best Actress in a supporting Role, Best Actress in an Indigenous Movie Nomination, Personality of the year at the City People Entertainment Yoruba Movie.

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