5 Popular Nigerian Actors And Movies That Brought Them To Spotlight (Photos)

Let's take a look at some of our now-famous superstar actors' humble beginnings with the films that catapulted them to stardom.

1. Sola Sobowale

On December 26, 1963, Sola Sobowale was born. She is a professional Nigerian film actress, director, producer, and screenwriter who has been in the industry since the 1990s, but had her big break in 2001 with the premiere of the popular television drama series Super Story: Oh Father, Oh Daughter.

Sobowale played roles in films such as Asewo To Re Mecca (1992), Diamond Ring (1998), and others before landing her big break.

She has starred in top films, the most recent being King of Boys: The Return of the King, and there has been no turning back since (2021).

2. Toyin Abraham Ajeyemi

The lovely actress, who was born Toyin Aimakhu in 1975, began her acting career in 2003 when famous Nigerian actress Bukky Wright traveled to Ibadan for a film shoot.

Bukky Wright was so impressed by Toyin's outstanding performance that he invited her to join the film crew.

Toyin Abraham continued to audition for other roles, which allowed her to work as an assistant actress in minor roles, but she didn't make her big break until the film Alakada ten years later (2013).

3. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

Omotola has been a well-known character in the film business throughout the 1990s. Unlike many others, she did not have to wait years to become well-known in the film industry.

OmoSexy made her acting debut in 1995's Venom of Justice, but it wasn't until her appearance in Mortal Inheritance that she got her big break (1995).

She has since appeared in a number of major motion pictures. Since roughly 2017, Omotola has seemed to take a break from acting in films, but she has retained her status as one of Nollywood's top performers; that is, until it was announced a few days ago that she will be starring in Ifan Micheal's Singing Sin, a feature film set in the 1980s.

4. Adedimeji Lateef

Adetola Abdullateef Adedimeji, the youngest actor on this list, was born on February 1, 1986, and is a Nigerian actor and filmmaker.

He's been in the industry since 2007, and due to a striking likeness, he's sometimes mistaken for Odunlade Adekola's younger brother.

Lateef rose to prominence after starring in Yewande Adekoya's 2013 film Kudi Klepto, and he has since appeared in a slew of films, the most notable of which was Ayinla, in which he played the lead role. Ayinla is a film about Ayinla Yusuf, also known as Ayinla Omowura.

5. Osita Iheme & Chinedu Ikedieze

Chinedu Ikedieze, alias Aki, was born on December 12th, 1977, while Osita Iheme, a fellow actor, was born on February 20th, 1982.

After their breakthrough as a duo in the 2002 film Aki na Ukwa, Aki became an entrepreneur and serial investor. He is best known for starring alongside Osita Iheme aka Pawpaw in a number of films.

Because of their stature and physical appearance, Aki and Pawpaw appeared as children in the majority of their early films. Last December, a remake of Aki and Pawpaw was released in theaters.

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