Meet 5 Nollywood Actresses That Studied In London (Photos)

1. Beverly Naya

Beverly Ifunaya Bassey popularly known as Beverly Naya is a British-born Nigerian actress, model, producer, scriptwriter, and entrepreneur. She’s one of the fast rising star in the Nigerian movie industry. The determined and fearless actress has received high acclaim for her work on stage, on television and in film. She’s one of the few celebrities passionate about colourism. She exhibited this in her “Skin” documentary.

Beverly Naya was born on 17 April 1989 in London, United Kingdom. She is the only child to her Nigerian parents. Beverly hails from Delta State, from Ibuzo, the Igbo speaking Delta region. She had her formal education in the UK. She studied philosophy, psychology and sociology at Brunel University, London, United Kingdom. She also studied script-writing and film-making at Roehampton University.

Beverly Naya began acting at the age of 17 while studying at the Brunel University in Uxbridge, England. She got an award for acting in college, She acted in movies and did theatre shows in the U.K.

In the U.K, Beverly did a few short films for the British Broadcasting Corporation and The Metropolitan Police. She acted in a couple of theatre productions including one by Debbie Tucker-Green, called Stoning Mary and then Psychosis and Crave.

She broke into the Nigerian entertainment scene in 2010 when she starred in the Nollywood film “Living in Exile” and has since then feature in a number of blockbuster Nollywood films. Due to the rapid growth and opportunities present in Nollywood, Beverly decided to move back to Nigeria with influence from her mum. In an interview, she cited Genevieve Nnaji and Ramsey Noah as her mentors. She’s also inspired by the works of Mo Abudu and Oprah Winfrey.

In 2011, Beverly Naya starred alongside OC Ukeje in the AMAA Award nominated hit film Alan Poza, her performance earned her another nomination for Best actress in a lead role. The dark-skinned actress has featured in quite a number of movies and series including Tinsel, Skinny girl in transit, Make a move, Forgetting June, When Love Happens, Something Wicked amongst others.

2. Uru Eke

Uru Kalanwa Eke popularly known as Uru Eke is a fast rising Nollywood actress, producer, model and a television personality. She was born on 11th October 1979 in Newham, East London in the United Kingdom. She is currently 38 years old. She is very beautiful, gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles and can fit in any character given to her by movie producers and directors in Nigeria.

Uru Eke is originally from Mbaise, a small village in Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria, but was born in Newham, East London in the United Kingdom, where she completed her primary school education.

Uru Eke had her basic education at Galleywall Infants School in London, United Kingdom and obtained her First School Leaving Certificate. After completing her primary school education, Uru Eke relocated to Nigeria to complete her secondary school education. She attended Baptist Girls College in Lagos, Nigeria and obtained her West African Senior School Certificate.

After completing her secondary school education in Lagos, Nigeria, Uru Eke relocated back to London, United Kingdom and briefly attended Lewisham Southwark College in London, before proceeding to the University of Greenwich in London, United Kingdom, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Technology.

After completing her tertiary education in London, United Kingdom, Uru Eke started out her career as an I.T consultant at Zurich Insurance Group in London, United Kingdom and also worked in several financial and multinational organizations across United Kingdom, before relocating to Nigeria.

In 2011, Uru Eke returned back to Nigeria and joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood). She started out as an actress before venturing into movie production. She is popularly known for her blockbuster movie “Remember Me” which she wrote, produced and featured in.

Uru Eke became very popular after playing the role of Obi in Ndani TV’s popular webseries “Rumour Has It”. She became a public figure after acting in the following Nollywood blockbuster movies like Last Flight to Abuja, Weekend Getaway and Being Mrs. Elliot, amongst others.

Uru Eke is currently one of the most beautiful, most gifted, most skillful, most creative and most talented actresses in Nigeria. She knows how to interpret her roles very well and can fit in any character given to her by movie directors and producers in Nigeria.

She has acted in more than 90 Nollywood movies which include Forgive Me Father, Last Flight to Abuja, Weekend Getaway, Being Mrs. Elliot, Finding Love, The Duplex, Remember Me, Rumour Has It, Widows Men, etc. She acts mostly in love and romantic movies alongside with Blossom Chukwujekwu, O.C Ukeje, Uti Nwachukwu, Chelsea Eze, Ken Erics, Chacha Eke and other top Nollywood celebrities.

3. Oge Okoye

Oge Okoye is a Nigerian actress. she hail from Nnewi in Anambra State of Nigeria. Oge Okoye was born in London, and later moved to live in Lagos with her family.

She completed her primary school in London before moving to Nigeria. Upon returning to Nigeria, she attended the University Primary School Enugu and moved on to the Holy Rosary College, Enugu for her secondary school.

>She graduated from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka with a degree in Theatre Arts.S he joined the Nigerian film industry known as Nollywood in 2001.

She came to limelight in 2002 after performing in the film ‘Spanner’ where she starred with Chinedu Ikedieze popularly known as ‘Aki’ in the Nigerian film industry.

She married her longtime boyfriend Stangley Duru in 2005 and has two kids. She separated from her husband in 2012. In 2006, she was nominated for the African Movie Academy Award for "Best Actress in a supporting role" for her performance in the movie "Eagle's Bride".

She is also a movie producer and a model. She has appeared in many fashion magazines, TV commercials and billboards. She has been a brand ambassador to companies like Globacom and MTN Nigeria a subsidiary of MTN Group both of which are Nigerian telecommunication companies.

4. Adesua Etomi

Adesua Etomi is a popular Nollywood actress, television personality, social media personality and a model. She was born on 22nd February 1988 in Owerri, Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. She is currently 29 years old. Her father is a soldier of Esan descent while her mother is an engineer of Yoruba descent.

She is the youngest of three siblings. Adesua Etomi attended Corona School in Victoria Island, Lagos and obtained her First School Leaving Certificate. While in Corona School, Adesua Etomi joined the drama club at the age of 7 years old.

After her primary school education, Adesua Etomi proceeded to Queens College in Lagos and obtained her West African Senior School Certificate. After completing her secondary school education, Adesua Etomi relocated to United Kingdom with her family.

While in United Kingdom, Adesua Etomi obtained a Diploma in Physical Theatre, Musical Theatre and Performing Arts from the City College Coventry, London, United Kingdom. After obtaining her diploma certificate in Theatre Arts, Adesua Etomi proceeded to University of Wolverhampton in United Kingdom and graduated with a first class honours degree in Drama and Performing Arts.

After completing her studies in United Kingdom, Adesua Etomi returned to Nigeria and joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) in 2014 and acted in her first movie “Knocking on the Heavens Door."

In 2016, Adesua Etomi won the Best Actress in a drama at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for her role in the 2015 romantic drama film titled “Falling” alongside with Majid Michel and Desmond Elliot.

Adesua Etomi has acted in more than 80 movies which include The Arbitration, The Wedding Party, Falling, Knocking on the Heavens Door, A Soldier’s Story, Out of Luck, Couple of Days, 10 Days in Sun City, Brave, The Call, Suga, etc.

Adesua Etomi played the role of Shiela in the fourth and fifth seasons of Shuga, a television soap opera about HIV/AIDS prevention. Adesua Etomi knows how to interpret her role very well. She is very talented, beautiful and intelligent.

In February 2017 Adesua Etomi got engaged to Banky W and they both got married on 19th November 2017. The wedding reception was graced by dignitaries, high class personalities and popular celebrities from the Nigerian entertainment industry.

In 2014, Adesua Etomi won Most Promising Actress at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards. She also won Best New actress award at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards.

In 2015, Adesua Etomi won several awards which include Golden Actress in a Lead Role at the Golden Movie Awards, Best New Actress at the City People Entertainment Awards, Best Actress at the Golden Icon Academy Movie Awards, Female Viewer’s Choice at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards and Best Actress of the Year at the ELOY Awards.

In 2016, Adesua Etomi also won several awards which include Best Actress in a Drama at the Africa Viewers Choice Awards, Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Golden Actress at the Golden Movie Awards, Best Actress of the Year at the ELOY Awards and Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

In 2017, Adesua Etomi won the best Actress Award in Drama and Television at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and Best Lead Actress in a Film at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

5. Joke Silva

Joke Silva, MFR, born 29 September 1961, is a Nigerian actress, director, and businesswoman.

A graduate of the University of Lagos and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, Joke Silva began her career in film in the early 1990s. In 1998 she had a major role, starring opposite Colin Firth and Nia Long in the British-Canadian film The Secret Laughter of Women. In 2006, she won "Best Actress in a Leading Role" at the 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards for her performance in Women's Cot, and "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008 for her performance as a grandmother in White Waters.

Joke Silva is married to actor Olu Jacobs. The couple founded and operate the Lufodo Group, a media corporation that consists of film production, distribution assets and the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts. Joke Silva is Director of Studies at the latter. Joke Silva is also the pioneer managing director of Malete Film Village, in association with the Kwara State University.

On 29 September 2014, Joke Silva received recognition as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, one of Nigeria's National Honours, at the International Conference Centre in Abuja

She was born in Lagos into an Amaro family of four children. Her mother, Adebimbola Silva, a pioneering doctor, died in July 2015. Her father was a lawyer. Joke Silva attended Holy Child College in Lagos. At university she was part of a cultural group that included the playwright Bode Osanyin and the singer Stella Monye. Joke Silva took a year off from her studies, during which time she began working as an actress. Silva then relocated to England, studying drama at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Initially, her parents were opposed to Silva's decision to go into the theatre but they soon began to support her, happy at the success she made of her career. During a slow period of her career, she returned to school, studying English at the University of Lagos.

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