There is no doubt that the Nollywood industry is a compendium of beautiful African women/ladies. Right from the most significant eras in the evolution of the Nollywood industry that is, the Video film era and the New Nigerian cinema; the Nollywood industry has seen the faces of beautiful women and ladies gracing the filmdom. Some of these beautiful actresses have even become a household name in Nigeria and even in the diaspora, as they have enjoyed fame and acceptance over time. Consequently, some of these actresses have appeared on several write-ups in articles, blog posts, magazines and newspapers as the most beautiful actresses in the industry, they have received these accolades and acceptance back to back. This, however, can be said to be well-deserving as their facial looks, personality, and expertise in acting further projects.
In this write-up, however, we do not undermine the beauty of these women who have enjoyed this fame and accolades back to back over time, but there is a need for us to shift attention to the emerging actresses who can as well be said to all pass for beauty queens. In essence, the likes of Omotola, Genevieve Nnaji, Tonto Dikeh, Ini Edo, Mercy Johnson, and a host of others who have all received this accolades and acceptance as the most beautiful women in the Nollywood industry might not appear on our list. So if you don’t see them on the list do not be too surprised but the reason above should better justify our choice.
Beauty can be considered as one of the most valuable assets a phenomenon can possess to make it stand out in a community of the same kind. In essence, ‘beauty’ aside ‘character’, is the most celebrated, accepted and respected attribute a woman can possess to make her receive acceptance and accolades in an organization or gatherings. With so many actresses in the Nollywood industry who are extremely beautiful, it somewhat becomes difficult to select the most beautiful actress in the Nollywood industry, but going by the popular proverb of Al Bernstein on Beauty which says that “beauty is in the heart of the beholder”; we therefore present to you the Top Ten Most Beautiful Actresses in Nigerian who are on the lips of Nigerians in 2020. Read on to see if your favorite beautiful actress is on the list. If reserves are the case feel free to let us know in the comment section.
10. Ini Dima-Okojie
Ini Dima- Okojie is one of the actresses in the Nollywood industry whose beauty is characterized by simplicity. She is dark-skinned, average in height and also enchanting. Every movie she took part in is always a hit and the atmosphere she brings to the screen is always fascinating. Ini Dima hails from Edo state but was raised and spent most of her life in Lagos.
She attended Air Force Primary School and Air Force Comprehensive School for both her elementary and post-elementary education in Lagos. After her secondary education, she furthered her education, by obtaining a degree in International Relations from Covenant University. Upon graduation, she took a job at Cardinal Supreme Partners an Investment Banking firm where she worked for a while before delving into acting.
As a child, Ini-Dima has always desired to be an actress someday but don’t know how it will come to pass in her life. Still working at Cardinal Supreme Partners as an investment banker, she could not resist the passion and love for acting, being a lady that is strong-willed and goes for what her heart wants, she quitted her job as a co-operate banker and went to the New York Film Academy. Upon completion of her study in the academy, in 2014 she headed back to Nigeria hence her journey in the Nollywood industry began. Her debut was a TV series titled Before 30 and acted as a personal assistant and later she took a leading role in another series Taste of Love. This pretty damsel is currently unmarried.
9. Lilian Esoro
Lilian Esoro is another appealing female figure in the Nollywood industry. Apart from acting, she is equally a TV presenter and a successful entrepreneur. This delectable actress hails from Imo state Nigeria and was birthed on the 9th of March 1982. She had both her primary and secondary education in Lagos State Nigeria. After her secondary education, she later furthered by obtaining a degree in Political Science from the University of Abuja
Lilian made her debut in the year 2006 when she acted in the soap opera titled Extended Family, this series earned her little recognition. She, however, rose into top billing in the industry when she played the role of the talkative Nurs in the popular Sitcom Clinic Matters. The beautiful Nollywood actress who is currently unmarried and amongst the 30 Single Nigeria Female Celebrities was previously married to Ubi Franklin but the marriage packed up. Apart from been beautiful the actress is also good at acting and representing roles.
8. Sharon Ooja
This tall alluring beauty with a perfectly blended skin tone is unarguably one of the most beautiful actresses in the Nollywood industry. This beautiful damsel hails from Benue State but was birthed in Kaduna State on the 6th of April 1991 and grew up in Jos, Plateau Nigeria.
She attended Kings and Queen School for her primary education and commenced her secondary education at All-girls School, Regina Pacis Secondary School, Garki II, and later finished at St. Louis Girls’ College, Jos. For her University education, she did it outside the country, she graduated from Houdegbe North American University in Cotonou, Benin Republic with a degree in Mass Communication.
She started acting by taking part in a small role in the television series Gidi up and later she featured in Skinny Girs where she acted as Shalewa, this, however, can be considered as her breakthrough movie in the Nollywood industry. She is also known for playing the role of Amaka in Kemi Adetiba’s King of Boys, School Teacher in Omoni Oboli’s Mums at War, Lara and the Beast, from Lagos Love and lots more.
7. Damilola Adegbite
This charming and ever gorgeous Lagos born actress is popular for taking part in the soap opera Tinsel where she played the role of Telema Duke. Damilola who’s alluring dark skin tone is constant envy to the ladies, was born on the 18th of May 1985 in Surulere Lagos State where she attended Queen’s College in Yaba, Lagos and furthered her education by studying Business Administration at Bowen University Iwo, Osun State Nigeria.
In August 2014 Damilola got engage to the Ghanaian actor Chris Attoh after they met on set for the production of MNET soap opera, Tinsel. They however stealthily married in Accra the capital of Ghana on the 14th of February 2015. After welcoming a son named Brian, in September 2017 news broke out that the two had divorced each other on the ground of infidelity on the part of Chris Attoh. However, Chris Attoh denied the allegation. Actress Damilola has since overcome the challenges that come with divorce and starred in blockbuster movies amongst which are Comedian Ay’s Merry Men.
6. Tana Egbo Adelana
Tana Egbo Adelana
This light-skinned beautiful actress Tana Adelana popularly known in the Nollywood industry can be described as a fast-paced and multi-talented actress who has proven beyond every doubt her acting ingenuity in every role she took over the years. Tana Adelana hails from Nara Unateze in Nkanu East LGA of Enugu State, born December 24, 1984, into a Catholic family of 10 of which she is the last born.
Tana had her primary education in Treasure Land Nursery and primary school in Surulere Lagos State and her Secondary education at Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School, Idimu also in Lagos. After her secondary education, she furthered by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Lagos. In the year 2015 Tana also obtained a diploma in Makeup and aesthetics from the makeup art school London (South Africa Campus). As if this wasn’t enough she went further and took a course in Special Executive Master’s program at the Metropolitan School of Business and Management UK in Leadership and Management.
It is noteworthy to mention that before Tana delved into acting she had already taken a career in TV presentation and she was famous for being the rainmaker of Channel O for six years. She had her first role in the movie titled Single and married in 2012 and this movie brought her into the spotlight in the Nollywood industry. She is happily married and a mother of two children.
5. Mbong Amata
This stunning beauty Mbong Amata is not only a successful actress but equally a successful entrepreneur who owns the music label Bong House to her name. To lay credence to her outstanding beauty, she won the most beautiful girl in Akwa Ibom State Nigeria in 2003 and later emerged the 2nd Runner up at 2004 Miss Nigeria.
Mbong Amata was born on September 21 of 1984 in the South Southern part of Nigeria. She studied History and International Relations from the University of Calabar. In 2001, she met the Nigerian film Maker Jeta Amata in an audition in Calabar but the two started dating two years after when she turned 18. They got married in the year 2008 and gave birth to a daughter however, currently, they are not married anymore. Mbong is an evident description of a beautiful black woman. The actress currently lives abroad and shuttles between Nigeria and the diaspora.
4. Peggy Ovire
This enchanting beautiful tall and light-skinned actress is famous for taking part in the hit series Husbands of Lagos where she acted as Ego Oyibo a wife to Livinus, a role portrayed by the talented actor Uche Oduputa who is one of the 10 Nigerian celebrities who have been to prison. In an interview with punch newspaper, she said that she feels blessed for taking part in the movie and now everywhere she goes even outside the country people recognize her as a result of her role in the movie.
Peggy is from Ughelli North Local government of Delta State but grew up in Lagos State Nigeria. She attended Itire Nursery and Primary school Surulere for her primary education and AUD Secondary School for her Secondary education. She started her tertiary education at Delta State University Abraka and eventually finished it at Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma where she bagged a degree in Banking and Finance.
Before Peggy ventured into acting in the year 2013, she had started as a model. Her debut is a movie directed by Uche Nancy of which Peggy said she has forgotten the title of the movie as she has taken part in several movies, therefore, it becomes difficult for her to remember the title. She is currently unmarried and rumors have it that she is in a secret love affair with the handsome actor Frederick Leonard who is one of the Top 10 most handsome Nollywood actors 2020. She, however, denied this speculation in an interview with Punch Newspaper she said he is just a friend to her who advises her in the Nollywood industry.
3. Sophie Alakija
We present to you Sophie Alakija as the 3rd most beautiful actress in Nigeria. Sophie Alakija formerly known as Sophie Rammal is an emerging actress in Nigeria, a model, and a TV personality. She has both a Nigerian (Efik) and Lebanese blood, this, however, lays credence to her outstanding beauty. Her perfectly blended complexion and the shape of her body are without blemish to such an extent that she bears no sign of giving birth to a child not to even talk of two.
Although she is from a very big family in Lagos, it is, however, worthy to mention here that her role as the lead dancer in the mega-hit music video for Holla at your Boy by Wizkid, who is currently one of the Richest Nigerian musicians in 2020, brought her into top billing in the entertainment industry. Her relationship with the star became a talk of the internet with many people and blogs still referring to her as Wizkid’s ex-girlfriend even after becoming a wife and mother. Right from her childhood, she has always nursed the ambition of being an actress and a television personality and worked hard towards it and now she is one of the emerging actresses in the Nollywood industry.
She took to social media recently that people and bloggers especially should stop addressing her as Wizkids’s ex; this is quite understandable and worth reckoning with because she is currently married to Wole Alakija the son of Folurunsho Alakiji, one of the current richest black women in the world.
Considering she is a wife and equally a mum currently her caution to trolls and bloggers is necessary. According to the data she provided in Linkedin, she studied English language and literature/letter from the Redeemer’s University in 2012.
2. Adunni Ade
If beauty was a seed, it was indeed planted on Adunni’s mother’s womb. This gorgeous actress and model is a mother of two, a product of her eight-year relationship with her ex, Michael Boyd, who she left as a result of the fact that it was not working. Even after the birth of these two kids, she does not look like she has ever given birth before, as her curves and beauty remained untampered by the after-effect of childbirth.
Adunni was birthed in Queens, New York, USA on the 7th of June 1976 to a German-Irish mother and a Yoruba Nigerian father. She commenced and finished both her primary and secondary education in Nigeria in Ogun and Lagos State respectively. After her secondary education, her father who is a business tycoon instigated her to study accounting and she did study accounting and graduated in the year 2008. After her University education, she took a job in a housing and insurance company and worked for a while after which she ventured into the entertainment industry in the state. She started modeling and consequently, featured in America’s Next Top Model. However, In the year 2013 Adunni moved down to Nigeria and joined the Nollywood industry and made her debut in a Yoruba movie titled “You or I”. Since then she has featured in several Yoruba and English movies in the Nollywood industry and won the award for the Best Supporting Actress At The Lagos Film Festival Award.
1. Adesua Etomi-Wellington
The fair-skinned and slim stunning beauty Adesua Etomi as popularly called has a perfectly formed face; her nose, eyes, lips and above all her physic are alluring. Indeed she is a beautiful lady to reckon with in the Nollywood industry. Her role in the Movie titled Wedding Party where she acted as Duni alongside Banky W as Dozie catapulted her into the limelight in the Nollywood industry as the movie received huge attention and accolades. The role she and Banky W took in the movie turned out to be a blessing for them in reality as they both got married in real life in a grand style.
Adesua is a multi-talented individual skilled in acting, singing, and dancing. She was birthed in Owerri of Imo state on the 22nd of February but the exact year is a bit shrouded in controversy. Hence, most sources often cite 1986 or 1988 as her birth year. Her father is a soldier of the Esan descent of Edo state and her mother an engineer of the Yoruba race. Adesua commenced her primary education in Nigeria where she attended Corona School in Victoria Island Lagos and was a member of the school drama club at the age of 7 after which She moved to Kings college still in Lagos. At the age of 13, she moved to the United Kingdom to further her studies.
Adesua could have as well been successful in academia like she is currently in acting. This is so because on completing her higher education in the UK, she came out with excellent results. In the year 2004, she bagged a diploma in Physical Theatre, Music Theatre and performing arts from the City College Coventry with three (3) distinction; as if this was not enough she furthered by obtaining another degree from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom with the first class in Drama and performance. She is indeed a brilliant lady.
She made her first presence in the Nollywood industry in 2014 with the movie titled Knocking on Heavens Door after which she won the Best Actress in Drama Award at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award. She has equally starred in diverse movies like Shattered, Anatomy of a Woman, London Life Lagos Living, Saro 1&2 and The secret life of Baba Segi’s Wives. Mrs. Wellington keeps acting amazing movies and gracing the red carpet with her beauty.
As mentioned in the introduction of this write-up that Nollywood is a compendium of beautiful actresses, its therefore difficult for you to see an actress that is ugly in the industry but definitely not impossible as most people tag some as ugly. So coming up with a list of top ten most beautiful is not an easy feat. However, after thorough scrutiny and sourcing for data from movie lovers in Nigeria, the above ten actresses made it into our list of Top Ten Most beautiful Nigerian actresses 2020.
The industry equally sees the face of beautiful up and coming actresses every now and then, thus, this list is not a rigid list as it will be updated every year as new beautiful and skilled actresses grace the golden screen in the Nollywood industry.
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