There are actresses and then there are actresses who rank as the best actresses in Nigeria.
These actresses have not just carved a niche for themselves but they have also made a name for themselves while doing what they love best. So here is a list of KOKO’s best actresses in Nigeria, 2022.
20. Dorcas Shola Fapson
Dorcas Shola Fapson, is a Nigerian actress and presenter, known for her role as Sophie in MTV’s Shuga In 2020, she returned to the MTV Shuga series as it dealt with coronavirus issues, with the actors doing the filming over several African countries. She was born on the 4th of January, 1991 in London, United Kingdom. Her mother died when she was 14 and she completed her first degree in Criminology England. She then went on to study acting in New York. Since advent into the Nigerian movie industry she has shown that she is a belle with brains. Some of her movies include The Man of God, The Perfect Arrangement, etc.
19. Tina Mba
Tina Mba is a Nigerian actress who was born on the 2nd of October in Delta state, she has starred in some very popular movies like Isoken, Bariga suger and Okafor’s law. The talented star was nominated for Africa movie academy award for best actress in a supporting role at the 7th Africa movie academy awards. She has featured with some of the industry’s best actors & actresses like Moyo lawal, Peggy Ovire, Wole Ojo, Funke Akindele, Dakore Akande and many others. Tina Mba is known for her stellar interpretation of her roles, and her amazing delivery.READ ALSO: BBNaija: Hermes Was The Most Annoying Housemate – Pharmsavi
18. Bisola Aiyeola
Bisola Aiyeola is a famous Reality Star, who was born on the 21st of January, 1986 in Nigeria. The reality star who finished as the first-runner up on the second season of Big Brother Naija in 2017 is known for her philanthropy, having served as an ambassador for the ONE organization. In 2018, she won the AMVCA Trailblazer Award at the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. Aiyeola was one of the contestants at MTN Project Fame West Africa in 2008 where she came 5th and Iyanya won. From 2011-2013, Bisola was a one time TV host of Billboard Nigeria which aired on silverbird television. In 2017, Bisola was nominated for City People Movie Award for Revelation of the Year (English) alongside Zainab Balogun, Somkele Iyamah, Seun Ajayi. In 2018, Bisola won the Trail Blazer Award at the AMVCA. Since her advent into the movie industry she has been climbing the success ladder like a diva. Some of her movies include Sugar Rush, Breaded Life, This Lady Called Life, Picture Perfect, The Kujus etc.17. Bimbo Akintola
Nollywood actress Bimbo Akintola was born on the 5th of May, 1970, in Lagos State, but hails from Oyo State, Nigeria. She attended Maryland Covenant Private School, Lagos for her primary education then secondary education at Command Day Secondary School. In a bid to further her education, Bimbo gained admission into the University of Ibadan, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts in 1999. Her first movie was “Owo Blow” a Yoruba movie subtitled in English, rated as one of the best Nollywood movies. Some of her movies include The Little Black Book series, Ere Egele, Dangerous Twins, Beyond the Verdict, Hoodrush etc.16. Chioma Akpota
Chioma Chukwuka is a Nigerian actress, director and movie producer. The renowned Nigeria actress was born on the 12th of March, 1980, in Oraifite, Anambra State. She attended Onward elementary school in Lagos for both her primary and first certificate. She then moved to Onitsha College for girls. The actress proceeded to Lagos University for her higher education. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance. Her debut came in 2000 when she acted in the movie The Handkerchief. Since then, her appearance in more than 100 films has played a significant role in who she is today. In 2007, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for “Best Actress in a leading role” for her performance in the movie “Sins of the flesh“, and the Afro Hollywood award for best actress in a lead role in 2010. Even though she can be said to be a veteran actress, she has been buzzing in recent movies this year. Some of her movies include Omo Ghetto: The Saga, War for War, Lockdown etc.
15. Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, popularly known as Omosexy, was born on the 7th of February, 1978 in Lagos, Nigeria. She started her elementary education at Chrisland School, Opebi, Lagos and continued in Oxford Children School. She also attended Santos Layout and Command Secondary School, Kaduna for her Secondary Education. For her tertiary education, she attended Yaba College of Technology where she studied Estate Management. One of her debut movies was Mortal Inheritance and it was a huge success. From her 1995 debut in Mortal Inheritance until now, Omotola has acted in dozens of Nigerian movies among which are Blood Sisters, Last Flight to Abuja, All of My Life, Games Women Play, Lost Kindgdom 2, and The Woman in Me. Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has earned several awards and recognitions nationally and internationally. For her exceptional performance in her first movie, she won The 1997 THEMA Awards for Best Overall Actress and Best Actress in an English Speaking Movie respectively. Some of her other awards include 2004 City People Awards for Excellence (Best Actress), 2004 Global Excellence Recognition Awards (Best Actress and Grand Achiever Awards), 2004 Civil Enlightenment Organization of Nigeria(CEON), 2005 Africa Movie Academy Awards(AMAA) (Best Actress in a Supporting Role), 2006 Youth Benefactor’s Award (Most Friendly Actress), 2012 Eloy Awards (Actress of the year), 2012 Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts Awards(BEFTA) (Film Actress Icon), and the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards (Personality of the year nominee).14. Segilola Ogidan
Segilola Ogidan is a Nigerian actress, writer and movie producer. She came to limelight for her outstanding role as Tonye in the film “The Men’s Club”. She is also known for directing the movie “Tainted Canvas”. She also has a production company known as OKP productions. Segilola attended Laurel Nursery and Primary School in Isolo, Lagos for her elementary schooling. She proceeded to Vivian Fowler School for Girls in Surulere, Lagos for secondary school. She moved to London and acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts from the Royal Holloway University, London then did a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Bristol, UK. During her Master’s, she majored in Screen Writing. Her career began when she decided to start training professionally for a career in film. After school, she did a lot of internships until she got a job as a development executive at a film sales and distribution company in London. She landed a gig on a series in 2009 for a year and did a few huge theatre films too. She has produced a lot of movies and also acted in quite a number of them since. Some of her movies include Glamour Girls, A Naija Chrismas etc.
13. Teniola Aladese
Teniola Aladese is a Nigerian actress, producer and casting director born on the 20th of September. She was born in Lagos State, into a family of six. Teniola is a graduate of Mass Communication, Covenant University, Ota, who has strived to build a career in TV and film production. Between two years from 2013 to 2015, she made her way behind the scenes as a production Coordinator on over 30 Africa Magic Original Films. She then went on to serve as Production Coordinator on Africa Magic’s television drama series, Hush and Jemeji. Some of her movies include The Little Black Book series, Superstar, etc.
12. Bimbo Ademoye
Bimbo Ademoye is an award-winning Nigerian actress, model, fit fam activist, and brand influencer/ambassador. Bimbo Aisha Ademoye was born on the 4th of February 1991, in Lagos, Nigeria, to Mr and Mrs Adekunle Ademoye, as the second and last child of her parents. Ademoye attended St. Margaret’s primary school, Ikorodu, Lagos. Afterward, she proceeded to Mayflower secondary school, Ikenne, Ogun State, where she obtained her West Africa School Leaving Certificate (WAEC). After her secondary education, she moved on to Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, where she obtained a degree in Business Administration. After attending several auditions, the ace producer, Uduak Isong-Oguamanam, discovered her in 2015 and featured her in a short film titled Where Talent Lies, by Eva George. The movie earned her an award at the Africa International Film Festival (ARIFF). She has also garnered a huge fan base for in a short while the talented diva has endeared herself into the hearts of movie lovers. Some of her movies include Sugar Rush, Breaded Life, Women are Scum, Personal Assistant etc.11. Osas Ighodaro
Osariemen Martha Elizabeth Ighodaro popularly known as Osas Ighodaro was born on 26th of October, 1990 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States. She is a Nigerian American Actress, Model and TV Presenter. An indigene of Edo State, Osas was raised in the home of the New York Yankees. Osas is a graduate from Pennsylvania State University and holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and dual minor degrees in Entrepreneurship and Theatre. She also holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from the Actor’s Studio Drama School at Pace University. Osas has appeared in theatre productions that include The Colored Museum, Revenge of the King, Platanos and Collard Greens and For Colored Girls. Osas’ film & television credits include Cadillac Records, The Department, Tinsel, Gbomo Gbomo Express & Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns. Since her advent into the Nigerian movie industry, she has become one of the most sought out actresses in Nigeria and some of her movies include Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story, The Man of God, Bad Comments, Mama Drama, The Bling Lagoscians, King of Boys etc. Osas has earned herself on KOKO’s list of best actresses in Nigeria, 2022.
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10. Anee Icha
This damsel has been around in the Nigerian movie industry for quite a while now and she deserves some accolades. She hails from Kogi State and was born on the 28th of December. Anee Icha is a graduate of Theatre Arts. Her consistency and amazing delivery over the years has made her stand out from others because she has shown that she has what it takes. Some of her movies include Castle and Castle series, The Little Black Book series, The Wait, The Therapist etc. This curvy belle is one of the best actresses in Nigeria, 2022 and she is here to stay for the long haul.
9. Toke Makinwa
Toke Makinwa is a Nigerian radio personality, television host, vlogger, lifestyle entrepreneur, actress and author. Toke is known for hosting The Morning Drive on Rhythm 93.7 FM and for her YouTube vlog series Toke Moments. She released her book On Becoming in November 2016. Toke Makinwa was born on the 3rd of November, 1984, in Lagos state. She attended the Federal Government Girls’ College in Oyo State. She later attended the University of Lagos, where she earned a BA degree in English and literature. In 2012, she made a television appearance as host of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) beauty pageant, which was broadcast live across Nigeria. She co-hosted Flytime TV’s 3 Live Chicks, along with Tosyn Bucknor and Oreka Godis. The show debuted as a web series before expanding to terrestrial television in late 2012. In 2012, Makinwa launched her YouTube vlog series Toke Moments. Hip Hop World Magazine announced Makinwa as the host of its interview and talk series Trending in January 2014. She also secured a spot on EbonyLife TV as a co-host of its flagship show Moments. Makinwa has hosted numerous notable events, including the 2013 Future and City People Awards, as well as the 2014 Headies Awards. Venturing into the movie industry, she has been able to carve a niche for herself and she is worth applauding. Some of her movies include Glamour Girls, Blood Sisters, Toke Makinwa, Smart Woman Money series, etc.
8. Toyin Abraham
Nollywood actress and producer Olutoyin Aimakhu popularly known as Toyin Abraham was born on the 5th of September, 1984 in Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria. She began her education in Edo state and attended Oba Kenzo Nursery and Primary School, Benin. Later on, her father retired and the entire family moved to Ibadan where she spent most of her early life. In Ibadan, she started from Queen’s Staff School, then St. Annes School, Ibadan. Thereafter, she proceeded to Iree Polytechnic, Osun State for a National Diploma in Business Studies. She also attended Olabisi Onabanjo University and bagged a degree in Philosophy before returning to Iree Polytechnic for an HND in Marketing. Toyin began acting in 2003 but took it professional in 2004/2005. Her motivation came from her boss Bukky Wright, an ace Nigerian actress. Toyin Abraham first featured in Bukky’s movie, Dugbe Dugbe Nbo. Subsequently, she began to star in other films until she rose to stardom. As she grew in the movie industry, she started producing her own movies. The first movie she produced is Alajota. Some of the movies she has acted in include The Ghost and the Tout, Elevator Baby, Bling Lagoscians, Made in Heaven, Nimbe, etc.
7. Ini Dima-Okojie
Ini Dima-Okojie was born on 24th of June, 1990, and she is a Nigerian actress from Edo state. She attended Air Force primary school in Lagos and proceeded to Air Force comprehensive secondary school, Ibadan where she obtained her Senior Secondary School Certificate. Ini Dima-Okojie got admitted into the elite Covenant University, Nigeria where she earned a degree in International Relations. Ini Dima-Okojie resigned from her job in investment banking to enrol at the New York Film Academy. She started her career with the first television appearance on Taste of Love and she has featured on many films including the multicultural romcom, Namaste Wahala, the Netflix Nigerian original thriller, Blood Sisters, Smart Woman Money series, Lockdown, Day of Destiny, The Wait, Who’s the Boss etc. Her rise in the movie industry especially this year is one that is commendable because she has shown Nigerians and her fans in disapora that she is that screen goddess taking Nollywood by the storm.
6. Sophia Alakija
Sophie Alakija was born on 7th of February, 1985, into an Islamic family. She was born in Lagos and spent her childhood there. Her parents are Efik from Nigeria’s Cross River State and Lebanese. Sophie Alakija was previously known as Sophie Rammal before marrying Wale Alakija on March 27, 2016. Sophie Alakija started her career when she featured in the Holla At Your boy music video of Wizkid. The beautiful belle has always displayed talent and professionalism in the movies she has featured which include, “Drawing Strands”, “Getting over him”, My Village People and “Small Chops”. She also featured in a popular television series “Assistant madams”, which are all major hit movies in Nigeria. 5. Kehinde Bankole
Kehinde is an award winning actress, model, singer, TV host and entertainer born on the 27th of March, 1987. Bankole studied at Tunwase Nursery and Primary School, Ikeja. She was admitted to study Mass Communication at Olabisi Onabanjo University but took a break to concentrate more on her modelling career in 2004. She made her entertainment debut in the 2003 Miss Commonwealth Nigeria beauty contest, then proceeded to the 2004 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant. Even though she didn’t win the pageantry, Kehinde made her first acting debut in the Super Story drama: Everything It Takes. Kehinde also starred in other Wale Adenuga’s productions like Papa Ajasco and This Life. She has also starred in a number of Nollywood movies like Two Brides and a Baby, The Meeting, Awakening and more recently, and October 1. Over the years, she has shown that she was made for the big screen because she is always wowing the audience with her amazing talent.
4. Nse Ikpe-Etim
Nse Ikpe-Etim’s is a Nigerian actress born on the 21st of October, 1974. She attended Awa Nursery school for her elementary education. Along the line, she had to change to Command Children’s school in Jos as a result of her father’s work transfer to Jos. After a while, she proceeded for her secondary education. Nse Ikpe-Etim actually attended different secondary schools because her father was often transferred to different parts of the country. She attended St Louis college Jos, Federal Government college Jos, and Federal Government College, Ilorin. She is a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Calabar. After graduating from the University of Calabar, she took a break from acting; to work in the Banking and Business Sectors for a brief stint. She was also briefly involved in the fashion industry. She also worked in the media briefly as an OAP (On-Air-Personality) for Rhythm and Cool FM. She was first noticed on our screens when she acted in the soap opera ‘Family Inheritance‘, but it was her beautiful performance in the movies ‘Reloaded‘ and ‘Mr and Mrs‘ that shot her to the limelight. These movies also earned her several awards and nominations. Her career soared right after “Reloaded” became a hit. Since then, she has kept an amazing reputation for her Nse Ikpe-Etim natural hair brand. She rarely goes around without her natural hair looking silky and attractive. Others movies she has acted include King of Boys: The Return of the King, Glamour Girls etc.3. Sharon Ooja
Sharon Ooja is a famous Nollywood actress, model and TV personality. She came into the limelight after playing the role of “Shalewa” in the web series “Skinny Girl In Transit” (SGIT) by Ndani Television. This belle was born on the 6th of April, 1991 in Kaduna State into a family of six and she is a native of Benue state. The Benue State indigene spent her childhood days in The capital of Plateau State, Jos. Sharon Ooka had her primary education at Kings and Queens School, Jos. She went to two all-girls boarding schools – Regina Pacis Secondary School, Garki II, Abuja, and St. Louis Girls’ College, Jos. After completing her secondary education, she later went to study mass communication at the Houdegbe North American University in Cotonou, Benin Republic. The actress started her acting career when she moved to Lagos in 2013 and since then the sky has been her starting point. This screen goddess has dropped jaws in movies like Oloture, Glamour Girls, Still Falling, Bad Comments, Kambili: The Whole 30 Yards, Who’s the Boss, The Bling Lagosians and so many more. This belle is not just skilled when it comes to acting, she also has an amazing personality which has endeared her into the hearts of millions. Sharon Ooja definitely deserves to be on the list of KOKO’s best actresses in Nigeria, 2022.
2. Kate Henshaw
Kate Henshaw-Nuttall popularly known as Kate Henshaw is a professional Nigerian actress. In 2008 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the movie Stronger than Pain. The actress was born on 19th July 1971 in Calabar, Cross River State. Kate Henshaw attended St. Mary’s Private School in Ajele, Lagos, for her elementary schooling. Calabar’s Federal Government Girl’s College was her secondary school. She went to the University of Calabar after finishing high school and studied remedial studies for a year. She subsequently went to LUTH (Lagos University Teaching Hospital) in Lagos to study Medical Microbiology. Kate Henshaw worked as a model before becoming an actress. She debuted her career in the Entertainment industry in 1993 when she auditioned for the lead role in When the Sun Sets. Her skills earned her the part, which was her debut in a major Nollywood film. Despite the fact that her breakthrough was not quick, it was from there that she developed into the actress she is today. She’s starred in over a hundred films, including Blood Sisters, Chief Daddy, Show me Heaven, The Wives, The Meeting etc.
1. Nancy Isime
Nancy Isime is a Nigerian actress, model, and media personality born on the 17th of December, 1991, in Edo State. She attended her primary and secondary education in Lagos then proceeded to do a six-month basic course at the University of Port Harcourt and a Diploma in Social Work at the University of Lagos. In 2009, Nancy Isime won the Miss Valentine International beauty pageant, and finished second in the Miss Telecoms Nigeria beauty contest. As a model she has worked for the likes of “House of Marie“, “Ade Bakere“, “Adebayo Jones“, “Zizi Cardow“, “Shakara Couture“, “Konga Online” and others. In 2011, Nancy Isime made her way into the Nigerian film making industry as a face on the TV. She began a career as an actress in the TV series Echoes, and has since then featured several movies including Kambili: The Whole 30 Yards, Blood Sisters, Superstar, Obara’M, Hire A Man, The Razz Guy, A Trip to Jamaica and a host of other movies. Nancy is also a television presenter, known for presenting gossip show The Squeeze, technology show What’s Hot and backstage segments of MTN Project Fame season 7. In 2016 she replaced Toke Makinwa as the presenter of the popular show Trending on HipTV. She co-hosted the 2019 edition of The Headies award with Reminisce she is also the presenter of Host of The Voice Nigeria (2021). Since her advent into the entertainment industry, she has shown that she is the definition of multi talented because she is not just an actress but a TV host/presenter, producer, brands ambassador, model and fitness enthusiast. This year, Nancy has been in the face of everyone as she can be said to have featured in the top movies of the year so far. This gem can be said to be one of the best actresses in Nigeria, 2022.Trending video of the day;
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