In this article, I will be sharing with you 5 famous Nollywood actresses that started their acting career as teenagers in the late 90s and have made their mark in the movie industry. These 5 famous Nollywood actresses are mega rich and regarded as the highest paid actresses in Nigeria. They started in the early 90s as teenagers and today there are super mothers with many grown up children and even grandchildren. So let’s take a look at them.
1. Omotola Jalade
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde started her acting career in 1995 at the age of 17 when she starred in the movie Venom of Justice alongside Ejike Asiegbu where she played the lead role. In that same year she starred in the blockbuster movie Mortal Inheritance where she played the lead role alongside Fred Amata. Over the years, she has starred in several movies playing the lead role in most of them. In the course of her career, she has won notable awards and she is one of the A-list actresses that are highly respected in the industry. She was born on 7th February 1978 and currently 45 years old.
2. Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve Nnaji started her acting career at the age of 8 when she starred in the popular television soap opera “Ripples” in 1987 as a child actress. She officially joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) in 1998 as a teenager at the age of 19 where she played a supporting role in the blockbuster action thriller movie “Most Wanted” alongside Regina Askia, Ayo Adesanya, Ibinabo Fiberesima, and Bob Manuel Udokwu. After which she played the lead roles in movies like Ijele, Last Party, and Mark of the Beast. She is regarded as the first lady of Nollywood and one of the most visible actresses who dominated the movie industry in the early 2000s. She was born on 3rd May 1979 and currently 44 years old.
3. Stephanie Okereke
Stephanie Okereke Linus started her acting career at the age of 15. The beautiful actress started her acting career in 1997 at the age of 15 while she was still a secondary school student in Lagos. She starred in the movie Compromise, and Waterloo where she played supporting roles. She later started appearing in several movies and within a short space of time, she became one of the lead actresses in the early 2000s. In 2008, she wrote, produced, directed, and acted in the movie Through the Glass, and in 2014, she also wrote, produced, directed, and acted in the award-winning movie Dry which gave her a nomination at the Oscar Award. She was born on 2nd October 1982 and currently 40 years old.
4. Omoni Oboli
Omoni Oboli started her acting career at the age of 18. She started her acting career with her first movie Bitter Encounter in 1996 at the age of 18. She subsequently played the female lead character in the movie Not My Will, Another Campus Tale, and Ready to Die. Shortly after the movies, she disappeared from the screen for over a decade to further her studies abroad and came back to the industry in 2009, and went into movie production. The talented actress has starred in notable movies such as Anchor Baby, The Figurine, among others, and has written, produced, and directed movies such as Being Mrs. Elliot, The First Lady, and Okafor’s Law. She was born on 22nd April 1978 and currently 44 years old.
5. Nkiru Sylvanus
Nkiru Sylvanus started her acting career at the age of 17. The talented Nollywood actress known for crying mostly in movies started her acting career in 1999 at age of 17. However, she was shot to limelight in 2002 when she played the lead character in the highly emotional movie “A Cry for Help” which gave her the nickname Ble-ble. Over the years, she has starred in several movies in which she mostly play emotional roles. In the course of her career, she has received notable awards. She was born on 21st April 1985 and currently 38 years old.
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