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MEET SOME NEW FACES OF NOLLYOOD
Nollywood has been featuring some new faces over the years while most of household names continue to fade out. For whatever reasons those Nollywood big names have gone quiet and no longer seen on our television sets. The new faces are quickly filling in the void and steadily building their profiles in the industry.
TAB brings to you some breed of upcoming stars that are already making waves in the industry that is reported to be the second largest film industry in the world in number of annual film productions, placing it ahead of the United States and behind only Indian cinema.
*l-r: Uti Nwachukwu, Daniella Okeke & Lilian Esoro
Uti is the winner Big Brother Africa 5. He has starred in couple of movies. Among his movies are Devil in a Red Dress, Weekend Getaway Red Hot, and Broken Silence.
Uti’s acting career started with an appearance in the Amstel Malta Box Office and later, Big Brother All Stars, which he won in 2010. He has won a number of awards, including Best New Actor at GIAMA 2012. Uti doubles as a show host on ‘Jara’ alongside comedienne, Helen Paul.
In February this year Uti confirmed his relationship with R&B singer Seun Oni better known as Saeon.
Uzoma Oluchi Osimkpa, commonly known as Uzor is an actress, writer, show host & CEO of Uzie Verse Concepts. She started her career on stage in 2000 and has featured in over 30 different stage productions within the period of 4 years before her TV debut on "Shallow Waters" in 2004. Since her debut, she has featured in several movies like "Power must change hands", a BBC World Service Trust "Wetin dey" pilot.
Tamara Eteimo known by her stage name Tamara Jones is a R&B singer-songwriter and actress. She won the 7th edition of the Next Movie Star reality show. The actress who hails from Bayelsa state, Nigeria was ranked 2nd in Charles Novia's annual rankings of Nollywood actresses for 2013. She was nominated for Best Supporting actress in a drama category at the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
In May 2010, she released singles "Vibrate" and “Na Only you" from her debut studio. The actress who has starred with many Nollywood talents made her producing debut with a movie, ‘Somewhere Down the Line’. She was working on her second production in last September “ 'Oyoma' (My guardian angel is good.
*l-r: Gbenro Ajibade, Nkiru Kiki Omeili & Femi Jacobs
Nkiru Kiki Omeili
Nkiruka 'Kiki' Omeili is a television and film actress, best known for playing the role of the antagonistic Titi Haastrup alongside other Nigerian film actors Funke Akindele, Joseph Benjamin and Joke Silva in the 2012 feature film Married but Living Single, she is also known for her role as Lovette in the TV Series Lekki Wives.
In October 2012, Omeili received the award for the 'Best Actress (Supporting Role in an English language film)' at the 17th African Film Awards (formerly known as the Afro Hollywood Awards) in London. The actress born in Lagos, Nigeria obtained a Medical degree from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos.
Lilian Esoro is an actress and event presenter. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. Esoro grew up in Lagos, but studied Political Science at University of Abuja. Some the movies Lilian has starred Strive, The Potter, The Next Door Neigbour and the Secret Room. It was reported that the actress is enjoying a sizzling romance with Nigerian soccer star, kennrth Omeruo.
Okechukwu Ukeje, known as OC Ukeje is an actor, model and musician. He won the Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality show. The actor has received several awards including Africa Movie Academy Awards, Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Nollywood Movies Awards, Best of Nollywood Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Awards and Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards.
He has featured in many award winning films includingTwo Brides and a Baby, Hoodrush, Alan Poza, Confusion Na Wa and Half of a Yellow Sun.
OC Ukeje born in Lagos, Nigeria recently concluded shoot in London for the BFI sponsored film, Gone Too Far.
*l-r: Uzor Osimkpa, O.C. Ukeje & Chelsea Eze
Gbenro Ajibade is an actor on Tinsel, a M-net drama series and he won the Most Outstanding Actor Model in the Nigerian Model Achievers Awards 2011.
He hails from Kogi state, was born in Maiduguri but grew up in Benue state. Gbenro obtained a degree in Biology Education from the Benue State University. The actor proposed to Osas Ighodaro, 2010 Miss Black USA in April this year. Osas is also one of the newbies in Nollywood. Prior to her return to Nigeria, she had been on Broadway and acted in ‘Coloured museum’ and ‘Revenge of the king’. She teamed up with the ‘Tinsel’ family and got a role as Adanna. She also hosts the Maltina Dancehall Family Show.
Starring in ‘The Meeting’ bought Femi Jacobs to fame and won him an AMAA Best Actor nomination. Jacobs, who is also a songwriter, singer and music director of The Fountain of Life Church, was on set for over 12 movies in 2013.
Daniella Okeke is an actress who starred as "Joke" in Lagos Cougars, a role that earned her the Best Actress in a Leading Role nomination at both the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards and 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
Daniella is proud of showing off her curvy body which has been causing quite a stir on social media.
She starred in Desmond Elliot’s movie ‘Lagos Cougars’, and has acted in several other movies including ‘Show Me Heaven’, ‘Indecent Desire’, and ‘The Evangelist’.
Chelsea Ada Ezerioha came into prominence in her first Nollywood film Silent Scandals where she acted alongside Genevieve Nnaji and Majid Michel. She also won the Most Promising Actress award for her role in the film at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Born in Kano State, she is a native of Umuahia, Abia State with both parents as bankers. The actress studied English and linguistics at University of Maiduguri.
Prior to her role in Silent Scandals, she was a model. Chelsea has featured in several other popular films like Two Brides and a Baby (2011), Hoodrush (2012) and Murder at Prime Suites (2013).
R.I.P. PROFESSOR ALI MAZRUI
(24 February 1933 - 12 October 2014)
Kenya's iconic historian and a global intellectual maverick, Prof. Ali Mazrui, who wrote the late Wangari Maathai's 2004 testimonial for the Nobel Peace Prize, passed away at 81. He died peacefully on October 12, 2014 of natural causes at his home in Vestal, New York, surrounded by family.
Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga described Mazrui as an "intellectual giant."
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