Nollywood is the Nigerian movie industry, and it is the second-largest movie industry globally. The industry has produced a lot of movie icons today who have become global and gone ahead to act in other international movie industries like Hollywood, Bollywood and the likes.

We have a lot of talented actors and actresses that have featured in over 100 movies so far. There is so much you can get to know about some of these actors that you love and like their movies.

We would be telling you more about Genevieve Nnaji, Olu Jacobs, Richard Mofe Damijo and Omotola Jalade Ekeinde popularly known as Omosexy.

Did you know that Olu Jacob's first movie was in the United Kingdom? Or that Omotola Jalade stumbled into acting by accompanying a friend for an audition? Well, this is what you will learn and more as you continue reading his article.

Find out more about these four talented Nigerian actors and actresses here.

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Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve acting career in Nigeria
In 2009, Genevieve Nnaji made history by being the first Nigerian actress to be profiled on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Source: Bellanaija

If you search for top Nigerian actresses, Genevieve Nnaji is certainly one of the names you will see.

There is a lot you can get to know about your favourite actress. From being an actress to a businesswoman, women's rights activist, producer, musician, and director. She has achieved acted in a lot of movies and achieved so much in the Nollywood industry.

She is recognised globally as one of the best African actresses today. Oprah Winfrey in the year 2009, named her the Julia Roberts of Africa. She has been in the industry for over two decades and has been regarded as the highest-paid actress in Nigeria at a point in her career.

The actress hails from Mbaise, Imo State in the south-eastern part of Nigeria and was born May 3rd, 1979. The beautiful actress is a mother and grandmother.

The beautiful actress is also commonly being referred to as a black beauty. Her beauty and talent have earned her millions of naira by being the face of some products like in 2004 Lux and MUD cosmetics in Nigeria.

Genevieve Nnaji has also tried music as a career. She released her debut album One Logologo Line in 2004 after becoming a household name thanks to her leading roles in several Nollywood movies. At the end of the day, her music career did not turn out to be successful like her career in Nollywood.

The actress has won several awards and recognitions. In November 2011 Genevieve Nnaji was one of the Nigerians that was honoured and named Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) by the former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan for her contributions to the Nollywood industry.

Philanthropic Work

The hardworking and iconic star is giving back to society through her clothing line. The clothing line called St Genevieve which she launched in 2008 donates a percentage of its proceeds to charity. She is also involved in other philanthropic works within and outside Nigeria.

Richard Mofe-Damijo

Biography of Richard Mofe Damijo
The talented actor was appointed the commissioner for culture and tourism in 2009. Source: BBC

The tall, dark and handsome Nollywood actor is popularly referred to as RMD. His acting skills and looks have made him beloved by many women globally. RMD is one of the best known veteran Nollywood actors we have to date.

He is not only an actor but a writer, producer, director, businessman, lawyer and was also a former commissioner for culture and tourism in the Delta State of Nigeria. Before he became an actor, he was a journalist and he worked as a reporter for Concord Newspaper and Metro Magazine.

Richard Mofe Damijo was born in the year 1961, July 6th making him 60years of age as of the year 2021. He was born and raised in Warri, Delta State of Nigeria. Though his name Mofe-Damijo sounds like a person from the Yoruba tribe, he is an Urhobo man from Warri, Delta State.

RMD is a family man who appreciates and loves being with his family at every given opportunity. The actor is currently married and is blessed with five children. The multitalented actor is also a grandfather.

The actor has two university degrees. One in law from the University of Lagos and the other in theatre arts at the University of Benin, Edo state. His first television appearance after leaving his job as a journalist was in a popular television series in the '80s called Ripples.

RMD's consistency, hard work, talent and looks have landed him some juicy endorsement deals and contracts.

He has bagged endorsement deals worth millions of Naira with a real estate company called Land Lagos, an automotive technology company called Autochek, telecommunications company Globacom, Heineken, Johnnie Walker, LG Electronics, Polo Luxury watches and so much more.

In the year 2008, the actor was appointed as the Special Adviser of Culture and Tourism to the then Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan. Then in 2009, he became the Commissioner for the culture and tourism of Delta State, Nigeria. His appointment and tenure ended in the year 2015.

He is currently one of the richest actors in Nollywood and also manages his PR outfit called White water-limited alongside his movie production company called RMD production company.

He has won several awards and is also a lifetime achievement award winner.

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde Biography
The beautiful actress has been married to her husband since she was 18 years of age. Source: Unsplash

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde popularly known as Omosexy is married and blessed with four children: two boys and two girls. She was born in Lagos State on the 7th of February 1978. Though born in Lagos State, she is however from Ondo State, the western part of Nigeria.

She attended Yaba College of Technology where she got a degree in Estate Management. The actress ambition was to work in business management before she however stumbled into acting during her modelling days by accompanying one of her friends for an audition.

Her friend lost the role and then suggested that she goes for the role and she ended up getting the role. She starred in the movie ‘Venom of Justice’ which was directed by Reginald Ebere. Her first movie launched her into the Nollywood industry.

Omotola Jalade Ekeind's breakout role came in 1996  from a movie titled Mortal Inheritance, in which she portrayed a young woman called Kemi suffering from sickle-cell anaemia disease. The movie today remains a favourite by Nollywood fans and is regarded as one of Nigeria's best movies ever made.

The actress has featured in several blockbuster movies and several awards. She has tested waters in the music industry and 2005, she launched her first album titled ''Gba''. She has since then continued working on music one way or the other. 

The actress has a Chieftancy title in Ondo State which was conferred to her in the year 2013 by Oba Victor Kiladejo.

Veteran Actor: Olu Jacobs

Biography on Olu Jacobs
The Veteran actor trained at the Royal Academy Arts (RADA) in the United Kingdom. Source: Naija news

Olu Jacobs was born on the 11th of July, 1942 in Abeokuta, Ogun State. His early childhood was spent mostly in Kano, which is the Northern part of Nigeria.

The actor because of his love and desire for acting travelled in 1964 to study Theatre arts at the Royal Academy Arts (RADA) in the United Kingdom. It was there he got his acting qualifications and experience.

The multi-talented and hardworking actor started his acting career in the United Kingdom after training at RADA, London. He then appeared in various British television shows and series in the 1970s (including The Goodies, Till Death Us Do Part, Barlow at Large, The Venturers, The Tomorrow People and The Professionals).

He got his first role as an actor in the United Kingdom when he accompanied his friend who was part of an acting union to an audition. He was persuaded to take part in the audition and the judges immediately were impressed.

The actor featured in several movies and television series abroad before he decided to return home to join the Nollywood industry. His passion and hard work made him triumph in the industry and he is now one of the most respected oldest Nigerian film producers that have paved the way for the younger generations of actors.

Olu Jacob has featured in over 100 Nollywood films and won several awards since he returned to the country in the early '90s.

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