Let’s face it, Nollywood has been a tad stagnant for a while now. Many A-list performers have hit the peak of their profession and moved on to pursue other interests. There has been a slow injection of new talents to replace the established ones but of late, the scene has been gradually expanding and a couple of new faces appear to be finding their rhythm. We present 10 of the freshest faces to look out for in film. These are the ones to carry on the torch.
The pretty damsel has worked hard on stage where she appeared in prestigious productions like Bolanle Austen-Peters’ Saro: The Musical, Bobo Omotayo’s Lagos Life, London Living and Majmua Theatre’s Band Aid. She recently scored the lead in the movie-musical Knocking on Heaven’s Door where her talents as a gifted actor and singer were on full display. She has also starred in a short film, Brave with Wale Ojo.
Okanlawon may well be crowned king of online as he has played roles in some of Nigeria’s most successful web series. A graduate of the University of Lagos as well as the New York Film Academy, the occasional entrepreneur and voice over artiste has done fine work on Ndani TV’s Gidi Up, ZR-Z and Kpians. He appeared in Ebony Life TV series Dowry and is expected to make bigger inroads in film soonest.
The feisty reality show alumnus from Port Harcourt drew attention for herself when she won The Next Movie Star reality competition in 2011. After bit part roles in Finding Mercy and Mrs Somebody, Eteimo had her breakout role in the dramedy Desperate Housegirls, garnering widespread critical acclaim as well as an AMVCA nomination. She recently premiered her own film, Somewhere Down the Line in June.
Story: Wilfred Okiche
Read the full article and interviews in Nolly Silver Screen (August 2014) here.