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Top Kannywood 10 Actors

1.Ali Nuhu

Popularly called the King, Ali Nuhu, is no doubt Kannywood’s most enterprising actor. With Over 337,000 Instagram fans, this University of Jos, Geography graduate is clearly Kannywood’s leading man. He was the first Kannywood actor to be verified on Twitter. He starred in the most number of films than his Kannywood peers in 2016. A recipient of the 2015 Afronolly Awards in the United Kingdom, he was also invited as special guest for the awards this year. This movie star is also an astute businessman. He hosts the first video on demand website for viewing and lending his films online. He is also the CEO of FKD Records, a label that signs talented Kannywood actors including Nafeesat Abdullahi, Rahama Sadau and Nuhu Abdullahi. Not a few are aware that the 42-year-old star is a polyglot; he speaks Hausa, English, Hindu, and French fluently. Some of his outstanding movies this year include, Muradin raina, Akasi, Matar Bahaushe, Mu’amalat, Gobarar Mata, Bani Bake and Gamu Nan dai. 

2. Rahama Sadau

The boss lady of Kannywood is Rahama Sadau. Although she has been dubbed Kannywood’s most controversial actress, following her expulsion from the industry in 2016, Ms. Sadau still enjoys a lot of goodwill. With over 423,000 Instagram followers, a record by Kannywood standard, she is clearly a producer’s delight. On an average, the soft-spoken actress receives more than a thousand responses on every Instagram post. From producing her first movie ‘RARIYA’ in 2016, Rahama also became the brand ambassador of big brands like pink Fleur, MedicAid, ONE among many others. She was outstanding in movies like Ana Wata Ga Wata, Hadin Allah, Matatace Shaida and Dalilin So.

3. Sadi Sani Sadiq

You can’t help but admire Sadi Sani Sadiq’s impressive acting skills and charm. At 35, this skilled actor has done pretty well for himself. Sadiq, who came to limelight in 2013, got the lead role in Danmarayan Zaki, a film that featured Kannywood big actors and actresses. Popularly called Gambo in Kannywood, this flamboyant screen actor fits perfectly into any role. Highly sought after by Kannywood producers, he is married to Murja, younger sister of former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema. In 2016, Sadiq won the best actor in the Kannywood awards and BON award for best actor in December. Sadiq was spectacular in the movies Wani Gari, Mati da Lado, Hanyar Kano, Takanas Ta Kano, Ruma and many others. He has over 206,000 fans on Instagram.

4. Jamila Umar Nagudu

This Globacom ambassador is the Kannywood actress who has featured in the most films in 2016. Jamila is also said to be the most sought-after Kannywood actress by film producers. She is very talented and fits perfectly into any role. She is also very outstanding and is blessed with a good sense of humour. Though not very active on social media, she garnered about 170,000 followers on Instagram. She is at her best in movies like Yar Adaidaita, Na Hauwa, Hindu, Mahaukaciya, Barauniya, Jummala, Idon Birni, Basma, Jarumta and Mijin Biza.

5. Adam Zango

Adamu Zango Popularly called the Prince of Zango, he has a very big fan base in the Kannywood movie industry. A fine producer and actor, Zango is known for his unique dance and music skills. A great actor, he was phenomenal in 2016. He is the co-owner of White House Musical Records, and the head honcho of Prince Zango productions. He was the lead actor in the film Hindu. He was also outstanding in the movies Rabin Raina, Basaja, Gwaska, Uzuri, Yar’Amana to mention but a few. He has a flourishing Instagram fan base of 270,000.

TOP FIVE NOLLYWOOD ACTRESS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2017

2016 was a year so many stars were discovered in the movie industry. This faces as however, become a force to reckon with due to their outstanding performances as they all interpret their roles effectively. Pushing aside the likes of veteran Nollywood actresses Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Genevieve Nnaji, Omoni Oboli, Rita Dominic, Stephanie Linus among others, here are some of the top actresses you should look out for in 2017.

1 ADESUA ETOMI

The fast rising actress who is also a performing artist hails from Edo state, Nigeria. Adesua studied Physical Theatre and Musical Theatre, and Performing Arts at City College, Coventry, United Kingdom. She is a graduate of Drama and Performance Art at the University of Wolver Hampton. Adesua Etomi was shot into limelight in 2014, after her lead role in the movie knocking On Heaven’s Door and has ever since remained relevant in the movie industry. She has also featured in Falling, Gidi Up, A Soldier’s Story among others. With basic movie hits in 2016, like The Arbitration which earned her a nomination for best supporting actress in a movie at the AMVCA and blockbusters like The wedding party, Irole among others, Adesua has proved that she is one actress to look out for. She is currently on set for Ay’s new movie 10 days in Suncity, she is definitely going to make 2017 lit for Nollywood. 

2 LINDA EJIOFOR

The Nigerian actress and model is best known for her role as Bimpe Adekoya in M-Net’s TV series Tinsel. Linda Ejiofor was in 2012, nominated in the category of Best Actress in a Supporting role for her first feature film, The Meeting by Rita Dominic at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards. The Lagos state born and much nominated actress has featured in Nollywood blockbuster movies such as A Soldier’s Story, Heaven’s Hell, Surulere, Secret Room to mention a few.

TOP 10 YORUBA ACTORS

The Yoruba movie industry has survived different generations of actors and still managed to remain relevant in the country’s entertainment sector. This achievement cannot be unconnected to the activities of the practitioners, who have kept up with the pace despite the many challenges. In this feature, Nigerian Entertainment Today highlights, in no particular order, 10 most popular and reigning actors in the industry.

Odunlade Adekola

Odunlade

Odunlade Adekola’s journey into acting began during his early days as a young boy in Abeokuta, Ogun State, where he was born and raised. He and his friend, Tunde used to request to play jesters at functions and ceremonies, an experience that built in him the right foundation for what is to become his career years after. He soon met with Abeokuta based actor, Late Isola Durojaiye popularly called Alasari, who further helped him brush up his talents and gave him the right exposure. Adekola began his professional career in 2005 and in less than two years, he had acted alongside the top shots and grown to become a popular face.

The movie, ‘Asiri Gomina’ gave him his first big break and ‘Sunday Dagboru’, further endeared him to movie lovers. As an actor, Adekola has appeared in over a hundred movies and has produced a few including ‘Farapamo’, ‘Emi nire Kan’, ‘Fayebora’, I’la Owo’ and ‘Baba Super’. He is widely acclaimed to be the most versatile of the Yoruba actors and this is unconnected to the way he delivers in both comic and serious characters. Arguably, he stands tall as the highest paid actor in the Yoruba film sector. He is married to Abosede with whom he has three kids.

The fifth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) held on March 4, 2017

The event which held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos, was hosted by IK Osakioduwa and Minenhle ‘Minnie’ Dlamini.
Nollywood stars look elegant in their breathtaking outfits as they graced the occasion.

The AMVCA’s have been one of the biggest platforms that celebrates African talents and culture as the case maybe. Despite the ground breaking level of achievements that happened with some Nollywood movies, “76” seemed to be a big win for its cast and crew.
Earning Rita Dominic the Best Actress in a Drama (Movies/TV Series) and winning the Best Overall Movie. Other winners of the night are;
Trailblazer Award
Somkele Idhalama
Best Make Up Artiste (Movies/TV series)
Oloibiri – Hakeem Onilogbo Ajibola, Perekeme Odon
Best Costume Designer
76 – Pat Egwurube
Best Art Director
76 – Pat Nebo
Best Sound Editor (Movies/TV series)
Vaya

What Next After Shooting

Producers – what next after shooting. Being it a full or short movie. With this digital revolution, millions of movie lovers are watching short films as they become the standard communication tool promoting values, culture and business ethics.

From music creating political awareness to comedy or passing basic information, short films are the medium of choice to communicate ideology, vision, style and much more. What better way to do it than through the unlimited potential of visual storytelling?

For a long time, short films have been the underdog of the film industry but they are set to become a bigger deal than most Nollywood feature movies themselves. Let me show you a few examples of how relevant short films are today. In the digital communication, and also how they have a bigger potential audience than regular Nollywood releases.

For a country like Nigeria, short film makers are not highly recognized; half the time the short films made in Nigeria is not put to good use and is not disseminated to the right audience and thus it’s the lack of good medium of dissemination. Short film makers just post these movies online with little or less views and in the end with a failed aim.

2 Things To Expect From Nollywood In 2017

HOT DIRECTORS:

After the huge success of the “The Wedding Party” width=
movie in 2016, Nigerian romantic comedy drama film, directed by Kemi Adetiba that premiered on 8 September 2016 at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Canada and on 26 November 2016 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos. The film has been showing in cinemas across Nigeria from 16 December 2016 with a huge audience also making the movie booked-out. We definitely know kemi is upto something even better in the year 2107. Let’s watch out!” After the huge success of the “The Wedding Party” movie in 2016, Nigerian romantic comedy drama film, directed by Kemi Adetiba that premiered on 8 September 2016 at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Canada and on 26 November 2016 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos. The film has been showing in cinemas across Nigeria from 16 December 2016 with a huge audience also making the movie booked-out. We definitely know kemi is upto something even better in the year 2017. Let’s watch out!

Niyi Akinmolayan

Niyi Akinmolayan was born in Lagos, Nigeria. His first feature was a Kajola in 2009. He has since gone to make more critically acclaimed features and documentaries. He also runs Nigeria’s biggest post production studio for film and television; ANTHILL studios. In 2016 he made one of the best movies of the year “The Arbitration” which was selected for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Niyi Akinmolayan is one movie director with lots on his sleeves in 2017.” Niyi Akinmolayan was born in Lagos, Nigeria. His first feature was a Kajola in 2009. He has since gone to make more critically acclaimed features and documentaries. He also runs Nigeria’s biggest post production studio for film and television; ANTHILL studios. In 2016 he made one of the best movies of the year “The Arbitration” which was selected for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Niyi Akinmolayan is one movie director with lots on his sleeves in 2017.

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TOP NOTCH MOVIES OF 2016

93 DAYS

93 Days is based on the true story of men and women who risked their lives and made sacrifices to save us all from the consequences of an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria.When Patrick Sawyer a Liberian American collapses upon arrival at the Murtala Mohammed International airport, Lagos Nigeria. He is taken to First Consultant Hospital, where he is admitted for fever like symptoms. Against his denials of contact with any Ebola victim in Liberia, the team at first consultant led by Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh quickly deduce there is more to his case than malaria. Their vigilance leads to an early detection that Mr. Sawyer indeed had the Ebola Virus disease. Now it’s a race against time to contain a deadly disease from breaking out and infecting an entire city population and beginning what could be the biggest deadly disease outbreak the world has ever known.

The hospital institutes strict barrier nursing and notify the appropriate authorities. The Lagos state government and subsequently the federal go into overdrive. The President declares a state of emergency on Ebola in Nigeria. The scare is palpable across the country. The doomsday scenario imagined is here. Over a 93-day period from when Sawyer comes in men and women from Nigeria, WHO and MSF do battle with this deadly disease. Lives are lost and heroes born. At its core, 93Days is a compelling human story of dedication, sacrifice, resilience and survival. 93 days was Directed by Steve Gukas and written by Paul S. Rowlston. It stars Bimbo Akintola, Danny Glover, Somkele Idhalama, Sola Oyebade, Gideon Okeke and others.

THE WEDDING PARTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wedding Party is a 2016 Nigerian romantic comedy/drama film, directed by Kemi Adetiba that premiered on 8th September 2016 at TIFF Toronto and on 26th November 2016 at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos. The film will be showing on cinemas in Nigeria from the 16th of December 2016.

The anticipation to see this movie has caused a serious frenzy in Nigeria at the moment, with so many people already getting tickets to see this movie, ‘The Wedding Party’ is a must see in 2016.

 

 

ARBITRATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Arbitration panel is constituted to find out the truth when the CEO of a company who has an affair with his employee is being sued and accused of raping her.

Directed by Niyi Akinmolayan written by Chinaza Onuzo. The movies which stars top Nollywood stars such as Lota Chukwu, Iretiola Doyle, AdesuaEtomi, OC Ukeji, Sola Fosudo, Beverley Naya and others.

The Arbitration was screened at the 2016 TIFF and it had so many great reviews, this movie is certainly one of 2016 finest Nollywood movie.

An Arbitration panel is constituted to find out the truth when the CEO of a company who has an affair with his employee is being sued and accused of raping her.

WIVES ON STRIKE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After “Wives on Strike” gained 51 million Naira in 17 days of its cinematic debut, with views by over 50,000 people across cinema houses in different states of the Federation, there was no doubt that is was a big hit. The movie which stars Omoni Oboli, Uche Jombo-Rodriguez, Ufuoma Mcdermoth, Chioma Chukwuka Apotha, Kehinde Bankole, Julius Agwu, Keneth Okonkwo among others.

Wives on Strike is a hilarious comedy about a group of market women who decided to take matters into their own hands against their husbands in a bid to stir them into standing up for a young girl whom they wanted to protect from the wishes of her own father.

The women, who hilariously interpret their roles, set a series of events in motion to give the movie many moments of laughter without missing a beat on the reason for everyone to know why they are on strike.

THE CEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set mainly on a beautiful beach resort on the outskirts of Lagos in Nigeria, “The CEO” is a mystery-thriller surrounding five top executives from across Africa who are dispatched on a 1-week leadership retreat by a multinational telecommunications firm, to determine which one to appoint as the firm’s new CEO.

Things go awry when one-by-one the executives are eliminated in sudden death circumstances, and the finger falls on the last two remaining executive as prime suspects.

A TRIP TO JAMAICA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The movie became the highest grossing Nollywood movie ever and gained a spot in the Guinness Book of Records.

It’s 2016, and the duo considered it necessary to gift the world with a new comedy movie, “A trip to Jamaica,” with Ayo Makun reprising his role as Akpos.

The anticipated movie which debuts in Nigerian cinemas on September 30, 2016, premiered in Lagos on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at the Filmhouse IMAX cinema in Lekki, Lagos.

Shot in Nigeria, America and Jamaica, the film focuses on Akpos and his fiancée Bola, who travel across the Atlantic to visit family, they unexpectedly end up on an adventure they could never imagine.

The movie opens to Akpors proposing to his girlfriend Bola (Funke Akindele) during a live concert. She accepts his proposal, and the couple decides to travel to Atlanta to visit Abigail (Nse Ikpe-Etim) and her wealthy husband, who is referred to as Big man (Dan Davies). During their visit, an unexpected turn leads to a family trip to Jamaica.The movie also features Chris Attoh, Eric Roberts, Paul Campbell, Rebecca Silvera, Patoranking, Cynthia Morgan and Ras Kimono.

’76 THE MOVIE

Based on true story ‘76, formerly Lions of ‘76 is a 2016 Nigerian historical fiction drama film produced by Adona ijah Owiriwa and Izu Ojukwu and directed by Izu Ojukwu. It stars Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme, Rita Dominic and Ibinabo Fiberesima.

Six years after the civil war, a young officer from the middle belt got entangled in a romantic relationship with a young lady from the southeastern part of Nigeria.

ENTREAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entreat is a story that reveals the daily challenges of young adults in a dynamic society like ours, and the individual strategy people employ to overcome these challenges.

The movie which features DakorebAkande, Bryan Okwara, Alex Ekubo, Osas Ajibade, Wale Ojo, Funlola Afiyebi-Raimi, Sadiq Daba, Kemi Lala-Akindoju, Femi Jacobs, Stephanie Coker, Zainab Balogun and more. It’s a must watch for every young adult out there.

FINE GIRL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directed by Ikechukwu Onyeka and co-written by Rita Onwurah and Bunmi Aj,

Fine Girl is the story of a young lady’s struggles through the hurdles a critical family issue places before her and how much she has to sacrifice in order to salvage the situation.

This beautiful love story got so many people glued to their screen and the cast did a wonderful job putting the story together, this is definitely one of the best movies of 2016.