Here are the list of top Nollywood actors making wave in the early part of 2017. In no particular order:
Chris Okagbue who is also a great dancer and vocalist, nurses a strong passion for music. He is inspired by the likes of P-Square, Banky W, Chris Brown, Usher and the late Michael Jackson. As a film producer, Chris Okagbue is the associate producer of the film Lotanna, where is also played the lead role.
Nigeria 2014 Competition and was also the first runner up at Mr. World 2014, his biggest role was starring as Femi in the award-winning MTV series, Shuga. Emmanuel Ikubese wows his audience to a delectable performance in the 2017 movie “Ojukokoro” where he portrays the character of a drug addict. In the movie, Ikubese lets go of the stereotype that has trailed his acting career, delivering an incredibly nuanced performance which sees him pour a large volume of emotions into his character. He smartly and successfully walks the line of being charming, hilarious and dense. Without trying too hard, he wins over his audience.
ENYINNA NWIGWE: Award winning Nollywood actor and producer, Enyinna Nwigwe has worked alongside some of the most respected producers and directors in Africa and overseas. Originally from Imo State, Nigeria, Andy/Yina (as friends like to call him) is the son of retired public servants and the last of four children. He graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Calabar, Nigeria.
Ken Erics stars in the comedy movie Omugwo directed by Kunle Afolayan. The movie tells the story of Omotunde, A young civil engineer married to Raymond (Ken Erics) an OAP(Online Radio Personality), has just given birth, coloured by their different cultural backgrounds, their mothers-in-law forcefully move in with the couple to perform the Igbo child care rite called, Omugwo. But instead of relieving their children of the burden of childcare, the mothers’ rivalry complicates life for the couple to comical effects.
SEUN AJAYI: Though Seun Ajayi has been acting professionally since 2007, it has not been an easy ride for him. But despite all the uncertainty, there seems to be a future for him in the world of make-believe. Seun Ajayi, the versatile actor and aspiring director who has been in the game for about 10 years now, delivering lowkey with great performances on both the big and small screen from Mildred Okwo’s Suru L’ere to Jadesola Osiberu’s Gidi Up. It feels weird to call someone who has been working for that long a “breakout star”, but his performance in Ojukokoro (Greed) is so strong it threatens to blow away any and every thing he has done before then. It’s the sort of performance that will make a believer out of anyone. The graduate of Theater Arts from the University of Lagos is one actor with lots of potential, we are expecting more great works from him.
Also published on Medium.