BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
In an industry which is increasingly losing its originality in the quest to “feel foreign,” this is an appreciation post dedicated to those actors who have not compromised their skin colour to blend in.
Our screens are now filled with women so bright, even the sun’s jealousy would be aroused. But that’s where it stops for most of them. Once they open their mouths, there is an eclipse. They spew forth trash enough to keep LAWMA busy for months.
However, in the midst of artistic and intellectual gloom, the women below shine with their professionalism and efforts towards excellence.
They are examples of the fact that, regardless of what some producers or directors might demand of you, you do not need to bleach your skin before you become a bonafide Nollywood star.
Note: The list below is not exhaustive and it does not include light-skinned actresses.
Aunty Joke is an example of what is right about the industry. Classy, elegant, beautiful, professional, an inspiration to the younger generation, a bundle of talent and a scandal-free mother/wife.
With a career spanning over two decades, this woman is just bae. If only many of these red-carpet-happy wannbes borrowed a leaf or two from her. *Sigh*
Genevieve Nnaji is a superstar. Take it or leave it. She might no longer be the most sought-after actress in the industry but she sure ruled it. And she did rule it well. There was a time when, regardless of how much you had to blow on a film, that film would not be complete if Gene Baby did not apppear in it.
She is internationally recognized and hugely respected locally. Another shinning example for you.
Arguably the most talented actress currently strutting her stuff in Nollywood. She has been away for a while to attend to her family but don’t let that fool you. She will grab her number one spot once she fully returns (well, except family stress has taken its toll).
According to fairly reliable sources, Mercy is still the highest paid actress in Nigeria with her professional fees never coming short of eight figures. Her career has not been entirely scandal-free, but she is as super as superstars come.
Another model professional, Kate has survived two decades in the industry and she is still standing. The 45-year old beauty has not looked back since her 1993 debut in When the Sun Sets.
She is a proud Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA) winner.
Jenifa ov laiv! She cut her teeth in the early 2000s TV drama, I Need to Know and earned her place in the gathering of Nollywood stars with her HUGELY successful Jenifa trilogy.
Iretiola Olushola Ayinke Doyle, a product of Theatre Arts from the University of Jos is one of the older actors in the industry when it comes down to experience.
With a quite intimidating CV which includes the longest-running television drama in Nigeria’s history, Tinsel; Sitanda, Across the Niger, Fifty, Gidi Up and For Coloured Girls, Ireti alongside her husband, Patrick Doyle have managed to a relatively scandal-free career and personal life.