BY TARA ARAMOWO
It is globally accepted that Genevieve Nnaji is the queen of Nollywood. This has nothing to do with Genevieve’s talent or technique as an actress. For talent, skills, technique and consistent quality delivery, Mercy Johnson is currently nobody’s mate in Nollywood. Genevieve may be Mercy’s mentor but where acting is concerned, Mercy will scrub many grounds with all of Genevieve, many times over.
But Genevieve is still the queen of Nollywood. And nobody can say why.
Until she did Road to Yesterday recently, many people couldn’t remember the last time they saw Genevieve on screen, outside Amstel Malta and Etisalat adverts. Acting was no longer the hustle so she moved on to producing and, with the many negative reviews the film has gathered, how’s that going, Gene baby?
But at least, many men still lust after Genevieve. And some women, if reports reaching TNS are to be believed. It’s that X-factor thing she has in abundance, isn’t it? Or her Juju is just still on point from her Babalawo who must be on retainership.
Omotola‘s case is pretty different. She hasn’t done anything worthwhile as per acting since Iyabo Ojo started bleaching. After Ije, what has Omosexy done? Okay, she tried to do that reality show thing with M-Net and we all know how that went. And she keeps threatening to do music again but thanks to the gods for making sure that does not happen. This country will not survive another Omotola album.
So, beyond taking care of her 50 children and marrying Mr. Ekehinde, what else does Omotola do these days?
Omoni Oboli on the other hand seems to be doing everything. After what detractors refer to as a breastigous presentation of her film to former president Jonathan in Aso Rock, Omoni now runs a production outfit, leasing equipment and producing quality content. She produced The First Lady which is said to be one of the top Nollywood films of 2015 even if, like other cinema films, it only sold 114 tickets at the cinema, or something like that. She was also in Fifty and some other films.
By all measure, Omoni is now second to Genevieve in the hierarchy of Nollywood screen goddesses, although lusting after her has been reportedly pretty difficult for many guys, seeing that she has all those kids and a husband that’s always following her around.
So, there you have it; the line-up of Nollywood screen goddesses: Genevieve, Omoni and then Omotola, in that strict order.
This should last as long as Mercy Johnson keeps borning a pikin every year as if God is soon going to ban childbearing. The day she decides to face acting fully again and also be bae, Genevieve, Omoni and Omotola may as well pack it in. Mercy is nobody’s mother’s mate.