BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
There are over a dozen 90s Nollywood actors that we would give anything to see constantly again on our TV screens. They epitomised the golden television era that is the 90s in Nigerian visual entertainment history.
Many of these acts have since moved on, some even vacating the shores of the country in search of the golden fleece.
Here are 4 of such talented actors we wish were still very much around in today’s madness called New Nollywood.
Kenneth Arinzechukwu Okonkwo is an Enugu state-born actor and producer. He studied Business Administration and Theology at the University of Nsukka and The Bible School respectively. He also holds a Masters in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, Akoka.
He made his professional acting debut in 1992 as Andy Okeke in the movie Living in Bondage directed by Chris Obi Rapu and didn’t look back after that. Soon after, he featured in nationally acclaimed television soap opera Ripples where he played the role of Captain John Mark. Okonkwo went on to feature in and produce dozens of films including Trumpet of Death 1 & 2 and Village Destroyers 1 & 2. Just when his increasing fans were salivating for more, he decided to leave the screen. He went back to school to study Law and began practicing almost immediately after.
Recently, he decided to delve into politics by joining the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
One of the foremost Nollywood divas, Sandra Achums is another face that has disappeared from the cover posters of films in Nigeria. There was a time that she was almost certain to star in any movie being produced. She had the looks and she undoubtedly had the talent too. The Imo state-born actress who burst onto the scene with her cameo in 1994 Kenneth Nnebue flick, Glamour Girls relocated to Germany a few years ago.
Achums starred in scores of other movies, a list which includes: Domitila; Outkast 1 & 2; Searching for Love; Ashanti; Deadly Affair; Expensive Game 1 & 2; Anti-Christ; Circle of Tears; Against the World; Sugarcane Lady and Six Problem Girls.
Now known as Mildred Okopi, this Basi and Company (hands up if still remember this NTA classic) is now reportedly based in New Jersey, USA with her family. Fans of Checkmate will also remember her as Ada. Mildred also starred in Amaka Igwe’s Violated 1 & 2.
Imaobong Regina Askia Usoro now Regina Askia-Williams was born in Lagos in 1967. She studied Biology at the University of Lagos where she won the Miss Unilag beauty pageant in 1988. In 1989, she became the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria after Bianca Onoh “resigned.”
She kick-started her acting career in 1993 when she appeared in popular TV soap opera Fortunes (later Mega Fortunes) as famous gold-digger, Tokunbo Johnson. She went on to feature in numerous films and in 2000 she won the award for Best Actress in Nigeria by Afro Hollywood London.
Askia-Williams was not just a talented actress, she also made a name in the modelling business and she featured in print and TV commercials of Kessingsheen haircare, Collectibles as well as Visine eye-drop, among others. She relocated to the United States of America in 2001 after getting married to Rudolph Williams. In the US, she returned to school to get a degree in Nursing and has since become a registered nurse. Her marriage to Rudy has produced two children – Teesa and Rudy Jnr.