BY EVELYN OLUBUKOLA
In 2017, we experienced a remarkable array of actors who portrayed interesting and impressive roles, though we also had some disappointing ones. In all, it was great year for upcoming actors and actresses.
2018 is here and we are absolutely hopeful that this year would be a spectacular one and the following actors would deliver even more impressive and unforgettable performances.
Lucy is actress who started her acting career in 2005 but got her first hit in Ishaya Bako’s Braids On A Bald Hair. Since then she has appeared in Bariga Sugar, Fallen Angel, The Councillor and she is set to feature in one of the most anticipated movies of 2018, Izu Ojukwu’s Amina, where she plays the titular heroine.
An actor, model and TV presenter, Ozzy, is best known as the former host of popular TV show, 53 Extra. He has appeared in Tinsel and stage musical Wakaa The Musical, but this year, we hope to see the witty Ozzy taking more challenging roles.
He is best known as Mide in the web series, Skinny Girl In Transit. He won the 5th edition of Project Fame West Africa, 2012, and since then, Ayoola has decided not to stay off our screens. He has starred in Lekki Wives, Jemeji and the beautiful movie, Isoken.
Zainab is a presenter on EbonyLife TV. Though her first Nollywood role is in EbonyLife’s The Wedding Party as the wedding planner, only few know about her cameo appearance in Hollywood 2011 movie The Dark Knight Rises. She takes the lead in upcoming movie, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel. We surely do hope to see a lot more of her this year.
Rahama was just a pretty actress in Kannywood until to she got a chance to play alongside Ali Nuhu in Gani ga Wane. Then she was involved in a controversial issue that prompted her expulsion from that industry but she has since bounced back. She has starred in The Light Will Come, Sons of the Caliphate and the recent The Accidental Spy with Ramsey Nouah. She is believed to be a cast of an upcoming Yoruba movie and we can’t wait to see her from another angle.
Omowumi is a very creative and highly talented actress. She is also a TV presenter and voice over artist, she got her first movie role in 2008 and has gone ahead to feature in several movies and TV series. Her role in Kunle Afolayan’s Omugwo clearly indicates that she has come to stay in Nollywood and we can’t wait to see her take more thrilling roles.
Before her appearance on the reality show, Big Brother Naija, Bisola had, undoubtedly, been serving us her wonderful talent. From her Instagram funny videos, to her outstanding performance in web series Skinny Girl in Transit and Biodun Stephen’s Picture Perfect. We can boldly say Bisola is just starting.
Not much was seen last year from this delectable actress who had her big breakout in 2016 when she featured in box office hits, The Arbitration, 93 Days, The Wedding Party amongst others. Somkele is definitely an onscreen goddess who we cannot wait to see yet again.
Akah is a well talented actor, TV host, content creator, vlogger and actor. He has been cast in several web series, TV films, feature length movies, he have his best performance yet as a Sergeant in 2017 movie, Banana Island Ghost. Also, he has been described as one of the fastest rising Nigerians to watch out for.
An actress who is always willing to take the most daring roles. She has done a a couple of skits, short films and a number of movies, The Back-up Wife, Diary Of A Crazy Nigerian Woman and also featuring in upcoming movie, Getting Over Him, set to premiere this January.
Anyone conversant with the Yoruba sector of Nollywood will likely remember the “blind lady” from 2014 Yoruba love flick, Ayo Mi, featuring Gabriel Afolayan and Damola Olatunji. Bukunmi is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University where she studied Dramatic Arts. She is an actress, script writer and movie producer whose acting prowess must not be overlooked.
We are also very hopeful about certain actors who were once a delight to watch but seem to have disappeared for reasons best known to them, may this year be their comeback year.
She is a movie actress, prolific stage actor and director who played the lead in the romantic comedy, When Love Happens. She also starred in a comedy skit, The Lagos Big Girl Game.
Veteran actor, popularly known as Nollywood’s Mr Quality, left the radar years ago without any prior notice and he left us heartbroken, bad we wondered what we ever did that made him leave. Well the news is, he is back and came back in a mind blowing style. He has returned with five movies: After The Vows, Mrs Brown, Big Shot, Invaders, My Yesterday which are all set to hit the cinemas soon enough. We are thrilled that he is back and we hope he stays.
He is a well known actor and model who rose to fame after his role in 7 Books of Moses, a movie produced in 2010. Before you roll your eyes, we know quite well that he has been around for years and has acted in over 100 movies, yet, we never saw anything spectacular about his acting until his role in A Little White Lie. Though a very predictable and unoriginal story, Mike Godson played his role with a kind of panache. He was the star of the movie and we believe Mike can do even better this year. No more village prince roles, Mike should get a challenging role this year.
We would like to know actors you are also watching out for this year.