There is no doubt that Nollywood actresses have taken over film production from ace producers, who made Nigerian film industry boom in 90s. While very few such as, Lancelot Imaseun, Tunde Kelani, Kunle Afolayan, Jeta Amata, Tchidi Chikere are still working hard or managing to remain afloat, others such as, Kingsley Ogoro, Aquila Njama, Dickson Iroegbu, Charles Novia, Zeb Ejiro, Chico Ejiro, Teco Benson, Tade Ogidan and many others appear to have rusted from movie making. These talented film makers’ attempt to go on collective sabbatical gave rise to actors taking over the production sector. In this special report, we take you on a journey of who these actresses are and how they started.
This talented actress that ruled the screen alongside Emeka Ike years back, picked up her creativity in film making, after her graduation from New York Academy in 2007. She made her debut with a the Hollywood standard movie, ‘Through the Glass’. In 2014, Mrs Linus, who now rate among the best film producers in Nigeria dropped her second film, ‘Dry’. The movie ‘Dry’ that centres on VVF emerged the overall Best Movie in Africa at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).
The action packed actress started her career in the industry 14 years ago with the movie, ‘Visa to Hell’. In a bid to create a new era for film making in Nigeria, she floated her production company, Uche Jombo Studios and started her production career with ‘Nollywood Hustlers’ and ‘Holding Hopes’, but she scored her high point with ‘Damage’. Since then, she has produced not less than 13 movies.
Oby Edozie was one of the foremost actresses, who sojourned into movie production many years ago. After her debut production, she released a film, ‘Save Our Souls’ based on the struggle of breast cancer.
Talented actress, Funke Akindele hit the production sphere with the tantrum of her film, Jenifer and changed the structure of comedy flicks in the industry. She did not stop there, as she dished out Omo Ghetto, Return of Jenifer and many more. Funke was the first and still remains the only actress from the Yoruba arm of Nollywood to have won the AMAA awards for Best Actress with her role in Jenifa.
Rita Dominic, who started her career in Nollywood with the movie, ‘A Time to Kill’ took her movie making profession to the next level , when she produced the award winning flick, ‘The Meeting’ in 2012. She has in 2015 released another movie, ‘Surulere.’ Rita emerged the Best Actress in Africa at the 2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for her role in ‘Shattered’.
Actress Toyin Aimakhu is one of the few gifted creative minds in Yoruba sector of the industry, with over 15 productions to her credit. Ms. Aimakhu, who also owns a film academy, Tonyin Aimakhu Film Academy remained in fans memory with the flick, ‘Alakada’.
Star actress, Genevieve Nnaji , who started her career in 1998 with ‘Most Wanted’ has contributed a lot to the growth of Nollywood that she has been honoured as a Member of Order of Federal Republic (MFR) by Nigerian government. In 2005, she won the Best Actress in the Leading Role at African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). In 2015, she took her creativity to the a new dimension when she produced the film entitled, ‘Road to Yesterday’, which won an award at the just concluded Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).
She has enjoyed producing her own movies, however, she became popular among actresses who double as producers, when she premiered ‘Unforgiveable’ in 2013. In 2015, she equally completed work on her new movie, ‘Pathetic’.
From the time when she produced her first known movie, ‘Osas’ (Omoge Benin), has remained outstanding in movie production. In 2015, she premiered her mega work entitled, ‘Victims’.
Although she appears not be interested in pursuing her career in movie production, actress, TV host, Monalisa Chinda was among the few, who restructured Nigeria film industry with their movies. Before going into TV production and hosting, she produced, ‘Kiss N Tell’ and the Soap Opera, ‘Catwalk’ which she co-produced with Emem Isong.