The last decade has been a tremendous blessing to the body of arts and entertainment in Nigeria and we have this quartet to thank for their mesmeric outings in films that we remember today with pleasant memories. There are lots of actresses who have shone so elegantly in the years past. But these are the exceptionally remarkable ones:
Love or hate her, 35-year-old ace actress, Toyin Abraham, is a viewers’ delight any day. Away from the barrage of scandals that her life courts nearly every now and again. Toyin has been an actress to watch out for in Yoruba films, an impressive number of Nollywood movies and soap operas too, since 2003. You may have known that she’s from Auchi, Edo State, but Toyin’s fluency in Yoruba language and her spontaneity in the raw act is jaw-dropping. There’s no any kind of movie role too difficult for this strangely energetic actress. Here’s just a few reminder of some of her startling works these past years; Disguise (2018), What just happened (2018), Alakada Reloaded (2017), Esohe (2017), Tatu (2017), London Fever (2017), Wives on Strike: The Revolution (2017), Celebrity Marriage (2017) featuring Tonto Dikeh, Felix Ugo Omokhodion and Jackie Appiah, Okafor’s Law (2016), Alani Baba Labake (2013), Ebi Mi Ni (2013),0000 and Alakada (2013).
Quite seamlessly, Toyin transits to other characters in movies, code-switching and code-mixing so incredibly. Her versatility has gone into full expression where she plays as either a village clown, mother, wife, street bad girl, church girl, armed robber or someone else’s very good friend. Toyin’s fee ranges between N600,000-N1,000,000 depending on how long she’d be on the movie set and the intensity of the project. She may charge a little more if the projects takes her a lot farther from her Lagos base.
She’s currently married to her colleague, Kola Ajeyemi, and their union is blessed with a child.
In her early 50s, Durojaiyeola Oluwakemi Kuti a.k.a. Jaiye Kuti is one of the finest actresses you can find around. Though somewhat older for the group where she’s paired in this review, Jaiye doesn’t carry age on her shoulders. She’s an all-round actress who can as well deliver any kind of movie role incredibly. In the past years, this effervescent actress has been seen in movies playing Tom Boy, good mother, wife, armed robber, native doctor, prophetess, witch, heroine, comedienne and just any kind of role that your mind readily thinks of. She’s from Yewa Ayetoro, Egbado in Ogun State. She is the CEO of Jayles Aesthetic Productions and also into Real Estate. Other TV shows she has featured in include; Laff Patterns, Everyday People, Face To Face, Ashewo Airport and Si Gbogbo Okunrin to mention a few. She started acting professionally in 2002. She’s a graduate of English Language from University of Lagos. She charges between N500,000 to N800,000 to deliver a damn good job according to my findings.
She’s married to a businessman, Lanre Kuti and the union is blessed with children.
This household name should lead this review but for her hiatus from Yoruba movies to concentrate on her personal project, Jenifa’s Diary and other side engagements. Funke Akindele has proven since the days of I Need To Know, which aired between 1999-2002 that she’s not a fluke. The superstar actress has acted in 100s of movies and at some point experimented with a comic thriller, which was to later blaze the trail for similar works to spring up in quick succession. Since her comic movie, Jenifa, many of her colleagues have gone that route and have made significant contributions to the industry. Some of the said movies are Femi Adebayo’s Jelili, Mercy Aigbe’s Omoge Osas and Toyin Abraham’s Alakada. She’s starred in movies like: Aje Meta, Maami, Emi Abata, Ogun Aiku, The Return Of Sheri Koko, Married But Living Single, A Trip To Jamaica, Chief Daddy, Mums At War and Taye Taiwo among several others.
Her fans miss her so much in the mainstream Yoruba movies, but the actress obviously has a lot of other engagements taking her whole time lately.
She charges between N600,000-N1.5million to appear in movies and she’s very selective of the kind of project she hops on.
The 42-year-old is married to Abdul-Rasheed Bello a.k.a JJC Skillz and their union is blessed with twin boys.
Mercy Aigbe’s social media presence especially with over 6million followers on Instagram alone, shores up her brand value a great deal. Mercy is a power-dresser and a good actress no doubt, but she cannot be said to be an all-round professional because it’s in doubt that she’d be able to pull her weight with certain movie roles. She may have done a few epic movies, but I bet she wasn’t quite fantastic in them. Nevertheless, what she lacks in that regards, she makes up for in contemporary movies. Mercy can be an innocent girl in a minute, and a damn good prostitute the next. She’s acted as a prophetess, a good wife, mother, armed robber, street girl, rich and poor lady. Mercy’s spontaneity is also not in doubt, she can be many things onset. Admittedly, she looms larger on the social media and has taken advantage of the Gram to launch a towering clothing business. She’s been amazing in many movies we’d remember for a long time, some of which are; Afefe Ife (2008), Okanjua (2008), Atunida Leyi (2009), Igberaga (2009), Ihamo (2009), Ìpèsè (2009), Iró funfun (2009), Mafisere (2009), Oju Ife (2009), Omoge Osas (2012), Ile Oko Mii (2014), Victims (2015), The Screenplay (2017), Little Drops of Happy (2017), 200 Million (2018) and Second Acts (2018) among many others.
Mercy gets between N500,000-N800,000 to star in movies and she’s till date producers and directors’delight.
This 41-year-old actresses has been married twice, both didn’t seem to work and she’s blessed with a daughter, Michelle and a son, Juwon.