Here are the top actresses and actors from Africa making an impact in 2015.
Dominic is an actress well-known for her class, elegance, and beauty. A seasoned screen star, Dominic began performing in theater from childhood, and to date has starred in over 100 Nollywood productions.
Based on her acting chops she now spends her time not only being the star in new roles but going behind the lens as a producer all while founding the Audrey Silva Company, a production company based in Lagos, Nigeria giving an opportunity to young talent to enter the Nollywood scene. The next film for the production company is called Surulere. Her passion for acting is expressed on her website where she states “acting is my life – I am so thankful this passion of mine has placed me in so many homes across the continent”.
Interestingly, Lupita Nyong’o is a Mexican-Kenyan actress who rose to fame with her role in the internationally acclaimed film, 12 Years a Slave. Nyong’o is the first Mexican actress and the first Kenyan actress to win an Academy Award for her role in the film.
Now known as a movie star and fashion icon Nyong’o is one to watch going into 2016.
Nnaji is not only an actress but a singer and model. She has made it her focus to love her career but give thanks to her friends and family for their support.
In September 2009 Oprah dubbed her “Nollywood’s Julia Roberts” — although it is actually Angelina Jolie who is Nnaji’s film idol. “I am a huge fan,” she told CNN.
Theron was born and raised in South Africa. She is well-known for her roles as an actress in Hollywood, but broke into the entertainment industry as a high fashion model.
It has been reported that Theron was 18 years old when she arrived in Hollywood in 1994, she had a single, tattered suitcase, $400, and a very big dream and found her way into the movie business.
Dikeh is a Nigerian actress and singer. She has been criticized in the media for pushing the envelope in her roles, and not necessarily portraying “traditional African values”.
Her journey to Nollywood started in 2005, when she left a TV reality show “The Next Movie Star” as the first runner-up. After her second movie Holy Cross, Dikeh gained recognition and started taking up lead roles in movies.
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Elba is an English actor, musician, and DJ. He is a first-generation African raised in England, whose parents hail from Ghana and Sierra Leone.
With humble beginnings growing up in East Ham, Elba has steadily become a world-renowned actor playing in different roles. Easy on the eyes, he is a movie star crush for many women. One of his lesser known projects occurred in October 2014. Elba presented the series Journey Dot Africa with Idris Elba on BBC Radio 2, exploring all types of African music.
Oyelowo is an English actor, producer, director, and writer. Born in Oxford, to Nigerian parents. In 2014, the Brit played Martin Luther King, Jr. in the biographical drama film Selma, for which he received his first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a drama.
Oyelowo is also slated to star with Lupita Nyong’o in Americanah, a film adapted from the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel. The story follows a pair of young Nigerian immigrants who face a lifetime of struggle while their relationship endures.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a former fashion model and actor that hails from England. His Nigerian parents taught him to strive for excellence, which is exactly what he did.
His good looks do not go unnoticed. However many simply can’t wait for his upcoming role as Killer Croc in the movie Suicide Squad slated to be released in the summer of 2016.
Dumelo rose to fame in Western Africa and the continent acting in Ghana and Nigeria. He soon became a fixture in Nollywood films and is known to spread positive messages on his social media accounts.
In a recent Instagram post John wrote “infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen, make your own future. Make your own hope, make your own love. Create your future by learning from your past and taking control of your present”.
Michel is the son of a Ghanian mother and Leboanese father. Raised in Ghana Michel was actively involved in theater from a young age. He is one of the few Ghanian actors to have gained wide-range success in Nollywood.
He was known in his early years of fame to be an outspoken critic of the African film industry.