From the home front to business and society at large, the role women play cannot be underestimated. In celebration of International Women’s Day, we take a look at the 5 most influential entertainers In Nigeria who have been able to make a positive difference in the Nigerian entertainment landscape.
- Kemi Adetiba
One quality that stands Kemi out is her ability to reinvent herself and discover new things about herself. She constantly exemplifies what being a “King Woman” is, and has become one Nigeria’s most inspiring and influential women. A woman of many talents; she has easily and effortlessly segued between being a Music Video Director, a Filmmaker and a Television Director. In 2016, she made headlines with her feature film debut, The Wedding Party. Her directorial skills in the movie, which was regarded as 2016’s most talked about movie, earned her great accolades and commendations from movie lovers and critics. Kemi is an inspiration to other women
Jamb Question singer, Simi is an Afro-pop artiste and songwriter, signed on to the X3M Music label, with a distinct, hard-to-miss voice. Known for chartbusters which include: Jamb Question, Love Don’t Care and Soldier featuring Falz, Simi has become one of Nigeria’s most beloved female musicians.She recently became a brand ambassador for Etisalat.
Perhaps a great description for Somkele would be “Still Waters that run deep.” The delectable Nollywood actress and model who came to limelight through the Nigerian web drama series, Gidi Up, is known to pack a delightful punch in whatever role she plays. We can’t forget her stirring performance in 93 Days, The Arbitration, and most recently, The Wedding Party. Indeed, 2016 appeared to be the “Year of Somkele,” where she was recognized at various awards including: The Future Awards Africa, The Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCAs) and The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Undoubtedly, Tiwa Savage has become a poster-child for relevance. According to the Roc Nation: “Singer, songwriter, presenter, philanthropist and burgeoning actress; Tiwa Savage is a resilient force within Africa’s ever-growing entertainment industry.” We couldn’t agree more! Since she stormed the music scene in 2010 with her infectious hit ‘Kele Kele Love,’ Tiwa has shown talent, exhibited dexterity, and redefined how the world views female musicians.
When you think of longevity and impact look in the direction of Omotola fondly called Omosexy by her fans.With a career spanning over 21 years, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is a Nigerian actress, singer, philanthropist and former model of an Ondo descent from Lagos, Nigeria.Her acting career kicked off in the 1995 movie Venom of Justice, directed by Reginald Ebere. She was given the lead role in the movie, which set the stage for a flourishing career in the Nollywood film industry.
Since then, she has not looked back and has starred in several blockbuster movies, including Games Women Play, Blood Sisters, All My Life, Last Wedding, My Story, The Woman in Me and a host of others.
She is also applauded for her remarkable humanitarian efforts. Over the years, Omotola has successfully become the most watched actress in Africa.