The Nollywood Yoruba industry has come a long way to become one of the top industries in the Nigerian movie scene and we have a huge number of actors who feature regularly in Yoruba movies.
Surprisingly, a good number of these actors and actresses are not from the Yoruba part of the country but have managed to excel at featuring in a good number of Yoruba movies which oftentimes has made the fans believe they are of Yoruba origin.
Here are 3 Nollywood Yoruba Actresses from Edo State.
1. Mercy Aigbe
Mercy Aigbe, born January 1st, 1978, is a Nigerian actress, director, and businesswoman. She is best known for her Yoruba indigenous movies.
She was born on 1 January 1978 in Edo State. She hails from Benin city which is the capital of Edo State. She is the second child in a family of five.
She attended Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School in Ikeja, Lagos. She is also an alumnus of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, where she received her OND in Financial Studies, and then The University of Lagos for a degree in Theater Arts.
She earned a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Lagos in 2001 and joined the industry fully in 2006. She founded “Mercy Aigbe Gentry School of Drama” in 2016.
2. Toyin Abraham
Aimakhu was born on September 5, 1980, in Auchi, a town in Edo State in southern Nigeria, but spent her early life in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State in southwestern Nigeria.
She went to Osun State Polytechnic Iree; from 1999-2002, where she had her Pre-National Diploma and Ordinary National Diploma.
She obtained a Higher National Diploma Certificate in Marketing from Ibadan Polytechnic and was in the same class with Dibie, C.B.N aka x7.
Toyin Abraham has starred in many movies and recently starred in a movie called Black Val. She began acting in 2003, when Bukky Wright, a Nigerian film actress, visited Ibadan to shoot a movie.
Over the years, Toyin Abraham has produced, directed, and featured in several Nigerian films, such as Alani Baba Labake and Ebimi ni.
She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Yoruba film titled Ebimi ni during 2013 Best of Nollywood Awards alongside Joke Muyiwa, who was nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Yoruba film titled Ayitale.
Based on her acting career, Toyin has also been called upon by politicians to campaign for them. At one of the programs for Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid in 2015, the actress said she was prepared to die for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on whose platform Jonathan is contesting.
But she later came out to apologize to her fans for the comments and urged Nigerians not to spill their blood for any politician.
3. Doris Simeon
Doris Simeon is a famous and multiple award-winning Nollywood actress, television presenter, model, event manager, television personality, and philanthropist.
She acts mostly in Yoruba and English-speaking movies. She was born and raised in Ojota, Lagos State in the southwestern part of Nigeria.
She is very beautiful, gifted, creative, skillful, and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles and can fit in any character given to her by movie directors and producers.
Doris Simeon completed both her primary and secondary school education in Ojota, Lagos State in the southwestern part of Nigeria, and obtained both her First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate.
After completing her primary and secondary school education, Doris Simeon proceeded to PEFTI Film Institute in Ajao Estate, Isolo, Lagos State, Nigeria, and graduated with a Diploma in Production Management.
In 2001, Doris Simeon joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) and featured in her first Yoruba movie titled “Oloju Ede” a movie that brought her to the limelight and earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Doris Simeon officially started her acting career in Yoruba-speaking movies before moving to English-speaking movies. She began her career as an actress by participating in part three episodes of the Papa Ajasco comedy series “Papa Ajasco and Company” by Wale Adenuga Production which ran on WAP TV and later moved to Nollywood and started featuring in Nollywood movies which include Oloju Ede, Alakada, Ten Million Naira, and Modupe Temi.
In 2010, Doris Simeon starred as Da Grin’s girlfriend in the Nollywood movie titled “Ghetto Dreamz” and later co-produced the Yoruba movie titled “Omo Iya kan” which was a success. She is currently one of the most gifted, skillful, creative, and talented actresses in Nigeria.
Doris Simeon has acted in more than 100 movies which include Eti Keta, Oloju Ede, Alakada, Ten Million Naira, Abani Kedun, Iseju Marun, Omo Iya Kan, Ghetto Dreams, Silence, Gucci Girls, Alakada, Omo Pupa, Asiri, Modupe Temi, etc. She acts mostly in Yoruba and English-speaking movies.
Apart from acting Doris Simeon is also a television host, television presenter, event planner, and master of ceremony. In 2008, she won the award for Best Indigenous Actress at the Africa Movie Academy Awards for her role in Onitemi.
In 2010, she won the award for Best Actress Indigenous at the Zafaa Awards for her role in Asiri. After this, she won the Award for Excellence for Okpella Movement in the United State of America (USA).
- After which she also won the Award for Best Indigenous Actress by Afemiah Development Group. In 2008, she was awarded a Role Model in Movies by All Youths Tush Awards.
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