Nollywood has come a long way with many actors and actresses gracing the big screen.
This list of old Nigerian actresses would show you some of the greatest Nigerian actresses that shaped the Nigerian screen industry.
They are the ones that changed the Nollywood industry. They arrived when the foundations for Nollywood were being built and helped to change the image of the industry.
They are proud of the fact that they are Nollywood finest and would not trade that for anything.
If you’re a fan of Nollywood, you might be shocked at this list but relax. This list try to be factual as possible. It majorly include those who have been in the industry since the 1990s when the Nollywood industry was still in an analogue era. They have impacted the Nollywood industry in the best ways imaginable.
This list is written in no particular order. So sit back, relax as we journey into time.
List of Old Nigerian Actresses
Omotola or Omosexy as she is particularly called is one of Nigeria’s greatest actress of all time. She started acting in the 90s and have been one of those who have shaped Nollywood the most.
Her posh style separated her from the crass actress of old. This enabled her to become one of the most worshipped screen divas in Nigeria.
Her intelligence also contributed to her being at the pinnacle of Nigeria’s entertainment industry. She has featured in top award ceremonies where her speech left people speechless and drowning the hall with applause.
She deserves a place in Nigeria’s Nollywood hall of fame, which she already has.
If you’re familiar with Nollywood, you would not miss the act of this phenomenon.
Her expressions are energetic that they bring life to a movie that lack action.
From the mischievous mother to the queen mother, Mama G or Susanna, depending on how you see how, she is there to make your day.
Without her Nollywood would not be the way it is now. No boasting with that! She really changed Nollywood. Most Nollywood movies that were sold did so because many people wanted to watch Mama G act.
Although she is getting older by the day, she is not showing any sign of stopping acting soon. She might as well act into her 70s.
She has paid her dues and deserves some accolade.
Omoni Oboli who was born on April 22, 1978 has been acting since she was 18.
A graduate of University of Benin, she is an actor, a writer and a director.
Her first act happened in 1996 where she featured in Bitter Sensation. Since then she has been a stakeholder in the Nigerian industry.
She is someone that many young people in the industry look up to.
She is also known for her charity. She anchored a feeding programme that involved the children around the Delta Steel Company in Aladja, Delta State. She is also involved in a number of charities in Lagos.
This award winning screen goddess from Mbaise, Imo State, has held the Nollywood industry for years since her debut in the 1990s.
She has played diverse roles in movies. She is so brilliant on screen that it’s hard to pick a scene that she did wonder. The truth is she is too wonderful.
She has been rated as one of the top actresses of all time in Nigeria.
Despite her being a victim of early parenthood, she moved past that period and has become an inspiration for young people in Nigeria.
This actress from Calabar is one of the best actresses that Nigerian movie industry have ever seen.
The roles she play in movies are mostly emotional that they leave the viewer with a mix of emotions from sorrow to anger in just one movie.
She’s the lover that young female Nollywood viewers relate to.
She has been a veteran in the Nigerian movie industry as early as the 90s and know how to act the part that viewers want to see.
For sometimes, she has not been a regular in the screen but that’s not enough to dismiss what she has done as of old.
Rita is one of Nigeria’s oldest actresses. Don’t let her size deceive you. She has been in Nollywood for a long time.
Her beauty and her calm disposition is one of the reason she play the role of the young urban woman in Nigeria.
She has won many awards and would be always remembered for her contributions to Nollywood.
An alumni of University of Jos, she has been in Nollywood for a long time.
She studied Theatre Arts. Over time she has shown that her degree is well deserved. She started acting in 1991.
She has seen the ugly times, bad times and the good times of Nollywood.
As a veteran, newer actresses look up to her for not just screen advice but also life advice.
Much respect to her.
This actress has also been in the movie industry for a long time.
Her role in Egg of Life made her celebrated as one of Africa’s best. Not only did she act but combined the traditional and pragmatic and left viewers in awe.
Aside the screen, she is the mother of Nigeria’s award winning video producer, Clarence Peters.
Rumoured to be the wife of Nigeria’s greatest actor, Pete Edochie, Rita started acting in Nollywood since 1997.
Known for her motherly role in movies, she shows the perfect example of what Nigerian mothers do in different situations.
On the rumour, she is the brother of Pete’s younger brother Tony who worked at the Anambra Broadcasting Service, where she worked before joining Nollywood.
Ngozi has performed for a long time in the Nigerian movie industry.
She has won several awards. Most important is the one she won in 2012 at the Films Academy Awards in Africa. Her leading role in Adesuwa made her win the award.
She grew up in a big family of eight and is a mother of four.
She won’t be forgotten whenever the story of Nollywood comes up.
There you have it, the list of old Nigerian actresses that have contributed immensely to the Nigerian movie industry. This list aims to appreciate them for the work that they did in Nollywood.