You should doff your hat for these 12 actors and actresses who are making waves in the movie industry in Nigeria. They are not Yoruba indigenes, yet they have mastered the language and can speak Yoruba fluently than some so-called Yoruba indigenes. The Yoruba movie industry can boast of some talented actors and actresses who are making waves but who are not Yoruba by ethnicity, some of them achieved fame through the Yoruba movie industry while some of them feature both in the Yoruba and English sector.
We take a look at 12 hugely popular Yoruba-actors who are not Yoruba by ethinicity, they are:
1. Fathia Balogun
This is one versatile actress in the yoruba movie industry I never knew she is not originally yoruba until I came across her profile online because she has adapted so well. Fathia is Urhobo from Delta state. She was born on February 1969 at Ukwara, water side local government area of Delta State, southern Nigeria.
2. Toyin Aimakhu
Toyin Aimakhu rose to fame in the past few years but many thought she is from Ibadan but instead she only grew up there. The 31 year old actress hails from Edo state and born in Auchi. She obtained a Higher National Diploma certificate in marketing from Ibadan polytechnic same class with Dibie, before she proceeded to Olabisi Onabanjo University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in philosophy.
3. Mercy Aigbe
Mercy is from Edo state, she earned a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Lagos in 2001, and joined the industry fully in 2006. Mercy Aigbe, is married to a Nigerian hotelier and has three children and three stepdaughters. She is presently one of the most sorted after actresses in Yoruba movie niche.
4. Lilian Bach
Lilian Bach is only half Nigerian. The stunning actress is born to a Polish father and a Nigerian mother. She lived in varous parts of the country during her formative years, attending Army Childrens school, Port Harcourt and Idi Araba Secondary School, Lagos. She briefly majored in Theatre arts at the University of Lagos.
5. Kelvin Ikeduba
The actor was born on August 21st, 1976 in Delta state as Kelvin Ngozi Ikeduba. Kelvin has lived all his life in Lagos, he hails from Delta state and is an Economics graduate from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. His perfect mastery of Igbo, Yoruba and English languages has made him one of the most versatile actors in the Nollywood circuit, being able to fit comfortably well into both Yoruba and English movies.
6. Clarion Chukwura
Clarion Chukwura (born Clara Nneka Oluwatoyin Folashade Chukwurah on the 24th July 1964) is a Nigerian actress and humanitarian. Chukwura was born as the only daughter in a family of 4. She is from Anambra state, popular music video director Clarence Peter is her son. His father is popular fuji musician Shina Peters.
7. Doris Simeon
Doris Simeon – though born and bred in Lagos she is a Native of Edo State, Nigeria. She attended Primary, Secondary and film schools, Wale Adenuga’s PEFTI, and graduated in 2006. She was married to Daniel Ademonikan and they have a son together.
8. Racheal Oniga
Oniga was born on May 23, 1957 in Eku, Delta State, Nigeria as Racheal Tabuno Oniga. She made her debut in the yoruba movie industry in the movie owo blow. Rachael is a Yollywood veteran.
9. Liz Dasilva
Liz started her movie career back in 2004 when she was first introduced to movie producer Muka Ray by actress Iyabo Ojo. She was born in Togo but was brought up in Lagos Island. Both of her parents are Togolese.
10. Rose Odika
Rose grew up and currently lives in Ibadan, she is from Aniocha North, Nseluku, a town before Asaba in Delta state. Her family came to Ibadan in 1978 and they have been living there since then.
11. Regina Chukwu
Regina Chukwu hails from Enugu State and is a Yoruba film producer who has an OND in Business Administration from Lagos State Polytechnic. She entered into the move industry 2003, starting off as a make-up artist, from there her love for acting, script writing and producing saw her produce her first movie Oguso in 2008, followed by Idaro, Akun and Ebolo.
12. Rykardo Agbor
Rykardo Agbor was born in Lagos but hails from Cross River State. Model cum actor, Rykardo Agbor, who started his career in 1992, has featured prominently in both English and Yoruba movies. He is a graduate of Mass Communication.