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1. Mercy Aigbe:


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Mercy Aigbe (Listen) (born 1 January 1978) is a Nigerian actress, director, fashionista and businesswoman. She is best known for her Yoruba indigenous movies.

Early life

Mercy Aigbe was born on 1 January 1978 in Edo State.[3] to Pa Aigbe and Mrs. Abisola Grace Owodunni[4] She hails from Benin city which is the capital of Edo State. She is the second child in a family of five.[5] She had her primary education at St. Francis primary school and attended Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School IkejaLagos.[6] She is also an alumnus of The Polytechnic, IbadanOyo State, where she received her OND in Financial Studies. In 2001, Mercy Aigbe graduated from University of Lagos with a degree in Theater Arts.


Mercy Aigbe kicked off her acting career by starring in some soap operas, including the popular TV drama series “Papa Ajasco.”[9] Professionally, Mercy joined the Nollywood industry fully in 2006 and acted in the movie that brought her into the limelight ‘Ara,’ a movie produced by Remi Olupo in Ibadan, Oyo State.[10] She founded “Mercy Aigbe Gentry School of Drama” in 2016.


In November 2014, Mercy Aigbe was made the brand ambassador for Elephant Gold Rice.[13] Mercy Aigbe signed a one-year deal to be the brand ambassador for Prestige Cosmetic in June 2015.[14] In July 2016, Mercy signed an endorsement deal with Edalaf Brother Limited, an IT solution company.[15] She was made an ambassador for a fitness company called “Shape you,” the company that produces Slimming Coffee in October 2016.[16] Mercy Aigbe, in March 2017, was made the brand ambassador for BK hair.[17] In September 2018, She was made the brand ambassador for “Naija Taxi Services”, a company that deals with transportation of people.[18] Mercy Aigbe alongside Bose Alao and Biodun Okeowo penned an endorsement deal with a Cosmetic giant “Mary Make”[19]


  • Satanic
  • Afefe Ife (2008)
  • Okanjua (2008)
  • Atunida Leyi (2009)
  • Igberaga (2009)
  • Ihamo (2009)
  • Ìpèsè (2009)
  • Iró funfun (2009)
  • Mafisere (2009)
  • Oju ife (2009)
  • Omoge Osas (2012)
  • Ile Oko Mii (2014)
  • Victims (2015)
  • The Screenplay (2017)
  • Little Drops of Happy (2017)
  • 200 Million (2018)
  • Second Acts (2018)
  • Lagos Real Fake Life (2018)
  • Swallow (2021)
  • Crazy Grannies
  • Obsessions (2022 film)


Year Award Category Result Ref
2015 City People Entertainment Awards Yoruba Movie Personality of the year Won
Links and Glitz World Awards Fashion Entrepreneur of The Year Won
2017 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actress in a Lead role –Yoruba Nominated [20]
2018 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Supporting Actress –Yoruba Nominated [21]
2019 Best of Nollywood Awards Nominated [22]

Fashion and style

Mercy Aigbe is known for her unique style and dressing.[23] At the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Mercy Aigbe’s dress earned her great applause from fashion stakeholders, and she trended on social media even after the ceremony.[24] The dress was commended for its unique design.[25] In November 2014, Aigbe launched her clothing store, Mag Divas Boutique in Lagos, then opened another outlet in Ibadan.[26][27] She was awarded Fashion Entrepreneur of The Year at Links and Glitz World Awards.[28][29]

Personal life

Her first marriage ended due to the interference of her mother-in-law.[30] In 2013, Aigbe married a Nigerian hotelier, Lanre Gentry, and has two children.[31][32][33][34] In 2017, she shared photos of herself after allegedly being assaulted by her husband. She consequently separated from her husband due to claims of domestic violence, and started a campaign against it.[35][36][37] Mercy Aigbe acquired a multi-million naira new mansion in 2018.

In 2022, she married Kazim Adeoti, popularly known as Adekaz.

Funke Akindele

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Funke Akindele
Funke Akindele at the 2020 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards
Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde

24 August 1977 (age 45)[1]

Nationality Nigerian
Alma mater
Occupation(s) ActressFilm producer
Years active 1998-present
Political party People’s Democratic party (PDP)

Olufunke Ayotunde Akindele-Bello  (born 24 August 1977) popularly known as Funke Akindele or Jenifa, is a Nigerian film actress, politician and producer. Akindele starred in the sitcom I Need to Know from 1998 to 2002, and in 2009, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She rose to fame for her role in the movie titled Jenifa which earned her the nickname Jenifa. The Omo Ghetto trilogy contributed to her fame. Funke Akindele played the lead role in the show Jenifa’s Diary, for which she was named the Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice AwardsL. Again, at the 2020 and 2022 AMVCA, she took home the same award, making it her third win for the Best Actress in a Comedy category.

In 2022, she was nominated by the People’s Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate, Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, as the running mate for the 2023 Lagos state governorship election.

Early life and education

Akindele was born on 24 August 1977, in IkoroduLagos StateNigeria[14] She is the second of three children (two girls and one boy). Her mother is a medical doctor while her father is a retired school principal.[4][15] She attended Grace Children’s School, Gbagada, Lagos State. She obtained an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication from the former Ogun State Polytechnic, now known as Moshood Abiola Polytechnic. She earned a Law degree from the University of Lagos.[16]


Akindele came into the limelight after starring in the popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-sponsored sitcom I Need to Know, which ran from 1998 to 2002. Funke Akindele played Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent secondary school student. Funke Akindele’s big break came in 2008 when she appeared in the movie Jenifa.

In January 2018, there was a controversy when it was reported that Funke Akindele would get her Hollywood debut in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War as she was listed as a member of the cast on IMDb. Mainstream Nigerian press reported that Jenifa was set to star in Infinity War as the guard Dora Milaje, citing IMDb.  Some weeks later her name was replaced with that of fellow Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji, with Funke Akindele’s upload shown to have been a hack. In February 2018, it was reported that Senate President and chair of the National Assembly, Dr. Bukola Saraki , had advised Marvel Studios to feature Akindele in Infinity War.

In an interview on July 2016, Funke Akindele stated she was acting less in the Yoruba film industry at that time because of piracy. Akindele plays the lead character in the ongoing hit TV show Jenifa’s Diary, alongside Fisayo AjisolaFalzJuliana Olayode, and Aderounmu Adejumoke. The show is a spin-off from the movie Jenifa.[11] The 2018 comedy film Moms at War stars Funke Akindele and Omoni Oboli. In July 2019, Akindele started a new web series, Aiyetoro Town, a spinoff from her popular TV series, Jenifa’s Diary. She is the CEO of Scene One Film Production.

She made her directorial debut in the 2019 political drama film, Your Excellency.

Political career

Akindele was nominated as the Lagos deputy governorship candidate under Peoples Democratic Party (Nigeria) in the upcoming 2023 elections. In justifying her nomination, Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, noted that the actress will add more value to his candidacy in the 2023 general elections. Confirming her deputy governorship candidacy on Tuesday, the actress stated that her acting career must be “necessarily put on hold”.[30][31]

Charity initiative

Akindele runs a non-governmental organization known as the Jenifa Foundation, which aims at providing young people with vocational skills.


Akindele has endorsement deals such as her being signed as an Ambassador to Dettol and Irokotv. In 2018, she was signed as a brand ambassador for Keystone Bank. In November 2019, she signed an endorsement deal with WAW Nigeria, a company that manufactures detergent and bar soap.

Personal life

On 26 May 2012, Funke Akindele married Adeola Kehinde Oloyede. The couple divorced in July 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. Funke Akindele married Nigerian rapper JJC Skillz in London in May 2016. Her pregnancy rumours were among the top searched results on Google search engine in August 2017. Funke Akindele gave birth to twin boys in December 2018 and has several step-children.


In April 2020, Akindele was arrested along with her husband and charged to court for hosting a birthday party in honour of her husband during the period of an imposed lockdown (to tackle coronavirus). She later appeared in a Nigeria Centre for Disease Control video to raise awareness about coronavirus. The actress and her husband were sentenced to a 14-day community service after pleading guilty to violating the lockdown order.

Record holdings

Funke Akindele at 2021 Africa Movie Academy Awards

Her movie Omo Ghetto currently holds the record of becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time in Nigeria, breaking the four-year record of Kemi Adetiba‘s movie titled ‘The Wedding Party‘.

According to a statement, broadcast by the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN), in January 2021, the movie grossed N468,036,300 after maintaining its number one spot for 3 consecutive weeks.


The films of Funke Akindele are listed in alphabetical order:[51]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Work Result Ref
2009 Africa Movie Academy Award Best Actress Leading Role Won
2009 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress Jenifa Won
2010 2010 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role (Yoruba) Oguni Aiku Nominated
2012 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress Troj Won
2012 Nollywood Movies Awards Best Actress (Indigenous) Emi Abata Won
2012 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actress (English) Married but Living Single Nominated
Zulu African Film Academy Awards Best Actress Maami and The Return of Jenifa Won
2013 2013 Nollywood Movies Awards Best Actress (Leading Role) Maami Nominated
Best Actress (Indigenous) Won
2014 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress (Leading Role) Agnetta O’Mpa Won
2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress (Comedy) The Return of Sheri Koko Won
ELOY Awards Brand Ambassador of the Year Omo Won [53]
2016 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress In Comedy Role Jenifa’s Diary Won
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress Series Nominated
Naija FM Awards Sitcom Of The Year Won
Best Actress in Comedy Won
Africa Entertainment Legend Awards Best Actress of the Year Won [54]
2016 Ghana Movies Awards Best Actress Africa Collaboration A Trip to Jamaica Won [55]
2017 2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best TV Series Jenifa’s Diary Won [56]
Best Actress in a Comedy Movie or TV Series Won [57]
A Trip to Jamaica Nominated
2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Lead Actress Won
2020 2020 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress in a comedy Moms At War Won [58]
2021 Net Honours Most Popular Actress Won
Most Searched Actress Nominated
Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Omo Ghetto: The Saga Nominated
2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards Best Actress in A Comedy Won [59][60]
Best Costume Designer Won
Best Movie West Africa Nominated
Best Overall Movie Nominated
Best Television Series Jenifa’s Diary Nominated
Best Africa Magic Original Comedy Series My Siblings & I Nominated
NET Honours Most Popular Actress Won [61]

Iyabo Ojo

Iyabo Ojo
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Alice Iyabo Ogunro

21 December 1977 (age 45)

Alma mater Lagos State Polytechnic
  • Actress
  • Film director
  • Film producer
Years active 1998-present

Alice Iyabo Ojo (Listen) (born 21 December 1977) is a Nigerian film actress,[1]director, and producer.[2][3][4][5] She has featured in over 150 films and has produced more than 14 of her own.[2]

Early life[edit]

Iyabo Ojo was born as Alice Iyabo Ogunro on 21 December 1977 in LagosNigeria, although her father was from AbeokutaOgun State.[6] She was the youngest of three children, having two older brothers.[6]


She went to school in Lagos at National College, Gbagbada, before proceeding to study Estate Management at Lagos State Polytechnic.[7]


Having been involved in a drama group at secondary school, Iyabo Ojo commenced her acting career in 1998. She registered with the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) with the help of Bimbo Akintola, also able to network to other people [8]

Ojo has scripted and featured in several Nigerian films. Her first role was in 1998’s Satanic, an English-language film. In 2002, she made her Yoruba-language debut with Baba Darijinwon.[9] In January 2015, her film Silence, which features Joseph Benjamin Alex UsifoFathia Balogun, and Doris Simeon, premiered at the Silverbird Cinemas, Ikeja, in Lagos.[10][11]

In 2004, Ojo started producing her own films. Her first production was Bolutife, after which she made BofebokoOlolufeEsan and Okunkun Biribiri.[2] She also divorced her husband before her fame started.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Marrying a Lagos-based Clearing Agent in 1999, when she was 21,[13] Iyabo took a break from pursuing her career. She gave birth to a son and then a daughter (born in 1999 and 2001 respectively), namely Felix Ojo and Priscilla Ajoke Ojo, but is now divorced from their father.[14][2][6] She has attributed the breakup of her first marriage to marrying too young.[15] She has spoken of her intention to stop using her former husband’s surname, Ojo.[13]

Pinkies Foundation[edit]

Iyabo Ojo launched her NGO, Pinkies Foundation, which caters to children with special needs and the less privileged, in May 2011. She celebrated the fifth anniversary of the foundation on 1 May 2016 at the R&A City Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.[16]


In April 2021, she strongly condemned fellow actor, Yomi Fabiyi for sympathising with Olanrewaju Omikunle (Baba Ijesha) who was arrested for molesting a minor.[17] On 12 May 2021, she took legal action against Yomi Fabiyi (who had earlier staged a protest requesting the release of Baba Ijesha) for making “defamatory statements” about her.[18][19] Her actions did not go down well with the Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria, (TAMPAN), and they blacklisted her on 28 June 2021.[20] According to, actor Jide Kosoko, speaking for TAMPAN, said that Nollywood filmmakers under the association will stop working with her.[21]

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Satanic (1998)
  • Agogo Ide (1998)
  • Baba Darinjinwon (2002)
  • Okanla (2013)
  • Silence (2015)
  • Beyond Disability (2015)
  • Black Val[22]
  • Arinzo
  • Apo Owo
  • Awusa (2016)
  • Tore Ife (Love)[23]
  • Trust (2016)[23]
  • Ore (2016)
  • Ipadabo (2016)[23]
  • Twisted Twin (2016)
  • Kostrobu (2017)
  • Gone to America (2017)
  • Divorce Not Allowed (2018)
  • The Real Housewives of Lagos (2022)
  • Mama Insurance
  • Beyond Disability (2014)
  • Egun (2007)
  • I believe (2018)
  • Gangan(2016)
  • Thin line (2018)
  • Smash 2018
  • The Alter date (2019)
  • Misquided (2019)
  • Fools’ day (2021)
  • Under the carpet (2021)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award ceremony Category Film Result Ref
2017 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Supporting Actress –Yoruba Gangan Nominated [24]


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