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Top ten young Nollywood actors and actresses to watch out for in the movie industry from 2020

The list of the top-performing young Nigerian actors and actresses in the Nollywood movie industry

After carefully observing the Nigerian movie industry and the performance of new actors in the industry, I have been able to come up with ten young actors. They are going to take the Nollywood wheel sooner or later.

Scanning through the Nollywood film industry from 2010, as a movie lover, you should agree with me when I say it is a no-brainer that it has improved over time. Talking of the quality of the blockbuster movies they make, the budget they spend into making their films, the production, the highly skilled actors and actresses surfacing, and so many points I didn’t highlight. Talking of top movies by Nigerians, I do not even need to dig very deep before getting you to be in my rhythm. Most have seen the magic in films like King of Boys, The Wedding Party, Isoken, Merry Men, Living in Bondage, October 1, Your Excellency, Nimbe, The Delivery Boy, Elevator Baby, and mehn… the list is a very long one. Now, to make such movies, you should consider all they had to put into it: the directors, the whole crew, and the casts.

With this article, I will be discussing ten young and promising actors and actresses I have observed over the years in the Nollywood movie industry that have been doing great and will be doing great in the industry.


1. Timini Egbuson

Timini Egbuson

From Tobi in the Shuga drama series, Mohammed in Skinny Girl in Transit, and Dare Williams in the award-winning Elevator Baby movie. Award-winning actor, Timini Egbuson has shown to be ready for the acting business with his top performances in his past acting roles.

Timini Egbuson is a native of Bayelsa state who was born on June 10, 1987. He is a younger brother to top Nollywood actress Dakore Egbuson-Akande, and has been in the game since 2010, where he featured on M-net's soap opera Tinsel. Timini graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of Lagos. He won the Best Actor in a Drama at the 2020 African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards for his acting role in the Elevator Baby movie.

Timini Egbuson has been a favorite for most Nollywood movie fans, especially the ladies, who won't stop talking about his cuteness. I believe he has what it takes to take the Nollywood film industry to greater heights as he seems to be a very determined young actor. He once said in an interview with The Punch that his motivation was that he feared embarrassing his sister, Dakore.


2. Jemima Osunde

Jemima Osunde

If you thought I would leave out a Physiotherapist on this list, you had better think again. Jemima Osunde, who graduated with a degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Lagos, has been one of the new big guns in the Nollywood movie industry. She is well-known for her role as Leila in the MTV television series Shuga.

Jemima has made appearances in movies such as 'My Wife & I' in 2017, where she played the Ireti Akinyele character, The Delivery Boy in 2018, as Nkem, New Money (2018) as Toun, and as Adaeze in the 2018 Lionheart movie. Jemima was nominated as the Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 15th Africa Movie Academy Awards for her role in The Delivery Boy movie in 2018.

Jemima Osunde has dealt with every role given to her as a Nollywood movie actress and does seem to have what it takes to dominate the Nigerian movie industry.


3. Tomiwa Tegbe

Tomiwa Tegbe

Is the MTV Shuga television series like an academy for young actors? Because we just got to number three on my list and the TV series already produced three actors, wow.

So, who is Tomiwa Tegbe? Tomiwa is a young Nigerian actor from Ibadan, Oyo state. He is a graduate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), where he finished with a BSc in the Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology. Tomiwa started acting in 2011 and has made notable appearances in popular films like MTV Shuga, Kasala, Kasanova, Psycho, Ehis Bitters, On the Real, amongst others.

A promising actor indeed, who is more intelligent than the characters he plays in his movies, looks to be determined for the campaign to rule the Nollywood film industry.


4. Ini Dima-Okojie

Ini Dima-Okojie

Looking for an actress with the killing styles, you just found a very great match. Ini Dima-Okojie, a native of Edo state who was born and raised in Lagos on June 24, 1990, is a Nigerian actress with a degree in International Relations from Covenant University.

Like Timini playing the role of Mohammed in the 'Skinny Girl in Transit' drama series, Ini Dima-Okojie also plays the Hadiza character in the drama series. She is also famous for her roles in films like 'It's Her Day' movie in 2016, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (2017), Sylvia in 2018, Kpali movie in 2019, Who’s The Boss (2020), and also Your Excellency in 2019. She plays the lead role in the much anticipated Nigerian-Indian Namaste Wahala movie.


5. Denola Grey

Denola Grey

Nobody, absolutely nobody, can beat Denola Grey’s fashion sense in the modern ages Nigeria. Denola Adepetun, popularly known as Denola Grey, is a Nigerian actor, fashion consultant, writer, and an on-air multimedia personality.

Denola Grey holds a bachelor’s degree in Media Business from Baylor University. He made his first appearance in acting in the EbonyLife TV Castle and Castle TV series, where he worked alongside Richard Mofe-Damijo, Dakore Egbuson, and Eku Edewor. He also plays a role in the upcoming time travel thriller movie titled DOD.


6. Sharon Ooja

Sharon Ooja

An indigene of Benue state, born in Kaduna state, and bred in Plateau state, Sharon Ooja is a Nigerian actress popularly known for her role as Shalewa in the Skinny Girl in Transit web series. She was born on April 6, 1991, and currently has a degree in Mass Communication from the Houdegbe North American University in Cotonou, Benin Republic, what a traveler she is.

Apart from playing the role of Shalewa in Ndani TV SGIT web series, Sharon has also appeared to portray characters like Amaka in the King of Boys movie by Kemi Adetiba, the class teacher in Omoni Oboli’s Moms at War, Tokunbo in the Bling Lagosians movie, amongst other films the young actress has featured.


7. Abayomi Alvin

Abayomi Alvin

Playing Ebisinde in the MTV Shuga series, Alvin Abayomi has shown himself to be a very talented actor. Abayomi is a Nigerian actor who hails from Ekiti State. He attended Obafemi Awolowo University, where he got a degree in Sociology and Anthropology.

Indeed, an up-and-coming and highly creative actor as Abayomi Alvin has received a good number of honors for his acting. He is popularly known for the roles he played in movies like Isoken, Moms at War, Kasanova, MTV Shuga Naija, and May 29.


8. Anto Lecky

Anto Lecky

Munirat Antoinette Lecky is a former Big Brother Naija housemate and also a Nigerian actress. Born and raised in the US, Anto Lecky came back settling in Nigeria. The ex BBNaija housemate owns two Masters’ Degrees, one in Business Administration from North Carolina and the other in Sports Business Management.

Anto Lecky made her debut appearance on set for the May 29 movie. She also played a role in Samuel Olatunji’s Dear Affy movie. At her young age, she seems very determined, and she has a lot to show in the Nollywood film industry.


9. Samuel Perry (Broda Shaggi)

Broda Shaggi


What is Broda Shaggi not capable of doing? He sings, he acts, and he makes people laugh… how more creative could the young man get?

Samuel A. Perry is popularly known as 'Broda Shaggi’ and sometimes as ‘Fine Boy Agbero,' is a Nigerian creative born in Ogun state on July 6, 1988. He is popularly known for his comedy series, which is very popular across all social media platforms. He also picks up the role of an actor and sometimes a singer as the situation might call. He has made appearances in movies like Nimbe, Elevator Baby, and is together with Toyin Abraham lead acting in the upcoming Fate of Alakada film. Broda Shaggi is a very hardworking actor and, with his talents, can achieve a lot in the future of the Nigerian film industry.

Before you think of hitting me, you should remember that I am just a writer and not a "Fine Boy Agbero,” so let’s reserve that energy for the likes and the comments at the end of this post.


10. Ruby Akubueze

Ruby Akubueze

Another product of MTV Shuga Naija series, Ruby Akubueze makes her way into this list. Ruby Akubueze is a young and promising Nigerian actress who was born in 1998. She studies Theatre Arts at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and known to be a voice-over artist and a singer.

Chinaza Ruby Akubueze is popularly known for her acts as Frances in the MTV Shuga series and Ini in the Kasanova movie in 2019, amongst other acting roles she has played. She is a talented and creative young aged actress who is preparing to pull some crucial strings in the Nollywood movie industry.


So, here I have my list if there is anyone you think I missed out, do well to point them out by using the comment box below.




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Abigaila Akorede @abigaila_akorede - 03 Aug, 20


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Kolade Oni @kolade_oni - 02 Aug, 20

Good one

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Lawal Mariam @lawal_mariam - 29 Jul, 20

But have not seen Anto in any movie

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Oshoko OluwaBukunmi @Ayo - 29 Jul, 20

Fantastic list. I've got my eyes set on them

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Ibraheem Adebisi @realh_max - 28 Jul, 20

Olumide Oworu from The Johnsons should be an addition to the list. 🤔

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Ibraheem Adebisi @realh_max - 28 Jul, 20

He is also casted in the upcoming DOD movie. @Temiloluwa


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