African Entertainment: Where are these Nollywood Stars?
Eucharia Anunobi: Eucharia just joined the hit Nigerian TV show, Tinsel. Before joining the Tinsel family, Eucharia was quite preoccupied with her christian life which made her give less to Nollywood. She has also expressed regrets over the actions which led her to become a single mother. She is an Associate Pastor at the Fresh Oil Ministry International Church, in Egbeda Lagos. My favourite Eucharia Anunobi movie would be “Glamour Girls”.
Ndidi Obi: Those eyes don’t lie! I remember her from the movie “Nneka the Pretty Serpent”. Ndidi has a Banking and Finance degree from University of Lagos, Nigeria. She is said to still be active in Nollywood but I will let you decide if you feel the same way too.
Regina Askia: Regina’s marriage hit the rocks a while ago then she went overseas to get a nursing degree. This year (2016), she penned an open letter to President Buhari asking him about the “change” that he promised. Regina on the other hand has made no “change” back to Nollywood.
Emeka Ike: After being silent for a while, Emeka reappeared in the media last month following Ibinabo Fiberesima’s legal battles where he took the mantle from Ibinabo as the Actors Guild Association’s President. Emeka has been married since 2000 to a half-Dutch, half-Nigerian wife and has 2 boys and 1 daughter.
Clarion Chukwura: Clarion bagged the Danny Glover humanitarian award a few days back in the United States for her community work with the less privileged through her Nigerian charity. You should remember that she has a son, Clarence Peters with Shina Peters. Clarion was also married to Mr. Abiola. She later married Femi Oduneye (Femi Egyptian) in 2004 and this year she married (third time) to a US-based man, Anthony Boyd.
Her son, Clarence Peters is a renowned award winning musical director.
Kanayo O. Kanayo: KOK had quite the time with the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. It is no wonder he disappeared from Nollywood.
Hilda Dokubo: Hilda also answered a political call and left Nollywood to serve on Governor Peter Odili’s political team. She has not returned to Nollywood since then.
Ego Boyo: Ego has always had her eyes set on being behind the scenes of Nollywood movie production so when she got her first gig with fellow Producer, Amaka Igwe, she never looked back. She has produced various critically acclaimed movies like: Keeping Faith, To Live Again and 30 days. Do not expect to see her grace your screen as an actress. She prefers being behind the scenes and has an adorable family as well.
Shan George: Shanny (as she is known by some Nigerians) also faced her own share of failed marriages. She has 2 sons, 29 and 27 years. She seems to have this wonderful personality and care-free attitude. I mean, she is always all smiles in every picture and has not aged one bit. I think she would be cool to hang with.
Ann Njemanze: Ann married Segun Arinze in what seemed like a match made in heaven of 2 favourite TV movie stars but the marriage crashed in 2010. She had dropped from the Nollywood scene after a ghastly car crash left her bedridden for 2 years. Her hips were crushed and she had 5 surgeries.
She gave marriage a second chance in 2013 and that is rumoured to be on the rocks now. Today, she has a recurring role on the hit Nigerian TV show, Tinsel.
Franca Brown: Franca was that go-getter Nollywood mother/wife. I loved her roles and I know Nollywood misses her. The 2016 year started terribly for Franca as her housekeeper intentionally set her house on fire in January and blamed in on witchcraft. Franca also supported Goodluck Jonathan with his campaign during the 2015 Presidential elections.
Lilian Bach: A online source said that Lilian is set to feature in Shan George’s new movie titled, “One Good Man”. We do not know if she will hang around after this but we remember her remarkably beautiful face back in the day.
Saint Obi: Saint also dropped from the limelight but his acquisition of a 2014, G65 AMG Mercedes-Benz which cost about N 48 million ($292,000.00) shows that he is not suffering from being away from Nollywood. He is also happily married.
Nkiru Sylvanus: My family gave Nkiru the name “obe akwa” (Igbo name which translates to “someone that cries a lot” because she seemed to pick roles where she was maltreated and she did a very convincing job of CRYING her eyeballs out). She was rumoured to have married Oge Okoye’s ex-husband which she denied. She is also the Director General of Imo Film Academy (IFACA).
Rita Nzelu: Rita Nzelu also relocated to London with her husband and is currently a businesswoman.
Ernest Obi: Ernest got married and dropped from the scenes. But on the side, he was accused by his ex of sexually assaulting their daughter (step-daughter?) some years back. I will encourage you to take that accusation with a pinch of salt.
Tricia Esiegbe-Kerry: Tricia married her husband, Kingsley in 2010 and various interview sources report them as happily married but I am not sure Tricia has made any movie for a while now.
Uche Osotule: Some said that Uche went on to become a movie Producer. She has probably relocated overseas as well. I loved her. I loved the way she interpreted her roles.
Oby Edozie: Oby is “facing her front”, focusing on her family with popular 90s singer, Alex O. They have 2 children.
Liz Benson: Liz married a man of God and in answering God’s call to serve him, Nollywood has not seen much of her but she OWNED Nollywood when she was active. Remember her “switching roles” from a very young woman, to a very old one, to middle-aged. Her eloquence was out of this world.
She was simply amazing and there has been no one like her since she left.
Uche Iwuji: Uche’s woes in her private life seem to have eclipsed her whole essence now. Uche also faced some scandal involving leaked nude pictures. Her marriage to oil and gas mogul Juwon Rasak, owner of ABD Fuels Plc crashed barely 1 year after their nuptials (shortly after her nude pictures were leaked). She has not been active in Nollywood since then.
Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey: Keppy might not have graced the big screen for quite some time now, but he has many projects under his belt which I presume keeps him pretty busy. Last year (2015), it was said that he would play Ebola victim, Patrick Sawyer in the movie “93 days”
Emeka Ossai: We know you are happily married but why are you not active in Nollywood though? It is alleged that Emeka treated his ex-wife, Jennifer Okere (fellow actress, now deceased) badly and the Actors Guild knew about it and started denying him roles after Jennifer died in 1999/2000.
Ernest Azuzu: Ernest suffered a stroke sometime ago. He walks with a limp and rumour has it that he was seen begging for alms at some Lagos shopping malls like “The Palms”.
Richard Mofe Damijo, RMD: Richard also served his state, Delta as a Commissioner for Culture and Tourism and has not returned to Nollywood since. He is also quite the family man. In 2012, RMD had a Twitter war (probably one of the first in Nigeria) with popular blogger, Linda Ikeji. Linda had blogged that RMD’s mansion was worth N250 million and RMD did not hold any punches in hauling insults at Linda. He called her a “nobody” and told her to get a life.