Top Nollywood Actresses Of 2019

As lead characters, supporting lead or minor roles, these top female actors served us good and laudable performances.

This list is derived from character interpretations, role importance, and significance in movies featured in. These actors deserve worthy mentions and gotten praise from both fans and critics.

Kate Henshaw

A badass in the game will always remain one. Kate Henshaw’s interpretation of her character, Mabel King, in 4th Republic remains her best performance yet. Playing the role of a politician and delivering every bit excellently. Supported by Linda Ejiofor-Sulaiman and directions from Ishaya Bako. Henshaw’s ability to play the lead character, whom the story revolves around, is stupefying, to say the least.

Toyin Abraham

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Toyin Abraham keeps upping her game in every find and in 2019 she had a couple of films where she distinguished herself. Having featured in quite a number of movies this year, none can be compared to her character in ‘Elevator Baby’.  From the dialogue to her body gestures, Abraham exhibited why she’s qualified for this list in ‘Elevator Baby’. Directed by Akay Mason, a pregnant Abraham plays the convincing role of a pregnant woman stuck in an elevator with a young man.

Sola Sobowale

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After her astounding performance in Kemi Adetiba’s King of Boys many would have expected Sola Sobowale to slow down. Not Laburu herself. She keeps waxing stronger. Her stellar performance in Tade Ogidan’s Gold Statue consistently showed compassion mixed with sheer sadness and was laid bare for all to see, markings of a prolific actress.

Adesua Etomi-Wellington

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Adesua Etomi-Wellington always performs brilliantly in every role she is giving and 2019 is no different. Some might call her performances cliche. However, in 2019, we saw her in another light as she unveiled martial arts skills in the movie, ‘Muna’. Adesua’s ability to match her sweet and good looking abilities with a fierce and action-packed fighter is quite commendable.

Dakore Akande

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Watching Dakore Akande in ‘Isoken’ was such a delight, no wonder she won her award for Best Actress at the AMAAs. In ‘The Set Up’, Dakore holds the heart of the movie, as Moturayo dealing with lots of emotions. There is no doubt that even though she took a long hiatus from Nollywood, this gorgeous mother and actress still got it. She definitely has paved a successful career for herself in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

Nancy Isime

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Nancy Isime is not just making her mark as a TV host and presenter but also as an actress. She is arguably the most sort after TV girl of 2019 featuring in at least 8 movies that found their ways to the cinemas in the year. Her roles in almost every movie she featured in are worthy of note. Nancy fits into any role like a second skin and cleverly interprets her lines. Her gaze, dialogue, and body movement are professional.

Bimbo Akintola

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You rarely see Bimbo Akintola in movies but once she takes up a script she performs without hassles. Her performance in Diamond in the Sky showed her fans she could fit into every role. Not only did Akintola command the Yoruba language, but she also infused the attitude, mannerisms and body movement of an uneducated woman, who had cancer without knowing. Directed by Ace Filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, we were reminded why she’s referred to as one of Nigeria’s best.

Funke Akindele-Bello

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Funke Akindele-Bello has managed to convince everyone that she is a versatile actress. Her role in the self-produced, Jenifa Diary has made a huge impact on the audience. Funke’s mastery of her failed diction has also become pertinent in most of her other roles. Her performance in the recently released movie, Your Excellency is a fine comedic form. Directed by Funke Akindele-Bello, the movie is funny and touching, as it shows how politics and social media are shaping Nigerian society in equal measure.

Beverly Naya

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Like some actresses on this list, Beverly Naya featured in few movies but she stood out playing Enyinna Nwigwe’s wife in the Moses Inwang directed film, ‘Cold Feet’. Naya threw herself into the film and her acting promises to keep you at the edge of your seat.

Sharon Ooja

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Following her roles in ‘King Of Boys’, ‘Bling Lagosians’ and a couple of web series, Sharon Ooja scored arguably her best role yet playing the character of Jasmine in the web series, ‘The Men’s Club’. Her character interpretation and on-screen chemistry with co-star, Ayoola Ayolola has been referred to as one of her best performances in the year 2019. ‘Oloture’ produced by Mo Abudu, has Sharon playing they lead and although it has only premiered in festival abroad, the trailer showcases another brilliant performance from this actress.

The performances these actresses have meted out this year have been breathtakingly exciting.

We are looking forward to every bit of magic they create in 2020!