One unique feature about the industry is the way practitioner acquire monikers by just playing a particular role which will leave memorable moments in the minds of movie lovers. Over the years, Nollywood stars have left movie lovers with fond memories as the industry grows.
One unique feature about the industry is the way practitioners acquire monikers by just playing a particular role which will leave memorable moments in the minds of movie lovers.
TrueCelebmedia brings you some popular Nollywood stars that have become synonymous for a particular role that has in turn given them monikers/nicknames.
Ann Njemanze (Domitila)
Ann Njemanze became a household name after starring as the lead actress in the 1996 blockbuster Domitila. The character, Domitila, played by Njemanze became a moniker fans and even industry watchers refer to her.
Ronke Odusanya (Flakky Ididowo)
Bosomy actress, Ronke Odusanya was relatively known even after
starring in a movie with late Francis Agu in early 2000s. However, luck
smiled on her after she starred in few Yoruba movies and caught the
attention of Fathia Balogun, who casted her for the lead role of Folake
in the flick Flakky Ididowo. The character has since remained her
moniker in the industry.
Susan Patrick (Sakobi)
her entrance in the late 90s but her fame shot to high heaves after
she played the role of a snake girl in the movie Sakobi. Produced by
Zeb Ejiro, the Akwa Ibom State indigene will for a long time be
remembered as Sakobi, a decade after the movie hit the public glare.
Olaniyi Afonja (Sanyeri)
Olaniyi Afonja had remained in Oyo State, where he had been an
apprentice under his boss and head of a theatre group. He however
found his way to Lagos and began going to movie locations where he
found himself mini roles. He was known as Sanyeri and the name stuck
with him without relevance until he made his big break few years
back. The moniker has since become his second name.
Ronke Ojo Anthony (Ronke Oshodi Oke)
under the tutorship of Fadeyi Oloro but became a household name after
starring in a movie entitled Oshodi Oke. She played the character of a
bosomy lady in the movie and because she had remained bosomy, the
name, Oshodi Oke, had stuck to her like a second skin.
Toyin Afolayan (Lola Idije)
Toyin Afolayan remains one of the Nollywood stars to get a moniker
that has stuck with her after playing a movie character. The name
Lola Idije came to be after Toyin starred in an Alade Aromire movie
where she played the role of a promiscuous lady, who was referred to
as Lola Idije.
Basorge Tariah Jr. (Do Good)
many know that his new TV series, Do Good, was actually borne out of
his character in the popular TV soap, Palace, which was produced and
directed by Ralph Nwadike and Tunji Bamishigbin. Many still refer to
the comedian, rapper and actor as Do Good.
Funlola Aofiyebi Raimi (Eniola Baker)
Mention the name Eniola Baker and Tinsel actress, Funlola Aofiyebi
Raimi will reply with a warm smile that leaves her with fond memories
of her role as the daughter of Chief Bakers in the rested TV soap,
Palace. She’s still referred to that name by lovers of the rested soap.
Toyin Adegbola (Asewo To Re Mecca)
Toyin Adegbola became one of the most sought after actress in
Nollywood after she appeared in a Yoruba flick entitled Asewo To Re
Mecca. She starred as the lead actress in the movie, which narrated the
life of a prostitute that turned a new leaf and went on the Muslim
pilgrimage. She is still referred to as Asewo To Re Mecca by many.
Hafiz Oyetoro (Saka)
At the mention of the name Saka, lovers of Nigeria TV ads and movies
will reel out laughing as his moniker has since become a household
name. However, only a few knows that Hafiz Oyetoro got his moniker
from his role as Simply Saka in a Greg Odutayo produced sitcom, House
Sam Dede (Isakaba)
Sam Dede had always been a popular face in the movie industry but his
fame and a moniker was added to his personality after he took up the
lead role in the movie Isakaba. Many of his fans fondly remember him
as the leader of Isakaba group.
Funke Akindele (Jenifa)
When Funke Akindele got into the Nigerian movie industry, she was well
known for her role as the nosy young girl in the series, I Need To Know.
However, her fame and an additional moniker was to join her after she
starred and co-produced the award winning blockbuster, Jenifa. Not did
Funke only made money, fame and name for herself but also got herself
an evergreen moniker, Jenifa.
Eniola Badmus (Gbogbo Big Girls)
Just as Funke Akindele made name, money and fame for herself with
the production of Jenifa, so also did the moniker, Gbogbo Big Girls
stuck on Eniola Badmus, who also starred in the movie alongside Ireti
Osayemi, Ronke Odusanya, Iyabo Ojo and Bimbo Thomas.
Razaq Olayiwola (Ojopagogo)
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For lovers of movies rendered in Yoruba language, the name Ojopagogo is
not only a moniker that has become popular in the movie industry but
one synonymous with the son-in-law to late movie maker cum actor,
Ade Afolayan aka Ade Love. Born Razaq Olayiwola, the actor got his
moniker after playing the role of an elderly man in a movie many years
Taiwo Hassan (Ogogo)
Taiwo Hassan is one of the famous actors in Nollywood as a whole.
Aside for his popularity in the Yoruba race, where his movies are
mostly admired, his moniker – which was gotten from a character he
once played – has become a household name in the country. At the
mention of Ogogo, the dark skinned and mettle man readily comes to
Bimpe Adekola (Ireti)
Late movie actress, Bimpe Adekola’s name might not ring bell a decade
after her death but at the mention of Ireti, memories of her acting
prowess and characters she had played readily comes to mind. She
became popular with the role of Ireti and also adhered to the moniker
all through her life and career.
Alex Usifo (Abass Omiagbo)
Brilliant actor, Alex Usifo has remained a spectacular actor from the
late 80s when he became popular for his stern looking roles. He,
however, joined the long list of actors that got their monikers from a
role they played in a movie or soap opera. For Usifo, he is known by
many as Abass Omiagbo, the role he played and which also earned his
undoubted fame in the TV soap, Ripples.
Babatunde Omidina (Babasuwe)
Only a handful of fans and movie lovers know the origin of Babtunde
Omidina’s moniker, Babasuwe. Unknown to many, the moniker, like many
of his colleagues, stuck to him like a second skin after he played the
role of a father to his first wife, who was named Suwe in the TV
series entitled Erinkeke. As Suwe’s father, Omidina was often referred
to as Baba Suwe (Suwe’s dad) and the name has became his moniker,
which he can’t afford to change.
Bolaji Amusan (Mr Latin)
Bolaji Amusan was just one of the regular actors from Abeokuta until
he was able to breakthrough into the mainstream after many viewers
got tired of BabaSuwe’s comedy style. With the role as Mr Latin in a
Yoruba flick, Amusan quickly rose to one of the well loved comic acts
Ishola Durojaiye (Alasari)
Just like Mr. Latin, the late Ishola Durojaiye also got himself a
moniker after playing the role of a herbalist in a movie with the
name, Alasari. His brilliance earned him a face and the name ultimately
became his moniker.
Kabirat Kafidipe (Araparegangan)
Revered Nigerian filmmaker, Tunde Kelani is known to have been original
when casting individuals and names for his movies and when Kabirat
Kafidipe was casted as Araparegangan in the hit movie, Saworo Ide, it
instantly became a moniker to refer the actress with by fans and even
Kunle Afolayan (Aresejabata)
Until his rise to fame and fortune, many referred to Kunle Afolayan as
Arese or Aresejabata, which was the role he played in Tunde Kelani’s
movie, Saworo Ide.
Adekola Tijani (Kamilu Kompo)
Adekola Tijani rose to fame simultaneously with his buddy, Olaniyi
Afonja aka Sanyeri. But while Sanyeri stuck with Adonja, it took
Adekola a self produced flick entitled Kamilu Kompo to earn himself a
moniker that will stick with him throughtout the entirety of his
career. He’s widely referred to as Kamilu Kompo.
Fausat Balogun (Madam Saje)
Fausat Balogun recently celebrated her 40th year as an actress but only
few know why or how she earned her moniker, Madam Saje. Balogun
was one of the cast of Babatunde Omidina aka Babasuwe’s popular
series, Erinkeke and she played the character of a society woman, who
has a permanent style of headger known as Saje. In the series, she was
fondly referred to as Madam Saje and long after the series ended, she
remained Madam Saje to fans, family and lovers.
Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme aka aki and pawpaw.
Not mant know them as Ikedieze and Osita, due to their breakthrough back in 2003 in the film aki and pawpaw, playing the role of a stubborn and naughty children, since then they were known with the name and their roles.
Adebayo Salami aka Oga Bello.
The veteran actor is one of Nigerians popular and consistent actor, since way back in 1964, he gained the popular name oga bello in the movie titled half and hour, and ever since then he has been consistently involved in many movies and known with the name.
Folashade Omoniyi-Adewale aka Lepa shandi.
One of yoruba actress most popular name, lepa shadi, got her nickname in the movie lepa shady which she played the leading role. Shes been known and popular with the name, in which most slim ladies were refers to as lepa shandy.