The Yoruba movie industry can boast of some talented actors and actresses who are making waves but who are not Yoruba by ethnicity, some of them achieved fame through the Yoruba movie industry while some of them feature both in the Yoruba and English sector.
We take a look at 12 hugely popular Yoruba-actors who are not Yoruba by ethnicity.
1. Fathia Balongun
This is one versatile actress in the yoruba movie industry I never knew she is not originally yoruba until I came across her profile online because she has adapted so well.
Fathia is Urhobo from Delta state. She was born on February 1969 at Ukwara, water side local government area of Delta State, southern Nigeria.
2. Toyin Aimakhu
Toyin Aimakhu rose to fame in the past few years but many thought she is from Ibadan but instead she only grew up there.
The 31 year old actress hails from Edo state and born in Auchi.
She obtained a Higher National Diploma certificate in marketing from Ibadan polytechnic same class with Dibie, before she proceeded to Olabisi Onabanjo University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in philosophy
Mercy is from Edo state, she earned a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Lagos in 2001, and joined the industry fully in 2006.
Mercy Aigbe, is married to a Nigerian hotelier and has three children and three stepdaughters.
She is presently one of the most sorted after actresses in Yoruba movie niche.
4. Lilian Bach
The stunning actress is born to a Polish father and a Nigerian mother.
She lived in various parts of the country during her formative years, attending Army Children’s school, Port Harcourt and Idi Araba Secondary School, Lagos.
She briefly majored in Theater arts at the University of Lagos.
5. Kelvin Ikeduba
The actor was born on August 21st, 1976 in Delta state as Kelvin Ngozi Ikeduba.
Kelvin has lived all his life in Lagos, he hails from Delta state and is an Economics graduate from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
His perfect mastery of Igbo, Yoruba and English languages has made him one of the most versatile actors in the Nollywood circuit, being able to fit comfortably well into both Yoruba and English movies.
Clarion Chukura – (born Clara Nneka Oluwatoyin Folashade Chukwurah on the 24th July 1964) is a Nigerian actress and humanitarian.
Chukwura was born as the only daughter in a family of 4.
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She is from Anambra state, popular music video director Clarence Peter is her son. His father is popular fuji musician Shina Peters.
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She attended Primary, Secondary and film schools, Wale Adenuga’s PEFTI, and graduated in 2006.
She was married to Daniel Ademonikan and they have a son together.
8. Rachael Oniga
She made her debut in the yoruba movie industry in the movie owo blow.
Rachael is a Yollywood veteran.
9. Liz DaSilva
She was born in Togo but was brought up in Lagos Island. Both of her parents are Togolese.
10. Rose Odika
11. Regina Chukwu
She entered into the move industry 2003, starting off as a make-up artist, from there her love for acting, script writing and producing saw her produce her first movie Oguso in 2008, followed by Idaro, Akun and Ebolo.
12. Rykardo Agbo