Top 10 Nigerian celebrities who have refused to grow old

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In Nigeria’s vibrant entertainment industry, Nollywood shines as a beacon of creativity and cultural expression, captivating global audiences with its rich storytelling and talented performers.

Amidst the glamour, however, a select group of celebrities has chosen a less conventional path, eschewing the allure of quick wealth to stay committed to their craft and principles.

This article explores Nollywood celebrities who have remained steadfast in their careers. Let’s delve into the full story.

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1. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

First on our list of Nollywood celebrities who have maintained their timeless appeal is Omotola Jalade Ekeinde. She is a Nigerian actress of Ondo descent, born in Lagos State and raised with her parents and two younger brothers.

Omotola, a mother of four, boasts a diverse background, having excelled as a former model and singer. She also holds the prestigious title of UNWFP ambassador. Her journey in Nollywood began in 1995, marking the start of a prolific career that has seen her appear in over 300 films. Born on February 7, 1978, she continues to defy the passage of time with her enduring beauty, exemplifying ageless elegance.

In her personal life, Omotola finds fulfillment in her marriage to Capt. Matthew Ekeinde, which complements her professional success.

2. Genevieve Nnaji

The timeless screen goddess celebrated her 40th birthday in May and continues to enchant audiences with her enduring charm. Genevieve Nnaji, affectionately known as Genny, began her journey in the spotlight as a child actress on the iconic television soap opera “Ripples” at the tender age of 8. She was born on May 3, 1979.

Transitioning seamlessly into filmmaking, Genevieve has secured significant deals with major players such as the movie streaming giant, Netflix. Beyond her cinematic achievements, she lends her prestigious image as a brand ambassador for various products, featuring prominently in campaigns like the illustrious VLTN. Hailing from Umuebi-Amuzu in Aboh-Mbaise Local Council of Imo State, her roots anchor her amidst her soaring success. Genevieve Nnaji is the second on our list of Nollywood Celebrities Who Refused To Grow Old.

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3. Iyabo Ojo

Alice Iyabo Ojo is a prominent Nigerian film actress, director, and producer renowned for her contributions to the Nollywood film industry. Born on December 21, 1977, in Lagos, Nigeria, she hails from Abeokuta, Ogun State through her father. With a career spanning over 150 films, she has also produced 14 of her own.

In 1999, at the age of 21, Iyabo married a Lagos-based Clearing Agent and temporarily paused her career. During this time, she gave birth to a son, Felix Ojo, followed by a daughter, Priscilla Ajoke Ojo, born in 1999 and 2001 respectively. She is now divorced from their father. Despite being in her late forties, the mother of two maintains a youthful and ageless appearance.

4. Kate Henshaw

The winner of the 2008 Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role was born on July 19, 1971. Known for her dedication to fitness, she has starred in numerous Nigerian movies and consistently maintains a polished appearance. Kate Henshaw, born on July 19, 1971, in Cross River State, Nigeria, is the eldest of four children.

As a mother of one, she seems to have discovered the secret to slowing down the passage of time, gracefully embracing the years with an elegance that defies aging. Like fine wine, she only improves with each passing year, captivating us with her timeless beauty and enduring allure.

5. Richard Mofe-Damijo

Richard Eyimofe Evans Mofe-Damijo, born on July 6, 1961, popularly known as RMD, is the next on the list of Nollywood Celebrities Who Refused To Grow Old. He is a veteran Nigerian actor, writer, producer, lawyer, and former journalist, who also served as Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State in 2009. Born in the Aladja community of Udu Kingdom, Delta State, in the South-South region of Nigeria, RMD remains a prominent figure in Nollywood despite his age.

He retains the same youthful appearance as he did in the late 80s when he starred in the beloved film “Ripples.” While aging is inevitable for everyone, RMD seems to defy the physical aspects of it. This charismatic grandfather continues to inspire not only with his youthful glow but also with his impeccable fashion sense. The award-winning actor continues to captivate us with his grace, charm, and timeless beauty.

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6. Ibinabo Fiberesima

Ibinabo Fiberesima, a prominent figure in Nollywood and former President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, has built a versatile career spanning acting, beauty pageantry, and directing. Born on January 13, 1970, she initially gained fame as a beauty queen before seamlessly transitioning into cinema. Her talent and dedication have garnered her acclaim both on and off the screen.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Fiberesima finds fulfillment in her personal life, enjoying a happy marriage and raising three children. Her journey stands as an inspiration to aspiring actors and filmmakers, illustrating that with passion and perseverance, one can forge a successful and satisfying career in entertainment while nurturing a fulfilling family life.

7. Omoni Oboli

Omoni Oboli, the celebrated Nollywood screen diva, scriptwriter, film director, producer, and digital filmmaker, stands out for her timeless beauty and charisma. A mother of three handsome boys, she studied at the New York Film Academy and has authored numerous screenplays including “The Figurine,” “Anchor Baby,” “Fatal Imagination,” “Being Mrs Elliott,” “The First Lady,” and “Wives on Strike.” Born on April 22, 1978, she is married to Nnamdi Oboli.

8. Nse Ikpe Etim

Award-winning and multi-talented actress Nse Ikpe-Etim hails from Akwa Ibom State and is the eldest of six children. Born on October 21, 1974, she garnered nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 5th and 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards for her performances in “Reloaded” and “Mr. and Mrs.” respectively. She is married to Mr. Clifford Sule and is also the proprietor of the beauty line, Eden’s Theory.

9. Dakore Akande

Dakore Akande, celebrated for her elegance, is a Nigerian actress and ambassador for Amnesty International, Amstel Malta, and Oxfam America. Born on October 14, 1978, in Bayelsa State, Nigeria, she has appeared in numerous blockbuster Nollywood films. Dakore is the sister of actor Timini Egbuson and a graduate of the University of Lagos. She is a proud mother of two beautiful children and is married to Olumide Akande.

10. Shafy Bello-Akinrimisi

The final entry on the list of Nollywood Celebrities Who Refused To Grow Old is Shaffy Bello, the captivating Nigerian actress and singer known for her undeniable charm. Her ageless beauty defies time, and she consistently captivates audiences on both screen and stage. A talented mother of two, Shaffy initially gained prominence in the entertainment industry with her mesmerizing vocals featured in Seyi Sodimu’s 1997 hit song “Love Me, Jeje,” which marked the beginning of her illustrious career in music and acting.

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