Top African actresses who want to conquer Hollywood

Women have been trailblazers on the African continent in exploiting their talent in the film industry. They have also been Africas ambassadors in Hollywood.

The movie industry on the continent is growing with every passing day and is giving a good competition to the Indian movie industry Bollywood, and the American Hollywood.

Similar to the others even the African movie industry has many actresses that have left people all over the world spellbound. Kisima Music and Film awards, seeks to expose the immense talent existent on the African continent.

Though all the actresses are talented and beautiful there are some that have charmed the world with their natural beauty and are considered to be the most beautiful actresses of Africa.

We look at a few of these rising stars in Hollywood who are making many audiences in the world turn their eyes and heads.

Kenya’s Lupita Nyongo has a perfectly sculpted body and an immensely attractive face. Owing to her stunning looks she has managed to find a place in the covers of various magazines.

Apart from being an actress, Lupita Nyong’o is also a filmmaker and has won lots of accolades because of her great acting ability.

It is movies like Star Wars, Queen of Katwe, Shuga that helped her earn great fame, and the movie 12 Years a Slave even earned her an Oscar nomination. She also managed to take home the award for The Best Supporting Actress.

Lydia Forson is a gorgeous Ghanaian actress, producer, and writer. She has appeared in many movies like Run Baby Run, Hotel St. James, Different Shades of Blue, and so on. This stunning actress won the African Movie Academy Award for the Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2010.

Canadian-born Ghanaian actress Jackie Appiah is another of the most beautiful actresses of Africa. She is one of those beautiful faces that have graced African screens always. Sexy and talented, this beauty queen has appeared in several movies. For her work, she has received several awards and nominations through her career.

Born on February 7, 1978 Omotola Jalade is a gorgeous Nigerian actress. Her fans are crazy about her and call her Omosexy. Not only is she an actress but also a leading singer as well as a philanthropist and has featured in many Nigerian movies.

Born to an American father and Eritrean mother Ella Thomas looks absolutely gorgeous. Be it a small or a big role it is not possible to ignore her. She has played many minor roles in shows like Castle and Parenthood. She also bagged recognizable roles in CSI: NY, 7th Heaven, Entourage, Point of Entry and Las Vegas.

Genevieve. Nnaji is popularly known as the Julia Roberts of Africa and knows how to win her audience’s attention with her perfect and at times seductive moves. Though she is 39, her beautiful body and face make her look much younger. She has won the Africa Movie Academy Award for the Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005 and was the first actress to earn this award.

Ghanaian actress, Yvonne Okoro, i’s one of the most famous actresses in Africa. Okoro received Ghana Movie Awards Best Actress Award in 2010. Also, she was nominated for Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actress twice in a row in 2011 and 2012. In addition, she has received four Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award. And, also was honoured with a Distinguished Achievement Award at the Nigeria Excellence Awards.

Liya Kebede is Ethiopia’s actress who has raised the heartbeats of many. Besides being an actress, she is also a designer, a health advocate, and a fashion model. This makes her one of the most successful and popular celebrities in Africa and the whole world.

Tanzania’s Richa Aidha is a beauty pageant title-holder. She has won Miss Earth Tanzania 2006 and Miss Tanzania 2007. In 2010 she was also chosen to represent Tanzania at Miss India Worldwide pageant.

South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha is the face of world’s renowned brand NEUTROGENA. She is also L’Oreal Paris Hair Advocate.

Ghanaian Nadia Buari is a popular actress of Africa and is known for her humble and shy nature. For her great acting skills, she has received two nominations in the African Movie Academy Awards in 2007 and 2009 for the Best Actress in a Leading Role. She has studied Performing Arts and graduated from the University of Ghana with a BFA degree. She debuted from a TV series called “Games People Play” and her first major movie was “Mummy’s Daughter” after which she bagged a role in “Beyonce: The President’s Daughter”. This role of her as Beyonce was a big breakthrough in her career. She has appeared in over 20 films to date.

Born in Accra, Ghana, Yvonne Nelson is a former Miss Ghana contestant and she debuted in the movie entitled Princess Tyra. She is popular both in the Nigerian and Ghanaian movie industries and has appeared in more than 100 movies.

This gorgeous Tanzanian actress, Elizabeth Michael, has a perfectly sculpted body and an immensely attractive face. Owing to her stunning looks she has managed to find a place in the list of most beautiful actresses of Africa. In addition, she has won the Zanzibar International Film Festival award for Best Actress for “Woman Of Principles”.

Juliet Ibrahim certainly is one of the most beautiful actresses in Ghana. She has the most attractive looking faces in Ghollywood, and her charming, innocent looks can steal anyone’s heart away. Juliet was born in Ghana but is also of Liberian and Lebanese descent. She won the 2010 Ghana Movie Awards for the Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2010.

Charlize Theron is one of the hottest African actresses. She was born in Benoni and is the only child of Charles and Gerda Theron. Charlize has won many awards in her acting career and some of her notable works include Mad Max, Mighty Young Joe, The Devil’s Advocate, Hancock, The Italian Job, and so on.

While each of these women is talented, beautiful and ambitious, Kisima music and Film award aims to unearth more talent on the continent to go and conquer the world.

From December 13th, 2020 when the winner will be picked by a Pan-African panel, new careers will be launched.

By David Okwembah