Soldiers go, soldiers come but barrack remains unmovable. That is the popular saying that best illustrates the story of this certain set of actresses who are currently in hot demand in the Yoruba speaking part of Nollywood. Though, some of them have been at the top for almost a decade and they have been able to maintain their position, while others joined not quite long ago. However, www.yorubamoviegist.com Contributing Editor, GBOLAHAN ADETAYO presents to you top 10 Yoruba actresses producers are currently crazy about.
For years, this Edo/Delta State-born diva has been at the top. She has always been on top of her game in the industry. In less than 4 years, Fathia Balogun is ranked in between 3 to 5 position in the industry until early this year when she shaded her counterparts to become number one. Then, the position was in between Funke Akindele and Toyin Aimakhu now known as Toyin Abraham. At the moment, Fathia Features more in most productions coming out from the industry, than any other actress.
In 2015, the Ijebu Ayepe, Ogun State-born mother of one worked endlessly to get to the top with a lot of fantastic movies from her stable which include Kokumo, Rihannat, Ajantala(Epic), Oju Apa, Ajiloda, Omo Olufa, Ife Akoko many more. These films, we gathered were produced in 2014 but some of them had to be released in 2015. She became the highest paid actress in the Yoruba movie industry in 2016 jumping from one location to another. In 2016 also, she featured in series of blockbusters including Ade Ori, Saratu, Ipin Aja, Saamu Alajo, Saratu, Omoge Onitiata, Alani Pomolekun, Oyinade, Yara Keta and she emerged Best Yoruba Actress of the Year 2016, an award given to her by a popular celebrity journal in Nigeria. She nearly lost her position in 2017 over unknown reasons. Early this year, she stepped up her game.
Tayo Sobola aka Sotayo is currently in hot demand in the industry. Apart from the fact that her Sotee Entertainment produces blockbuster flicks virtually every 2 months, she has lately be the toast of the industry. Her humility, we learnt has made a lot of her colleagues going for her, especially the directors. When she first joined, the Clean Stiches and Pop It Cosmetics boss debuted with several motivating movies like Bella, Arewa Onijogbo, Oyun, Corper Jide and more which made her an entertainer to reckon with in Nigeria. She is one of the youthful actresses fans want to see before watching any movie now.
When Yewande Adekoya began her acting career in 2002 with Alphabash Music And Theatre Group, nobody foresaw the breakthrough to be this fast until in 2016, when the Journalist turned actress produced her debut production titled “Life Secret”. She began to register her name and face after she produced a movie called Omo Elemosho in 2012. She has since been featuring and producing more hit movies including Iyawo Adedigba, Kudi Klepto, Kuru Kuru and many others. The Ijebu Ososa, Ogun State-born thespian is among the best 10 currently rocking the scenes.
Apart from the fact that she is a queen of fashion on social media, Mercy Aigbe has over the years been a force in the industry. The latest landlady in the industry is also one of the top 10 Yoruba actresses producers are going for now.
How pretty actress, Eniola Ajao find her way into this list is unquestionable, but in case you are still in doubt, I will definitely give you a brief about her rising profile. After her meeting with Odunlade Adekola a few years ago, pretty Eniola Ajao has been in the game, doing her thing slow and steady. The talented actress has been appearing in several movies especially in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Being a producer, Odunlade has been featuring the babe in most of his jobs lately, mainly the ones produced by the students of his theater school. Eniola, who is now a brand ambassador with a sport betting company in Nigeria, is among the young actresses who have hijacked the leadership position from their senior colleagues.
This list will definitely not be completed if the name Jaye Kuti is excluded. The beautiful actress, who hails from Ilaro, Ogun State has lately been playing the role of a mother or a mother in law in most of the films emanating from the industry. She is now taking over the character from the veteran actresses in the industry. This automatically ranks her among the hottest Yoruba actresses.
Another actress who is in the caliber of Jaye Kuti is Ayo Adesanya. She is one popular names in the film industry, known for her talent in both English and Yoruba speaking movie industry. She hails from Ijagun, ijebu in Ogun State. She has lately been participating in several hit movies.
The Ogun State born actress, Ronke Odusanya aka Flakky Iididowo joined Nollywood in the year 2000. She has since been putting in her best to take the Nigerian movie industry to the zenith. Just like, Eniola Ajao, she also features in most of Odunlade Adekola’s productions which has made her one of the best 10 in the industry at the moment.
Jumoke Olamide Odetola, is another actress who has within 2 years become a big brand in Nollywood. After her role in Binta Ofege, she carved a niche for herself. She became a force to reckon with over the night via her dexterity in interpreting her movie roles. The talented actress has been the toast of many movie producers and directors in the industry since she delved into it in 2011.