The entertainment industry in Africa has captured worldwide attention with its rich culture, quirky stories, unique music and fierce women. In recent years, many artists from the continent have risen in prominence and popularity, showcasing Africa as a cultural hub to be reckoned with.
There are so many talented young Africans in the entertainment industry. We can’t name them all, which is why we’ve highlighted just 3 fierce women from the African entertainment world who are making their mark in Africa and abroad.
TOLULOPE “TOOLZ” ONIRU
Nigerian Tolulope “Toolz” Oniru is a successful media businesswoman who nearly lost herself in the medical field but realized it wasn’t for her after a year of studying chemistry. She then changed course to study commerce and communications at the University of Westminster. She then worked in sales for about eight months before landing a job that would ignite her passion for entertainment at MTV Networks Europe.
She then joined the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, but her thirst for new challenges and adventures brought her back to her home country of Nigeria, and she settled in Lagos in mid-2008. It was there that an acquaintance told her that she was going to audition at one of Nigeria’s leading urban radio stations, The Beat 99.9FM. She passed the audition and got a weekly slot. She quickly rose through the ranks and now hosts her own radio show called “The Midday Show with Toolz”, and is considered one of Nigeria’s most popular media personalities.
Apart from his radio work, Toolz also contributes to the official MTV base Naija Top 10 show and was twice a judge for the Channel O Music Video Awards.
She has also won numerous awards, including “Radio Presenter of the Year” at the Nigerian Broadcasters Awards in 2010, and “Media Personality of the Year” at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards. Toolz is one of the fiercest women in African entertainment.
Joselyn Canfor Dumas is a Ghanaian entertainment star who rose to prominence after being featured in a movie called Perfect Picture and being recruited by one of Ghana’s biggest TV stations to host its first flagship in-house talk show titled The One Show, which aired from 2010 to 2014. Joselyn currently hosts her own popular TV talk show, At Home With Joselyn Dumas, where she interviews celebrities from the comfort of her own home.
She has had a successful film career, with notable films such as Adams Apples (which earned her a nomination for “Best Actress in a Leading Role” alongside Hollywood actress Kimberly Elise at the 2011 Ghana Movie Awards), Love or Something Like That (co-produced by his production company, Virgo Sun Company Limited), A Northern Affair and a series called Lekki Wives.
Joselyn also co-produced one of Ghana’s most prestigious beauty pageants, Miss Malaika Ghana, from 2008 to 2010.
His passion for giving back to society led to the creation of the Joselyn Canfor-Dumas Foundation, which responds to the needs of vulnerable children in Ghana.
She has won numerous awards including “Best Instagram Page” at the 2015 Blog Ghana Awards, “Best Actress” at the 2015 GN Bank Awards and “Outstanding Personality in Creative Entrepreneurship” at the 2014 All Africa Media Networks Awards.
OMOTOLA JALADE EKEINDE
Dubbed the “Queen of Nollywood”, Omotola Ekeinde is one of the most famous actresses in the Nigerian film industry, with around 300 films to her credit. Omotola was also named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time Magazine.
Omotola started working as a model at the age of 15, when she lost her father and had to support her family. Two years later, she made her film debut with a leading role in the film “Venom of Justice”. Her performance in the lead role of the popular film “Mortal Inheritance” won her the prestigious 1996/97 Thema Awards for Best Actress in an English Speaking Role and Best Actress Overall. This has only catapulted her career into one of Nollywood’s most sought-after actresses, starring in top films such as Lost Kingdom 2 and Kosorugun 2, and winning awards such as a Grand Achiever Award. at the Global Excellence Recognition Awards in 2004.
As a musician, she released her first album titled “GBA” in 2005, followed by her second album titled “Me, Myself, and Eyes”. She has collaborated with top international songwriters such as Drumma Boy and Jon Jon Traxx, and has also worked with R&B artist Bobby Valentino.
As a staunch human rights activist, Omotola’s philanthropic efforts are centered on her NGO “Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme”, which brings together thousands of young people for empowerment marches and conventions each year. In 2005, she became an ambassador for the United Nations World Food Program and, in 2011, an activist for Amnesty International. One of his most recent campaigns calls on the government and oil companies to clean up the Niger Delta.
Nicknamed “Omosexy” by her husband Matthew Ekeinde, she has a teenage son who is quickly becoming known as one of the youngest music producers in Africa.
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