Nollywood may be the mother movie industry in Nigeria but such other smaller industries as Kannywood (Hausa language movie industry) and the Yoruba language movie industry are playing crucial roles in shaping the image of the country’s movie industry at global level. Yoruba language movies have huge followership in Nigeria, with actors and actresses that have become household names based on performances in movies that thrilled the audience.
Many Yoruba actors distinguished themselves in 2018 with outstanding performances that made producers and directors scramble for them. These actors are still very vibrant and are the first you should lookout for in 2019 when it has to do with big screen Yoruba movies.These persons distinguished themselves based on their acting skills and command of the Yoruba language which are partly responsible for their high demand in movies. They always shuttle between various movie locations in Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Ilorin and Osun states
Here’s a list of top 10 hottest Yoruba movie actors and actresses who distinguished themselves in 2018 and will definitely be the delight of the industry in 2019. This list was compiled by pulse.ng. You might have other actors you think should make this list but this compilation is interesting.
Odunlade Adekola distinguished himself in 2018 and was on top of his career bringing his acting prowess to fore.
The actor appeared in over 20 Yoruba movies released in 2018 and three English movies.
Odunlade also won the coveted Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for his role in a Yoruba comedy.
From ‘Iya Alara’ to ‘Iji Laafin’ and ‘The Vendor,’ Odunlade proved his worth in 2018.
Abdulateef Adedimeji was very busy in 2018 with several movies to his credit.
The actor, who is believed to have made fame working with Odunlade Adekola, featured in over 30 movies released in 2018.
From ‘Ayo Ife’ to ‘Ana Mi,’ ‘Ife,’ ‘Ere Mi’ and ‘Komisona’ Adedimeji wowed many of his fans.
Abdulateef also made a big break with an appearance in Kunle Afolayan’s yet-to-be released feature film, ‘Mokalik.’
Wale Akorede is undoubtedly one of the hilarious Yoruba actor that had a fulfilled year on many sets.
The comic actor featured in more than 30 movies released in 2018 and they include ‘Gbekude,’ ‘Arogidigba,’ ‘Ahun,’ ‘Baba Soja,’ ‘Layepe’ and ‘Ile Wa.’
Femi Adebayo made efforts to remain relevant and entertain his numerous fans in 2018 despite his political appointment in the cabinet of the Kwara state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed.
With appearances in more than 15 movies including a cinema film, ‘Heaven on my mind,’ his biggest offering for 2018 was ‘Etiko Onigedu.’
The movie, which was released in two parts was nominated for the AMVCAs and Best Of Nollywood awards.
Femi won himself the award for the best actor in a lead role Yoruba at the BON awards for his role as Etiko in the movie, ‘Etiko Onigedu’ and also an AMVCAs.
The career-driven actress was busy on several movie sets in 2017 and majority of the productions were released in 2017 and 2018.
Toyin was one of the most sought-after Yoruba actresses in 2018 and she had scripts from both the English and Yoruba movie producers.
Some of her efforts in 2018 include many cinema releases including ‘Seven dates and a half’ and ‘Toyin Alakara,’ ‘Ori Olola,’ and ‘Perfect Engagement.’
Jumoke Odetola is without doubt one of the young Yoruba actresses aiming for the zenith of her career.
Jumoke is known to have been in high demand in the last three years.
While she still ranks in the B list of Yoruba movie stars, she is one of the most sought-after actresses.
Her ability to convincingly deliver her roles has been responsible for her rise, which even got nominations at the Africa Movie Viewers Choice Awards.
Her movie, ‘Agbokolori’ was one of the most watched on YouTube in 2018 and trended for over three months.
Mercy Aigbe isn’t just a fashionista and celebrity with endorsement deals, she’s actually one of the Yoruba actresses in ‘hot demand.’
The request for her participation in several movie roles is a public knowledge amongst her colleagues and peers.
According to most of colleagues, Mercy is always ready to give her all to any movie as long as the story resonates with her.
One of her media aides once said Mercy takes her acting career with all seriousness saying it is her call to fame and should never be toyed with.
She featured in movies like ‘Judasi,’ ‘Kostrobu,’ and ‘Judgement.’
Eniola Ajao owes most of her appearances in movie roles to the favour she got in the sight of actor, director and producer, Odunlade Adekola.
In 2018, the actress, who also doubles as a producer featured in over 10 productions one of which was her movie, ‘Iya Alara.’
A former accountant, Eniola has since been in demand after starring in over 15 films directed and produced by Odunlade Adekola.
Her good looks has played a big role in the demand for her appearance for movie roles by movie directors and producers.
She also featured in movies like ‘Igbeyawo afoju,’ ‘Oko Alaya Marun,’ and ‘Iseju Marun’.
Mide Martins Abiodun
Mide Martins, the daughter of Funmi Martins, who died over two decades ago, is also one of the top actresses for 2018.
Married to Afeez Abiodun, Mide is currently on the list of the most sought-after actresses not because she’s the daughter of a late popular actress but because she is one of the darlings of fans and filmmakers on screen and on social media.
Some of her productions for 2018 worth talking about are ‘Koedurowo,’ ‘Ilara Gbona,’ ‘Onikanra,’ and ‘Imu.’
2018 was a beautiful year for Ronke Ojo, who is widely referred to as Ronke Oshodi Oke.
For her main production for the year, Oshodi Oke employed the services of four different directors for her epic movie, ‘Osun Sengese.’
The movie distinguished her and earned her major nominations at the AMVCA 2018 and BON 2018.
The actress also featured in some 2018 released productions like ‘Iyawo Suwenu,’ and ‘Afoju Meta.’ She is a household name in the Yoruba language movie industry.