The movie industry in Nigeria has grown huge across the world with increasing audiences. Yoruba language movies have contributed immensely in making Nigeria’s movie industry (called Nollywood), popular and of great reckoning. Several talented actors and actresses feature in Yoruba language movies but a number of them have pretty looks which contribute in distinguishing them among other talents in the industry. Here’s a list of top 15 hottest and most beautiful Yoruba actresses in Nigeria who combine both talent and beauty to distinguish themselves in big screen movies. This list is definitely not exhaustive but it is a good effort at spotting out talented queens excelling in Yoruba movie and other Nollywood films.
20. Bukunmi Oluwasina
Bukunmi Oluwasina is a Nigerian actress, movie producer, singer, musician, playwright, and model. She is the third in a family of seven. She is a native of Ekiti state (Oke-Imesi). Bukunmi studied Theatre Arts at Obafemi Awolowo University. She produced one of the most trending movies titled Ayomi (My joy). The movie was shot in July 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria, and officially released into the market on the 21st of September 2015. This movie brought her to limelight after its popularity and demand grew in the industry. Bukunmi is one of the emerging big names in the Yoruba movie industry in Nigeria.
19. Adebimpe Oyebade
Adebimpe Oyebade was born in Ijero Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. This talented actress studied English at Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti. She is very popular in the Yoruba movie industry for her ability to interpret roles effectively. Among numerous movies she has featured in, she is popular for playing for “onikede”, a lead role in a movie entitled in a movie titled “Agbede Meji” which was produced by Yomi Fabiyi. Adebimpe is an inspiration to young girls who wish to pursue a career in the movie industry.
18. Biola Adebayo
Biola Adebayo is a producer and actress. She is among the prettiest and popular actresses in the Yoruba movie industry. She began her acting in 2002 when she first featured in an English movie before moving into the Yoruba movie industry where she rose to limelight. Biola had her primary and secondary education in Lagos and in the North, She also has a first and second degree from the University of Lagos. The movie that brought her to limelight was Eyin-Oka which was released in 2004. She has produced five movies. Their titles are March 15th, (in 2008), Jokotolo (in 2016), Two Weeks (in 2016), Sixteen (in 2017) and One Hour (in 2018).
17. Olaitan Ogungbile
Olaitan Ogungbile is popularly called ‘Olaitan Sugar’ by fans and colleagues in the industry. She hails from Ife Odan, in Ejigbo Local Government Area of Osun State. She is a movie producer, actress and model. Olaitan studied Botany at Obafemi Awolowo University. She began her acting career in 2008 when she joined Muyiwa Ademola Authentic School of Drama. She got her nickname “Olaitan Sugar” after playing a lead role in a movie entitled “Sugar” which was produced by Sunny Ali. She has starred in several other movies among which are Aye, Onawura, Ati Juwi, Eyinju Eledumare, and Laye Lorun. She has been nominated for various awards, and has also won a number of them. She won ‘Best Actress of the Year’ at Scream awards, and in 2016 she won an indigenous award for most beautiful Yoruba actress.
16. Adunni Ade
Adunni Ade (real name Adunni Adewale) was born to an American/German mother and a Nigerian Father in Queens, New York. She is a model and talented actress. After her primary education at Chrisland School, Ikeja, Lagos State, she went to Bells Secondary School in Ota before moving to America, where she studied accounting at the University of Kentucky. While in the US, Adunni did a little bit of modeling before returning to Nigeria to make her debut into the entertainment industry in 2013. She began by uploading her short comedy sketches online before she was spotted by Nigerian film makers who saw a promising talent in her. The first movie she was featured in was “You or I”, which was produced by Saheed Balogun. From then she began to soar in rating and popularity in the Nollywood industry before growing into a household brand.
15. Eniola Ajao
Eniola Ajao hails from Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State. She and her twin sister are the youngest in a family of family. Eniola attended Saint Michael’s Anglican Primary School, in Epe, after which she went to Army Secondary School, also located in Epe. She later bagged an OND in Accounting at Yaba College of Technology before she moved to the University of Lagos where she obtained a BSc in Accounting. Eniola is one of the very popular faces in the Yoruba movie industry. She began her acting career in 2004 when she featured in her first movie Igba Aimo. She has since grown in the industry and has taken part in other productions among which are Eniola, Alani Pamolekun, Eri Oni, Ojo Keta, Kara, Pepeye Meje, and Daramola.
14. Miriam Akande
Miriam Akande is an actress, writer and producer. She is popularly known by fans and friends as Omo VC. Her cute looks are among her distinguishing features while expressing talent on big screen movies. Her lead role in the movie entitled Miriam which was released in 2019 further contributed immensely in improving her rating in the industry.
13. Bukunmi Oluwasina
Bukunmi Oluwasina is a fast rising talented actress, movie producer, singer, musician, playwright, and model. She is a native of Ekiti state (Oke-Imesi). Bukunmi graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University where she studied Theatre Arts. Bukunmi launched herself into the movie industry with a film entitled Ayomi which she produced in 2014. The movie won many awards and got a number of nominations including the 2015 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards in the Best Indigenous Movie (Yoruba), the Best of Nollywood Awards (BON Awards), MAYA Awards, and ACI Awards. She is also known to feature in many Nollywood movies including Excursion, Modebi Olami, Eniitan, Test, and so on. Bukunmi Oluwashina is known to play mostly passionate and emotional roles. She has grown huge in the industry to become a household name today.
12. Tayo Sobola
Tayo Sobola is a high-profile Yoruba movie star. She is opularly called Sotayo. Her stunning looks show that she is one of the hottest and the most-talked about babes in the Yoruba movie industry. The sexy actress began her illustrious career as a model/video vixen before moving into acting. She has since become a force to reckon with in Nollywood and a household name among fans of the industry.
11. Bidemi Kosoko
You may say acting in in the blood and be right when it comes to Bidemi Kosoko. She is one of the two daughters of veteran actor Jide Kosoko who are excelling in Nollywood. Bidemi’s sister, Shola Kosoko, is also shining in Nollywood as an actress and producer. Bidemi is a stylish actress that is a household name among movie lovers in Nigeria. She plays Jumoke in Glo sponsored TV series Professor Johnbull and is also the CEO of Splinterz Beauty World. Bidemi is truly a multi-talented queen in the Nollywood industry who is also an inspiration to young girls in the country.
10. Habibat Jinad
Habibat Jinad has a gorgeous appearance which reflects on her role interpretation in movies. This unique feature has brought her a lot of fans and admirers.
Her career as an actress took off in 2008, and since then she has featured in a lot of big screen Yoruba movies and English language Nollywood films. She is also said to be among the top paid actresses in Nigeria. She is also a model and an inspiration to young girls who wish to take go into acting as a career.
9. Doris Simeon
Doris Simeon is an award-winning Yoruba movie actress you should always watch her movies. Her pretty looks which she combines with her exceptional role interpretation in movies combine to distinguish her in the industry. She was born in Lagos and studied Production Management in PEFT Institute. She has featured in more than 100 movies, all of which are worth watching. Doris Simeon is a good role model for her fans, many of whom love her acting abilities, carriage and good looks.
8. Mide Funmi Martins Abiodun
Mide Abiodun is the daughter of a famous actress, who apparently was destined to carry on the legacy of her mother.
Just like her mother, she is one of the most prominent and beautiful Nollywood actresses. This lady is happily married to an actor Afeez Abiodun, with whom she has two children.
Despite being a family person, she finds enough time to act in movies, appear in public events and look stunning. She is also a creative script writer.
7. Biodun Okeowo
Biodun Okeowo is a charming actress that has won a lot of awards for her talent, including Global Excellence Award. She is extremely hard-working and always takes good care of her looks. Her exceptional talent in acting has made her a household name among Yoruba movie lovers.
6. Tope Osoba
Tope Osoba was born in Ogun State. She has pretty looks which she combines with her acting abilities to stun the audience in big screen Yoruba movies. Her career started in 2005, and some of her most famous movies are “Gucci Girls”, “Oga Sailor”, and “Igboro Ti Daru.” Today, Tope is a household name among fans of Yoruba movies.
5. Liz Dasilva
Another actress who got famous for starring in Yoruba movies is Liz Dasilva. She got into the acting industry in 2004.
Some of the works she got famous for are “Mama Insurance” and “Wakati Meta”.
Apart from acting, she hosts the annual Ankara Ball which is a well-known fashion event in Nigeria, which showcases the African culture.
4. Iyabo Ojo
Iyabo Ojo is an actress, director and producer, with passion and love for the movie industry.
She starred in her first movie in 1998. Since then, she has featured in more than 150 Nigerian films. She is a mother of two beautiful children, a son and a daughter, who were born in 1999 and 2001.
Some of her best works are “Ikeja” and “Baba Darijinwon”.
3. Toyin Aimakhu Abraham
Toyin Aimakhu, now known as Toyin Abraham, has gorgeous looks and respectable acting skills. She always does everything with passion and has a smile on her face most of the time.
Her fashion choices always attract the attention of media and fans, and she enjoys experimenting with her image.
She was born in Edo State and studied Marketing at the Ibadan Polytechnic. Her acting career began in 2003, and since then her life has been playing different roles in Yoruba movies and receiving awards for her talent.
2. Mosun Filani
Mosun Filani is known for her beautiful smile and attractive curvy body, as well as her outstanding acting skills. She was born in Ekiti State. Even though she received a degree in Business Administration, she went on to become an actress.
She received various awards for her movies. She’s married to Kayode Oduoye, who is a lawyer and politician, and has two kids with him.
1. Mercy Aigbe
Mercy Aigbe is a popular name in the entertainment industry in Nigeria. Born in Edo State, Mercy is a graduate of Theater and graduated from the Arts from the University of Lagos. She is also a fashion icon in Nigeria, and owns a fashion store. She once received “Fashion of the Year” award for her contributions to the fashion industry.
What is your opinion on this list? We know there are so many pretty Yoruba actresses but this ones are fancied to be standout beauties. Do you think any name is missing here? Maybe someone that just got into the industry you think should be added to this list.