Joke Silva: This veteran actress has come a long way in the movie industry in Nigeria. Mama J, as she is fondly called by the younger generations in the film industry, has created a viable name and brand for herself. She is seen as a role model in Nollywood. Unfortunately, some of those who look up to her don’t follow her good steps. If those who truly see her as a role model imitate her, Nollywood wouldn’t be as scandalous as it is today. However, Joke Silva is a mother figure with a huge influence in the industry. She is very influential to the extent that when things turn upside down, they run to Mama J for advice. And like a true
Ibinabo Fiberesima: Another actress that is very influential in Nollywood is Ibinabo Fiberesima. This ex-beauty queen is presently the President of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN). She is also the first female to occupy that exalted seat. Doing anything in the industry without informing her about it is like a foreign investor coming to Nigeria to set up a refinery without first seeing the President and the Petroleum Minister. Ibinabo wields that kind of big influence in Nollywood and she is mostly involved in matters that concern the industry, especially actors, whose interest she is representing. Some even believe that she has a full grip of Nollywood in her hands. Shortly after she was sworn in as Chairman of AGN, many forces rose against her in order to unseat her, but after spending a year in office, Ibinabo has remained stronger than before. This goes to show the power Ibinabo has in the industry, especially in the politics of AGN.
Stephanie Okereke-Linus: When issues relating to the presidency are being sought, one of the first names that come to the minds amongst the industry stakeholders is that of Stephanie Okereke-Linus. She is regarded by some people as the best route to get to the ‘father through the son’. Nobody in Nollywood ever jokes with Stephanie. Doing so would be to such person’s detriment.
Genevieve Nnaji is another actress that has big influence in the film industry in Nigeria. She is one
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Olu Jacobs is another influential and powerful star in Nollywood. Just like his wife, Joke Silva, Olu Jacobs is a father figure to many Nollywood stars, who run to him when there is storm in the boat. His name also opens doors. The iconic role interpreter is also well respected because he has worked very hard to build a good name for himself. His name is never mentioned in controversial or dirty stories. Olu Jacobs is even respected outside the industry.
Segun Arinze became more powerful and influential during his reign as the President of AGN. Segun has also become politically strong in AGN. When it comes to decision making that concerns the industry, Segun is never found wanting. In fact, he is a key factor in happenings in Nollywood. The veteran actor is not new in the industry. He has seen it all having been in the game for a very long time.
Kanayo O Kanayo KOK, as he is fondly called, is another influential and powerful star in the Nigerian film industry. Some people refer him as a ‘one man Mopol’ because he could singlehandedly pull weight without the backing of others. His link with the Presidency is also working for him. Some months ago, he was one of those that dragged President Goodluck Jonathan to Lagos to have a dinner with the stakeholders in the industry. Also recently, he grabbed an appointment from Jonathan. Stepping on KOK’s legs is like stamping on the tail of a cobra.
Richard Mofe Damijo is another very influential star in Nollywood. Even though he is no more very active in the industry like before, the present Commissioner in Delta State is still a big fish in the movie industry in Nigeria. Whenever there is any problem, many still run to him for help. He knows the right buttons to press to get what he wants. His name alone can withdraw cash from the ‘bank’. His romance with politics has given huge power to his brand.
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