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Best African Actors and African Actresses

The African movie scene is one that has managed to be steadily growing in the last couple of years, not only in Nollywood but also in Kenya movies as well.

African actors are starting to gain more and more recognition and this is also allowing for the industry to experience it’s milestones along the way.  With the rise of these African actors has also seen a need arise for them in the Hollywood industry where both African actresses and African male actors have been recruited and cast in major films and TV shows.


Here are some African actors that have managed to capture audiences.

Nonso Diobi

Naija movies have been a laughing stock for a long time, but their wide audience and money starting to come in has seen the rise of great actors like Nonso Diobi. Just have a look at the trailer above and see what I am talking about.

Nonso Diobi is a very talented and very well profiled African male actor who has managed to feature in over 60 movies in the last 10 years alone. He has been working the Nollywood scene since the early 2000s and he has made his whole life around this industry too.

Genevieve Nnaji


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#Repost @bluepicturesng 𝗥𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮 𝗳𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗲-𝗱𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆. 𝗟𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵, 𝗔𝗱𝗮𝗲𝘇𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗽𝘀 𝘂𝗽 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮 𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗽 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗱𝘂𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗲𝘀 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗱𝗹𝘆 🇳🇬 #𝗟𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗠𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗺𝗮𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗼𝘄 𝗗𝗲𝗰. 𝟮𝟭𝘀𝘁, 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟴 ❤️ 𝗕𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗯𝘆 @bluepicturesng #𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗲𝗽𝗶𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀 #𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗲𝗽𝗶𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗻𝗴 #𝗡𝗼𝗹𝗹𝘆𝘄𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘁𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 #𝗡𝗼𝗹𝗹𝘆𝘄𝗼𝗼𝗱

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Anyone of you who knows the African movie industry surely knows Genevieve.

This African Actress has been here since the dawn of time and she isn’t about to stop appearing on your screens anytime soon at all.

Genevieve Nnaji is in her late 30s and she does not look a day over 30! We don’t know the secret, all we know it that it works very well for her.

Ken Ambani

If there is one Kenyan male actor that manages to steal hearts everytime, it is Ken Ambani. He can be seen locally on Kenyan TV stations on the famous show called Tausi, where he plays a character by the name of Barasa. Ken is an award-winning actor as well on of the spear-headers of the Kenyan movie scene too.

Lupita Nyong’o

Check all of Lupita Nyong’o best scenes from Black Panther in the video above.

Not to be boring, but, Lupita Nyong’o is an African actress who has managed to rise above and make a career for herself in Hollywood.

Lupita Nyong’o went to Yale School of Drama and she came back to Kenya to focus on her career and during this time, she managed to feature in a couple of plays and the most famous show in the Kenya entertainment scene at some point, Lupita was in Shuga one of the best African TV series.

This Kenyan Actress has risen to the top through hard work and determination and with the support of her family members, she’s been able to push harder and get major casting in major movies in Hollywood.

Van Vicker

Van Vicker

Van Vicker is one of the most talented men in the Nollywood and African movie scene by far. His cute and light skin looks really have him in the eyes of the ladies.

Vicker has a Dutch father and his mother has both Liberian and Ghanian blood in her. He started off as a radio presenter and graduated upward to this very popular, very talented African actor.

Nadia Buari


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Hailing from Ghana, Nadia Buari is one of the sexiest African actresses that has ever managed to grace the screens of her viewers. Buari has flawless, smooth skin and she has not bleached to achieve her light skin tone.

Lizz Njagah

Lizz Njagah is one of the pioneers in the Kenyan film industry and she is a stunning beauty as well. She has only managed to get better with age and her skills are still at the same level of perfection that they always were.

Lizz Njagah is engaged to the Director of Jitu Films, Alex Konstantaras, with whom she has borne a beautiful child with.

Brenda Wairimu

When I say exquisite, I mean it. Brenda is one woman who has managed to keep Kenyan men on their toes with her looks. She is a household name and despite being an extreme beauty, Brenda is also a great African actress.

She has featured in Changing Times, a former local Kenyan show where she graced the screens for the first time and with her role in Mali, she quickly turned into a household Kenyan Actress actress after that.

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