A range of actors, both old and new graced our screens with many of them featuring in the year’s biggest blockbusters.
Truth be told, several Nollywood actors delivered impressive performances in their careers.
However, some gave sterling performances for every film they featured in than others.
This list is based on some of their performances in some major movies in 2019/2020.
Richard Mofe Damijo
Film: Love is war
In the upcoming film ‘Love is War’ Richard Mofe Damijo plays the character of Dr. Phillips and a candidate for governorship. Not that fans and movie buffs doubt the acting skill of RMD anymore but his ability to kill all roles is still legendary. ‘Love is War’ tells the story of a loving couple torn apart by their political tendencies. The pair, Dr. and Mrs. Phillips, become sworn rivals after two opposition parties in the state have emerged as flagbearers. A caring and passionate Dr. Phillips unexpectedly becomes cold and desperate to win the election at all costs against his wife even as their family disintegrates by the day.
Film: Living in Bondage: Breaking Free
With few films to his name in 2019, Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah makes the list with a sterling performance in his directorial debut, ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’. One of the highlights for 2019 is Nouah ‘s ability to waltz through his character and leave the audience questioning how he’s held at this stage. The 48-year-old takes on the role of a wealthy and prosperous man, Richard Williams, who also doubles as the chief of an occult community with business chains all over the globe.
Nouah’s decision to play the role of Richard Williams is a no-brainer as he deftly switched from an affluent and world-class billionaire to the spiritual leader of a powerful occult known as ‘The Six’. All through 2019, Ramsey was never found wanting as he remained busy and committed to the art giving laudable performances at every script that had his name on it. He also featured in the sequel to 2018 blockbuster ‘Merry Men’.
Film: Code Wilo
‘Code Wilo,’ a political thriller for 2019, sees Gabriel Afolayan wearing the garment of a cold and deadly villain. Gabriel Afolayan plays the enemy within, as he destroyed the political empire established by Gbenga Titiloye, leaving no trace of it. His resolve to revenge after 25 years views Kalu Ikeagwu as an alibi falling straight into his net. While Kalu Ikeagwu plays the role of a selfish and prodigal son, Gabriel Afolayan, who played the villain ‘s role, has played two roles that have impacted the film’s overall success.
Film: ‘Code Wilo’
Gbenga Titiloye is a darn good actor. He carries himself just the way a role or character expects of him while leaving the audience in awe. For 2019, Titiloye takes on the role of a political godfather in ‘Code Wilo’. Aside from his physical appearance that aptly fits into the role, the tone, and confidence which Titiloye exuded on the set of ‘Code Wilo’ is worth every commendation. Ambition, power, karma are the themes in ‘Code Wilo’ and they come out particularly strong. The character of Gbenga Titiloye’s rise and fall is a modern re-telling of the consequences of unbridled lust for power. It also reveals what happens behind the curtains of politics and how good friends turn enemies over political takes.
Film: The Men’s Club
Music act and star actor, Ayo Ayoola made his impact felt in 2019 with the web series, ‘The Men’s Club’. His acting abilities were further displayed in 2019 with his interpretation of his character in the web series, ‘The Men’s Club’. Though Ayoola’s ability to take up the role of a young Nigerian president and deliver a good performance was his highlight in 2018, his performance as the ‘greedy’ son of a business magnate stood him out in ‘The Men’s Club’. From his looks to his composure, speech delivery and carriage, Ayoola gave one of the best performances of his career so far with his role in ‘The Men’s Club’ episodes in 2019.
Film: Baby Steps
‘Baby Steps’ tells the tale of a casanova waking up one morning and finding a baby outside his house. He has to juggle the job and lifestyle with becoming a father in an emergency. Intrigued by the comedy, Enyinna Nwigwe assumes the role and has persuaded the audience of his ability to deliver. Enyinna ‘s charisma and relationship with the baby in all of the film further makes the script so relatable and believable. What Enyinna ‘s character didn’t know, however, is that the culprit is on a quest to make him a better man, a good father and a decent husband. The film has Enyinna Nwigwe on a different trajectory than the fans are used to doing.
Film: Living in Bondage: Breaking Free
Jide-Kene Achufusi is commonly known as Swanky JKA and never believed his fortunes until the premiere of ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free.’ Swanky JKA takes on the role of Nnamdi Okeke, a young man with a daunting search for real glamor and opulence in the big life. Swanky JKA displayed sheer talent from his stint at the Cubana nightclub trying to live the life of opulence he just dreamed of to the point, reuniting with High Chief Omego. Finding his real father in order to live the good life, falling in love and finding his albatross, Swanky JKA took on the role without hesitation.
Film: ‘Code Wilo’
It’s obvious after his success in 2017 movies, ‘Sergeant Tutu’ and ‘In Line,’ that Uzor Arukwe is ready to take on Nollywood. Playing in ‘Code Wilo’ the proper role of a private investigator and son of a South-South High Chief made Arukwe shine like a bright star in 2019. Arukwe carried on the job so well that hardly any actor seemed to have done justice to it. He also played a role in Vzhun’s debut movie, ‘Kpali,’ where he played a small, but important, role for the film’s success.
Film: MTV Naija Shuga
Yakubu Mohammed’s performances in the film industry in 2019 is worthy of commendation. Part of the force in his performance in Tope Oshin directed ‘MTV Naija Shuga Season 4’ has to do with why this Kannywood star is getting an accolade. We don’t know Yakubu Mohammed, but we do know ‘Yakubu Mohammed.’ And here he is in a new mode: calm and collected young man whose marriage is threatened by his dad for their non-readiness to have children. In the web series as well as other projects like ‘4th Republic,’ he seems to have discovered new ways of doing fear and nervous, not for acting sake, but to serve the mounting desperation of his character.
Blossom Chukwujeku is an experienced actor. When he beautifully walked his part in ‘Joba’ it was a no brainer, adding equal measurements of suspense, mystery and thoughtfulness to the character Biodun Stephens saddled with him. With such self-possession, he takes on the role of leading male character , making every movement and word count. Joba,’ a faith-based film that focussed on a faith of a childless Christian husband. In his marriage to Oreofe Williams all fingers point to him as the cause of childlessness. He must protect his wife on a suicide mission while at the same time trying to keep faith.