Arguably, Africans are making it big in the entertainment industry. The continent has birthed many talented and international personalities in the industry. Some of these African celebrities are indispensable in Hollywood and other international industries today while many are in their local industry and representing excellently internationally. Talent knows no gender nor skin colour and therefore, no one can estimate the ratio of female to male entertainers even though many African countries share a common culture of “Men first”.
Against all odds, African women are making it big in the entertainment industry both locally and internationally. This article will focus on few of many successful female Sub-Sahara African entertainers.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
is a top Nigerian musician, actress and model. Jalade’s career is one of a kind and an inspiration to many other actresses and upcoming actresses. The industrious veteran has appeared in over 300 films since her debut in 1995 and became one of the few African actresses to have sold millions of video copies– Nollywood, Hollywood and Gollywood. She is the viewer’s choice with an enviable fan base (the first African celebrity to receive over 1 million likes on Facebook alone) and has won awards across the walls of Africa and beyond. Omotola Jalade, 41, received the Ebony Vanguard Award at the Music Video and Screen Awards (MVISA) in 2013 along with several other career awards and nominations.
is a talented singer, songwriter, entertainer, dancer and actress with years of experience in the entertainment industry. Kimani, born in Los Angeles, California, is a Kenyan that took time to stretch her wings beyond the walls of her country by getting signed into a Nigerian Record Label, Chocolate City. The 34-year-old has earned numerous African Award nominations for her remarkable talent, versatile sense of style and hard work in the industry. Her first single “Mtoto” – meaning “Child” in Swahili – shoot the talented musician to lime light and has since lived up to expectations.
best known by her stage name – Lira, is a South African veteran singer best known for her decades of contribution to Contemporary R&B, Afro-soul, Funk and Jazz. Her hard work and talent has won her South African Music Award for Best Afro-Soul Vocalist for a whopping 11 times since her debut in 2003. No doubt, Arthur Mafokate shaped her life by signing her into 999 Music, however, she improved on her ability and single-handedly took Afro-Soul to another level.
is one of the Ghanaian’s best actress and the fans choice in the last decade. She is a Canadian born, Ghanaian veteran actress and one of the few to have participated in over 100 Gollywood and Nollywood home videos. Jackie’s stardom can be traced to her role in “Mummy’s Daughter”. That could be the beginning, however, she has been exceptional in all her scenes ever since. The 35-year-old veteran has won several awards and nominations for her remarkable talent and contributions to the entertainment industry.
better known as Tiwa Savage is an adept, veteran Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress with several achievements in the entertainment industry. At a very tender age, Savage knew she had it in her and as a result, did backup vocals for George Michaels and lent vocals to top celebrities such as Mary J. Blige when she was barely 16. In 2012, she was signed up to Mavin Records where she released her debut album “Once Upon a Time”. Savage, 39, has in her gallery room, several nominations and awards across Africa and beyond. These include MYV Europe Music Award for the Best African Act in 2018, the 2014 Headies Award for the Best Reggae/Dancehall Single among others.
We can go on and on to list several hundred as the Sub-Sahara Africa houses many outstanding entertainers. Looking at these prominent women, you realized that females and giving their all in the entertainment industry just as their male counterpart and we wish them more ground-breaking career.