Who are Nollywood’s current leading men? By leading men I mean those suave, well-spoken, well dressed actors you imagine as the ideal man … that make you momentarily pause what you are doing as you watch them on your screen and lose yourself in the world they invite you in. You super-impose your face on the face of their ‘lady loves’ (Sorry actresses!) and believe that every word he is telling them, he is actually telling you! Even if it is just for 90 minutes… and it doesn’t stop there.
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You day dream about him the rest of the day as he helps you escape your mundane life and make it just a little more bearable and colourful. That’s what we mean by leading man and God help you if you are privileged enough to meet them in real life! Oh what a great and wonderful day.. you pray he is as nice in real life as he is in the movies (what a let down if he is not!) Now for those that haven’t had that opportunity, you will just have to be satisfied with this list we have come up with on our current Nollywood leading men.
1.When it comes to Nollywood leading men the first name that comes to everyone’s lips is Blossom Chukwujekwu. Talented, good looking with a rich baritone voice to boot, Blossom easily steps in the shoes left vacant by previous leading men. He burst on to our consciousness with the movie ‘Flower Girl’ and cemented his status with an unforgettable performance in ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door, a role that garnered him the coveted AMVCA Award for Best Supporting Actor. He has since gone on to act several other equally intriguing movie roles where he continues to show his acting prowess.
2. Ozzy Agu – he may not be such a commercial face but according to our poll, Ozzy Agu is another person the ladies cant get enough of. A man with his hand in many pies, he is not only an actor but also a presenter on the popular MNET Studio 53 Extra. Some of the movies he’s acted in include ‘Cougars’, ‘Fine Girl’, ‘A Walk In The Shadows’ etc.
3, Kunle Remi is such a breath of fresh air…. likeable, funny and very talented he leaped into our consciousness when he acted in the movie ‘Falling’ alongside Blossom Chukwujekwu and Adesua Etomi, and has gone on to prove his mettle in productions such as ‘Tiwa’s Baggage, Sobi’s Mystic ‘Tinsel’, Forbidden where his role as Demilade Doregos has endeared him to many. He is certainly one to watch in this year.
4. Ayo Ayoola
Sweet, fresh-faced Ayo Ayolola is a revelation! We first noticed him in a clip in the soon-to-be released series by Mildred Okwo titled ‘The Banker’ before getting a bigger taste of him in the Africa magic series Ajoche but he made his biggest mark in the webs series ‘Skinny Girl In Transit’ as the irrepressible Mide and most especially as the audacious Aminu in RedTV’s ‘The Men’s Club’. He has a die-hard cult following who understand when he says; ‘I am a forest!’ Lol We are patiently waiting and looking forward the next seasons of the series this year.
5. Bolanle Ninalowo aka Nino B
Popular actor Bolanle Ninalowo is someone that can not be ignored, even if you wanted to. His imposing size, soft-spokeness and talent makes him stand out. He endeared himself to hearts in the movie ‘Perfect Picture’ where he acted as a bus conductor/tout and showed he was more than just a pretty face. We look forward to what he has in store for us this year.
6. Yul Edochie
Yul is not new to the Game but he deserves to be on this list because we think he is fab! His undeniably rich baritone voice, imposing stature and acting prowess combine to make him an unforgettable actor in the industry. His audacity to go into politics and try to make a change is inspiring as it is fearless. We look forward to see the great strides he’ll make this year.
That’s our list for now… we know there are still a lot of hidden gems out there waiting to take their place and as they do trust us … we will be updating our list from time to time.