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5 Nigerian Music Stars That Have Featured in a Movie


By Fasuyi Tolulope Samuel
Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

The Nigerian entertainment industry is a vibrant tapestry of talent, with numerous musicians crossing over into acting and making significant marks on the silver screen. This blend of music and film has not only expanded the horizons of these artists but also enriched the storytelling landscape of Nollywood. Here, we explore five Nigerian music stars who have successfully transitioned from the recording studio to the movie set, leaving an indelible impression with their acting prowess.


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David Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, is one of Africa’s biggest music exports. With a plethora of hit songs and awards under his belt, Davido made a significant foray into the movie industry with his role in the Nollywood movie “John Zerebe.” Released in 2015, the film saw Davido playing the lead character, John, a young man with a dual identity struggling to reconcile his past and present. His performance was well-received, showcasing his versatility and opening up a new avenue for his already flourishing career. OBO as he’s fondly called also featured in Hollywood sensational movie titled ‘Coming to America Part 2’ in 2021.

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Olamide Adedeji, widely known as Olamide, is a trailblazer in the Nigerian music scene, famous for his unique blend of indigenous rap and contemporary beats. In 2016, Olamide took his talents to the big screen with a role in the movie “Taxi Driver: Oko Ashewo.” The film is a gritty, comedic tale of a Lagos taxi driver navigating the city’s chaotic nightlife. Olamide’s portrayal of a street-smart character resonated with fans, further cementing his status as a multifaceted entertainer.

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2face Idibia
Innocent Ujah Idibia, known by his stage name 2face Idibia (or 2Baba), is an icon in African music, renowned for his smooth voice and timeless hits. His acting debut came in the 2011 film “Head Gone,” a dark comedy about mistaken identity and mental health. 2face played a cameo role, adding a layer of authenticity and star power to the film. His performance was a testament to his natural charisma and ability to engage audiences, whether through music or acting.

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Tiwa Savage
Tiwatope Savage, famously known as Tiwa Savage, is a powerhouse in the Nigerian music industry, known for her dynamic performances and hit songs. In 2018, she expanded her artistic repertoire by featuring in the film “Fifty.” The movie, directed by Biyi Bandele, is a drama that explores the lives of four women at the pinnacle of their careers. Tiwa’s role, though not a major one, added a touch of musical elegance to the film, and her acting was praised for its authenticity and emotional depth. Tiwa Savage also starred in a recent movie by Meji Alabi titled ‘Water & Garri’.

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Simisola Bolatito Kosoko, known simply as Simi, is celebrated for her angelic voice and soulful music. In 2020, she made her acting debut in the Kunle Afolayan movie “Mokalik.” The film tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who spends a day as a lowly apprentice at a mechanic workshop to decide if he wants to pursue vocational education or return to school. Simi played the role of Simi, a character that brought warmth and a touch of romance to the film. Her performance was well-received, highlighting her versatility and expanding her artistic horizons.
The crossover of these Nigerian music stars into acting not only showcases their versatility but also underscores the interconnectedness of the creative arts. Davido, Olamide, 2face Idibia, Tiwa Savage, and Simi have all proven that their talents are not confined to the recording studio but extend to the immersive world of film. As they continue to break boundaries and explore new artistic avenues, their contributions enrich both Nollywood and the broader entertainment industry, inspiring a new generation of artists to follow in their footsteps.


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