Valentine’s Day in many countries has become synonymous with the day of Love. We are often curious about how some of our favorite celebrities showcase their love.
David Adeleke aka Davido seized the opportunity to show off his romantic side. The music star shared a video of himself surprising his long-time girlfriend, Chioma Rowland, on Instagram. In the short video, there were cakes, saxophone, boxes of chocolate, a bottle of wine, and cameras to the delight of his girlfriend. Short of words, the surprised lover hugged the superstar as music played on. The caption of the video read,
“I get time sha 😂😂😂 Happy Valentines @thechefchi IT IS THE CHI THERE!! ❤️ u said bring dollars they brought Bounty 🙄 still her fave tho 😂”
A Long, Public Love Affair
Davido met Chioma at Babcock University when she was a 300 level student of Economics. Ever since, the couple has never made their love affair a secret. In 2018, the musician threw her a lavish birthday party and gifted her a Porsche car. However, the height of the celebration was the release of the music, “Assurance”, dedicated to her. As of 15th February 2019, the song has over 35 million views on YouTube. Many celebrities can only wish for such a lasting and public display of love.
D’banj Also Pulls Off a Creative Romantic Stunt
Another music icon, Oladapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj successfully pulled off a romantic Valentine treat. He arrived at the door of their house like a delivery man carrying a bouquet of flower. His wife Lineo Didi Kilgrow obviously didn’t see that coming. He shared the video on his Instagram page. The caption read,
“SURPRISE; She thought it was the Delivery Man 😂 … Happy Valentine’s Day Guys make sure you show love especially to yourself ❤️❤️❤️. Love you boo and will always do 💯😍 @lineo_dd #baecation … thanks, @may8gallery for the Gifts she loved them 🎁”
In 2018, D’banj shared a photo suggesting the couple were on a vacation in Dubai. D’banj is also good with romantic gestures. On September 6, 2018, he shared a picture of himself feeding his wife.
20 Most Influential African Actresses On Instagram
Fans are always clamoring for ways to interact with celebrities. The popularity of celebrities these days can be read from their social media reach and engagement. No doubt, the fame of African actresses have gone beyond the shores of the continent. Some of them have even featured in movies that were nominated for the Oscars Award. From Nollywood to Hollywood, here are the 20 most influential African actresses on Instagram.
Lupita Nyong’o (@lupitanyongo)
With over 6.8 million followers and average likes of 209,733 per post, Lupita is not only the most influential but also one of the most beautiful African actress on Instagram. Her performance in ’12 Years a Slave’ brought her to the limelight. She also played a lead role in Black Panther which bagged three awards in the 2019 Oscars. Lupita is the daughter of Anyang’ Nyong’o, a prominent Kenyan politician.
Funke Akindele (@funkejenifaakindele)
The dynamic Funke Akindele became popular for her signature accent in the TV comedy ‘Jenifa’s Diary’. Like Lupita, she commands over 6.8 million followers on Instagram but with average likes of 38,957 per post. The actress has also enjoyed endorsement deals by top companies including Jobberman, Globacom, 1960 Bet and more.
Genevieve Nnaji (@genevievennaji)
Veteran actress, Genevieve Nnaji has featured on the scene with the top actors and actresses around the globe. She recently tried her hands on directing with the movie ‘Lionheart’ which is now showing on Netflix. Genevieve has over 5.2 million followers on Instagram and her posts receive an average of 11,885 likes. She is also a member of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR). Some of her blockbusters include ‘Ije’, ‘Mirror Boy’, and ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’
Ini Edo (@iniedo)
The pretty Ini Edo has 5.1 million followers on Instagram with average likes of 70,786 per post. Her popularity transcends social media as she is also among the richest actresses in Nigeria. Ini Edo has featured in over 100 movies since joining the Nollywood industry. She has also enjoyed endorsement deals from Slimtea Nigeria, Globacom, and many more.
Jackie Appiah (@jackieappiah)
At 5 million followers and 48,597 average likes per post, Jackie Appiah is the 5th most African influential actress on Instagram. The Canadian-born Ghanian actress has featured in several movies and received nominations and awards for some of her efforts.
Yvonne Nelson (@yvonnenelsongh)
Gorgeous Yvonne Nelson has over 4.9 million followers. Her Instagram posts get an average of 58,901 likes. The former Miss Ghana contestant has featured in both Nigerian and Ghanian movies. Yvonne is also an entrepreneur and CEO of YN Closet Fashion Shops and YN Productions.
Mercy Aigbe (@realmercyaigbe)
Glamorous Mercy Aigbe is an award-winning Nollywood actress and one of the most influential African actresses on set and on Instagram. Popularly known as Mercilicious, Mercy’s official Instagram account has over 4.7 million followers with an average of 23.768 per post. She is also an entrepreneur and filmmaker.
Rita Dominic (@ritadominic)
Stunning Rita Dominic is not only one of the most influential African actresses, but she is also one of the richest. Still dazzling in her forties, Rita has numerous endorsement deals including with Globacom, Nokia, and many more. Some of her past achievements include 2017 African Magic Viewers Choice Awards and 2013 ELOY Awards. She has 4.6 million followers on Instagram with an average of 39,921 per post.
Mercy Johnson (@mercyjohnsonokojie)
The beautiful Mercy Johnson has been in the movie industry since 2004. Her acting prowess has earned her a place as one of the most influential African actresses. The proud mother is also an appointee of the Kogi State government. Mercy has over 4.3 million followers on Instagram and each of her posts gets an average of 86,483 likes.
Tonto Dikeh (@tontolet)
Vibrant Tonto Dikeh is one of the most sought faces in the Nollywood industry. She once had a stint in the music industry. Her roles in numerous movies have earned her over 4 million followers on Instagram. Her posts have an average of 38,322 likes.
Charlize Theron (@charlizeafrica)
Ever smiling Charlize Theron is one of the most popular South African actresses. She started as a dancer and by 16 she nailed a modeling contract. Charlize later moved to New York first before making her way to Los Angeles. She has featured in various Hollywood movies including ‘Mighty Joe Young’ and ‘Monster’. Her role in the latter earned her the Golden Globe Award. Charlize has 3.9 million followers on Instagram but with a huge engagement of 267,993 average likes per post.
Juliet Ibrahim (@julietibrahim)
Often referred to as one of the most beautiful actresses in Ghollywood, Juliet Ibrahim rose to stardom in a short time. Juliet won the Best Actress in a Leading Role in the 2010 Ghana Movie Awards. Juliet is tailed by 3.9 million followers on Instagram and has an average of 26,598 likes per post.
Omotola Jalade (@realomosexy)
Known popularly by her moniker Omosexy, Omotola Jalade is a veteran Nollywood actress. She is also a brand ambassador of Knorr, P&G, and the Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association. Omotola heads the One.org campaign which encourages the girl child to strive for greatness. She has 3.4 million followers with an average of 30,951 likes per post.
Danai Gurira (@danaigurira)
Gorgeous Danai Gurira may not have 6 million followers like Nyong’o but her 2.8 million Instagram followers give her an average of 143,690 likes per post. However, the Zimbabwean Hollywood actress is most famous for her role in Black Panther. Born in Iowa to a chemistry lecturer, Danai graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Uche Jombo (@uchejombo)
Actress Uche Jombo is also a screenwriter and producer. She has played myriads of roles since her acting debut. Uche is one of the most influential faces in Nollywood and her 2.7 million Instagram followers confirm this fact. Her posts get an average of 15,474 likes.
Pearl Thusi (@pearlthusi)
Pearl Thusi is a South African actress popular for are versatility. She plays the lead role as Queen Sono in the same named Netflix crime drama series. Perl is also a radio personality, TV host, and a model. Pearl’s 2.3 million followers, may seem little but her posts get an average of 20,982 likes.
Nomzamo Mbatha (@nomzamo_m)
Dazzling Nomzamo Mbatha is not only one of the most beautiful African actresses but she also earned her place as one of the most influential on Instagram with 2.1 million followers. She is a brand ambassador of Audi, Puma and the face of Neutrogena. Her post gets an average of 27,661 likes.
Yvonne Okoro (@yvonneokoro)
The dynamic Yvonne Okoro is an influential Ghollywood actress. Her stunning beauty is a burning topic among male fans. She has won four African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards. She commands 1.9 million followers on Instagram. However, she gets an average of 30,338 likes per post which is more than third-placed Genevieve Nnaji.
Nadia Buari (@iamnadiabuari)
The humble and shy nature of Nadia Buari endears hers to fans in Ghana and abroad. Nadia is not only among the top 20 influential African Actresses but also bagged multiple nominations. However, her big break in the movie industry came after her role as Beyonce in the movie, “Beyonce: The President’s Daughter”. She has 1.8 million Instagram followers with an average of 38,792 likes per post.
Omoni Oboli (@omonioboli)
Fan favorite actress Omoni Oboli is also a producer, director, and scriptwriter. She has been active in the industry from 2009 to date. She won the Best Actress Narrative Feature in 2010 at the Los Angeles Movie Awards. Omoni has 1.7 million followers on Instagram and her posts get an average of 19,784 likes.
Beyonce Wears Ankara Suit By Nigerian Designer to UTA Artist Space Event
Beyonce has been known to spice up her wardrobe with the occasional Ankara (African Print) outfit. Her most recent Afronista statement was made at the UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills where she wore a colorful print African style pantsuit with matching hat. She attended the event with her husband JayZ to support their friend Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean at the group exhibition “Dreamweavers.”
The Designer Ena Udemba
The custom outfit was made by 34-year-old Nigerian designer Ena Udemba. In an interview with Bustle, Udemba shared that her Etsy shop “EnaGancio” had caught the attention of Beyonce’s personal stylist Zerina Ackers. Ackers asked Udemba for a one of a kind outfit made for the Grammy award-winning singer and actress.
“The creation had to be unique, something for her alone. The biggest queen on earth! I felt responsible,” she explains. “I just had to make some modifications for it to be unique for Queen B! I felt anxious and at the same time determined to be successful.”
An African Style Look That Is Befitting of Queen Bey
Beyonce’s African Style
This is not the first time Beyonce has afronized her look. She occasionally incorporates afrocentric pieces into her style and in typically Bey style, she knocks the looks out of the park.
Egyptian American Rami Malek’s Oscar Win Is A Win For Movie Diversity
It was a star-studded gathering of the Hollywood’s biggest stars on Sunday, February 24, 2019, for the 91st Oscar Academy Awards. The 91st annual red carpet had its surprises too. However, it is understandable that with 7,900 voting members, the odds can swing anywhere. From having no host to an African-American winner, the tales will reverberate for a long time.
Kevin Hart was supposed to host the Oscar this year. However, he withdrew over past tweets that were considered homophobic. The last time the Oscars held without a host was about three decades ago. The absence of a host quickly shifted the attention to tennis superstars like Serena Williams, comedian Trevor Noah, Jennifer Lopez and many more.
Rami Malek wins Best Actor in Leading Role
Rami Malek has always been the favorite to win in the category for his role in the movie ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Before heading to the Oscars, Malek had earlier bagged the British BAFTA award, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Golden Globes award for the same role. He dedicated the award to all the young people struggling to find their voice. On accepting the award Malek talked about his experience as an immigrant. He said,'I am the son of immigrants from Egypt. ...a first-generation American, and my story is being written now. I cannot be more grateful to each and every one of you.' - Rami Malek at the Oscar 2019 Click To Tweet
Egyptians on Monday hailed the 37-year-old actor as the new ‘Pharaoh’ following the award. Malek’s parents originally from the Upper Egypt province of Minya are immigrants in the United States. In the movie ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Rami Malek also played the role of a gay son of immigrants. His cousin, Fady Essam said,
“[The] entire village was up until 5 o’clock in the morning. We called his mother to congratulate her and urge her to bring him to Egypt to hold a huge celebration for him.”
The ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
The movie, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, is based on the true story of the ‘Queen’ rock band and the life of their lead singer Freddie Mercury (played by Rami Malek). The events of the movie portray the buildup to their performance at the Live Aid concert (1985) in Wembley Stadium. The movie portrays Freddie Mercury’s journey from a struggling immigrant to a world-famous artist.
‘Black Panther’ took home three awards
Rami Malek made many African proud but he was not the only beacon of the night. ‘Black Panther’, the first black superhero movie also shone at the 91st annual awards. The movie about Wakanda, a mythical country in Africa received seven nominations and won three. Black Panther took the award for the best original score, costume design, and production design. The movie broke box office records becoming the second highest grossing movie of 2018 with over $1.3 billion in revenue worldwide.
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