When it comes to the entertainment industry in Africa, Nigeria has a huge impact, both in music, and in the movie industries. Nigerian women are not relenting, they keep doing what they know how to do in the best way they can. According to Africa.com, where a list of Top Fierce Women in the African Entertainment Industry was recently published, three out of the top ten women were Nigerians.
Tiwa Savage, Toolz and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde were proud recipients of the title for making a mark in Africa and across the diaspora. This is just a confirmation that Nigeria is still the giant of Africa irrespective of the crisis in the economy. With 3 spots taken, Nigeria leaves 53 other African countries to battle for the 7 spots left in the top 10 category.
38-year-old Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is one of Nigeria’s finest actress who at one time in her career ventured into music. The Ondo-state decent who grew up in Lagos, came into limelight through Nollywood in her debut film in 1995. Since then she has grown from a teenage model and actress, to a world standard diva.
Omotola studied Estate Management at Yaba College of Technology. She is married to Captain Matthew Ekeinde, a pilot, and together they have four children.
Aside entertainment, Omotola is a fulfilled wife, mother, and humanitarian. She is among the few Nigerian celebrities who have a successful long-term marriage. In 2013, she was listed in Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Beyonce and Kate Middleton.
She has won Actress of the Year – Eloy Awards 2006, Pan African Best Actress – Screen Nation Awards 2012, and Ebony Vanguard Award – Music Video and Screen Awards (MVISA) 2013, among others. Her most recent awards are Personality of the Year – MTV Africa Music Awards 2014, and now Top Fierce Women in the African Entertainment Industry, 2016.
Tolu Oniru, popularly known as Toolz, is a Nigerian radio personality, talk show host, and presenter. She is best known for hosting The Midday Show on The Beat 99.9 FM. The London born Lagosian from the famous Oniru Royal family of Lagos State had her primary education at Talbot House preparatory school in bournemouth, UK, and secondary education in Nigeria.
She studied Business and Mass communication at London Metropolitan University, and is one face, voice and figure that drives people nuts – (in a good way.)
Toolz recently got married to her Bae and still does a great job running a family alongside her demanding career path. She has won several awards including Radio Presenter of the Year 2010, and Sexiest Media Personality 2011. She was nominated for Favorite Nigerian On Air Personality at the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, however, she has been compensated for not winning by being listed among this top 10 Fierce Women in African Entertainment.
Born as Tiwatope Savage and married to her manager, Tunji Balogun “Tee Billz”, the 36 -year-old afro-pop/RnB singer is best known by her stage name, Tiwa Savage. She was born in Lagos State but relocated with her family to London at the age of 11.
Tiwa started her music career decades ago from a trombone player for her school’s orchestra band, to a back up singer for several american singers like Mary J. Blige, George Michael, Kelly Clarkson, Andrea Bocelli, and Ms. Dynamite, among others, before she became an independent music star.
The dazzling performer relocated back to Nigeria to establish her music career, and in 2010 launched out with the release of her fame banger “Kele kele love,” which was closely followed by “Love me” and others. The hot mother of one sings in both English and Yoruba and has achieved quite a number of recognitions.
They include one MTV Africa Music Award, two The Headies Awards, one Channel O Music Video Award, one Nigeria Music Video Award, and two City People Entertainment Awards, among others. Following the birth of her son, Tiwa Savage is currently a brand ambassador for Pampers, and still retains her membership as an artiste under Mavins Records.
The 7 Other Fierce African Women on the top 10 list are:
- Joselyn Dumas – Ghana
- Jackie Appiah – Ghana
- Terry Pheto – South Africa
- Lola Monroe – Ethiopia
- Menna Shalaby – Egypt
- Vimbai Mutinhiri – Zimbabwe
- Bonang Matheba – South Africa