Nigeria film star Belinda Effah is not a new face in the Nollywood industry. She is an award-winning actress, filmmaker, and TV presenter who was once a television presenter for an entertainment cable station, Sound City. Her fan base significantly increased in 2011 after featuring in the movie Tales of Eve. Belinda has starred in many notable movies, including Black Val, The Banker, Lost Pride, SA Girl, etc. Meanwhile, the fast-growing actress is yet to be married but has a son. As a result, fans are itching to know more about the actress and who her baby daddy is. Read on!
Belinda Effah Hails From Calabar, Cross River State
Born on 14th December 1989, 32-year-old Belinda Effah came from a large polygamous family of fourteen children. She is a native of Calabar in Cross River State, Southern Nigeria but grew up in Port Harcourt, River state. Her father, Chief Asido Bassey Effah, was a commander in the Nigerian Navy. According to the actress, her father, who died in 2015, was a very stern disciplinarian and trained all his children in the culture of discipline. His burial had numerous top celebrities in attendance, including some of Belinda’s Nollywood colleagues.
Her mother, whose name is unknown, is still alive and healthy. Belinda threw a birthday party for her mom on her 60th birthday where some of her celebrity friends were also in attendance. Belinda started her nursery and primary school at Hillside International school and went further to a military secondary school, Nigerian Navy College, all in Port Harcourt. After that, she proceeded to the University of Calabar, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Genetic and Biotechnology.
She Started Her Career As a TV Host in 2005
It is interesting to note that acting has always been Belinda’s passion right from her childhood days as she often wrote stories for her friends to read. Unknowingly to her, she was building herself up for a future in Nollywood. She also likes copying her sisters at home in whatever they were doing- a special skill that works perfectly for actors.
After her university education, Belinda first started her career as a TV host. Then, she made her first appearance in a popular TV series, Shallow Waters. While the show was still ongoing, she took a break and started auditioning for a role in a popular reality TV show, Next Movie Star. Belinda is a fast-growing actress who is very hard-working and does not relent in pursuit of success.
Hence, she finished at the fifth position in the show, which earned her admiration from her fans and in the industry. She shortly worked as a presenter at a Nigeria Entertainment Cable Station, Sound City but left to start her own TV show, Lunch Break with Belinda.
In 2009, she started auditioning in a reality TV show but didn’t get a role till two years later, that is 2011 when she was featured in Tales of Eve, which is the movie that added to her popularity. After that, the Nigerian film star landed her first film as an actress in an Efik language movie, The Room. Since then, she has starred in numerous popular Nigerian movies, with her latest as Miracle (2019).
Miracle is a faith-based film that highlights areas of empowerment to people, especially the youth. Subsequently, the fast-growing actress has been taking up bigger movie roles. She has featured in over 50 movies alongside top Nollywood stars such as Majid Michel, Desmond Elliot, Chacha Eke, Mercy Johnson, etc. Today, she is one of the fastest rising actresses, and with a look at the speed she’s rising, she will be on the A-list Nollywood actresses in a few years to come.
Some of Belinda Effah’s popular movies
- House Husband
- Desperate Housegirls
- Being Single
- The Banker
- Luke of Lies
- Black Val
- Web of Love
- Chop Banana
- So in Love
- Flirting with Fifty
- The Lost Café
- Cash Daddy
- Pretty Little Thing
- Our Dirty Secrets
- A Star in Heaven
- Caged Heart
- A Break from Reality
- S.A Girl
- Mumu Button
Belinda Effah Has a Son, But Who is Her Baby Daddy?
The TV presenter’s baby daddy’s identity remains a mystery. The only identification that could be given about him is that he is her sugar daddy based in the United States. Belinda has kept sealed lips towards who the father of her son is, and it seems she is not even ready to talk about it anytime soon. To conceal the pregnancy from public knowledge, she flew to the United States at the early stage of the pregnancy.
She stayed there till it was due and was delivered of a baby boy in February 2016 before returning to Nigeria. The Nollywood actress barely talks about her son nor shares his pictures on her social media pages. However, to know how much of a secretive life the actress lives regarding her personal life when asked about her current relationship status during an interview with the Vanguard, she has this to say:
Despite Giving Birth, The Actress is Reportedly Single
Like most media personalities, actress Belinda likes to keep her private life out of the public eyes. Hence, there is no handy information about who she is currently dating after she gave birth. There were rumors some time ago that she was dating and having a romantic affair with popular actor Daniel K. Daniel. However, the alleged relationship ended in 2015 when she got pregnant with a different man.
Meanwhile, the actress debunked the rumors by stating that actor Daniel is just a friend she admires and respects for her career accomplishment. In an interview with the Vanguard, she said that her relationship with men in the industry is strictly professional with the knowledge that they share the same goal. At the moment, Belinda Effah is single and has never been married before.
She Has Had Many Awards and Nominations
In her illustrious career, the actress has achieved quite a lot. She has won many awards and nominations, including the following:
- 2012-she won the Best Nollywood Awards for Most Promising Act, Golden Icons Academy Award for Best New Actress.
- 2012-she won the Best of Nollywood Awards for Most Promising Act (female)
- 2013-she won Nollywood Movie Awards for Best Rising Star and was nominated for Best Indigenous Actress, Africa Movie Academy Awards, and Ntanta Award For Most Promising Act.
- Actress Belinda was nominated in the 2014 ELOY awards as Best Movie Actress Of The Year and won the Golden Icons Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- In 2016, she was nominated at the AMVCA (Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards) as Best Actress In A Drama.