Linda Osifo (born on July 27, 1991; Age: 31 years old) is a popular Nigerian actress, ex-beauty queen, model, and television host best known for her role in the hit TV series, Desperate Housewives Africa.
Known for her elegant and effortless style, Linda is no doubt one of the finest actresses in Nollywood. Her activities in show business have earned her the deserving fame and wealth that she is currently enjoying. Little wonder why she is also listed among the wealthiest upcoming star actresses in the industry.
31 Year-old Linda Osifo Hails from Edo State, Southern Nigeria
Linda was born on 27 July 1991, in the ancient city of Benin, in Edo state, Southern Nigeria. She is the first daughter and second child born to her parents. Though not much is known about Linda’s family, we do know that her small family of five also includes a younger sister and an older brother.
Linda grew up with her grandmother, who took care of her until she was eight years old when she left the shores of Nigeria for Canada. There, she had her basic and secondary education before studying Psychology at York University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2013. Upon completing her University education, Linda relocated to Lagos, Nigeria, to pursue her acting career.
Linda Joined Nollywood at the Age of 24
Linda Osifo officially joined the Nigerian film industry in 2013, but her career as an actress didn’t begin with Nollywood. In fact, she began acting in 2012 when she starred in Family Secrets directed by famous filmmaker Ikechukwu Onyeka in New Jersey, USA. A year before that, she contested and was first runner-up in Miss Nigeria Entertainment Canada 2011 and 2nd runner-up in Miss AfriCanada 2011 beauty pageant.
Having participated in a beauty pageant, hosted an awards show, and hosted a TV show in Toronto, Canada, Linda was hopeful that a return to her home country would help her reach her dreams of making it big in her career. She eventually took the bold step in late 2013 and got her first major acting gig in 2014, starring in the Nollywood film King Akubueze, directed by Nonso Emekewe. This, of course, was after being rejected on numerous occasions by producers due to her accent.
Making it in Nollywood was not quite easy for the ex-beauty queen, who revealed how tedious it was for her at the beginning. However, with her determination as well as her open-mindedness, she was able to scale through. She had her breakthrough in Ebonylife Studios’ Desperate Housewives Africa. The 2015 comedy-drama-mystery TV series is a Pan-African version of the American television series, Desperate Housewives.
Her role as “Rhetta Moore” in the series earned her her very first award recognition in the Best Actress in a Television Series category of the Exquisite Ladies of the Year Award. It also ushered her the golden opportunity to meet with other fast-rising actors in the industry like Kehinde Bankole, Nini Wacera, Joseph Benjamin, Omotu Bissong, Michelle Dede, and Marcy Dolapo Oni
Linda Osifo’s Best Movies
Now listed among the top fast-rising actresses in the industry, Linda has continued to make a name for herself by appearing in several mind-blowing films and aligning herself with well-celebrated stars in the industry. Linda got featured as ‘Nina Fire’ in one of the most successful television dramas on Nigerian television, Tinsel. In 2017, she featured as Adesuwa Dakolo in EbonyLife’s spin-off drama series, Fifty.
The same year, she played the role of Noweyhon in Africa Magic’s TV series Jemeji. The young actress has so far starred in a good number of notable projects, including Kunle Afolayan‘s A Naija Christmas, Geshin Salvador’s Tanwa Savage, and Uche Jombo’s co-executive produced Devil in Agbada which also starred BBNaija star Erica Nlewedim.
Linda hosted the popular “Give ‘n’ Take National Jackpot” gameshow alongside Segun Arinze. The lottery show, which began airing in 2017, was a product of Give ‘n’ Take Lottery Limited. Since its inception, it has featured artists and comedians like Skales, Burna Boy, Seyi Shay, Okey Bakassi, Cynthia Morgan, Wande Coal, Ice Prince, Timaya, Lil Kesh, Reekado Banks, Phyno, Meyorkun, M.I`and Patoranking.
Following her successful roles in many award-winning films, Linda has had her name listed among the top award-winning actors in the industry. Below is a list of awards and award nominations the 31 years old actress has received so far:
- 2015 Best actor at the African Entertainment Awards.
- 2015 Nominated for Best Actress in a Series at Exquisite Ladies of the Year (Eloy) Awards.
- 2016 Nominated Best Actress at the Diaspora Entertainment Awards.
- 2018 Creative Actor of the year at Starzz Awards.
- 2022 Best Actress in a Leading Role” at Edo/Delta Icons & stars Award
Linda Osifo is Currently Single
There have been rumors about the ex-beauty queen being married. However, as of the time of writing this piece, there are no official reports of her being married to anyone. However, the screen goddess recently confesses to being hooked up in a relationship with someone. During a popular live cooking show, “Dine with Hilda Bachi,”Linda talked about wanting to have a simple family like the one she was born into.
She also talked about being sure of knowing her husband once she eventually meets him. Who knows, maybe her dreams of settling down with her kind of man are about to become a reality as she reveals that she is in a relationship with an unknown man. Asked about her plans to settle down, the actress simply said she had no idea how soon that would happen.
Are Linda Osifo and Alex Usifo Related?
Linda Osifo and Alex Usifo are not related. She is neither his daughter nor his wife, but they are both from Edo state. The Nollywood veteran Usifo was born and raised in Lagos state, and he is married to an unknown woman with whom he shares four children whose names are not known.
Linda, on the other hand, hails from a family of five, of which she is the first daughter and second child. Based on their career as actors, it is possible the two have shared some screen roles together, but that does not define them as being related in any way.