Nadia Buari (born 21 November 1982, Age; 40 years old) is a Ghanaian actress who came into the limelight when she starred in the Ghanaian TV series, Games People Play.
Since she got her major break, Nadia has gone on to star in numerous high-class movies, both in her home country and in Nigeria. The actress is a celebrity and well-known public figure, however, details about her marriage and children are kept away from the public. Beyond acting, she is a passionate mother who loves and cares for her children.
Nadia Buari Is Half-Caste
Nadia Buari was born on the 21st of November 1982 in Takoradi, Ghana. Her biological father is from Lebanon and she was born out of wedlock. Her mother is a Ghanaian beautician called Hajia Buari. Nadia’s mother later got married to Alhaji Sidiku Buari, a Ghanaian musician and producer, who adopted Nadia as his child. The young girl would later follow in her stepfather’s footsteps by developing a passion for the entertainment industry. Nadia Buari’s stepfather held several important positions like the president of the Ghana musicians union – MUSIGHA for eight years; as well as the vice-president of the International Federation of Musicians – IFM.
She Is An Alumnus of the University of Ghana
Nadia Buari attained her primary, secondary, and university education in Ghana. She attended Mfantsiman Girls for her high school education. Nadia treasured the idea of becoming an actress a lot and throughout her school life, she was actively involved in school drama and dance clubs. In line with her passion for entertainment, she studied performing arts at the University of Ghana and graduated with a BFA degree.
Nadia Buari harbors a strong belief that the secret to her success is self-motivation. She also has high hopes of becoming a Hollywood superstar someday as she is often compared to them.
Nadia Started Her Career in Acting In 2005
Nadia Buari gave her all in her debut on Ghanaian national television with the TV series Games People Play in late 2005. This was officially the beginning of her acting career and her role on the TV series got her nominated for best actress. Her first major movie was Mummy’s Daughter, after which she starred in Beyonce – The President’s Daughter. Her “Beyonce” role was her stepping stone to stardom as an actress. In 2013, Buari came out with her movie called The Diary of Imogen Brown.
After making waves in Ghollywood, the actress moved from Ghanaian movies to Nollywood films around the year 2008. Her role as Beyonce in the movie Beyonce & Rihanna alongside Nigerian actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde who played Rihanna marked her breakthrough in Nollywood.
The film became very popular in both Ghana and Nigeria. She also starred in some other significant Nollywood movies including Rough Rider, Beauty and the Beast, Holding Hope, and Single and Married.
Has Nadia Buari Ended Her Acting Career?
In recent times, Nadia has not been seen in many movies. It is believed that she has taken a break from acting just like many other celebrities do after years of success. She, however, continues to work as a producer, producing new movies with her company.
List of Some of Her Notable Movies
- Deranged – 2017
- HashTag – 2018
- American Driver – 2017
- Game Plan – 2015
- Single and Married – 2012
- Chelsea – 2010
- Heart of Men – 2009
- Checkmate – 2010
- Agony of Christ – 2009
- Heroes and Zeros – 2012
- Forbidden Fruit – 2009
- Holding Hope 2010
- The Return of Beyonce – 2008
- Sin of the Soul – 2009
- Crazy Scandal – 2011
- The King is Mine – 2009
- In the Eyes of My Husband – 2008
- The Diary of Imogen Brown – 2013
Awards, Honors, and Endorsements She Has Received
As a successful actress, Nadia Buari has received a lot of awards, honors, and endorsements. Let’s take a look at some of these.
- She was the first to be honored for her outstanding contributions to show business in Africa by Emklam Showbiz International
- Best Actress award in the 2007 Five Continents Annual Academy Awards
- In 2009, she won the Best Supporting Actress by the African Community in the UK
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role in the 2010 Ghana Movie Awards
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role in the 2011 Ghana Movie Awards
- The African Jewel in the 2012 African Goodwill Recognition Award held in Los Angeles
- Best African Actress in the 2009 Five Continents Annual Academy Awards
- The Pan African Actress award at the annual Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA Awards) in New York in 2013.
- African Women of Worth Award in the 2012 Queen’s Choice Awards Ghana
- Most Fashionable Actress in the 2013 African Fashion Week held in London
- Best Actress in the 2013 African International Film Festival
- In 2014, the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards gave her a Special Recognition Award in an event held in Ghana.
- She became an ambassador at Tablet India Limited (TIL), a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer known for high-quality products in 2013.
- She signed an endorsement deal with Glo Communications as one of their Ghana brand ambassadors.
- She is the face of Devon Soap
Aside from Acting, Nadia Buari Owns Several Other Businesses
Nadia Buari is an actress with essence; her acting career does not prevent her from engaging in other businesses that would bring more money to her pocket. Apart from acting, she owns and runs other companies like Nadia’s Baby Diapers, NSB Productions, NSB Investments Limited, and Resolution Security Limited. In addition, she owns Nadia Buari Foundation, a way she uses to give back to society. Let’s take a closer look at these businesses.
1. NSB Productions
This is a company founded with the task of production, distribution, and promotion of movies in Ghana. It was founded by Nadia in 2014, and she serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the company. With this, she contributes to Ghanaian movie production and sales and earns from it.
2. NSB Investments
The actress founded this company in 2005. It is a real estate development company charged with services bordering rent, sales, construction, redesigning, and the redevelopment of properties in Ghana. This is one of the first companies she founded.
3. Resolution Security Limited (RSL)
Founded by Buari alongside NSB Investments, Resolution Security Limited came into existence in 2005. The company is responsible for protecting people, places, and properties. It recruits and provides security officials to houses, banks, and companies in the sub-region of Ghana.
4. Nadia’s Baby Diapers
In 2015, Nadia Buari established a manufacturing company that produces baby diapers. This is to get to the nursing mothers and provide their babies with basic needs. This is one of the most lucrative businesses in the world. Her diaper company has dominated most markets in Africa and is moving to other continents.
For her philanthropic gestures, Nadia founded Nadia Buari Foundation (NBF) in 2012. This foundation provides help to individuals and destitute who have no one to cater for them. In essence, they provide help for the poor, sick, and less privileged in society. In addition, it helps fund the infrastructural facilities in rural areas. It also provides support to HIV/AIDS victims.
What We Know About Nadia Buari’s Marriage
Talking about her marital status and family, Nadia Buari said it’s her choice to keep her private life to herself. She is a very private person as she keeps her family and private life away from the public. She revealed in 2019 that she is married and already has four children. However, the name and identity of her husband are not known. She keeps her family and relationships away from the media because she doesn’t want her fame to negatively affect her family. She does this to give her children a normal life and not to decide their future. Also, she revealed that in movies she is just a character and that is for public consumption, but in real life, she is Nadia Buari, and her life as Nadia should be kept away from the media.
Some of The Men The Actress Has Been Linked With
Before her secret marriage, her love life seemed to be a very complicated one as she allegedly accepted proposals from two guys. Her longtime Nigerian boyfriend Jim Iyke proposed to her and a few months later, she accepted another proposal from her Ghanaian American boyfriend with whom she attended university. She has also been rumored to be in a relationship with Michael Essien. Here’s a list of some of the men she has been involved with.
In January 2014, it was rumored that she was dating Nollywood actor Jim Iyke and on 21st March 2014, the wild romance took an interesting turn as her lover Jim Iyke proposed to her. Buari couldn’t wait to say yes. However, the relationship eventually hit the rocks like so many other celebrity love affairs. After their separation, they both moved on to other people. However, in 2021, Jim Iyke revealed that they are still friends even though he lost contact with some of his Ghanaian friends.
In 2011, the actress was rumored to be in a relationship with Congolese musician Fally Ipupa. The duo were rumored to be in a relationship after being spotted together at the MAMA Awards. The rumors garnered more speed when fans found out that the celebrities share a room at Eko Hotels and Suits while they were in Nigeria for the awards. However, these only remained rumors as they were never confirmed by any of the stars.
It was also rumored in October 2011 that Nadia and Nigerian musician D’banj were in a relationship. Nadia was one of the women D’banj mentioned their names in his hit song “Oliver Twist”. The rumors have it that she spent a weekend at D’banj’s residence in Lagos. Others claimed that D’banj also paid her a visit in Ghana and they have been spotted together on several occasions. Just like the rumors with Ipupa, these claims only remained a rumor. They were never confirmed by Nadia or D’banj.
The pretty actress was in a romantic relationship with Ghanaian-born Chelsea football star Michael Essien. Their sitings together were the talk of the town and social media termed them the ‘power couple.’ Because of their usually loved-up pictures, many tipped them to someday go the altar, however, this was not meant to be.
It was later reported that the relationship didn’t work out and they went their separate ways in 2010. The reason for their separation was not revealed to the public, but speculations started flying around. Some said that Michael, being a celebrity, had an eye for other women, and the break-up was a result of his infidelity. Others reported that it was Essien that dumped Nadia because he wanted a new adventure and could not continue with the relationship. He later started dating another girl.
However, in 2012, some pictures of Nadia and Michael surfaced, and rumors of their reunion started flying around. Nadia debunked any rumor of them being back together saying that the pictures were just shots taken by two friends, that’s all.
Nadia must have a thing with football stars. Months after her relationship with Michael Essien ended, rumors started to fly again about the actress. She was spotted with another Ghanaian football star, Dede Ayew, in 2010, and fans concluded that she was dating him. Dede Ayew is the son of Abedi Pele, a legendary Ghanaian footballer. When Ayew heard the rumors, he quickly dismissed it as a fabrication.
Nadia Buari is a Proud Mother of Four Girls
The actress gave birth to a set of twins in 2015, the third in 2017, while the fourth was born in 2018. However, the identity of the children are hidden from the public. Whenever a camera captures them, they will be seen with their backs turned to the camera and she keeps them out of the limelight. Nadia revealed that she does not want her children to be exposed to the public because they are so innocent and young to be exposed to the media. In addition, she says that being a mother is the best thing that ever happened to her, and she is enjoying every bit of it.