Shaffy Bello is a 53-year-old Nigerian actress and singer born on October 9th, 1970. She was formerly married to Mr. Akinrimisi and is best known for her roles in many Nigerian film and television series.
Shaffy’s dedication to her passion has been the foundation of her career success. Her acting career of several years has seen her appear in many award-winning films in the Nigerian film industry. A few of these films have won her notable awards even as she continues to soar in her dream career. Get to know more interesting facts about the veteran actress.
Summary of Shaffy Bello’s Bio
- Full name: Shaffy Bello Akinrimisi
- Nickname: Shaffy Bee
- Gender: Female
- Date of birth: October 9th, 1970
- Shaffy Bello’s Age: 53 years old
- Ethnicity: Yoruba
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Religion: Christianity
- Marital Status: Divorced
- Shaffy Bello’s Husband: Mr Akinrimisi
- Shaffy Bello’s Children: Ashley Akinrimisi and Ashton Akinrimisi
- Shaffy Bello’s Net worth: $700,000.
- Famous for: Nollywood Actress
- Shaffy Bello’s Instagram: @iamshaffybello
- Twitter: @shaffybee
How Old Is Shaffy Bello and Where Is She From?
Shaffy was born in the city of Lagos on October 7, 1970, and she is currently 53 years old. She grew up in one of the buzzing areas in Lagos but as a child, she left the shores of Nigeria with her parents to the United States of America, where she completed her education.
In the U.S., Shaffy acquired the necessary academic training she needed to get herself started in the entertainment industry. Unfortunately, no details of her academic qualifications have been related to the public.
Shaffy Kicked off Her Career As a Singer
iShaffy Bello’s first debut in the entertainment scene began with her featuring in a popular 1997 hit song by Seyi Sodimu titled “Love me Jeje, love me tender“. Seyi Sodimu is a Nigerian-born music artist who also relocated to the United States to further his education. While in school, he wrote the song “Love Me Jeje, Love Me Tender” which became the hit song in his debut album “Born in Afrika” in 1998.
Although not much is known about Seyi and Shaffy’s relationship, it is said that Seyi Sodimu is her nephew. Their collaboration on the hit song became key to the album’s success, particularly in the Nigerian music field. The album was released under Shakara Entertainment, topped the charts in Nigeria on Ray Power 100 FM, and sold over 30,000 copies in the first weeks of its release. The album also earned Seyi nominations and Piawards in Nigeria.
However, many people were unaware that Shaffy was the lady who took the chorus; her voice, exquisite appearance, and elegance in the song’s music video were outstanding.
Her Emergence into the Movie Industry
Shaffy Bello returned to Nigeria in 2009 to find her path in the Nigerian film industry which at the time was one of the lucrative departments of the country’s entertainment sector. She joined the industry, making her first major movie appearance in the Yoruba film “Eti Keta (Third Party)”.
The 2011 movie directed by Daniel Ademinokan, has Shaffy acting as “Aunty Shaffy” and even as a newbie in the industry, she got the chance to share the screen with prominent actors like Tunji Afolanyan, Saidi Balogun, and Olumide Bakare. The movie did not win any awards but for Shaffy, it was the platform she needed to announce her acting talent to the world.
In 2012, she played Joanne Lawson in the popular Nigerian soap opera, Tinsel, and Adesuwa in Taste of Love. Shaffy has since appeared in several Yoruba and English language Nigerian films and television shows, including When Love Happens, Gbomo Gbomo Express, and Two Weeks in Lagos. She is also one of the major actors in the telenovela Battle Ground, sharing the screen with entertainment veterans like Joke Silva and Waje.
For exhibiting such great talent in every movie role she takes, Shaffy has not only won the hearts of many movie lovers but has also won a good number of notable awards. In 2012, she got nominated for Best Lead Actress in an English Movie at that year’s Best of Nollywood Awards.
In 2019, she was one of the two biggest awards winners at the 19th edition of the Abuja International Film Festival, thanks to her movie, “Your Excellency” which was released in 2019, produced by EbonyLife Films and directed by Funke Akindele appeared on Netflix.
Shaffy Bello’s Filmography
- Taste of Love
- It’s Her Day
- When Love Happens
- Hire A Man
- Eti Keta
- The Score
- When Love Happens
- Gbomo Gbomo Express
- Taste of Love
- It’s Her Day
- Breaking Point
- Ovy’s Voice
- Hire a Man
- Light will Come
- Twisted Twins
- Three Thieves
- Chief Daddy
- From Lagos with Love
- The Therapist
- Two Weeks in Lagos
- Soft Work
- Mama Drama
- Elevator Baby
- The Men’s Club
- Your Exellency
- Deep blue sea
- Nneka the Pretty Serpent
- Crazy Grannies
- Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman
- Mothers and Daughters-In-Law
- The Rise of Igbinogun
- Love Is War
- Lara and the Beat
- The Men’s Club
- Excess Luggage
- Whose Meal Ticket
- Moth To A Flame
- 40 Looks Good on You
- Desperate Housewives Africa
Is Shaffy Bello Married or Single?
Shaffy is currently single. She was previously married to Mr. Akinrimisi, her husband of over twenty-five years. The exact date the two got married has not been revealed but apparently, they both met each other in the United States where Akinrimisi is currently based.
In an exclusive interview with Chude Jideonwo, Shaffy recounts how her marriage ended years ago because she chose to pursue her dreams over family responsibilities. She said she felt trapped by the responsibilities of motherhood.
“I desired to spread my wings. I had the feeling I was pregnant and couldn’t have a child. I felt like my wings were closing in on me and I was being boxed in. I was yearning for more but didn’t realize how much sacrifice would be required,” she explained, adding that though she felt pained for leaving her children behind to pursue her dreams, she is grateful it paid off as she is now fulfilling her dreams and has united with her loved ones.
She describes Mr. Akinrimisi as a loving father and husband who stood by their children even while she was away. “He was a good man, but I reached a point where I desired more. I had to make that decision in order to focus on what I desired.” Shaffy said.
How Many Children Does Shaffy Bello Have?
Shaffy Bello is blessed with two children, Ashley Akinrimisi and Ashton Akinrimisi, who are products of her 25 years of marriage to her estranged husband, Mr. Akinrimisi. Ashley is a popular model and vlogger, while Ashton is a brand promoter. According to Shaffy, Ashley was 13 years old and Ashton was 11 years old when she abandoned them in the US and returned to Nigerian to pursue her acting career.