Nigeria celebrities have made their mark in their different Industries and are recognised and showcased in the media to serve as inspiration to others who aspire to aim higher.
CNN’s African Voices, a weekly show on the international network that highlights Africa’s most engaging personalities – people who are shaping change in Africa, exploring their lives and passions, is one of these media platforms upon which some of these Nigerian celebrities have been showcased.
Below are 10 exceptional Nigerian celebrities that have been featured:
1. Omotola Jalade
Although featured on CNN African Voices about 2 years ago, the Nollywood superstar who is also a UN ambassador, in an interview with Vladimir Duthiers opened up on the challenges she faced and experiences garnered starting out as a model, getting her first role, starting her reality TV show – Omotola: The Real Me, raising her children, and more.
2. Tara Fela Durotoye
Chief Executive Officer of House of Tara, Mrs. Tara Fela Durotoye, who is unarguably, one of the pioneers of the Make-up and beauty business in Nigeria as she is reputed for setting up the first make up studio and first make up school in Nigeria in the year 2004, is another Nigerian celebrity who has been featured on CNN’s African Voices.
3. Olajumoke Adenowo
Once described as the “face of architecture in Nigeria”, Olajumoke Adenowo is one of the few females in Nigeria recognised in the architecture/building sector of the country. Involved in the design and construction of over 70 buildings, she is responsible for breathing life into several institutional facilities, auditoriums, residences, estates and cutting edge corporate offices both within and outside the country.
Recently featured on the show, Nigerian female famous vocalist and UN ambassador Waje talked about several issues including the African Women project, her mission to help homeless kids in Nigeria through her Waje Safe house project partners with Child Life and her forthcoming album as well as what her fans should expect from it, while on the show.
5. Funke Akindele
Funke Akindele-Bello most recently joined other African stars on the CNN program featuring people who have impacted Africa in various ways. The popular Nollywood actress opens up on her world of scripts, cameras, and awards and how she successfully created her popular ‘Jenifa’ character.
6. Denrele Edun
Denrele Edun was featured on a recent episode of CNN’s African Voices show. He discussed his life in general and how he became the eccentric personality people have come to love.
Superstar Entertainer D’banj was one of the prominent Nigerians to be featured on CNN’s African Voices’ where he went into details of his philanthropic endeavours, and more.
8. Mo Abudu
Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu was also once the featured guest on CNN African Voices. CNN refers to Mo Abudu as a successful woman driven by “perseverance, passion, and positivity” adding that the EbonyLife TV Chairwoman takes viewers “behind the scenes of her empire to see how she creates content that has audiences in Africa and abroad clamouring for more”.
Nigerian international singer and song-writer , Asa, was one of the earliest star guest on CNN African Voices.
10. Rita Dominic
Nollywood Superstar, Rita Dominic was featured on CNN’s African Voices. The Zamunda Queen as she is widely known as opened up to CNN about her acting career, her company The Audrey Silva Company, how she felt when she won her first African Movie Academy Awards and a whole lot of other things.
11. Jane Michael Ekanem
Celebrity stylist, budding designer and writer, Jane Micheal who is known for her works with celebrities including Bolanle Olukanni, Tuface, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and more was featured on CNN’s Africa Voices where she shared her inspiring story on her journey into a career path not so popular in Africa.
12. Tiwa Savage
Tiwa Savage has been making Nigeria proud with high profile appearances and a major performance at the Essence Magazine event in Los Angeles. CNN African Voices once interviewed the Nigerian music star and she gave them a look into her life before the bright lights and super stardom.