The Nigerian film industry has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. Regarded as the third largest film industry in the world, not much could be said about the quality of movies produced.
In an attempt to take the industry to the next level, some Actresses have joined other stakeholders to improve the quality of our films by taking a shot at directing. Apart from dishing out sizzling acting performances in front of the camera, these Nollywood Actresses have become Directors making interesting and good quality movies.
- Stephanie Linus
Born Stephanie Onyekachi Okereke, she adopted the name Stephanie Linus when she got married in 2012. A graduate of English and Literary Studies from University of Calabar, Stephanie started acting professionally as a teenager in 1997. She took a shot at the 2002 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant where she emerged First Runner Up.
After starring in many movies and winning several awards, the mother of one attended the New York Film Academy in 2007. Upon her graduation, she made her directorial debut with the movie “Through the Glass.” Her latest movie “Dry” is currently making waves across the globe.
- Omoni Oboli
Omoni Oboli is one Nollywood Actress turned Director that has proven that women can be good Directors like their male counterparts. A graduate of Foreign Languages from the University of Benin, the wife and mother made her very first movie appearance in the 1996 movie Bitter Encounter.
Having featured in many movies and won several awards, the screen diva went to learn the art of filmmaker at the New York Film Academy. Ever since, she has produced and directed her own movies like “The First Lady,” “Wives on Strike,” and “Okafor’s Law.”
- Uche Jombo
The 1999 produced movie “Visa to Hell” was what ushered this talented Actress into Nollywood. A graduate of Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Calabar, Uche Jombo doubled as an Actress and a Screen Writer for many years. She wrote and starred in movies like “The Celebrities,” “Games Men Play” and “A Time to Love” amongst others before going on to attend the New York Film Academy where she learnt Film Directing.
As a Director, the “Damage” star thrilled the audience with her directorial debut movie “Lost in Us.”
- Blessing Egbe
Blessing Egbe is the last but not the least on our list of Nigerian Actresses turned Directors. The graduate of Theatre Arts from University of Calabar started out as Model before venturing into acting. As a Model, she worked with some of the biggest brands. Shortly after, she made the decision to go into acting. Having featured in a couple of movies as an Actress, she decided to taste the waters of film production as a Producer and subsequently became a Director.
Women are breaking bounds in all areas – and the Nigerian film industry is no exception. These women have proven that film directing isn’t a profession exclusive to men. They have produced movies that did very well at the box office and received recognitions both locally and internationally.