Some people know what they want to be from a very young age.
While the biggest concern of a lot of Nigerian children was not failing their exams and doing well in school, there were some child actors and actresses trying to make their way into the Nigerian movie industry.
Here are some top actors and actresses who started acting at a very young age.
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Chinenye Nnebe is a very talented actress, model, and TV personality born on April 5th, 1997 in Asaba, Delta State. She is the daughter of popular movie producer, director, and costumier, Uche Nanacy who has been in the movie industry for over a decade. Chinenye has starred in hit movies such as Save The Baby, Not My Queen, Dirty Diamond, Fulton Mountain, and has worked alongside actors such as Hanks Anuku, Queen Nwokoye, and a host of other great veteran actors. She got a very big break when she starred in the 2015 hit movie, Dry, playing the role of Young Zara.
This very talented actress joined the Nigerian movie industry at the very young age of 10. She has featured in many hit movies such as Aduba, Sorrow of the Orphan, Wahala Marriage, and much more.
Williams Uchemba is a very talented Nollywood actor, movie producer, model, comedian, philanthropist, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and television personality. He joined the Nigerian movie industry in 2000 as a child actor and rose to fame in 2001 after featuring in the Nollywood hit movie, The Journey of the Dead, a movie where he acted alongside Pete Edochie, Olu Jacobs and Ramsey Nouah. This movie shot him into the limelight and he subsequently went on to star in movies such as Beyond Belief and Sorrows of Becky. In 2019, he once again hit a goldmine when he starred in the super successful movie, Sugar Rush, that once again introduced him in a big way to Nigerian audiences who may have forgotten about him.
Sharon Ezeamaka is a very famous actress who started acting at the age of 5. She joined Nollywood in 1997 when she starred in the movie, Narrow Escape, alongside Nollywood giant, Pete Edochie. She shot to fame in 2000 when she acted in the blockbuster movie, Dear Mother, alongside Hilda Dokubo. This movie won her the award for Best Kid Actress at the African Movie Academy Awards.
Sharon is now all grown up and has been seen as a big girl in TV shows such as Shuga and The Johnsons.
Born May 8, 1999, Somadina started his acting career as a child actor in 2006. He got his first role in the movie, Beyond Death, when he acted along with Osita Iheme. Beyond being an actor, Somadina is also a model and TV presenter.
Born Augsut 12, 1994 in Enugu State, Destiny Etiko joined the Nollywoood industry while being in primary school. She acted in her first movie, Twin Brothers, as a child actor alongside Osita Iheme, Hanks Anuku, and the late Sam Loco-Efe. She rose to fame in 2012 after starring in the hit movie, Idemili.
This beautiful and talented actor born in Asaba, Delta State is one of the most talked about actresses in Nigeria. Regina joined the movie industry in 2007 and rose to fame in 2010 after featuring in the hit movie, Miracle Child, a wonderful movie in which she acted alongside Chinwe Owo.
Funke Akindele is a very talented actress best known for playing the character of Jenifa in all her Jenifa movies and her wildly popular and long-running Jenifa’s Diary series. However, many do not know that Funke started as a child actor.
The actress starred in the sitcom I Need to Know from 1998 to 2002 playing the character of Bisi, a brilliant secondary school student.
Since then the actress has gone on to make a name for herself in this industry and is now one of the heavyweights in the business.