When they aren’t in front of the camera, some of the most successful actresses in Nollywood are mothers. We take a look at nine of Nollywood’s hottest moms.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
Omotola tops any list of Nollywood beauties, this mother of four is still one of the sexiest actresses in Nigeria. She has starred in several Nollywood movies, is a singer and also has a reality TV show. Where does she find the time?
In 2011 Nollywood actress Grace Amah took a sabbatical in order to give birth. She was open about the fact that she regretted having a baby out of wedlock, but the beautiful actress has recently been the subject of reports saying she will marry the UK-based father of her son.
The radiant actress has been married for 12 years and has three sons. She is the star of several Nollywood movies, but her busy schedule hasn't stopped her from landing a major endorsement deal with Venus. She is a multiple award-winner (Los Angeles Movie Awards; Harlem International Film Festival) and has been nominated for several other awards.
Mercy Johnson only became a mom a few months ago (her daughter Purity was born on 30 December 2012), but she was a shoe-in for the list of sexiest Nollywood moms. One of Nigeria's most famous and popular actresses, Johnson gave birth in the US before flying home to receive a Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Award three months later.
The divorced Nollywood star has one child, a five-year-old daughter, from her marriage which ended in divorce. The unconventional looking star makes the sexiest list for her bold confidence and her unerring fashion sense.
Married since 2005, the Ghanaian beauty has one son. Appiah started her career on TV, but soon made the jump to films. She is one of the most famous actresses in West Africa and her beautiful face graces billboards across her native Ghana. Appiah recently won the award for Best Actress in a Drama at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers’ choice Awards.
It is difficult to believe the beautiful Yoruba screen-queen is the mother to grown-up children, but her sons are men. One of them, Ojayy, is at the beginning of a fledgling rap career and looks set to become a star in his own right.
Nollywood beauty Stella Damasus has had an interesting life, born the daughter of a traditional Benin chief; Damasus was left a widow with two young kids when her late husband passed away in 2004. She started acting in 1996, and has since made over 50 Nollywood titles and has been nominated for a best actress award. Her sons are in their early teens and Damasus has stated in interviews that she has eased up on acting in order to support them.
Igbo actress Oge Okoye has put her degree in Theatre Arts to good use, starring in scores of movies. The London-born beauty is mother to two children with her husband Stanley Duru from Imo State. The two were married in 2005 and she gave birth in the UK to ensure her children will have British citizenship.