Artistes who made 2017 tick

THEY may come across as living the good life, but the amount of work that goes into making their art stick can best be described as impressive. And even though the year 2017 was filled with a number of highly rated movies, some artistes stood out. DUPE AYINLA-OLASUNKANMI makes a list of some of them.
Richard Mofe-Damijo
POPULARLY known as RMD, this veteran Nollywood actor gave off an impressive performance in the movie ‘Three Wise Men’ featuring other Nollywood actors like Zack Orji, Victor Olaotan, Ebele Okaro, Tina Mba, Thelma Nwosu, and Emeka Nwachukwu. This earned him an award as ‘Best Actor’ at the recently held Abuja International Film Festival (AIFF). The thespian is also not resting on his hoarse, as he just wrapped up work on a new TV series, ‘The Mr. X Family Show’, which features top names in the industry. The actor who had earlier hinted about the new work saying new ventures are never easy, starting from conception to execution has finally finish work on the series and is expected to hit the screen soon.
Iretiola Doyle
KNOWN to own her fashion and lifestyle show titled ‘Oge With Iretiola’ which has run for about a decade, Ireti Doyle returned to the screen two years ago on the set of Victor Sanchez’ movie, ‘Dowry’. Most recently she has been nominated at the 2016 Africa Movie Academy Awards in the Best Actress In A Leading Role category for her portrayal of Dr. Elizabeth in Ebony Life Films’ blockbuster 2015 hit; ‘Fifty’.
On her role in the movie with an interview with The Nation in 2015, after the premier of the movie, she stated, “When I was sent the audition script for the movie; I fell in love with the character because she was exciting and a robust character with many different sides to her, and that caught my attention.”
Expectedly, her role in romantic comedy sequel, ‘The Wedding Party 2’ stood her out this year and is tipped to earn her awards in 2018.
Ego Boyo
AFTER starring in popular TV soaps over two decades ago, the name Ego Boyo, known in the industry as Anne Haastrup, continues to be a household name even after leaving TV.
Though nothing big is heard yet, until the flag off of ‘The Mr X Family Show’ by RMD, it is believed that the actress, cum producer is working on something that will be a hit again.
The mother of three, who is gradually gaining a spot back in the industry, left many years ago to do more of corporate works; documentaries and adverts for clients.
With plans to still do films, she is back as part of the cast of the just concluded RMD TV series titled ‘The Mr X Family Show’. This is seeing both Nollywood TV stars coming back together 25years after ‘Violated’.
Both who started their movie journey together 30years back as revealed by RMD kicked off in Checkmate, where he starred as Segun Kadiri.
In the 90’s, Ego Boyo hit the big screen with the movie ‘Violated’, her very first film, which she also produced, and directed by late veteran filmmaker, Amaka Igwe.
Sola Sobowale
SHE became popular in the soap opera as Toyin Tomato, in ‘Oh Father! Oh Daughter!’, the very first in Wale Adenuga’s Super Story drama series. For her fans it was welcoming news when the actress who left the shores of Nigeria about 15years ago to train her children, now grown-ups returned to the screen big and better.
Notwithstanding, after leaving, the actress, and producer still comes home occasionally to produce movies.
Known as no nonsense woman, the actress kept her fans to their sit with her role in the ‘Wedding Party’, released in 2016, where she played the role of Mrs Cooker, mother of the bride, starring alongside Ali Baba, Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Iretiola Doyle, RMD, among other notable actors.
Her acting prowess is dateed back to 40 years ago when she kicked off her career, in the series ‘Village Headmaster’, and ‘Super Story’.
Other movies that showed her acting skill are ‘Dangerous Twins’, ‘Family on Fire’, ‘Madam Dearest’, ‘Asewo To Re Mecca’, ‘Diamond Ring’, ‘Emotional Tears’, among many others.
The actress joined acting as a member of the Awada Kerikeri group under the leadership of Adebayo Salami. Ove r the years, she had scripted, co-scripted, directed and produced several Nigerian films, which include ‘Ohun Oko Somida’, a 2010 Nigerian film that made waves.Shaffy Bello
KNOWN for her sonorous voice in the song ‘Love me Jeje’, alongside her cousin Seyi Shodimu, Shaffy Bello is one of the advanced aged actresses that keeps the younger generation on their feet.
Presently gracing the face of Nollywood movies usually as a swift talking high-class woman, the singer showed her prowess in ‘Ovy’s Voice’, where she takes on a completely different role, as a full Yoruba personae with an interesting accent to back it up.
20 years after, having spent some time in the United States of America, the mother of two who has decided to return home and pursue her passion is surely performing well and endearing fans.Can be described as a hot cake for movie producers now, and also a fashion icon, Shaffy who left in 1987, command of the English language is evident in her interpretation of roles and her ability to bring her characters to life.
Since her return she has featured in quite a number of movie which include: ‘Cougar’, ‘Tinsel’, ‘Taste of Love’, ‘When Love Happens’, ‘Gbomo Gbomo  Banky W and Adesua Etomi
THIS is one celebrity couple that got the social media agog this year. From their engagement to a destination wedding in South Africa, fans couldn’t get enough of these two. This was further heightened when the newly wedded Mr. Wellinton mistakenly shared a semi-nude video of his wife.
Expectedly, the couple who got married in Cape Town, South Africa, after the incident happened erroneously, has kept mute.
It was also gathered, that during their first outing as couple at the premiere of Wedding Party 2, the couple revealed that they have decided to keep their private life out of social media.
Omo Ibadan
SHE has kept the social media in giggles with her comedy skits which have been ranked among some of the most watched videos of the year.
Done out of disappointment, the comedienne, Lizzy Jay Adebola, better known as Omo Ibadan, has carved niche for herself among her contemporaries, mimicking the life style of the young ladies of the popular state in Nigeria, Ibadan.
A graduate of the Federal Polytechnic Ede graduate, and an indigene of Ile-Ife, Osun State, the young and playful young star is a bundle of talents; she can play the guitar, dance, and also sing.
In an interview with The Nation, she reveals how disappointment from getting admission into the higher institution made her the talk of town.
Mary Njoku
CURRENTLY promoting Nigerian movies through her TV station on the satellite, which she launched last year, the CEO of the newly launched ROK studio/TV in UK, Mary Remmy Njoku, has proved her worth in the Nigerian entertainment world as a promoter, producer and actress.
ROK Studios, based in Lagos, launched a fresh out of the box television channel on Sky TV in the UK, and presently has its kiosks in some areas in Lagos, giving subscribers the benefits of downloading movies on their phones, data free.
The actress, who is married to Jason Njoku also a producer, has done Nigeria Motion Picture proud with the creation of ROK studio productions.
Bisola Aiyeola
FROM her role as Ovy in “Ovy’s Voice” to Simi in “Glimpse,” The Big Brother Naija reality star reveals herself as a captivating work in nuanced emotional displays.
The actress is both believable as a devout Christian wife in financial crisis and a traumatized mute makeup artist, ensuring that her characters are relatable.