There are few Nigerian Celebrities that studied Theatre Arts in today’s Nigerian Entertainment Industry. And we shall be taking a look at them with this post.
But regardless of this needed certification, the majority of those making headlines are those without that thespian experience from an academic point of view.
Personally i believe that as trained thespians there is this claim to the profession that others without the rigors of class rehearsals can not make.
Like medical students, those with theater arts training are in fact the rightful heirs to the dramatic arts. That is not to say, those in the industry are not professionals or rather, not good at what they are doing.
The focus is to point out the fact that there are some names in the industry who know more about the dramatic arts than others, who are well equipped with both the practicals and theories of the performing arts.
Today we shall be making mention of those selected few.
1. Richard Mofe Damijo
The first on our list is one of the finest actors to come out of Nigeria. Richard Mofe Damijo is among the elite in the industry. With an acting relevance that has seen decades and still waxing strong.
He is among the few Nigerian celebrities that studied theatre arts. He attended the prestigious University of Benin.
As far as professional certificates go, he is a true representation of a thespian whose love for the dramatic arts has earned him an higher place in the industry. Occupying a class of his own that only few are allowed access to.
He is from Delta State.
2. Julius Agwu
Personally Julius Agwu is one of those Nigerian celebrities whose life is strictly focused on God’s word and directions. He is a born again Christian whose comedy has left us, many times in stitches.
Like Alibaba his brand helped new comedians reach the limelight and kept them there.
The Ikwere comedian from Rivers State, studied Theatre Arts at the University of Port Harcourt, Choba.
Some few months back, news on every Nigerian Celebrity News blog reacted to his near death experience.
He is from Rivers State.
3. Bob-Manuel Udokwu
A very popular face in the Nigerian Movie Industry. And a very old one at that.
These veteran actor obtained a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Port Harcourt.
He had played Mike, a cult member in the 1992 movie Living in Bondage.
He is from Nkwelle-Ogidi, Idemmili North LGA of Anambra State.
4. Rita Dominic
It would interest you to know that Rita Dominic is a member of the Royal Nwaturuocha family of Aboh Mbaise local government area in Imo State.
That is a worthy mention if you ask me. Like those Nigerian celebrities with billionaires fathers, those with Royal connect should also lay claim to some kind of class.
She graduated with a BA (Honours) Degree in Theatre Arts in 1999 from the University of Port Harcourt.
She is from Imo State.
5. Monalisa Chinda
Another celebrity to grace this page is Monalisa Chinda, who is a graduate from the department of theatre arts, University of Port Harcourt.
She is one of the big names in the industry. In fact for those on her level, there is nothing more to prove.
In 2012, she became one of the first of four Nollywood actors to be featured on the cover of Hollywood Weekly Magazine.
6. Muma Gee
It seems that when it comes to theatre arts and her graduate children in Nollywood, University of Port Harcourt comes first.
Real name Gift Iyumame, Muma Gee first came to a larger awareness, as a contestant on the celebrity edition of Nigerian reality TV series Gulder Ultimate Search and not as a singer.
Sadly, she is also a member of that peculiar list of Nigerian celebrities who are divorced.
7. Francis Duru
I think Francis Duru was made an house hold name by the movie ‘Hostages‘.
But he actually became the popular name after hitting success with the movie ‘Rattle Snake‘ that was produced in 1997 by Amaka Igwe.
He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Port Harcourt in 1996.
8. Adesua Etomi
She is beautiful and is the wife of Nigerian singer Banky W, which make them a power couple. She is among the few Nigerian celebrities that studied theatre arts.
Theirs is a marriage of beauty and open romance.
She obtained a diploma in “physical theatre, musical theatre and performing arts” from City College Coventry in 2004.
After completing these courses in 2006 with triple distinctions, she studied drama and performance at the University of Wolverhampton , graduating with first-class honors .
9. Fred Amata
May i introduce you to yet another veteran whose name and face is no stranger to cinematic fame in this country of ours.
In the person of Fred Amata.
He is currently serving as the President of the Directors Guild of Nigeria , since February 27, 2016.
He is a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Jos.
I came across him back in the 90s through the movie ‘Mortal Inheritance ‘.
10. Jeta Amata.
His work first went global when he produced a documentary film for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in 2003, using his film Game of Life as footage for the documentary.
He holds 53 nominations and 10 wins for film awards in Africa, Europe and the United States, and is considered one of the most successful filmmakers to come out of West Africa.
He studied Theater Arts at Benue State University in Makurdi, Nigeria.
11. Sam Dede
This dude cemented his fame when Isakaba came out.
He studied theatre arts at the University of Port Harcourt but what is even more worthy of note is that he is currently a lecturer in that same department that helped him become a properly trained actor.
The striking peculiarity that sets Sam Dede apart from majority of his colleagues is his perfect delivery and thick voice.
12. Helen Paul
If you have watched recent Nigerian comedy stand up shows then you should know Helen Paul.
She is also a regular voice on radio
You can access her recent media events by looking for her on MNet (as a co-presenter on Africa Magic Channel 114’s “JARA“).
She is currently the first Stand-up comedian to have a PhD and rightly so, in theatre arts from the University of Lagos.
13. Hilda Dokubo
Dokubo made her screen debut during her youth service in a 1992 film titled Evil Passion.
She is now an accomplished actress in the industry.
She is an alumna of the University of Port Harcourt where she earned her Bachelor and master’s degrees in Theatre Arts .
14. Yule Edochie
Another name on our list with training in theatre arts is no other person than Yul Edochie. Popularly known for his occult roles in movies.
He graduated from the University of Port Harcourt with a degree in theatre arts.
These Nigerian celebrities are the few among the many who actually carried with them through the years their dreams of fame through hours of class work bordering on acting and the many theories of the performing arts.
These are the few who actually walked the walk of true discipleship as far as acting is concerned.
These ones are called THESPIANS. And they are the few Nigerian celebrities that studied theatre arts and are relevant in the industry. You can find similar post in our Naija News archive.
Let me know of other thespians in the industry by using the comment box.
Until the next one, stay blessed.