Over the years, we have seen A-list musicians like Banky W, Ikechukwu, Falz, and Simi make the switch to Nollywood, even rising to become highly-sought after actors, and the reverse switch, from acting to singing, has also happened many times than many realise.
The list below shows 8 Nollywood celebrities who once took a crack at music, with some even going as far as releasing albums.
An A-list actress in her own right, Omotola Jalade had the kind of sex appeal that held generations spellbound and she took that to the music industry as well. She released a full album, and her hit single “Feel Alright” received massive airplay as well.
Since his debut in the 90s, Jim Iyke has been one of the go-to actors for roles involving either a playboy and James Bond-ish character. His debut single “Who Am I” was met with mixed reviews, even though he featured one of the best musicians in the industry at the time; Tuface.
The actress, who is more or less on a sabbatical from acting after finding Christ Jesus, once took a shot at the music industry and was even signed to D’Banj’s record label at some point. Her songs were not as widely received as her other counterparts but she has not given up yet, as she plans to put out new music soon.
Kenneth Okonkwo and Chioma Akpota
During the era when musicals were a thing in Nollywood, many actors and actresses behind the songs released the official soundtracks of them along with videos that circulated the internet, and Kenneth Okonkwo and Chioma Akpota were among those who released many tracks.
The critically acclaimed Nollywood princess-turned-queen has also once had a spell in the Nigerian music industry. Her hit song “No More” received massive airplay in both Nigeria and Ghana, even getting her on a few shows and concerts at the time.
While Shaffy Bello has become a force to reckon with in Nollywood, she was once a force in the music industry as well after appearing on Seyi Sodimu’s song “Love Me Jeje”, which was once one of the most popular songs in the nation.
Richard Mofe-Damijo, Kate Henshaw, Bimbo Akintola, and Various Stars
Renowned director, Tade Ogidan, had a knack for getting the right stars for his movies and it’s no surprise he could make the same amazing choices when it came to music as well. The ace director once got Richard Mofe-Damijo, Kate Henshaw, Tina Mba, Bimbo Akintola, and many other veterans on a track that you can’t help but vibe to.