Check Out The Nigerian Celebs Who Left The Country For Greener Pastures. Though the issue of brain drain has been a recurrent phenomenon in Nigeria for decades, it was not really as pronounced in the entertainment industry as it was in other spheres of human endeavour, Nigerian celebs pastures.
However, the story has since changed and more Nigerian creatives seem to be pitching their tents ouNigerian celebs pastures tside the motherland, Nigerian celebs pastures with some even leaving at the peak of their careers. TOFARATI IGE takes a look at some celebs that have left the country but are still being missed by their fan, Nigerian celebs pastures.
In the early 2000s, actress, Opeyemi Ayeola, was a regular on the silver screen, especially Yoruba movies.
Noted for her smooth delivery of emotional roles, Ayeola was one actress who didn’t find it hard crying in movies. She was well loved by her fans and producers often passed scripts her way, constantly engaging her sevices.
In her heyday, the actress starred in over 50 movies including Apadi, Niniola, Nkan Asiri, Madam Dearest, Iyawo Panda, Owu Alantakun, Ojabo K’ofo and Omo Ole.
She however noted that her husband had given her the nod to return to her acting career and she has since appeared in a number of movies though she is still resident with her family in the UK.
Fair-skinned actress, Doris Simeon, was undoubtedly one of the damsels in the Yoruba movie industry that producers loved to cast to play the role of a young lady. Though from Edo State, she grew up in Lagos State, where she learnt to speak Yoruba.
She started her career acting in the popular television series, Papa Ajasco and Company, and from there she began to grow a steady army of fans. She also acted in English movies but it wasn’t until she started acting in Yoruba movies till more people started paying attention to her.
Simeon later got married to filmmaker, Daniel Adenimokan, and they had a son, David, together. Though she had a bitter split from Adenimokan, she continued to do well in her career and seemed to be unfazed.
Actor, Bayo Bankole, won the hearts of many fans with his portrayal of the smooth talking and street-smart Boy Alinco in the television series, Papa Ajasco and Company. With his trademark eyeglasses that had double lenses, Bankole thrilled many lovers of the show with the ‘freshness’ he brought to the role.
He also appeared in many movies including Ojo Ketala, Alabata, April Fuulu, Omo Iya Meta Leyi, where he often played the role of a young hustler.
However, it wasn’t long before it became apparent that the actor was disenchanted with Nigeria. He once maintained in an interview with www.nollygists.com, that he regretted being a Nigerian. When asked if he was enjoying his life as an actor, he had responded, “Yes. If I come to the world again, I would love to be an actor but not a Nigerian. I regret being a Nigerian.”
Many things have been written about actress, Lola Alao, but no one would dismiss the fact that once upon a time she was frequently seen in Yoruba movies. The Kogi State-born actress began her sojourn in the entertainment industry in the nineties when she appeared in the Zeb Ejiro-produced television series, Ripples. She went on to act in several movies, even producing some of her own. Some of the films she appeared in her are 5 and 6, Ewe Koko and Oku tee Sin.
Though her career grew in leaps and bounds, same could not be said of her love life as she was often the subject of gossips in the industry. She was, at different times, married to a car dealer, Dare Ogunlana; and US-based Olawale Ajibola; but both unions didn’t work out.
In 2019, it was reported that Alao had won the custody battle for the children of her deceased colleague, Aisha Abimbola. She presently lives in Canada.
A former beauty queen and actress, Regina Askia, was one person that many men loved to see on their television screens.
In 1988, Askia was crowned as the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria and thus began her career in the entertainment industry. She went on to appear in several movies including Most Wanted, Slave Warrior, Suicide Mission, Highway to the Grave and Queen of the Night.
At a time when her fans were still yearning for more from her, Askia relocated to the United States to raise a family. She is now a family nurse practitioner.
Actor, Yomi Gold, had a blossoming career and was regarded as one of the rising actors set to ‘take over’ from older thespians in the industry. With credits in movies such as Wendy, Oro Obinrin, Street Girls and Oko ni Ofe, he was fast positioning himself in the minds of fans.
Blessed with a pretty face, Victoria Inyama was one of the actresses that made waves in the movie industry in the early 2000s.
Her ‘innocent’ face, bright smile and soft voice endeared her to many even as she appeared in some of the most popular home videos of that time. She starred in films such as Silent Night, Danger Zone, Love from Above, Glamour Boys and Iyanga, and fans couldn’t seem to get enough of her.
That Lara George has a sonorous voice is not in doubt. The talent also seems to run in her family as the singer once stated that she got her ‘beautiful voice’ from her mum.
George first found fame as a member of the defunct Kush group with Emem Ema and TY Bello, and they had hits such as Let’s Live Together and Angels. After the group was dissolved, George went on to have a successful solo career. Her debut solo album, Forever in my Heart, was an instant hit with fans. The lead single on the album, Ijoba Orun, was embraced by many and George was invited to perform at churches and other places all over the world.
Call him one of the forerunners of the present generation of pop artistes in Nigeria and you wouldn’t be wrong. Lanre Dabiri, aka Eldee, was one of the brains behind the defunct Trybe Records, which had other artistes such as Freestyle, KB, 2Shotz and Sasha. He also had a solo career which saw him release hit songs including Big Boy, Bosi Gbangba, I go Yarn, I’m Leaving and Ota Mi.
Eldee is now based in the United States where he is involved in tech business.
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