The Nigerian film industry is full of talented stars who have graced our TV screens for more than two decades, and emerging numbers are no exception. But some of our favorite TV screen stars got out of their comfort zone and tried something new, some of them decided to try another part of the entertainment industry: the music industry. They’ve released a few singles and some have even been a debut album. Unfortunately, their dream was short-lived and their music career fell through. Below is a list of five Nollywood actresses who have ventured into music
Award-winning actress Kehinde Bankole finally dared to pursue her passion for music. The talented performer does not embark on this journey alone, she joins her childhood friend Jazymn and they are recognized as Rave. The duo is releasing a new song called Other side. The song is an RnB gospel piece that mixes Igbo and English. It’s a departure from the regular RnB songs that permeate the airwaves.
The music is produced by Chordatic Beatz. Speaking about the inspiration behind the song, Kehinde Bankole said the song was inspired by the presence and love of God. “The current single Other side was inspired by the overwhelming sense of integrity that comes from God’s presence and love. For the composition we had the chorus that was done in one day, then we created the verses and the bridge in the studio.
Music Act Jennifer Eliogu has refuted speculation that she has decided to deal with music that has lost its relevance in the film industry. She told Klieg Light in a conversation that she has always been a backing vocalist and that music has always been her first love.
Tonto Dikeh’s transition from film to music was not as successful as might be expected, but it was also much criticized. She was lucky enough to be signed to D’banj’s DB Records label and released a few singles. The most popular are “Itz Ova” and “High”. She didn’t last long at the label as there were rumors that she was kicked out of the label, although D’banj denied the news.
Genevive’s musical career is similar to that of Omotolas. She released “No More” in 2005 about dealing with domestic violence and manipulative relationships. The song is accompanied by a clip. No More’ was a surprisingly successful song and the theme is still relevant to this day.
“Omosexy” hit a music studio in 2005 and released two singles “Missing you” and “Gba” that had a fair amount of airing during that time. But we can assume that she has become more comfortable playing fictional roles for television. She recently revealed that she plans to get back into music soon, hopefully, this time we hope she gets it right.