Some Nigerian actors and actresses have been in the movie industry for a very long time, many of them started their careers as child stars who came into the spotlight at the age of 10 or even younger than that.
Veterans like Jide Kosoko and Adebayo Salami even started their careers in the days of legendary theater arts pioneer, Hubert Ogunde. They started from the days of stage play and black and white movies.
It is extremely difficult to stay in the spotlight as stars with fame all across the country and continue to maintain talent and integrity in their craft. Legit.ng is celebrating Nollywood actors from both the Yoruba and English movie industry who started their careers as child stars.
1) Adebayo Salami:
The 65-year-old actor popularly known as Oga Bello started his career as a stage play act in 1964. Ever since then, he has perfected his talented and created a household name for himself.
He is an actor, filmmaker, producer and director. Oga Bello also passed his legacy down to his children who have also made a name for themselves in the movie industry.
2) Jide Kosoko:
Kosoko, a 65-year-old boss in the movie industry started as a child star, also in 1964. He began acting after he was recommended for a role by his uncle.
The veteran has written and produced his own films and stage plays. His fame really rose after he produced his first movie Asiri n la in 1992.
3) Femi Adebayo:
Son of veteran actor, Femi Adebayo, started his career at the age of 13 in 1985. He was chosen for his first big movie Ogun Ajaye that same year. The 40-year-old has become known for his spectacular acting skills.
He has received many awards for his roles in movies. He not only achieved greatness in the movie industry, he is also a certified lawyer and the special adviser to the governor of Kwara state on arts, culture and tourism.
4) Ijaduade Ololade Azeez:
This young man started his career at the young age of 7. He was a sensation to many when his started his career. Ever since is childhood days, Ijaduade has produced several movies and as directed many.
Ijaduade was known as the little boy who always played the role of that troublesome child and he made many fans of home videos laugh. Known as Ola Omo Dimeji for his role in the old movie Jensimi and Iru Esin.
5) Samuel Olaoluwa Olasehinde:
Son of veteran Nollywood comedian, Kayode Olasehinde also known as Ajirebi, was also known for his role in movies as as stubborn child that made jest of people.
Samuel Olaoluwa Olasehinde had began his career as a child and he still acts till date.
6) Kunle Afolayan:
Kunle Afolayan is the son of famous theater act, Ade Love. He began is acting career as a child and became known when he starred in the popular political drama Saworide.
The 44-year-old has made a name for himself by making movies that get global recognition. Movies such as The Figurine, The CEO, and Phone Swap were shown in movie theaters outside Nigeria.
7) Khabirat Kafidipe:
Kabirah Kafidipe started her career at a young age. She stared as Araparegangan in the movie Saworide.
It was the first movie that brought her to the eye of fans in 1999. The 38-year-old is a Nigerian film actress, director and producer.
8) Funke Akindele:
The 41-year-old actress who recently became a mother of twins started her career at a young age. She shot to the spotlight when she starred in a sitcom titled I Need To Know which ran from 1998 to 2002.
Funke Akindele-Bello is now a script writer, movie producer and a spectacular actress. She is popularly known as Jenifa for her as a village girl trying to living the fast life in Lagos in the movie and sitcom Jenifa.
9) Opemipo Bamigbopa:
The young lady started her career in acting at a very young age. She became known after she starred in the Soap Opera One Love.
She also starred in movies such as Bororo and Maradona.
10) Regina Daniels:
The teen actress that sets social media on fire with lovely photos. Regina Daniels who is now 18 years old started her career at a young age.
She has been in many movies and has been nominated for several awards. She is currently schooling at Igbinedion University.
11) Williams Uchemba:
The young man started his career by starring several English movies such as Dorathy My Love in 2005 and Beyond Belief in 2003.
He is now a movie producer, model, comedian, philanthropist, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and a television personality.