Nigerians weigh in on the Battle Of The Best Between Adesua And Genevieve

One of the most enduring topics of discussion from the Nigerian film industry has been the Old Nollywood vs New Nollywood dichotomy. Nostalgia has helped sustain the careers of many of our beloved Nollywood veterans while the new industry blazes trails.  Fans on each side of the divide have their reasons for picking a side on “Who is the better actress?” debate. Acclaimed actresses Genevieve Nnaji and Nigeria’s sweetheart Adesua Etomi are the contestants in the ring; and we are all trying to decipher who exhibited more talent and skills in their profession.

What started as an honest yet brutal critique of the Sugar Rush actress, Adesua Etomi, by a supposed fan on Twitter, snowballed into a large scale battle of the best. The tweet had read that Adesua Etomi, while a great person, isn’t an outstanding actor. She went further to state that the constant availability of leading roles for her was probably due to colourism and favouritism. 

Some opinions had also arisen in corroboration of the initial position with some saying Adesua acts like she is bored and needs to develop significantly on her skills. Some referred to other roles she had played, stating that she had a track record of acting woefully inadequate in her movies. 

As anticipated, opposing views and opinions met the tweets above with many saying Adesua Etomi is a great actress and should not be disregarded as anything less. Some declared that to play the colourism card was to undermine all the hard work Etomi had put into getting her roles.


Some with a more nuanced stance declared that yes, one could say that Adesua is a “stiff” actress, it should, however, be discussed without making false claims of her getting roles due to colourism. 

Somewhere along the line, Nigerians had roped the acclaimed actress and producer, Genevieve Nnaji into the conversation; attempting to compare both actresses. People quickly rejected this premise saying Genevieve is miles ahead of the star, Adesua Etomi and that any attempt to compare the two is an insult on her accolades as a veteran actor. They declared that Genevieve exhibits much better acting skills.


There were those with a different opinion altogether saying both Genevieve and Adesua were average actresses and that Mercy Johnson was the actress focus and praise should be placed upon for her extreme versatility in roles. 



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