by Anike Jacobs
Once upon a time, superstar Mercy Johnson-Okojie, who recently gave birth to a baby boy, was the toast of many movie makers especially in Asaba. She was paid as high as a million naira per movie and she allegedly got banned at some point for charging ‘too high’.
However, since she went on a paternity leave, fast rising actress, Queen Nwokoye, who was named the ‘Most Scandal Free Actress’ at the 2011 Best of Nollywood (BON) awards, has filled in the gap.
Yup, you read that right.
Queen Nwokoye, is now the busiest actress in the Nigerian movie industry.
Many filmmakers in the Asaba (Delta State) and Enugu axis now run after the role-interpreter for appearances in their movie flicks.
Charles Novia revealed this on a blog post detailing the Top 5 Nollywood actresses of 2014.
Hear him: “More-often-than-not, many tend to dismiss the ‘Asabawood’ genre of movies as crass, without structure and lacking in linear progression of plots.
“While a lot of movies from that axis, juxtaposed with the so-called ‘New Nollywood’ movies, can be a critics nightmare to watch, there is no denying that a few actors and actresses in that genre of movies have given us some performances which deserve applause.
“Queen Nwokoye is one of such worthy of mention for 2014. Whilst researching a bit more on her movies for 2014, I was authoritatively told that she is presently the most commercial actress in the Asaba movies, ever since Mercy Johnson went on maternity leave, with her movies selling in the millions. While such information does little to influence my artistic evaluation of her acting prowess, it was certainly important enough for me to file away in my memory bank that Queen must have something which appeals to the buying audience of such films. After watching her in a spawn of top-selling Asaba movies in 2014, I understood why.”
Other actresses who made it to the list include, Onyeka Onwenu, Lala Kemi Akindoju, Omoni Oboli and Nse Ikpe Etim.