Reality TV shows have enjoyed massive followership in Nigeria and the impact cannot be overemphasized as it has been the perfect platform for some of the most popular stars in Nigeria to go on to become A-list Stars.
They have used their opportunities in certain reality TV shows to rise to stardom, and go on to achieve their dreams. Some of the most popular reality TV shows out there that have helped create these superstar actors are Big Brother Naija, Big Brother Africa, The Next Movie Star, Amstel Malta Box Office, and Gulder Ultimate Search.
We present to you a list of Nollywood actors who got that breakthrough through reality TV shows.
Okechukwu Ukeje, known as OC Ukeje is Nigerian actor, model and musician. He came into prominence after winning the Amstel Malta Box Office reality show. His first screen appearance was in White Waters in 2008 alongside star actresses Joke Silva and Rita Dominic. O.C. Ukeje rose to fame as one of Nigeria’s biggest actors from the reality show
Not everyone knows this but poplar Tonto Dikeh first hit the spotlight on a reality TV show called “The Next Movie Star” in 2005 as a contestant. She was the first runner-up and has since gone on to build a successful acting career for herself. Tonto’s start in the Nigerian movie industry began after the maiden edition of the movie reality show.
Uti Nwachukwu first participated at the celebrated Next Movie Star before contesting at the Big Brother Africa reality TV show. In 2010, he was a contestant in Big Brother Africa season 5 in which he lasted 91 days and ultimately won.
In 2011, the 37-yr-old thespian began his acting career and has so far featured in several movies since then while hosting some shows on TV.
Bisola Aiyeola's rise to stardom began when she competed in the 2008 edition of MTN Project Fame. She also took part in the Big Brother Nigeria competition and although she did not win, she was one of the most popular housemates. The show opened doors for her in the movie industry and Bisola has, within a short while after the show ended, become more popular than the eventual winner.
After becoming the winner of the 7th edition reality tv show ‘Gulder Ultimate Search’ Kunle Remi had his breakthrough in the entertainment industry. His acting career took off professionally in 2011 and he has since then starred in a couple of movies, stage plays, and TV Series.
Lastly on the list is Ovie Okujaye who rose to limelight after emerging the winner of the Amstel Malta Box Office reality Tv show in 2009. Although she had been performing on stage for years, the participation in the reality show paved the way for her and launched her acting career in Nollywood.
And there you have it on Nollywood actors that rose to fame from reality tv shows.
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