10. Kandyse McClure
Date of Birth: March 22, 1980
Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa
Weight: 50 kg
Kandyse is a Canadian actress who is popular for her role as Anastasia Dualla in Battlestar Galactica. In 2013, she was picked up for the Netflix Original series, Hemlock Grove. She works with an NGO called CARE to address poverty in third world countries.
9. Ella Thomas
Year of Birth: 1981
Place of Birth: Asmara, Eritrea
Profession Actress, model, and producer
Ella’s family relocated to Germany when she was very young. While studying in a school in Kindsbach, Germany, she developed an interest in the performing arts and started to take part in school plays. She made her Hollywood film debut alongside Bruce Willis in Surrogates.
8. Megalyn Echikunwoke
Date of Birth: May 28, 1983
Place of Birth: Spokane, Washington, USA
Weight: 59 kg
Even though Megalyn was born in the United States, she is of African descent as her father was Nigerian. She is the granddaughter of a Nigerian tribal leader of the Igno, which makes her African royalty. She is best known for her role Tara Price in CSI:Miami.
7. Michelle Van Der Water
Place of Birth Cape Town, South Africa
Her family relocated to Australia immediately after she was born. She grew up there and graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Graphic Design and New Media. She then began to start modeling and taking acting classes. She moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her goals in acting and has appeared in NCIS: Los Angeles in 2009.
6. Ajuma Nasenyana
Date of Birth: August 16, 1984
Place of Birth: Lodwar, Kenya
Weight: 53 kg
She first started modeling during the Miss Kenya Tourism contest in 2003 and was crowned Miss Nairobi. Through this competition, she was discovered by Surazuri Modelling Agency.
5. Liya Kebede
Date of Birth: March 1, 1978
Place of Birth: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Weight: 57 kg
Her career took off at Lycée Guebre-Mariam, where she was attending school, and a film director spotted her. He introduced her to a French Modelling agent. Liya moved from Ethiopia to France and then to New York as her career progressed. She now models for brands like Gap, Yves Saint-Laurent, and Victoria’s Secret.
4. Azie Tesfai
Date of Birth: December 20
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Although Azie was born and raised in Los Angeles, she is a first generation immigrant. Her parents are from Ethiopia and Eritrea. She is popularly known for her character Nadine Hanson in the CW production, Jane the Virgin.
3. Freema Agyeman
Date of Birth: March 20, 1979
Place of Birth London, England
Weight: 54 kg
Profession: Actress, model, and singer
Born to an Iranian mother and Ghanaian father, Freema was born and raised in London. Freema is best known for her role as Martha Jones in the popular BBC science fiction series, Doctor Who.
2. Fatima Siad
Date of Birth: December 17, 1986
Place of Birth: Mogadishu, Somalia
Weight: 50 kg
Fatima’s mother is from Somali, and her father is Ethiopian. After the tragic death of her sisters in the war, her mother and Fatima fled to the United States. She is currently signed with IMG Models in New York City, Paris, Milan and other cities.
1. Lupita N’yongo
Date of Birth: March 1, 1983
Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico
Weight: 51 kg
Profession: Actress, film director, model, music video director
Although Lupita was born in Mexico, she was raised in Kenya. She then moved to the United States to attend college. Before becoming an actor, Lupita was a production assistant. She made her film debut with East River in 2008.
With Hollywood always being in the spotlight, some of these women in Nollywood may not get enough of the well-deserved recognition. They worked hard and fought many battles in order to get to where they are today. So, now that we have briefed you about these beautiful women in African, do try and seek out their work and show them some love and appreciation.