Usually, royal families are not associated with those who would be in entertainment, but some of the members of royal families in Nigeria made it to the top and became celebrities at their own time. Who are these people? Find out here.
You know that usually royal families are not associated with those who would entertain you with their talents. They are believed to be among those who watch others do that while they are involved in things that are way above this. However, life truly has a great sense of humor, as some members of the royal families in Nigeria made it as the greatest entertainers.
The first royal celebrity our news will be about is Prince Jide Kosoko. Prince Jide was born on January 12, 1954. He comes from a royal family that lives on the Lagos Island. His acting talent was not a surprise for his family. He first appeared on stage when he was a young boy at the age of ten. Back then he was invited to a television show known as Makanjuola. However, later he went to the University to study business and administration.
His name is commonly associated with several films he has featured in. Among the most known films he featured in are “The Department” (2015), “Jenifa”, “Gidi Up” (2014), “Doctor Bello” (2013), “The Figurine” (2009), “The Meeting” (2012), “I’ll Take My Chances” (2011), “Last Flight to Abuja” (2012). Interesting fact about
The next royal celebrity we will share about is King Sunny Adé. As a singer, musician and a sing-writer, he had enormous influence in the world of music in his own time. Adé was born on September 22, 1946, in Osun state in Nigeria. His family came from a royal house; therefore, Adé was born to be an Omoba of the Yoruba people. His parents sent him to a grammar school in Ondo. However, after some time he decided to leave the school as if to enter the University of Lagos. And that is when his big story begins.
He started as a musician with a famous highlife band, but in 1967 he left them to start his own musical band, which he called “The Green Spots.” With the time, Adé tastes changed a lot, and with their change, he also changed the name of his band. After being known as “The Green Spots,” his band also was “African Beats” and “Golden Mercury.”
In his 20s and 30s, Adé went for some tours throughout Europe and America. He was a great discovery on the stage, as he was talented in the quick step dancing and playing the guitar. After his tours and a massive number of concerts all around the globe prominent mass media characterized him as one of the best musical band leaders they ever knew. In 1982 he was loved welcomed both in Europe and North America.
Another huge breakthrough for Adé happened when after the death of Bob Marley Island Records offered him to record him. However, within some time he refused to accept their offer, as, according to his words, they were trying to make his songs and music in general sound too American or European not letting him a chance to stay himself with his personal style. His style attracted much attention even in Hollywood. That is why his music was chosen to be the soundtrack to the Hollywood film “Breathless” (1983), “One More Saturday Night” (1986) and “O.C. and Stiggs” (1987). That is not all you should know about the path to the stars of Adé, so read more about him online.
The next Nigerian celebrity that comes from a royal home is Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi. She was born into the family of Olagbegi that lives in Owo in Ondo State. Her parents sent her to the Private school in Surulere and Nigerian Navy Secondary School. After that, she went on to study at the Queens College. Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi obtained her higher education at the Oakland University.
She chose Mass Communication to be her primary focus that is why she decided to continue her education at the Pan African University that is in Lagos State. She graduated from the University in 2009 and in the view of her passion for what she studied, she started working in the Mass Media area afterward. Today, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi works for Cool FM and The Beat 99.9 FM. Her talent for being an entertaining presenter is hard to hide that is why in 2008 he was awarded as “On Air Personality of the Year”.
That same year Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi also was honored to win the “Dynamix award” for a Radio Presenter. Moreover, the year 0f 2008 was a fruitful one for Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, as she was also considered to be worth of receiving the “Green Award for Excellence.” The following year our radio presenter from a royal family appeared on the news again as the winner of the “Exquisite Lady of the Year” as well as “Best Female Radio Presenter”. The following year she was nominated for “The Future Awards”; however, the sources did not mention whether she was awarded that year. As you see, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi is a royal celebrity of a large-scale with a great talent and passion for her profession.
Our next royal celebrity we will share about on this news is Rita Dominic. She is the holder of so man nominations and awards that it is even hard to mention them all. Her full name is Rita Uchenna Nkem Dominic Waturuocha. She was born on July 12, 1975. She comes from a royal family that lives in Imo State. Her father is a member of the Aboh Mbaise local government area. Before her parents died, they used to work in medicine. As a child and a teenager, Rita Dominic was sent to study at the best and most prestigious educational institutions. That is why she was a student of Federal Government College and the University of Port Harcourt. Being a diligent student, Rita Dominic graduated with honors having theater arts as her major.
However, her career path started long before she went study theater arts. She was always a part of all kinds of school performances as well as local theater groups. Her adult actor career started in 1998 when she starred in the first movie in Nollywood called “Time to Kill.” Being 41 years old now, Rita Dominic appeared in more than one hundred films and productions of Nollywood producers.
To name a few of them: “Children of Terror” (1998), “Throwing Stones” (2003), “Love You Forever” (2003), “A Night To Remember” (2003), “Sweet Love” (2004), “Working Class Lady” (2004), “Last Wedding” (2004), “The Begotten” (2005), “Kill The Bride” (2005), “Face Of Africa” (2005), “Wedding Fever” (2005), “Yahoo Millionaire” (2006), “Last Offence” (2006), “The Next Election” (2007), “Legal War” (2007), “Yankee Girls” (2008), and “Suru L'ere” (2016). She is starring in the films even though the style and manner have changed a little.
Finally, our next royal Nigerian celebrity is named Omawunmi. Omawunmi Megbele was born on April 13, 1982. She was born into a royal family but led a life of a regular child with no specific privileges. She attended Nana Primary School and then left for the College of Education Demonstration Secondary School. Later she entered the Ambrose Alli University to obtain her degree in law. She graduated from it in 2005 and decided to join the law firm her parents had.
Omawumi Megbele became hugely popular once she appeared on the stage of the West African Idol in 2007. She was spotted and since that time she is absolutely loved by many Nigerians. She finished the contest as the 1st runner-up and did not stop singing and surprising her fans with her voice and new musical experiments. However, she is not only a singer but also an actress. She started her acting career with V-Monolugues where she had a small role but a far-reaching one, as the whole play is based on the life and difficulties of Nigerian women in the country. Later Omawumi Megbele played in a musical called Olurombi as well as a movie “Inale.” One of her latest appearances was in the film called “Return of Jenifa” in 2011 and “House of Gold” in 2013 where she played together with Majid Michel and Ice Prince.
As you see, there are many Nigerian celebrities that come from royal families. In the view of their talent, they are great actors, singers, and radio presenters. They are awarded and nominated for being a real asset to the modern arts of Nigeria. These are not the only royal celebrities; there are much more, but these are the first ones that we thought of when writing this article. If the search for more examples of royal Nigerian celebrities in the news, take the time to read about on-air-personality named Toolz and a hip hop singer called Tilla Man.
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