The Future Awards Africa Prize For Acting
Timini Egbuson (32)
While having famous siblings is a challenge other thespians have to overcome to find their own voice as actors, Timini Egbuson’s path into Nollywood was paved by the charisma and goodwill that his famous big sister Dakore Akande earned in her near two decades in Nollywood. But Egbuson never had to depend on this goodwill to find his own footing. After a surprise casting in the MTV owned youth television series Shuga, Timini Egbuson’s layered portrayal of the struggles of the show’s protagonist endeared him to a generation of teenagers and fast-tracked his career to towards superstardom.
An important role in the Ebony Life Films project Fifty¸ proved he wasn’t only compelling to watch, he was also bankable. Between 2018 and 2019, Timini has had distinguished roles in television, radio and film productions including Kamsi, Fifty the series, MTV Shuga, the Missing Piece, Room 420, Skinny girl in transit, Sophia, Dark Spotlight, Contract Liars, Killing Victor’s Wife and the more recent Elevator baby. He uses every opportunity to reassert himself able to deliver a heartfelt but commercially viable experience. This year, Timini takes on his first role as a leading man in a major Nollywood project with Elevator Baby alongside Toyin Aimhaku.
Timini will reprise his role as Tobi in the new season of MTV Shuga Naija, in addition to other film and TV projects on his slate.
Bimbo Ademoye (28)
Actress, producer and entrepreneur are just a few titles to add to the talented Bimbo Ademoye. She made her debut in the movie industry with her breakthrough role in the movie ‘Back Up Wife’, which earned her a nomination for Best Lead Role at the 2018 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
She has racked up a couple of award nominations including the 2018 City People Movie Awards, Revelation of the Year, Best New Actress, and Best Upcoming Actress award categories. She also received two individual nominations at 2018 Best of Nollywood Awards for her role in Personal Assistant, winning the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In 2018, Bimbo was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy/TV series at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards for her role in the film, Backup Wife. Her notable movies are; Kamsi (2018), Getting Over Him (2018), Light in the Dark (2018), Personal Assistant (2018), Gone (2018), Girlfriends (2019), Last days (2019), The Family (2019), Desperate House girls, Diary of a Crazy Nigerian Woman and more.
She is set to feature in the much-anticipated movie, Sugar Rush, produced by Jade Osiberu.
Bandele ‘Baaj’ Adebule (30)
One of Nollywood’s heartthrob Bandele Adetolu “Baaj” Adebule, has made a name for himself especially with his leading roles in a number of film and TV projects, such a multi award-winning action flick A Soldier’s Story alongside Daniel K Daniel, Linda Ejiofor and a host of others. As well as the critically acclaimed Road to Yesterday alongside Genevieve Nnaji and Chi Gurl.
He has starred in some of the biggest projects to have come out of Africa like Hush, Payday, Uncloaked, The Missing, A Soldier’s Story, Battleground Showdown, to name a few.
In recent years, he has played a prominent role as Louis Okafor, in acclaimed web series, Men’s Club, that has gone on to seal his name as a leading actor in Nollywood.
Sharon Ooja (28)
What quicker way to break international barriers than being nominated for Best Actress of the Year at the City People Movie Awards for a role in a web series. This is the kind of single-minded focus that actress Sharon Ooja brings to all the projects she is affiliated with. It is a little hard to believe she began her career in Nollywood as a supporting character in the first season of cult classic Skinny Girl in Transit.
Ooja has transitioned from her titular role as Shalewa in SGIT to feature in the critical darling The Men’s Club. When Sharon isn’t working to bring characters to life on the small screen she is earning her stripes as a serious method actress by collecting film credits with some of the most exciting directors working today. She featured in serious indie film fare in Kemi Adetiba’s King Of Boys, worked on Bolanle Austen Peter’s directorial debut Bling Lagosians as well as teaming up with Dami Elebe for From Lagos With Love.
Ooja is currently doing press runs for her most ambitious project yet, Ebony Life Films prostitution drama Oloture, where she carried her first leading role and had its first showing at the Creative Arts agency in Los Angeles and received its first nomination at the Carthage Festival in Tunisia). With 6 best actress nominations in 2019 alone, Sharon Ooja is on a roll.
Fatima Washa Abdullahi (26)
Fatima Abdullahi Washa is a leading name in Kannywood. Known professionally as Fati Washa, she was born in Bauchi state.
She has carved a niche for herself in the Hausa film industry which is quite a significant achievement for the young actress. Fati Washa has starred in numerous movies including The Next Blind, House, Make Da Bake, ‘Ya daga Allah Jaraba Karfen, Nasara Makahon, Gida Niqab, Dangin Miji.
Moshood Fattah (28)
Moshood Fattah is an actor, writer and art enthusiast. A graduate of Performing Arts, University of Ilorin, Fattah also holds a Master’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Lagos. His professional career started in 2015 with a leading role in the Spirit of David Musical Butcher & the Bridge where he delivered a riveting performance as the blood thirsty child soldier, Gwanza.
The production would go on to establish a career for Moshood Fattah as a dedicated actor with a penchant for playing antithetic characters both on stage, film and television. Some of his acting credits includeThe Johnsons, Fela & the Kalakuta Queens, Man Enough, Fishbone, And the Winner is… (Winner, Outstanding Short Film; Abuja International Film Festival 2019), For Old Times’ Sake and Moremi the Musical.
In 2019, Fattah delivered his finest performance till date in Gandhi the Musical where he played the iconic Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi- from the age of 24 till his assassination at 78. Moshood Fattah hopes to use his talents to rouse a new wave of African thinkers to push the continent forward by playing intellectually inspiring characters, writing and producing insightful stories that question society and challenge culture. In his free time, Fattah enjoys discussions involving climate change, sustainable living, sexual health and social responsibility.