In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 09th, August, 2020

Examine Out The Nigerian Celebrities Who Left The Nation For Greener Pastures

Check Out The Nigerian Celebrities Who Left The Country For Greener Pastures

Nigerian celebrities

Although the difficulty of mind drain has been a recurrent phenomenon in Nigeria for many years, it was not likely as pronounced within the leisure trade because it was in different spheres of human endeavour.

Nonetheless, the story has since modified and extra Nigerian creatives appear to be pitching their tents outdoors the motherland, with some even leaving on the peak of their careers. TOFARATI IGE takes a take a look at some celebs which have left the nation however are nonetheless being missed by their followers

Opeyemi Ayeola

Within the early 2000s, actress, Opeyemi Ayeola, was an everyday on the silver display, particularly Yoruba motion pictures.

Famous for her easy supply of emotional roles, Ayeola was one actress who didn’t discover it exhausting crying in motion pictures. She was nicely cherished by her followers and producers typically handed scripts her means, continuously participating her sevices.

In her heyday, the actress starred in over 50 motion pictures together with Apadi, Niniola, Nkan Asiri, Madam Dearest, Iyawo Panda, Owu Alantakun, Ojabo Okay’ofo and Omo Ole.

Nonetheless, at a time when her followers have been nonetheless anticipating her to thrill them in additional motion pictures, the gorgeous actress bought married to her United Kingdom-based lover, Olayiwola Owolomonse. Ayeola quickly relocated to the UK and began elevating her household.

After a chronic absence of a few decade, the actress returned to the display, sparingly showing in motion pictures from her UK base. In an interview she granted in 2018, the mom of dual youngsters acknowledged that shortly after their marriage, her husband ‘made her go on go away’. She additionally added that she took the choice to create a strong basis for her household. “Taking a sabbatical from my profession was my solely means of laying the most effective basis and constructing an unsinkable residence,” she as soon as wrote on social media.

She nonetheless famous that her husband had given her the nod to return to her appearing profession and she or he has since appeared in quite a lot of motion pictures although she remains to be resident together with her household within the UK.

Doris Simeon

Honest-skinned actress, Doris Simeon, was undoubtedly one of many damsels within the Yoruba film trade that producers cherished to solid to play the position of a younger woman. Although from Edo State, she grew up in Lagos State, the place she learnt to talk Yoruba.

She began her profession appearing within the common tv collection, Papa Ajasco and Firm, and from there she started to develop a gentle military of followers. She additionally acted in English motion pictures nevertheless it wasn’t till she began appearing in Yoruba motion pictures until extra individuals began taking note of her.

Simeon later bought married to filmmaker, Daniel Adenimokan, and so they had a son, David, collectively. Although she had a bitter break up from Adenimokan, she continued to do nicely in her profession and gave the impression to be unfazed.

Nonetheless, many have been taken abruptly when information filtered in that she had relocated to the US of America. Sources near her claimed that she made the transfer to be nearer to her son. Although she has left the nation, Simeon has not distanced herself from the world of make-believe. Lately, she options in motion pictures and internet collection with different US-based Nigerian actors. She additionally usually interacts together with her 261,000 followers on Instagram.

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Bayo Bankole

Actor, Bayo Bankole, gained the hearts of many followers together with his portrayal of the sleek speaking and street-smart Boy Alinco within the tv collection, Papa Ajasco and Firm. With his trademark eyeglasses that had double lenses, Bankole thrilled many lovers of the present with the ‘freshness’ he dropped at the position.


He additionally appeared in lots of motion pictures together with Ojo Ketala, Alabata, April Fuulu, Omo Iya Meta Leyi, the place he typically performed the position of a younger hustler.

Nonetheless, it wasn’t lengthy earlier than it turned obvious that the actor was disenchanted with Nigeria. He as soon as maintained in an interview with, that he regretted being a Nigerian. When requested if he was having fun with his life as an actor, he had responded, “Sure. If I come to the world once more, I’d like to be an actor however not a Nigerian. I remorse being a Nigerian.”

Little marvel that he jetted overseas for good when he had the possibility.

In an interview with Sunday Scoop in 2018, Bankole insisted that transferring to the US hadn’t ended his profession. He mentioned, “My relocation to the US has not affected my profession in any means. I nonetheless act and have featured in some motion pictures shot right here (US). I just lately acted in a movie produced by Lola Alao and it’ll be launched quickly. It was shot in Toronto, Canada. I’m additionally concerned in promotions of every kind; working with actors and musicians. I do transportation enterprise as nicely.”

Lola Alao

Many issues have been written about actress, Lola Alao, however nobody would dismiss the truth that as soon as upon a time she  was often seen in Yoruba motion pictures. The Kogi State-born actress started her sojourn within the leisure trade within the nineties when she appeared within the Zeb Ejiro-produced tv collection, Ripples. She went on to behave in a number of motion pictures, even producing a few of her personal. Among the movies she appeared in her are 5 and 6, Ewe Koko and Oku tee Sin.

Although her profession grew in leaps and bounds, similar couldn’t be mentioned of her love life as she was typically the topic of gossips within the trade. She was, at totally different occasions, married to a automobile vendor, Dare Ogunlana; and US-based Olawale Ajibola; however each unions didn’t work out. Alao was additionally concerned in an argument when one other actress, Bisi Ibidapo-Obe, claimed that she (Alao) launched her (Ibidapo-Obe) to former Senator Dino Melaye, who she had a child for. At some extent, Alao additionally switched from Christianity to Islam. Some individuals alleged that she modified her faith due to an Alhaji she wished to get married to however the actress debunked the rumours, asserting that she was born right into a Muslim residence.

In 2019, it was reported that Alao had gained the custody battle for the kids of her deceased colleague, Aisha Abimbola. She presently lives in Canada.

Regina Askia

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A former magnificence queen and actress, Regina Askia, was one person who many males cherished to see on their tv screens.

In 1988, Askia was topped because the Most Lovely Lady in Nigeria and thus started her profession within the leisure trade. She went on to seem in a number of motion pictures together with Most Wished, Slave Warrior, Suicide Mission, Freeway to the Grave and Queen of the Evening.

At a time when her followers have been nonetheless craving for extra from her, Askia relocated to the US to elevate a household. She is now a household nurse practitioner.

Yomi Gold

Actor, Yomi Gold, had a blossoming profession and was considered one of many rising actors set to ‘take over’ from older thespians within the trade. With credit in motion pictures akin to Wendy, Oro Obinrin, Avenue Ladies and Oko ni Ofe, he was quick positioning himself within the minds of followers.

In 2017, the actor criticised the nation’s healthcare sector after he misplaced a buddy who had underwent a medical process. Gold lamented that there have been many unskilled personnel within the medical subject and urged individuals who had the means to journey overseas for correct healthcare as a substitute of counting on Nigerian healthcare employees.

A 12 months later, the actor turned a US citizen and he described it as one of the memorable moments of his life. He mentioned, “My finest moments as an actor could be proper now as I’ve simply acquired my US citizenship. The love and congratulatory messages I have been receiving are overwhelming. It feels very nice to be an American citizen as a result of I’m now a citizen of the world.

“In comparison with Nigeria’s system, it’s totally different as a result of as an American citizen, I’m privileged to take pleasure in primary facilities akin to sufficient energy provide and a greater healthcare system. I’m not giving up on Nigeria although; I do know it will take us time to get there and we will certainly get it proper sometime with proper leaders.”

Victoria Inyama

Blessed with a fairly face, Victoria Inyama was one of many actresses that made waves within the film trade within the early 2000s.

Her ‘harmless’ face, vibrant smile and mushy voice endeared her to many at the same time as she appeared in a few of the most common residence movies of that point. She starred in movies akin to Silent Evening, Hazard Zone, Love from Above, Glamour Boys and Iyanga, and followers couldn’t appear to get sufficient of her.

Nonetheless, similar to others on this checklist, she ‘all of the sudden’ left the nation at a time when the ovation was loudest. Upon marrying her husband, Godwin Okri, Victoria relocated to the United Kingdom and focused on elevating her household. For individuals who are nursing hopes that the actress could sooner or later return to Nigeria, they’d higher channel their optimism to another space as she has mentioned that’s not going to occur. When requested in an interview if she would contemplate returning to Nigeria, Inyama mentioned, “I don’t assume it’s a chance. Actually, I actually don’t see that taking place in any respect. I’ll come and go however not come again totally to Nigeria. I don’t see myself relocating to Nigeria.”

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Lara George

That Lara George has a sonorous voice is not doubtful. The expertise additionally appears to run in her household because the singer as soon as acknowledged that she bought her ‘stunning voice’ from her mum.

George first discovered fame as a member of the defunct Kush group with Emem Ema and TY Bello, and so they had hits akin to Let’s Stay Collectively and Angels. After the group was dissolved, George went on to have a profitable solo profession. Her debut solo album, Perpetually in my Coronary heart, was an prompt hit with followers. The lead single on the album, Ijoba Orun, was embraced by many and George was invited to carry out at church buildings and different locations all around the world.

Nonetheless, Lara bought married to Gbenga George and she or he relocated to the US. They’re blessed with two youngsters and the household appears to be waxing stronger in love.

Although Lara has continued to launch music, she has not been capable of appeal to as a lot acclaim as she did in the early days of her profession. Many have attributed this to her not being resident in Nigeria however the singer insists that the world is now a international village and the place she lives shouldn’t make a lot of a distinction. She mentioned, “No, I didn’t go away the music scene in any respect. I’ve solely made a bodily relocation of my abode. I moved from Nigeria to the United States. Since then, I’ve carried out within the UK, Canada, and throughout totally different states within the US. The world is now a worldwide village, due to social media and all of the wonderful instruments the Web gives. Reaching individuals throughout the globe and all around the world has change into one thing that is simple to do at simply the contact of a button.”


Name him one of many forerunners of the current era of pop artistes in Nigeria and also you wouldn’t be incorrect. Lanre Dabiri, aka Eldee, was one of many brains behind the defunct Trybe Information, which had different artistes akin to Freestyle, KB, 2Shotz and Sasha. He additionally had a solo profession which noticed him launch hit songs together with Large Boy, Bosi Gbangba, I’m going Yarn, I’m Leaving and Ota Mi.

Eldee is now primarily based in the US the place he’s concerned in tech enterprise. On why he turned his again on his music profession, the singer mentioned, “The opposite companies I used to be doing outdoors of music have been making more cash for me on the time so I didn’t even want a forecast to make that call. I realised music was taking 80 per cent of my time and the opposite issues I used to be doing with my remaining 20 per cent have been bringing in more cash. It might be very silly of me to dedicate 80 per cent of my time to music.”


Supply: Sunday PUNCH

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