Next Movie Star is a reality television series, that is centered around discovering new talents in the acting profession. The show was created in Nigeria by Sola Fajobi in 2004, and in 2016 had grown to have representation from ten African countries. Participants are normally camped together for some weeks, and are groomed to become knowledgeable and skilled in their craft. The program is usually broadcast to several television channels across the continent.

Next Movie Star
Created bySola Fajobi
Country of originNigeria
No. of seasons12
Original release
Release2005 (2005) –
2016 (2016)

Some of its alumni that have become established in the entertainment industry includes' Tonto Dikeh (2005), Uti Nwachukwu, Karen Igho, Annie Idibia (2005), Tamara Eteimo, Lydia Forson (2007), Belinda Effah, Cynthia Shalom, Bolaji Ogunmola, Moyo Lawal (2006), Seun Akindele, Kevin Chuwang Pam (2006), Martha Ankomah (2007) and Esau Owusu Dahnsaw (2015).

Memorable moments edit

The first edition of Next Movie Star (NMS) was in 2005, consisting of aspiring Nigerian actors. Its founder, Sola Fajobi stated in an interview that it is Nigeria's second ever reality show.[1] By 2010, the show expanded to include ten African countries including Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Aside having a career in the film industry, participants of NMS have also seen success in other reality television shows, such as Big Brother Africa and Project Fame West Africa.[2][3][4]

In 2008, former winner Portia Yamaha was nominated as best upcoming actress at the 2008 Africa Movie Academy Awards, the biggest celebration of film on the African continent.[5][6]

In 2014, commemorating the 10th edition, child actors were involved in the reality show. This was the first time children will be taught acting since the show began in 2005.[7]

List of winners edit

Year Winner
2005 Kinglesy Ogbosso[8]
2006 Porttia Yahamah[8]
2007 Enoch Hammond[9]
2008   Avenette Tennema Sirleaf[10]
2009   Oyindamola Odesola[11]
2010 Ilami Whyte[12]
2011 Tamara Eteimo[13]
2012 Halimat Aitsegame[14]
2013   Feyisekemi Ayomiposi Akinwale[15]
2014   Ron Solomon Maxwell[16]
2015 Cynthia Shalom[17]
2016   Modesinuola Ogundiwin[18]

References edit

  1. ^ "I sold my cars to kick start Next Movie Star' – Sola Fajobi". January 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Odulaja, Adedayo (August 5, 2011). "Nigeria: Winners of Next Movie Star Can't go to Big Brother - Sola Fajobi". Daily Independent.
  3. ^ "Search For Next Movie Star Begins". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  4. ^ "Nigeria: Rubbing Shoulders With Next Movie Star". Daily Independent. May 20, 2011.
  5. ^ "TOP NIGERIAN ACTRESSES BATTLE FOR AMAA 2008 AWARDS". ModernGhana. April 14, 2008.
  6. ^ "Former Next Movie Star winner, Portia Yamaha speaks candidly on her whereabouts". Encomium Magazine. October 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "Wow! Kids debuts on Next Movie Star". The Nation. January 22, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Next Movie Star 2007 Winner Emerges This Weekend". ModernGhana. October 5, 2007. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  9. ^ "Nigeria: Next Movie Star Ends With a Bang". Leadership. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  10. ^ Ajiboye, David (November 27, 2008). "Liberia's Sirleaf wins Next Movie Star '08". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  11. ^ Njoku, Benjamin. "Next Movie Star award gave me breakthrough". Vanguard. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  12. ^ "Next Movie star 2010 Ilami whyte releases New sexy pics,Talks about her career plans". Best of Nollywood Magazine. March 26, 2013. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  13. ^ Amagiya, Florence (March 29, 2013). "I'm eyeing OSCAR award – Tamara Eteimo, 2013 Next Movie Star winner". Vanguard. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  14. ^ "Halimat Aitsegame, winner of 2012 Next Movie Star recounts ordeal!". Vanguard Nigeria. December 7, 2012. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  15. ^ "Next Movie Star winner, Feyisekemi to be honoured!". February 15, 2014. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  16. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga (December 17, 2014). "Ron Samuel Maxwell wins reality show". Pulse. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  17. ^ Bodunrin, Sola. "Cynthia Shalom Wins Next Movie Star Reality Show". Naij. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  18. ^ "Modesinuola is Next Movie Star". Guardian. December 24, 2016. Retrieved 2018-10-05.