THE AMAZING ENSEMBLE

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett
Joke Silva
Bimbo Akintola
Omonor Somolu
Elvina Ibru
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Deborah Ohiri
Ufuoma McDermott


JOKE SILVA

Joke Silva is an actress, producer and co-founder of the Lufodo Group. The Lufodo Group is an end-to-end entertainment company comprised of the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA), Lufodo Distribution and Lufodo Productions. Lufodo Productions curated Nigeria’s cultural submissions at Theatre Royal Stratford East, then known as the Nigeria House, for the 2012 Olympics in London. On offer was The Lion and the Jewel, The King Must Dance Naked and The Naming Ceremony. Lufodo Productions is currently in preproduction for Heartbeat: The Musical.

Joke Silvas' most recent acting credits include Phone Swap,Tango with Me, Married but Living Single and Mad King of Ijudea. She is the United Nations Goodwill ambassador for Trafficking in Persons, is active with the Freedom Foundation, Nigerian Womens’ Network and is Vice President ARRT of Life Foundation.



TAIWO AJAI-LYCETT

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett is an acclaimed international actress. She was first discovered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1967 and subsequently trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Taiwo's film credits include: A Warm December starring, and directed by, Academy award winner Sidney Poitier; Tunde Kelani's Dazzling Mirage, Rogers Ofime's Oloibiri: Revenge Is Now.

Her television credits include the BBC's Some Mothers Do 'Av 'Em, Crown Court, General Hospital, Howerd's History of England' Tinsel, and numerous soap operas.

Ms. Ajayi-Lycett was honoured with an OON (Officer of the Order of the Niger) in 2006 by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. She is also a Fellow of the Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists (SONTA).

Ms. Ajai-Lycett is a recipient of several professional and national honours, including an OON (Officer of the Order of the Niger) in 2006 by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. She is also a Fellow of the society of Nigerian Theatre Artist (SONTA).

Taiwo founded Talhouse Worldwide Limited, Talhouse Private Schools and Taiwo Ajai Lycett Arts Academy, for the promotion of the Arts and the training and nurturing of the young Nigerian artist.



BIMBO AKINTOLA

Bimbo Akintola is one of the most versatile and well known actresses in the Nollywood movie industry.

The third child in a family of six, and a native of Oyo State, Bimbo is blessed with a very easy going personality.

Bimbo started acting as a student, in her school's end-of-year drama events. As she took part in more plays, her passion for acting grew and became effortless with time.

Her first role was in the movie Out of Bounds for which she was awarded the Best Actress/English Actress in Nigeria. She has also appeared in other movies such as The Mourning After, Diamond Ring, Dangerous Twins, and 90 Ninth Day. Bimbo was part of the company of actors who performed at the 2012 London Olympics. She was recently featured in the movies Hoodrush and Heaven's Hell.



OMONOR

Omonor is an actor whose career spans over a decade and includes major roles in theatre and television productions both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She is best known for starring in the stage performances of Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel, The V Monologues,

The Nigerian Story and Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues. Omonor’s television credits include Wetin Dey, Twilight Zone and Against All Odds.

Omonor has a B.Sc in Biochemistry from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where she began her training as an actor with the renowned student theatre group, Theatre 15. She was awarded the Best Actor award at The Future Awards Nigeria (2007).



KATE HENSHAW

Kate is one of Nigeria’s most prolific and talented actors. With 260 films to her credit. Kate is a trained medical microbiologist who decided to pursue acting. She began her on screen career as a model, and earned her first acting role in 1993 in the film When the Sun Sets.

She has been involved in numerous stage plays such as the internationally acclaimed Eve Ensler “VAGINA MONOLOGUES”, YORUBA ROMANCE, THE OTHER SIDE, NOT MY AFFAIR by Sefi Atta, THE WIVES, LITTLE DROPS by Ahmed Yerima and a live show tagged LOVING LAGOS at the Berlin Film Festival in 2009. She was a co-producer of the remarkable and well scripted soap opera, CIRCLE OF THREE which was aired on Africa Independent Television, nationally and internationally.

Kate has earned numerous awards and gained recognition both for her work in the entertainment/arts industry as well as for her tireless dedication to humanitarian endeavors.

Her achievements include: Best Conduct Female Actors Guild Awards 2004, Best Actress of the year award, Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2008-2009.EVANS Inspire Ambassador in 2008.Goodwill Ambassadors of the Nigeria Women Trust Fund on the 24th March 2011. Kate is an Ambassador for Project Alert an an advocacy group against violence against Women and Children, and The Smile Widows Home Humanitarian Award.



ELVINA IBRU

Elvina's love for the arts started as far back as she can remember and she started acting at the age of 8. In 1989 Elvina joined the most prestigious theatre youth group in England, The National Youth Music Theatre where she performed alongside, now famous, Jude Law. She graduated with honors from the famous London Academy of Performing Arts and earned a B.A. in International Relations from Webster University, London. Elvina has performed on London’s West-End gracing stages such as the ‘The Old Vic’, ‘The Lyric’ and the ‘Lyceum Theatre’.

Throughout her career in Nigeria, she has been involved in broadcasting, performance in music, theatre and film.

Elvina has her own production house called 2wice As Nice Ltd., that specializes in producing documentaries, concerts, events and television shows; including the highly successful series, Idols West Africa.



KEMI LALA AKINDOJU

‘Lala’, is an actor, producer and casting director. She grew up in Lagos and started acting professionally in 2005. She has since featured in over 70 stage and film productions around the world. She was announced Actor of the Year at The Future Awards 2010 and was also nominated for the same award in 2012. She holds a Masters Degree in Media and Communication from the Pan-African University.

Lala was part of the team of actors selected to perform at the Theatre Royale Stratford East as part of the cultural events at the cultural Olympia during the London 2012 Olympics. She is a member of the faculty at the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA), where she functions as a facilitator and teaches improvisation drama.

With a fast rising career in film and television, Lala worked as the casting director and associate producer with Ndani TV for 'Gidi Up' and played’’ Louisa Monroe’ on MNET Africa’s Tinsel She is also the leading lady in Tunde Kelani's Dazzling Mirage. She was nominated for the Nollywood Movies in 2014 and should be looked out for in upcoming films.

Lala is the convener of Open Mic Theatre, a hub for actors to bond and network and a one-stop shop for fresh talent. She is also passionate about changing the world and has become a global shaper with the World Economic Forum. She has since been selected to attend the summits in Addis-Ababa and Davos and the US.

Lala is now runs The Make It Happen Productions under which she has produced The V-Monologues in May 2013 and The Wives in 2014.



ZARA UDOFIA-EJOH

Actor, dancer, movement and dance instructor; Zara has dedicated more than a decade to performing in different genres of the performing arts including radio, TV, film and theatre. Some of her performance credits include A Horse on My Back, Things Fall Apart, Sense of Belonging, The Vagina Monologues, The Engagement, Wetin Dey and Kakadu.

Zara was the choreographer for Project Fame West Africa (Season 2) and Artistic Consultant for Action Health Incorporated's (AHI) Teenage Festival of Life (2008, 2012 & 2013). Zara produced and directed Fear Abides with Me Constantly for AART of LIfe Foundation (2009 & 2012) and co-produced Tyrone Terrence's A Husband's Wife (2013). Zara is Managing partner at Oxzygen Koncepts, producers of Waiting for a Lottery at the Lagos Theatre Festival (2014).



ODENIKE

Odenike is an actor, model and voice-over artist. She has been featured in film, radio drama, commercials and stage productions. Her stage credits include: Wole Soyinka's Childe Internationale, The Jero Plays, The Lion and the Jewel, Ahmed Yerima's The Wives and The V Monologues.

Her television credits include: About to Wed, Bella's Place, Tales of Eve, and Ebonylife T.V.'s Ojos in d’House.

Odenike was one of the finalists chosen from Nigeria for The Spirited Actor, the search for Africa's next Hollywood star, a reality TV show filmed in the USA.

A graduate of the University of Lagos, Odenike coordinates the Greenlight Movies initiative; a not-for-profit organization that funds short films made by teenagers.



RITA EDWARD

Born Rita Orighomisan Edward, Rita Edward began her working carrier in the a food and beverage Personnel, she broke into the industry with her fist role in Aina in 2010, she subsequently roles in the short film Nkiru later that year. In 2013 she full dedicated her time to pursuing a career in acting.

Here film credits include Misfits Directed by Daniel Oriahi where she was nominated for Best Indigenous Actress at the Nollywood Movie Awards (NWA) 2014, Public Property directed by Tope Alake (feature),

The Amazing Grace Church of God directed by Tolu Itegboje, The Arrangement directed by Daniel Oriahi and featured on Ebony Life TV, Awon Omode, and The Virus.

Her theatrical credits include The Vagina Monologues, The secret lives of Baba Segis Wives directed by Femi elufowoju, Because of 1914 directed by Felix Okol. She has been trained by the British Council and participated in the iOpenEye workshop with Ifeoma Fafunwa.



DEBORAH OHIRI

Deborah ‘Debbie’ Ohiri, as Debbie, is a versatile singer, actor and p theater consulttant. Debbie’s voice, talent and strong work ethic have given her the opportunity to act on both local and international stages. Born in the 80‘s to a Nigerian guitar maestro father, Bob Ohiri, and a Ghanian Princess mother, Debbie has featured on Tony Allen’s album Secret Agents (2014) She has also worked with Orlando Julius, Omawuni, Black Magic etc.

Her stage credits include Saro: The Musical, and The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives.

She has word with notable theatre directors including: Ifeoma Fafunwa, Ben Tomoloju, Muyiwa Oshinnaike and Femi Elufowoju Jr. Debbie’s credits as a Music Director include: Ajigbe, Rubiewe, The Gods are Still not to Blame and To Love a Ghost.

Debbie is CEO of Cubot Collection, a fashion retail company.



UFUOMA MCDERMOTT

Ufuoma is a multi-talented actress based in Nigeria. Trained at the Hollywood Film Institute and New York Film Academy, she has chosen to pursue a career in acting and producing.

In 2008 Ufuoma took on the role of “Lillian Wright” in the TV series My Mum and I; a role that garnered her a nomination for best actress at the Monte Carlo Film Festival in 2010. She shared the nomination with Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski and January Jones. She was nominated as the actor of the year at the Future Awards 2011.



CHIOMA NWOSU

UNDER STUDY

Chioma started her journey to the theatre as a child where she sang, danced and acted at different events in Sunday school, primary and secondary school. Her professional career as an actor started when she trained on stage as a member of Optimom Arts Konsotiom, a theatre troupe in Lagos State University.

She has featured and starred in stage and screen productions too numerous to count. A singer, writer and producer as well, Chioma is a versatile thespian.



CHIAGOZIEM NWAKANMA

UNDER STUDY

Chiagoziem Nwakanma, is an actress and model, with international and local experience. She is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BFA in Theatre Performance.

Her stage credits include: Altine's Wrath, Midnight Hotel, The Bluest Eye, Twelfth Night, Dying for it, Full Circle. She believes in the transformative power of Theatre and is excited about being apart of Nigerian Theatre.