Three Nollywood stars, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Joke Silva and Kenneth Nnebue, are among the 307 Nigerians and friends of Nigeria selected to receive national honours from the federal government.
Multiple award-winning actresses, Jalade-Ekeinde and Silva as well as Nnebue, who is a pioneering star of what later came to be known as Nollywood, will receive the Member of the Federal Republic, MFR, on September 29 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Jalade-Ekeinde, who is also a singer and reality TV star, came into to the limelight after her starring role in Mortal Inheritance. Some of are popular roles include turns in I Belong, Beyonce and Rhianna and Ije alongside, Genevieve Nnaji, who has previously received the same honour.
Silva starred as one of the students on the popular eighties sitcom, Secnd Chance. Known for often playing the mother in Nollywood, she is married to veteran actor, Olu Jacobs. She currently appears on TV as a mentor on music reality show, MTN Project Fame.
Nnebue starred in the first ever Nollywood movie, Living in Bondage. He is often called, Andy, the name of the character he played in the movie.
He has gone on to star, direct and produce other movies.