Have you ever started watching a film or TV show and immediately thought to yourself, “I know this actress from somewhere?” I have, and while bingeing Young, Famous and African, I couldn’t help but think back to where I first saw Annie Idibia. This eventually forced me down a rabbit hole to discover where we first saw some of our Nollywood faves. Here’s what I found out. 

Beverly Osu 

Beverly Osu has had one of the best video-vixens-to-popular-actress transitions in Nollywood, hands down. While a lot of people assume she got her leg in through Big Brother Africa, OGs like us know that before securing roles on Chief Daddy and Oloture, our girl was busy turning up the heat on Ice Prince’s Oleku music video. An iconic babe on an iconic song. 

Annie Idibia 

Annie Idinia may be young, famous and African now, but before becoming a Netflix reality TV star and the drama surrounding her man, 2face (known on the streets as Guilty Idibia), Annie had already made a splash in his iconic music video for African Queen. Who can forget that smile? 

Tonto Dikeh 

Tonto Dikeh is a vibe abeg. When this babe is not fighting and dragging her exes (lovers and besties), she’s going Live on Instagram and giving us premium comedy. But before she became famous for the bad girl Nollywood roles and that music career we’d all like to forget, Tonto was busy dropping it low as a backup dancer for the one and only Mama G. We guess Nollywood was always in the picture for King Tonto. 

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Sophie Alakija 

We might act like we don’t like it, but deep down, Assistant Madams has grown into a very entertaining guilty pleasure. While Osas Ighodaro and her crew continue to stress us out, one actress that might look very familiar to the public is Sophie Alakija who plays Tamara. Wondering where you’ve seen her? Go back and watch Wizkid’s Holla At Your Boy. You might notice a young Sophie being toasted by Starboy and his carrot jean-wearing crew. 

Yvonne Jegede 

Remember when Djinee gave us one of the best heartbreak songs of all time with Ego? Look at the song’s music video carefully and tell us if you spot a familiar face. Yes, that’s Ms. Yvonne Jegede showing our guy pepper. But even before this video, Yvonne also made an appearance as one of 2face Idibia’s African queens in the African Queen video that year. Guess she’s been in the game for a hot minute. 

Venita Akpofure 

Before stepping into the Big Brother house and becoming one of the show’s most accomplished alumna, Venita was already kicking ass on the TV show, Flatmates alongside Basketmouth. But even way before that, Venita also cut her teeth as a dancer and video vixen, stealing the scene in music videos with Skale in Mukuli  and Timaya in Shake Your Bumbum

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