Kogi state, central Nigeria was created in 1991 from portions of eastern Kwara and western Benue states. Kogi is bordered by the states of Nassawara to the northeast; Benue to the east; Enugu, Anambra, and Delta to the south; Onda, Ekiti, and Kwara to the west; and Niger to the north. Abuja Federal Capital Territory also borders Kogi to the north.
Arguably, Kogi State happens to be among the topmost cultured and educated states in Nigeria. However, in today’s article, I will be sharing with you 7 Nollywood celebrities from Kogi state representing the Kogites in the entertainment industry.
Let’s start with…
1. Yetunde Barnabas
Yetunde Barnabas is a Nigerian model, beauty queen, actress, and film producer. Yetunde was born on the 30th of July 1990 in Abuja. The beautifully born actress original hail from Kogi state where she had her secondary education.
Yetunde Barnabas also known as Miss pepeye was one time crowned Miss Tourism Nigeria in 2019 and she also got recognition as the winner of The Most Beautiful Girl in Abuja pageant in 2017.
Actress Barnabas has been featured in more than 100 movies both in English and Yoruba Speaking movies. The 31 years old actress is happily married to a footballer, Peter Olayinka, and their union is blessed with a child
2. Raphael Niyi Olukomogbon.
Niyi Raphael popularly known as Raph is a prolific Nigerian actor and director known for his role in the popular television series “Awon Aladun De“. Raphael hail from Kogi State, Okun to be precise. He joined the entertainment industry after he finished his education and became to pursue his career as an actor. Raphael graduated from the University of Ilorin where he studied performing Arts.
Over the years, actor Rapheal has produced over 50 movies which include Aworan Ife, Awolu Mate, Ariwo Oja, Arole Aare, Desperate woman, The Militants, Face of Africa, and many others. To add to his credit, Raphael has also done a couple of productions in English, Hausa and Yoruba. The multi-talented Yoruba Actor is happily married with two lovely kids
3. Mercy Johnson
Mercy Johnson Okojie is no doubt one of the most successful and sought actresses in the industry. The actress has been in the industry for over two decades and has remained relevant in the entertainment industry.
Mercy Johnson originally hails from Okene in Kogi State although she was born in Lagos State to a former naval officer, Mr. Daniel Johnson, and Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson.
The 37-year-old actress, entrepreneur, Activist has produced and directed over 150 movies.
Johnson Okojie got married to Prince Odianosen Okojie on 27 August 2011and the union have produced 4 children three daughters and a son
4. Joseph Benjamin
Joseph Benjamin is a Nigerian actor, model, singer, Voice-over Artist, and television born on the 9th November 1976 in Kogi. The Kogi State-born actor has starred in more than 50 movies. Actor Joseph was known for starring in the movies Tango With Me, Mr. and Mrs., and Murder at Prime.
The 45-year-old actor is happily married to the love of his life and their union has produced two beautiful children.
5. Rekiya Yusuf
Rukiya Yusuf is another distinguished nollywood actress and director. She was in Kaduna but originally hail from Okene, Kogi State. Yusuf is the fourth child in the family of five.
The 30 years old actress and Tv presenter obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology at Kogi State University and then preceded Royal Arts Academy to steady Theatre Act
The award-winning Nigerian actress has ventured into different TV series like; calabash, spotlight, Drunk in love, The Siege, Ransom, and Flatmates; where she acted as Mimi. and TV series which include; and so on
6. Alehile Christiana
Alehile is another fast-rising Nollywood actress, producer, and director. The Nollywood actress has been in the industry for over 7 years. Alehile was born in Kabba, Kogi State where she had both her primary and secondary school education and then furthers before she venture into the movie industry. Alehile has starred in more than 20 movies and has worked with the likes of Odunlade Adekola, Ibrahim Chatta, Joke Muyiwa, and others.
7. Esther Audu
Esther Audu is a beautiful Nigerian actress, director, and Film Maker. She has been in the industry for over a decade now. The Nollywood actress was born in Ikeja, Lagos but originally hail from Olamaboro in Kogi State.
Esther Ene Audu is popularly known for starring in the films Inikpi, Dinner, Mystified, and Order of the Ring.
The multi-talented actress got married to a successful entrepreneur, Philip Ojire in 2016 and the union has been blessed with a beautiful child.