Being one of the most sought-after actresses in Nollywood isn’t an easy feat but this pretty actress has been able to reach the top of her career through dedication, hard work, and talent. Angela Okorie’s biography throws more light on how talented the actress is. So far, she has featured in more than 100 movies since her start in Nollywood in 2009. With her stunning looks, it’s no surprise that she also had a successful stint as a model before turning to the acting arena. She has also ventured into music with plans of going into movie production in due time. Angela is beautiful, talented, and bold, so, the question is – what can’t she do?
Where Is Angela Okorie From?
Looking at her name, it is easy to determine her tribe in Nigeria but the Nollywood diva was not always in the eastern part of the country. She was actually born in a neighboring country where she equally grew up.
Born and raised in Cotonou, Benin Republic, Angela Okorie is the third of her parents’ five children. She is a native of Ishiagu in Ivo LGA of Ebonyi State, Nigeria. The actress was born on the 17th of August 1986 and grew up in Cotonou before coming back to Nigeria to pursue her modeling career.
For her education, she probably had her early and secondary studies in Cotonou but her university days were spent in Lagos State, Nigeria. One of the reasons Angela’s talent continues to shine through is because she is a seasoned and well-trained actor. She is not just an actress but a formerly trained one.
After she ventured into acting, Angela went back to school to study theatre arts at the University of Lagos. Prior to this, she already attended and graduated from Lagos State University where she studied public administration. All the educational qualfiications has contributed significantly to the success of her career in entertainment.
Her Family is a Close-knit One With Strict Christian Ethics
Despite being very popular, it is obvious that Angela is from a very close-knit family with a very strict upbringing. From all the sentiments she has expressed online and during interviews, while speaking about life, marriage, and her desire to pursue gospel music, it is obvious that her parents instilled Christian values in her while growing up. Moreover, she shared in a 2014 interview that her mother was not comfortable with her acting on religious grounds. This is one of the reasons why she will never act nude in any movie irrespective of the fee offered.
During her birthday in 2020, Angela’s sister gave her a pleasant surprise at her residence to celebrate the big day. In her Instagram post on the day, Angela expressed gratitude for her sister, emphasizing how much love she gets from her family.
Her Start in Nollywood and Rise to Fame
From her biography, it is clear that she first tried modeling before entering the acting world. With stunning features such as hers, a major success story was expected in her venture as a model and that was what she achieved, modeling for big brands and companies.
After modeling for Orange Drugs Company (owners of Delta soap) for more than 10 years, Angela decided to pursue a career in acting. Her first movie role was in “Sincerity” in the year 2009. The movie was produced by Stanley Egbonini while Ifeanyi Ogbonna takes credit as the director. With stars like Oge Okoye, Chigozie Atuanya, Yemi Blaq, and Nonso Diobi on the cast list, it really was a good start for the budding actress at the time. Apparently, she did a good job the first time and soon, Angela began getting calls from producers after her debut role and she commenced booking and shooting several jobs.
Her break into the limelight came in 2011 after she starred in “Holy Serpent”. In the movie, she played the role of a village girl who was married to Kenneth Okonkwo. Since then, there has been no looking back for Angela Okorie. During a 2014 interview, she confirmed that she has appeared in more than 100 movies. The actress also talked about her religious and cultural background which she said are the reasons she won’t go unclad in movies just to pursue fame.
Which Are Angela’s Most Famous Works to Date?
Angela Okorie has thrived as an actor, model, artistic director, writer, and musician. She is very passionate about her job which is one of the reasons why she is very successful. Some of her most famous works include:
- Secret Code
- Heart of a Widow
- Holy Serpent (with Kenneth Okonkwo)
- Royal Vampire
- Palace of Vampire
Angela Okorie Is Now a Musician With One Studio Album Dropped
Angela has always spoken about her aspiration to go into music even while she was just starting out in Nollywood. According to her, music has always been a part of her, even while growing up and she has written numerous songs with the hope of releasing her album someday. She also sang in the choir while growing up until she came to Nigeria to begin her modeling career.
Her much-anticipated debut album was finally released in 2020. The album “Burst Everywhere“ has 10 tracks, including the recently released songs, “Baby Chu Chu“, “Ibukun”, “Vibes”, “Light in the dark”, amongst others.
Endorsement Deals, Awards, and Other Achievements
For someone so successful, Angela has won her fair share of awards and recognition in the entertainment industry. Some of the awards she has won include Best Upcoming Actress in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Most Prominent Actress at the City People Entertainment Awards, and in 2015, she also won the City People Entertainment Awards for Best Supporting Actress in an English film. Angela has equally added the Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards to her list of awards.
From all indications, the actress started winning awards from her budding years as a new actress. So far, it has been from one success to another with no sign of slowing down.
Angela Okorie has shared that she has plans of becoming a UN Ambassador and providing help for the needy because this is one thing she is very passionate about. For now, there is no known endorsement deal in her name.