Ada Ameh is a 47-year-old talented Nigerian actress with more than two decades of experience in Nollywood. She is most popular for the role she plays as Emu Johnson in the award-winning Nigerian TV series titled The Johnsons. She is also notable for her role as Anita in the 1996 movie, Domitilla. Ada, who is highly skillful and creative in acting and interpretation of characters has gained a decent fan base since her emergence in the Nigerian movie industry in 1995. Also, the veteran actress has of late caught the Nigerian media attention following the death of her only child, Aladi God’sgift whom she lost to cancer a year ago (2020). Here, we unraveled some facts about her biography which you might not have known.
Profile Summary of Ada Ameh
- Full name: Ada Ameh
- Date of Birth: 15th May 1974
- Age: 47 years old
- Place of Birth: Ajegunle in Lagos, Nigeria
- Ethnicity: Idoma
- State of Origin: Benin City
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Marital Status: Single
- Occupation: Actress
- Years Active: 1995-present
Ada Ameh Was Born In 1974
Of Benue State descent, Ada Ameh was birthed in the southwestern part of Nigeria, precisely at the Naval Barracks on Malu (Mobil) road in Ajegunle, Lagos State, Nigeria. She was born on the 15th day of May 1974, making her 47 years old. Ada was brought up in a family of eleven children; 5 elder brothers, and 5 younger sisters, she is the 6th child. Her father worked in the Navy while her mother, a strict disciplinarian was a businesswoman. Ada is multilingual, she speaks Idoma, Ibibio, and Yoruba very fluently and a little bit of Igbo language.
She Dropped Out Of School After Getting Pregnant In Her Early Teens
For her education, Ada attended primary school at Army Children’s School 4, at Ajegunle, Lagos. She attended three secondary schools, first was at Idoma Community Secondary School, Otobi, in Benue State. After her class two, she moved to Wesley High School, Otukpo, also in Benue State, and later to Adeolu Secondary School, Ajegunle, Lagos.
In the middle of his secondary education at Wesley High School, Ada got pregnant and a Naval officer was responsible for it. As a result, her education was obstructed as she couldn’t continue along with the pregnancy. To make the situation worse, she lost her mother within the same period. As if that was not enough still, she was chased out of the home by her father. In fact, it was no picnic for the actress at this time of her life considering the fact that she was only 14 years old at the time.
When she did not have anybody to cater to her needs, she went to the extent of becoming a hustler just to meet up with her baby’s needs whose father did not appear in the picture all through her lifetime. However, Ada proved to be a strong lady when she went back to complete her secondary school after giving birth, as well as sit for GCE as an external candidate. Having a passion for education, she also later struggled to get a diploma in Cosmetology from an undisclosed institution.
How Ada Ameh Began Acting at The Age of 21
According to Ada, it was the famous Nigerian filmmaker and producer, Zeb Ejiro who influenced her career in acting. In 1995, Ejiro met her at an occasion both of them attended, they got talking, and from there, he told her that there is something he sees in her that needs to be harnessed. Ada, in her own words, said that she took it all as a joke because all her life she never thought of being an actress but only wanted to become a medical doctor or a singer.
Eventually, Ejiro encouraged her to register in the Nollywood industry which she did promptly. She began going for auditions and in 1996, when Zeb Ejiro’s movie, Domitila was going to be shot, he called her to play the role of Anita. Even though she played as a greenhorn, her role in the movie earned her the bedrock of popularity she has in Nollywood. The movie eventually became successful and received many awards, bringing her to global recognition.
That was how it all started for Ada Ameh and the actress has been consistent in her efforts to date. She credits her growth in Nollywood to Zeb Ejiro who apparently brought out the talent in her and then there are Pat Okiri and Barsoge who taught her how to interpret a script.
The Johnsons TV Show Took Her To Another Level Of Fame
Ada kept on climbing the ladder of success by taking roles in numerous movies, alongside top Nollywood stars. She usually plays the character of a mother and sometimes acts in comedic roles. In 2013, she was featured in the award-winning Nigerian comedy film, Aki na Ukwa alongside Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme (Aki na Pawpaw).
In 2016, she started starring in the popular TV series, The Johnsons which currently airs on Africa Magic Showcase channel 151. This particular TV series has radically boosted the actress’s fame and popularity, wherein she diversifies as a comedian. The Johnsons is a Nigerian TV series that focuses on the average Nigerian family in Lagos and the challenges they face.
In the TV series, Ada Ameh plays the character of Emu Johnson as the mother of the family. She is often misunderstood and unappreciated, given her lack of formal education and poor vocabulary, and would be corrected by her family members in a ridiculous manner. The long-standing TV show is a successful project and has also received many awards and accolades. Over the course of her career, actress Ada has acted in more than 100 Nollywood movies which include:
- Aki na Ukwa
- Ghana Must Go
- Our Husband
- One Good Turn
- Double Trouble
- A Million Baby
- King Of Shitta
- Phone Swap
- Blood Money
- The Wedding
- 30 Days in Atlanta
- True Love My Foot
At 47, Ada Ameh Has Many Achievements As A Nollywood Veteran
- In 2012, she won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Nollywood Movies Awards
- She was nominated as the Best Comic Actor to Watch at the Africa Movie Academy Awards
- In 2017, she received a chieftaincy title in her hometown in Benue State for her contribution to community growth and development
- She was also nominated as the Promising Actress in Nigeria at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards
- In 2018, she was nominated as the Best Actress in Comedy at the City People Entertainment Award
- With an estimated net worth of N200 million, Ada Ameh has made a fortune for herself, making her one of the richest and influential actresses in Nollywood.