Nadia Buari (born 21 November 1982)[3] is a Ghanaian actress. She received two nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2001 and 2009.[4][5]

Early life

Buari was born in Ghana,Takoradi to a Ghanaian mother and Lebanese father. She studied performing arts at the University of Ghana and graduated with a BFA degree.[6] Throughout her school life she was actively involved in school drama and dance clubs.[7]

Career

Buari premiered on Ghanaian national television with the TV series Games People Play in late 2005.[9] Her first major film was Mummy's Daughter, after which she starred in Beyonce: The President's Daughter. Her role as "Beyonce" was her major breakthrough. Her movie career began with her playing a role in the TV series Games People Play in 2005, which she got nominated for best actress.[10] She has starred in more than 20 movies. In 2013, she came out with her own movie called The Diary of Imogen Brown.[11]

Nollywood breakthrough and success

Buari moved from Ghanaian films to Nollywood films around the year 2008. Her breakthrough role in Nollywood was in the film Beyonce & Rihanna as Beyonce alongside Nollywood actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde who played Rihanna. The film became very popular to both Ghanaian and Nigerian audience.[12] Her other notable Nollywood films include Rough Rider, Beauty and the Beast, Holding Hope and Single and Married.

She is also known for co-starring in films with Nollywood actor Jim Iyke, which has also received attention. Films include the Beyonce & Rihanna film series, Hot Romance and Behind a Smile.[13][14]

In 2013, She won the Pan African Actress award at the annual Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA Awards) in New York City.[15]

Other work

Buari became an ambassador at Tablet India Limited (TIL) in 2013.[16]

Personal life

On January 2014, she dated Nollywood actor Jim Iyke.[17] On 21 March 2014, Jim Iyke proposed to Buari.[18] She is a mother of twin girls but Jim Iyke is not the father. [19]

Recognitions

In 2014, the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards gave her a 'SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD' in an event held in Accra, Ghana.[20]

Filmography

  • Beyoncé — The President Daughter (2006)
  • The Return of Beyoncé
  • Mummy’s Daughter
  • Darkness of Sorrow (2006)
  • Slave to Lust
  • In The Eyes of My Husband
  • American Boy
  • Wicked Intentions
  • Tomorrow Must Wait
  • Hidden Treasure
  • Beyonce & Rihanna
  • Beauty and the Beast (2008)
  • My Last Ambition
  • Love, Lies and Murder
  • Secret Lie
  • The Angle Against The Monster
  • Heartless
  • Last Hour Romance
  • Under My Pillow
  • Speechless
  • Desperate Bride
  • Innocent Sin
  • Guilty Threat
  • The Golden Lady
  • Satanic Kingdom
  • Rough Rider
  • Crazy Scandal
  • Unfaithful
  • The Monster In Me
  • Bad Egg
  • Garden of Eden
  • No More Love
  • My Dove
  • Heart of Men (2009)
  • Forbidden Fruit (2009)
  • Holding Hope (2010)
  • Chelsea (2010)
  • Single and Married (2012)
  • Heroes & Zeros (2012)
  • Game Plan (2015)
  • American Driver (2017)