In 2014, it was the talented Adesua Etomi with her role as Sister Debbie in the Emem Isong movie, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.”
It’s 2016 and we have the talented Somkele Idhalama as the biggest revelation and breakout star of the year. Her 2016 movies herald the arrival of a fearless, deep, passionate, magical and unforgettable talent.
2016 has been a great and breakout year for Somkele Idhalama who nabbed significant roles in three of the year’s most critically acclaimed movies.
I heard the name Somkele Idhalama for the first time in 2014 and watched her for the first time same year in the web series “Gidi Up,” where she plays Yvonne, a fashion designer who is a bit desperate to become very successful due to her poor family background.
Watching “Gidi Up,” it was easy to see a beautiful and good actor. But for some reason, the range and depth Idhalama has brought to all her movies this year was missing or not noticed in "Gidi Up."
I watched Somkele Idhalama for the first time in 2016 in the Niyi Akinmolayan film, “The Arbitration,” where she plays the confident Omawumi Horsefall with so much ease and grace.
Her interpretation of the role is completely adorable, praiseworthy, and screams talent…
Following her role in “The Arbitration,” Steve Gukas’ movie “93 Days” found its way to theatres, presenting the talented Idhalama to the audience. It's a tall order to bring a real life character to life. But that's just what Somekele effortlessly did as Dr Ada Igonoh in “93 Days.” She interprets the character passionately, delivering a compelling performance.
Idhalama also stars in what I consider the best comedy of the movie, She doesn’t lead a cast as Yemisi Disu in the Kemi Adetiba movie, but she ‘slays’ all the way, and is an entertaining watch. She fits into her role as a bridesmaid and reminds viewers why they suddenly love her.
She also features in the star-studded action comedy movie of the year, "Ojukokoro." A Dare Olaitan movie, "Ojukokoro" which screened at the 2016 Africa International Film Festival on Thursday, November 17, received positive reviews enough to make anyone who is yet to see the action-comedy get excited and anticipate an official release date.
The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival came along and three big movies starring the actress (“The Wedding Party,” “The Arbitration,” “93 Days”) were selected to screen as part of the festival’s city to city spotlight.
The beautiful Idhalama was also chosen as the TIFF Rising Star. The TIFF Rising Star had existed for five years before this year’s edition, and for those years, four Canadian actors were selected to meet with casting directors, directors, and major stakeholders in the film industry.
In 2016, the festival inducted its TIFF International Rising Stars and two actors were chosen - Somkele Idhalama and OC Ukeje.
The two were presented with series of unique networking opportunities, all organized by TIFF’s Industry team. They also got to attend major events with the established Hollywood actors.
The 2016 Africa International Film Festival Globe Awards came along, and the actress earned a special jury mention for her role in “93 Days.”
The 2016 ELOY awards also happened, and Idhalama went home with the Actress of the Year award for her role in “93 Days.” The ELOY award is her first ever, but it’s definitely not her last as Idhalama deserves to win awards in 2017. Her happiness while receiving the award was contagious. She smiled radiantly as she received the award from her friend and colleague, Osas Ajibade.
The actress has received her first 2017 nomination. She is a nominee for the 2017 The Future Awards EbonyLife Prize For Acting.
There is more to the actress than a pretty face and the perfect body for a mother of one, there is the depth, there is the talented, the intensity with which she brings a character to life, there is the passion that is impossible to ignore, and then, there is that charisma.
Despite having featured in productions like "Gidi Up," "The Department" and "The Island," Idhalama is the biggest revelation of the year because she didn't deliver a one-time outstanding performance, she went on to prove that she has the potential to strike again, and again, and again - and strike did she.
Somkele is a trailblazer, Somkele is Nollywood biggest revelation of the year. Somkele is a talented star the industry should be proud of.