Dakore Egbuson (1978- ) is a Nigerian actress who calls herself the “it” girl of Nollywood. She was in “Emotional Crack”, “Dangerous Sisters” with Genevieve Nnaji, “Before the Sunrise” and dozens of others. She has won three Reel Awards, the top acting award in Nigeria.
Her name sounds like “Da Corray Egboo Sonn”.
Her characters are mostly strong women who are rich and stuck on themselves . Despite her awards some say she is not so much acting as being herself, that she does not have a wide acting range, that she is put in films more for her beauty than for her acting talent.
Beautiful she is. She has beautiful eyes and lips and a lovely figure. She has dreadlocks – avoiding the terrible hairdos Nollywood has seen – and knows how to dress and carry herself.
She wears her hair in dreadlocks because it is easier than braids (which keep falling out) or a perm. But she also does it to show her Africanness. Dreadlocks came to Nigeria from Jamaica, true, but it is a way for a black woman to wear her hair naturally.
She says Africa meets the West in her. She did not understand it till she was living in London: “When you see yourself in a sea of white people, you become more aware of whom you are.”
Although she is an Ijaw, born in Bayelsa in the middle of the Niger Delta, she grew up in Lagos. Her father was a builder. She was sent to good schools and had the best of everything.
She went to the University of Lagos and became a television presenter. She was not thinking about acting.
Then one day she ran into Emem Isong, a film producer. He took one look at her and wanted her in his shows. She read some lines for him. Nothing seem to come of it. But a year later, in 2000, he gave her the lead in a film, “Silent Tears”. That led to other films and the rest is history.
She was in Britain for a while. There she was a dancer and a backing singer. She was also a presenter and producer for BEN television, a channel on Sky Digital for black Africans living in Europe and north Africa.
She likes jazz, R & B and Afrobeat music.
She starts each day with a prayer to God. Then she has green tea and talks with her mother.
She looks up to American actress Halle Berry (soft yet strong), South African singer Miriam Makeba and Nigerian beauty queen Nike Oshinowo (Miss Nigeria 1991).
She fell in love with Olumide Akande, the son of a very rich man. Some say his parents are against it and that she will have to give up acting to marry him, the man she loves.