Monalisa Chinda is a Nigerian actress, film producer, television personality and media personality.
Monalisa Chinda Background
Monalisa Chinda was born on the 13th of September 1974, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as the first child of six children. Chinda attended Army Children’s School GRA, Port Harcourt for her primary education. After that, she went on to Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girls’ School, Elelenwo, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, for her secondary education.
On concluding her secondary education, Chinda went on to obtain a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Port Harcourt. Monalisa Chinda is currently married to Victor Tonye Coker and she is blessed with a daughter – Tamar Chinda.
Monalisa Chinda Career
Chinda commenced her acting career with the movie – Pregnant Virgin in 1996, while she was still a student of Uniport. Her next movie – Above the Law was after she graduated from the university.
She rose to limelight in her acting career when she featured in Heaven’s Gate – a television soap in 2000. Since then, she has featured in over 200 movies. Her first movie as an executive producer was a Royal Arts Academy movie titled Kiss and Tell, in 2011 produced by Emem Isong and directed by Desmond Elliot.
Monalisa Chinda was one of the first of four Nollywood actors featured on the cover of Hollywood Weekly Magazine in 2012.
Asides acting, she is also a consultant of the Royal Arts Academy, a media school known for breeding new talents in acting, directing, and screenwriting.
In addition, Chinda runs a talk show You and I with Monalisa which she started in 2014.
Film Workshops And Festivals
Thus far in her career, Monalisa has participated in several film workshops and festivals including:
The Sithengi Television and Film Festival, a market for content and ideas, in Cape Town, South Africa.
Georgia Tech Film Festival and workshop in broadcasting (CNN Tour) – 2011
Export of film- Nollywood roadshow in collaboration with Nigerian Export Promotion Council Kenya – 2011
BOBTV Festival, where she presented a thesis on When Talent is not enough – 2011
Zuma Film Festival Abuja (Women in the media) – 2012
Monalisa Chinda’s Movies
1996 – 2010
Next door Neighbor
Salt and Pepper
Pregnant Virgin – 1996
Above the Law – 2000
Sting 2 – 2006
Games Men Play – 2006
The Devil in Her – 2006
Royal Grandmother – 2007
Scorpion – 2007
Critical Truth – 2008
Evil Project – 2008
Anointed Liars – 2009
Hot Island – 2009
Memories of the Heart – 2010
Nollywood Hustlers – 2010
2011 – 2019
Kiss and Tell – 2011
Weekend Getaway – 2012
Gossip Nation – 2012
Torn – 2013
Lagos Cougars – 2013
Keeping my Man – 2013
Itoro – 2014
The Unthinkable – 2014
One Night Stand – 2014
Enslaved – 2015
The Therapist – 2015
Return of the Don – 2016
Passionate Heart – 2016
The Biggest Game – 2017
Deep Fever – 2017
Okon Lagos – 2018
The Good Husband – 2018
Night Bus to Lagos – 2019
The Bling Lagosians – 2019
Brand ambassador of Globacom.
Vita500 endorsed Monalisa Chinda as a brand ambassador.
Brand Ambassador of the United Nations.
Arise Monalisa Foundation (AMF)
The Arise Monalisa Foundation (AMF) founded by Monalisa Chinda Coker, is an Africa based not-for-profit organisation devoted to inspiring hope, promoting creativity, and creating opportunities for less privileged Africans.
The foundation also seeks to safeguard lives by promoting health awareness. It also serves as a voice to the voiceless and a medium to empower young Africans to discover their potentials.
To achieve its mission, the NGO works with several organizations, schools, and churches to gain access to young people. They support them with needed resources and mentor them so they have a better chance at having a bright future.
They also work with various orphanage homes across Lagos to help ease the burden of caring for the children by providing them with supplies and every necessary assistance. The NGO also has a network outreach system that support women, widows and women in prison.
You And I With Monalisa
You and I with Monalisa is a talk show by Monalisa Chinda that addresses pressing and trending social issues. The talk show is widely acclaimed as Africa’s most innovative television production. The show is of international standard therefore, attracts millions of viewers. It currently airs every Sunday at 10:00 pm on African Independent Television (AIT).
Awards And Nominations of Monalisa Chinda
Best Actress at the Afro Hollywood Award – 2009
African Film Awards UK – 2009
Nominee for best actress in a drama series at the Terracotta TV and Film Awards – 2010
Afro-Australian Music and Movie Award for most outstanding actress – 2010
Monalisa was crowned the face of Port Harcourt – Carnival Queen – 2011
Nominated for Nigeria Model Achievers’ Awards – 2011
Nollywood@20 E-Golden Award (NEGA) for outstanding character actress – 2012
Africa Movie Academy Award for best actress in leading role – 2014
Nominated at the City People Movie Award for face of Nollywood (English) – 2015
Monalisa Chinda has an estimated net worth of $500,000.