Belinda Effah Biography
Grace-Charis Bassey Effah also known as Belinda Effah, is a Nigerian Nollywood movie actress, movie producer, director, the CEO of House of Belinda (HOB).
She has won six awards over the course of her career, including the Most Promising Act of the Year award at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards
|Real Name:||Grace-Charis Bassey Effah|
|Date of Birth||December 14, 1989|
|Place of Birth:||Calabar|
|Occupation:||Actress, Producer and Director|
Early Life, Childhood and Education
The Nigerian Nollywood movie actress, movie director, and producer, Belinda Effah was born on 14th December 1989 in her hometown in Cross River State and was raised in Cross River by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Effah.
Her father, late Chief Asido Bassey Effah was a senior military officer that retired as a Lieutenant Commander in the Nigerian Navy. He reportedly ran a polygamous family and had several children with Belinda Effah being one of them.
Belinda received her primary and secondary education at Hillside International Nursery and Primary School and the Nigerian Navy Secondary School in Port Harcourt, respectively.
She also attended the prestigious University of Calabar for her university education. She studied there and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Genetics and Biotechnology.
Bassey At the age of sixteen, Effah began her career in the Nigerian entertainment industry known as Nollywood.
Belinda Effah, began her career as a television show actress. Then, in 2005, she made her first television show debut in Shallow Waters, a popular television series at the time.
Her first reality TV show appearance was on “Next Movie Star.” She competed in a reality TV show alongside other housemates, finishing fifth. Before finally starting her own show “Lunch Break with Belinda, Belinda was a television presenter for Sound City.
In the 2005 television series Shallow Waters, she made her Nollywood debut. She then took a break from the series to appear on the reality show Next Movie Star. She came in fifth place and was never evicted from the house.
She used to work as a television host for Sound City, a Nigerian entertainment cable station. She did, however, leave the station to launch her own TV show, Lunch Break with Belinda.
She is the CEO and founder of GCB Empire, a clothing and fashion brand based in Nigeria.
Iké Udé’s portrait of her was featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art’s during Nollywood Portraits exhibition in 2022.
Smithsonian National Museum is located on the National Mall of the United States capital. Its collections include 9,000 works of traditional and contemporary African art from both Sub-Saharan and North Africa.
Some of the movies Belinda Effah has featured in include:
- The Return of Jamal (2021)
- Broken Intentions (2021)
- Not Just Enough (2021)
- A Bitter Pill (2021)
- Dubara (2021)
- Ring of Deceit (2021)
- Fine Wine (2020)
- Sanitation Day (2020)
- The Kingdom Legend (2020)
- Muddled (2019)
- Expertee (2019)
- Hire a Woman (2019)
- Stroke of Luck (2019)
- Locked (2019)
Some of the awards she has won are as listed below:
- Best New Actress – Golden Icons Academy Awards (2012)
- Most Promising Act (female) – Best of Nollywood Awards (2012)
- Best Rising Star – Nollywood Movies Awards (2013)
- Most Promising Act – Africa Movie Academy Awards (2013)
- Most Promising Act – Ntanta Award (2013)
- Best Supporting Actress – Golden Icons Academy Movie Award (2014)
She gave birth to a son in the United States in 2016. She has kept the child’s father’s identity a secret. Grace has refused to talk about her child or child’s father but had this to say:
“I usually do not talk about my private life. What people know me for are my movies, so I am not keen on putting my private life out there.
People do not care about you really; they don’t know how I feed or live. All those information are private and I don’t want it in the public space.
I’d appreciate if people just keep watching my movies and focus solely on that”
She publicly stated in 2021 that she would prefer to be addressed as Grace-Charis Bassey rather than Belinda Effah. She explained that she had a divine encounter with God on August 15, 2020, which inspired her to change her name to Grace.
Twitter: @ belindaeffah