By AINA IYABO
TATOOING is seen as a kind of body modification, very common in African and American countries. Today, people now use tattoo as a permanent make up for them to look more beautiful and different from others.
In the past, most Nigerians frowned at the idea of having a tattoo, because it was used for identification of both human and animals. But now, local exposure through the media has made people to it as an addition to beauty rather than seeing it as a satanic and ocultic display.
Majority of our music and movie entertainers have taken to it as a way of displaying their beauty not minding the controversy that follows.
Here are some of our celebrities with tattoos on different parts of their bodies. Enjoy.
Charles Oputa known by fans as Charly Boy, is seen as one of the most non-conformist celebrity in the country today. He’s also a man who believes in giving the youths of Nigeria opportunities to make something out of life through the Charly Boy Show.
Though he might have his own problems but he is an outstanding musician and great organizer who has in many ways contributed to the Nigerian entertainment industry. Recently he was chosen as one of the Nigerian idol’s judge.
The Rivers State born actress Tonto Dikeh has also contributed to the Nigeria movie industry. Through her roles in movies, Tonto has used her talents and controversy to take the movie industry to a higher and greater height .
Despite the controversy and bad comment about her latest tattoo which she said took her up to 10hours and lots of money to get it done, she is undeterred. She went as far as telling wagging tongues that she cares nothing about their reactions.
The ‘’ I’m so Inspired’’ singer, Waje Iruobe, started singing professionally in 2005 in her school, University of Nigeria (UNN) .She’s worked with the likes of P-Squre, Banky W, Eldee, Omawumi and J Martins. Nowa a successful solo singer, she has made her marks in the music industry. Recently she picked up the award for ‘Best Pop/R&B artiste‘ ahead of 2face, D’banj, Darey and Banky W at the Nigeria Entertainment Award in 2011 at the the Sharp Theater New York. She is seen as one of the best female artistes in Nigeria.
Oge Okoye is one of the very few young rising actress in the Nigerian movie industry. And barely five years that she got into Nollywood , Oge has proven to her fans that her choice of acting as a career from childhood, was not misplaced. Infact, it was her performance in some movies that endeared her to a number of movie producers and movie lovers. This has kept the offers rolling in.
The talented actress who was once in the news over her alleged troubled marriage to her Holland-based hubby, gave daft ears to the rumours instead, braced up to take her career to another level.
Elizabeth Ibukunoluwa Anjorin was once a model after which she joined the movie industry .
She’s one of the Yoruba sexy looking and respected producer cum actress .
Lizzy came into prominence after she starred in a Yoruba flick entitled, Iyawo Ojo Kan. Before then, she had been involved in few productions and had only managed to get minor roles because she was relatively new in the industry.
She became the topic of discourse when she engaged in a war of words with another actress, Iyabo Ojo over her manners .But despite all the challenges, Lizzy is still one of the most searched for in the Nigeria Entertainment industry .
Obiageli Edozie is a graduate of Lagos State University ,who grew up under the roof of her disciplinarian father. Oby, Nollywood screen diva, has also tried to remain relevant in the movie industry .
Due to rumors going about concerning her marital status, the actress and her husband had kept their relationship discreetly away from the ever scrutinizing eyes of the press and they finally sealed their love with marriage after dating for a while.
To say it all ,Oby is also a fast rising celebrity in the entertainment industry .
Cross River State born Shan George has in many ways, proven without doubt that she is a complete actress. She’s one with a rare quality and can interprete any role. Known as the most daring actress in the Nigeria movie industry, Shan has since ventured into music.
The Yoruba movie veteran queen actress, Iyabo Ojo has without any doubt, ascended to the peak in Yoruba movie industry today. She is also one of the most potent fascinating Yoruba actresses in the land. She got into acting through the Association of Nigerian Theatre Practitioners and since then, much has happened in the life of this gifted actress.