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Elma Mbadiwe Biography, Net Worth, Wikipedia, Age, Husband, Parents, Instagram

Elma Mbadiwe is a Nigerian actress and writer known for her famous role as Tallulah in the movie titled ‘Unbroken’ and Laraba on E.V.E. The two movie were Africa Magic Shows. But ‘Unbroken’ was the movie that brought her to limelight.

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NameElma Kenechukwu Mbadiwe
Date Of Birth28th January
Age35years
NationalityNigerian
State of OriginImo State
HusbandSingle
Net Worth$100,000

Elma Mbadiwe Biography

Elma Mbadiwe is creative and highly talented Nollywood actress, known for good interpretation of roles in movies. She can as well fit into any character assigned her in most movies and she does it very well.

Elma Mbadiwe

Elma Mbadiwe Age

How old is Elma Mbadiwe? Elma Mbadiwe was born on the 28th of January. Her exact birth year as well as her age is not known.

Elma Mbadiwe Education

Mbadiwe obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from The Redeemer’s University Nigeria, Ede, Osun State. She also has a diploma in Acting for Screen from Royal Arts Academy, Surulere, Lagos.

Elma Mbadiwe Career

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Before Mbadiwe delved into acting, she worked as a writer at Consolidated Media, the media house for SoundCity. She also worked in the production department.

Her acting career started in 2016, and her first movie was The Audition. She played the lead role, Talullah, in Unbroken, which brought her to the limelight because of the attention she got from fans. She also featured as Laraba in E.V.E. Both movies were produced by African Magic Production. She has starred alongside other Nollywood actors in movies including Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story and Dysfunction.

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Mbadiwe was nominated for Best Upcoming Actress at the 2018 edition of the Best of Nollywood Awards. The nomination was for her role in the LGBT movie We Don’t Live Here Anymore, which received 11 nominations.

In 2022, she is playing the role of a teenager, Carmen, in Netflix’s first Nigerian Young Adult series “Far From Home,” produced in partnership with Inkblot Productions.

Elma Mbadiwe movies

The below are some of the movies she has featured in:

  1. Spite
  2. Far from home
  3. Worlds apart
  4. Crossline
  5. Rattle snake
  6. Bridges
  7. Blast
  8. Far From Home

Elma Mbadiwe awards

Best Upcoming actress at the 2018 Best of Nollywood awards

Carmen Far From Home

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Carmen is the only child of Feyi and Mabel Wimer-Willoughby (excellently played by Bimbo Akintola and Richard Mofe Damijo). She’s in dire need of validation from anyone—her folks, her friends, and even her foes. Carmen is a sweet-at-heart kind of girl, but life has dealt her some tough cards, and she’s not mentally resilient enough to deal with them. But there’s a bit of her in all of us. She’s human. That’s why I think we should root for her.

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Elma Mbadiwe Husband

Is Elma Mbadiwe married? She is currently not married, but the actress is in a relationship although she doesn’t flaunt nor shows off her boyfriend or fiance on her social media page.

Elma Mbadiwe Net Worth

Elma Mbadiwe has an estimated Net Worth of $100,000. She makes her money through acting and other side hustle.

Social media

Instagram: @elmambadiweofficial

Elma Mbadiwe: I Don’t Really Fancy Talking About My Personal Life

Elma Mbadiwe has, for some reasons, been tipped as one of the actresses to watch out for in 2021. Perhaps her interpretation of roles in a number of movie features earned her the spotlights. Ferdinand Ekechukwu writes about his recent encounter with the fast rising actress

Elma Mbadiwe is “Not your role model,” her bio says to her 12.7k followers as @capt_elma on Instagram. This could be that she doesn’t think she has arrived at that level of fame yet. Because people see her and recognise her as a face on television but she wouldn’t say she’s famous as such. But still lead a pretty normal life which she’s intentional about. If you have seen recent Nollywood blockbuster movies like Rattle Snake: The Ahanna Story (where she plays Adaugo) and Quam’s Money, this black beauty is no stranger to you then. True to type, she’s for herself, and does things her way.

Elma’s path to limelight was via Ndani TV’s “Phases” and delivered as expected. “I can’t say that a particular movie launched me into the limelight; rather I’d say it’s a collective effort of everything I have done. When one person sees what I have done, they tend to call me for other works,” she said in a recent interview. Known for her famous role as Tallulah in the movie, “Unbroken” and Laraba on E.V.E, the two movies were African Magic Shows.

But ‘Unbroken’ where she played Talullah was the movie that brought her acclaim and the significant amount of attention she attracted from fans because of her character’s involvement in a love triangle on the show. She said: “Filming Unbroken has to be one of the best things to ever happen to my career and life, actually because I got to meet and become friends with amazing people, from the cast to crewmembers.” Elma thought the role had its strain, she learnt to take it one day at a time and in good strides that even after shooting, her fans couldn’t stop raving about it.

She adds: “The role was challenging but I learnt to take it one day at a time, and focus on the good, and now that we’re done shooting and the fans keep raving about it, I can only be grateful to God, and the executive producer, Aunty B (Biodun Stephens), for the opportunity”.
This reporter recently encountered her following his request for a chat. The feedback was delayed. Eventually, she responded quite appreciative having been reached directly via her mobile number. “Good morning, thank you for reaching out.”

She enquired: “When is this scheduled?” She followed with an apology though, adding. “…I usually shy away from interviews.” Being in the business where publicity is the livewire one quickly reminds her that no interview is unnecessary in a space that would often throw her up to the media/press so to shy or want to may not help. “Lmao I totally understand. I’m not shy oh, I just won’t do it unless it’s absolutely necessary… because I don’t really fancy talking about my personal life,” adding “And tah, I often dislike the perspectives and methods of reporting…” which borders on sensationalism.

But in a way she wants it her way subtly in exchange. She notched a bit of hesitancy to proceed with the offer to chat. “However, I have a new project coming out soon; I’ll speak to the producers and find out when exactly so that we can schedule both releases together.”
It doesn’t have to be published together so it doesn’t work. She can say or make mention whatever her new project is all about. And leave the rest for me to have it covered. “Nah not published separately but I can’t say anything about the project till the release. Release is scheduled at the end of the month.”

Elma is armed with a BSc in Mass Communication from The Redeemer’s University, and also Diploma in Acting for Screen from Royal Arts Academy. She has always wanted to be an actress and did a few jobs as a child. She fondly remembers watching old Nollywood movies and re-creating the characters. She started playing drama in church stage. It wasn’t rosy for her getting into Nollywood after school and didn’t want to sit at home, “so I had to use my contact. I did my internship at SoundCity, and started working there as a producer and production manager before I started getting movie roles to feature in.”

Before stardom with… Elma Mbadiwe

What were you doing before you started acting?

I was doing a production job. I was a writer at a media house for SoundCity and others. I was also working in the production department. I did all these before I started acting.

What was the first movie you featured in?

The first movie I featured in is titled, ‘The Audition.’

What movie launched you into the  limelight?

I can’t say a particular movie launched me into the limelight rather I’d say it’s a collective effort of everything I have done. When one person sees what I have done, they tend to call me for other works.

Have you always wanted to be an actor or you stumbled into it?

I have always wanted to be an actor. I did a few jobs as a child. But then after school, it was difficult to get into Nollywood and I didn’t want to sit at home, so I had to use my contact. I did an internship at SoundCity and used my contacts there. I started working there as a producer/ production manager before I started getting more roles to feature in.

What challenges did you face while trying to be an actor?

The challenges are the same everywhere in Nigeria. It’s harder for people to give a new person a chance. When I came into the industry, I didn’t know anybody; I had to attend several auditions over and over again. Sometimes, the producer would have finished casting, at other times, they would want someone already popular or known and that keeps me wondering that if we keep casting for movies that way then there would be no new faces.

We will have to keep recycling the old actors. But I am grateful to producers who gave me a chance even when nobody had seen my face before. I went for an audition with Africa Magic and I am grateful to them for giving me a chance and I have done several other jobs for them.

What do you love most about being an actor?

I love the fact that I do different things at different times. Being able to change your perception, look and voice to fit into that of someone else is refreshing for me.

How many auditions did you go for before you got your first role?

I got a role after the first audition but after then, I didn’t get many others after that. I would say I have gone for about 100 productions but I haven’t featured in 100 movies. It’s like that.

What is your advice to up-and-coming actors?

You just cannot give up. I had a challenging experience setting out. I feel like I am going to give up but every time I decide to do something else I find myself back around an acting job. When I had made up my mind that I was going to give up after years of trying, the following day I got a call for an audition that changed everything for me. If you believe in God and you are sure this is what God will have you do, just hang in there and be persistent. Though I am not where I want to be, I know where I am headed. I have a clearer picture of where I am going. It’s not an easy journey, but it’s going to be worth it at the end of the day.

Exclusive: Elma Mbadiwe on Her Role as Carmen in Netflix’s Young Adult Series “Far From Home”

BellaNaija has been observingfast rising Elma Mbadiwe, since her breakthrough role in the short film “Without You,” which confirmed her as a Nollywood star to look out after. Over the last year, the actress has steadily been featured in outstanding Nollywood movies and now she is playing the role of a teenager, Carmen, in Netflix’s first Nigerian Young Adult series “Far From Home,” produced in partnership with Inkblot Productions.

In this interview, Elma talks about her role as Carmen, her favourite memory on set, and what the audience would love about the forthcoming series.

Elma! Welcome. This is your first Netflix series, right? How did you land the role of Carmen?

Thank you. It’s quite a funny story, but a fun fact. The casting director called me to suggest actors who could play teenagers. And I’m like, “Hey, what about me? I’m an actor.” And he says, “Nah, they want someone young.” So I send him my pictures, and after a strong convincing pitch, he agrees and sends my picture to the team. It was an instant hit. I guess the team liked what they saw… So I’m asked to send in some self-tapes, about 4, which I did, and here we are.

Who is Carmen Wilmer-Willoughby, and why should we root for her?

Carmen is the only child of Feyi and Mabel Wimer-Willoughby (excellently played by Bimbo Akintola and Richard Mofe Damijo). She’s in dire need of validation from anyone—her folks, her friends, and even her foes. Carmen is a sweet-at-heart kind of girl, but life has dealt her some tough cards, and she’s not mentally resilient enough to deal with them. But there’s a bit of her in all of us. She’s human. That’s why I think we should root for her.

Elma Mbadiwe

Playing Carmen must have been tough; what was most challenging about being Carmen?

I would say the most challenging thing about playing Carmen is becoming a teenager all over again. I am not a teenager and I’m kind of set in some of my ways. However, acting is learning, unlearning, and remembering. And that’s exactly what I did with Carmen. Try to remember what being a teenager was like and juxtapose that with who I think the character Carmen is because I was nothing like her as a teenager (laughs).

The shoot lasted 82 days—that is a long time! How did you manage to stay connected to Carmen for such a long time?

Yes, it was quite a long commitment, but the upside was that all the teen cast members were together in the same space, and we did stuff together. that constantly put me in Carmen’s shoes. And oh, the uniforms. It’s hard to forget who you’re supposed to be when you’re wearing those. See Far From Home Cast’ Here

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What was your favourite on-set memory?

To be honest, I have many, but I would say the fun times with cast members. We ate together, played games together, and shared many early mornings and late nights. It was an enjoyable set.

Why will audiences love “Far From Home”?

The audience will love FFH because it’s young and fresh, and we have all lived every character’s life at one point or another. There’s someone everyone can relate to. Ishaya, Atlas, Frank, and, of course, Carmen.

When Elma is not on set, how does she spend her typical day?

When I’m not on set, I spend my time at home with my family. It’s really hard to get me outside my home to do something else when I’m not working. So I Netflix, cook, and take care of my plants.

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