Somkele Iyamah in 2016
March 23, 1988
Delta State, Nigeria
|Alma mater||McMaster University|
|Years active||2011 - present|
|Parent(s)||Andy Nkwor Iyamah, Onyi Iyamah|
Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama is a Nigerian TV and film actress and model. She is well known for her roles in 93 Days (2016), The Wedding Party (2016), The Arbitration (2016), the TV series Gidi Up (2013–present) and gained recognition at the Toronto International Film Festival and African International Film Festival. She is also the latest ambassador for Multichoice's DSTV Explora, the widest satellite cable network across Africa.
Iyamah was born in Ika South Area of Delta State, to Andrew and Onyi Iyamah both of Ika(Agbor) origin. She is the third of four children. She attended the Chrisland Schools and she was introduced to drama by an inspirational teacher while attending Grange School in Lagos.
Somkele holds a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from McMaster University. She volunteered in several shows for charity at McMaster and modelled during the holidays in Nigeria. Her site says this included work for Virgin Nigeria, Harp, ETB and Visafone Communications.
In 2016 three films she starred in 93 Days (2016), The Wedding Party (2016) and,The Arbitration (2016) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival which she attended as the first "female international Rising Star".
Somkele manages the fashion brand, Andrea Iyamah, founded by younger sister Dumebi Iyamah.
Awards and nominations
|2016||Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)||International Rising Star||Herself||Won|
|Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)||Special Jury Recognition Award||93 Days||Won|
|The Exquisite Lady Of The Year (ELOY) Awards||Actress Of The Year||Won|
|The Future Awards Africa||Prize For Actor||Won |
|Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA)||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2017||2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2018||A Soldier's Story: Return From The Dead||Zaya||With Eric Roberts, Linda Ejiofor, Daniel K. Daniel
Director: Frankie Ogar
|2018||Lara and the Beat||Dara Giwa||With Seyi Shay, Vector The Viper, Chioma Akpotha
Director: Tosin Coker
|2017||The Wedding Party 2||Yemisi Disu||With Adesua Etomi, Richard Mofe Damijo, Iretiola Doyle, Banky W
Director: Niyi Akinmolayan
|2016||The Wedding Party 2016||Yemisi Disu||With Adesua Etomi, Richard Mofe Damijo, Iretiola Doyle, Banky W
Director: Kemi Adetiba
|2016||93 Days||Dr. Ada Igonoh||With Danny Glover, Gideon Okeke, Bimbo Akintola,
Director: Steve Gukas
|2016||The Arbitration||Omawumi Horsefall||With O.C. Ukeje, Iretiola Doyle, Adesua Etomi
Director: Niyi Akinmolayan
|2015||The Department||Ireti||With Jide Kosoko, Osas Ighodaro Ajibade, O.C. ukeje,
DIrector: Remi Vaughn Richards
|2016||Gidi Up Season 2||Yvonne||Network: NdaniTV|
|2015||Best Friends||Uche||Network: EbonyLife TV|
|2014||Gidi Up Season 1||Yvonne||Network: NdaniTV|
|2013||Gidi Up (Pilot)||Yvonne||Network: NdaniTV|
- "I'm a private person — Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
- "somkelei". somkelei. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
- Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama: New Nollywood rising star goes to Toronto, Shaibu Husseini, 10 September 2016, The GuardienNG, Retrieved 7 October 2016
- Iyamah, Andrea. "About A.I". Andrea Iyamah. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
- "TIFF's Rising Stars". TIFF. 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
- Izuzu, Chidumga. "AFRIFF 2016: Rita Dominic, RMD, Somkele Idhalama, Chioma Ude attend Globe Awards". Retrieved 2017-03-04.
- "Winners of Future Awards Africa 2016 named - Premium Times Nigeria". Premium Times Nigeria. 2016-12-19. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
- Partners, Alexander Moore (2017-03-02). "AMVCA 2017: Check Out Nigerian Entertainers Who Made The Nomination List". Nigeria News Online & Breaking News | BuzzNigeria.com. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
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