Dakore Akande is a multiple award-winning screen and stage actor, television host, singer, dancer, and humanitarian. Dakore’s prowess as a screen diva has landed her endorsement deals with several top-rated companies. She is also a certified yoga practitioner.
Dakore Akande Background
Dakore Omobola Egbuson now Dakore Akande was born on the 14th of October 1978, in Lagos State Nigeria. She hails from Bayelsa State. Dakore is the first of ten children, so she learnt how to be independent early as she was responsible for her younger ones.
She attended Corona Primary School, Gbagada, Lagos, for her primary education, while her secondary education was at the Federal Government College, Bauchi State, Nigeria.
At the age of 5, Dakore Akande had already started doing music and theatre plays. She had so much passion for music, film, and television, to the extent that she won the best prize in music while in primary school.
After her secondary education, Dakore went to the University of Lagos to study mass communication. She also enrolled in a 6months photography class under the tutelage of Dan Baba. Dakore is married to Olumide Akande, and they are blessed with two lovely daughters.
Dakore was first, a musician before she drifted into acting. She started her career as an actress in 1999. At the time, she featured in two movies which was not released on time because of actor’s strike in Nollywood then.
So, she decided to travel to London in a bid to explore other options. While in London, she met a promoter who connected her to perform at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall, London. When the actor’s strike came to a halt in Nigeria, the movies she featured in were released. Owing to her ace acting skills in the released movies, every producer wanted Dakore onset of their movie. So, she had to return to Nigeria.
It was the movie – Emotional Crack that propelled Dakore to the limelight in Nollywood. Thus far, Dakore has featured in over 60 movies. Dakore took a 5-year break from acting after she got married and returned with a bang in 2012. She announced her comeback with the movie – Journey to Self. Dakore’s artistic expertise has opened a world of opportunities for her in the industry.
In September 2019, Dakore Akande was featured in the Visual Collaborative e-catalogue, themed Vivencias, meaning experiences in English. Visual Collaborative interviewed Dakore alongside others featured in the catalogue. Some of those interviewed include Kelli Ali, Adelaide Damoah, and Desdemona.
- When the Going gets Tough
- Operation KTP
- Silent Tears – 2000
- Emotional Crack – 2003
- Shattered Illusion – 2004
- Dangerous Sisters – 2004
- Annabel – 2004
- More Than Gold – 2005
- 11 days and 11 Nights – 2005
- Men do Cry – 2005
- Games Men Play – 2006
- Peace of Flesh – 2009
- Caught in the Middle – 2007
- Journey to Self – 2012
- Lunch Time Heroes – 2015
- Fifty – 2015
- Isoken – 2017
- Yemi’s Dilemma – 2017
- Chief Daddy – 2018
- New Money – 2018
- The SetUp – 2019
Dakore Akande Endorsements
- Dakore is one of the Brand Ambassadors of MTN Nigeria.
- She is also an ambassador of Nestle Nigeria.
- Amstel Malta endorsed Dakore as one of its ambassadors.
- Dakore was once an ambassador of Pampers Nigeria.
- She is an ambassador of Amnesty International.
- Owing to her affection for humanity, Dakore is also an ambassador of Oxfam America.
Dakore Akande Quotes
“Be the light, be the change you seek, change the negative cycle.”
“You’ve got to believe that you were created for a purpose. You were no accident…”
“…Work hard and smart. Trust God to lead you in the way, and above all, believe in your magic.”
“It’s okay to pat yourself on the back for staying strong.”
“Not everyone is going to appreciate or even comprehend your light, but you know what? Shine regardless.”
“Strong women aren’t simply born; we are forged through the challenges of life. With each challenge, we grow mentally, and emotionally…”
“We’re all wounded, trying to make sense of this perplexingly beautiful gift called LIFE.”
Awards And Nominations Of Dakore
- Best New Actress at the Reel Awards – 2004
- Reel Awards named her Best Supporting Actress – 2004
- Best Actress at the NEA Awards – 2006
- Nominated at Eloy Awards for the Brand Ambassador of the Year (Pampers) – 2014
- City People Movie Award for Face of Nollywood (English) nominee – 2014
- Nominated for Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role – 2016
- City People Movie Award for Best Actress of the Year (English) nominee – 2016
- Nigeria Entertainment Award for Best Actress – 2018
- Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role – 2018
Dakore’s Net Worth
According to 360dopes.com, Dakore was worth $800,000 in 2018.
Life Lesson From Dakore
Make sure you have a passion for the career path you choose to follow. When making a career decision, choose a career path you are passionate about. Don’t make your choice based on money. When you love what you do, you will do it with all your heart. Often, by doing what you love, the money automatically follows.
Also, it is alright to take a break sometimes. A pause in your career doesn’t mean the end of life. For some reason, Dakore had to stay off the screen for over five years. During that period, rumours were flying that she had quit her career for marriage. But when she deemed it fit, she returned to the screen with heads held high.
Image Credit: @dakoreea (Instagram)