Tina Mba is everywhere and deservedly so. This talented, veteran Nollywood actress has continued to stay relevant, evolving as the movie industry here evolves.
Did you know that Tina Mbawas first nominated for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 7th Africa Movie Academy Awards and again in 2021? In 2017, she was nominated for the Best Actress in a Comedy at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).
We’ve serenaded you with a post about how Tina Mba eats up her motherly roles in the industry, now let’s show you what our Top 5 movies and TV shows starring this bundle of talent are.
PS: We’re putting it out there that this is a Herculean task. Tina Mba has been in a lot of memorable roles, so if you don’t agree with our pick, tell us in the comments what yours are.
Behind the Siege (circa 2004)
Behind the Siege was intended to be a vehicle to drive conversations around HIV/AIDS among the Nigerian populace, but I don’t think the showrunner(s) saw coming how well-received and entertaining it’d be. One reason for the high entertainment value was Tina Mba’s fierce portrayal of one of the philandering king’s many wives. Hers was a loud-mouthed, entertaining showdown that has stayed ingrained in my memory for a long, long time.
Unfortunately, I can barely find much about Behind the Siege online in terms of photos and/or video clips. It’d be great if either NTA or Tade Ogidan of OGD Productions, who helmed the show on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and from Family Health International (FHI), could share throwback clips to the phenomenal show.
In Isoken, Tina Mba plays the role of an overbearing mother who continuously tries to matchmake her unmarried daughter, Isoken (Dakore Egbuson). Isoken has continued to popup in various lists about memorable romcoms from Nollywood and Tina Mba’s A1-performance is, no doubt, a part of why we keep having that conversation.
Breaded Life (2021)
Breaded Life had a good run at the box office when it first premiered in 2021, and it’s repeating that magic again with its recent Netflix debut. Here, Tina Mba plays a strict mom who’s had it with her spoilt brat son (Timini Egbuson) and chooses to be the instrument that clips his wings, including having him locked up in a police cell, until he decides to make something great out of his life.
It’s a pretty good performance for the onscreen queen.
For Maria Ebun Pataki (2022)
Everything about For Maria Ebun Pataki screams unconventional and terrific and that includes Tina Mba’s performance. Here, she plays the mother-in-law at loggerhead with her daughter-in-law struggling under the weight of postpartum depression. This movie kept raining Oscar-worthy performances from everyone from start to finish; that’s not something we see every day in Nollywood.
What’s your favourite Tina Mba movie? Let me know in the comments.