Kate Henshaw has one of the most recognizable names and faces in the Nigerian movie industry. Having been relevant in Nollywood since her breakout role in 1993’s Sun Set, Kate Henshaw has gone to be one of the most influential actresses of her generation.
On the occasion of her 51st birthday today (born July 19, 1971), we’ll be listing our Top 5 Kate Henshaw movies. This bundle of talent who gave up a potentially decorative career in medicine for her love for acting deserves all the love.
Without further ado, here are our Top 5 Kate Henshaw movies:
The Stolen Bible (2004)
A young lady gets cursed by an older woman after stealing her bible.
As ludicrous as this movie’s premise sounds, it’s gone on to stay memorable in the minds of Nigerians who had the chance to see it around the time of its premiere.
It’s hilarious, atypical of the time of its production, and memorable. Start for the comic premise, stay for the hilarious scene where Kate Henshaw’s character is being chased by an alleged statue of Christ that comes to life.
Stronger Than Pain (2007)
Ulanna’s pride and dignity have been taken away due to his love for his tyrannical wife, Eringa. This makes him an object of scorn in the village, but his family joins to free him from the clutches of his wild beauty.
Strong Than Pain earned Kate her first AMAA award for Best Actress back in 2008, so it’ll always have a special place in all our hearts.
Starring alongside Kate Henshaw is Nkem ‘Osuofia’ Owoh and Ebube Nwagbo, to mention but a few.
A married couple, Diane and Kabir, lose their 10-year-old son Roti to heart disease. Diane, who is in a lot of grief, sees a boy who she believes is her son, reincarnated, and that brings with it a whole lot of drama more than both their hearts can bear.
With a premise this morbid, Kate Henshaw does some of her career’s finest works bringing Diane to life. So much she was nominated for “Best Actress in a Leading Role” at the African Movie Academy Award in 2018, for her performance.
4th Republic (2019)
The story follows Ikechukwu Obiano, a young idealistic deputy campaign manager for industrialist Mabel King, who is competing against incumbent Governor Idris Sani in her bid to become the first elected female governor in the country.
Nollywood is plagued by the curse of Rom-Coms, so whenever an unusual movie with relevant a social message like 4th Republic comes around, it’s the talk of the town.
In a crowd of a very talented cast, Kate Henshaw easily stands out as the soft-spoken politician who hopes to do some good in a system that is set up to make her fail.
Blood Sisters (2022)
Bound by a dangerous secret, friends Sarah and Kemi are forced to go on the run after a wealthy groom disappears during his engagement party.
I’ll admit Kate Henshaw doesn’t do anything career-defining in her role in Blood Sisters, but it gets an honorary mention for its production value and aesthetics, its positioning as Nigeria’s official first Netflix Original, and what it means for Kate’s career and journey so far.
What’s you favourite Kate Henshaw movie? Tell us in the comments.