A multi-award winning screen and stage actress, producer, philanthropist, global influencer and TV show host.
MonaLisa Chinda-Coker’s career is cantered on inspiring change through unconventional productions that recalibrate society’s moral compass.
With an impressive body of work over the decades, Monalisa has been widely described as one of Nollywood’s top talent for her unique ability to interpret complex roles effortlessly. A graduate of theatre arts, Monalisa has been in the industry for over 20 years and starred in her first major movie role in 1996 (pregnant virgin). Since then, she has featured in over 200 movies and numerous stage productions.
Her immense contributions to Nigeria’s movie industry have been recognised by enjoyed brands, leading to various appointments as brand ambassador for; Globacom, Vita500, and the United Nations to name a few.
She has won several awards including Nollywood@20 E-Golden award for Outstanding character actress, NEGA 2012 Germany, Afro-Australian Music and Movie Award for Most Outstanding Actress 2010, African film awards UK 2009, and several others.
In 2011, she was crowned the face of port Harcourt-carnival Queen, in her hometown, Rivers state, Nigeria and in 2012, she became one of the first of four Nollywood actors to be featured on the cover of Hollywood Weekly Magazine.
She is the founder of the Arise Monalisa Foundation (AMF), an Africa-based not-for-profit organisation renowned for inspiring hope by empowering young people and creating opportunities for the less privileged.