Hello WORriors! Today is #WomanCrushWednesday and our Woman Crush is Somkele Iyamah!

Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama is a Nigerian TV and film actress and model. She is known for her roles in Dreamwalker (2012), 93 Days (2016), The Wedding Party (2016), The Arbitration (2016), the TV series Gidi Up (2013–present) and gained recognition at the Toronto and African International Film Festivals.

Iyamah was born in Delta State, to Andrew and Rosaline-Onyi Iyamah. 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.

Iyamah’s first feature film was Dreamwalker, where she had a small part. From 2013 – 2016, she appeared as Yvonne, a fashion designer, in the TV series, Gidi Up where she worked with O.C. Ukeje.

In 2016, three films which she starred in 93 Days (2016), The Wedding Party (2016) and,The Arbitration (2016) were premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival which she attended as the first “female international Rising Star”.

In 2016, Somkele appeared in the comedy-crime/heist thriller Ojukokoro (Greed) with Wale Ojo, Ali Nuhu, Tope Tedela and Seun Ajayi.

Somkele has been nominated and won awards and recognition. She also manages the fashion brand, Andrea Iyamah, founded by younger sister Dumebi Iyamah.

Women Of Rubies celebrates you, Somkele Iyamah!

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