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CLASS OF 2022: Leading Nollywood actor plays the part of Honorary Award winner


A leading actor from the African continent has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Wolverhampton for her contribution to the creative industries. 

Adesua Etomi-Wellington, a Nigerian Nollywood actor, who graduated with a degree in Drama & Performance in 2009, has been awarded a Doctor of Arts in recognition of her phenomenal contribution to arts and culture. 

Honorary awards are presented by the University of Wolverhampton to people who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise.  

Adesua is one of the most in-demand, versatile and successful talents from the African continent. 

She has starred in many of the most successful Nollywood blockbuster movies of all time and has a global following of millions on Social Media.  She has won multiple awards including Best Actress in a Drama for the movie, Falling, in the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, graced the cover of Vogue magazine, starred in numerous groundbreaking theatre productions and recently released her first music single, with a highly anticipated EP on the way. 

She is happily married to entertainer, entrepreneur and politician, Banky Wellington and the couple have one son. 

Adesua said: “My experience at Wolverhampton was literally life-changing - it is the foundation upon which my career has been built. 

“When I enrolled on my course in 2006 I was not confident at all. There is a silent confidence in that comes as a result of being informed and being knowledgeable. I was taught to believe in my natural abilities but also put those abilities to good use. I was taught that talent is great but you need to be hard working to achieve. 

“This award is very humbling for me and I hope that it inspires prospective and current students to pursue careers in the creative industries.” 

The University’s graduation ceremonies take place at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, from Monday 5 September to Saturday 10 September 2022. 

Graduates are encouraged to keep in touch with the Alumni team and take advantage of a range of benefits and support on offer to them including a discount for Postgraduate study and opportunities to benefit from mentoring, volunteering and career advice.   

For information about courses to study at the University visit the website. 


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