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Phenomenal at 40! Kate Henshaw-Nuttal Celebrates Milestone with Family & Friends



The saying goes, “Life begins at 40.” However, for Kate Henshaw-Nuttal this saying does not hold water. The breathtakingly beautiful actress, wife and mother has achieved so much in her 40 years, that she is considered a living legend in Nigeria’s movie industry.

On Friday the 22nd of July at Civic Center in Victoria, Island Lagos, Kate celebrated her 40th birthday – which was on July 19th – with friends and family. For the celebrant, the highlight of the night was walking into the hall to meet her friends and loved ones. Some of our favourite media personalities joined in the fun as well as Rotimi Amaechi, the Governor of Rivers State.

The ravishing actress wore a sleek black mono-strap black dress with a curly brown bob and silver jewelry which topped the graceful look.

In the first part of the gathering, organised by events company Elizabeth R, Kate’s friends led prayers and offered their heartfelt tributes for the accomplished celebrant. The band played and sang beautifully, setting the tone for a joyous occasion. As the night went on, the celebrant sported shorts, a black top and strappy heels. There was a cutting of the cake and then it was time to dance as DJ Jimmy Jatt spinned the hits!

The BellaNaija team wishes Kate a ‘Happy Birthday!’ and many more to come.

The Venue:

The Celebrant: 40 & Fierce!

Cake & Decor:

The Party:

As night drew nearer, it was time for Kate and friends to cut the cakes and put the P in party!
The birthday girl changed into some hot shorts ready for the dance floor.

We even got a peek at Guests Arriving!:



  1. hauwa b.

    August 12, 2011 at 10:41 am

    awwwwww, she is a stunner

    • Temi

      August 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      As in!!! Absolute stunner.

      By the way, I hear it is Calabar thing, lol. I hear Calabar/Akwa Ibom women never age o. I even have a few proofs. i have some Calabar friends who are almost thirty and could easily pass for my younger sisters.

      Nice story BN.

    • Ms. Jayee

      August 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      yep! it is. i still look 18 and im in my mid 20s. heheheheheeeee!

    • Ms Tee

      August 17, 2011 at 3:01 am

      True, I know a Calabar babe who’s 28 but I coulda sworn she’s 22. I was soo shocked when she told me her age. But having said that, is that why Mrs Henshaw was dressed in shorts at he 40th? She’s got a great figure for her age and all but pulease, it’s still a case of mutton dressed as lamb. Dress your age joh!

  2. nena

    August 12, 2011 at 10:43 am

    nice body 4 a 40 yrold.

  3. Meee

    August 12, 2011 at 10:48 am

    YaaaYy 1st….Rita looks DOPE! Fab hair

    • Yikes

      August 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      u got that right……….like dang!!!!

  4. Dee

    August 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Happy Birthday Kate, though this is a few week’s late! Love you long time! Many more years of joy, peace, prosperity and grace. Stay beautiful sista!
    PS: Sorry but Chidi Mokeme needs a stylist

  5. sandra

    August 12, 2011 at 10:53 am

    ini edo wats with u and d long hair? some ppl look like dey were trying too hard. nice party. love u kate.

  6. nkechi

    August 12, 2011 at 10:55 am

    kate looks fabulous. How come her daughter wasnt there?

  7. Ifeoma-adiagwuagwu

    August 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Nice 🙂

  8. Zawadi

    August 12, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Wow she luks so fiiiine for a 40yr old, happy birthday Kate!

  9. lolo

    August 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

    beautiful woman with a nice body for a 40yr old plus nice smile! chioma,uche ini,rita look beau also.

    • Yori

      August 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      But they need to ditch the fake hair!!

    • Lizzy O

      August 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      Rita’s hair Looks great!!! They all look fabulous except Ini Edo. She really needs to tone down the hair.. it’s doing too much.

  10. Omoh

    August 12, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Happy birthday kate,u look great @ 40

  11. deee

    August 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

    LOVELY Kate, she looks absolutely georgeous and beautiful. I cant believe she’s 40! she looks wayyyyyyy younger than that. shows how good she takes care of her self :P. The celebrities there all looked good- not too bad 😛 But I’m loving Rita D sooo much, esp her hair style- keep it up babe.

  12. deee

    August 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

    hmmm… i wonder what will be in the party bags i’m seeing on the tables lol 😀

  13. FlashFlash

    August 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Love Love Love, kate’s dress. Stunning figure at 40. But errmmmm not sure abt the shoes on the dress. Love u anyhow kate. Want to look this hot when i’m 40. xxx

  14. Imohazel

    August 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Nice body,period!40 year old or not.She’s so amazing and full of life!Plus the decor was awesome. Wonder who did it. Many more fabulous years ahead Kate eyen eka mmi.xoxo

  15. Bolanle

    August 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

    lovely pics! is the white man her husband? im a bit slow lol

    Plus Ritas hairstyle i will be copying! 😀

  16. FumzyO

    August 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Somebody plsssssssss. Tell that gentleman that his belt and shoes have to match!!! Kai, very irritating!!!

  17. Nnie

    August 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Congrats Kate. ur party was beautiful and u look younger at 40

  18. fokasibe

    August 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Awwww…..Kate rocks!!! and her personality shows through and through….never met her but I bet she’s got a great personality!! Keep it real and stay fabulous sweetie…God bless…♥♥♥ you…

  19. Nomy

    August 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Kate i have always loved you, it did not start now! Rita Dominic? WOW! You are gorgeous abeg! Ini always representing! Nne I maka!

  20. ruzy

    August 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

    lovly……for 40th God…………….how will i look wen am that age??????????

  21. Ginika

    August 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Awww…she looks gorgeous and fabulous. Kate is rcoking 40 like no man’s business.

    Finally I get to see her husband but I havent laid my eyes on her children yet.

    I pray for many, many more healthy and prosperous years in Jesus name, Amen.

  22. Chloeze

    August 12, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Kate, i pray to i look like you when am forty, everybody is looking smashing, Rita Dominic love your hair, love your style!

  23. Renniebabe

    August 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    happy Birthday and many more to come but pls where is her child there is no pix of her baby

  24. MissyB

    August 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    For the most part, people looked great! Rita’s hair is nice. Though I don’t like Ini’s hair or dress, she is a very pretty woman. The lady of the day looked wonderful as well!

  25. teeno

    August 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Happy Birthday to Kate Henshaw, i ever admire your charming smilesss….I can feel the excitement on everyone….but Chidi Mokeme needs a hair cut fast!!

  26. Temi

    August 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Sorry but who’s that in red that wants to upstage the celebrant? I kent!

  27. my day

    August 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Even chioma surprised me o! Happy buffday Katie.

  28. nuellla!

    August 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    was saying the same to myself..i know she has a daughter ,but cant seem to she her in any of the pictures………congratz Kate,u look great!!!….

  29. teeno

    August 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Happy Birthday to Kate Henshaw, i ever admire your charming smilesss….I can feel the excitement on everyone…………………………..

  30. cee

    August 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Beautiful and charming Kate. I’m loving ya more. Beautiful people too, the actresses all looking sooo good!

  31. amarah

    August 12, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    kate is jst wow!….Rita is phenomenal!…..ini is gorgeous!….uche is so so sweet,Chioma is jst pregnant!

  32. cee

    August 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Beautiful and charming Kate. I’m loving ya more. Beautiful people too, the actresses all looking sooo good!

  33. Tobechi Daniel

    August 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Kate has an absolutely stunning body. Nice nice nice. Keep up the effort. She looks effortlessly beautiful than her younger counterparts. Ladies, lay off the food.

  34. royalhottie

    August 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    rita looks really fab. am so loving the hair
    tired of seeing all these long weaves everywhere.
    and i wanna be like kate @ 40

  35. @coshadino Twitter

    August 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Mehn!!! This party was fabulous


    August 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Nice. Wish she wore something more glamorous that than the short and blouse. Nice party


    August 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm


  38. Christine , from Ghana

    August 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Kate, i like u soooooo much, i become happy any time i watch u in a movie
    Keep the fire burning, God bless as u celebrate ur birthday, long life

  39. na me

    August 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Stunning pics….Congrats kate…u luk good…..OMG,so in love with Rita Dominic”s new look.D lady luks FAB……Nice 1 Rita

  40. amy

    August 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    she looks soooo lovely at 40..nd i so love Ritas’ hair.
    CONGRATS kate

  41. SASHA

    August 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm


  42. Ruth

    August 12, 2011 at 3:09 pm


  43. Joy

    August 12, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I’m so loving Rita’s hair & shoes… Congrtas Kate!

  44. funky mf

    August 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    rita dominic did it for me!kate if i have ur bori at 40 i will be d happiest woman!lol!

  45. chibuki

    August 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Awwwww! Beautiful, sooo soo breautiful! Celebrant, husband, cake, decor, all! Love Rita’s hair, d qoman in d red dress, chioma looks so nice even with her bump! Wish u many more yrs Kate! Mwah!

  46. samsie

    August 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Nice..happy birthday Eyen eka eka MI.

  47. Lil miss sunshine

    August 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    i love when i see women dress their age… she looks like a black grace kelly, elegant and poise no flesh, unnecessary cleavage etc hanging around but then Kate has always been modest and classy in all her outfits.

  48. cannime

    August 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Very nice to see a lady look that fabulous at 40! Kate You rockkkkkkkkkk!

  49. olamibo

    August 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Very interesting & nice one. i love Rita’s hair. it’s lovely

  50. Hills

    August 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    How come nobody was holding a gift?

  51. judy

    August 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    kate you rock

  52. Duvy

    August 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    very nice. Great pictures Bella. Congrats Kate, 40 and rocking !

  53. keisha*

    August 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    i love her smile, she’s so full of life. happy birthday kate!

  54. jennietobbie

    August 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    FANTABEAUTIFUL!!!!!! Breathtaking…absolutely

    and I love the Nollywood love!!!

  55. Little Miss Understood

    August 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Kate is as beautiful inside as she is on the outside. She has a beautiful, bubbly personality and always brings a burst of sunshine wherever she goes. She is miles ahead of other Nollywood ‘stars’ in terms of class and grace. Style is something you either have or you don’t and Kate is living proof of the fact that you don’t have to go overboard to look hot!

  56. Mide

    August 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    She looks dashing sha! @ 40…
    finally!!first hairstyle i like on rita dominic..fits her perfectly!

  57. Godlovesme4me

    August 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Absolute stunning in her dress and looks so wonderful. At 40, she’s most definitely rocking the show. Way to go Kate…I remember when I fell in love with her acting…it all started on “Checkmate”. Everyone else looks gorgeous too. Cheers Kate, many more blissful years to you.

  58. auntie

    August 12, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    does kate have children guys?

    • iTawa

      August 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      I think she’s got a daughter

  59. lola

    August 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    All I can say is, if you aren’t Kate’s friend and you are in Nolly-wood, you are most certainly missing!

  60. honey koko

    August 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    All I can say is…..U can tell Kate Henshaw Nuttal works out n takes care of her body.

  61. Jade

    August 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    loving rita’s look, Congrats Kate.

  62. busola

    August 12, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Her husband is actually cute…They look good together… I am also very attracted to white

  63. eyeballs

    August 13, 2011 at 1:37 am

    @ hills: am sure gifts and money were even in excess. Kate is full of life and vigour and of course ‘no sending’. she’s alwas so real and comfy in her skin, dats y i like her. more graceful years to her. i neva knew Rita cud look nice in anything other than her afro and long weaves but she’s sooo on point with this!

  64. konnie

    August 13, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Kate, u look wonderful. Now all u have to do is let us have your trainer and nutritionists number. May God bless u very well.

    Most of the ladies looked good and have started caring about working out.

  65. mary007

    August 13, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Chioma really looks good, however if Kate is 40 then I am ten, no be today Kate!

  66. iBreatheFun

    August 13, 2011 at 6:41 am

    I hope to be like this at 50 oh!

  67. mimii

    August 13, 2011 at 10:15 am

    rita dominic is always on track with her fashion sense.chioma chukwu knows how to carry herself maturedly.happy birthday kate

  68. goggziwizle

    August 13, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Such an admirable event! Dat Figure in Red tho! U shd learn to dress in adaptation 2 one’s event!gud lukin Rita! Mokems….u shdnt try dt again! Let Ini b! She’s gud 2 goo!

  69. Binta

    August 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Kate: Fab Rita: Fabulous …Ini Edo babe why? The hair looks so cheap, Good Grief! I hear you drive some mad wheels, so i wonder y u didnt shell out a few extra bucks to buy some real goodlooking human hair. This looks like horsetail…chei ya! Gov Amaechi ..i’m sure your indigenes need you to go fix their roads, put the mic down, nuff said.. go fix Ada george road abeg, lets not wash PHC’s dirty linen here o

  70. Olivia

    August 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Kate looks absolutely fab for 40 or any other age!!! Rita’s hair style is to die for-sets off her features so well. Loved Chioma’s dress too and Funke Kuti and Ifeoma Nwachukwu looking radiant as ever!!! Don’t care much for Ini’s hair but she still looks ‘pweety good’…all in all- a great party. Kate dearie, a belated happy b/day. And yes, for those who noticed from d pics that she’d most likely have an awesome personality-Yep, I can definitely attest to that fact. Met her once at the french embassy and was sooo impressed-she’s the nicest, classiest, most stylish and friendlist star I’ve ever met in my life!!! You just wanna be her friend or be in her sphere….

  71. Oghenekevwe bob

    August 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    unbelievable, Kate looks like under sixteen keep it up, Rita always look takeaway, Uche face always looks bright, Ini I like ur outfit, chidi is always honor & I like that. the Ibrus really looks like an Africa & social

  72. amber rose

    August 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    fabulous rita. im diggin that hair style. congrats kate

  73. bibi

    August 14, 2011 at 12:10 am

    nice… she looks HOT

  74. Zima

    August 14, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Rita u rock with ur new look.

  75. Adenike

    August 14, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Only Rita D came to this Party!!!!!!!!! Thumbs up.

  76. coolcat

    August 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Kate is unarguably the best actress nigeria has ever produced. It makes me so happy to see such a beautiful, virtuous and hard working woman celebrate this milestone. Never in a million yrs would I have thot she’s 40. Wow. While BN says kate’s life doesn’t begin @ 40, I see a happy life as 1 where u can die tomorrow and know that u have fulfilled your purpose and left a mark. Kate, this is truly d life.

    Fashion…eunice efole, wat is that monstrousity of an outfit u have on? While u have the best bod ever amongst ur peers, u have d worst fashion sense. U can take a girl out of the village but u can’t take d village out of d girl.

    A nice relief from lace wigs for rita dominic and she does look pretty but that hair is just out-dated and kinda razz. Reminds me of rukky sanda when she started out. Also, y d weight gain? Her arms look so big.

    Ini edo, rockin the slimmer figure but that hair is all over the place.

    Chioma chukwura is just adorable.

    Hmm, gov amaechi, while I’m impressed with kate having a gov grace her party, I’m disappointed that u’re so jobless to attend this party.

    I didn’t expect to see kate’s daughter cos I’m sure it was way past her bed time. I hate to see parents take their kids to parties u knw will go on well into wee hours and the mum is dancing away while the kids have fallen asleep on a chair somewhere.

    Darling kate, wish u didn’t keep it so safe with black, it was ur nite to shine and u ought to have done just that. Eunice almost upstaged u if not for her ridiculous frock. Just saying!

  77. omalicha

    August 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    abeg aunty kate when i grow up i want to be like youuuuuuuuuuuuuu.

  78. ruby

    August 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    mehn i am just looking at the pictures and am grinning and blushing and smiling…kai kai kai kai…what a classy party..all the guest look responsible lool…rita dominic babe you go kill me with swagg…dat hair is beautiful…kai

  79. Fayee

    August 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Happy birthday Kate, wow to look like that at 40, Rita was so on point

  80. Adnyl chicago

    August 14, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    40……..abeg maybe early 30s …rita copyur hair and pray for myself my girdle wont break…lol…….peace andblessings

  81. beauty

    August 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    kate am so happy for u forty good yrs nd i loved the way every1 looked frm rita’s hair to chioma hair nd out fit nse,uche…..every1 looked FABULOUS

  82. Vivian Omorode

    August 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Happy birthday mama Onga, I wish u many returns. Rita look cute from head to toes, Chidi I like ur pilot dress, Uche I love ur London, Ini look nice, Julius Agu wife is elegant, Chioma is okay too & d Ibrus three sisters looks unique, but how come Stella Damasus is not present? Birthday of d year congrats Kate ooooo!

  83. Ngozi

    August 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    abeg make RITA nor do ny other hair style for her life time!!….dats d best ive sen on her so far, really suites her…..many more years to kate!!!

  84. Eerinmide

    August 15, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Kate, i luv u. u re beautiful, u luk happy, am happy 4 u, ur hubby lyks kay…nt as hawt as i xpected bt nyhoos…NOLLYWOODERS….stop puttn on shades in a buildin in d nyt,,,c’mon guys, show sum klass!!!


    August 15, 2011 at 6:57 am

    not trying to rain on her parade, but if she doesnt have kids, then of course she will look good at 40. her body never had to go through any type of changes that comes along with pregnancy.

  86. show some love

    August 15, 2011 at 10:13 am

    stunning. She looks so hot.

  87. love-me-jeje

    August 15, 2011 at 10:23 am

    @ hills lol. nice parry! many more fruitful years Kate!

  88. Tosin

    August 15, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Chei! This woman’s beauty is classic, it radiates from within. Then she went and changed into shorts again – I slapped my hand on top of my head like, see die! Kate is a fine girl.
    How to be a fine girl like Kate: don’t stress much (if possible live in the village). don’t chase every trend or you’ll get that tired look that even make-up can’t fix. keep it real. keep it simple. eat well. Ask all the pretty actresses, really.

  89. Cynic

    August 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Uche needs to get a stylist!

  90. lucile

    August 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    kate,belated hapi bday, y did u invite genevieve and omot?

  91. lucile

    August 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    rit u go kili me ooo? u dey too much

  92. Bex

    August 16, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Ini Edo’s weave looks like a bird nest. untidy, obviously fake and tacky! Aunty Kate looks like a teenager at 40…the rest should take a leaf. I heart Basorge!!!

  93. lucile

    August 16, 2011 at 1:00 am

    well don kate, anoda perfectionist like omot

  94. ruth

    August 16, 2011 at 2:09 am

    happy birthday dear. love you

  95. Ruth okhimamhe

    August 16, 2011 at 2:10 am

    happy birthday dearie

  96. Jojolo

    August 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Kate looks awesome, body is on point. Her arms are to die for

  97. seesexy

    August 18, 2011 at 8:30 am

    now Aunty Grace Egbagbe need to dress her age now…she’s trying too hard…oh Rita Dom ma girl always representing……oh Kate y short???……40 s so glorious……u shd dress down and let all giggle…anyway nice party all put together

  98. seesexy

    August 18, 2011 at 8:30 am

    i begi Eunice Efole ur own too much, na u dey celebrate??? haba

  99. saa

    August 20, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    see decorations, drinks, beautiful pple all over, dis b’day party na one in a million, no challenger, even those who celebrated theirs in obodoyibo no fi fit come close @ all, my dear kate, indeed hav done well

  100. saa

    August 20, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    teeno thanx so much, u’ve said it all, chidi mokeme looks very unkempt with that horrible haircat, he shd rush as a mather of fact to the babering shop with immediate effect for a gentleman’s haircut

  101. mary j

    August 21, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    woo kate, u look great at 40. be blessed my friend.

  102. obey

    August 24, 2011 at 12:39 am

    dey only went to wine, dine and dance

  103. iTawa

    September 2, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Always got nothing but love and respect for Kate Henshaw…she’s just drop-dead gorgeous and “one of the very few amazing actresses” in nollywood, I must say. Parry looked great and seemed every1 had a blast! Ini Edo, don’t know what to say about ur sense of fashion…just simply DEPRESSING n BORING! Chidi Mokeme, c’mon! if u want to rock a mohawk or woreva @ least get it right otherwise, JUST GO BALD! Rita D. looks amazing with the new look…totally diggin’ it! HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATE =]

  104. nana adwoa obeng

    November 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    wat were dose in gowns thinkin, a hollywood red carpet arrival or wat? c’mon, dis was just a birthday party.

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