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Hilarious! Do You Agree with the Nollywood Cast of ‘Empire’?



Empire is such a hit show, so no surprise this tweet by music journalism student @ImaniDH, that put together a Nollywood Empire cast has gone viral!

For the take no nonsense outspoken Cookie Lyon, she chose Funke Akindele, adding, the Jenifa actress ‘would actually slay Cookie’s role though.’IMG_9611.JPGFor Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard, Ghanaian actor Van Vicker was chosen … perhaps Ramsey Nouah could also play him?

IMG_9610.JPGRamsey Empire

As Cookie’s boyfriend and Empire’s former head of security Malcolm Deveaux, she replaced Derek Luke with Emeka Ike. Hmm, we don’t know if they’re a match in sex appeal, but they certainly favour each other.


Last but certainly not least is Eniola Badmus as Gabby Sidibe. The Yoruba actress has compared herself to Gabourey in the past, so we agree she’ll be a shoo-in as Lucious’ former assistant, Becky.IMG_9613.JPG

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    March 23, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    He got it right!!!!!! LOL

    • Anna

      March 23, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      hahaha, don’t forget the rest:

      Jamal – Alex Ekubo
      Andre – Majid / John Dumelo / Yul Edochie
      Anika – Tonto Dikeh
      Rhonda – Nse Ikpe Etim
      Chamilla – Agbani Darego / Yvonne Nelson
      Olivia – Marry Remi
      Porsha – Queen Nwokoye
      Vernon – Femi Brainard
      Tiannah – Seyi Shey / Yemi Alade / Di’ja\

    • nini

      March 23, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Nice one! Could also say Oluchi Onweagba for Camilla!

    • ATL's finest

      March 23, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Great JOB Anna!!! Anika will pass for Di’ja too.. Whoever came up with this is so on point.. While they are stressing over Mo’quie and Taraji, we ve got our own for them.. Derek Luke and Emeka Ike (Twins)

    • chichi

      March 23, 2015 at 10:22 pm on!. I know they dont look alike but I think RMD would make an amazing luscious. .I cant think of anyone in nollywood with that swag. Not even my boo Ramsey. Rita dominic is my boo boo kitty. I think “stupid” when I see hakeem and God forgive me but I think Davido would slay that role..

    • iJo

      March 24, 2015 at 9:15 am

      LOL! I think Oluchi Onweagba for Camilla

    • Ni Ne

      March 24, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      Funlola Aofiyebi Raimi for Camilla…. spot on plus the attitude. Did you see her in “Violated” in the 90s?

    • fdd

      March 25, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      agbani don dey act?

    • Ivory

      March 24, 2015 at 1:05 am

      I think Majid would slay the role of Luscious Lyon

  2. P

    March 23, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I laughed so hard when I saw emeka Ike’s name and picture.

    • Beeeee

      March 23, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      I laughed too, the first thing that came to my mind was an old movie he did…I can’t remember the name of the movie. but I can never forget his line”””” “ah go froo faya for you” (I’d go through fire for you)…..LMAO

    • Leah

      March 23, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      I did too! They would have to write that script in a language other that English, and the setting in a market place in Anambara for Emeka Ike to stand a chance. Love Van but Ramsey is a far more superior actor. The rest is spot on in a hilarious way.

    • Bella

      March 24, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Hmm, we don’t know if they’re a match in sex appeal, . ” Now this is seriously funny and I agree with BN, when I saw that Emeka picture, all I could was do a double take and say NO! LOL

  3. Beeeee

    March 23, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Lmaooooo….i love thissss……..Van Vicker is a handsome young man but I don’t know if he would be able to pull off Luscious Lyon….but if we are going based on physical appearance, perfecto!!! I just got into the show, I watched all the episodes in 3 days…phew! #ineedmore

  4. @edDREAMZ

    March 23, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    That lady that is been compared to miss badmus is so big and not attractive…. She really need to loose some weight though.. Nice job though no doubt..

    • Beeeee

      March 23, 2015 at 5:51 pm


  5. Missy J

    March 23, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Lol nice. I feel Ramsey Noah will fit perfectly, Van Vicker is kinda soft. Tekno miles will play Hakeem, shey Toyin used him in her movie?!

  6. Pat

    March 23, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    LOL, epic match.

  7. Helena

    March 23, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    nailed it!!
    WIZKID can play HAKEEM 🙂

    • Nay Tamara

      March 23, 2015 at 6:32 pm


    • Ivory

      March 24, 2015 at 12:58 am

      Nooo… let OLAMIDE play HAKEEM

  8. Helena

    March 23, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    nailed it!
    WIZKID can play HAKEEM 😀

  9. me

    March 23, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Smart girl,I like what she did. So for me Ramsey will be the Lyon. Alex Ekubo for Jamal, some new actor in a film about to be released…I think he was gulder ultimate search winner, would play the son with bipolar, and wizkid will play the last son. Ding

    Meanwhile….funke and Taraji do have some features in common…God sha

  10. TripleA

    March 23, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Love the casting of Funke Akindele as Cookie Lyon! She would definitely slay the role.

    Side note – It is shoo-in, not shoe-in. Shoe-in is a common misspelling.


    • Iamme

      March 24, 2015 at 4:17 am

      Read the article again. It was actually spelled correctly as shoo-in.

  11. sika

    March 23, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Hahahahahha! Emeka ike cracked me up. i think Ramsey would be better for lucious …van vicker wouldnt pull off that lyon swag. I think wizkid should be hakeem lol

  12. Tee

    March 23, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    This Empire series is sooo dope, Funke Akindele playing cookie is so on point. Cant wait to see episode 12. Empire is the thing now not Scandal…

  13. tutu

    March 23, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Epic!!! Alex Ekkubo for the bi polar guy. How about shaydee for Jamal?

    • Anna

      March 23, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      Nah alex can’t be the bio polar guy, he doesn’t know how to vex well. He’s too soft, it need to be someone who’s mature but can play a twisted. manic role, hence Yul, John or Majid.

    • Anna

      March 23, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      *bi-polar, *it needs

    • Debee!

      March 24, 2015 at 12:02 am

      I pick majid

    • Ivory

      March 24, 2015 at 1:02 am

      Hmm. . I’m thinking GIDEON OKEKE for ANDRE (bi-polar guy)

  14. trueTalkCritique

    March 23, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    ……wait for it…..the post is going to prompt a Nollywood version……my peeps never fail!

    • ATL's finest

      March 23, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Hahahaha but SO TRUE.. Nnija no dey carry last

  15. Uju Lilian

    March 23, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Hahahaha! Damn! Right hilarious, already thinking of re writting the scripts for our nigerian actors. Ramsey would nail the role of luchious more than luchious

  16. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    March 23, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    OUCH @ “Hmm, we don’t know if they’re a match in sex appeal” BellaNaija play nice. Emeka go soon come for una. LOL

  17. nira

    March 23, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Ramsey noah for luscious all the wayyy, he would slay the role…damilola adegbite for anika, chris attoh for andre, gabriel afolayan for jamal, patoranking/korede bello for hakeem,yvonne nelson for camilla, jim iyke/desmond elliot/ john dumelo for vernon,osas ighodalo for rhonda.

  18. goldfinch

    March 23, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Funke Akindele for Cookie Lyon………Yassssssss!!!
    Funke will slay the role baje baje.
    They even look alike sef.

  19. O~Intuition!

    March 23, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    100 % …@Funke Akindele as Cookie Lyon

    • Rapunzel

      March 31, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      In my mind I can already picture the scene where funke barges into the office after being released from prison ghen ghen. She will slay it. Emeka Ike can’t be Malcolm ewww. No chemistry

  20. yinda

    March 24, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Emeka Ike as Derek Luke!!! Shooo, they done lost their minds. *In my Laronda voice*

  21. WTF?

    March 24, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Why do u nigerian s like to copy americans like that. Can u be original for once in anything. SHYTTTTTTTTT

    • Iamme

      March 24, 2015 at 4:20 am

      This in my opinion was just done for humor. No one is trying to copy anyone. Relax…

    • iJo

      March 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Can’t recognize a joke even when it hits you in the face??? O_o

    • jhennique

      March 24, 2015 at 11:20 am

      who be dis one???

  22. Nnena

    March 24, 2015 at 3:50 am

    I like Emeka Ike but he comes off as more of an annoying character which is the total opposite of Derek the rest were spot on though.

    IG: justnnena

  23. Ebony

    March 24, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Funke Akindele as Cookie is so apt. Taraji and Funke as actresses both have similar gestures also.
    Y’all had to get a pic of Eniola Badmus and Ms Sidibe both in orange, lol

  24. tish

    March 24, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Lol, for look alikes, spot on but for acting roles, na, with the exception of Funke Akindele. She’ll do well as Cookie. I can’t think of anyone for Lucious. Someone that has that presence, can play mean but still very appealing and very importantly have a chemistry with Funke. E go hard.

  25. Abby

    March 24, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I guess i am the only one who has not caught the Empire bug yet…
    Ah well,i still love my suits and the good wife….Stuck in a rut.
    Whats all this craze amd jumping on a wagon thini?


    March 25, 2015 at 12:01 am


  27. NR

    March 26, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Funke Akindele would slay as Cookie! I agree with all the looks, not so sure if the nollywood versions can perform as similarly as they look.

  28. roastcornandube

    March 28, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Ernest Obi for Lucious! At least the early Nollywood version of him.


    March 29, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    OMG!! This babe did well oo… Funke akindele is weyrey enough for Cockie Lyon..
    Vanvicker can not act jor, he’s just fine.. Ramsey is Lucious for me,, Jamal is sooo ALEX EKUBO and his second boy friend (cinematographer) should be UTI :D..
    Theen I think OLAMIDE is ugly enough for Hakeem and Becky?? Eniola will murrrda it :D… Emeka Ike keh, otio.. There is one broda that has dreads in that AY’s crib, he lives with AY.. I think he’s just right :D… Oya film av set he he..

  30. enkay

    April 1, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Lynxx for Andre.

  31. Rue

    April 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    The only person to play Lucious is Majid, hands down he is the only person who can pull that role

  32. joesh

    July 21, 2015 at 10:50 am

    this is a good match but van vicker is in better position for lyon

  33. joy

    August 1, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Lol.. funke and taraji is so on point.

  34. lil...hakeem

    November 5, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    lol….OMG emeka ike for malcom dat will be so oppo oppo site…confam opposite…
    maybe vernon will go for jim iyke
    cookie for funke and anika for tonto anD HAKEEM WILL BE ME… I’VE LEARNT ALL HIS SONGS/RAPS INCLUDING DRIP DROP…

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