Diana Yekinni is a British Nigerian actress best known for Movies such as Ije and Lunchtime Heroes. Diana is also popularly known for playing the character Genevieve in TV series Jenifa’s Diary with Funke Akindele. In 2014, she was nominated in the "Most Promising Actress" category at the 2014 edition of the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards.
Early life and education
Diana Yekinni was born and raised in South London, England, United Kingdom. She is an alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles she had previously studied theatre and dance at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.
She started her professional acting career in 2009 after she featured in an American television series titled Medium. In 2010, she was cast as Libby in the film Ijé and Odele in Mosa. In 2012, Yekinni participated and won the maiden edition of the Annual GIAMA Screen Icon Search Competition in Houston, U.S. She moved to Nigeria in 2012 and has since featured in several television series and films including A New You, All That Glitters, Saro: The Musical, Jenifa's Diary as Genevieve, Lagos Cougars and Lunch Time Heroes.
|2016||DRAFTS||as Molly||Stage drama|
|2015||Lunch Time Heroes||as Banke Adewummi||Feature film|
|Jenifa's Diary||as Genevieve||Television series|
|2014||For Coloured Girls Who Have Considered Suicide||as Lady in blue||Stage drama|
|London Life, Lagos Living||as Cast|
|Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives||as Nurse|
|2013||A New You||as Chantelle||Film|
|2010||Ijé||as Libby||Feature film|
|2009||Medium||as Jane Doe||appeared in Episode 5.11 & 5.12|
Awards and recognitions
|2014||2014 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards||Most Promising Actress||Nominated|||
|2014 City People Entertainment Awards||Most Promising Act of the Year||Nominated|||
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