Nollywood actress, producer, model, TV presenter and event host Christiana Nkemdilim Adelana, popularly known as Tana Adelana holds the spotlight in this article. She is an exciting talent to watch, a beauty to behold, and the mere mention of her name stirs curiosity; people want to know where she comes from, where she was born, and how she came into acting.
Tana Adelana has already cemented her position as one of Nollywood’s most exciting stars, and one of the potential greats who will be considered a pillar of the industry in a few years time.
In this post we examine her life, career, some of her movies, and every other thing that makes her tick.
Tana Adelana Profile
Real Name: Christiana Nkemdilim Adelana (Nee Egbo)
Popularly Known As: Tana Adelana
Date of Birth: 24 December 1984
Place of Birth: Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria
State of Origin: Enugu State
Occupations: Actress, Producer, Model, TV Presenter, Entrepreneur
Tana Adelana Biography
Tana Adelana is a Nollywood actress of repute, she is also a model, producer and director. She is known for her beautiful face, and the captivating way she speaks. She has won several awards and accolades for her work in Nollywood, and has turned her attention to directing and producing her own movies.
But let us put things in order of appearance; let us discuss her life before acting.
Christiana Nkemdilim Nee Egbo was born in Surulere, Lagos on the 24 December 1984. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Egbo are from Enugu State in Eastern Nigeria. She is the tenth child of her very large family. Tana attended Treasure Land Nursery and Primary School in Surulere, and then St. Francis Catholic Secondary School in Idimu, Lagos. Both Primary and Secondary School were in Lagos, Nigeria. When it was time for higher education she went to the University of Lagos, where she studied Urban and Regional Planning.
Thereafter, she went on study makeup and style from the makeup art school London (South African campus).
Makeup brought a passion for modeling, and from there she ventured into acting. However, her journey to acting was not so straightforward. Tana actually became famous after auditioning for MTN Y’Hello TV Show in 2002, which led her to become an OAP.
She is the first Nigerian on Channel O as a TV Presenter. It was after attaining success as an OAP that she delved into acting, and not long after that she started her own Tana Adelana Productions in July 2013.
After using MTN Y’Hello TV Show as her launch pad to fame, and establishing herself as a fans’ favorite on the music show, she turned her attention to acting, and gradually developed the passion for it. She did make up as a precursor to acting, but also did modeling. She worked with many prominent photographers and modeling houses, both as a make up artist and as a model.
However, it was in the movie industry that her heart truly lies, and one always finds his way to the place where his passion lies.
Tana Adelana made connections in the movie industry, and auditioned for roles. Some of her earliest movies include Single and Married, Body Language, and Baby Daddy. In those movies she got to work with many exciting talents, many of which have grown just as she has in the movie industry.
Interestingly, one of her earliest movies was a fine collaboration between the Nigerian and Ghanaian movie industries, and produced sparks across the whole continent. It also exposed her to the cream of the acting profession in both countries, thereby giving her a good footing of what quality acting is supposed to be.
After very good showings in those movies top directors and producers became interested in her potential, and started offering her roles. From there it has been success after success.
Tana Adelana Movies
Tana Adelana has featured in so many movies; however, some of the most prominent among them are listed below.
Single and Married (Year 2012)
Mr. and Mrs. Revolution (Year 2017)
Body Language (Year 2017)
Baby daddy (Year 2017)
Lagos Landing (Year 2018)
True Betrayal (Year 2019)
More Than Just 4 Letters (Year 2019)
Alter Date (Year 2019)
Beautifool (Year 2021)
Suga Suga (Year 2021)
Daluchi (Year 2021)
Couple Goals (Year 2021)
Twisted Mind (Year 2022)
Crossed Lines (Year 2022)
Eva and Suweba (Year 2023)
Awards And Recognition
Tana Adelana has received lots of laurels and accolades in recognition of her work over the years; the most prominent among these accolades include:
On Air personality of the year (TV); at The Future Awards Africa 2011 (Won)
Best Supporting Actress; at the City People Movie Awards 2017 (Won)
Best Actress in a Lead Role – English; at the Best of Nollywood Awards 2018 (Won)
Best Supporting Actress – English; at the Best of Nollywood Awards 2019 (Nomination)
Tana Adelana Age
Tana Adelana was born on 24 December 1984, making her 39 years old as at the time of writing this report. She is one of the few who have not made any effort to hide her age. Looking at her beautiful face one can see why she has not hidden her age; she is looks younger than 25, making many doubt if that is her real age.
Tana Adelana Husband
Tana Adelana is married to her longtime sweetheart Femi Adelana who she had dated for 14 years before eventually marrying. She must have met him while she was still in secondary school, and the couple got married on September 11, 2007. The couple has two children and lives together in Lagos.
Tana Adelana does well to keep her marriage and family life out of the spotlight; she has never been involved in any scandal, and she is always protective of her family.
Tana Adelana stated that she never had a formula for marrying a decent man; but she was just luck that she had one whom she was able to stick with over the years, and to settle down with.
Femi Adelana is very active in her family affairs; when her father died he was with her and participated in the funeral rites which were held in Nara Unateze in Nkanu East LGA of Enugu State.
Tana Adelana Children
Tana Adelana is blessed with two children; a boy and a girl. As mentioned above, she is very protective of her family, and as a result she has kept them away from the public. Their names are not known, and nothing whatsoever is known about them except their genders, and even that is only known because she once posted a picture of them on instagram.
Tana Adelana Net Worth
Tana Adelana is estimated to be worth around $400,000. The money comes from her work as an actress, model, and show host. Remember she got her start from Channel O, and she must have made a lot of money from that gig. Tana Adelana also owns a movie production company called Tana Adelana Productions. Through that production company she has no doubt made a lot of money.
She also works as a social media influencer, and as a brand ambassador. She is a certified money making machine.
That is all we can take about Tana Adelana, one of the big names of the new era of the Nigerian movie industry. It is interesting to see how quickly she has risen in the business; from auditioning for roles, to owning her own production house. Her mature behavior is also something of an example to be copied by other actresses, particularly the way she has shielded her family from the public eye, and from scandal. Her talent is immense, and it is only a matter of time before she rises above all her peers in the industry.