Nimi Adokiye is a SAG-AFTRA American film and television actress of Nigerian descent. Nimi grew up in Sugarland Texas. She has two older brothers and a younger sister. Her father was a businessman and her mother is a doctor. Growing up Nimi learned early the requirements of dedication and perseverance in achieving success. Nimi loves to travel and as a child, she briefly lived in Nigeria. She loves fitness and running. In school, she participated in track and field where she won many medals and awards for her team. Nimi is an accomplished singer and trained under Willie Norwood. Her music career had some success however Nimi’s love for acting took over all other interests. Her passion sparked in her first theater production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. She played Grandma Georgina and discovered her love for acting. Nimi moved to Los Angeles to attended Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theater. She has trained under the legendary Tasha Smith. She has worked with known Hollywood names such as Queen Latifah, Danny Glover, Tyra Banks, and Sarah Silverman. She has also worked with bands Maroon 5, John Legend, Lifehouse, Weezer and Life Afraid. Nimi is constantly perfecting her craft and taking every opportunity to challenge herself and striving for stronger, deeper more meaningful roles. She is currently training with The Actors Workshop under RJ and Rob Adams. Nimi is driven, and committed to fulfilling her goals and accomplishing her life’s purpose. She is rooted in Southern California where she lives with her husband and their dog.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Nimi Adokiye and I am a seasoned actress. I was born and raised in Sugar Land, Texas and I have strong Nigerian roots. My mother is a doctor and my father is a business man so that right there already tells you my level of discipline, passion, and HUSTLE.
When exactly did you know you wanted to become an actress?
I wanted to become an actress when I joined the theater production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I played Grandma Georgina. My first gig playing an 80 year old lady picture that me at 18 playing 80! It was my first time wearing staged makeup and I was transformed. I realized I could play any part be any person. Plus I got to play a role in a larger story. Story makes people feel happy, sad, excited, confident, inspired. I realized I get to be a part of that, and it made me feel great and I discovered my purpose.
Can you describe your feelings your first time on set?
The golden question! My first time on set was epic. I forget what the show was titled but it was an outside scene. Camera and crew where everywhere. In my scene I was being robbed I played frightened and react to what was going on around me. The actors playing cops were capturing the robber. Suddenly, there was an explosion as one of the cars blew up. We all had to jump down and cover. Then I heard “cut roll back camera” I was wowed. I had actually made it to a real Hollywood production and it was amazing.
Since you’ve enjoyed working with Queen Latifah, Danny Glover, Tyra Banks, and Sarah Silverman, who are other actors and actresses you would love to work?
Henry Caville, Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Scarlett Johansen. Man, the list goes on and on so many exceptional actors I would love to work with. This business has phenomenal talents. My goal is to be on the same level as these greats and rise to the highest I can go. Go Big No Plan B.
Tell us random fact about yourself, something completely uncommon?
Okay a random fact. Most people see me on the red carpet all dressed up, dolled up in gorgeous gown, makeup, hair, nails, all in check. But in reality I’m a serious tomboy. I love my sweats. I love fighting video games. Growing up in Texas I was playing football, climbing trees, building forts. Dolls were never my thing. Today I will play basketball, help my husband work on the car, always ready for an adventure. I am not worried about getting some dirt under my manicured nails.
We look forward to seeing your future endeavors. Is there anything you would like to add?
I wanted to say thank you for taking the time to interview me and it’s greatly appreciated. Also keep on the lookout every one there’s some great things brewing and I’m in talks on some stuff that I (obviously) can’t say because of contracts and all but you will definitely be seeing more of me in the coming months.