Liz Benson biography: family, children, net worth, movies and tv shows

Liz Benson biography: family, children, net worth, movies and tv shows

What is your favourite movie genre? If you have African originals in mind, you are likely thinking about Nollywood films that have dominated the entire continent. Indeed, Africa's entertainment industry has come of age thanks to the massive developments backed by remarkably talented industry players. One of the most prolific actors in the Nigerian entertainment industry that grasped the attention of fans in Africa and all over the world is Liz Benson. You have likely spotted her in numerous Nollywood films with her fantastic display that never disappoints. How much do you know about her?

Liz Benson
Actress and pastor Liz Benson. Photo: @The African Media
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An actor who invokes emotion from their roles on the screen is among the best and incredibly talented. And to comfortably jump into different characters is something that only the best can hack.

Although Liz often acts as the antagonist, she sometimes plays other roles that show her impressive talent. As a result, she has dominated the Nigerian movie industry, creating immense interest in her personal life.

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Liz Benson profile summary

  • Name: Liz Benson
  • Date of birth: April 29, 1966
  • Area of birth: Etinawa, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
  • Age: 55 years old as of 2021
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Zodiac sign: Aries
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Husband: Bishop Great Emeya (married in 2009)
  • Children: Lilian Etim, Roseline Etim, and Richard Etim

Liz Benson biography

Liz Benson was born on April 29, 1966, in Etinawa, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. This means that she is 55 years old as of 2021. She attended junior and senior learning institutions in Ghana and attained her West African Senior School Certificate successfully.

Liza was actively involved in drama, stage plays and performing arts while in secondary school. She became interested in acting at the age of five but never took prominent roles, but continued to mould her talent while studying.

After graduating from high school, Liz relocated to the United States of America, where she advanced her education. The talented actress attended Sylvania State College in the USA, where she graduated with a Dramatic Arts degree.

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Liz returned to her home country, Nigeria, to pursue a career in acting after completing her degree. Fortunately for her, she got her big break in 1993 when she was featured in the Nollywood movie called Fortunes, a television soap opera.


Liz Benson
Actress and pastor Liz Benson. Photo: @Prince Anthony
Source: UGC

The 1993 movie Fortunes was Liz' breakthrough in the Nigerian and African entertainment industry as she later participated in countless films. A year later, in 1994, Liza starred in the Nollywood blockbuster movie Glamour Girls alongside Eucharia Anunobi. Her role in the film increased her reputation in the industry, making her one of the popular actors.

By 1996, Liz Benson had already won movie lovers' hearts in Nigeria and other parts of Africa, thanks to her fantastic performance on the screen. Also, her excellent command of the English language made her one of the unique actors in Nollywood.

Even though the mid-90s was one of Liz's most successful periods, she suddenly quit acting in 1996 and became a born-again Christian. Ever since committing herself to the gospel of Christ, she has been focusing on ministry work.

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Liz Benson movies

Liz is one of the most prolific pioneers of the Nigerian film industry, and she has acted in many Nollywood movies. On top of this, she was won various awards for her incredible performance, including a nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Africa Magic Viewer's Choice Awards. The following are some of the most notable Liz Benson movies and TV shows:

  • Lotanna (2017)
  • Children of Mud (2017)
  • Lizard Life (2017)
  • Hilarious Hilary (2015)
  • Dearest Mummy (2015)
  • Dry (2014)
  • Toko Saya (2007)
  • Political Control (2006)
  • Political Control 2 (2006)
  • Political Control 3 (2006)
  • Bridge-Stone (2005)
  • Bridge-Stone 2 (2005)
  • Crazy Passion (2005)
  • Crazy Passion 2(2005)
  • Day of Atonement (2005)
  • Now & Forever(2005)
  • Now & Forever 2 (2005)
  • Squad Twenty-Three (2005)
  • Squad Twenty-Three 2 (2005)
  • Women in Power (2005)
  • Women in Power 2 (2005)
  • Inheritance (2004)
  • Melody of Life (2004)
  • Red Hot (2004)
  • Turn Table (2004)
  • Turn Table 2 (2004)
  • World Apart (2004)
  • World Apart 2 (2004)
  • Èèkù-idà (2002)
  • Èèkù-idà 2 (2002)
  • Wisdom and Riches (2002)
  • Wisdom and Riches 2 (2002)
  • Dapo Junior (2000)
  • Chain Reaction (1999)
  • Diamond Ring (1998)
  • Diamond Ring 2 (1998)
  • Scores to Settle (1998)
  • Witches (1998)
  • Back to Life (1997)
  • True Confession (1995)
  • Glamour Girls (1994)
  • Silenced

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Liz Benson and family

Liz was married to Samuel Gabriel Etim who perished in 1998. Etim was a loving father and husband. She had three children with him. Presumably, her husband's death gave her great strength to continue with her life, including taking care of their children.

Liz Benson's daughter, Lilian, married her fiancé called Precious in 2017 and got her first child two years later. She is popularly known as Chef Leelee. Lilian is the firstborn among Liz's children.

Liz Benson's son, Richard Etim, studied in the Benin Republic, and the last born, Roseline Etim, studied law at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom.

The actress took another shot at marriage by wedding Bishop Great Ameye of Freedom Family Assembly in 2009 at the Rainbow Christian Academy in Warri, Delta State. The couple travelled to the United Kingdom for their honeymoon.

Liz Benson's net worth

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Liz Benson
Liz Benson (L) with actor and producer Elvis Chuks. Photo: @Arthor Donard
Source: UGC

Liz Benson has an estimated net worth of $700,000, making her one of Nigeria's wealthiest and influential actresses. She accumulated most of her wealth from her acting career.

Where is Liz Benson now?

Liz has not appeared in any movies in the past few years, and it seems like she is staying away from acting for good. She has found a new calling and purpose in the church and likes counselling people based on God's word.

On top of this, Benson uses her skills to praise God, appearing in movies that pass His message and preach the gospel. She participated in the Living Funeral movie that is ideally in line with her Christian faith. Today, Liz is an evangelist with her husband at the Freedom Family Assembly church, and resides in Delta State.

Liz Benson is one of the best actors that ever graced the screen. Her sudden departure from the Nigerian entertainment industry, that meant fewer screen roles, shocked many people. However, she has expressed her love for God and preaches the gospel through her church and different film projects she sometimes partakes.

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