Hails from Mbaise in Imo state was born on the 3rd of May 1979. The fourth of eight children, she was brought up in a middle class environment. Her father worked as an engineer and her mother as a teacher. She attended the Methodist Girls College Yaba and graduated from the University of Lagos.
She first appeared on screen in the early 90s in a popular soap opera back then known as Ripples at an early age of 8. She joined the movie industry at the 19 and starred in Most Wanted where she played the role of a news reporter. Gradually she rose in the movie industry from playing minor roles to the lead role.
In 2004 she signed a recording contract with EKB Records, a Ghanaian record label, and released her debut album. Also in 2004, she was the Face of Lux in Nigeria. In 2010, she was appointed the official Face of Mud in Nigeria. She also starred in the award winning movie, Ije.
She has received several awards and nominations for her works. She is the first Nigerian guest to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
She has featured in over 100 movies and is currently one of the highest paid Nigerian actress.