Actress ‘Monalisa Chinda’: Biography, Education, Career, Marriage, Net Worth, Achievements and Controversy

By Balogun Kamilu Lekan


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Monalisa Chinda Coker is an actress, TV personality and philanthropist.

She was born September 13th, 1974, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, 

Monalisa is a known face among movie lovers as she stormed the industry in the 90s and has since been consistent.

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She is known to appear on the big screen and also on stage dramas.

she became one of the first of four Nollywood actors to be featured on the cover of Hollywood Weekly Magazine


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Monalisa attended Army Children’s School GRA for her elementary education before proceeding to Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girls’ School, Elelenwo, for her secondary education.

.She then headed to the University of Port Harcourt, where she bagged a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts


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Monalisa started acting as an undergraduate. Her first major movie was Pregnant Virgin in 1996.

She stormed the industry in 2007 when she rose to stardom and featured in a television soap, Heaven’s Gate. Her role in the project shot her to prominence.

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She debuted as an Executive Producer when she co-produced a Royal Arts Academy movie, ‘Kiss & Tell’ alongside Emem Isong.

The veteran actress has been featured in more than 200 movies.

In 2014, Monalisa debuted her popular TV show, ‘You & I with Monalisa.”

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Additionally, Monalisa is also a philanthropist whose charity work has touched lives. She also writes Monalisa Code column in the Saturday edition of The Sun Newspapers on social issues and relationships.

She is also a consultant with Royal Arts Academy,


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Monalisa was married to Dejo Richards and had a child, Tamar Chinda before the relationship ended in a divorce.

She then later tied the knot with Victor Tonye Coker in 2016

Net worth

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NewsWireNGR cannot independently verify Monalisa’s net worth.


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Awards and nominations

  • African Film Awards U.K.
  • Afro Hollywood Award
  • Terracotta T.V. and Film Awards
  • Afro-Australian Music and Movie Award
  • Face of Port Harcourt – Carnival Queen
  • Nigeria Model Achievers’ Awards
  •  E-Golden Awards
  • Africa Movie Academy Award
  • City People Movie Award

Selected filmography

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  • Pregnant Virgin (1996)
  • Royal Grandmother (2007)
  • Sting 2 (2006)
  • Critical Truth (2008)
  • Kiss and Tell (2011)
  • Keeping my Man (2013)
  • Anointed Liars
  • Breaking Heart
  • Without Goodbye
  • Above the Law (2000)
  • City of Angels
  • Weekend Getaway
  • Torn
  • Passionate Heart
  • Memories of the Heart
  • Itoro
  • Lagos Cougars
  • Spirit Love
  • Crazy People
  • Passionate Heart
  • Okon Lagos
  • Games Men Play
  • Nollywood Huslers
  • Gossip Nation
  • The Unthinkable (2014)
  • The Therapist (2015)
  • Evil Project
  • The Good Husband (2020)


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Monalisa was caught in a web of controversy when she was alleged to have evaded tax for her business in Lekki on Lagos Island.

She was dragged to court by the government, where a warrant of arrest was issued for her failure to appear in court.

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However, Monalisa has refuted the allegations widely reported in the media.

In addition, Monalisa also claimed that some people find joy in bad news, as some celebrate the tax scandal.

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Human beings have a natural morbid for curiosity! bad news! people cherish scandals and negativities..a rejoinder has been issued and evidences of taxes paid over the years… But NO…they’d rather soak themselves in dirt. I will definitely block ignorant people who come to my page and spew hate!!!” she wrote on her instagram page


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