Back in the day, Regina Askia was the reigning queen of Nollywood; lighting up our screens with Nollywood classics like ‘Full Moon’, ‘Vuga’, ‘Highway to the Grave’ etc. in the 1990s.
How it all began
Regina Askia’s first step into the spotlight was when she emerged as the first runner-up in the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageant in 1988. She eventually held the title when the reigning queen, Miss Bianca Onoh, resigned.
She won further acclaim by finishing second at the Miss Charm 1990 competition in Russia, and by becoming the first to represent Nigeria at the Miss International Contest in Japan. This opened doors to a prolific modelling career. Her big break in the movies came in 1993 when she played Tokunbo Johnson in Fortunes, a TV soap opera.
At the height of her fame, she was paid around 300,000 Naira for starring in a movie. This might not sound like such a big deal for a superstar actress right now, but remember that the Naira was valued a lot higher in the 1990s and early 2000s. She has acted in scores of movies, produced several TV shows and films, and has won a number of awards for her work.
The big change
Following her marriage to Rudolph Williams, she quit acting and moved to the United States, where they live with their three children.
In 2018, she moved into a career in nursing after gaining a degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Wagner University. Regina Askia also works as a healthcare and education activist, TV producer, writer, and public speaker.
Living her best life
During an Instagram question and answer session, a fan asked if she missed being an actress, but she responded by saying she felt fulfilled with being a nurse, as it is a career that feeds her body and soul.
Regina Askia might not miss acting, but we can’t deny that at 53 she is living her best life and that we miss seeing her beautiful hazel eyes on TV.
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