Beverly Ifunaya Bassey (born 17 April 1989) best known as Beverly Naya is a Nigerian actress. Beverly won Most Promising Talent at the 2010 Best of Nollywood Awards. She also won the award for Fast Rising Actress at the 2011 City People Entertainment Awards.
Early Life and Career
Beverly Ifunaya Bassey was born in London as the only child of her Nigerian parents. At 17, Beverly began acting while studying philosophy, psychology, and sociology at Brunel University. She also studied script-writing and film-making at Roehampton University. In an interview with BellaNaija, she explained that she relocated to Nigeria because of the rapid growth of Nollywood, and the opportunities that it creates for aspiring actors. In another interview, Beverly cited Ramsey Nouah and Genevieve Nnaji as mentors.
Naya began acting at the age of 17 and studied film-making at Roehampton University, London. In the year 2011, Naya was named the “fastest rising actress” in the City People Entertainment Awards in Nigeria, when asked why she returned to Nigeria by Encomium Magazine she said:
“After I graduated from university, I just knew that I wanted to act, I knew I wanted to act, and in London I could shoot a film probably once in a year and that’s it. Whereas coming to this industry, I can build a brand as well as shoot films more often and be given a more diverse amount of scripts. So, I decided to come back for that reason.”
Beverly Naya’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Bassey. Beverly’s father from the surname Bassey is Efik by origin but then, Beverly Naya also has an Igbo name Ifunaya. Beverly Naya could have both Efik and Igbo origin from her parents.
She was born to Nigerian parents in London, UK. Beverly Naya’s parents are originally from Ibuzor in Oshimili North local government of Delta State, Nigeria.
Beverly Naya is currently single and not in an open relationship for now. Beverly Naya is also not married.
Beverly Naya’s net worth as of 2023 is estimated at around $550, 000 – $1 million.
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