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Christiana Nkemdilim Egbo Aka Tana Adelana was born in the early 80s into a Royal and Catholic Christian home. She is the last of 10 children. She hails from Nara Unateze in Nkanu East Local government area of Enugu state, Nigeria.

Tana grew up in Lagos and attended Treasureland nursery and primary school Surulere and Saint Francis Catholic Secondary school Idimu, for her first and second school leaving certificates. She went on to The University of Lagos where she bagged a BSc in Urban and regional planning. 

Tana also has a diploma in makeup and Aesthetics from the makeup art school London (south Africa campus) as well as a Special Executive Masters certificate in Leadership and Management from the Metropolitan school of business Administration and Management UK.

Tana is married and blessed with two children.

Career

She started her career in the late ’90s as a model. During her modeling days, she became a force in the industry, especially as a photo and TV commercial model. She modeled for major brands like Mtn, knorr seasoning cubes, morning fresh and she was the face of collectibles(a foremost fashion retailing business spread across Nigeria)for 4 years.

This multi-faceted entertainer auditioned for Mtn yhello TV show in 2001 and landed the gig, this was the beginning of more greatness for Tana as from then on, she became one of the most sort after on Air personalities in the country and pan African with Channel O (the biggest southern African music platform at the time) employing her to host all its shows based in Nigeria which included, Big brother Eviction parties, 100% Naija, etc.

Tana continued to break barriers, she hosted some of the most notable shows in Nigeria like Mnet’s Let’s Dance, Peak Talent show, Big brother Africa Nation rep, Zain Naira show, etc..

After getting married in 2007 and having her kids (A boy and a Girl), Tana took a little break to build her home and solidify the foundation before returning to the scene with a big bang with her role As “Mrs Ranesh” in the Ghana flick “Single and Married” where she got several nominations for her
performance. She also gave a stellar performance in the popular Nollywood movie “The Kingdom” where she played “princess Gina”.

Since then, Tana has appeared in numerous Nollywood movies and television series, some of which are; Expired Maiden, 3 is A crowd, Blueprint, Baby Daddy, 30 years A virgin, Alter Date, True Betrayal, Wife Hunter, Taxi, Displaced, Single married and complicated, Purple hearts, Body Language, Hush and many more..

As an On-Air personality, Tana won the Grind Awards, Future Awards and numerous nominations for her work.
For her stellar performance in “Body Language “ where she played “ Tola sodiq “ A character with Multiple personalities (stripper by night and marketing executive by day) Tana bagged herself, A Best of Nollywood Award for Best Actress, A nomination at the Golden movie awards in Ghana, and a City people Best Actress Award.

The 14th Abuja International film Festival gave Tana a major Nod as the Best Actress in a Leading role for yet another intriguing and stellar performance in the true-life story of Juliet Ademola (fictional name) “Purple hearts” A breast cancer patient and survivor, A movie that brought out emotions in many.

Purple Heart got the attention of the United Nations (UNFPA) as one of its Millenium development goals is to reduce the Mortality rate in women. The movie was screened in Nairobi, Kenya where Tana on the Body’s invitation was in attendance to create awareness for the disease.

The Humanitarian

Tana runs her own NGO called “Lend a hand with Tana Adelana”. She provides food, medical aid and general needs for the vulnerable in the society.

Tana has given scholarships to a few people especially those with Disabilities and children. This earned her a Humanitarian award at the 2019 Lamode Green October event where she was also an advocate for people living with disabilities. Tana also received a humanitarian award from the symbol of hope foundation in 2019.