Agharese Emokpae (born January 13, 1988) known simply as A’rese is a Nigerian actress, singer. She first garnered attention as a stage actress starring in Bolanle Austen-Peters’ Terra Kulture production Wakaa: The Musical which led her to participate in and win the first season of The Voice Nigeria. In 2017 she gained popularity for her lead role as Senami Minasu in Africa Magic’s hit series Jemeji. In the same year, she released her first single “Uwe No”.
Emokpae’s professional career began in Chicago, Illinois where she was a company member at the Black Ensemble Theater. Some of her most notable roles at the theater were as The Fairy Godmama in The Other Cinderella and as Mya in One Name Only. After working successfully there for 3 years, she decided to move back to Lagos, Nigeria to further pursue her acting career.
In 2014, she landed her first notable role in Lagos as Rume in BAP Productions’ Saro: the Musical 2 which had a sold-out run both during the Christmas holiday period in December 2014 and again during Easter 2015. She then continued on to star as Kike Johnson in the next hit production out of the BAP/Terra Kulture stable, Wakaa: The Musical.
In 2016, Emokpae auditioned for the inaugural season of The Voice Nigeria. She made it to the televised “Blind Audition” stage where she sang “Skyfall” turning three of the coaches’ chairs. She chose to be part of Team Waje. In the grand final, she faced Chike from Team Patoranking. A’rese sang “Hallelujah” finishing as winner with Chike ending up as runner-up.
Following her win, Emokpae was signed to Universal Music Group; with whom she released her first single Uwe No. In 2017, she landed her first non-stage leading role as Senami Minasu in Jemeji, an Africa Magic series. She then went on to another lead role in a new EbonyLife TV series called “MMM”.