Naima Akef was an Egyptian belly dancer and actress, born on October 7, 1929, in Tanta, Egypt. She began her dance career at the age of 14 when she joined a local troupe in Cairo. Her talent was immediately recognized, and she soon became a popular dancer in nightclubs and theaters throughout Egypt.
In 1949, Naima Akef was discovered by the film director Helmy Halim, who cast her in her first movie, "Shabab Emraa" (Women's Youth). The film was a huge success, and Naima Akef quickly became one of the most popular actresses in Egyptian cinema. Over the course of her career, she appeared in more than 70 films and worked with some of the most renowned directors and actors of the time.
Naima Akef was not only known for her acting skills but also for her exceptional belly dancing. She quickly gained a reputation as one of the best belly dancers in Egypt and was often called upon to perform at private parties and public events. Her dance style was characterized by her graceful movements and her ability to express a range of emotions through her dance.
In addition to her film and dance career, Naima Akef was also a talented singer. She recorded several songs throughout her career, many of which were featured in her films.
Sadly, Naima Akef's career was cut short when she died in a car accident on April 23, 1966, at the age of 36. Her death was a great loss to the Egyptian entertainment industry, and she is still remembered today as one of the most talented and beloved actresses and belly dancers in Egyptian history.