The film industry in Nigeria makes billions of naira monthly and has proven to be one of our major exports, which is one reason we need to guard it jealously. Our actors and actresses are living extravagant lifestyle. The life of fame, glamour, money and flamboyance has become the order of their day and it’s a life many of us are dreaming to live in.
Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) is generally a goldmine in Africa and Nigeria is currently the headquarter of entertainment in Africa. No wonder most of Nigerian actors are extremely rich. In this list, we are going to look up at the top 20 most richest actors in Nigeria and their net worth. You will be surprised to see who is number one on this list and why. However, the list of top 20 most richest actors in Nigeria is highly competitive and changes yearly.
So we are going to list out the top 20 most richest actors in Nigeria and their net worth.
20. Yul Edochie
Yul Edochie is a Nollywood actor and a model. He was named after popular Russian actor Yul Brynner. He is from Anambra state in Nigeria and currently the son of Nollywood legendary actor Pete Edochie. He was born on 7th January 1982 and raised both in Lagos and Enugu respectively. He is the last of 6 children. He got married to May Yul in 2004 at the age of 22 years old. He is a graduate of University of Port Harcourt. Yul Edochie has an estimated net worth of #500 million.
19. Mike Ezuruonye
Nollywood actor Mike Ezuruonye was born in September 1982. He is a purposeful, dedicated and gifted personality. The banker turned actor has featured in several Nollywood movies. He received two nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Mike Ezuruonye has an estimated net worth of #550 million.
18. Nonso Diobi #600 million
Nonso Diobi is a Nollywood Actor, director, investor and a model. He was born on 17th July 1976 in Enugu, Nigeria. He is a native of Nawfia in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. He is currently 42 years old. He has featured in hit movies like Ass on Fire, Bafana Bafana and Makers of Justice. He is a graduate of Theatre Art from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He joined Nollywood in 2001 and has featured in over 200 movies. Nonso Diobi has an estimated net worth of #600 million.
17. Kenneth Okonkwo #650 million
Kenneth Okonkwo is a veteran Nollywood actor, popularly known for his role as Andy in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Living in Bondage”. He was born on 6th November 1968 in Nsukka, Enugu State. He is currently married to Ifeoma Okonkwo and the marriage is blessed with two lovely children. Kenneth Okonkwo has received City People Movie Special Recognition Awards and Africa Movie Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Kenneth Okonkwo has an estimated net worth of #650 million.
16. Kanayo O Kanayo
Anayo Modestus Onyekwere popularly known as Kanayo O Kanayo is a veteran Nollywood actor. He was born on 1st March 1962 in Mbaise, Imo State. In 2006, he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Kanayo O Kanayo joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) in 1992, and made his debut film appearance in the film “Living in Bondage”. Kanayo O Kanayo has starred in over 300 films. He is currently a United Nations Ambassador and has won several awards in Nigeria. Kanayo O Kanayo has an estimated net worth of #800 million.
15. Pete Edochie
Pete Edochie is a veteran Nollywood actor. He is an indigene of Anambra State. He was born on 7th March 1947 in Enugu, Nigeria. Pete Edochie had his primary and secondary Education in Zaria, Kaduna State in northern part of Nigeria. After his formal education, he worked with the Nigerian Railway Cooperation. He is considered as one of Africa’s most talented actors. He has being honored with several awards. He is currently the father to Nollywood actor Yul Edochie and Linc Edochie. Pete Edochie has an estimated net worth of #850 million.
14. Osita Iheme (Pawpaw)
Osita Iheme is popularly known as Paw-paw since he acted in the film “Aki Na Ukwa” a movie he starred alongside with Chinedu Ikedieze. He is originally from Imo State and has won several awards. Osita Iheme is a well-known figure in the entertainment industry and rated as one of the highest paid actor in Nigeria. Osita Iheme has an estimated net worth of #900 million.
13. Chinedu Ikedieze (Aki)
Chinedu Ikedieze is popularly known as Aki since he acted in the film “Aki Na Ukwa” a movie he starred alongside with Osita Iheme. He was born on 12th December 1985 in Bende, Abia State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. He is best known for playing alongside Osita Iheme in most of his movies after their breakthrough in the blockbuster movie Aki na Ukwa. He makes his money by acting and brand endorsements. He is a well known GLO Ambassador. Chinedu Ikedieze has an estimated net worth of #950 million.
12. Olu Jacobs
Oludotun Jacobs, popularly known as Olu Jacobs, is a Nollywood veteran actor. He has starred in several British television series and international films both home and abroad. In 2007, he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Olu Jacobs was born on 11th July 1942 in Abeokuta. He is currently married to Nollywood actress Joke Silva and have three grown up children. Olu Jacobs has an estimated net worth of #980 million.
11. Nkem Owoh (Osuofia)
Nkem Owoh popularly known as Osuofia is a Nollywood comic actor. He was born in Enugu and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University of Illorin. During his university studies, Nkem Owoh began acting in various televisions and film Production Company. He became very popular after starring in the movie “Osuofia in London” which won him the award for Best Comic Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards. He has a striking humorous nature and well gifted. Nkem Owoh has an estimated net worth of #1 billion.
10. John Okafor (Mr Ibu)
John Okafor popularly known as Mr Ibu is currently the funniest actor in Nigeria. His nick name Mr Ibu was gotten from a movie he featured in titled “Mr Ibu” a movie that gained popularity and made him famous. John Okafor is a very interesting character to watch always. Due to his humorous nature, his movies are always in high demand. John Okafor has an estimated net worth of #1.2 billion.
9. Emeka Ike
Emeka Ike is a Nollywood actor. Though his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nicolas Ike, are from Imo State, he was born and brought up in Lagos and refer to himself as a Lagosian. Emeka Ike was born on 22nd March 1967 in Lagos. He joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) in 1997 and acted in his first movie Deadly Affair, a movie that brought him to limelight. Emeka Ike earns his money through film acting and real estate investment. Aside from acting he is also into real estate business. Emeka Ike has an estimated net worth of #1.4 billion.
8. Clem Ohameze
Clem Ohameze is a Nollywood actor with two decades in acting. He started his professional acting career in 1995. But his breakthrough role was in 1998 when he featured in a big-budget movie titled End Time. Clem Ohameze was born on 27th June 1965 in Port Harcourt. He is currently married to Chinwe Esther Ohameze. He has acted in movies like Ije, Price of Ignorance, Emotional Blunder, Oganigwe, amongst others. Clem Ohameze has an estimated net worth of #1.5 billion.
7. Zack Orji
Zachee Ama Orji popularly known as Zack Orji is a Nollywood actor, director, producer and filmmaker. He was born in the early 1960s in Libreville, Gabon. Zack Orji is a graduate of University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Having grown up in Cameroon, Benin and Togo he speaks both English and French fluently. His first movie was in 1991 and was entitled “Unforgiven Sin”. Zack Orji has won City People Movie Lifetime Achievement Awards. Zack Orji has an estimated net worth of #1.6 billion.
6. Sam Dede
Sam Dede is a Nollywood actor, director, politician and a lecturer. He lectures in the University of Port Harcourt. Sam Dede hails from Rivers State, Nigeria. In 2005, he won the Africa Movie Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He is currently married to Tammy Sam Dede. Sam Dede has an estimated net worth of #1.8 billion.
5. Chidi Mokeme
Chidi Mokeme is a Nollywood actor and a host of a TV reality show. He was the host of Gulder Ultimate Search Reality Show. He was born on 17th March 1972 in Anambra State, Nigeria. He is currently married to Jean Olumba Mokeme. He is a graduate of Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu. He earns his money through film acting, event management, TV hosting and brand endorsement. Chidi Mokeme has an estimated net worth of #1.9 billion.
4. Ramsey Nouah
Ramsey Nouah is a Nollywood actor, popularly known as a lover boy. He loves featuring in romantic films alongside with Genevieve Nnaji and has since carved out a name for himself. Well known in quite a lot of films acted in Nigeria. Ramsey Nouah joined Nollywood in 1996 and has featured in over 300 movies till date. As an actor, he made his money by acting and through brand endorsements. Ramsey Nouah has an estimated net worth of #2 billion.
3. Desmond Elliot
Desmond Elliot is a famous Nollywood actor, director and a film producer. The actor turn politician is fast becoming a household name as he has done several movies, soap operas and TV shows. Though as a politician, he still features in movies as part time. As an actor, Desmond Elliot has acted in over 250 movies till date. Generally, he has made his money especially from acting, directing, producing, adverts and brand endorsement deals from reputable companies. He is truly a man with class. Desmond Elliot has an estimated net worth of #2.3 billion.
2. Jim Iyke
Jim Iyke real name is James Ikechukwu Esomugha, but he is popularly known as Jim Iyke and widely regarded as Nollywood’s bad boy. Jim Iyke is a Nollywood actor and has been in the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) for decades. He has won so many awards to his credit. He is a popular and a purposeful actor. Jim Iyke has grown and excelled in the entertainment industry. He makes his money by acting, producing, brand endorsement and his personal entrepreneur businesses. Some of his awards include Best Actor at the African Achievement Award, Best Actor at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards and Best Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards. Jim Iyke has an estimated net worth of #2.5 billion.
1. Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD)
Richard Mofe Damijo popularly known as RMD is a well known and very hardworking actor. He has been in the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) for quite some time. He has won several awards. He is a man of class operating in his own league. RMD is a Nigerian actor and a politician. He joined politics few years ago and was appointed as commissioner of culture and tourism in Delta State by the Delta State Governor. He is currently the brand ambassador for GLO. RMD earns his money from acting and brand endorsement. RMD is currently the richest actor in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of #3 billion.