Posted on November 2, 2016 at 9:24 am
There is no question that Nollywood movie industry has created a lot of opportunities for many gifted actors and actresses. A lot of people have taken these advantages to create wealth. Here we pick up the list of ten richest Nigerian Nollywood actors.
Genevieve Nnaji is a household name that doesn’t seem to be going out of people’s lip in a very long time. The list of her laurels as an Actress includes the African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for Best Actress in a Leading Role as far back as 2005. That shows how far she has come. In addition to that, she was honoured as a member of the Order of Federal Republic (OFR) by the Nigerian government for her contribution to Nollywood. She also has numerous endorsements to her name which includes being the face of Nigerian Brewery’s Amstel malta. Little wonder, Oprah Winfrey referred to her as the “Anjelina Jolie of Nigeria”.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde aka Omosexy, is a rare breed and someone who has been in the movie business longer than anyone on this list. She made her film debut as far back as 1995 in the movie “Vernom of Justice” when she was just 17 years old. Ever since she has not gone out of circulation and has remained one of the most popular faces not just from Nollywood but in Nigeria. A prove of this was when in 2012, CNN travel recognized Omotola’s accent as one of the world’s 12 sexiest accents and the following year, she was named one of the most Influential people the world over by TIME magazine.
Mercy Johnson needs no further introduction as far as movie making in Nigeria is concerned. Apart from winning the AMAA Award, she also won the African Movie Viewer Choice Awards in 2002 and 2003 as the best Actress in a leading role. Her versatility in the roles she plays, has made her a household name not just in Nigeria but beyond. To prove her popularity, she was listed as Google’s Most Searched Nollywood Celebrity in 2012 and 2013.
Patient Ozokwor is an Actress that is hard to forget. Mamagee that she is fondly called has appeared in over 200 movies since she started acting and has remained one of the popular faces of the Nigerian movie industry. Her popularity travels and which is why in she was named the Best Actress at the Ghana movie awards. She also won the best Actress in a supporting role at the 10th African Movie Academy Awards. The Enugu state born Actress was also honoured in 2014 by the government of Nigeria to commemorate the 100 years of Nigeria’s amalgamation.
Tonto Dike Churchill
Apart from the numerous awards that the port-Harcourt born Actress has to her name owing to her Acting prowess, Tonto Dike at some point in her life became the most popular Actress in Nigeria owing mainly to her controversial lifestyle which was due to her venture into the music industry where she released a couple of singles that made fans across Nigeria to take note of her.
Stephanie Okereke Linus
This Imo state born Actress has done it all. From acting, to directing, to being a model. Stephanie Okereke Linus needs no introduction as she has been in the industry for a while and has made her mark. Before becoming an Actress, she contested in the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) pageant where she came second. With numerous laurels to her name, there is no reason why she is not one of the most popular Actresses in Nigeria.
Funke Akindele’s popularity has soared in recent times based on her comic character in the movie “Jenifa” and its sequels. This has endeared her to millions of Nollywood fans globally. She started her career in 1998 in the television series “I need to know”. Since then she was was in a hiatus until she reintroduced herself with the Jenifa series which shot her into unquantifiable stardom.
Rita Dominic Waturuocha has come a long way in the movie industry. As far back 1998, she appeared in her very first movie title “A time to kill”. Ever since she has grown exponentially and she has become household name. She has won numerous awards which includes the City People Awards in 2004 where she emerged the Most Outstanding Actress. She also went home with two personal awards in at the 2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) where she emerged the best Actress in a Drama series and the Best Actress in a comedy movie. This gives credence to her versatility as an Actor.
The Akwa Ibom born Actress definitely deserves to be on this list because she has made her name in the Nigerian movie industry where she has hundreds of movies to her name. This has endeared her to Nollywood fans thereby making her one of the known faces in Nollywood today.
This pretty Abia state born Actress remains a fan favourite with her endearing smile and pretty good acting skills. Despite not necessarily known for lead roles in Nollywood, she has soared higher than her pairs by rubbing shoulders with the very best and becoming a director of note and for that, she deserves this spot.