Top 20 Highest Paid Nigerian Actors And Actresses 2018
Over the years, Nollywood has maintained its stance amongst the most vibrant movie industries across the globe. Quite interestingly, a number of Nollywood stars have been honoured for their impressive roles in taking the Nigerian movie industry to lofty heights. ( Top 20 Highest Paid Nigerian Actors and Actresses ).
Some Nollywood actors and actresses earn millions of naira through constant movie presence, significant awards and endorsement deals. Taking a look at the magnitude of wealth some Nollywood actors/actresses have garnered for themselves, one would easily admit that acting is one of the surest paths to wealth in Nigeria.
When discussions are held about the highest paid Nollywood stars, people easily remember Jim Iyke, Ramsey Nouah, Omotola, Genevieve, Ini Edo and few others. However, it is quite pleasurable that there are many other high-earning Nollywood stars and that is why we have compiled this list
Top 20 Highest Paid Nigerian Actors and Actresses 2018
1. Richard Mofe Damijo
Richard Mofe Damijo, famously dubbed RMD, finished from the University as a graduate of Theatre Arts. Although RMD began his professional career in journalism and publishing, he later diverted to acting. During the late 1980s, RMD starred in Ripples –the TV soap opera which brought him into the limelight. In 2004, RMD finished from Unilag as a graduate of Law. Formerly, he served as Delta State’s Commissioner for Culture and Tourism. Considered the wealthiest and highest paid actor in Nigeria, RMD is worth $15 million. Regarded as a lover of luxuries, Richard Damijo owns expensive assets including a mansion situated in Asaba and estimated in excess of #250 million. Also, the veteran actor has had endorsement contracts from mega-brands such as Heineken and Glo.
2. Desmond Elliot
Desmond Olusola Elliot finished from LASU (Lagos State University) as a graduate of Economics. His sojourn in the movie industry has starred him in hundreds of movies including Yahoo Millionaire, Reloaded, Men Who Cheat, 30 Days in Atlanta and many more. Desmond Elliot is best known for acting but the veteran actor has taken his career into politics as a House of Reps member in one of the Constituencies in Lagos State. Desmond, who formerly served as a Glo ambassador, is said to be the second highest paid actor in Nigeria.
3. Jim Iyke
Born James Ikechukwu Esomugha; Jim Iyke is a prominent Nollywood actor. Besides his acting roles, Jim Iyke doubles up his wealth as an entrepreneur who has massively invested in Untamed Closet (a clothing line), Untamed Records (a company concerned with movie production) and Burgeon (a company that produces table water). Famously dubbed the “bad boy of Nollywood’’, Jim Iyke is a philanthropist. Meanwhile, his philanthropic contributions include Jim Iyke Foundation for Children with Special Disabilities.
Regarded as one of the highest paid Nollywood stars, Jim Iyke is worth $8 million and he has starred in numerous movies including When Love Comes Around, Between Kings and Queen, American Driver, Last Flight to Abuja and lots more.
4. Chidi Mokeme
Chidi Mokeme is one of the inspiring Nollywood actors and fourth on our list of highest paid Nigerian actors and actresses. His current net worth stands at $7 million and he is believed to have amassed a great fortune as the host of Gulder Ultimate Search. Mokeme’s longevity in acting has made him feature in hundreds of Nollywood movies. Meanwhile, his acting career began as far back as 1995, making him one of the long-standing veteran actors in Nigeria.
5. Segun Arinze
Segun Arinze is one of Nigeria’s popular actors. Besides acting, he has made his mark as a director, producer, and singer. Before he ventured into acting, Segun Arinze finished from OAU (Obafemi Awolowo University) as a graduate of Dramatic Arts. He rose to prominence by starring in a movie titled Black Arrow. Amongst many other movies, Segun Arinze has featured in Anini, Women in Love, Silent Night, Darkest Night and Invasion 1997. In previous times, Segun Arinze served as the national president of AGN (Actors Guild of Nigeria).
6. Mike Ezuronye
Mike Ezuronye finished from Nnamdi Azikiwe University as a graduate of Accounting. Prior to his acting career, Mike Ezuronye worked as a banker. In his acting career so far, he has starred in plenty of movies including Ropes of Fate, Unforeseen, Endless Passion, Me Alive, Critical Decision, the Duplex, Occultic Kingdom, Beyond Reason, Broken Marriage, Unforgivable and Desire. Considered one of Nigeria’s wealthiest and highest paid actors, Mike Ezuronye has the net worth of $4.7 million.
7. John Okafor
John Okafor is one of the prominent actors in Nigeria. Famously dubbed “Mr. Ibu’’, John Okafor is also seen as a comedian. Meanwhile, his humorous nature has made him one of the most loved actors in the country. Often perceived as a hilarious actor, John Okafor has starred in numerous Nollywood movies including Keziah, Police Recruit, Ibu in Prison, 9 Wives, Mr. Ibu in London and Mr. Ibu. Besides acting, John Okafor has made money through endorsement contracts with important Nigerian brands such as Merrybet and GoTV.
8. Ramsey Noah
Ramsey Noah is one of the most famous Nigerian actors and in view of his acting roles, he is often perceived as “Nollywood’s lover boy’’. In the early 90s, he started his career in the movie industry by featuring in Fortunes –a Nigerian TV soap opera. Fortunately, Ramsey Noah has made substantial wealth by starring in a multitude of award-winning Nigerian films and he is undoubtedly one of the highest paid Nigerian actors. Currently, he is married to Emelia Philips and the couple is blessed with three children.
9. Nkem Owoh
Nkem Owoh, famously dubbed Osuofia, is a veteran Nigerian actor and his comic nature makes him one of the most humorous characters in the Nollywood industry. Together with Pete Edochie, he featured in a blockbuster movie titled Things Fall Apart and this marked his introduction into the Nollywood industry. Since he began acting, apparently in the 1980s, Nkem Owoh has featured in hundreds of Nollywood movies. Estimated to be worth $3.9 million, Nkem Owoh maintains an endorsement deal with MTN. Meanwhile, some of his assets are located in Imo and Enugu. Nkem made the top 10 highest paid Nigerian actors and actresses.
10. Pete Edochie
Pete Edochie is one of Nigeria’s long-serving Nollywood stars. Though he is best known as an actor, Pete Edochie is said to have started his professional career with broadcasting. Meanwhile, his career in the Nollywood movie is said to have spanned over 4 decades. He is highly reputed for serving as the protagonist in Things Fall Apart –a movie adapted from Chinua Achebe’s debut novel.
Pete Edochie’s remarkable presence in the movie industry is said to have influenced his children who are also Nollywood stars. Considered one of Nigeria’s richest and highest-paid actors, Pete Edochie is worth $3.8 million.
11. Rita Dominic
Rita Dominic is one of the prominent Nollywood actresses and the net worth of $2.6 million makes her the highest paid actress in Nigeria. Though acting has been the major reason behind her wealth, Rita Dominic is reported to have hailed from one of the richest family backgrounds in Imo. Previously, the veteran actress was involved in an endorsement contract with BK Unique Hair.
12. Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve Nnaji is an award-winning Nollywood actress and many people often claim she is Nigeria’s most prominent actress. Impressively, she is one of the actresses who has earned profitable endorsement deals. She is reported to have received endorsement contracts from top brands including Range Rover Evoque, Amstel Malta, Polo Designer Company and Etisalat.
In 2010, the veteran actress emerged as the Face of MUD in Nigeria and back in 2004, she had been made the Face of Lux. We are unsure of Genevieve’s net worth but many people claim the star actress is one of the wealthiest celebrities in the country. In recent times, Genevieve’s presence in movies has declined but in spite of this, the star actress has continually increased in wealth precisely through mega endorsement contracts.
13. Mercy Johnson
Mercy Johnson is one of the most vibrant actresses in Nigeria. Besides her substantial wealth estimated around $1.6 million, she is considered one of the country’s active Nollywood stars. It is said that she occasionally features in 5 movies on a weekly basis. As one of the highest paid Nigerian actresses, Mercy Johnson receives about #2 million for each movie she features in. Regardless of the fact that Mercy Johnson is not signed to any of Nigeria’s prominent endorsement brands, the veteran actress has managed to capitalize on her movie career by starring frequently in movies. Besides her Nollywood contributions, Mercy John is seen as a philanthropist for having founded TMJFCW (The Mercy Johnson Foundation for Children and Widows).
14. Omotola Ekeinde
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is an eminent female actress considered one of the most loved characters in the Nollywood industry. Popularly dubbed Omosexy, Omotola has been a vibrant movie character for quite a long period and has starred in hundreds of movies. Besides acting, she is well-known for running an NGO scheme known as OYEP (Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme). As part of her endorsement contracts, Omotola serves as an ambassador of United Nations World Food Programme. Meanwhile, the star actress maintains endorsement deals with several other brands including BO16 (sponsored by Ghandour) and Knorr (sponsored by Unilever). In the recent past, Omotola capitalized on her endorsement earnings by launching a mega event centre in Ikeja –the capital of Lagos State.
15. Funke Akindele
Funke Akindele, famously dubbed Jenifa, is a popular Nollywood actress of Yoruba descent. She maintains an important sponsorship deal which makes her the ambassador of Iroko TV. Also, Funke Akindele is acclaimed for being the originator of Jenifa’s Diary –one of Nigeria’s award-winning TV series. In the past, she had an endorsement contract with Glo and is currently signed to Omo for ambassadorial purposes. Her Nollywood career has made her feature in scores of movies most especially Yoruba movies. Through the establishment of Jenifa Foundation, Funke Akindele encourages upcoming stars and renders assistance to Nigerian youths who are determined to venture into vocational training.
16. Ini Edo
Ini Edo is a prominent female character in Nigeria’s movie industry. She is believed to have starred in over 100 Nollywood movies since the beginning of her movie career in the early 2000s. Like several other Nollywood stars, Ini Edo has been favoured with a number of endorsement contracts. In the past, precisely for 10 years, the star actress served as a Glo ambassador. At the moment, she serves ambassadorial purposes for SlimTea Nigeria and Noble Hair. Amongst other movies, some of the notable Nollywood movies Ini Edo has starred in are The Greatest Sacrifice, Ass on Fire, Power of Beauty, Married to the Enemy, Games Men Play, Fatal Seduction, Girls Cot, and Breath Again.
17. Clarion Chukwura
Clarion Chukwura is a well-known actress in the Nollywood industry. Her movie career has spanned over 3 decades, making her one of the long-serving female characters in the Nigerian movie industry. Precisely, Clarion Chukwura swirled into prominence by featuring in Money Power –a Nigerian movie shot in 1982. Born in the Eastern state of Anambra Nigeria, Clarion Chukwura is a noteworthy actress and mother of Clarence Peters –a renowned director of music videos. For her humanitarian contributions within and beyond Nigeria, Clarion Chukwura was made the United Nations Ambassador for Peace. Currently, her net worth is estimated around $1.1 million.
18. Danielle Okeke
Danielle Okeke is a star Nollywood actress who receives about three to five million Naira per movie, making her one of the highest paid actresses in Nigeria. Estimated to be worth $1.1 million, Danielle Okeke has starred in many films among which are Rush Hour, The Boss is Mine, True Confession, Stronger than Pain, The Evangelist, Indecent Desires, Principality, Sleek Ladies and Show Me Heaven. Concerning her personal lifestyle, Danielle Okeke has a strong liking for elegant cars. Meanwhile, some of her notable assets include a luxurious Lekki-based mansion.
19. Patience Ozokwor
Patience Ozokwor –often dubbed Mama G –is one of the most prominent actresses in Nigeria. Her Nollywood career has spanned over 40 years, making her one of the long-serving characters in the movie industry. At the 100th anniversary of Nigeria’s 1914 amalgamation, the Federal Government included her name in 100 Nigerian honorees. During the tenth Africa Movie Academy Awards, the star actress was awarded the Best Supporting Actress. Through substantial earnings from featuring in Nollywood movies, Patience Ozokwor has built herself a great reputation. Considered one of the highest paid actresses in Nigeria, Mama G has the net worth of $1 million.
20. Mary Remmy Njoku
Mary Remmy Njoku is a renowned female character in the Nollywood industry. She is the spouse of Jason Njoku who founded the popular Iroko TV. In the movie industry, the renowned actress has made her mark as the CEO of Rok Studios –a movie company established in 2013. Believed to have amassed the net worth of $1 million, Mary Njoku has starred in many Nollywood movies including Raging Passion, The Faculty, Blackberry Babes, Royal Fathers, Face of Africa, Apaure, Great Betrayal, Doctor May, Brave Mind, Critical Truth and Sound of Love.
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