Nollywood is a multi-million dollar industry and it is definitely one of the biggest movie industry in the world, It is actually the third largest movie industry Globally. Lots of talented actors have found fame and wealth through the Nigerian Movie Industry.
Nigeria has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, romantic movies and many more.
This is a full list of the top 10 Nollywood Big Boys and their net worth.
10. Pete Edochie (Net Worth = $3.8 Million)
Chief Pete Edochie was born March 7, 1947. Edochie is considered one of Africa’s most talented actors, being honored with an Industry Merit Award by Africa Magic and Lifetime Achievement by Africa Film Academy. Although a seasoned administrator and broadcaster, he came into prominence in the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s all-time bestselling novel, Things Fall Apart. Edochie descends from the Igbo land in Nigeria and is a Catholic. In 2003, he was honored as a Member of the Order of the Niger by President Olusegun Obasanjo. (Wikipedia)
Pete Edochie became successful as an actor getting roles in soap operas and in movies. He has featured in many movies and has won prestigious awards. He has a net worth of $3.8 million.(currentschoolnews)
9. Nkem Owoh (Net Worth = $3.9 Million.)
Nkem Owoh is a Nigerian actor and comedian. In 2008 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading role. Owoh was born in Enugu State, Nigeria. After his primary and secondary school he headed to the University of Ilorin and studied engineering. Already, during his university days, Owoh began acting in various television and film productions.
Owoh featured in the 2003 film Osuofia in London. He is also known for performing the song “I Go Chop Your Dollar” about advance fee fraud. The song was featured in the film The Master .
Nkem Owoh well interpreted comical roles in movies has taken him far and wide in the movie industry. Due to this fact he has a net worth of $3.9million. (currentschoolnews)
8. John Okafor (Net Worth – $4.2 Million.)
John Okafor was born on 17 October 1961, he is popularly known as Mr. Ibu. Okafor is a Nigerian actor and comedian, he is considered to be one of Nigeria’s most talented comic characters. His humorous acting is often characterized by stupidity, hilarious imbecility and a sharp disconnection from reality.
He has acted in more than 200 movies including Mr.Ibu (2004), Mr.Ibu in London (2004), Police Recruit (2003), 9 Wives (2005), Ibu in Prison (2006) and Keziah (2007).
It was rumored that the veteran Nollywood actor suffered from stroke in 2019, but the Nollywood star made it clear on his Instagram account that it was all spurious news & that he’s hale and hearty showing a video of himself together with his wife. (Wikipedia)
John Okafor’s imbecility role in movies stood him out among his colleagues and has featured in several comic movies making him one the richest Nollywood actors. . (currentschoolnews)
7. Ramsey Nouah (Net Worth – $4.5 Million)
Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr. was born on the 19th of December 1970. He won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2010. Nouah was born in Edo State to an Israeli father and a Yoruba mother who hails from Owo, Ondo State. He grew up in Surulere, Lagos, where he attended Atara Primary School and Community Grammar School. He obtained a diploma in mass communications at the University of Lagos, after which he pursued a career in acting.
Nouah’s acting career kicked off when he starred in the Nigerian TV soap opera Fortunes.Nouah has since then appeared in numerous films starring as the lead role. He has been called “Lover-Boi” for his numerous roles in romantic films. In 2010 Nouah won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the Best Picture award-winning film The Figurine. Nouah is considered to be one of the most sought-after actors in Nigeria. (Wikipedia)
Ramsey Noah romantic acting skills in movies has endeared him to be caste by movie producers and loved by many movie watchers in Nigeria. The handsome actor is regarded as “Nollywood Lover Boy”. Ramsey Noah starting acting since 1993 and has made money and fame for himself over the years. . (currentschoolnews)
6. Mike Ezurounye (Net Worth – $4.7 Million.)
Mike is from Uzoakoli in Abia State Nigeria. He was born on September 20, 1982 in Lagos. He attended the Federal Government College, Taraba and Archbishop Aggey Memorial school, Lagos before studying Accounting at Nnamdi Azikiwe University. He worked as a banker prior to becoming an actor. He 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, 2009 and a nomination for Best Actor in Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. (Wikipedia)
His first movie was titled “Broken Marriage” and ever since then he has featured in many movies. Mike signed an endorsement deals with Glo telecommunication company and Airtel. . (currentschoolnews)
5. Segun Arinze (Net Worth – $5.1 Million.)
Segun Arinze was born in 1965, Arinze was born in Onitsha, Anambra State to a Yoruba father and an Igbo mother. He is a descent of Badagry, Lagos State. He attended Victory College of Commerce in Ilorin, then proceeded to Taba Commercial College in Kaduna State to complete his secondary education. He studied Dramatic Arts at Obafemi Awolowo University. He is popularly known as Black Arrow which he gained from a role he played. (Wikipedia)
He started his acting career in Ilorin. Outside acting, Segun also is an actor coach and currently works with prestigious African international film festival passing his knowledge on to the next generation of actors. Segun Arinze is an actor, singer, script writer, producer, director and does voice over for TV and radio commercials. He was once known as “Nollywood Bad Boy”. Segun Arinze gained his popularity from the soap opera “Ripples” in the early 90s and has since remained one of the top Nollywood actors. (currentschoolnews)
4. Chidi Mokeme (Net Worth – $7.0 mIllion.)
Chidi Mokeme (born 17 March 1972) is a Nigerian actor and reality show host. Chidi Mokeme is a Nigerian actor, model and a TV host. He started acting since 1995 and has become successful in his career.
His fame soared when he presented in the first two seasons of popular Nigerian Reality TV Show, Gulder Ultimate Search (GUS). (Wikipedia)
3. Jim Iyke (Net Worth – $8.0 Million.)
James Ikechukwu Esomugha, popularly known as Jim Iyke, is a Nigerian actor in Nigeria’s movie industry (popularly called Nollywood) and one of the stars of the movie Last Flight to Abuja alongside Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Hakeem Kae-Kazim. He was born on September 25, 1976 in Libreville, Gabon. His parents are Mr and Mrs Stephen Okolue, whose last name changed to Esomugha from ogwugwu village in Enugu Agidi town ofAnambra State. He is the only boy in a family of eight children. He completed his secondary school education in F. G. C. Kwali Abuja from 1985-1991.Jim Iyke studied at the University of Jos, Plateau State where he got a diploma in Banking and Finance and then a B.Sc. in Philosophy.
Jim Iyke began acting in 2001. He’s one of the highest paid actors in Nollywood and has appeared in over 150 films. He started a movie production company, Untamed Productions in 2007. Jim Iyke began his own music label, Untamed Records. He produced a first album, titled “Who Am I?” featuring some of Nigeria’s top musicians such as TuFace Idibia, and Sound Sultan. (Wikipedia)
Iyke is the founder of Jim lyke Foundation for Children with Special Disabilities. He visited Kenya in December 2012 in support of the Make a Change Campaign, a charity project founded by Christopher Grey, and Jamaican dancehall artist Cécile. He’s one of the sought after actors in Nollywood. Jim Iyke has a bottled water company called “Burgeon Table Water”, clothing line called “Untamed Closet” and the founder of Jim lyke Foundation for Children with Special Disabilities. . (currentschoolnews)
2. Desmond Elliot (Net Worth – $10 Million).
Desmond Oluwashola Elliot was born on the 4th of February 1974. He is a Nigerian actor, director, and politician who has stared in over two hundred films and a number of television shows and soap operas. He won best supporting actor in a drama at the 2nd Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards and was nominated for best supporting actor at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards.
He was elected as a lawmaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Surulere Constituency, in the 11 April 2015 Nigerian General Elections. Elliot was born to a Yoruba father from Olowogbowo in Lagos Island, Lagos and a mother from Illah in Oshimili North, Delta State. He received his primary education at Air Force Primary School and later attended St John’s College, both in Jos. He studied economics at Lagos State University and graduated in 2003.
Elliot was influenced by a friend to become an actor.He started playing roles in soap operas like Everyday People, One Too Much and Saints and Sinners. He is one of Nollywood‘s leading actors, having appeared in over two hundred films including Men Who Cheat, Yahoo Millionaire and Atlanta. In 2008 Elliot co-produced and co-directed the movie “Reloaded” which received 3 nominations at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2009. In 2009 and 2010, Elliot was nominated for the Best Actor category at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
Elliot declared his intentions in September 2014 to run for Lagos State House of Assembly under the All Progressives Congress. He contested and won the Surulere Constituency in the 11 April, 2015 Nigerian General Elections. Desmond Elliot is making money from different sources acting, directing, endorsements and politics. (currentschoolnews)
1. Richard Mofe Damijo (Net Worth – $15 Million.)
Richard Mofe-Damijo popularly known as RMD, was born 6 July 1961 is a Nigerian actor and former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State. In 2005 he won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2016.
Mofe-Damijo was born in Aladja community of Udu Kingdom, near Warri, Delta State. He attended Midwest College, Warri and Anglican Grammar School and was a member of the Drama Club. He enrolled into the University of Benin to continue his education and studied Theatre Arts. In 1997 Mofe-Damijo returned to the university to study law at the University of Lagos and graduated in 2004. After graduating from the university, Mofe-Damijo took part in a television soap opera in the late 80’s called Ripples. Before then, he had a stint with Concord Newspapers and Metro Magazine as a reporter. Out of Bounds was the first film for which he received a writer/producer credit. In 2005 at the maiden edition of the African Movie Academy Awards, Mofe-Damijo won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. (Wikipedia)
Mofe-Damijo was the commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nigeria. Richard Mofe Damijo is a veteran Nollywood actor who has featured in many blockbuster movies. He also does voice over for radio and TV commercials. Richard Mofe Damijo has signed some mouth watering deals for different companies. (currentschoolnews).He is also a lawyer by Profession.
Compiled by Micheal Osuji,