On this list are top 10 Nigerian Actors of all time; these are notable actors who have contributed immensely to the growth of the movie industry in Nigeria (Nollywood).
In one way or another, they have given their talents, time, money and other resources for the growth of the Nigerian movie industry.
In no particular order, these are the top 10 Nigerian Actors of all time.
- Jide Kosoko:
Jide Kosoko is a veteran Yoruba actor who started acting at the age of 10. He was born on 12th January 1954 to the royal family of Kosoko in Lagos.
He studied business administration at the Yaba College of education and at the age of 60, he studied performing arts at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun state.
His first play was Makanjuola which he acted when he was 10. He has acted in many movies and performed on TV shows.
As a producer, some of his works are Broken Chakkels, Eje Adegbenro, and Asiri nla.
Jide won the lifetime achievement award in 2017 and the special recognition award in 2018 both from the City People Movie Award.
His net worth is estimated at $700,000. Some of his movies include King of Boys, the London slaves, Omo Iya Meta Leyi, the figurine, Rant queens, The bling Lagos, last flight to Abuja, and the meeting.
Jide is married to four wives, three of whom are late. He is left with Alhaja Karimat and was blessed with children and numerous grandchildren.
- Ramsey Nouah:
Ramsey Nouah is one of the oldest and most handsome actors in Nollywood. He was born on 19th December 1970 in Lagos to a Lebanon-Israeli father and a Nigerian mother.
He started acting at the young age of 20 after winning the role of Jeff in his first movie Fortunes.
Ever since then, he fast acted in many movies like Merry men, silent night, Dangerous twins, and lover boy. He is known in movies for his great smile and highly romantic roles.
He has won many awards and has been both locally and internationally recognized for his outstanding performance and contributions to the movie industry.
Other movies Ramsey Nouah were starred in include 30 days in Atlanta, Thy will be done, Living in bondage, the boy is mine, Gbomo Gbomo Express, and many other cinema movies.
Ramsey Nouah is married to Emelia Phillips-Nouah and they are blessed with three children.
He is currently one of the richest & most influential actor in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $4.5 million.
- Gbenga Titiloye:
Gbenga Titiloye is another outstanding actor in Nigeria. He is known for his roles as a political Godfather, businessman, and CEO.
Gbenga has acted in movies like Battleground, the Rising Sun, Bling Lagosians, and Knock out blessing.
He has received many awards and recognitions as a great actor in the movie industry. Other movies he acted in are Love regardless, African Oscar and North East where he acted as Musa Ahmed, Hadiza’s father. Gbenga is married and blessed with children.
- Kanayo O Kanayo:
Anayo Modestus Onyekwere known by his stage name, Kanayo O. Kanayo is an actor, writer, and movie producer.
He was born on 1st March 1962 in his homeland Nru Umueze, Imo State. He studied Philosophy at the University of Lagos and got his Master’s degree in political science from the same university.
His outstanding performance as Chief Omego in the popular movie, Living in Bondage shot him into the limelight and made him very popular in and out of the movie industry. He is popularly known for his ritual roles in movies.
He has acted in various leadership roles and his net worth is estimated at $2.5 million.
Anayo Onyekwere has won many awards and received various outstanding recognitions. Other movies he acted include Tears in my heart, circles of doom, Lost kingdom, Billionaires club, Family separation, rituals, and many more.
He is happily married to Nneka Onyekwere and blessed with four children.
- Zack Orji:
Zack Orji is one of the most popular and influential Nollywood actors. He is also a movie director and writer.
Zack Orji was born in Libreville, Gabon but grew up in Cameroon and Benin, Nigeria. Against his father’s wishes to study medicine, Zack Orji studied English and French and speaks both fluently.
He started acting in 1991 with his first movie, Unforgiven sin. Ever since then, he has acted many other movies such as the glamour girls which shot him into the limelight in the Nollywood industry.
Zack Orji is also an ordained minister of God and a one time president of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria.
He has acted in many movies such as Three wise men, half of a yellow sun, Benson’s Villa, Braveheart, heritage, Christmas is coming, and the king of Boys.
He is married to Ngozi Orji who is an actress and both are blessed with three children.
Zack Orji currently has an estimated net worth of over $3 million.
- Late Sam Loco Efe:
The late Veteran actor Sam Loco Efe was born in Enugu on 25th December 1945. He started acting in 1977 and featured in a rendition of Ola Rotimi’s The gods are not to blame. Sam loco is known for his funny personality and big grammar.
He has acted in numerous movies and gotten various meritorious awards and recognition.
Some of his movies include Long John, My love, osuofia in London, Tom and Jerry, Ukwa, final world cup amongst others. He died in a hotel room on 7th August 2011.
Sam Loco Efe before his death has an estimated net worth of over $400,000 making him one of the richest and most influential comic actor in Nigeria.
- Richard Mofe Damijo:
Richard Mofe Damijo popularly called RMD was born on 6th July 1961 at his hometown, Aldja, Delta state. He was a news reporter before he started acting.
He is a lawyer and started acting in high school. RMD was once married to late May Ellen-Ezekiel. Currently, he is married to Jumobi Adegbesan and is blessed with four children.
RMD has received numerous meritorious awards and recognitions both locally and internationally. In 2005, he won the Best Actor in a leading role and also the Lifetime achievement award in 2016, both from Africa Movie Academy Award.
His net worth is estimated at $7 Million. RMD has acted in so many movies such as The legend, Scores to settle, I want your wife, Freedom, Burning desire, diamond rings, hush, merry men: the real Yoruba demons, chief daddy and many more.
- Nkem Owoh:
At number 3 on our list of Top 10 Nigerian Actors of All Time is Nkem Owoh.
Nkem Owoh popularly called Osuofia was born on 7th February 1958 in Udi, Enugu State.
He is popularly known for his comic roles in movies. He was also the lead actor in the Nollywood film, Osuofia in London.
Nkem Owoh studied Engineering at the University of Ilorin and started acting in his university days.
He has acted in numerous movies such as Lion Heart, chief daddy, stronger than pain, the prof, Ghana must go, osuofia the wise man, and more.
He won the African movie academy award in 2008 for the best actor in a leading role.
Nkem Owoh also featured in Things fall apart with Pete Edochie, Ukwa, Onye Eze, Big man big trouble, Spanner, police officer, American visa, and a fool at forty. He is happily married to Ngozi Owoh and blessed with children.
Nkem Owoh estimated Net Worth is $4 Million
- Olu Jacobs:
The veteran actor, Olu Jacobs was born on 11th July 1942 in Ogun state. He started acting in a drama team during his secondary education in the holy trinity.
His first movie, Vigilante was produced by AA production. He has starred in over 100 Nollywood movies.
Olu Jacobs has won numerous prestigious awards in the movie industry. At the African magic viewer’s choice award in 2013, he won the merit award for outstanding achievement. He is known for his characteristic smile, laughter, and voice.
He is married for over 30 years to the popular actress, Joke Silva and they have been blessed with two sons.
Some notable movies he featured in include Beauty and the Beast, Pirates, The venturers, The dogs of war, Angels, Barlow at large, Till death do us part amongst others.
Olu Jacobs is at number 2 on our list of Top 10 Nigerian Actors of All Time. His net worth is currently estimated to be in the range of approximately $3.5 Million.
- Pete Edochie:
At number 1 on our list of Top 10 Nigerian Actors of All Time is Pete Edochie.
Pete Edochie is one of the greatest Nollywood actors. He began his acting career at age 20. He hails from Anambra State but was born in Enugu on 7th March 1947.
He has acted as a lead role in numerous notable movies. He featured as Okonkwo in the movie adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, a role which yielded massive popularity for him.
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He has received numerous meritorious awards both locally and internationally. Some of them include the Best Actor in Nigeria, the Best Actor in Africa, Movie personality of the year, Life impact award, and more.
In 2003, Olusegun Obasanjo honored him as a Member of the order of Niger. Other movies he acted include Idemmili, Battle Line, The Catholic Bishop, Night bus to Lagos, Greatest Harvest, Broken Curse, Mummy why, Lion Heart, and many more.
Pete Edochie is known for his Igbo proverbs and adages. He is also the father to the popular and talented actor, Yul Edochie. To date, Pete Edochie remains one of the greatest, influential, and most recognized actors in Nigeria with an estimated Net worth of $3.8 million.