Nigeria’s movie industry is one of the biggest industries in the African continent, with over a thousand actors and actresses.
The movie industry makes monthly earnings of billions of naira, making it one of the country’s sources of employer of labor.
It is not farfetched to say these actors make a chunk of cash from the movie industry due to the billions of subscribers who would go to length to support their movies.
It is no wonder our actors live a life of flamboyance and luxury, with many of its subscribers wishing to live like them.
It’s quite unfortunate that within the country, many people still don’t support or encourage the industry regardless of their efforts to ensure constant entertainment for its viewers.
In this article, we would be looking at the ten richest Nigerian actors to have made not just the fame but to have made a good fortune for themselves.
Most of these actors have many income sources, which helped them make it to the list of 10 wealthiest actors in the year 2021.
Bear in mind that the list of 10 most abundant Nigeria is quite competitive as each Nigerian actor’s net worth changes every year, as the Nigerian saying “overtaking is allowed.”
But after a careful survey and research, I give you ten of Nigerians richest actors.
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10. Nonso Diobi
Nonso Diobi is a graduate of the University of Nigeria, from the Department of Theatre Arts. Nonso has been in the movie industry since 2001 and since then made a name for himself.
With a feature of over 250 movies ranging from action to love and romance.
He is a native of Nawfia in the Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra in the southeast part of Nigeria.
The 43 years old is single and not making any plans of getting married anytime soon.
Net worth: $1.7 million
9. Mike Ezuruonye
Mike is a model and an actor known to always star in romantic movies. He hails from Abia State, born on the 21st of September 1982, in Lagos.
Mike is an entrepreneur and a banker who turned actor cause of his passion for acting. He is a graduate of Nnamdi Azikiwe from the department of accounting.
Ever since he came into the industry, he has starred in several Nollywood movies and claimed several awards for himself, with several nominations for the best actor in 2008 and 2009.
Net worth: $3 million
8. Osita Iheme
We all know paw-paw from prevalent “Aki na Paw-paw” the funny thing is that many Nigerians don’t know his actual name and assume his name was Paw-Paw from birth.
Osita is one of those actors who also love their luxury lifestyle as he doesn’t hesitate to spend over a hundred million on his house.
Aside from the movie industry, he earns some passive income from the various hotels and real estate that he owns.
Like many other actors, he has made a name for himself and had won multiple awards, such as the best comic actor and best actor in a leading role.
Like many other actors, he holds a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Lagos.
Net worth: $3.3 million
7. Chinedu Ikedieze
Chinedu, popularly known as Aki, is an actor, an entrepreneur. Chinedu is said to have partly introduced Osita “paw-paw” into the movie industry.
Chinedu has a National Diploma and a Higher National Diploma in Mass Communication from the Institute of Management and technology in Enugu.
Chinedu is a man who does not only depend on acting as his only source of income.
With other businesses such as real estate and being an Ambassador of GLO, coupled with various endorsements and chain of business, Chinedu has made it to the list of the ten richest Nigerian actors.
Net worth: $3.5 million.
6. Nkem Owoh
One of the top-rated movies many Nigerian will not forget is “Osuofia.” Nkem Owoh had always given his audience the best experience of drama and comedy in the movie industry.
He was a graduate of the University of Ilorin from the Department of Electronic Engineering.
He is one o the faces that always comes to mind when you talk about the movie industry, and he had been in over 200 movies since he went into production.
Net worth: $4.2 million.
5. John Okafor
Another household name that has been around for a while and would most likely be around is John Okafor, known as “Mr. Ibu” this was a nickname from his movie Mr. Ibu, and ever since, the name has been his fan calls him.
John is one of those people with a very humble beginning, as he had worked as a firewood seller, hairdresser, and butcher.
His childhood was not a pleasant one as his family is one of the poorest in Enugu, but today he is one of the richest people in the movie industry.
Net worth: $4.6 million.
4. Ramsey Nouah
Ramsey is both an actor and an entrepreneur. He is well known for his passion for love movies; this gave him the name Lover-Boy.
Born on the 19th of December 1970, Ramsey has always acted in many love movies alongside Genevieve Nnaji, which brought him fame too and helped make a name for him. Ramsey is indeed a legend in the industry, with over 300 films to date.
He has a National Diploma and a Higher National Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos. He makes his money not only from acting but also from endorsements, real estate, and other entrepreneurial activities.
Net worth: $5.1 million.
3. James Ikechukwu (Jim Iyke)
You probably thought his name was Jim Iyke all this while; well, James is popularly known as Jim Iyke and is even known as the Nigerian bad boy due to his roles in movies. He featured in a romantic and action-thriller film.
James or Jim is an entrepreneur, producer, and actor with a passion for what he does, and he had been in the industry for decades and with numerous awards and nominees.
He makes his money from his entrepreneurial ventures, various endorsements, real estate businesses, and of course, through acting and producing.
Net worth: $6.4 million.
2. Richard Mofe Damijo
RMD is a figure that holds value and prestige in the Nigerian movie industry.
He mostly played the role of a caring father and loving husband to set an example of an ideal husband or a perfect father. And this role has won him various awards in the industry.
His political views gave him the position of commissioner of culture and tourism by the Delta state governor. Like many other actors, RMD earns his pay through acting, brand endorsement, real estate, and various entrepreneurial ventures.
Net worth: $7.8 million.
1. Desmond Elliot
Desmond Elliot is currently the number one richest Nigerian actor.
He is a producer, director, and entrepreneur. He graduated from the University of Lagos from the Department of Economics and quickly became a household name. His father is a Yoruba man, and his mother was Igbo.
Elliot has acted in over 250 movies to date; though he is a member of the house of Assembly, he still takes acting part-time. He makes his money from Brand endorsements, acting, politics, real estate, and other entrepreneurial avenues.
Net worth: $11 million.
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