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Top 10 Richest Nollywood Actors in Nigeria 2019

Each popular actor is a brand. Producers are always happy to create new Nollywood films with famous celebrities because public is willing to watch new movies if they see their favorite person in the list of actors.

Highest paid actor quickly becomes wealthy, but we should understand that each rich actor in Nigeria goes through a long path. He performs, studies, improves his acting, works day and night and finally his popularity skyrockets. The fame is followed by impressive deals, collaboration with other Nigerian actors, contracts with expensive brands, etc.

We have created a list of top 10 richest Nigerian actors who are featured in numerous Nollywood movies.

P.S. There is no particular order in our list because all celebrities mentioned below very rich and extremely famous.

  1. Richard Mofe Damijo

This 57-year-old Nollywood celebrity shortly referred to as RMD is rich and famous. He has been active in different Nigerian films for many years in a row, offering his fans some incredible stories to watch and discuss.

Hands down the richest nollywood actor this year. RMD as he is popularly called was a former Nigerian journalist and publisher.

Born Richard Evans Eyimofe Mofe-Damijo,the veteran actor is undoubtedly the highest paid actor in the Nigerian movie industry.

He has also featured in many high grossing nigerian movies
He has also won numerous awards and accolades.

He’s got various endorsement deals which ultimately gained him over $15 million in his net worth!

2. Desmond Elliot


Desmond Elliot is one of the richest Nollywood superstars you may see today. He`s one of the greatest directors and actors and he’s also a politician.

Some Nollywood actors are also good at politics. For example, Desmond Elliot successfully manages both roles being a successful Nigerian actor and a politician.

Since we are talking about the richest male actors in Nigeria in this post, let us focus on Desmond’s Nollywood career. This 44-year-old man appears in more than 200 movies and popular TV shows. He is great in dramas and soap operas, being a universal actor. He has a happy family with his wife and their kids.

Desmond Elliot is making money from different sources acting, directing, endorsements and politics. He contested and won the Surulere Constituency in the April 11, 2015 Nigerian General Elections and has a net worth of over $10 million.

3. Jim Iyke


Jim Iyke was born James Ikechukwu Esomugha. He is one of the popular actors in Nollywood and he is worth well over $5 million.

Apart from his involvement in entertainment, he is also a businessman as a result; he has been able to grow his net worth exponentially over the years.

The actor was born on September 25, 1976 in Libreville, Gabon although his parents hail from Anambra State. He is the only boy in a family of eight children.

Jim Iyke began acting career in 2001 and at some point; he became one of the highest paid actors in Nollywood.

He has enjoyed several endorsement deals over the last few years. He was a one time Glo ambassador. In 2018, he signed a deal with Henry Montego Homes as a brand ambassador.

The actor has featured in over 200 movies till date. He has a movie production company, Untamed Productions and a 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.

Jim Iyke is also a philanthropist and he is the founder of Jim lyke Foundation for Children with Special Disabilities. Jim’s net worth is from $8 dollars.

4. Chidi Mokeme


A popular TV shows host and one of the richest actor in Nigeria, Chidi Mokeme plays some awesome roles in ’76,’ ‘Omotara Johnson,’ ‘The Seed’ and other Nollywood films.

He has been active on the big screen for over 20 years. Chidi has an estimated net worth of $7.0 mIllion.

5. Nkem Owoh (Osuofia)


Popularly called Osuofia, Nkem Owoh is a notable Nigerian actor and comedian. He is best known for his role in the movie, ‘Osuofia.’ In 2008 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Owoh was born in Enugu State, Nigeria where he had his primary and secondary school. He studied Engineering at the University of Ilorin and it was during his time at the university that he began acting in various television and film productions.

The actor has featured in over 200 movies since he began acting. He has also attracted endorsement deals from the likes of MTN Nigeria.

Owoh is worth an estimated $4 million. His wealth has made him a target of kidnappers and hoodlums. In 2009 Owoh was kidnapped in eastern Nigeria and the abductors demanded N15 million ransom. The actor was later released and his family disclosed that they had paid N1.4 million as ransom to the abductor.

Also in 2014, Owoh was hospitalised after being attacked by hoodlums. Reports revealed that it was during a movie shoot in Enugu that the incident happened.

Owoh was said to have been attacked by hoodlums when these thugs stormed the movie set and demanded some money.

The refusal of the crew to concede to their demands is what led to the attack. Subsequently, the actor was badly injured but he was rushed to the hospital on time and he has since recovered.

You can watch many awesome films (actually, over 200 movies) with this actor, including ‘Ghana Must Go,’ ‘Military Zone,’ ‘Wonderful Man’ etc.

6. Ramsey Nouah


Born Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr, Ramsey Nouah is another popular actor.

He 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 began his acting career when he starred in the Nigerian TV soap opera Fortunes. He 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.

Apart from acting, Nouah also earns money from endorsement deals. He recently signed a juicy deal with Western Lotto as a brand ambassador for the betting company. He has also endorsed brands like Glo and in the past. Ramsey Nouah is currently worth an estimated $4.5 million

Some of his most notable movies include Silent Night, Church Business, Across the Niger, Reloaded (2009 film), Guilty Pleasures (2009 film), Iru Oka, 30 Days in Atlanta, Gbomo Gbomo Express, ’76 and most currently, Merry men 2018.

7. Mike Ezuruonye


Mike Ezuruonye is a Nigerian actor. He was born in Uzoakoli in Abia State Nigeria. He was born on September 20, 1982 in Lagos.

The actor worked as a banker prior to his move into Nollywood. 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.

He is currently worth an estimated $4.7 million

Some of the movies he has featured in include; Beyond Reason, Broken Marriage, Critical Decision, Desire (2008), Endless Passion (2005), Keep Me Alive (2008), Occultic Kingdom, Ropes of Fate (2010), The, Duplex (2015), Unforeseen (2005), Unforgivable (2014).

8. John Okafor


He is another popular and awesome comic character on our list of 10 richest Nollywood actors in 2018. Many Nigerians call him Mr. Ibu (you have probably guessed that Mr. Ibu is his most famous role loved by millions of people).

Experts in Nollywood believe that John Okafor is extremely talented in his comic roles. If you watch some of his movies (‘Keziah,’ ‘Police Recruit,’ ‘Mr. Ibu’ and ‘9 Wives’ to name a few), you won’t stop laughing and enjoy his hilarious acting.

John Okafor roles in the comic movies provided him a significant amount of money in the Nollywood! His net worth is about $4.2 million.

9. Segun Arinze


Being both a famous singer and actor, Segun Arinze deserves his place in our list of the richest celebrities of Nigeria in 2019.

Segun Arinze is an actor, singer, script writer, producer, director and does voice over for TV and radio commercials. Which movies should you watch with this star? We can name a few for you. They are ‘Invasion 1897,’ ’30 Days,’ ‘An eye for an eye’ and ‘A Place in the Stars.’ Segun’s estimated net worth is over 5 million U.S. dollars.

10. Pete Edochie


Veteran Nollywood actor Pete Edochie was once a broadcaster at the Eastern Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation before becoming an actor. He started acting in the 1980s with a lead role as Okonkwo in “Things Fall Apart”. After “Things Fall Apart” The role Okonkwo provided him the first steps to the actors career. He won various international awards for his role in the series. After that, Peter Edochie became one of the richest actors in Nollywood. He starred in more than 200 movies. Thats how he earned his net worth of $3.8 million. He has featured in many movies and has won prestigious awards.

There are many more rich and famous actors in Nollywood, we just selected some of the richest and renowned men who have millions of fans and are loved by many fans.

Written by Silver N

Content creator with love for entertainment. Photographer, videographer and designer.

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