Top 10 Richest And Highest Paid Nollywood Actors In Nigeria 2017
Nigerian Actors Who Are The Richest In Nollywood — We recently compiled the top ten list of richest /highest paid Nollywood actresses in Nigeria 2017 ranking and today, we are also involving the male counterparts as we give you an updated list of the Top 10 Nigerian actors who are the richest in Nollywood today. The truth is that Nollywood movie industry has created a lot of opportunities for many gifted actors and actresses , while some have been able to take advantage of this get- rich opportunity to create unimaginable wealth for themselves , some are still striving hard for career break-through
The Nigerian movie industry has suddenly become one of the most enviable today as it has successfully produced several gifted actors and actresses who have been able to make cool cash in their lucrative career. In time immemorial when Nigerian Movies Industry was newly launched, there were few actors and actresses who was making little money from their career , but today millions of Nigerians are Drama lovers and their steady patronage have helped improved the standard of the industry as they are now enjoying the fruit of their labour . Meanwhile, there have been stories that Nigerian actors do not make their money legally and have to go into shaddy deals before they can earn some cash. But this is baseless because there are many legit ways our entertainers earn money including their endorsement deals for many giant Nigerian companies .
Nollywood have over the years become a multi-million naira industry and definitely one of the biggest in the world, actually its the third largest if we are going to be precise. Here we have carefully selected the list of richest Nigerian Nollywood actors for the year 2017 , these entertainers are not only famous they are also rich with a lot of money in the bank and they are highly respected in the society.
1. Richard Mofe Damijo
This everybody would agree to, Richard Mofe Damijo who is widely known as RMD is the richest Nollywood actor in Nigeria 2017. His full name is Richard Evans Eyimofe Mofe-Damijo and he was the former Nigerian journalist and publisher . The veteran actor is undoubtedly the highest paid actor in the Nigerian movie industry. He have featured in more than 150 Nollywood . He is one of Nigeria’s Nollywood grand pa who looks younger than his children , he has several wards including African MovieAcademy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2005.
2. Jim Iyke
James Ikechukwu Esomugha who is better known by his stage name Jim Iyke is one of the most popular Nollywood actor who has featured in several Nollywood firms before he stopped appearing (over 150 firms) . Jim Iyke as he is widely known, is a Nigerian actor and singer-songwriter and business man who has amassed wealth for himself from his acting career, endorsements and his business. Last time we checked, he is now a seasoned actor who also involved in businesses. Jim Iyke the “Nollywood Bad Boy” is one of the most popular and sought-after actors in Nollywood as a result of his flair in acting .
3. Desmond Elliot
Desmond Elliot is one of the richest actors in Nigeria who is occupying the third spot of our list of richest/highest paid Nollywood actors 2017. Desmond Elliot is a highly rated Nollywood movie actor who has appeared in many movies. In 2014, the actor added another feather to his ambition by going into politics , he is now a member of House of Representative in Lagos state representing Sulurela constituency. The handsome actor has gone from being just a Nollywood actor to a movie producer and director. He is one of the oldest name in the Nigeria movie industry and have succesfully appeared in over 190 movies and still counting.
Fine man Desmond Elliot has also appeared and hosted TV shows, Soap Operas and Series. He major income comes from the adverts he runs for companies and brands, movie directing, movie production, movie acting , endorsement deals and perhaps politics . Some popular movies he have featured include Unfinished Business 2 (2007) , Painful World 2 (2006) and True Colors 2 (2008).
4. Nkem Owoh (Osuofia)
This is another veteran actor named Nkem Owoh but better known as “Osuofia” perhaps he is fit to be called a Nigerian comedian. Nkem Owoh undoubtedly one of the pioneers of comedy movies in Nigeria and have achieved a lot from his acting career . His career boosted after he acted “Osuofia in London” in 2003. Osuofia is one of the highest paid Nigerian actor who have featured in many great Nollywood . The Nigerian Daily Sun has described him as a “king of comedy”. Osuofia in London became one of the highest selling Nollywood films.
5. Chinedu Ikedieze (Aki)
His given name is Chinedu Ikedieze but he is best known for his nick name Aki . The Popular Nollywood actor Chinedu Ikedieze is best known for playing alongside Osita Iheme in most movies , they gained recognition after featuring in the movie Aki na Ukwa . He was born on the 12th of December in 1985, Abia State, Nigeria . Aki has won many awards and is regarded as one of the top 10 richest actors in Nollywood 2017. The two Nollywood minors have starred in hit movies and have gotten so much attention because of their physical uniqueness. He has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the African Movie Academy Awards. He was also honored as the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic.
Chinedu Ikedieze reportedly signed endorsement deals with Globacom worth millions some years ago. Their small stature that was suppose to be his disadvantage miraculously turned out to be his strength and edge over his counterparts.
6. Osita Iheme (Pawpaw)
Osita Iheme is his given name but his is popular known as Paw-Paw , is a top Nigerian actor who rose to stardom after acting the role of ‘Pawpaw’ in the film “Aki na Ukwa” together with Chinedu Ikedieze. This man with little body frame has featured in several Nollywood movies along side his movie brother Chinedu Ikedieze , he has also graced a number of awards and gained recognition for his works. He is also won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the African Movie Academy Awards held in 2007. He was also appointed a Member of the Order of the Federal republic.
The petit actor is well-known for his role as a problem child in almost all his movies. He has also signed a multi-million naira endorsement deal with Nigerian giant network operator, Globacom which is also home for many Nigerian musicians and comedians including Flavour, Olamide , Kiss Daniel, Runtwon, Reekado Banks, Di’ja and many more.
7. Ramsey Nouah
Ramsey Nouah is one of the highest paid Nigerian actors who is happily married with children. He was one of the hottest Nollywood actor back in the days but age is beginning to tell on him gradually but his hotness is still very much intact. Ramsey has been in the movie industry for a long time and has starred in some movies like Battle of Love, When Love Dies, Dangerous Twins,To Love an Angel, A Private Storm, The Figurine just to name a few. He was the major character in one of the most adored Nollywood firm of all time, – Silent Night.
He was born in Edo State to an Israeli father and a Nigerian mother that is why people call him half-cast in those days . Many ladies are still crushing on him regardless that he is married with kids. Ramsey Nouah rose to fame after appearing in the Soap Opera, The Fortunes. He is one of the most handsome actors in Nollywood who’s generally regarded as Nollywood lover-boy in those good days when he was still very much active in the Industry. The veteran actor has starred in over 50 movies including Ayo Makun firm, 30 Days in Atlanta.
8. Mike Ezuruonye
Talking about the most handsome Nollywood actor today, Mike Ezuruonye is a perfect example. He is regarded as one of the gifted Nigerian actor who is reaping currently reward of his talents . Mike Ezuruonye has starred in several hit movies . The banker turned actor has being nominated twice, first as Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards 2008 and 2009 respectively. He is well-known for his fashionista life-style and his high taste for fancy items.
9. Nonso Diobi
Nonso Diobi is a top Nigerian actor who share a close resemblance with Mike Ezuruonye , funny enough many people still find it difficult to different them . The handsome young man shot to stardom after starring ‘Border Line’ film, shot to publicity with his role in ‘Hatred‘. Nonso Diobi is one of the industrious Nigerian actors and he has featured in more than 60 movies since the beginning of their career. He was an ambassador for popular telecommunication company in Nigeria but it seem they have long dropped him.
10. John Okafor (Mr Ibu)
His real names are John Okafor but widely known as Mr Ibu , is a Nigeria comic actor and business man who has successfully signed endorsement deals with some top Nigerian companies including Gotv and God Is God Motors. Mr Ibu, is considered to be one of Nigeria’s most gifted comic characters and favorite to Nollywood film lovers. Aside movie appearance, Mr Ibu makes money as a football agent. His income comes from endorsements, advert/promotion, business etc.
There are also other prominent Nollywood actors who are worthy of mention even though they couldn’t make this list , they are ;
- Olu Jacobs
- Segun Arinze
- Chidi Mokeme
- Pete Edochie
We have finally come to the end of the “Top 10 Richest Nollywood Actor In Nigeria 2017 . This article is intended to inform and entertainment you but if you find this ranking incorrect, then let us known your opinion.