The Nigerian movie industry which is popularly known as Nollywood is one of the most successful movie industries in the world and it is one of the things the country can boast of when compared to other countries of the world.
Over the years, Nollywood has really grown into a very lucrative industry where many actors and actresses have made really good money for themselves thereby making them very rich.
In this article, we shall be taking a look at the richest actors in Nigeria right now and their respective networths in 2019.
Richest Actors In Nigeria (2019)
1) Desmond Elliot
Desmond Olushola Elliot is a Nigerian actor and director who was born on the 4th of February 1974. He has also starred in over 100 movies, tv shows and soap operas and more since he began a career in acting.
Apart from being an entertainer, Desmond is also a politician and he was elected as a lawmaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Surulere Constituency, in the 11 April 2015 General Elections in Nigeria.
He is one of the highest-paid Nigerian actors and his recent participation in politics has also has increased his networth. Right now, Demond Elliot is ranked as the richest musician in Nigeria with an estimated networth of $10 Million.
2) Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD)
Richard Mofe-Damijo who is popularly known as RMD is the second actor on our list of the richest actors in Nigeria. RMD was born on the 6th of July 1961 and he is a Nigerian actor and former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State.
RMD has also won numerous awards to his name. In 2005 he won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and he also received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards back in 2016.
He studied Theatre Arts at the University Of Benin and he also studied Law at the University Of Lagos. Right now, RMD is one of the highest-paid actors in Nollywood and currently, he has an estimated networth of $7Million.
Richard Mofe-Damijo doesn’t only make money from acting alone as he also has some money-spinning investments to his name. Some popular movies in which RMD has featured in includes Out of Bounds, Hostages, Scores to Settle, Diamond Ring, Freedom, When God Says Yes, Dinner, The Wedding Party, 30 Days in Atlanta, The Grudge, 10 days in sun city and The Wedding Party 2 which also has Banky W & Adesuwa Ewatomi as co-actors.
3) Jim Iyke
James Ikechukwu Esomugha, who is popularly known as Jim Iyke, is a Nigerian actor and one of the most popular actors in the Nigerian movie industry.
Jim started a career in the acting industry back in 2001 and he has featured in over 150 films and counting since them. Acting aside, Jim Iyke is also a well-known businessman who has a lot of businesses which are not related to the entertainment industry.
He has a movie production company called Untamed Productions which he started in 2007. As some point, Jim Iyke became one of the highest-paid actors in Nollywood and right now, he’s one of the richest actors in Nigeria.
Additionally, Jim Iyke also makes money from some endorsement deals from top companies like Glo and Henry Montego Homes. He currently has an estimated networth of $5 Million.
4) Ramsey Nouah
Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr who was born on the 19th of December 1970 is an awarding winning Nigerian actor and film director who had starred in more than 50 Nollywood movies since he started his acting career.
He is one of the richest actors in Nigeria with an estimated networth of $4.5 Million. Aside from acting, Ramsey also earns money from some endorsement deals. He recently signed a juicy deal with Western Lotto as a brand ambassador for the betting company.
Ramsey Noah is a highly sought after actor and he also earns a good amount of money to feature in movies. Some popular movies in which Ramsey Noah has featured in include 30 Days In Atlanta (2014), Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons (2018), Silent Night, Church Business, Across the Niger, Reloaded (2009), Guilty Pleasures (2009), Iru Oka (2011) & Gbomo Gbomo Express (2015).
5) John Okafor (Mr Ibu)
John Okafor who is popularly known as Mr Ibu is a Nigerian actor and comedian. According to Wikipedia, his humorous acting is often characterised by stupidity, hilarious imbecility and a sharp disconnection from reality.
Mr Ibu was once a butcher, hairdresser, factory worker, photographer and a football agent. He even taught Martial Art at a Girls’ Secondary School Onitsha all in a bid to survive. He started his acting career in 1993 with his appearance on the movie – Living in Bondage.
Right now, John Okafor is one of the richest Nigerian actors with an estimated networth of $4.2 Million and he’s the fifth actor on this list. With his consistency and humour in the Nigerian film industry, he has made a name for himself and right now, he is currently living his best life.
6) Nkem Owoh (Osuofia)
Nkem Owoh is a popular Nigerian actor and comedian. He became very popular for his role in the movie titled “Osuofia In London”. He also won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role back in 2008.
He was born in Enugu state Nigeria and completed his primary and secondary school education there. Nkem later proceeded to Unilorin where he studied Engineering. He started acting during his days as an undergraduate and since then, he has featured in over 200 movies and counting.
Osuofia, as he is fondly called, is one of the richest actors in Nigeria currently. He has an estimated networth of $4 Million and he is one of the highest-paid Nigerian actors till date.
Popular movies in which Nkem Owoh has featured in include Lionheart (2019), Osuofia in London 1 & 2, Osuofia in London, Long John and many other movies
7) Chinedu Ikedieze (Aki)
- Estimated Networth – $3.5 Million
- Age – 41 Years
Chinedu Ikedieze was born on the 12th of December, 1977 in Bende, Abia State, Nigeria. He is a Nigerian actor and director.
He became popular in 2002 when he featured in the movie, Aki na Ukwa as “Aki” alongside Osita Iheme popularly called “Pawpaw“. Since then, Chinedu Ikedieze has featured in over 200 movies and he also won so many awards to his name.
Right now, Chinedu is one of the richest Nigerian actors with an estimated networth of $3.5 Million. He is also one of the highest-paid Nollywood actors and funny enough, Chinedu revealed that he was only paid 500 Naira for his first-ever movie.
In 2010, Chinedu Ikedieze was conferred with the MFR (Member Order of the Federal Republic) by Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Johnathan. Apart from this, this Nigerian actor also has a couple of other awards to his name like the Lifetime Achievement Award at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) and many more.
Some of his most popular movies include Aki na Ukwa, World Apart, Jardons, Spanner, Secret Adventure, The Heroes, Soldier Ants and Fifth.
8) Osita Iheme (Pawpaw)
- Estimated Networth – $3 Million
- Age – 37 Years
Osita Iheme was born on the 20th of February, 1982 and he is a Nigerian actor and filmmaker who is also based in Nigeria. He is widely known for the role of “Pawpaw” in the film Aki na Ukwa alongside Chinedu Ikedieze who played the role of “Aki“.
He was born and raised up in the eastern part of Nigeria but he proceeded to Lagos state university where he got a degree in computer science. Like Aki (Chinedu Ikedezie) and other actors on this list, Osita Iheme is also a very famous and well paid Nigerian actor.
Osita Iheme also is the founder of Inspired Movement Africa which he founded with the aim of inspiring, motivating and stimulating the minds of young Nigerians and Africans. He has also won numerous awards and he was honoured as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) by Nigeria’s former President – Goodluck Jonathan.
9) Mike Ezuruonye
- Estimated Networth – $3 Million
- Age – 37 Years
Mike Ezuronye is a Nigerian Actor & Filmmaker who was born on the 20th of September, 1982 in Lagos State. He hails from Uzoakoli in Abia State, South Eastern Nigeria.
He attended the Federal Government College, Taraba and Archbishop Aggey Memorial school, Lagos before proceeding to study accounting at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Before joining the Nigerian film industry as an actor, Mike was a banker at one of the Nigerian banks available then. Mike has also been nominated for so many awards of which he won some of them.
With an estimated networth of $Million, Mike is one of the richest actors in Nigeria. He is also a well paid Nigerian actor and he has featured in many popular Nollywood movies.
10) Nonso Diobi
- Estimated Networth – $1 Million
- Age – 34 Years
Nonso Diobi is a Nigerian actor and film director who was born on the 17th of July, 1985 in Anambra, South Eastern Nigeria. He completed his primary and secondary education in his town and moved to the University of Nigeria Nsukka for his university education.
He is one of the richest actors in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $1Million.