Who is the richest actor in Nigeria? This has been very controversial as fan daily seek to know which of their favourite star makes the richest actor in Nigeria list.
the richest actors in Nigeria are mostly categorized my their net worth which is influenced by the kind of luxury houses they own, the luxury cars they drive, spending habits at event and who they party with, these boils down to mainly their lifestyle.
In this article, we intend to analyze the who is the richest actor in Nigeria based on Investments, Business and Assets, We will cover the movies they are starred and other investment based on facts and figures from reputable sources.
Since the creation of Nollywood in the 1960s with actors like Ola Balogun, Hubert Ogunde, Jab Adu, Moses Olayia and Eddie Ugboma, The Nigerian film industry have seen several actors and generation of Nigerian filmmakers.
Who is the richest actor in Nigeria
We begin the count down of who is the richest actor in Nigeria with a list of top 15 richest actor in Nigeria, Their brief biography and an estimated net worth which is collected from creditable sources both online and offline.
15. Nonso Diobi – Net Worth $1 Million
To start the list of who is the richest actor in Nigeria is Nonso Diobi.
Nonso Diobi was born on July 17, 1976 in Enugu State and a native of Nawfia in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State, The multi-talented award winning Nigerian actor and film director, Event Planner and a serial entrepreneur who studied Theatre Art at the prestigious Nnamdi Azikwe University – Nigeria and studied acting and directing at the New York Film Academy.
According to Wikipedia, Nonso Diobi has appeared on over 76 movies since he first appeared in 2001 in a movie title “Border Line” and “Hatred” where he rose to fame.
His performance early in his career quickly earned him a breakthrough. In 2003 Nonso Diobi was already a household name in Nigeria.
In 2020, Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie responded a tweet stating how Nonso Diobi accommodated him in Lagos during his days as an upcoming actor
The 44 Year Old actor is UN peace ambassador as well as teachers without Borders ambassador and the founder of Golden Tape media, a leading film/tv production company in Africa.. He has starred in over 103 films.
Some of Nonso Diobi movies includes The Last 3 Digits (2015), Overseas (2015), Makers of Justice(2010), Palace Slave (2010), Across the Bridge (2005), Palace Slave (2010), Seed of Hatred (2018) and in 2018.
Nonso Diobi won the best supporting actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008 and 2009, the best actor of the year at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards in 2014 and best actor in comedy at the 3rd Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award in 2015.
Despite being rumored to be gay, Nonso Diobi net worth is estimated at $1 million (One million dollars) he loves mansions as he built his mother a lovely mansion. When the quest of who is the richest actor in Nigeria came, Nonso Diobi is our number 15 on the list of richest actors in Nigeria.
14. Mike Ezuruonye – Net Worth $3 Million
Mike Ezuruonye is a popularly Nollywood actor, filmmaker and writer who hails from Uzoakoli in Abia State, Nigeria.
Mike was born on September 21, 1982 in Lagos State, Nigeria. He started his secondary school education at Federal Government College, Wukari, Taraba and the moved to Archbishop Aggey Memorial school, Lagos. Mike Ezuruonye attended Nnamdi Azikiwe University where he studied accounting.
Be starting a career in acting, Mike worked in the banking industry briefly. In 2009, the 38 year old actor meet and got married to Keke Nkechi Nnorom in 2010, a medical psychologist based in Canada. they have a son and a daughter; Reynold and Elsa Ezuruonye.
Mike Ezuruonye started his acting career in 2003 when he stared on a TV series titled Ultimate Hero and the big one Broken Marriage. he went ahead lots of big roles in blockbusters like Beyond Reason (2004), Emotional Risk (2007), Critical Decision.
Due to his passion for the movie industry and his quest to make positive impact both in Nigeria and Internationally, Mike Ezuruonye became a professional movie director on return from a film school in Canada.
The movies, Divorce not Allowed and Brother Jekwu in 2016 were Mike Official directorial debut which led to more movies outside Nigeria. He has several work with Nollywood stars like Angela Okorie, Iyabo Ojo, Odunlade Adekola, Omoni Oboli, Mercy Aigbe, Bolanle Ninalowo, Nonso Diobi, Emmanuella
According to Wikipedia, In 2009, Mike Ezuruonye was nominated for Best Actor for the movie “The Assassin” at the Africa Movie Academy Awards and Best Actor in Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
Mike Ezuruonye net worth is estimated at $3 million. This estimate is drown from several deals and endorsement some of which are the endorsement as brand ambassador to Globacom and DPkay real estate homes and awards ltd. Mike is One of the richest actors in Nigeria presently.
13. Osita Iheme – Net Worth $3 Million
Osita Iheme MFR mostly known among fans as Paw Paw is a Nollywood actor, author and entrepreneur who hails from Mbatoli in Imo State, Nigeria. Osita who is a Computer Science graduate of Lagos State University is the founder of Inspired Movement Africa.
Osita is considered to be on the list of the richest actors in Nollywood as he is regarded as a popular actor after his role as Paw Paw in the film “Aki na Ukwa” and has been nominated for awards and have received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the African Movie Academy Awards and was honored as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) in 2011 by the then Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan.
Born February 20, 1982 to Herbert and Augustine Iheme, Osita Iheme is passionate about inspiring and motivating young minds in Nigeria and Africa which saw him authoring a book INSPIRED 101 printed and distributed by Africana First Publishers, Plc which has been endorsed by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC). Iheme is the New Generation Ambassador for Rotary International District 9110.
Osita Iheme with his on-screen brother Chinedu Ikedieze founded Aki and Pawpaw Entertainment (APEN) which has produced some notable movie and Aki n Paw Child Care Foundation which advocated and help children with medical attention as a way to give back to the community.
In 2017 Osita Iheme launched Young Boss Record, a music record label signing two artistes Barrister Max and Charisma. In a report credited to Osita Iheme, the record label is a way of giving back to the society.
Informationcradle.com estimated Osita Iheme’s net worth at $3.5 million. as some of his award include Best Actor in a Leading Role (Secret Adventure) at Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2006, Lifetime Achievement Award at Africa Movie Academy Awards 2007, Best Actor in a Supporting Role in the movie The Mirror Boy at Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011.
12. Chinedu Ikedieze – Net Worth $3.5 Million
Chinedu Ikedieze MFR is a popular Nigerian actor who is the on-screen brother to Osita Iheme. Chinedu is also an entrepreneur and investors.
Born on December 12, 1977 in Bende, Abia State, Nigeria, Chinedu Ikedieze who is known as Aki for playing a major role alongside Osita Iheme in a 2002 film Aki na Ukwa and has featured in over 150 films in over 20 years of his career.
Chinedu Ikedieze had his primary and secondary education in Aba, Abia State and headed to the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu – IMT for a Higher National Diploma – HND in Theatre Arts and a degree in Mass communication.
According to Buzznigeria.com, Chinedu Ikedieze who is one of the richest actors in Nigeria has a net worth of $3.5 million which was achieved through hardwork since he entered Nollywood industry in 2000 and rose to fame in 2002 film Aki na Ukwa alongside Osita Iheme as Aki. They were mostly referred to as “Aki and Paw Paw”.
Ikedieze received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2011 and was also honoured Nationally by President Gooduck Jonathan with the Order of the Federal Republic.
Chinedu Ikedieze is known to have a flamboyant lifestyle, According to Ghgossips, Ikedieze has an Infiniti Jeep FX which is worth about $500,000, Classic Accord worth over $200,000, and a white luxury Porsche.
11. Olu Jacobs – Net Worth $3.5 Million
Popularly known as Olu Jacobs, Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs who is a Nollywood actor and movie producer was born July 11, 1942, known professionally as Olu Jacobs, is a Nigerian actor and film executive who hails from Egba Alake in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Olu Jacobs is widely referred as one of the greatest and most respected African actors of his time. Olu Jacobs is reffered by the movie industry influencers, film commentators, critics, and most Nollywood actors as one of the most prominent actor in Africa and a cultural icon.
As one of the richest actor in Nigeria, Jacobs has dedicated over 40 year of his career to the Nigeria’s movie industry. After attending The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, England, he has featured in some international movies and British series
Olu Jacobs is married to veteran Nollywood actress Joke Silva they founded the Lufodo Group, a media corporation that consists of film production, distribution assets and the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts.
Olu Jacobs have won several awards during his about five decade of his career and some are Best Actor award in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2011, in the south southern part of Nigeria, National award of Member of the Order of Federal Republic (MFR), Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
Other notable awards includes Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Best of Nollywood Awards, Best Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Best Actor of the Year at the Golden Icon Movie Academy Awards and Nollywood Most Promising Actor in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards.
Veteran Nollywood actor recently revealed reasons why he stopped acting, he lamented that as most of the roles requires much physical activities, he decided to stop acting due to his age and health status as he known spends more time with his family.
10. O. C. Ukeje – Net Worth $3.7 million
O. C. Ukeje is one actor that have been mostly ignored in who is the richest actors in Nigeria list. O.C. Ukeje whose realname is Okechukwu Ukeje was born in Lagos state, Nigeria as the second child of a family of 3 children.
Okechukwu is ibo by tribe and a native of Umuahia, Abia State, but was born and bred in Lagos State, Nigeria. He is the second child of a family of three. He attended Federal Government College Ijanikin, Ojo, Lagos before proceeding to University of Lagos.
Ukeje began his acting career soon after emerging winner of the 2006 Amstel Malta Box Office reality TV show for actors with a big appearance with the like of Rita Dominic and Joke Silva in the movie titiled White Waters in 2008
In a quest to succeed, Ukeje wrote music and collaborated with some artists and producers, he worked on radio jingles for brands and organizations while he acting and appearing in movies which me made a fortune from and today makes an estimates of O. C. Ukeje net worth.
The actor has won several awards to include the Best Upcoming Actor Award at the African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) in 2008 and The Best New Act at the City People’s Award in 2010.
O. C Ukeje featured the 2012 movie for the struggle of the Niger Delta titled Black November: Struggle for the Niger Delta is a 2012 Nigerian action drama film starring an ensemble cast that includes staring famous actors from Hollywood and Nollywood like Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Fred Amata, Sarah Wayne Callies, Nse Ikpe Etim, Vivica Fox, Anne Heche, Persia White, Akon, Wyclef Jean and Mbong Amata.
This Nigerian actor has featured in works like award winning play, Gone Too Far, sponsored by the British Film Institute which was premiered at the 2013 London International Film Festival, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013, Ayanda and The Mechanic a South African film directed Sarah Blecher which was premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. and many more.
9. Pete Edochie – Net Worth $3.8 million
Popularly referred to as Pete Edochie, Chief Pete Edochie who has been in the center for several controversy is a veteran Nigeria Actor who According to wide speculation, one of the most talented actors in Africa.
At the young age of 22, Pete Edochie married Josephine Edochie and they have two children, Linc Edochie and Yul Edochie who is also an A-list actor in Nigeria. Pete’s brother Tony Edochie is married to popular Nigeria Actress Rita Edochie.
Born on March 7, 1947, 73 year old Pete Edochie who have starred in over 100 movies started his career in 1967 radio broadcasting as a programmes assistant and progressively rose to the position of a Managing Director.
Edochie joined the movie industry in the 1980s with lead role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.
According to entrepreneurs.ng, Pete Edochie net worth is estimated at $3.8 dollars and have earned him one of the richest actor in Nigeria
Making up to Pete Edochie net worth, Edochie alongside other actors, including Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Nkem Owoh, Ramsey Noah, Stella Damasus Aboderin, and Richard Mofe Damijo were banned by Actors’ Guild of Nigeria for one-year ban from filming in 2015 for charging huge fees from producers but currently, the ban has since been lifted and the actors are back in filming.
8. Nkem Owoh – Net Worth $4 Million
The 56 year old legendary Nollywood comic actor, producer, musician and a comedian Nkem Owo was born on October 17, 1960 in Amagu Village, Udi Town, Enugu State in Nigeria. He had primary and secondary education in Nsukka still in Enugu and headed to study Electrical Engineering at the prestigious University of Ilorin to study Electrical Engineering.
Owoh began acting early in his university day featuring in television and film productions. He appeared in the 2003 movie titled ‘Osofia in London’ written and directed by Kingsley Ogoro. He went on win the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in the Nigerian movie “Stronger than Pain”.
Nkem Owoh has explored the entertainment industry as performed the song “I Go Chop Your Dollar” about advance fee fraud which is featured in the film The Master where Nkem Owoh plays a scammer. The song was subsequently banned by The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission.
According to onlinenigeria.com, Nkem Owoh and about 111 people were arrested in Bijlmermeer neighborhood in the Amsterdam Zuidoost borough, Amsterdam, Netherlands while performing a musical show. They were arrested on suspicion of lottery fraud and immigration violations but Nkem Owoh was later released.
Nkem Owoh net worth is currently estimated at $3.9 million and he is undoubtedly one of the most popular and richest actor in Nigeria.
7. John Okafor – Net Worth $4.2 Million
John Okafor is popularly known as Mr. Ibu a name he starred as in a 2004 movie called Mr Ibu. John Okafor is Nollywood comic actor and he regarded as one of Nigeria’s most talented comic characters.
John Ikechukwu Okafor hails from Nkanu West, Enugu State and was born on October 17, 1961. John Okafor moved to Sapele after his primary school education in 1974 after the death of his father, he engaged in menial jobs to sponsor himself to school and support his family.
John Okafor who rose from a poor background to becoming one of the richest actor in Nigeria was admitted into the Federal College of Education, Yola, but had to drop out due to financial difficulties. He later attended the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT).
Okafor has appeared in more than 200 movies and some of the movies include ‘9 wives’, ‘Mr.Ibu’, ‘Mr.Ibu in London’, ‘Ibu in Prison’, ‘Police Recruit’ and Keziah.
John has received several awards including as the Best Comedian by the Governor of Enugu State, best comedian by Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Best Movie Actor of the Year, Peace Ambassadors of Nigeria in 2014, Awards of Excellence, Magic Lens Africa Film Academy in 2016.
John Okafor currently worth $4.2 million as He is our number 7 richest actor in Nigeria. Endorsement by Merrybet and Gotv in 2014 also added up to John Okafor net worth.
Okafor has works beyond the shores of Nigeria like the ‘Ibu Runs Mad in America which is a Hollywood and Nollywood joint project.
6. Ramsey Noah – Net Worth $4.5 Million
Ramsey Noah is a Nigerian actor and director that became a household name in Nigeria in the early 2000s as he appeared on movies mostly as a handsome and romantic young man and when fans sought to know the background of this light skin presumed Nigerian, The following revelation was was made.
Ramsey Noah was born on December 19, 1970 in Lagos to an Israeli father and a Yoruba mother a native Owo in Ondo State and attended Atara Primary School and Community Grammar School. Ramsey attended University of Lagos where he obtained a diploma in Mass Communication before pursuing a career in acting.
Noah started acting in his early 20s when he won a role in a popular TV Show ‘Fortunes’ and during his career as won several awards including the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the 2010 movie “The Figurine” and made his directorial debut with the film Living in Bondage: Breaking Free in 2019.
Ramsey is popularly referred to as ‘Lover Boy’ for his roles in romantic movies has appeared in over 100 movies, he is married to Emelia Philips-Noah and have two sons and a daughter, named Quincy, Camil Nouah, and Desiree Noah.
Being one of the most influential and richest actor in Nigeria, Ramsey Noah net worth is estimated at $4.5 million
5. Segun Arinze – Net Worth $5.1 million
Segun Padonou Aina popularly known as Segun Arinze is a Nollywood actor. he was born on September 24, 1965 in Onitsha, Anambra State to a Yoruba father from Badagry, Lagos and an Igbo mother.
Segun had his secondary school education at Victory College of Commerce in Ilorin and Taba Commercial College in Kaduna State and studied Dramatic Arts at Obafemi Awolowo University.
Having started his acting career in Ilorin, Segun gain popularity in the movie industry and is mostly known as ‘Black Arrow’ a role he played in a movie. He is an actor coach and currently works with prestigious African international film festival .
Segun Arinze is fifth most richest actor in Nigeria and an influential actor for his time. Segun Arinze net worth is estimated at $5.1 million and have featured over 100 movies including; Anini, Darkest Night, Across the Niger, Church Business, 30 Days, Extra Time, Women in Love, To Love a Thief, Fragile Pain, Silent Night, Family on Fire, A Place in the Stars, Invasion 1897 and An eye for an eye.
Segun Arinze is currently one of the richest and most influential actor in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $1.5 million. Segun was the former president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).
He works as an actor coach with African international film festival, an entertainment consultant and voice over artist which add up to Segun Arinze net worth
4. Chidi Mokeme – Net Worth $8 million
Chidi Mokeme is a popular Nigerian actor, producer, director, model, reality show host, entrepreneur, investor and a On-Air personality. He is widely considered as one of the highest paid actors in Nigeria and also one of the richest actors in Nigeria.
Chidi Mokeme is the reality show host of Guilder Ultimate Search and was born March 17, 1972 and hails from Oba in idemili south LGA of Anambra state, South-East Nigeria.
With over 20 years in the movie and entertainment industry, Mokeme popular for criminal, villain, hitman role he plays in action thriller movies and he role of a Casanova in romantic movies.
He has been in the industry for over 20 years. He always plays the role of a bad boy, criminal, Casanova, player, lover boy, heart breaker and sometime cheating husband in several Nollywood movies.
Mokeme have won several movie awards both locally and internationally during the cause of his over 2o years career which includes Most Promising Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Best TV Actor at the City People Entertainment Awards, Best Actor in a Supporting Role the Nigeria Entertainments Awards.
Chidi Mokeme net worth is an estimate of his earnings in the movie industries, investment and other businesses. Chidi Mokeme Net worth is estimated at $8 million which is mostly attributed to earning from The Guilder Ultimate Search show. Chidi was a brand ambassador of Zodaphone, a telecommunication company known as Zodaphone. He is currently a brand Ambassador for GLO, MTN and Guilder.
3. Desmond Elliot – Net Worth $10 Million
Desmond Oluwashola Elliot widely known as Desmond Eliot was born on February 4, 1974, He is an influential Nigerian actor, a movie director, and politician.
Elliot had primary education at Air Force Primary School and St John’s College, both in Jos. He graduate from Lagos State University with a degree in economic in 2003.
Desmond Elliot has appeared over 200 movies including Men Who Cheat, Yahoo Millionaire and Atlanta; TV shows and soap operas which have earned him several awards including the award for best supporting actor in a drama at the 2nd Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards and nomination for the best supporting actor at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards.
During the 2015 general elections in Nigeria, The 56 year old actor contested under the platform of the All Progressive Party and won as a member representing Surulere Constituency at the Lagos State House of Assembly.
According to austinemedia.com, Desmond Elliot net worth is estimated at $10million and assume him as the richest actor in Nigeria
2. Richard Mofe-Damijo – Net Worth $15 Million
Richard Mofe-Damijo popularly is a Nigerian actor who was appointed as Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State in 2010.
This stylish actor have won several awards including Best Actor Award at the Africa Movie Academy Award in 2015, Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2016.
Richard Mofe-Damijo was born July 6 1961 1961 in Aladja community of Udu Kingdom, Delta State where he attended Midwest College in Warri and then Anglican Grammar School.
Richard Mofe-Damijo popularly known as RMD studied Theatre Arts at the University of Benin, Nigeria and also got a degree in Law at the University of Lagos in 1999.
Richard Mofe-Damijo net worth is estimated at $15 million. RMD is also one of the most respected and celebrated actors in Nigeria. Richard Mofe-Damijo net worth is an estimate of his earning in his acting presently Globacom Brand Ambassador, Globacom is Nigeria’s indigenous telecommunication.
1. Jim Iyke – Net Worth $30 Million
Jim Iyke is undoubtedly the richest actor in Nigeria. Jim Iyke whose real name is James Ikechukwu Asomugha was born September 25, 1976 in Libreville, Gabon and is regarded as most extravagant Nigerian entertainers in the Nigerian entertainment industry.
Jim Iyke was born as the only male child into the family of eight children whose parents are Mr and Mrs Stephen Esomugha who hail from ogwugwu village in Enugu Agidi town of Anambra State.
In 1991, He completed his secondary school education in F. G. C. Kwali Abuja and attended the University of Jos, Plateau State where he got a diploma in Banking and Finance and then a BSc in Philosophy.
In 2001, Jim Iyke found a new way of life in acting in 2001 and has since appeared in over 150 movies.
Jim Iyke founded Untamed Productions, a movie production firm and Untamed Records, Jim Iyke’s music label which produced a first album, titled “Who Am I?” featuring Tubaba, and Sound Sultan.
It has been suggested that Jim Iyke’s Unscripted reality show ‘Jim Says So’ which was launched on DSTV in 2013 was an effort to correct the bad impression created by the Nigerian media about him.
The 44 year old richest actor in Nigeria is a fashion enthusiast who launched his clothing line called Burgeon Global enterprise in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.
Jim Iyke is indeed a successful entertainer and a serial entrepreneur who have invested in various sector of the Nigeria economy including oil & gas, dealership in automobile, entertainment and real estates.
According to legit.ng, Jim Iyke net worth is estimated at $30 million as he his tagged on of the most successful and the most richest actors in Nigeria