2023 is here and we’re really excited to share the latest ranking of the top 10 richest actors in Nigeria and their net worth – Yes! The wealthiest Nollywood actors.
We’ll be listening to more songs, exercising our imaginations till we’re worn out, and watching more damsels dance if we don’t try to identify Thespis, the first man to leave a mark in the “acting” sands of time.
We might not have a ranking of the richest actors in Nigeria in the early Middle Ages, as actors were viewed as lower class individuals who were jobless, immoral, and despised.
The bad reputation of these bright actors and actresses has significantly improved through time, and the profession is now respected, even being acknowledged in schools, and given a high level of social prestige.
So you know, The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) is an umbrella union that regulates and represents the affairs of film actors in Nigeria and abroad.
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Top 10 Richest Actors In Nigeria 2023
|Rank||Wealthiest & Richest Actors In Nigeria 2023||Estimated Net Worth|
|#1||Desmond Elliot||4.1 Billion Naira|
|#2||Richard Mofedamijo||2.9 Billion Naira|
|#3||Jim Iyke||2.1 Billion Naira|
|#4||Ramsey Nouah||1.8 Billion Naira|
|#5||John Okafor – Mr Ibu||1.7 Billion Naira|
|#6||Nkem Owoh||1.6 Billion Naira|
|#7||Pete Edochie||1.6 Billion Naira|
|#8||Chinedu Ikedieze||1.4 Billion Naira|
|#9||Osita Iheme||1.2 Billion Naira|
|#10||Kenneth Okonkwo||1.2 Billion Naira|
Below is a quick detail about each of the top ten richest Nigerian actors in the year 2021. Please come on this entertaining tour with me.
10. KENNETH OKONKWO – N1.2 Million [$3 Million]
He is regarded as one of the founding members of Nollywood due to his role in the movie “Living in Bondage.”
He has approximately 200 film credits and multiple awards, including best actor and most remarkable actor, among others.
He is among the top ten wealthiest actors in Nigeria and has a net worth of $ 3 million, and he is not the only one with political aspirations.
9. OSITA IHEME – N1.2 Billion [$3 Million]
The twin of the famed mischievous and popular couple from the Aki na Ukwa film is included in the list of Nigeria’s wealthiest performers in 2021.
He has won the African Movie Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. His net worth is currently $3 million, and he has featured in different movies.
Pawpaw is the founder of the Inspired Movement Africa, which aims to encourage the country’s youth. He is the rotary international district 9110’s new generation ambassador.
He has appeared in a number of films and is one of the country’s most well-known celebrities, as well as one of the most popular memes on mobile phones.
Osita Iheme cars collection:
- Toyota Harrier.
- Land Rover LR3.
- Honda NSX Sport car.
8. CHINEDU IKEDIEZE – N1.4 Billion [$3.5 Million]
Chinedu Ikedieze is no doubt one of the richest actors in Nigeria today. He is popularly known as and best known for playing alongside Osita Iheme in majority of the movies after their breakthrough as duo in the 2002 film Aki na Ukwa.
The Nollywood-born twin had two years of acting experience before becoming recognized as Aki from the film ‘Aki na ukwa,’ in which he played a leading role, as the character of a child most of the time.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan was alleged to have honored Aki as a distinguished guest to Miami, Florida, USA, and then as a member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He has also featured in series of movies and in 2007, Ikedieze received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the African Movie Academy Awards.
Today, he is one of the top 10 richest Nollywood actors, and guess what; he is older than you think as he was born on 12 December 1977.
Chinedu Ikedieze cars collection:
- Hummer Stretch Limousine.
- Infiniti Jeep FX.
- Toyota Camry.
- Porsche Ccarrera 911.
- Mercedes Benz E300.
7. PETE EDOCHIE – N1.6 Billion [$3.8 Million]
The custodian and teller of many African parables, the dreaded and fearsome role we can never forget thanks to Chinua Achebe and his book: things fall apart; is one of the richest actors in Nigeria with a name that has been imprinted in the history of Nollywood as Pete Edochie. He was born on 7 March 1947.
By 2005, Pete Edochie was considered an A-list actor along with 7 others. The famous G8 was placed on a year ban by the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria. Is he the richest nollywood actor? No, but he has featured in different movies and he is one of the legends in the Nigerian movie industry.
The veteran actor and chief is an award-winning actor with vast experience in the industry. He has been honored with an Industry Merit Award by Africa Magic and Lifetime Achievement by Africa.
6. NKEM OWOH – N1.6 Million [$3.9 Million]
Nkem Owoh, popularly known as Osuofia is a popular nollywood actor in Nigeria. He was born on 7 February 1958. Osuofia is a comedy film actor, musician, and movie producer of the movie titled ‘stronger than pain’. Nkem Owoh Nwabuoku acting days started from his university days.
He has featured in over 200 movies which include ‘things fall apart’, ‘ukwa’, ‘Osuofia in London’, ‘lionheart’, and many more. He has appeared in different short videos and skits as well. He is no doubt one of the richest actors in Nigeria.
He as worked with stars like Osita iheme, Chinedu Ikedieze, Ramsey Nouah, Segun Arinze, Jim Iyke, Desmond Elliot, Chidi Mokeme, etc. and his no doubt one of the highest paid actors in his time. Nkem Owoh has been awarded the best actor in Stronger Than Pain movie while acting in a leading role.
Nkem Owoh was also awarded the lifetime achievement award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards. His net worth today is estimated at $3.9 million.
Nkem Owoh cars collection:
- Mitsubishi Montero SUV.
- Mercedes Benz 4matic.
- and more
5. John Okafor – MR IBU $4.2 Million
John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu is one of the richest Nollywood actors in Nigeria. He has an estimated net worth of $4.2 Million. He is on the list of the top 10 richest actors.
Talk about Nigerian comedy and Mr Ibu’s face comes to mind. John Ikechukwu Okafor is one of the top 10 richest actors in Nigeria that brings the laughter. We can almost label him our Nigerian version of Kevin Hart.
In the movie – Mr Ibu in London, the comic star displayed his humorous acting skills often characterized by stupidity, hilarious imbecility, and a sharp disconnection from reality.
Okafor’s popularity has made one of the most sought after Nollywood figures for brand influence. For instance, he was named a brand ambassador for MerryBet, one of the betting sites with bonuses in Nigeria.
He as worked with stars like Osita iheme, Chinedu Ikedieze, Ramsey Nouah, Segun Arinze, Jim Iyke, Desmond Elliot, Richard Mofe Damijo, Chidi Mokeme, and has appeared in different films.
In 2008, he won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Award. In 2009, he won the award for Best Comic Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Mr Ibu is said to be one of the highest paid comic characters in Nigeria by Wikipedia with a net worth of $4.2 million, who would argue that?
Mr Ibu Car Collection:
- Mercedes Benz GLE
- 2015 Mercedes Benz C class
- Lexus LX 570
- BMW X6
4. RAMSEY NOUAH – N1.8 Billion [$4.5 Million]
Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah makes it the fourth actor on the list of the richest actors in Nigeria with a net worth of $4.5 million.
In the Nigerian movie industry, Ramsey Noah is a force to reckon with. Asides from being an actor that has actively appeared in more than 100 films, the mixed-blood is a film director and one of his works includes ‘Living in bondage’, and ‘Breaking Free’.
He as worked with stars like Osita iheme, Chinedu Ikedieze, Ramsey Nouah, Segun Arinze, Jim Iyke, Desmond Elliot, Richard Mofe Damijo, Chidi Mokeme,and has appeared in different films.
One of the Nigerian actor quotes says ‘knowing our history is our only hope of learning and retracing our steps. It is hard to know where you need to go if you do not even know where you have been.
Ramsey Nouah is one of the best actors in Nigeria and Africa, and he won the Africa Movie Academy Award or Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2010 for his performance in the movie The Figurine.
His net worth places him as a well recognized celebrity and he is no doubt one of the highest paid in the industry.
Ramsey Nouah cars collection:
- 1959 Cadillac Coupe De Ville.
- Rolls-Royce Phantom.
- Aston Martin DBS superleggera.
- Tesla Model X.
- Range Rover Vogue 2012
- Hummer H2 Stretch Limo.
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3. JIM IYKE – N2.1 Billion [$5 million]
Talk about the richest actors in Nigeria and his name will pop up. In practically every movie, the Nigerian actor known as Jim Iyke is recognized as a nasty and attractive guy, but when has he been ugly?
Jim Iyke is father to three children, as disclosed by the actor in a 2021 interview with Chude Jideonwo. He was born on 25 September 1976, and studied at the university of Jos.
In the film – Bad Comments, you’ll agree that Jim Iyke displayed the highest level of professionalism, and the movie production has been acquired by Amazon.
Jim Iyke as worked with stars like Osita iheme, Chinedu Ikedieze, Ramsey Nouah, Segun Arinze, Omotola Jolade, Desmond Elliot, Richard Mofe Damijo, Chidi Mokeme, and has been in different films.
The unrepentant entrepreneur owns a film production firm, untamed productions, which was launched in 2007, and a record label, untamed records, which was founded in 2009.
In addition, James Ikechukwu Esomugha is the creator of the Jim Iyke Foundation, which helps children with special needs. His walls are also adorned with the various honors he has received in the entertainment industry over the years.
He is currently ranked third, on the list of the top 10 richest actors in Nigeria, with a net worth of $5 million.
Jim Iyke cars collection:
- Chevrolet Camaro.
- Mercedes G Wagon.
- Dodge Challenger.
- Range Rover Sports.
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2. RICHARD MOFE-DAMIJO – N2.9 Billion [$7 Million]
The second richest actor in Nigeria currently is Richard Mofe-Damijo. A writer, UNIBEN certified theatre artist, movie producer, UNILAG certified but not a practicing lawyer, and above all what made the public aware of his existence, and an actor by profession.
The award-winning actor won the lifetime achievement award at the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards in the year 2016. He is best known as RMD.
In the film Shanty Town, he worked along side Chidi Mokeme, Mercy Eke, Ini Edo, where he is the political boss of the movie. He has also worked with other talents like Desmond Elliot, Nkem Owh, Omotola Jalade, and many more.
Today, He was once the former commissioner for culture and tourism in Delta state, and he is celebrated as the second richest actor in Nigeria. The veteran actor is also the brand ambassador for LG electronics. It is estimated that is net worth is $7 million.
Richard Mofe-Damijo cars collection:
- 2014 Toyota High Lander.
- 2016 Range Rover sports.
- Toyota Land Cruiser.
- BMW 4 series coupe.
- Lexus LX 570.
- Mercedes – Benz GLE.
1. DESMOND ELLIOT – N4.1 Billion [$10 Million]
Desmond Elliot is currently the richest Nollywood actor in Nigeria as of 2023, with an estimated net worth of N4.1 billion. When asked, who is the richest actor in Nigeria, you have your answer.
Oluwashola Desmond Elliot has his name in the main cast of many soap operas and Nigerian films.
In the film which came out recently, – Desmond still has his tricks up his sleeves and he directed the movie professionally. In the Nigerian movie industry, his name has been written in stone.
He has also received a number of awards commending his acts in some of them.
Desmond is a politician and celebrity, and he is currently the richest actor in Nigeria today.
Desmond Elliot cars collection:
- Toyota HiAce 2019.
- Toyota 4runner.
- Toyota Camry 2010.
- Range Rover Evoque.
- Ford Explorer 2020.
- Nissan Versa.
- Vintage Mercedes Benz.
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Richest Actors in Nigeria (Summary)
Here’s a quick recap of the 10 richest actors in Nigeria:
- Desmond Elliot.
- Richard Mofe-Damijo.
- Jim Iyke.
- Ramsey Nouah.
- Mr Ibu.
- Pete Edochie.
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