Top 10 richest Actors in Nigeria 2021 and their net worth

Top 10 richest Actors in Nigeria 2021
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By Franklin Izuchukwu

In the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood is the 2nd biggest film industry globally in terms of film output. Nollywood is also the 3rd biggest fil industry by revenue generation since 2013.

The above is the reason we cannot ignore Nigerian actors. The net worth of many Nigerians has increased since the inception of Nollywood.

The article top 10 richest Nigerian actors in 2021 seek to disclose the richest actors in Nigeria and Nollywood. Clacified will also give a detailed account of their source of wealth.

The article Top 10 richest Nollywood actors in Nigeria 2021 will also give insight into the Net worth of the top 10 richest actors in Nigeria for 2021.

Top 10 richest Actors in Nigeria 2021

1. Desmond Elliot - Net worth of $6 million

Desmond Elliot is a Nigerian actor and politician. Desmond Elliot made Clacified's list of the top 10 richest actors in Nigeria in 2021.

Desmond Elliot ranks as the richest Nollywood actor in Nigeria in 2021. Desmond Elliot was born on 4th February 1974. Desmond Elliot is also married with four children.

The Nollywood turned politician presently serves as a Lagos state lawmaker, representing Surulere constituency 1.

Desmond Elliot has featured in over 200 Nollywood movies; he also won the best supporting actor in a drama at the 2nd Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

Desmond Elliot Source of Wealth

The legendary actor owns a film production company called Denziot productions, part of his known wealth source.

Desmond Elliot is also known as a director in the Nollywood industry.

Desmond Elliot is also a member of the Lagos state house of assembly, which he assumed since 2015. The above makes Desmond Elliot the richest Nollywood actor in Nigeria in 2021.

Desmond Elliot and Controversy

To be among the top 10 richest Nollywood actors in Nigeria comes with its own travails.

During the EndSars protest, Desmond Elliot was accused of supporting a social media regulation in Nigeria following a speech he made.

Desmond Elliot was heavily criticized for the speech he made on a viral video.

Desmond Elliot studied economics at Lagos State University and graduated in 2003.

2. Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD) - Net Worth of $5.8 Million

Richard Mofe Damijo is a legend in the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood). Richard Mofe Damijo is the 2nd richest Nollywood actor in Nigeria 2021.

Richard Mofe Damijo, born on 6th July 1961, hails from Delta state. The veteran actor also held the post of commissioner of tourism in Delta state.

Richard Mofe Damijo has featured in major mainstream Nollywood movie, the latest being Love is War.

RMD was one of the Lifetime Achievement Award recipients at the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2016.

Richard Mofe Damijo is married with four children, two from his later wife and the other two from his present marriage to Jumobi Adegbesan.

Richard Mofe Damijo's Carreer

RMD studied Theatre arts at the University of Benin before opting for a law degree at the University of Lagos (2004)

Richard Mofe Damijo has amassed considerable wealth from the Nigerian Movie industry. Richard Mofe Damijo was a Special Adviser of Culture and Tourism to Delta state Governor in 2008.

Richard Mofe Damijo also rose to Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, a post he held from 2009 to 2015.

Richard Mofe Damijo with his wife and four kids.

3. Jim Iyke - Net worth of $5 million

James Ikechukwu Esomugha, also known as Jim Iyke, is the 3rd richest Nollywood actor in Nigeria 2021.

Jim Iyke is a veteran actor that appeared in over 150 movies in Nollywood. Jim Iyke, who hails from Anambra, was born on 25th September 1971.

Jim Iyke studied at the University of Jos. Jim Iyke is said to be the only boy of eight children. Jim Iyke was featured as the main cast in Last flight to Abuja - a movie that gained national recognition.

Jim Iyke's source of Wealth

Jim Iyke made the list of the top 10 richest Nollywood actors in Nigeria in 2021 through a whopping net worth of $5 million.

Jim Iyke is one of the highest-paid Nollywood actors in Nigeria. Jim Iyke has increased his net worth over time by appearing in high-budget movies.

Jim Iyke also opened a movie production company, Untamed productions, in 2007; he also owns a record label Untamed records.

Jim Iyke shares a son, Harvis Chidubem Iyke his baby mama, Dana Kinduryte

4. Segun Arinze - Net worth of $4.8 million

Segun Arinze, the formidable actor, is the 4th richest actor in Nigeria 2021. Segun Arinze is also known as 'Black arrow'.

Segun Arinze was born in Anambra state to a Yoruba father and an Igbo mother. Segun Arinze started his acting career in Ilorin and has since been part of many movies produced in Nigeria.

Segun Arinze is married to Julia Arinze with kids, though his first marriage was to Anne Njamenze.

Segun Arinze with his wife, Julia Arinze and their children.

5. John Okafor aka Mr Ibu - Net worth of $4.5 million

John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, is a known comic character in Nollywood. Mr Ibu's success in the Nigerian movie industry has led him to list the top 10 richest actors in Nigeria in 2021.

Mr Ibu ranks as the 5th richest actor in Nigeria 2021. Mr Ibu has over 200 films to his credit.

John Ikechukwu Okafor hails from Enugu and was born on 17th Octeober 1961. Mr Ibu has a net worth of at least $4.5 million, though it has not been all rosy for the comic actor.

Mr Ibu did menial jobs to support himself and even had to drop out of school because of financial reasons. Mr Ibu is married with 3 kids. Since his career, Mr Ibu has received a good number of awards like

  • 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, 2014
  • Award of Excellence, Magic Lens Africa Film Academy in 2016.

Mr Ibu's Source of Wealth

As stated earlier, Mr Ibu is worth at least $4.5 million, which is made more evident by his choice of mobile cars and residence place.

Mr Ibu has acquired wealth from the Nigerian movie industry. Mr Ibu has also bagged endorsement deals from notable Nigerian companies like merryBet and GoTv.

Mr Ibu owns a BMW-X6 worth at least 28 million Naira.

6. Pete Edochie - Net worth of $4.2 million

Pete Edochie is a veteran Nigerian actor and ranks as the 6th richest actor in 2021. Peter Edochie is a native of Anambra state and was born on 7th March 1947.

Pete Edochie national debut was in the 1980s when he played the Okonknwo for the NTA's adaptation of 'Things Fall Apart'.

Pete Edochie is also the father of popular Nigerian actors Yul and Linc Edochie.

Pete Edochie received the Industry Merit Award by Africa Magic and the lifetime Achievement by Africa Film Academy.

Peter Edochie has appeared in over 100 movies in Nigeria, and he has also acquired at least $4.2 million as net worth, making him the 6th richest actor in Nigeria in 2021.

Peter Edochie is a veteran actor in Nigeria film Industry.

7. Mike Ezuruonye - Net Worth of $4 million

Mike Ezuruonye is a Nigerian actor and movie producer who hails from Abia state. Mike Ezuruonye is the 7th richest actor in Nigeria in 2021.

Mike Ezuruonye is married to Nkechi Nnorom, and they both share a child, Reynold Nkembuchim Ezuruonye.

Mike Ezuruonye, born on 21st September 1981, worked as a banker before venturing into Nollywood.

Mike Ezuruonye's Source of Wealth

Mike Ezuruonye is a filmmaker and an actor in Nollywood. Mike Ezuruonye has featured in many Nigerian Movies.

Mike Ezuruonye is also an ambassador for DPkay Real Estate Homes and Awards Limited. Mike Ezuruonye signed a multimillion deal with GLO, a deal that GLO renewed severally.

Mike Ezuruonye also signed another multimillion deal with Airtel in 2014.

Mike Ezuruonye has bagged Endorsement deals from Glo and Airtel.

8. Ramsey Nouah - Net worth of $3.8 million

Ramsey Nouah is known as one of the lover boys in Nollywood. Ramsey Nouah is popular for his roles in different Romantic movies.

Ramsey Nouah is the 8th richest actor in Nigeria for the top 10 richest actors in Nigeria for2021.

Ramsey Nouah was born on 19th December 1970 to an Israeli father and Yoruba Mother from Ondo State. Ramsey Nouah is also a film director in Nollywood.

Ramsey Nouah made his directorial debut in Living in Bondage: Breaking Free. Ramsey Nouah also directed the movie Rattle Snake: The Ahanna, a remake of the 1995 movie 'Rattlesnake'.

Ramsey Nouah's Source of Wealth

Ramsey Nouah has taken part in a good number of mainstream and high-grossing movies. Ramsey Nouah's directorial debut Living in Bondage: Breaking free, has grossed over 168 million naira in revenue since its premiere.

Rattle Snake: The Ahanna has also grossed about 70 million naira as at the publication time.

Nouah is married to Emelia Philips-Nouah; they share three children, Son, Quincy, and two daughters, Camil Nouah and Desiree Nouah.

9. Nkem Owoh aka Osuofia - Net worth of $3.5 million

Nkem Owoh, who hails From Amagu village, Udi in Enugu state, was born on 7th February 1958. Nkem Owoh, aka Osuofia, is the 9th richest actor in Nigeria for the year 2021.

Nkem Owoh made the list of the top 10 richest actors in Nigeria because his high net worth of about $3.5 million.

Nkem Owoh is known for his comedy roles in Nollywood movies. Nkem Owoh was a part movie adaptation of 'Things Fall Apart' with Pete Edochie.

Nkem Owoh also played a leading role in other major movies like Osuofia in London, where he earned his nickname.

Nkem Owoh won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the Nigerian movie 'Stronger than Pain.'

Nkem Owoh's Source of Wealth

The Nigerian movie industry has favoured Nkem Owoh; it has also been a lucrative income source for the actor.

Nkem Owoh was part of the famous G8; Actors' Guild of Nigeria banned some of the highest-paid actors in Nigeria for collecting huge fees due to their 'A list' celebrity status.

Nkem Owoh also received an endorsement deal from MTN; MTN later renewed the deal in 2015.

Nkem Owoh is married to Ngozi Nkem Owoh and they have two daughters.

10. Kenneth Okonkwo, aka Andy Net worth - $3 million

Kenneth Okonkwo, aka Andy, is a veteran Nigerian actor from Nsukka, Enugu state. Kenneth Okonkwo ranks as the 10th richest actor in Nigeria in 2021.

Kenneth Okonkwo is known for his role in the 1992 movie 'Living in Bondage', a movie that brought Kenneth Okonkwo to fame and introduced Nollywood to the world.

Living in Bondage is regarded as Nollywood's debut movie.

Keneth Okonkwo with his wife, Ifeoma Okonkwo.

Kenneth Okonkwo has featured in over 200 movies and has gained recognition and wealth with an estimated net worth of $3 million.

Kenneth Okonkwo won the African Movie Academy Award on a Special Recognition of Pillars of Nollywood in 2013.

Kenneth Okonkwo married Ifeoma Okonkwo in 2007; after his first marriage to Ogechi Ezekiel failed, the couple had their first child in 2016.

Kenneth Okonkwo is an Alumnus of the University of Nigeria Nsukka. He is also a lawyer and a politician.

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