Do you like Yoruba movies? And do you know who’s the highest paid actor of Nollywood? And who was called the Julia Roberts of Africa by Oprah Winfrey? Read the article to find out!
Yoruba movies are the inherent representors of Nigerian cinematography which is also known as Nollywood. Here is the list of TOP 10 Yoruba actors who have managed to become the most successful and the most popular in Nigeria.
1. Odunlade Adekola
Odunlade Adekolda is a Nigerian actor, scriptwriter, director and producer.
He started his career at a very early age, playing roles at anniversaries and celebrations in the local church. Back then he used to write scripts for a comedies involving only two characters (him and his friend Tunde).
In 1996, he started his professional acting career, the same year he became a member of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts practitioners. Odunlade won the City People Entertainment Awards as the best actor of the year for 4 times.
Currently Odunlade’s net worth is $ 1.9 million.
2. Okechukwu Ukeje also known as O.C. Ukeje
O.C. Ukeje is a Nigerian actor, model and musician.
He became famous after winning the Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality show. Okechukwu started his career in acting from his first year at the University of Lagos, Yaba, with a lead role in a stage play.
His first screen appearance was in White Waters in 2008, the same year he won African Movies Awards Academy (AMAA) as the Best Upcoming Actor.Current Ukeje’s net worth is $ 3.7 million.
3. John Okafor also called “Mr. Ibu”
John Okafor is one of the most talented Nigerian comedy actors.
His humorous acting is often characterised by silliness, hilarious idiocy and a sharp absurdity. He has starred in more than 70 Yoruba movies and the most famous is Mr. Ibu (2004).
Okafor remains a role model to a many Nigerian actors.
His current net worth is $ 3.9 million.
4. Richard Mofe Damijo
Richard Mofe Damijo is a Nigerian actor and politician.
He refers to the veterans of Nollywood. After graduating from the university, Mofe-Damijo was an actor in television series in the late 80's called Ripples.
In 2005 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Currently Mode Damijo’s net worth is $ 15 million and he’s the richest Yoruba actor.
5. Desmond Elliot
Desmond Elliot is a Nigerian actor, director and politician.
He has appeared in more than 200 movies and a number of television shows. Elliot was convinced to become an actor by his friend. He started playing roles in soap operas Everyday People and One Too Much.
In 2008 he co-produced and co-directed the "Reloaded" which received 3 nominations at the African Movie Academy Awards.
Desmond Elliot’s current net worth is $ 10 million.
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6. Funke Akindele
Funke Akindele is a Nigerian actress, writer and producer.
She came to limelight after featuring in a popular sitcom “I Need to Know” which ran from 1998 to 2002.
Big Success came to Funke in 2009 after starring in the movie called “Jenifa”. The same year she won African Movie Academy Award as the Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Current Akindele’s net worth is $ 2.60 million
7. Mercy Johnson
Mercy Johnson has appeared in more than 80 Yoruba movies.
Right after the graduation she starred in the movie called “The Maid”. Her outstanding performance there has brought her into getting roles in more movies such as “Hustlers”, “War in the Palace” and many more.
By December 2013, Mercy was in the list of Google's Most Searched Nollywood Celebritys.
Her net worth is currently $ 3 million.
8. Segun Arinze
Segun Arinze is a Nigerian actor, scriptwriter, singer and producer.
He started his career from playing in famous television soap opera called “Ripples”. Arinze is often called Black Arrow because of the role he played in one of his movies.
Segun is one of the top Nollywood actors and his current net worth is $ 5.1 millon.
9. Rita Dominic
Rita Dominic is a member of the Royal Waturuocha family of Aboh Mbaise local government area in Imo State.
Dominic started acting at a very early age, playing on her school stage and taking part television shows for children in Imo State.
1998 was the year when she starred in her first Yoruba movie “A Time to Kill” and it was a big success. In 2004 she won the City People Awards as The Most Outstanding Actress. Currently Rita Dominic has appeared in more than 100 Nollywood movies.
She is the highest paid Nollywood actress, her net worth is $ 4.8 million.
10. Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve Nnaji is a Nigerian actress and singer.
Nnaji started her acting career at the age of 8, starring in the popular television soap opera “Ripples”. At the age of 19 in 1998 she became a part of Nollywood with the film called “Most Wanted”.
In 2005 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. In 2009 Oprah Winfrey called her the Julia Roberts of Africa.
Nnaji’s current net worth is $ 4.2 million, she’s one of the highest paid Nollywood actresses.