The Nigerian movie industry, popularly known as Nollywood has seen a lot of growth over the years; there have been much more investments coming in the last decade than ever, and the quality of Nigerian films are improving year after year. And of course, what this translates to is that global audience for Nigerian films are increasing on a daily basis and stakeholders are now reaping rewards for their investments. Movies are going straight to television now due to the presence of streaming platforms, while mega players like Africa Magic are buying films directly from producers for their viewer’s consumption. In return, pirates are gradually being ostracised from the whole process, while talented and hard-working actors and actresses now earn modest incomes from their occupation.
Ladies and gentlemen, as we normally do here, we bring for you a well detailed and current ranking of the richest actresses in Nollywood for the year 2018. It is surely one which you have to sit back and have a nice read.
10. Monalisa Chinda – $1.1 million
Monalisa Chinda is a Nigerian actress, producer and media personality. She was born on September 13, 1974, in Port Harcourt. Her popularity in the movie industry rose when she started appearing in the 2007 television soap opera Heaven’s Gate. Monalisa Chinda has acted in over 80 movies till date, debuting as an executive producer on the Desmond Elliot directed Kiss and Tell. Monalisa Chinda is one of Nollywood’s finest, and most marketable actresses. She was among the first Nollywood personalities to feature on the cover of Hollywood Weekly Magazine.
Her best movies: Some of her best movies include; Weekend Getaway, Okon Lagos, Kiss and Tell, Lagos Cougars, Torn.
Monalisa Chinda is one of Nollywood’s best paid and richest actresses. She charges an average of N2 million per movie. Earlier in her career, she had a lot of endorsements from companies like Glo and Vita500 and is still the face of Sasi beauty complexion soap. She is estimated to be worth $1.1 million.
9. Clarion Chukwura – $1.2 million
Clarion Chukwura was born in Onitsha, Anambra State on the 24th of July 1964. She is a veteran Nigerian actress and humanitarian. She became a popular actress in the 1982 soap opera mirror in the sun. Chief Clarion Chukwura – the Ada Eji Eje Mba I of Onitsha is the mother of top music video director Clarence Peters, who she bore for legendary musician Sir Shina Peters. She has acted in over 200 Nollywood movies till date and she is one of Nollywood’s richest female actress with an estimated worth of $1.2 million
8. Patience Ozokwor – $1.8 million
Patience Ozokwor is definitely one of Nollywood’s legendary and most popular figure. She was born on September 14, 1958 in Ngwo, Enugu State. She started her acting career in the NTA (Nigerian Television Authority) soap opera Someone cares. Mama G is easily the female actress with the most Nollywood appearance, starring in over 500 movies till date. Patience Ozokwor is also one of the most misunderstood personalities in the movie industry, and this is because of the ‘wicked mother or wife’ role she mostly portrays in movies. There were even embarrassing cases where she was verbally abused and attacked in public places. All that has changed now that she had a much publicized “lifestyle change” with her off-screen personality as a born again evangelist – you wouldn’t help but suspect it was borne out of sheer frustration, dealing with the negative vibes.
Her best movies: Some of her best films include; After the proposal, Submission, Arrangee Mama, Ukwa, Mama G, 2 Rats, Blood Sister, Alice – My first lady.
Patience Ozokwor has amassed a lot of wealth throughout her acting career and she is also one of the most sought after brands in the movie industry, endorsing several top brands. The veteran actress is also an entrepreneur and property investor. Patience Ozokwor is estimated to be worth $1.8 million.
7. Ini Edo – $2.5 million
This enigmatic actress was born on April 23, 1972, in Akwa Ibom. She began her acting career in 2003 when she played a role in Thick Madam, although her breakthrough didn’t come until she starred in the award-winning film World Apart alongside stars like Liz Benson and Kenneth Okonkwo in 2004. Iniobong Edo has appeared in over 200 Nollywood movies and is one of the most popular actresses in Nigeria and of course, the entire African continent. Ini Edo is currently the special assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Culture and Tourism. She was appointed by Governor Udom Emmanuel in 2016.
Her best movies: Some of her best films include; World Apart, Weekend Getaway, In a cupboard, Nkasi the village fighter, Reloaded, Married to the enemy, Girls Cot.
Ini Edo is also a very wealthy lady. Apart from her successful acting career and other businesses she’s got, Ini also has multi-million naira endorsements with brands like SlimTea and Noble hair, she was also a Globacom ambassador from 2006 to 2016. Ini Edo is estimated to be worth $2.5 million.
6. Rita Dominic – $2.8 million
Rita Dominic was born on July 12, 1975, in Mbaise, Imo State to a wealthy family. Rita Dominic has been acting ever since she was a child, featuring in children television shows and school plays. In 1998, she acted in her first Nollywood film A time to kill and starred in over 200 Nollywood movies till this day. She won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a lead role for the movie Shattered. Rita Dominic is the true definition of a screen goddess and her good looks are matched with outstanding acting talent.
Her best movies: Some of her best movies include; The meeting, Finding mercy, Shattered, White Waters, Unforgettable, 76.
Rita Dominic is a very energetic actress, producer and investor. She is one of Nollywood’s biggest brand and she currently endorses mobile telecommunication giants like Globacom and Nokia. Rita Dominic is one of Nigeria’s richest female celebrity and she is estimated to be worth $2.8 million.
5. Kate Henshaw – $3 million
Kate Henshaw was born in Calabar on 19 July 1971. She made her first appearance in a Nollywood film in 1993 when she auditioned and was given a role in the movie; when the sunsets. She has acted in over 50 Nollywood movies and in 2008, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role for film Stronger than pain. Kate Henshaw is one of Nigeria’s richest female actress with a diversified source of income. She once had endorsements with the likes of Globacom Nigeria and she is currently the face of Konga. She is also a judge on Nigeria’s got talent.
Her best movies: Some of her most interesting movies include; Stronger than pain, A million tears, Aremu the principal, The games men play, Consequences.
She is currently the star of the Africa Magic Tv series “Do Good” in which she acts as the love interest of Basorge. Kate Henshaw is estimated to be worth $3 million.
4. Mercy Johnson Okojie – $3.2 million
Mercy Johnson is a talented, award-winning Nollywood actress. This delectable star actress was born on 28 August 1984 in Lagos State to her parents who were originally from Kogi State. Mercy Johnson began her acting career in 2004 and till date, she has starred in 100s of Nollywood movies. She is married to Prince Odianosen Okojie, a politician and businessman of Edo State origin. Mercy Johnson is not just an actress, she is also a successful producer and a real-estate investor. She owns several properties in Lagos State. Mercy Johnson charges an average of N2 million per movie and has been described as Nigeria’s most flexible actress because of her ability to star in whatever role she is given.
Her 10 Best movies: Some of her best movies include; Heart of a fighter, Native fowl, Thy will be done, Brave mind, Dumebi the dirty girl, Weeping soul, The maid, White hunters, Baby Oku in America, Married to an enemy.
Mercy Johnson is a big brand in the Nigeria film industry and she currently has a cooking endorsement with Mr Chef Iodized salt. She is estimated to be worth $3.2 million.
3. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde – $3.6 million
Born on February 7, 1978, in Lagos State, Omotola Jalade is a Nigerian actress and former model. She made her acting debut in the year 1995 and has gone on to feature in over 300 movies, selling millions of copies. She is one of the biggest and most popular Nollywood personalities and was the first African actress to cross the 1 million follower mark on Facebook. ‘Omosexy’ as she is popularly called, is well-loved in this part of the world and had a grand 40th birthday celebration in Lagos recently, with dignitaries from all works of life across the country.
Her best movies: Some of her most interesting movies include; Ije, Blood Sisters, Ties that bind, A private storm, Last flight to Abuja.
Omotala Jalade is a screen goddess, and her beauty and charisma is the reason why she is so sought after and followed by millions of fans. Omosexy endorses brands like “knorr” and Scanfrost to the tune of millions of naira. She is estimated to be worth $3.6 million.
2. Funke Akindele – $4 million
Born on August 24, 1997, in Ikorodu, Lagos State. Funke Akindele is a Nigerian actress of Yoruba descent. She began her acting career after playing the lead role in the UNPFA (United Nations Population Fund) sponsored sitcom “I Need to Know.” Jenifa, as she is popularly called due to her role in the TV-series of the same name – which has since become a nationwide hit, has become a diva in the Nigerian movie industry because of her funny and very interesting personality. She is really a huge brand and role model and is even reported to charge an average of N2 million for every movie she graces.
Her best movies: Some of her best movies include; Jenifa, Coming to Lagos, Jenifer goes to school, Iyawo Ajoji, my troublesome wife.
Funke Akindele is the most endorsed actress in the country, and she currently endorses brands like Keystone Bank, detergent giants OMO, and Globacom Nigeria. Funke Akindele is estimated to be worth $4 million, making her the second richest Nollywood actress in Nigeria
1. Genevieve Nnaji – $4.7 million
Genevieve Nnaji was born on May 3, 1979, in Mbaise, Imo State. Genevieve is widely regarded as the Queen of Nollywood and the most popular Nigerian actress internationally. The actress, entrepreneur and model has starred in hundreds of Nollywood movies and is said to charge an average of $30,000 (N10 million) for any movie she stars in today. Genevieve Nnaji is a hugely influential figure and one of the biggest acting brand in the country. Ms Genevieve currently endorses brands like Range Rover Evoque, Etisalat and OMO detergent. In September 2018, her upcoming film Lionheart was bought by American streaming company Netflix. She is estimated to be worth $4.7 million dollars, which makes her the richest female actress in the country.
Her 10 best movies: Some of her best movies include; Ije, Power of Love, Prophesy, Half of a yellow sun, Blood Sister, Road to yesterday, The mirror boy.
Genevieve Nnaji was decorated with the national honour of OFR (officer of the order of the Federal Republic) by the Goodluck Jonathan administration for her contribution to Nigeria’s film industry Nollywood.
Most notable mentions
Born on April 22, 1978, in Benin City, Edo State. Omoni Oboli is a Nigerian actress, scriptwriter, film director and producer. Omoni Oboli began her acting career playing the role of secretary in the 1996 blockbuster Bitter Encounter. Omoni Oboli took a long break to continue her acting career and did not return until 10 years later. She has written several screenplays such as; Being Mrs Elliot and Wives on strike. Omoni Oboli is estimated to be worth $1 million.
Born on December 28, 1979, in Abiriba, Abia State, Uche Jumbo is a Nigerian actress, screenwriter and film producer. She started her acting career in the 1999 movie Visa to hell and has acted in over 200 Nollywood movies till this day. Uche Jumbo has signed endorsement deals with several brands like Glo and most recently, Vomozmedia. She is estimated to be worth $900,000.
Born in Onitsha, Anambra State on September 8 1985, Chika Ike began acting after graduating from secondary school at age 16. Her film career kicked off in 2005 when she featured in sweet love.
Chika Ike surely loves to travel and holiday abroad. She is always fond of travelling and shopping in places like Dubai and London. Chika Ike is one of Nigeria’s richest female actress and is estimated to be worth $900, 000.