Actors and actresses in Nigeria can be broadly classified into three categories: A-list, B-list and C-list.
The A-list actors/actresses are well-known and their faces alone will make their fans want to watch a movie.
On the other hand, the B-list are average actors. Some are great in their performances; except that they do not have much fans compared with the A-list.
The C-list actors are new entrants to the industry. They either feature in low-class movies or act in minor roles in popular ones.
New actors and actresses in Nigeria can earn as little as N15,000 per script. The B-list list actors can earn between N50,000 and N200,000, while the A-list actors and actresses can charge as much as N10 million per script.
Below is a list of A-list actors and actresses in Nigeria and how much they charge per script in no particular order;
Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD)
Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD) is considered one of Nollywood’s most handsome and aged actors (Nigeria’s movie industry).
He charges about N2 million per role.
Some of his notable movies include:
- Out of Bounds
- Diamond Ring
- Scores to Settle
- Keeping Faith: Is That Love
- When God Says Yes
- Romantic Attraction
- Emotional Pain
- The Intruder
- I Will Die For You
- The Legend
- I Want Your Wife
- The Mayors
- True Romance
- Burning Desire
- Critical Assignment
- Indecent Act
- Engagement Night
- Critical Decision
- Behind Closed Doors
- The Bridesmaid
- Darkest Night
- Welcome to Nollywood
- 30 Days in Atlanta
- Okafor’s Law
- The Grudge
- The Wedding Party
- Three Wise Men
- 10 days in Sun City
- The Wedding Party
- Castle & Castle
Genevieve Nnaji is a famous actress, producer and director.
She has won many awards over the years and remains one of the beauties in the industry.
She charges between N3 million and N10 million per script.
Some of her evergreen movies include “Last Party,” “Mark of the Beast,” “Blood Sisters” and “Ijele”.
Since her Nollywood film debut in 1995, Ekeinde has appeared in over 300 films, selling millions of copies.
Omotola is the second Nigerian and first Nigerian celebrity to receive over 1 million likes on her Facebook page.
She charges between N3m and N5 million per script.
Her movies include Blood Sisters, Venom of Justice, Royal Family and Alter Ego.
Stephanie Okereke Linus
Stephanie Okereke Linus was the runner-up for the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria beauty pageant of 2002.
The actress has received several awards and nominations for her work as an actress, including the 2003 Reel Award for Best Actress, the 2006 Afro Hollywood Award for Best Actress, and three nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2005, 2009 and 2010.
She charges between N2.5 million and N3.5 million per movie script.
Ramsey Nouah is an actor and director. He won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2010 for his performance in the movie The Figurine.
He charges about N1.2 million per movie script.
Olufunke Ayotunde Akindele, popularly known as Funke Akindele or Jenifer is a Nigerian actress and producer.
Funke Akindele starred in the sitcom I Need to Know from 1998 to 2002, and in 2009 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
She charges between N740,000 and N1.5 million per movie script. As of 2022, she is reportedly worth $7.6 million.
Zubby is a famous actor, born Azubuike Michael Egwu, and known for his role in Three Windows, Royal Storm and Professional Lady.
In an interview with The Broadway TV, Michael revealed that he is currently the most prominent actor in Africa.
“No cap! I am the biggest actor in Africa. To God be the glory. I don’t think anyone is bigger than me for now,” the actor revealed.
“For now, I am the richest actor. The last time I checked my book, I realized I had recently made nothing less than N102 million from the actor’s fee. Not in all my career, just recent. I have a book where I write all the films that I have been in and how much they pay me.”
He charges at least N500,000 per movie script.
Chioma Akpotha (Chukwuka) is an actress, director and movie producer. In 2007, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for “Best Actress in a leading role” for her performance in the movie “Sins of the flesh”, and the Afro Hollywood award for best actress in a lead role in 2010.
She charges between N1 million and N1.5 million per movie script.
Chika ‘Nancy’ Ike is an actress, television personality, producer, businesswoman, philanthropist and ex-model.
She got her first major role that same year in a movie titled Bless the Child and has since played major roles in over a hundred films, such as Paradise, Mirror of Beauty, To Love a Stranger, Girls Got Reloaded, Happy Ending, Yes We Will, Anointed Queen and The Prince and the Princess.
The actress charges between N1 million and N1.5 million per movie script.
Iniobong Edo Ekim (Ini Edo) is a famous actress in the Nollywood movie industry. Apart from being an actress, she is also a model.
She charges between N800,000 and N1.5 million per movie script.
Patience Ozokwor, is a veteran musician, fashion designer, gospel singer, and actress. She won the Best Supporting Actress 2012 & 2013 award at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards. She is known for taking the role of a wicked woman in some of her movies.
She charges between N850,000 and N1.5 million per movie.
Kate Henshaw, also known as Kate Henshaw-Nuttall in 2008 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the movie Stronger than Pain.
She is popular for maintaining her physique and remaining young despite her age
In an interview where she was asked to state her charges per movie, she declined but noted she does not have a definite fee she charges for roles.
The actress is reportedly worth about $2.5 million as at 2022.
Tonto Charity Dikeh is a controversial actress, singer, and songwriter. In June 2022, Tonto was announced as the deputy governorship candidate under the African Democratic Congress in the 2023 Rivers State gubernatorial election.
Her movies include:
- Tea or Coffee (2006)
- Pounds and Dollars (2006)
- Missing Rib (2007)
- Final Hour (2007)
- Divine Grace (2007)
- 7 Graves (2007)
- Crisis in Paradise (2007)
- Insecurity (2007)
- Away Match (2007)
- Games Fools Play (2007)
- The Plain Truth (2008)
- Love my Way (2008)
- Criminal Widow 2 (2013)
- Then Terror of a Widow 1 (2013)
- Then Terror of a Widow 2 (2013)
- Battle of the Queens (2014)
- Throne of War (2014)
She charges about N500,000 and N1 million per movie script.
James Ikechukwu Esomugha, popularly known as Jim Iyke, is an actor and one of the stars of the movie Last Flight to Abuja alongside Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.
He charges about N1.5 million per movie script.