Nigeria’s movie industry, Nollywood, is the largest in Africa and second-largest in the world based on its annual output. India’s Bollywood is the largest in the world.
Actors and actress in the industry are not doing bad for themselves. It is difficult to accurately determine the highest-paid Nollywood celebrities as there is no centralized source for their income and earnings.
However, based on various reports, endorsements, brand ambassadorship deals, and movie roles, here are some of the Nollywood celebrities who are believed to be among the highest-paid in the industry:
1. Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve Nnaji is one of the most successful and highly respected actresses in Nollywood. In 2018, her movie “Lionheart” was acquired by Netflix, making her the first Nigerian filmmaker to have a movie on the streaming platform. She also has endorsement deals with major brands and is believed to earn over N100 million per movie role.
2. Rita Dominic
Rita Dominic has been in the industry for over two decades and has won several awards for her acting skills. She has appeared in numerous movies and has endorsement deals with brands such as Keystone Bank, Glo, and Zaron Cosmetics. She is believed to earn between N3-5 million per movie role.
3. Mercy Johnson-Okojie
Mercy Johnson-Okojie is a highly sought-after actress in Nollywood, known for her exceptional acting skills.
She has appeared in over 100 movies and has endorsement deals with brands such as Pennek Nigeria Limited and Mr. Chef Salt. She is believed to earn between N2-4 million per movie role.
4. Funke Akindele-Bello
Funke Akindele-Bello is a talented actress, writer, and producer, and is the creator of the popular TV series, “Jenifa’s Diary.” She has endorsement deals with brands such as Keystone Bank, and is believed to earn between N2-3 million per movie role.
5. Ramsey Nouah
Ramsey Nouah is one of Nollywood’s most successful male actors, known for his charming looks and acting skills. He has appeared in several movies and has endorsement deals with brands such as Globacom and Peugeot Nigeria. He is believed to earn between N1.5-2 million per movie role.
Note that these figures are estimates based on various reports and are subject to change over time.