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List of film actors and actresses from Nigeria, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Nigeria has produced some very talented actors and actresses in the last century, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. We also have famous South African actors and famous actors from Zimbabwe. These Nigerian actors specialize in film, television or even theater, so they're not all necessarily movie stars. These are some of the best Nigerian actors the country has ever seen, so if you're a native of Nigeria and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

Genevieve Nnaji and Ramsey Nouah are included on this list. Featuring the top male and female Nigerian actors, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Nigerian actors?" and "Which movies stars are from Nigeria?"

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of Nigeria in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Nigerian film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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Bimbo Odukoya is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Actors from Nigeria
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Abimbola Rosemary "Bimbo" Odukoya was a Nigerian pastor and televangelist who was married to the founder of the Fountain of Life Church, Taiwo Odukoya. Odukoya, often called "Pastor Bims," was a receiver of over 60 national and international awards for her contributions to nation building, the ...more

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Age: Died at 45 (1960-2005)

Nationality: Nigeria

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Chris Oyakhilome is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Actors from Nigeria
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Chris Oyakhilome is a Nigerian minister who is the founding president of Believers' LoveWorld Incorporated also known as "Christ Embassy", a Bible-based Christian ministry headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. His ministry runs several arms including the Healing School, Rhapsody of Realities, and an ...more

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Age: 52

Birthplace: Edo State, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

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David Oyelowo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Actors from Nigeria
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David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo is an English actor. He has played supporting roles in the films Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Middle of Nowhere, Lincoln, and garnered praise for portraying Louis Gaines in The Butler. On television, he played MI5 officer Danny Hunter in the British series Spooks, and as ...more

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Age: 39

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Characters: Eddie Barton

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#31 on The Best Actors of 2014

#258 on The Greatest British Actors of All Time

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#2 on 2015 Best Actor Oscar Predictions

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Dora Akunyili is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Actors from Nigeria
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Dora Nkem Akunyili was the Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control of Nigeria and Nigerian Minister of Information and Communications from 2008 to 2010. She was a pharmacist and governmental administrator who gained international recognition and won several ...more

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Age: Died at 60 (1954-2014)

Birthplace: Makurdi, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

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Emeka Okafor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Actors from Nigeria
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Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi "Emeka" Okafor is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. Prior to the National Basketball Association, Okafor attended Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas and the University of Connecticut. ...more

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Age: 33

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Nationality: Nigeria, United States of America

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#34 on The Best Washington Wizards of All Time

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Genevieve Nnaji is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Actors from Nigeria
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Genevieve Nnaji is a Nigerian actress and singer. She won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005. In 2011, she was honoured as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contribution to Nollywood. ...more

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Age: 36

Birthplace: Mbaise

Nationality: Nigeria

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Actors from Nigeria
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Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the center position in the National Basketball Association for the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors. He led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA ...more

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Age: 52

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria, United States of America

Characters: Luther Hakim

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#9 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#764 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#14 on The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

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Hugo Weaving is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Actors from Nigeria
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Hugo Wallace Weaving is an Australian-British film and stage actor. He is best known for his roles as Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy and Elrond in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogy. Weaving's first major role was in the 1984 Australian television series Bodyline, as the English ...more

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Age: 55

Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria, Australia, England

Characters: Kenneth Pearson

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#349 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#223 on The Best Actors in Film History

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