Famous Actors from Nigeria

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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. 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 Bolaji Badejo are included on this list.

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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    Alkiviades "Alki" David is a Greek billionaire heir, a member of the Leventis family, whose holdings include manufacturing, bottling plants, property and shipping. In 2008 he was the majority shareholder of Leventis-David Group, which owns Coca-Cola Hellenic bottling plants in 28 countries. His ...more

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    • Age: 47
    • Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria, Greece, Cyprus
    • Characters: Spiros Kakogiannis, Bambas
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    Andrew Dan-Jumbo co-starred as a carpenter on the TV home makeover show While You Were Out, and is the current host of Take Home Handyman on TLC. Dan-Jumbo was voted one of People Magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People." He also occasionally appeared as a carpenter on Trading Spaces, where designer Hildi ...more

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    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria, United Kingdom
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    Bimbo Odukoya is listed (or ranked) 3 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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    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria
    • Characters: Xenomorph
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    Chris Oyakhilome is listed (or ranked) 5 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 N.G.O ...more

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    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Edo State, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria
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    David Oyelowo is listed (or ranked) 6 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 of ...more

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    • Age: 39
    • Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Characters: Eddie Barton
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    Dora Akunyili is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 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, USA
    • Nationality: United States of America, Nigeria
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