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Famous Actors from Nigeria

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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria, Greece, Cyprus
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria, United Kingdom, England
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 45 (1960-2005)
    • Nationality: Nigeria
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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Nigeria
    • Nationality: 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Edo State, Nigeria
    • Nationality: 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Oxford, England
    • Nationality: England
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 60 (1954-2014)
    • Birthplace: Makurdi, Nigeria
    • Nationality: 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
    • Nationality: United States of America, 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Mbaise
    • Nationality: 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria, United States of America
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    Oloye Hubert Adedeji Ogunde was a Nigerian actor, playwright, theatre manager, and musician who founded the Ogunde Concert Party in, the first professional theatrical company in Nigeria. He has been described as "the father of Nigerian theatre, or the father of contemporary Yoruba theatre". Ogunde ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 74 (1916-1990)
    • Birthplace: Nigeria
    • Nationality: 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria, United Kingdom, Australia
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    Nkem Owoh is a Nigerian actor and comedian. In 2008 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Enugu, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria
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    Oby Kechere is a Nigerian actress and film director. She comes from Mbaise in Imo State, Nigeria. She has appeared in numerous Nollywood films to date, including "American Husband", "Beyond Death", "DR Thomas", "Ekete", "GSM Wahala", "He Goat", "My Time", "Ononikpo Aku", "Onye Obioma", "Safe-Journey", ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: Nigeria
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    Oris Erhuero is a British actor, producer, writer, and former fashion model. After modeling for several years, he transitioned into television and film, with roles in The Adventures of Sinbad, The Bill, Highlander: Endgame, Black Mask 2, Sometimes in April, and Chicago Pulaski Jones. Erhuero has ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Finsbury Park, London, England
    • Nationality: Nigeria, England
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    Ramsey Nouah is a Nigerian actor. He won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2010. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Edo State, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria
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    Helen Folasade Adu, OBE, known as Sade, is a British Nigerian singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer. Following a brief stint of studying fashion design and modelling Adu began back up singing for a band named Pride, during this time she attracted attention from record labels and along with ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria, England
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    Zachee Ama Orji, born in Libreville, Gabon, in the 1960s, is a Nigerian actor, director, producer and filmmaker. Orji is a graduate of University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Having grown up in Cameroon, Benin and Togo he speaks both English and French fluently. His first movie was in 1991, and was entitled ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Libreville, Gabon
    • Nationality: Nigeria
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