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. 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.

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 development of her country, Nigeria, and the West Africa sub region, and for leadership as a woman of high moral standards and a role model to many. A writer, popular televangelist, highly sought conference speaker, youth mentor and marriage counsellor, she was one of several individuals chosen by Samsung to represent Nigeria in carrying the Olympic Torch in Athens, Greece at the 2004 Olympic Games. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. 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 N.G.O called the Innercity Missions for Children as well as three Christian television channels: LoveWorld TV, LoveWorld SAT and LoveWorld Plus. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome's television programs feature his faith healings, miracles and large meetings which his ministry organises around the world, with gatherings of over 2.5 million people in a single night's event. He has been the target of the Nigerian ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 55

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 of 2014. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 42

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Characters: Eddie Barton

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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 awards for her work in pharmacology, public health and human rights. Akunyili ran for election as Senator for Anambra Central for the APGA in April 2011 but was defeated by Chris Ngige of the ACN. She immediately sent a petition to the Independent National Electoral Commission disputing the result. She died in an India hospital on 7 June 2014 after a battle with Cancer. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 60 (1954-2014)

Birthplace: Makurdi, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

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