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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.

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  • Bimbo Odukoya
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    Abimbola Rosemary "Bimbo" Odukoya (née Abimbola Rosemary Segun-Williams) (September 12, 1960 – December 11, 2005) 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...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 45 (1960-2005)
    • Nationality: Nigeria
  • Chris Oyakhilome
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    Chris Oyakhilome (also known as "Pastor Chris") (born December 7, 1963) is the founder and president of LoveWorld Incorporated, also known as Christ Embassy, based in Lagos, Nigeria....  more
    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Edo State, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria
  • David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo ( oh-YEL-ə-woh; born 1 April 1976) is a Nigerian English American actor and producer. His highest-profile role to date was as Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2014 biographical drama film Selma. He also took the lead role in A United Kingdom (2016) as well as playing the role of a chess coach in Queen of Katwe (2016). He has played supporting roles in the films Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Lincoln (2012), Jack Reacher (2012), and garnered praise for portraying Louis Gaines in The Butler (2013). On television, he played MI5 officer Danny Hunter on the British drama series Spooks (2002–2004)....  more
    • Age: 39
    • Birthplace: England, Oxford
    • Nationality: England
    • Characters: Eddie Barton

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  • Dora Nkem Akunyili (July 1954 - 2014) was the Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) of Nigeria from 2001 to 2008....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1954-2014)
    • Birthplace: Makurdi, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria