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List of famous film actors and actresses from Nigeria, listed by their popularity with photos when available. Nigeria has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Nigerian screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Nigeria and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

Film actors on this list include Nikki Amuka-Bird and Chinedu Ikedieze.

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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Hugo Weaving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 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 ...more

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Ramsey Nouah is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Silent Night, Above Death: In God We Trust, Confusion Na Wa Ramsey Nouah is a Nigerian actor. He won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2010.

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Michael Olowokandi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
National Lampoon's Van Wilder Michael Olowokandi is a retired professional basketball player. Born in Nigeria, he attended college on a basketball scholarship in the United States, and was the number one pick in the 1998 NBA ...more

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Adesuwa Addy Iyare is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
College Road Trip, Freakonomics, The Rebound Adesuwa Addy Iyare is an actress and nurse.

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Jim Iyke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Jim Iyke Last Flight to Abuja, Stronghold, Games Men Play James Ikechukwu Esomugha, popularly known as Jim Iyke, is a Nigerian actor in Nigeria's movie industry and one of the stars of the movie Last Flight to Abuja alongside Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and ...more

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Hakeem Kae-Kazim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hotel Rwanda Hakeem Kae-Kazim is a Nigerian actor best known for his portrayal of Georges Rutaganda in the 2004 drama film Hotel Rwanda. He also starred as Colonel Iké Dubaku in season 7 of the Fox ...more

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Heaven Is a Playground, NBA: Furious Finishes, 1983 NCAA Championship: NC State vs. Houston 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 ...more

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Maynard Eziashi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Bopha!, Color Me Kubrick Maynard Eziashi is a British/Nigerian actor. In 1991, he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival for his starring role in Mister Johnson.

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Nikki Amuka-Bird is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Coriolanus, The Omen, The Line of Beauty Nikki Amuka-Bird is a Nigerian-born English actress of the stage, television and film.

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Alki David is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
The Bank Job, Flight of Fury, Opa! 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 ...more

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Femi Kuti is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Femi Kuti: Live at the Shrine Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti, popularly known as Femi Kuti, is a Nigerian musician and the eldest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.

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Oris Erhuero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Sometimes in April, Black Mask 2: City of Masks, Dance Fu 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, ...more

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Fela Kuti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon, Fela Kuti: Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense, Fela in Concert Fela Kuti, also known as Fela Anikulapo Kuti or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political ...more

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Gouchy Boy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Get Rich or Die Tryin', Max Payne, Cosmopolis Gouchy Boy is an actor.

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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Absolute Beginners 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 ...more

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Akin Omotoso is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Blood Diamond, Lord of War Akin Omotoso is an actor, film producer and film director.

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Abdul Ayoola is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Immortals, Cosmopolis, The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice Abdul Ayoola is an actor and stunt performer.

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Osas Ighodaro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Cadillac Records, Notorious, Restless City Osas Ighodaro is an actress, model and dancer.

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Ngoli Onyeka Okafor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Phat Girlz, The Rebound, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life Ngoli “Ngo” Onyeka Okafor is a Nigerian American male model, actor and Two-time Golden Gloves boxer and actor. He is of Igbo decent, with both of his parents being Igbo. Ngo has been called one ...more

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Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Last Flight to Abuja, Nollywood Babylon, Ties That Bind Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is a Nigerian actress, singer, philanthropist and former model of an Ondo descent from Lagos, Nigeria. Since her Nollywood film debut in 1995, the leading actress has ...more

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Olu Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend, Pirates, The Dogs of War Oludotun Jacobs, popularly known as Olu Jacobs, is a Nigerian actor. He has starred in several British television series and international films. In 2007 he won the African Movie Academy Award ...more

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Babatunde Olatunji is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Babatunde Olatunji: Drums of Passion: Live '85, Babatunde Olatunji: African Drumming Babatunde Olatunji was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist and recording artist.

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Kate Henshaw is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Kate Henshaw Above Death: In God We Trust, Games Men Play, The Meeting Kate Henshaw - also credited as Kate Henshaw-Nuttall - is a Nigerian actress. In 2008 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

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Ini Edo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Ini Edo Stronghold, Games Men Play, Inale Ini Edo is a Nigerian actress. She began her film career in the year 2000, and has featured in more than 200 movies since that time. Edo is a Theatre Arts graduate of the University of Calabar. ...more

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Desmond Elliot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Desmond Elliot Missing Angel, Guilty Pleasures, Games Women Play Desmond Elliot is a Nigerian actor and director, and politician who has starred in over two hundred films and a number of television shows and soap operas. He won best supporting actor in a ...more

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King Sunny Adé is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Roots of Rhythm "King" Sunny Adé is a Nigerian musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and a pioneer of modern world music. He has been classed as one of the most influential

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Chioma Chukwuka is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Chioma Chukwuka Games Men Play, Accident, Finding Mercy Chioma Chukwuka is a Nigerian actress. In 2007 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role.

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Wale Ojo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Wale Ojo The Guard, Johnny English Reborn, Ezra Wale Ojo is an actor.

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Chinedu Ikedieze is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Chinedu Ikedieze Nollywood Babylon, 2 Rats, Aki na Ukwa Chinedu Ikedieze, MFR is a Nigerian actor. He is best known for playing alongside Osita Iheme in most movies after their breakthrough in the movie Aki na Ukwa. In 2007 Ikedieze received the ...more

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Jumoke Debayo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Jumoke Debayo The National Health, Brief Encounter, Love Brewed... in the African Pot Jumoke Debayo is an actress.

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Jane Wall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Beneath the Blue Jane Wall is an English actress born to a Nigerian mother and an English father. She is well known for her portrayal of Constable Di Worrell in ITV's The Bill from 1999 to 2002. Jane also ...more

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Rita Dominic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
The Meeting, '76, Reloaded Rita Uchenna Nkem Dominic Waturuocha is a Nigerian actress. In 2012 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

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Nneka is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Relentless, Offside - Eine andere Liga Nneka Lucia Egbuna is a Nigerian German hip hop/soul singer, songwriter and actress. She sings in both Igbo and English.

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Joke Silva is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
The Amazing Grace, Tango With Me, 30 Days Joke Silva is a Nigerian actress and director. She has received several awards and nominations for her work as an actress including the awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2nd ...more

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Chukwudi Iwuji is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Chukwudi Iwuji Exam, Africa Chukwudi Iwuji, usually shortened to Chuk Iwuji or Chuck Iwuji, is a Nigerian-born actor, active in the United Kingdom.

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Genevieve Nnaji is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Half of a Yellow Sun, Tango With Me, Mirror Boy 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 ...more

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Funke Akindele is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Jenifa, Apaadi Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde is a Nigerian actress. In 2009 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

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Dayo Okeniyi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Spectacular Now Oladayo A. "Dayo" Okeniyi is a Nigerian American actor, popularly known for playing the role of Thresh in The Hunger Games.

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Mike Ezuruonye is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Mike Ezuruonye Games Men Play Mike Ezuruonye is a Nigerian actor.

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Isaac George is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Isaac George Screw Loose, Yuppies 2, Selvaggi Isaac George is an actor.

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Monalisa Chinda is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Monalisa Chinda Games Men Play, Torn, Weekend Getaway Monalisa Chinda is a Nigerian actress, film producer, television personality and media personality.

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Zack Orji is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Half of a Yellow Sun, Above Death: In God We Trust, All My Life 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, ...more

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Tonto Dikeh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Love My Way, Ropes of Fate 2, Ropes of Fate Tonto Charity Dikeh, also known as Tonto Dike, is a Nigerian actress and singer from Rivers State and is of the Ikwerre tribe. Dikeh is from a family of seven. In 2005 she competed against other ...more

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Joseph Layode is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Joseph Layode East of Sudan Joseph Layode is an actor.

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Dakore Egbuson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Dakore Egbuson Games Men Play, Journey to Self Dakore Akande is a Nigerian actress. She is an ambassador for Amnesty International, Amstel Malta and Oxfam of America.

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Izu Ojukwu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Welcome to Nollywood Izu Ojukwu is a Nigerian film director. In 2007 he won Best Director for Sitanda at the 3rd Africa Movie Academy Awards, which received nine nominations and won five awards at the event, ...more

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Osita Iheme is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Mirror Boy, Nollywood Babylon, 2 Rats Osita Iheme is a Nigerian actor. He is widely known for playing the role of 'Pawpaw' in the film Aki na Ukwa alongside Chinedu Ikedieze. In 2007 Osita received the Lifetime Achievement Award at ...more

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Stephanie Okereke is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Through the Glass, Sitanda, Eye of the Gods Stephanie Linus is a Nigerian actress, film director and model. She has received several awards and nominations for her work as an actress, including the 2003 Reel Award for Best Actress, the ...more

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Rajeev Ravindranathan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Rajeev Ravindranathan Vettai, Phir Milenge, Bas Yun Hi Rajeev Ravindranathan is an actor.

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Kanayo O. Kanayo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Kanayo O. Kanayo Living in Bondage, October 1, Apaye Anayo Modestus Onyekwere is a Nigerian actor. In 2006 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. In 1992 Kanayo made his debut film appearance in the film Living in ...more