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Popular Film Actors from Nigeria

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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
Age 58, Credits: The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King & The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria

Nationality: United Kingdom, Australia, Nigeria

Hugo Wallace Weaving (born 4 April 1960) is an English-Australian film and stage actor. He is best known for playing Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy (1999–2003), Elrond in The Lord of the ...more

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Ramsey Nouah is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Age 48, Credits: Silent Night, Above Death: In God We Trust & Confusion Na Wa

Birthplace: Edo State, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

Ramsey Nouah (born Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr.; 19 December 1970) 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
Michael Olowokandi Age 43, Credits: National Lampoon's Van Wilder

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

Michael Olowokandi (born 3 April 1975) is a British Nigerian former professional basketball player. Born in Lagos and raised in London, he attended college on a basketball scholarship at the ...more

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Adesuwa Addy Iyare is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: Nigeria, United States of America

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 Age 42, Credits: Last Flight to Abuja, Stronghold & Games Men Play

Birthplace: Libreville, Gabon

Nationality: Nigeria

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
Age 56, Credits: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, X-Men Origins: Wolverine & Hotel Rwanda

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria, England, South Africa

Hakeem Kae-Kazim (born 1 October 1962) is a British-Nigerian actor best known for his work in the Starz television series Black Sails and his portrayal of Georges Rutaganda in the 2004 drama ...more
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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Age 56, Credits: Heaven Is a Playground, NBA: Furious Finishes & 1983 NCAA Championship: NC State vs. Houston

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria, United States of America

Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (; Yoruba: [olaɟuwɔ̃]; born January 21, 1963), formerly spelled (& still pronounced as) Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American former professional basketball player. ...more

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Maynard Eziashi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Age 54, Credits: Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Bopha! & Color Me Kubrick

Birthplace: England, London

Nationality: Nigeria, England

Maynard Eziashi (born 1965 in London, England) 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 ...more
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Nikki Amuka-Bird is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Age 42, Credits: Coriolanus, The Omen & The Line of Beauty

Birthplace: Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria, United Kingdom

Nikki Amuka-Bird (born 1976) is a Nigerian-born British 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
Age 50, Credits: The Bank Job, Flight of Fury & Opa!

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria, Greece, Cyprus

Alkiviades David (born May 1968; pronounced AL-kee) is a Greek billionaire heir, a member of the Leventis family, whose holdings include manufacturing, bottling plants, property and shipping. In ...more
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Femi Kuti is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Age 56, Credits: Femi Kuti: Live at the Shrine

Birthplace: England, London

Nationality: Nigeria, United Kingdom

Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti (born 16 June 1962), popularly known as Femi Kuti, is a Nigerian musician born in London and raised in Lagos. He is the eldest son of afrobeat Fela Kuti and a ...more
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Oris Erhuero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Age 50, Credits: Sometimes in April, Black Mask 2: City of Masks & Dance Fu

Birthplace: England, London, Finsbury Park

Nationality: Nigeria, England

Oris Erhuero (Born 23 September 1968) is a British actor, producer, writer, and fashion model. After modelling for several years, he transitioned into television and film, with roles in The ...more
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Fela Kuti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Dec. at 59 (1938-1997), Credits: Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon, Fela Kuti: Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense & Fela in Concert

Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), also professionally known as Fela Kuti, or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat ...more

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Gouchy Boy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria

Nationality: Canada, Nigeria

Gouchy Boy is an actor.
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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Age 60, Credits: Absolute Beginners

Nationality: Nigeria, England

Helen Folasade Adu, (Yoruba: Fọláṣadé Adú [fɔ̄láʃādé ādú]; born 16 January 1959), known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade ( shah-DAY), is a ...more

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Akin Omotoso is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Age 45, Credits: Blood Diamond and Lord of War

Birthplace: Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

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
Age 54, Credits: Immortals, Cosmopolis & The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice

Birthplace: Nigeria

Nationality: Canada, Nigeria

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

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: Nigeria, United States of America

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
Age 39, Credits: Phat Girlz, The Rebound & Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Framingham

Nationality: Nigeria, United States of America

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
Age 41, Credits: Last Flight to Abuja, Nollywood Babylon & Ties That Bind

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde ( OH-mə-TOH-lə; born Omotola Jalade, 7 February, 1978) is a Nigerian Actress, Singer, Philanthropist and former Model. Since her Nollywood film debut in 1995; the leading ...more
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Olu Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Age 77, Credits: Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend, Pirates & The Dogs of War

Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs, known professionally 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 ...more
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Babatunde Olatunji is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Dec. at 76 (1927-2003), Credits: Babatunde Olatunji: Drums of Passion: Live '85 and Babatunde Olatunji: African Drumming

Birthplace: Lagos State, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria, United States of America

Babatunde Olatunji (April 7, 1927 – April 6, 2003) 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 Age 47, Credits: Above Death: In God We Trust, Games Men Play & The Meeting

Birthplace: Cross River State, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

Kate Henshaw, also credited as Kate Henshaw-Nuttall (born 19 July 1971), 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 Age 36, Credits: Stronghold, Games Men Play & Inale

Birthplace: Calabar, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

Ini Edo (born 23 April 1982 in Akwa Ibom) is a Nigerian actress. She began her film career in 2000, and has featured in more than 100 movies since that time. In 2013, she was a judge for the ...more
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Desmond Elliot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Nigeria
Desmond Elliot Age 45, Credits: Missing Angel, Guilty Pleasures & Games Women Play

Nationality: Nigeria

Desmond Elliot (born Desmond Oluwashola Elliot; 4 February 1974) is a Nigerian actor, director, and politician who has starred in over two hundred films and a number of television shows and soap ...more