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Popular Film Actors from Nigeria

Updated June 14, 2019 61.6k views73 items

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.
  • Hugo Weaving1

    Hugo Weaving

    The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    BirthplaceIbadan, Nigeria

    NationalityNigeria, United Kingdom, Australia

    Hugo Wallace Weaving (born 4 April 1960) is an English-Australian film and stage actor. He is... more on Wikipedia

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    #240 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History#64 of 239 The Greatest British Actors of All Time

  • Ramsey Nouah2

    Ramsey Nouah

    Silent Night, Above Death: In God We Trust

    BirthplaceEdo State, Nigeria


    Ramsey Nouah (born Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr.; 19 December 1970) is a Nigerian actor. He won the... more on Wikipedia
  • Michael Olowokandi3

    Michael Olowokandi

    National Lampoon's Van Wilder

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria


    Michael Olowokandi (born 3 April 1975) is a British Nigerian former professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • Adesuwa Addy Iyare4

    Adesuwa Addy Iyare

    College Road Trip, Freakonomics

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    NationalityNigeria, United States of America

    Adesuwa Addy Iyare is an actress and nurse.
  • Jim Iyke5

    Jim Iyke

    Last Flight to Abuja, Stronghold

    BirthplaceLibreville, Gabon


    James Ikechukwu Esomugha, popularly known as Jim Iyke, is a Nigerian actor in Nigeria's movie... more on Wikipedia
  • Hakeem Kae-Kazim6

    Hakeem Kae-Kazim

    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    NationalityNigeria, England, South Africa

    Hakeem Kae-Kazim (born 1 October 1962) is a British-Nigerian actor best known for his work in... more on Wikipedia
  • Hakeem Olajuwon7

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    Heaven Is a Playground, NBA: Furious Finishes

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    NationalityNigeria, United States of America

    Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (; Yoruba: [olaɟuwɔ̃]; born January 21, 1963), formerly spelled (& still... more on Wikipedia

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    #1230 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#4 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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    Maynard Eziashi

    Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Bopha!

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    NationalityNigeria, England

    Maynard Eziashi (born 1965 in London, England) is a British Nigerian actor. In 1991, he won... more on Wikipedia
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    Nikki Amuka-Bird

    Coriolanus, The Omen


    NationalityNigeria, United Kingdom

    Nikki Amuka-Bird (born 1976) is a Nigerian-born British actress of the stage, television and... more on Wikipedia
  • Alki David10

    Alki David

    The Bank Job, Flight of Fury

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    NationalityNigeria, Greece, Cyprus

    Alkiviades David (born May 1968; pronounced AL-kee) is a Greek billionaire heir, a member of... more on Wikipedia
  • Femi Kuti11

    Femi Kuti

    Femi Kuti: Live at the Shrine

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityNigeria, United Kingdom

    Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti (born 16 June 1962), popularly known as Femi Kuti, is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Oris Erhuero12

    Oris Erhuero

    Sometimes in April, Black Mask 2: City of Masks

    BirthplaceEngland, London, Finsbury Park

    NationalityNigeria, England

    Oris Erhuero (Born 23 September 1968) is a British actor, producer, writer, and fashion model.... more on Wikipedia
  • Fela Kuti13

    Fela Kuti

    Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon, Fela Kuti: Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense

    BirthplaceAbeokuta, Nigeria


    Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), also professionally known as Fela Kuti,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Best Fela Kuti Albums of All Time#612 of 816 These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

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    Gouchy Boy

    Get Rich or Die Tryin', Max Payne

    NationalityCanada, Nigeria

    Gouchy Boy is an actor.
  • Sade Adu15

    Sade Adu

    Absolute Beginners

    BirthplaceIbadan, Nigeria

    NationalityNigeria, England

    Helen Folasade Adu, (Yoruba: Fọláṣadé Adú [fɔ̄láʃādé ādú]; born 16 January 1959), known... more on Wikipedia

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    #199 of 603 The Best Rock Vocalists#77 of 739 The Best Singers of All Time

  • 16

    Akin Omotoso

    Blood Diamond, Lord of War



    Akin Omotoso is an actor, film producer and film director.
  • 17

    Abdul Ayoola

    Immortals, Cosmopolis


    NationalityCanada, Nigeria

    Abdul Ayoola is an actor and stunt performer.
  • Osas Ighodaro18

    Osas Ighodaro

    Cadillac Records, Notorious

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    NationalityNigeria, United States of America

    Osas Ighodaro is an actress, model and dancer.
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    Ngoli Onyeka Okafor

    Phat Girlz, The Rebound

    BirthplaceUSA, Massachusetts, Framingham

    NationalityNigeria, United States of America

    Ngoli “Ngo” Onyeka Okafor is a Nigerian American male model, actor and Two-time Golden Gloves... more on Wikipedia
  • Omotola Jalade Ekeinde20

    Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

    Last Flight to Abuja, Nollywood Babylon

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria


    Omotola Jalade Ekeinde ( OH-mə-TOH-lə; born Omotola Jalade, 7 February, 1978) is a Nigerian... more on Wikipedia
  • Olu Jacobs21

    Olu Jacobs

    Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend, Pirates

    BirthplaceAbeokuta, Nigeria


    Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs, known professionally as Olu Jacobs, is a Nigerian actor. He has... more on Wikipedia
  • Babatunde Olatunji22

    Babatunde Olatunji

    Babatunde Olatunji: Drums of Passion: Live '85, Babatunde Olatunji: African Drumming

    BirthplaceLagos State, Nigeria

    NationalityNigeria, United States of America

    Babatunde Olatunji (April 7, 1927 – April 6, 2003) was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social... more on Wikipedia
  • Kate Henshaw23

    Kate Henshaw

    Above Death: In God We Trust, Games Men Play

    BirthplaceCross River State, Nigeria


    Kate Henshaw, also credited as Kate Henshaw-Nuttall (born 19 July 1971), is a Nigerian... more on Wikipedia
  • Ini Edo24

    Ini Edo

    Stronghold, Games Men Play

    BirthplaceCalabar, Nigeria


    Ini Edo (born 23 April 1982 in Akwa Ibom) is a Nigerian actress. She began her film career... more on Wikipedia
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    Desmond Elliot

    Missing Angel, Guilty Pleasures


    Desmond Elliot (born Desmond Oluwashola Elliot; 4 February 1974) is a Nigerian actor,... more on Wikipedia