There is a reason that Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, serves as a pinnacle for filmmaking in Africa as a whole. The Nigerian Movie Industry as a matter of fact is one of the largest in the world and currently 3rd largest in the world after Hollywood and Bollywood. However, like the saying goes “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, Nollywood didn’t just attain its status in the world overnight. While some Nollywood Actors started with the Nigerian cinema when it was just starting, some other talented movie celebrities joined along the way and together has made Nollywood what it is today.
Who is the best Nollywood actor?
While providing us with many hours of joy and emotion, from time to time it is important to discuss the many creative talents that advocates and influences the industry to the point it is today thus the need to know the best Nollywood actor. It is due to the creativity of the talented actors we have in the industry that have stood the test of time in proving their worth in acting. Nollywood would not be complete if these actors are not mentioned. After all has been said we bring to you the top 10 Best Nollywood Actors Of All Times in 2019.
Top Ten Nollywood Actors of All Times 2019
This ranking is based on their creativity and how good they are in handling their various roles. Below are some of the best actors coming out from Nollywood.
10. Mike Ezuruonye
Mike Ezuruonye is certainly among the best Nollywood actors of all time. He is a creative and smart actor who is passionate about acting. Born on 21 September in Lagos, he attended Nnamdi Azikiwe University and subsequently went into acting. Mike Ezuruonye was actually a banker for a few years before gaining recognition as an actor, which led him to resign from his job as a banker. He has bagged two nominations for Best Nollywood Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Nollywood Actor in a Leading Role at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2008 and 2009. His acting skills were developed from tender age as he was always passionate about writing scripts and working behind the camera.
9. Nonso Diobi
Born in Enugu, Nonso joined Nollywood in 2001 and made his debut when he acted his first movie: “Border Line” and since then has made a mark in acting. Nonso Diobi has already stared in over 100 films and is a chairman of a production company.
8. Kenneth Okonkwo
Kenneth Okonkwo is one of the most popular Nollywood actor that that has featured in several movies. Most people know him as Andy Okeke from his evergreen movie “Living In Bondage”. Kenneth Okonkwo is not only a famous Nollywood actor but was also a politician and a lawyer before becoming an actor. Kenneth is from Nsukka in Enugu. He had an educational background in business and international law before he went into acting.
7. Desmond Elliot
Desmond Elliot is definitely among the best Nollywood actors of all time who has received several awards and nominations in the entertainment world. He often describes himself as a pan Africa due to the fact that his father is Yoruba while his mother is Igbo. Since he was influenced by a close friend in early 00’s to attempt a career in acting, Desmond Elliot has made several appearances in many soap operas such as “Everyday People”. He attended Air Force primary school and St John’s college in Jos and eventually became a graduate of economics from the University of Lagos. Desmond Elliot is also a politician and is currently a lawmaker in Lagos State House of Assembly.
6. Van Vicker
Born on August 1, 1977, Van Vicker is one of the most talented actors that has graced Nollywood. He has acted alongside legendary actors such as Tonto Dikeh and Mercy Johnson. The handsome actor was born 1st of August, 1977 to a Dutch father by a Liberian Ghanaian mother. Van Vicker has won the Afro-Hollywood Award for Best Actor (African film category).
5. Ramsey Nouah
The actor was born on the 16th of July 1973 to an Isreali Father in Edo state. Ramsey Nouah is one of the best Nollywood actors of all time. Before he made his debut as an actor, Ramsey Nouah was interested in being a artiste, but didn’t find much success, and so he decided listen to a friend’s advice and went into acting. In 2010 Ramsey Nouah won the African Movie Academy Award for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” in the Best Picture award-winning film titled “The Figurine”.
4. Kanayo O. Kanayo
Anayo Modestus Onyekwere, more known as Kanayo O. Kanayo is a talented superstar who is best known for his occultist roles in movies. He made his breakthrough alongside Kenneth Okonkwo in the two-part thriller film “Living in Bondage”. He was born on March 1, 1962, in Mbaise, Imo State and has starred in over 100 films. In 2006 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
3. Richard Mofe-Damijo
Richard Mofe-Damijo, commonly known as RMD, is one of the most experienced actors today in Nollywood. Ever since he began his acting career by featuring in Soap Operas, he has accelerated rapidly in his acting career. RMD is also a politician and was a commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State. Mofe-Damijo won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2005 at the maiden edition of the African Movie Academy Awards.
2. Nkem Owoh
Nkem Owoh is also among the top Nollywood actors of all time. Nkem popularly known as Osuofia was born in Enugu State Nigeria and attended the University of Ilorin and while he was a student, he started featuring in various television and film productions. He became very popular after he acted in the movie “Osuofia In London”. He is a natural talent and a beloved personality by many, a lot of thanks to his sense of humor and his impressive improvisation skills.
1. Pete Edochie
Pete Edochie is not only another veteran to join the list but is actually the most respected actor in this list. The veteran Nollywood actor was born in Enugu on the 7th of March, 1947. He is very passionate about acting and is best known for his role as Okonkwo in “Things fall apart”. He has won several awards honors and is still very much active in the Nigerian movie industry. Pete is no doubt the greatest Nollywood actor ever to grace the African movie scene, thus he deserves a spot as a popular Nollywood Actor.