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Nigerian Nollywood Actors: List & Names Of Nigerian Movie Stars

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Nov 6, 2012  – Nigerian Nollywood Actors: List & Names Of Nigerian Movie Stars

Nigerian actors are becoming popular in recent times and the reason for this is the International exposure that Nollywood movies are getting.

Nollywood as a matter of fact is rated as the third biggest movie industry in the world; it follows only after Hollywood and India’s Bollywood. The lists of famous actors in Nigeria cut across different generations or age groups, veteran actors such as Olu Jacobs and Pete Edochie have spent several decades of their professional careers featuring in both local and international movies and they are still relevant in most of the recent Nollywood movies

Popular Nigerian actors

The commonest Nigerian actors names you can find in most movies include;

  • Nkem Owoh {Osuofia}
  • Jeta Amata
  • Ruke Amata
  • Fred Amata
  • Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
  • Ini Edo
  • Tonto Dikeh
  • Mike Ezuruonye
  • Stephanie Okereke
  • Genevieve Nnaji
  • Jim Iyke
  • Osita Iheme {paw paw}
  • Chinedu Ikedieze (Aki)
  • Rita Dominic
  • Ramsey Nouah
  • Patience Ozokwor
  • Chioma Chukwuka
  • Mercy Johnson
  • Richard Mofe Damijo
  • Megalyn Echikunwoke
  • Funke Akindele
  • Liz Benson
  • Patti Boulaye.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is one of the best International Nigerian actors name you might have seen in some Hollywood flicks, Ejiofor recently featured in Angelina Jolie’s flick- SALT, and has also worked for several other International acts. Other International actors and actresses of Nigerian origin include Hakeem Kae Kazeem who has featured with popular Hollywood actors like Nicholas Cage and he has also appeared in Hollywood block busters like X-MEN.

Sophie Okonedo who appeared in Hotel Rwanda and was nominated for the Grammies some years back was born to Nigerian parents. Other International actors of Nigerian origin include; Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje { a UK based actor}, and Carmen Ejogo.

Aside featuring some of the best international but Nigerian born actors and actresses, many Hollywood movies have also been produced by Nigerians. Most Nollywood lovers in Africa are only aware of Nigerian actors names such as Osuofia {Nkem Owoh} of the famous ‘Osuofia in London’, The Comedian- Mr Ibu, Patience Ozokwor, and Aki and Pawpaw for their comic roles in many of their movies.

Nigerian actors news

In recent Nigerian actors news, several Nollywood acts such as Omotola Jalade Ekehinde and prolific movie director are shooting yet to be released movies in different countries of the world. Omoto Jalade recently premiered her latest movie –AMINA in London, while Jeta Amata shot and produced a movie that talks about the happenings in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria and the movie stars two American singers-Akon and Wyclef Jean and it was shot in Los Angeles, California.

Some Nollywood actors do not appear in English movies , but appear in Yoruba Igbo and Hausa movies , some do appear in both English and Native movies.

Famous Nigerian actors who appear in both English and Yoruba Nollywood movies include; Olu Jacobs, Antar Laniyan, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, and Jide Kosoko. The best actors in Nigeria do not feature much in local Nollywood movies , they feature mostly in International Hollywood flicks but on the local scenes the best actors should include; Nkem Owoh , Mr. Ibu , Patience Ozokwor , and Aki & pawpaw.

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  1. Emmanuel Peter

    November 6, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    nice one

  2. Becca

    August 9, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Hi there,
    In 2007 I watched a movie that I now have no idea of its title but I really wanted it again.
    The movie was within a 3 in one DVD. I only remember the story: 3 young man trying to pursue women in the city but they treated each other as “NAA MAN” Please does anyone have an idea of the title for this movie?

    Please help,

  3. Selles Mapunda

    September 27, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    Dear Becca,
    The movie tittle is NNAA MEEN, starring; Mr Ibu, Queen Nwokoye, Okey Bakasi & Keneth Chukwu.

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