Nollywood Founding Members: Meet Veteran Nigerian Actors Who Started Nollywood [PHOTOS]

nollywood founding fathersPete Edochie

Though we cannot really pinpoint to the real founder of Nollywood, but we are sure some veteran actors who reached stardom like a bolt from the blues back in the days were celebrated and held in high esteem by their fans because of their acting prowess.

These celebrities had a field day in the Nigerian movie industry popularly called Nollywood back in the yesteryears.

Not only are they household names, they became rich in every sense of the word.

Some of those who managed their fame and wealth well are still relevant till today while others caught in the web of scandals are no longer relevant.

Although we do not know the whereabouts of some of these Nollywood stars, we can still proudly present them to you because they are history makers.

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Justus Esiri (Now Late) 

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Sam Loco Efe (late)

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Chiwetalu Agu

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Idowu Phillips aka Mama Rainbow

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Liz Benson, Adebayo Salami Oga Bello

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Lanre Hassan Iya Awero

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Adebayo Faleti

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Fadeyi Oloro

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Tajudeen Oyewole aka Abija Wara

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Orisabunmi , Chief Kanran

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Ngozi Ezeonu

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Rita Edochie

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Fausat Balogun aka Madam Saje

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Taiwo Akinwande

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Eda Onile Ola, Baba Wande

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Iya Osogbo

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Hilda Dokubo

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Peter Bruno, Ozor Akubueze

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Pete Eneh

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Enebeli Enebuwa

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Patience Ozokwor Mama G

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Others include Alex Lopez, Benita Nzeribe, Clem Ohameze, Larry Koldsweath, Taiwo Hassan Ogogo, Yinka Quadri, Ogunde.

Note: Genevieve Nnaji, Ramsey Nouah, Funke Akindele, Omotola Jalade, Ini Edo are not included in this list because these started their careers in the 90s.

The founding fathers and foundation members mentioned here all started in the early 70s and 80s.

So sorry if your favourite celebrities are not on this list.

If you believe we are missing a name, please list it in the comment section below.

5 thoughts on “Nollywood Founding Members: Meet Veteran Nigerian Actors Who Started Nollywood [PHOTOS]

  1. Jide Kosoko and Olaiya Igwe name is missing here. I think they are my favourites in Yoruba movies industry.. please include their names on the list.

  2. The compiler should go back and rename the names of Nollywood foundation members. There are lot of names missing here. Let’s take a critical note here, Nollywood started in the beginning of 90’s when home made videos started emerging. Prior to that, we have some Veteran Actors like late Ogunde, Ade love, Elehinmi making waves in Cinema Movies using celluloid but today’s Nollywood started in early 90’s.

    The individual who compiled the above lists must go back to include some names to include late Alade Aromire, Liz Benson, Chinyere Winifred, Fred Amata, Segun Arinze name goes on and on. They stated Nollywood and they can be regarded as foundation members.

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