By Yetunde Adeyeri
Success is the art of achieving wealth, respect and fame. Over the years, Nollywood actresses have evolved from being just household name and familiar faces on our screens, to become examples of success. In fact, their success stories can be attributed to their innovative mindsets, entrepreneurship, and creative thinking. Most actresses are now filmmakers, brand ambassadors, and business owners. Through various means, they have proven beyond doubt that they are forced to reckon with in the industry.
Today, we will run down the list of ten successful actresses in the Industry.
10. Uche Jumbo
Uche Jumbo is a graduate of Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Calabar, and Computer programming from the Federal University of Technology, Minna. She ventured into the Nollywood since 1999 and has featured in over 60 movies. She is a screenwriter and has written and co-written several interesting movies. She is a brand ambassador with numerous endorsement deals. And her net worth is estimated to be 50 million naira.
9. Patience Ozokwor
Popularly known as Mama G which stands for General. She is probably the most popular and most decorated actress and fashion designers in Nollywood. She has featured in quite a lot of movies and has walked home with her fair share of awards. She has become very wealthy thanks to her wise sense of investment and talent and versatility.
This 60-year-old actress was among 100 Nigerians honored by the government to celebrate the amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates in 2014. She is also one of the richest actresses in Nollywood. Her net worth is estimated to be 350 million naira.
8. Bukky Wright
Bukky is beautiful, successful and highly affluent. She acts both in English and Yoruba movies. Bukky Wright is also a serial entrepreneur. She has a beauty spa called B collections. She also into boutique business, a fast-food restaurant and a record label company named Wright Media International.
She once entered politics under the umbrella of social Democratic Party in 2014 to contest for the Abeokuta South Federal Constituency Seat in Ogun state, although she lost in the polls. She is estimated to be worth 300 million naira.
7. Stephanie Okereke Linus
Stephanie is a Nigerian-born actress, film director, singer and model. She was born on the 2nd of October 1982. She has received several awards and nominations for her work as an actress. In 2014, she released another movie, Dry and again served as a director, scriptwriter, producer, and actress which won many awards including 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards and 2016 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards best movie overall movie with the prize of a brand new car
In 2011, she was honored by the Nigerian government with as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR. She started her acting career in 1997. She has a blog where she shared her personal experiences on www.stephaniedaily.com. She is estimated to be worth 400 million naira.
6. Ini Edo
Born on April 23rd, 1982, Ini Edo has appeared in over 200 Nollywood movies since she began her acting career in 2000. Undoubtedly sexy, Ini Edo is one of the most influential actresses in the industry. She was once appointed the special adviser to the Akwa Ibom Governor on tourism.
She bought a mansion in Lekki which was estimated to be n50 million. She also has a 30 million G-wagon is yet another evidence of her expressively successful lifestyle. Ini Edo is estimated to be worth 450 million naira.
5. Funke Akindele-Bello
Not surprisingly, this popular actress in one of the most successful actresses in Nollywood. She acts both in Yoruba and English movies. Her hit Tv series “Jenifa Diary” has massive followership in Nigeria with raving position reception all around Africa. Her professionalism earned her an award for Best Actress in Leading Role in 2009 for her role in “Jenifa”.
The filmmaker and CEO of Scene One Tv have also made a fortune from endorsement deals from companies such as GLO, Jobberman, 1960 Bet and many more. Funke is estimated to be worth 500 million naira.
4. Mercy Johnson
Mercy Johnson is an indigene of Kogi state and is known for her bold and natural acting. She may have ventured into acting after failing her JAMB exam but over the years she has established herself as an undeniable talent in the industry with her acting prowess.
Mercy has starred in over 100 movies and one of her best movies “Dumebi” won the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Award in 2013. She is a former political appointee and also one of the highest-paid actresses in the industry. Her estimated net worth is 550 million naira.
3. Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde
Popularly known as Omosexy, she is undoubtedly one of the most successful actresses. Her success has gone beyond the coast of Africa. With her massive social media following, she has multiple endorsement deals. Omotola won the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Best Actress in Supporting Role in 2005.
She is into Reality Tv, business and music. She has endorsement deals with P&G, Knorr and Nigerian Liquified Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA) among others. She is highly influential on social media and has contributed to the enrichment of lives. Omotola’s estimated net worth is 600 million naira.
2. Genevieve Nnnaji
Genevieve was born on May 3, 1979, and was referred to as the “Juliet Roberts of Africa” by CNN. This Nollywood actress, director, and Filmmaker. She won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in the leading role in 2005. She is equally a member of the order of the Federal Republic, an honor conferred on her due to her immense contribution to Nollywood.
Genevieve owns St. Genevieve clothing line too. Aside from the above deals, she also has sponsorship deals. She is one of the highest-paid Nollywood actresses and even once released her own music album. She has an estimated net worth of 850 million naira.
1. Rita Dominic
Rita Dominic was born on July 12, 1975. She began her acting her career right from the time she was a kid. Till date, she has featured in more than 100 movies. Aside from being popular and successful, she is also the richest actresses in Nollywood.
She is considered the highest paid of all the actresses in Nollywood. She is estimated to be worth 950 million naira.