By Mary Emmanuel
Laughing is always relaxing which is why comedy as a genre is one of the greatest parts of the drama
And we cannot talk about comedy without mentioning some key names that have blazed the trail in Nollywood over the years.
When it comes to being funny, there are Nollywood actors and actresses we cannot just forget. They remain unforgettable whether in life or in death because of how hilarious they were/are in the movie industry.
Check out our list of top ten actors in the Nollywood industry
1. Funke Akindele
Akindele Olufunke Bello: is popularly known as Funke Akindele is one of the funniest Nollywood actresses ever. In 2009, she won the African Movie Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Some of her movie credits include Jennifer Jennifer’s dairy, Girls on Fire, Angelina, Sherikoko, Osuofia Goes to School, and Married but Living Single among others. I think she should not only be seen just as an ordinary actress but as a comic actress.
2. Nkem Owoh
Nkem Owoh, known as Osuofia is the number one funniest Nollywood actor of now and till further notice. Nkem Owoh is an ingenious professional when it comes to comedy roles in Nollywood. You can testify to the fact that Osuofia has earned himself a big name in being humorous that at the mention of his name, every rib must crack. Among his innumerable comedy movies are Spanner, Big Man…Big trouble, My Baby, Osuofia in London, The Master, Ukwa, My Destiny, etc.
3. Late Sam Loco Efe
He was one of the most talented actors in the Nigerian Movie Industry. In his time, he distinguished himself as a rare talent for both television and stage drama. The actor featured in over 100 comedy movies before his death. Sam Loco was popular for Long John, Games Fools Play, Old Cargo, etc. In the history of Nollywood, Sam Loco will always be reckoned as one of her funniest actors.
4. John Okafor
This man is the wave making Mr. Ibu that we all know too well. I need not say much about him because it is believed that all and sundry (including those who hardly watch Nollywood movies) know Mr Ibu’s exploits in playing comic roles. Okafor is considered to be one of Nigeria’s most talented comic characters. His humorous acting is often characterized by stupidity, hilarious imbecility and a sharp disconnection from reality. He is called Mr Ibu as a reference to his most famous and successful movie role. Everything about Ibu is funny; his steps, the way he mumbles his speeches, his gesticulations, dressing sense, etc.
5. Osita Iheme
The miniature Osita Iheme is a comedic Nigerian actor widely known for playing the role of ‘Pawpaw’ in the film Aki na Ukwa alongside Chinedu Ikedieze. That particular movie succeeded in giving him the nickname, ‘Paw-paw’ which he still goes by. Usually, he plays the role of a child in movies because of his stature and voice, but recently, he has taken several adult roles too. The fact is, whether he plays an adult or childish role, the comic ones have always been the best. Some of his most popular rib cracking movies include One Good Turn, Baby Police, Mirror Boy, The Johnsons, etc.
6. Chiwetalu Agu
This man is a veteran Nollywood actor, comedian, and movie producer who won the 2012 Nollywood award for ‘Best Actor in an indigenous movie. He is fond of using a specific language slang, phrases or clichés in each film he stars in and this has made him a unique household name in Nigeria and among Nollywood admirers abroad. While asserting that comic genres are a unique vehicle in projecting Nigerian culture globally as well as establishing the Nollywood brand, Agu is listed as one of the outstanding comedians who has contributed to the development of the Nollywood comic genre by Prof. Femi Shaka of the University of Port Harcourt. Just like Patience Ozokwor, Chiwetalu Agu is known for causing commotions in most of his movies but he does all these in the most humorous ways that even when the chaos he caused is such a serious and annoying one, we couldn’t help but still be amused. It is wildly believed that he took the place of late Sam Loco.
He is known to always act in comedy movies and he is labeled as one of the best Nigerian comedy merchants his act brought the “na dem dey rush us slang “to the limelight. Inojie has featured in several home movies and TV shows such as; The Johnsons, Police Recruit, Love Wahala, Hottest Babes In Town, Wise Inlaws, Desperate Poor Man, Nollywood Hustlers, Mr Ibu Dance Skelewu, Olga Madam, House Of Contention Gamblers amongst others.
8. Victor Osuagwu
Now the chairman of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) Lagos State Chapter, Victor Osuagwu, a well-known face in Nollywood has been able to carve a niche for himself as a comic actor. Osuagwu’s funny roles in movies have gone to the extent that a lot of people now regard him as a clown. The comedy actor is popular for his character in the movie Onye Eze. Victor’s other movies include Face to Face, Three Wise Men among others.
9. Eniola Badmus
She is the busty and fat Nollywood actress who is popularly known as ‘Gbogbo Bigz Girls’ in Yoruba movie circles for the role she played in the sensational Yoruba movie, Jenifa produced by Funke Akindele. Her comic dressing sense, idiolect, and her other unique idiosyncrasies are among the major things that are bringing her recognition in the movie industry. Another significant thing is the way she interprets her film character which makes most of her fans to get excited just seeing her name on movie jackets. Her most recent comedy movie is Basira Goes to London which will soon hit the market. The actress is excited to play the lead character, ‘Basira’, in this new comedy.
10. Chinedu Ikedieze
Popularly known as Aki could be said to be Osita Iheme’s partner in Nollywood. He has the same mini stature with Osita and acts alongside him in most movies. Chinedu does so well in comic roles to such extent that seeing him in a movie advert already labels the movie a very interesting and hilarious one. His popularity came through after his role with Osita in the Nigerian movie, Aki na Ukwa. His other movies include Spanner, The Johnsons, Magic Cap, Jack and Jill among others. Their most recent comedy movie is Aki and Pawpaw Sisters