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Nigeria’s Highest-Grossing Actors Earn Nearly N3 Billion in 2023


In 2023, Nigeria’s top-grossing actors collectively earned nearly N3 billion from their roles as lead actors, first or second supporting lead actors in various films, according to a new report.

The data, compiled by FilmOneng, an independent Nigerian entertainment company specialising in film distribution and production, was collated by Nairametrics. The cumulative earnings of these actors for the year ended December 31, 2023, amounted to an impressive N2.93 billion, underscoring their significant financial impact on the industry.

These actors, featured in some of the highest-grossing movies in 2023, have demonstrated their ability to captivate audiences and drive box office success. Their performances, ranging from lead roles to second supporting leads, have resonated with viewers, cementing their status as icons of Nigerian cinema.

Top 10 Highest-Grossing Actors in 2023

10. Charles Okafor – N126 Million

Charles Okafor’s rise to the top-grossing list can be attributed to his starring role in Mercy Aigbe’s “Ada Omo Daddy,” which grossed a staggering N218 million.

9. Odunlade Adekola – N128 Million

Odunlade Adekola, a prominent figure in Yoruba cinema, earned N128 million from his role in “Orisa,” which grossed N127 million. Known for his captivating performances, Adekola has also earned two AMVCA awards.

8. Deyemi Okanlawon – N130 Million

Deyemi Okanlawon grossed N130 million with notable appearances in films such as “Omo Ghetto: The Saga,” “Blood Sisters,” and “King of Boys: The Return of the King.” His journey from “ZR-7” to his current status highlights his versatility.

7. Ayo Makun (A.Y) – N137 Million

Ayo Makun, widely known as A.Y., grossed N137 million in 2023. Renowned for his comedic talent, Makun’s roles in “30 Days in Atlanta,” “Merry Men 3,” and “Almajiri” have consistently captivated audiences.

6. Emeka Ike – N144 Million

Emeka Ike continued to command attention with his performances, grossing N144 million, highlighted by his role in “Malaika.”

5. Kunle Remi – N149 Million

Kunle Remi earned N149 million with roles in films like “Praise Party,” “The Kujus Again,” “Love and Lust,” and “Something Like Gold.” His charm and charisma have made him a notable figure in Nollywood.

4. Ramsey Nouah – N151 Million

At 53, Ramsey Nouah remains a leading figure in Nollywood. He grossed N151 million with roles in 2023, continuing his legacy of winning the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in 2010.

3. Stan Nze – N166 Million

Stan Nze’s versatility and dedication earned him N166 million in 2023, with standout roles in “Domitila,” “Afamefuna,” and “A Weekend to Remember.”

2. Jide Kene Achufusi – N799 Million

Jide Kene Achufusi grossed N799 million with significant roles in “A Tribe Called Judah” and “Ifediche,” continuing his ascent to stardom that began with “Living in Bondage: Breaking Free.”

1. Timini Egbuson – N1 Billion

Timini Egbuson topped the list, grossing an impressive N1 billion. His roles in nine Nollywood films in 2023, including “A Tribe Called Judah,” “The Kujus Again,” and “Big Love,” solidified his status as Nollywood’s top-grossing actor.

These actors have captivated audiences and significantly contributed to the financial success of the Nigerian film industry, showcasing the growing influence and reach of Nollywood globally.

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