Below is some of the richest, most successful and highest paid Nollywood actresses. Their estimated earnings include endorsements, and other businesses they have been involved in over the past years.
Here are the top 10 highest paid Nollywood actresses:
1) Kate Henshaw – ₦67 Million
Africa Movie Academy Awards winner, Kate Henshaw-Nuttall topped the list thanks to her movies earnings and endorsement deals. In 2006, the actress and model earned a reported N10 million and N12 million in 2007, from 2008 to 2010 she earned an estimated N20 million.
With over 40 Nollywood movies to her name, Kate Henshaw has endorsed companies like Glo, and The Face of Onga. She is also a judge on Nigeria’s Got Talent.
2) Genevieve Nnaji – ₦64 Million
The Queen of Nollywood, Genevieve Nnaji is the most successful Nollywood actress internationally, and best paid in Nigeria. She earned a reported $25,000 in the transnational film “Ijé” produced by Paula Moreno and Chineze Anyaene. The Imo State-born actress, singer, fashion designer and businessman has appeared in over 80 Nollywood movies. In 2005, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
In 2004, she reportedly earned N14.7 million ($100,000) in a two-year deal with British cosmetic companyLux. Some of her most lucrative endorsement deals include Pronto Beverage, Omo Detergent, Range Rover Evogue and MUD Nigeria. The business savvy actress launched her line of fashion “St. Genevieve” in 2008; reportedly worth N20 million.
3) Ini Edo – ₦60 Million
With over 200 movies, Ini Edo is arguably one of the most resilient and tactful actresses in Nollywood. She reportedly earned N15.7 million from movies, other businesses in 2007. She also owns over six buildings. She is United Nations Habitat Youth Envoy, thanks to her philanthropic nature.
4) Rita Dominic – ₦58 Million
Award-winning Nollywood actress, Rita Dominic is one of the oldest names in the industry. She made her movie debut in 1998 in A Time to kill. Today she has over 100 Nollywood movie credit. Rita won the Municipality Peoples Awarding for the Most Outstanding Actress and the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2012.
Rita Dominic counts Nokia and Glo to her endorsement deals. The Imo State actress and model is also a businesswoman. She reportedly owns fixed assets worth over N40 million ($240,000) – which include landed properties and two homes.
5) Mercy Johnson – ₦55 Million
Lagos-born actress Mercy Johnson made her acting debut in the 2014 movie “The Maid,” she has since appeared in over 60 movies. She reportedly earned N11.4 million in 2008 and N13 million in 2009. She has also invested in properties and reportedly owns several landed properties in Lagos.
6) Omotola Jalade Ekeinde – ₦53 Million
One of the biggest Nollywood’s stars and the first African celebrity to have reached more than 1 million Facebook fans. Omotola earned over N9 million in 2007. A car enthusiast, she is known to have some of the most expensive cars among other Nigerian actresses. Her car collection is estimated at N20 million.
The actress, model and singer released her debut album “GBA” in 2005; but the second album “Me, Myself & Eyes” was well received. The recording and promotion of the album reportedly cost her about N13 million.
7) Patience Ozokwor – ₦51 Million
The Enugu veteran-actress is popularly known as “Mama G” all over Africa. She has remain one of the biggest names in the Nigerian film industry. She has built a diversified investment portfolio and also has individual properties.
8) Monalisa Chinda – ₦50 Million
Between 2004 and 2008, Monalisa Chinda reportedly earned some N25 million. The producer and actress owns properties in Rivers State and Lagos.
9) Uche Jombo – ₦49.5 Million
In 2008, she made over N10 million for her appearance in various movies. Also a model and endorser, she had a sponsorship deal with telecom company Glo. She earned about N11 million in 2009 and seems to be having more success.
10) Chioma Chukwuka – ₦46 Million
This Nollywood actress has featured in over 80 movies and has raked in millions of naira. She reportedly earned N8 million from movies in 2007. In 2008, she also earned an estimated N9 million and reportedly signed a N7.5 million ($50,000) deal with Ricket Brand Harpic in 2011. She also endorsed telecom company Globacom and reportedly owns several properties in her home town and Lagos State.