10 Highest-Grossing Nigerian Actors in 2023

Not only did Nollywood performers deliver outstanding performances, but they also made significant contributions to the box office. According to new data from the film distribution and production business FilmOne in 2023, these actors have enthralled millions with their creativity and fueled some of the year’s highest-grossing films, demonstrating their indelible impact on the Nigerian film industry.

Here is a list of the top-grossing Nigerian actors during the last year.

1. Timini Egbuson

Timini Egbuson’s outstanding efforts have won him ₦1 billion in revenues, in addition to critical accolades. Egbuson, best known for his part in the successful series “Tinsel,” continued to dazzle in 2023, appearing in nine films, including the blockbuster “A Tribe Called Judah.” His unique talent to bring people to life has earned him a devoted following and a place in the profession.

2. Jide Kene Achufusi

Jide Kene Achufusi, often known as Swanky JKA, earned a total of ₦799 million. Achufusi, who rose to prominence with his role in “Living in Bondage: Breaking Free,” has since captivated audiences with performances in “A Tribe Called Judah” and “Ifediche.” His dynamic personality and flexibility have made him one of the most sought-after performers in Nollywood.

3. Stan Nze

Stan Nze, recognized for his appearances in both television and movies, earned an impressive ₦166 million this year. Nze’s ability to adapt to varied characters, as shown in films such as “Afamefuna” and “Domitilla,” has not gone ignored, gaining him a spot among the top earners and demonstrating his versatility as an actor in the industry.

4. Ramsey Nouah

Ramsey Nouah continues to be a strong player in Nollywood, earning ₦151 million annually. His dual role as an actor and director has seen him make substantial contributions to the industry’s evolution, particularly with his directorial work on “Love Lust and Other Things” and “Merry Men 3.” Nouah’s persistent charm and expertise have helped to make him a household name.

5. Kunle Remi

Kunle Remi, a successful actor and producer, earned ₦149 million in 2023. His roles in “Praise Party” and “The Kujus Again” cemented his place as one of Nollywood’s most beloved stars, blending charm and expertise to give unforgettable performances.

6. Emeka Ike

Emeka Ike, with a successful career spanning decades, earns ₦144 million now. Known for his role in “Deadly Affair,” Ike’s performance in the 2023 film “Malaika” demonstrated that his talent is as fascinating as ever, demonstrating that real artistry does not fade with time.

7. Ayo Makun

Ayo Makun, also known as AY, has earned ₦137 million for his unique blend of comedy and filmmaking. His performances in “Merry Men 3” and “Almajiri” in 2023 demonstrate his ability to entertain and engage, making him a fan favorite among audiences seeking both laughter and drama.

8. Deyemi Okanlawon

Deyemi Okanlawon’s ₦130 million earnings highlight the emerging potential in Nollywood. His performances in “Love in a Pandemic” and “Domitillla” demonstrated not just his acting abilities, but also his potential to become one of the industry’s top characters.

9. Odunlade Adekola

Odunlade Adekola, a well-known Yoruba actor, has earned ₦128 million for his comedic and charismatic performances. His performance in “Orisa” this year solidified his reputation as one of Nollywood’s most engaging actors, known for his ability to elicit both laughter and empathy.

10. Charles Okafor

Charles Okafor earned ₦126 million in 2023. His long career, highlighted by his performance in “Ada Omo Daddy,” continues to inspire new generations of performers and viewers, demonstrating that passion and determination are essential to long-term success in Nollywood.

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