The Yoruba cinema industry has emerged as one of Africa’s fastest-growing. The business has produced a slew of brilliant actresses who have made their mark in the Nigerian film industry and beyond.
These actresses have amassed great riches through various commercial enterprises and endorsements in addition to gaining popularity and acclaim for their acting abilities.
In this post, HowNG looks at the richest Yoruba actresses, showcasing their professional accomplishments as well as their estimated net worth.
1. Funke Akindele
Funke Akindele is one of the wealthiest Yoruba actresses in Lagos, well known for her role in the hit TV series “Jenifa’s Diary,” which is a spin-off from the film “jenifa.”
Before her stardom in the film that got her the nickname ‘jenifa,’ the CEO of Scene One Film Production rose to prominence in 1999 with a sponsored sitcom titled ‘i need to know’. Funke has an estimated net worth of $11 million and has won various honors, including Brand Ambassador of the Year, Best actress in a Comedy, and Best actress of the Year.
She is also an ambassador for various companies, including Molfix diapers and Kelloggs Nigeria. Her most recent film, Battle on Buka Street, is the second best grossing Nigerian film of 2022, breaking the two-year record set by her previous film, Omo Ghetto the Saga.
2. Toyin Abraham
Toyin Abraham is one of Nigeria’s most sought-after actors, with a career lasting over a decade.Toyin Abraham officially into the spotlight in 2004 with many films under her belt. Her big break, though, was her self-produced film Alakada Reloaded, which was picked up by Netflix.
Toyin has received numerous honors over the years, including the Nigeria Entertainment honors’ Best Female Act, Best Actress in a Drama, and so on. She is an ambassador for Fair Money Microfinance Bank, Checkers Custard, and other companies.
Aside from the movie sequences, she owns various companies, including a garment boutique and a slimming tea company, among others, and has an estimated net worth of over $3 million.
Her recent movie ‘ijakumo’ has grossed about ₦278 496,384 in box office.
3. Sola Sobowale
Sola Sobowale is one of the industry’s wealthiest and most current actresses. She got her big break in one of Nigeria’s most popular television drama series, Super Story, with the episode “Oh Father, Oh Daughter.”
She returned to nollywood after a decade hiatus with roles in multiple blockbuster films. In 2019. She was recognized as the ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’. Sola is currently a Globacom ambassador and has a net worth of $450,000.
4. Fathia Wiliiams
Fathia Balogun is a well-known actress, producer, and director who is also one of the wealthiest people in the Yoruba film business. She began her career in the early 1990s and has ascended to become one of the industry’s most powerful figures.
Among the highest honors are the 2008 Most Outstanding Actress and Best Indigenous Language Yoruba Awards for a film.
She owns House of Faiteer, a health and beauty shop as well as a performing arts training school. Her net worth is reported to be between $400,000 and $500,000.
5. Mercy Aigbe
Mercy Aigbe is a well-known Yoruba actress and one of the wealthiest Yoruba actresses, with multiple streams of income.
She is a fashion entrepreneur in addition to her numerous roles in the entertainment business, for which she has received numerous honors, including City People Entertainment Yoruba Movie Personality of the Year and the Most Popular Actress Nominee at the NET Honours.
She is the CEO of Mercy Aigbe Gentry, a performing arts school, and Aso-ebi Mercy, through which she offers high-end aso-ebi materials to upper-class clientele, among other things. Her net worth is estimated to be $1 million.
Her estimated net worth in 2023 is more over $2 million, making her one of Lagos’ wealthiest actresses.
6. Iyabo Ojo
Iyabo Ojo is another well-known Yoruba actress who is also one of the industry’s wealthiest. She began in 2002 and has been in various films, including her 2015 film ‘Silence,’ which opened at Silverbird Cinemas in Lagos and brought her fame.
Iyabo additionally earns money through real estate investments, brand sponsorships, and her own luxury company brand. Her net worth is reported to be between $300,000 and $500,000.
7. Bukky Wright
With an estimated net worth of $800,000, Bukky Wright is one of the wealthiest Yoruba actresses. In 2014, she ran for senator in the Ogun State House of Representatives on behalf of the Social Democratic Party.
The award-winning producer also owns various businesses, including B Collections, Beauty Spa, and Wright Media International, a record label.