The Nigerian movie industry is called Nollywood - similar to the American industry called Hollywood. Hollywood is the place of gilt, glamour and fame. Nollywood may not be as popular as Hollywood, but the Nigerian Nollywood stars are already smiling to the bank. Here is a list of the top 10 richest Nollywood celebrities for 2012.
1. Ini Obong Edo
The net worth of Ini Edo is estimated to be over N130 million. For the last three years, she has been a face for Globacom. Her major movies include ’I will take my chances’’, and ’in the cupboard ’. She began her film career in the year 2000, and has featured in more than 50 movies since that time.
Edo is a Theatre Arts graduate of the University of Calabar.
2. Uche Jombo
3. Rita Dominic
Dominic’s net worth is estimated to be over N100 million. Dominic started performing when she was a child, appearing in school plays and children’s television shows in Imo state. In 1998 she starred in her first movie A time to kill. She won the City People Awards in 2004 as the Most Outstanding Actress. She has starred in over 100 Nollywood productions. Today, she focuses as a producer for her own films.
4. Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve Nnaji, according to CNN, is the Julia Roberts of Africa”. She remains arguably one of the most popular and influential Nollywood actress. In 2005 she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Nnaji’s Net worth is believed to be around 90 million. She has featured in several commercials some of which include Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 2004 she became the “Face of Lux“ in Nigeria in a highly lucrative sponsorship deal. 2008 saw Nnaji launching a clothing line, “St. Genevieve”, which donates its proceeds to charity.In May 2010 Nnaji was appointed to be the official “Face of MUD“ in Nigeria.
5. Kate Henshaw
In 1993 Kate Henshaw-Nuttall auditioned for an acting job in the movie When the Sun Sets and was handed the role. This was her first appearance in a major Nollywood movie. Henshaw-Nuttall has starred in over 40 Nollywood movies. In 2008 she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the film Stronger than Pain. She is presently “The Face of Onga”. Her net worth is estimated to be around 82 million.
6. Monalisa Chinda
Monalisa’s first major movie was Pregnant Virgin, which she did in 1996 and subsequently, after she graduated in 2000, she did “Above the Law” and has done many others since then. Widely hailed as the beloved actress of the screen, this goregous actress has a net worth of around 75 million. In 2011, she was crowned the Face of Port Harcourt – Carnival Queen, in her hometown of Rivers State.
7. Mercy Johnson
Mercy Johnson Ozioma, popularly known as Mercy Johnson, is a Nigerian actress who made her acting debut in the movie, “The Maid” in which she played the role of a possessed house help. Her performance in the movie shot her into the limelight and has acted in other major movies ever since. She is has a net worth of over 73 million.
8 . Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
Omotola Ekeinde, populary called omo-sexy, is believed to have a net worth of over 72 million. She burst into the Nollywood film industry with the movie “Mortal Inheritance” (1995) where she played a sickle-cell patient who fights for her life even when she knows she might not be able to live. At the end of the day, she has a baby and eventually lives. This film which received good reviews, won her awards for her role in the movie and is still known as one of Nigeria’s best movies ever made. Ever since then she has not looked back and she has starred in blockbuster movies like “Games Women Play”, “Blood Sisters”, “All my life”, “Last Wedding”,My Story, The Woman in Me and a host of others. In the year 2005, she launched her music career.
9. Stephanie Okereke
Stephanie Onyekachi Okereke is a Nigerian actress, film director and model. She has received several awards and nominations for her work as an actress, including the 2003 Reel Award for Best Actress, the 2006 Afro Hollywood Award for Best Actress, and three nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2005, 2009 and 2010. She was also the runner up for the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria beauty pageant of 2002.
Her Net worth is estimated to be around 71 million.