Top 10 Richest Yoruba Actors in Nigeria – The Yoruba Movie Industry is simply a class of its own, as it keeps exploring new grounds and gaining more popularity. A lot of people (even non-Yoruba speaking folks) loves watching Yoruba movies for different reasons. Apart from the entertainment aspect, Yoruba movies also teach lessons and morals – which is something many prioritises in movies but is rarely found in other genres.
As expected, the industry has drawn a lot of Yoruba actors and actresses up the ladder. Many of them are known well-known celebrities and are also very wealthy.
In this article, we will be exploring the top 10 richest Yoruba movie stars and also state their worth. Here are they:
Top 10 Richest Yoruba Actors in Nigeria 2019
1. Odunlade Adekola
At the top of the list is the phenomenal actor Odunlade Adekola. The tall movie star is obviously the most famous and richest Yoruba actor as at now, as he is reported to be worth over $1 million.
Since he broke into the scene some years back, he majorly focuses on Yoruba movies, as he is more comfortable speaking his local language. However, right now, the talented actor is featuring in English movies also, and he is doing reasonably well.
Everyone will agree that he is actually a talented actor, and he also has what it takes to train and develop raw talents to get better others – which prompted him to establish Odunlade Adekola Film Productions (a place where upcoming actors and actresses are being trained)
He doesn’t only earn his money from movies alone, as he also has several endorsements with big firms like Glo. Additionally, he invests in properties which also earns some money.
2. Funke Akindele
A lot of people believes she is the most talented female Yoruba actress right now, and she has proved many times that she is pretty good in her field.
If you are familiar with Yoruba movies, you should know that this lady has the capacity to switch from the role of a brilliant woman to that of an uneducated villager with ease. She effortlessly carries out her roles and is a role model for many.
Popularly known as Jenifa – the movie that shot her to spotlight some years back, Funke has built on the fame to become one of the richest Yoruba actresses in Nigeria, with a net worth pegged at $900,000.
Due to her popularity, Jenifa has struck deals with various big firms like Glo and Jobberman, and she has remained in the spotlight due to her love for the art. She keeps acting and getting attention to herself – from fans, media, and so on. Her Jenifa series are being watched by a lot of people from different places in the world, who enjoys being entertained by her actions.
3. Mercy Aigbe
Born in Edo State, Mercy Aigbe is one of the Yoruba movie stars that made our list – sitting comfortably on the third spot. The pretty actress is one of the most talented and famous in the industry.
One of the things Mercy is well-known for is her unique fashion sense, and she also earns money from her active participation in the industry (via her brand that is known as Mag Divas Boutique) apart from what she earns via acting.
Having started since 2002, Mercy is obviously not a new face in the industry, and she has been able to remain relevant even until now.
4. Dayo Amusa
Here is another versatile talent who is popular in the industry. She is a talented movie star who has been able to make a name for herself and has also been able to earn a lot for herself.
Born in Lagos (where she was also raised), the actress is also a singer and indulges in business. Before she became a movie star, she was at MAPOLY to study Food Science and Technology, where she started the process before getting to where she currently is.
Being a talented actress, Dayo has been honoured with several awards.
5. Femi Adebayo
Femi is another very popular Yoruba actor who is well-known for his uniqueness. Apart from being an actor, he is also a lawyer and a movie director.
There are various things that helped shoot Femi to his current position. Apart from the fact that he is quite talented and all, he is also the son of Adebayo Salami, a very popular figure in the industry.
Just like various other top actors, he doesn’t earn from the movie alone. For instance, Femi used to be a Special Adviser to the Governor of Kwara State on Arts, Culture and Tourism. Apart from this, he also has a law office where legal matters on properties and importation are being settled.
He has been in the industry for some time now and has become a principal there, who has acted a lot of movies, including the likes of Sonto Alapata and Wura Ati Fadaka.
6. Olaniyi Afonja
Olaniyi is famously known as Sanyeri, a comic actor who started in 1992. It was first from a theatre group where he was able to get things started before he moved to Lagos where he started living in harsh conditions at first.
He is well-known for acting funny roles, and he has starred in numerous movies since he started. Expanding himself and not being complacent, Afonja also produces movies.
7. Wale Akorede Okunnu
Wale is on the list, as he has been able to make a lot of money for himself over the years. He has starred in a lot of movies since he debuted as an actor, and he is one of those that pushed their ways through via their funny acts.
Before he became a big name in the industry, he started with a business. Currently, he remains very hardworking, a very busy actor that is into various aspects of the film business.
8. Fathia Balogun
She is a very successful actress who is well-known for her talents. Fathia Balogun is not only an actress but also a producer and director. She has a foundation that reaches out to underprivileged children both morally and financially.
Fathia was married to Saheed Balogun, and she has featured in over 100 Yoruba movies. Considering her talents and status, she earns a lot of money from featuring in movies. And since she is still relevant even today, she keeps earning a lot from the industry. She is currently the eight people on the list.
9. Muyiwa Ademola
He is another well-known and famous actor who has made a name and fortune for himself over the years. Muyiwa not only acts in movies, but he also directs, and he is good in what he does (he is also a superb scriptwriter).
Ademola is the one that produced and directed ‘Ori’ – a movie that received accolades from various centres.
As of 2013, Ademola had been able to build a property that is worth millions of Naira in Oyo State. Since he is a very talented and popular actor, he earns a lot of money from movies (to feature in them and to act them)
Ademola doesn’t only earn money from movies, but he also has endorsements from big firms such as Schemelink Properties Limited.
10. Iyabo Ojo
Iyabo is another popular actress that can act in various roles without much issues. She has starred in numerous movies as she has been in the industry for some time now. Apart from being an actress, she is also a producer who has produced various movies that did fine (she produced her first in 2004).
Iyabo keeps pushing herself and keeps striving to do new stuff. For instance, some years later, she made a movie that attracted some big players in the industry (Silence).
Iyabo, who studied Estate Management in Lagos State Polytechnic, is also a businesswoman who makes a lot of money from various ventures. She has connections with popular people in the country – including well-known politicians. For instance, when she opened Abula Spot, it was inaugurated by the First Lady of one of the States in the country. She also invests in general catering services and event management.
Here we are with our list of richest Yoruba actors in Nigeria. Considering how hardworking some upcoming youngsters are in the industry, we expect them to break into the list very soon.
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