Nigerian film industry is also known as Yoruba movie industry and it has many talented actors and actresses. Like Hollywood, these actors are paid very well and are recognised for their contribution to the world of art and cinema.
There are many veteran actors and young age actors known for their acting skills and other talents through which they continue to make a lot of money.
List of top 10 highest paid Yoruba actors in 2017.
10. Iyabo Ojo
Iyabo Ojo is a director and also known as one of the capable actresses in Yoruba industry. She graduated in Estate Management from Lagos State Polytechnic. She started her acting career with “Bimbi Akintola” in 1997. She is a very talented and a gifted artist.
9. Muyiwa Ademola
Muyiwa Ademola belonged to ministry family but he chose acting as his full-time career and has proven his skills. With great acting skills, he is regarded as the most grounded actor in the industry. He was also involved in the coordinates of popular movies like Igi Owo and Ise Imole in the year 2009.
8. Fathia Balogun
One of the standout actors among the most highlighted and successful stars in Yoruba industry, Fathia Balogun at the age of 46 is someone who radiated her positiveness. She has worked for almost seventy movies including Jawonbe, Funfun and Yemoja and much more. even during her separation issues with husband, her advancement in the industry did not cease as she continued getting work.
7. Wale Akorede Okunnu
Wale Akorede started getting popularity in the movie industry with the successful hits of Ademola, Olaniyi and Muyiwa. He is popularly known as Okunnu and this talented actor has worked for over 100 movies. He is known for his entertaining work and has great stage presence and has made a decent progress with comic roles. With his perfect comic timings and work, he is paid pretty good to be among the list of highest paid Yoruba actors.
6. Olaniyi Afonja
Olaniyi rose to great fame when he was featured in the film Sanyeri. He started acting as a Theatre artist in 1992 and acted in many Theatrical bunches. In 1996, he moved to Lagos and joined a popular theatre Ajala Jalingo. He performed in many cities through various gathering and shows.
5. Femi Adebayo
Femi started acting in 1996 and coordinated by Tade Ogidan in the movie Owo Blow. He won four Best Yoruba actor award in 17th African Film Awards. There is a long list of movies which are credited to his name. Though Femi is also a graduate in Law but he made his name in the industry as an actor, producer and director.
4. Mercy Aigbe
Her debut movie “Yinka Quadri” in 2002 gave her an immediate boost in her acting career and since then she is a popular name in Yoruba film industry. She was born and brought up in Maryland, Lagos and won many awards as best actress, best supporting actress and Fashion Entrepreneur among many acclaimed Yoruba awards.
3. Dayo Amusa
When we talk about Nigerian actors, we cannot forget their mute-talented singer and actor Dayo Amusa. She was born in Lagos and started her acting career in 2002. In 2013, she won the lead actress award as Best Nollywood actress and best film for “Unforgivable” at Yoruba Academy Awards. Apart from acting, she also rakes in good money through her singing skills with three singles and many stage shows.
2. Funke Akindele
Funke is a 39-year-old Nigerian actress who came to limelight through the features in UNFPA sitcom “I Need To Know” from 1998 – 2002. She also received the Best Actress Award for her leading role in 2009. she also features in hit tv show Jenifa. Just like other fellow actors, she has more than 100 movies to her name as a writer, producer and an actor.
1. Odunlade Adekola
A multi-talented actor, director, producer, singer and filmmaker Odunlade Adekola tops the list of highest paid Nigerian actors in the world. He started acting a very young age and soon became one of the most actors in Yoruba film industry. Recently in December 2015, he also entered the world music and has been consistently working on it. When we talk about his awards and honours, he won Best Actor in 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2015 and hopefully the years gonna add further. Currently, he is the highest paid actor in Yoruba film industry.
These actors are gifted with a good talent and are among the highest-paid Yoruba actors in the world. Their crazy fan following explains the celebrity status of these actors and they continue rake good money through deals and endorsements and heavy amount for the roles they are remembered for.