Evergreen: List of Nollywood’s best actors and actresses of all time and their profiles

We asked people to choose the best Nollywood actors/actress of all time. We then awarded one point to every names listed. What we got is the compliation of well seasoned actors/actresses. Every vote makes the list below. If your evergreen actor/actress didnt make this compliation, you probably did not send in their names. Send in your comments to add your evergreen actor/actress. View list after cut

Pete Edochie: born 7 March 1947 is a Nigerian actor. A devout Catholic he is considered one of Africa’s most talented actors, by both Movie Awards and Movie Magic’s Africa Magic Cable network. Although a seasoned administrator and broadcaster, he came into prominence in the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s all time best selling novel, Things Fall Apart. Edochie descends from the Igbo people in Nigeria.


Joke Sylva born 29 September 1961 is a Nigerian actress and director. She has received several awards and nominations for her work as an actress including the awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2006 and Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2008.


Jide Kosoko (born 12 January 1954) is a Nigerian actor. A Nollywood veteran, he acts in both Yoruba and English language movies. As a prince of the Yoruba, he holds the traditional title of Omoba and often uses it as a pre-nominal style.

Kayode Odumosu (Pa Kasumu) was born and breed in the family of MR Odukayode Kazeem Odumosu (a.k.a Eleshin)& Mrs Victoria Olubunmi Oduosu (a.k.a. Iya Ibeji). His Father was a Trader and my Mother a hair stylist(Iya-Onidiri). He is the only surviving boy. The rest of his sisters are all married.

Oludotun Jacobs (popularly known as Olu Jacobs, born 1942), He has starred in several British television series and international films. In 2007 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a leading Role

Alex Usifo: Edo State born Alex Usifo Omiagbo, is a graduate of Mass Communications and Philosophy from the University of Lagos. With a Catholic parentage and background, Usifo, as he is known, grew up a loving, caring but strict father and husband, undermining the many hardened character he plays in the movies


Richard Mofe Damijo Richard Mofe Damijo (popularly known as RMD, born July 6, 1961) is a Nigerian actor and politician. In 2005 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Since January 2009 he is the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nigeria.

Nkem Owoh is a Nigerian actor and comedian. In 2008 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role


Justus Esiri a leading Nigerian actor who got the right icing on his acting cake when he was conferred with the national honours of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) Justus Esiri, was born in November 1942 in Oria, Abraka, Delta State

Segun Arinze The actor who is often identified for playing bad guy roles speaks several Nigerian languages fluently. Born in Onitsha, Anambra state, his early education was at Victory College of Commerce in ilorin and Taba Commercial College, Kaduna. Arinze received his dramatic training at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife, Nigeria. Segun’s screen credits include “The Silent Night”, “Church in Crisis”, “Darkest Night”, “Battle of Love”. “Atlanta” and the popular TV soap operas Mega Fortune and Ripples. Segun also hosts the popular AIT talk show “No Holds Barred

Regina Askia was born in Lagos State Nigeria in year 1967 as Regina Askia Usoro. She quit acting in the early 90s to start her family in the United States of America. The 45-year old actress is married to Rudy William and the couple have two beautiful children namely Rudy Jnr. and Teesa. Rudy Junior is 8-years-old while her sister Teesa is 10-years-old

Sam loco Efe: Late Chief Sam Loco Efe was a multifaceted actor, writer and singer. As a trained artiste, Loco Efe was a trainer and moulder of future leaders.

Liz Benson: Elizabeth Benson (Born 1966) is a Nollywood Actress whose rise started from the soap opera “Fortunes” in 1993. She later switched into home movies like “Glamour Girls” (1994), True Confessions and Izaga to mention a few. The Efik born acting diva is one of Nigeria’s most prolific actresses and holds a degree in Dramatic Arts


Patience Ozokwor aka Mama G is a Nigerian actress. She has been in over 200 movies till date, Ozokwor was born in Ngwo, Enugu, Nigeria, she comes from a humble family in Ngwo. Her village is Amaobo. She attended Abimbola Gibson Memorial School, Lagos.

Oga Bello

Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello): Adebayo Aremu Salami was born on May 9, 1953 in Lagos, a renowned Nigerian Yoruba actor. Mr. Salami is a native of Ilorin, Kwara state. Though he was born in Lagos and grew up in Lagos. He started acting at the age of 11 years in 1964 with a group called Young Concert Party lead by Ojo Ladipo Theatre Group which was later named Awada Kerikeri Theatre Group.

Iya Rainbow

Idowu Phillips: Iya Rainbow Iya Rainbow’, it stems from the name of the theatre group of her late husband, called Osumare (means rainbow in Yoruba language). So far, she has featured in more than 50 movies but became a widow in 1984 less than 15 years into her marriage. Her son, Femi, is also into movies, but as a director.


Ojo Arowosafe_Fadeyi Ever dripping with charms and incantation whenever in action, Ojo Arowosafe occupies a unique place in the Nigerian movie world. His words are meant to be fire. If he fires a single shot, about 10 heads are expected to be rolling on the floor. Yet, if he is shot at by 10 people, the enemies’ bullets dissolve into mere rain drops that end up caressing his magical skin.


Peju ogunmola is the daughter of veteran actor, the late Pa Ogunmola, is a popular face in the movie industry.Married to actor, Aluwe (Sunday Omobolanle), who was her late father’s protégée, Peju has featured in many Yoruba movies. Her face has become a must watch.

Nike Pella Delectable star actress, is the daughter to the late magician, Professor Moshood Abiola Peller she has since dumped acting for Black magic

Osodi Oke

Ronke Oshodi Oke Ronke Ojo, popularly known as Ronke Oshodi Oke is from Ondo State, Nigeria. She is best known for her role in Yoruba language movies. She is one of the biggest names in the Yoruba movie industry. Fame came her way when she played the role of Oshodi Oke, the lady with the big b**b and since then, the name Oshodi Oke like a leech, has stuck to her.


Racheal Oniga grew up and was born in Lagos to Mr &Mrs Ubogun. she is Urhobo from Delta State, enjoyed my youth age to the fullest and a real “tom-boy”. She loved singing and dancing as a child and wished to be in the entertainment industry.


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  1. good people of nollywood i Emmanuel pesonaly love u God wil save u in any bt in nollywood long live nigeria long live people of nollywood u can get to me 08161626066 my facebook jeff destiny

  2. You are all the best!
    May the almighty God keep pushing you up, amen!
    The Sky is your starting point!
    We pray that those of us who are aspiring to be there, will someday, amen!
    Long live our actors and actresses!
    Long live Nollywood!!
    Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!

  3. this the real and talented people that bring up the name of Nigeria.am just missing sam loco,justice Esiri,Elebli elebua.may your souls and the soul of all other faithful departed rest in the bosom of our lord Jesus(amen)

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