Gone are the days when the Nigerian entertainment industry greatly benefitted a male-dominated industry, the story has changed tremendously over time and have come to not only favour their female counterparts but some of these females can hold their own against these males and go toe-to-toe in terms of achievements and success.
The quest to become famous and successful has pitched most of these beautiful female celebrities ahead of their peers despite the seeming desperation from younger, budding, or aspiring female celebrities who crave wealth and fame, forgetting the place of endurance, sacrifice and hard work.
In this post, we look at the top 12 richest female actresses in Nigeria, their net worth and how they stand.
Below are the top richest female actresses in Nigeria:
1. Genevieve Nnaji
Ever-beautiful Genevieve Nnaji is the richest female actresses in Nigeria! The super talented actress and single mother of one is also the first female billionaire following the huge success of her movie, ‘Lion Heart’ which was eventually purchased by Netflix for $3.8 million (₦1,385,100,000).
Genevieve is also of the highest-earning female actresses in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. She owns a $4 million mansion in Accra, Ghana and two others in Lekki. Genevieve is the richest female actress in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $10.5 million.
***Read Genevieve Nnaji’s biography here***
2. Funke Akindele-Bello
Funke Akindele-Bello, popularly referred to as ‘Jenifa’ is the second richest female actresses in Nigeria after Genevieve.
2019 was an amazing year for versatile Funke who was the second richest Nigerian Instagram celebrity after David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido. According to Hooper, Funke Akindele‘s single post on Instagram is valued at $50,500 (N18.1 million).
Beyond being the producer of the highly successful series ‘Jenifa’, Funke is a brand ambassador to top national and multinational brands in Nigeria.
Funke Akindele-Bello is also the richest Yoruba actor in Nigeria (2020) with an estimated net worth of $3.5 million (N1.263 billion).
***Read Funke Akindele-Bello’s biography here***
3. Ini Edo
Sultry Ini Edo from Akwa Ibom is the third on our list. Ini has no doubt had an amazing career as an actress but her focus has been shifted a while to politics, all thanks to her appointment as the Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Culture And Tourism by Udom Gabriel Emmanuel in 2016, a position she still holds till date.
Ini Edo still enjoys a fair amount of endorsement as she is still a brand ambassador to a handful of brands, including Mr. Taxi. She has an estimated net worth of $2 million (N722 million)
***Read Ini Edo’s biography here***
4. Mercy Johnson-Okojie
Fourth on our list is none other than ‘Mama Purity’, Mercy Johnson. Beyond being an amazing mother and a wife, MJ has remained one of the most successful Nollywood celebrities till date.
Mercy Johnson is the senior special assistant (SSA) to the Kogi State governor on entertainment, arts, and culture, a position she has held since April 2017.
MJ is also a brand ambassador to several brands including Pennek, Hollandia, SafeGuard, etc, and has an estimated net worth of $1.93 million (N700 million).
***Read Mercy Johnson-Okojie’s biography here***
5. Rita Dominic
Seasoned actress and producer, Rita Dominic has graced our screens for years and still remain at it even till date. The talented actress who is aging gracefully like a fine wine has been trying her hands on new stuff which is fast paying off.
Presently, Rita Dominic is also one of the high-earning female actresses in Nigeria and is the co-founder of ‘The Audrey Silva Company’, a multimedia company that specializes in producing and distributing contents inspired by African stories, with a reach gradually spanning across African. Rita has an estimated net worth of $1.4 million (N500 million).
6. Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, also known as ‘Omosexy’ is perhaps the most popular female celebrity in Nigeria. She remains one of the very few who has enjoyed an amazing career and still continues to do so.
Omotola, according to Time Magazine, was one of the top 100 influential people in the world, alongside other popular personalities all over the world.
Omotola Jalade who is a brand ambassador to several popular brands such as Scanfrost, Knorr, owned by Unilever, P&G alongside other brands has an estimated net worth of N400,000 million.
***Read Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde’s biography here***
7. Kate Henshaw
Physically fit Kate Henshaw holds this spot on our list of richest female actresses in Nigeria. Super talented Kate is one of the oldest Nollywood celebrities who are still very much around. She is in the ranks of the likes of Omotola, Genevieve and Rita Dominic.
Fitness fanatic Kate who got divorced from her husband over ‘irreconcilable differences’ has moved on perfectly by living her life which includes regular gyming sessions.
Kate Henshaw was appointed as Special Adviser, Liaison, Lagos by Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade in 2015, a position she still holds. Plus, she is also one of the brand ambassadors of the indigenous telecommunication company in Nigeria, Globacom, with an estimated net worth of N400 million.
***Read Kate Henshaw’s biography here***
8. Mercy Aigbe
One might question how Mercy Aigbe found her way to this list but there is no denying that the actress, in a way, rewarded herself with a handful of properties she acquired.
Rumoured to have been financially sponsored by a former governor of Lagos State whom she had/has a relationship with, Mercy Aigbe’s sudden acquisition of a N200 million property in a high-brow area of Lagos coupled with her brand ambassadorial contracts and her luxury clothing (Aso Ebi) business puts her on this list with an estimated net worth of N400 million.
Although Mercy denied the claims during an award ceremony abroad, some Nigerians claim the source of her wealth is from the former Lagos State governor who never spent two terms in office, as is the usual practice with politicians.
9. Monalisa Chinda-Coker
Ikwerre born Monalisa Chinda-Coker holds our number 9 spot as the richest female actresses in Nigeria. Monalisa who is one of the least controversial actors in Nigeria is the owner and CEO of Arise Monalisa Foundation (AMF), a not-for-profit organization established to cater, inspire and create opportunities for people.
Monalisa Chinda-Coker, who was one of the brand ambassadors of Globacom with a contract worth around N100 million around the time she put pen to paper has an estimated net worth of N250 million.
***Read Monalisa Chinda-Coker’s biography here***
10. Uche Jombo
Uche Jombo is soared and enjoyed massive success over the years. The 8th on our list is undoubtedly one of the highest-earning female actresses in Nigeria.
Uche Jombo signed an endorsement deal alongside other actresses as an ambassador of the New Nation project at the Dukwe headquarters in Port Harcourt in 2014. She also signed a multimillion naira endorsement deal with the telecom giant, Globacom in 2013 and has an estimated net worth of N200 million.
***Read Uche Jombo’s biography here***
11. Patience Ozokwor
Holding down this spot is none other than super talented actress-turned Evangelist, Patience Ozokwor. Known for playing either the wicked stepmother in her movies or the no-nonsense mother-in-law, the mother of 8 has proven that she is a huge bunch of talent.
Despite her Evangelical calling, Patience Ozokowor, fondly referred to as ‘Mama G’ still acts and has a brand ambassadorial, multi-million contract with Globacom. She has an estimated net worth of N200 million.
***Read Patience Ozokwor’s biography here***
12. Adesua Etomi-Wellington
On our number 10 is none other than ‘Susu’, more commonly known as Adesua Etomi-Wellington, the wife of Banky W. Adesua has and keeps enjoying a sizeable amount of screen time and remains one of the most sought-after actresses in recent time.
The talented actress has enjoyed a steady climb in her career and has further dragged her R&B soulmate into the movie world. Adesua Etomi reportedly has an estimated net worth of N180 million.
***Read Adesua Etomi-Wellington’s biography here***
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