The Yoruba movie industry has over the years now attained a tremendous growth and development with veteran Nollywood celebrities. The emergence of top 10 Yoruba stars are measured by their brilliant acting, series of awards won and years of experience, assets, philanthropism and endorsements.
We also look at their other businesses outside acting, their level of popularity and their own contributions to the growth and development of the Nigerian movie industry at large.
In this post, we shall take a look at the top and big Yoruba celebrities and their net worth.
The top 10 Yoruba actors are:
1. Odunlade Adekola is rated one of the richest, most popular and most influential Yoruba actors in Nigeria today.
He was born on June 13, 1978 in Abeokuta, Ogun State. His acting career started dated back to his early days in his local Church as stage plays and drama presentation. He eventually launched his acting professionally and has since starred in several Nollywood movies including Wives On Strike, Taxi Driver and many Yoruba movies.
Odunlade has since earned a number of awards, notably as Best Male Act in Nollywood owing to his good interpretation of roles in movies both in English and Yoruba.
Odunlade is the Chief Executive Officer of Odunlade Adekola Film Productions. He has several endorsement deals with Telecom giant, Globacom, Goldberg and many other big companies.
He is rated one of the richest Yoruba actors with a about $1 million dollars with several houses in Abeokuta and Lagos.
2. Prince Jide Kosoko is a popular Nollywood Yoruba actor, producer and a television personality. He was born on the 12th of January 1954 to the Kosoko Royal family in Lagos Island, Lagos State.
Jide is a very skillful, creative and highly talented actor who has made immense contribution to the Yoruba movie industry in Nigeria. The success of the industry cannot be complete without the mention of his name. He is known to interprets movie roles perfectly well.
His long years and experience of acting has placed him as a strong pillar in the movie industry in Nigeria.
Jide Kosoko had his primary and secondary education in Lagos Island, Lagos State and later at Yaba College of Technology, Yaba Lagos where he obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business Administration.
His acting career actually began at a very tender age in 1964, in a television production titled “Makanjola” and had since featured in over 200 several Nollywood movies, including Yoruba and English.
Some of his movies include Oro Nla, Out of Luck, Gidi Up, Last Flight to Abuja and many others. He currently features in a drama series “ Palace” on Africa Independent Television (AIT) every Sunday evening.
Jide is a recipient of several awards including Lifetime Achievement Awards at the City People Movie Awards, Best Actor in a supporting role at the Africa Academy Awards and Prominent Actor in Nigeria at the Best Nollywood Awards.
Jide Kosoko is highly talented and is rated one of the most gifted, most skillful, most creative Yoruba actors with a net worth of about $1 million dollars.
3. Funke Akindele (Jenifa) of the Yoruba origin from Ikorodu area of Lagos state. She was born on August 24, 1976. She is rated one of the most popular and richest Nollywood actresses in Nigeria.
Funke is a graduate of Mass Communication from Ogun State Polytechnics and Law from Lagos State University. Jenifa’s Diary has shot her to greater fame and recognition with every home and children acknowledging her programme.
She has several endorsement deals with Globacom and Nairabet and other big companies and recipient of several awards including the best actress in a leading role at the African Academy Awards.
She is believed to be one of the highest paid Yoruba with a net worth of about $900,000 dollars.
4. Akin Lewis is another top 10 popular Yoruba actor, producer and director.
He was born in the 1951 in Lagos State, the date of his birth not known.
Akin Lewis had his primary and secondary education in Lagos state. He later went to the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Osun State where he bagged a degree.
Akin Lewis began his acting career in 1973. The actor, who has been in the movie industry for over four decades now is known to acting Yoruba and English movies. He is very matured in acting, creative and exceptionally talented.
Some of his movies include Return from the Dead and Love Is War, King of Boys, A Soldier’s Love, Heroes and Zeroes and many others. He has also featured in TV Series including Tinsel, one of Nigeria’s most popular Soap Opera on Satellite TV and the current AIT TV drama Series “Palace” which comes up every Sunday at 9pm.
Akin Lewis is presently the Rector of Graig-Philips College of Technology, a film Institute located inside Shonibare Estate, Maryland, Lagos. The school is believed to be well equipped with experienced tutors.
On October 2010, Akin won the Audio Visual Awards (TAVA) for best actor of the year Awards.
Akin Lewis is married with children. He is one of the very few Nollywood Yoruba celebrities free from scandal.
Akin Lewis is a renowned Yoruba actor, rated one of the richest and most influential with a net worth of about $800,000 dollars.
5. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde widely known as Omosexy, is an icon in Nollywood and rated one of the richest Yoruba actresses.
She has earned a number of awards including the best supporting role actress at the African Movie Academy Awards.
She also has several endorsement deals with Chivita and other big companies believed to have run into millions of Naira. She has millions of followers as fans on social media.
Her net worth is placed at about $700,000 dollars.
6. Fathia Balogun also made the list of top 10 Yoruba actresses. She is also a movie producer and director known for brilliant roles in movies.
She is from Delta state but grew up in Lagos where she had her primary and secondary education respectively. She holds a Diploma from Kwara Polytechnic and has starred in several movies including Teni Teka, Omo Ale, Aje Metta and many others.
Fathia Balogun has also won several awards including the 2008 Most Outstanding Actress (Indigenous) at the African Magic Viewers Awards and 2015 Best Local Language (Yoruba).
Fathia has endorsement deals with top brands in Nigeria. She runs an NGO and other businesses, rated one of the richest and most influential Yoruba actresses with a net worth of about $500,000 dollars.
7. Femi Adebayo is another veteran that made the list of top 10 Yoruba actors. He is a lawyer, actor, movie producer and director and former special adviser to Kwara State Governor on Arts, Culture and Tourism.
Femi has starred in several movies for over two decades now including hit movies like Sonto Alapala, Ma Wobadan, Buga and many others.
He is the MD/CEO of J-15 Media Network Nigeria. He also handles legal matters on properties and importation.
Femi Adebayo has won a number of awards, rated one of the richest and most influential Yoruba actors with a net worth of about $500,000 dollars.
8. Mercy Aigbe is another veteran that made the top 10 Yoruba actresses. She is a Nollywood actress, movie producer and director.
Mercy was born on June 1, 1971 in Lagos but hails from Edo state. She had her primary and secondary education in Lagos and Diploma in Financial Management in Ibadan Polytechnic. She also had a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Lagos.
She began acting in 2001 and has since featured in several Yoruba movies including Igberag, Afefe Ife, Okanjua and many others.
Aigbe has also received several accolades with an estimated net worth of $500,000 dollars.
9. Iyabo Ojo is another popular and rated one of the top 10 richest Yoruba actresses.
She studied Estate Management in Lagos state Polytechnic. She has acted in several Nollywood movies including hit movies like Olulofe, Esan, Okunkun Biribiri and several others.
Iyabo is also a movie producer with a number of movies to her credit. She has other business including Catering services, Bar and Lounge, Make-Up Studio and Event Management.
She is rated one of the richest and most influential Yoruba actresses with a net worth of about $400,000 dollars.
10. Dayo Amusa is another successful star who made the list of top 10 Yoruba actresses.
She was born July 20, 1984 in Lagos and a graduate of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic where she studied Food Science and Technology.
Dayo is a recipient of several awards including 2017 Nollywood Female Face of the year at Pink Awards, best Indigenous Nollywood Awards, 2016 Award of Excellence and many others.
Dayo is rated one of the richest and most influential Yoruba actresses with a net worth of about $700,000 dollars.
To sum up, the above named Yoruba actors and actresses are indeed good and wealthy owing to their level of creativity, experience and versatility. No one actually knows their true net worth but they are widely believed to have at least close to their speculated range.