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Top 6 Veteran Nollywood Actors


Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, has been the home of immense talent, creativity, and cultural expression for decades now and has given rise to some of the most iconic actors. These men have not only entertained millions but also become symbols of Nigeria's vibrant culture. Some notable male actors who have shaped Nollywood over the years include the likes of Olu Jacobs, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD) Nkem Owoh, Mr Ibu, Kanayo O. Kanayo, and the iconic Chiwetala Agu.

Here is a peek into the lives, achievements, and contributions of these 6 veteran Nollywood actors who have left an indelible mark on the industry.

Osuofia (Nkem Owoh)

Osuofia (Nkem Owoh)

Osuofia’s Early Life and Career

Nkem Owoh, popularly known as Osuofia, was born on February 7, 1958, in Enugu State, Nigeria. He studied engineering at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. Osuofia's unique comic timing and acting style quickly made him a household name in Nollywood movies.

Osuofia Awards and Achievements

Osuofia has won several awards, including the African Movie Academy Award for "Best Actor in a Leading Role" in 2008 for "Stronger than Pain." He was also honored with the Life Time Achievement Award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in 2017.

Osuofia Notable Movies

Some of Osuofia's notable movies include "Osuofia in London," "Things Fall Apart," "Lionheart," and "My Village People."

Chiwetalu Agu

Chiwetalu Agu

Early Life and Career

Chiwetalu Agu is another veteran actor known for his unique slang and phrases in Nollywood movies. Born on November 27, 1956, Agu's acting career spans over three decades, and he has appeared in over 700 films.

Chiwetalu Agu Awards and Achievements

Agu has received numerous awards, including the Nollywood Award for 'Best Actor in Indigenous Movie (non-English speaking language)'.

Notable MoviesChiwetalu Agu has Starred In

His filmography includes "Ripples," "Taboo," "Things Fall Apart," and "Ijele."

John Okafor (Mr. Ibu)

John Okafor Mr Ibu

Early Life and Career of Mr Ibu

John Okafor, widely known as Mr Ibu, was born on October 17, 1961. His stage name "Mr. Ibu" is derived from his character in the film "Mr. Ibu," a role that catapulted him to fame.

Mr Ibu’s Awards and Achievements

Mr Ibu has won several awards, including the Best Actor in a Leading Role award at the Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards.

Mr Ibu’s Filmography

Some of his famous movies include "Mr. Ibu," "Mr. Ibu in London," "Keziah," and "Police Recruit."

Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD)

Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD)

Early Life and Career

Richard Mofe Damijo, known as RMD, was born on July 6, 1961. He studied Theatre Arts at the University of Benin and later Law at the University of Lagos. RMD's suave and charismatic presence has made him one of the leading actors in Nollywood movies.

Awards and Achievements of Richard Mofe Damijo

RMD has won numerous awards, including the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2005.

Richard Mofe Damijo Movies

His notable films include "Out of Bounds," "Diamond Ring," "The Wedding Party," and "10 Days in Sun City."

Olu Jacobs

Olu Jacobs

Early Life and Career

Olu Jacobs, born on July 11, 1942, is one of Nollywood’s most revered actors and patriarchs. Inspired by the late Herbert Ogunde, Jacobs trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and has acted in various British television series and international films. Olu Jacobs is married to veteran actress Joke Silva for over 30 years. The icon who attended the AFRIFF 2021 is now retired from acting as he is battling with Dementia with Lewy Bodies, according to his wife.

Awards and Achievements of Olu Jacobs

Olu Jacobs has received several awards, including the Industry Merit Award at the Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards.

Olu Jacobs’ Notable Movies

Some of his famous movies include "Ashanti," "Pirates," "The Dogs of War," “Blood and Oil” and "The Royal Hibiscus Hotel." Olu Jacobs’ profile also boasts a repertoire of television programs and stage plays, alongside his over 120 Nollywood movie appearances.

Kanayo O. Kanayo

Kanayo O Kanayo

Early Life and Career

Kanayo O Kanayo, born Anayo Modestus Onyekwere, on March 1, 1962, is one of the most recognizable faces in Nollywood. He made his debut in the film "Living in Bondage" and has since appeared in over 100 films. He is best known for his iconic roles in occult movies teaching the value of morals over wealth.

Kanayo O Kanayo’s Awards and Achievements

Kanayo has been honored with several awards, including the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Notable Movies featuring Kanayo O Kanayo

His notable movies include "Family Battle," "Apaye," "Lionheart," and "Living in Bondage: Breaking Free."

The Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, has been enriched by the talents and contributions of these six veteran actors. They have not only entertained audiences with their exceptional acting skills but have also played a pivotal role in putting Nollywood on the global map. Their dedication, hard work, and creativity continue to inspire new generations of actors in Nigeria and beyond.

From Osuofia's comedic brilliance to RMD's charismatic performances, these actors have become synonymous with Nollywood's success and growth. Their stories, achievements, and iconic roles in Nollywood movies will forever remain etched in the annals of African cinema

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