Richest Yoruba Actors 2022, Net Worth Of Odunlade Adekola, Kunle Afolayan, Femi Adebayo, Other
The Nigerian entertainment film industry, Nollywood, has subsets, but the focus today is on the Yoruba film industry. The Yoruba film industry has produced a plethora of talented and wealthy performers. Many of these actors amassed their fortunes by starring in major motion pictures, which opened the door to greater opportunities such as endorsement deals, side businesses, and so on. Here are ten of the wealthiest Yoruba Nollywood actors, along with their net worth.
Odunlade Adekola aka Saamu Alajo, Oyenusi, Sunday Dagboru, Alani Pamolekun, Mufu Oloosha Oko, and other Yoruba movie screen gods are first on this list. All of these are the titles of films in which he starred as the main character. The lanky actor was born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, but was raised in Otun Ekiti, Ekiti State. He attended primary and secondary school in Abeokuta, Ogun State, before enrolling in Moshood Abiola Polytechnic for his diploma. In 2018, he graduated from Lagos State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
He is currently an actor, singer, filmmaker, director, and producer. Odunlade, who debuted in the industry in 1996, is well known for his extraordinary energy, flawless talent display, sense of humour, and passion for movies. It’s no surprise that many people believe that if he isn’t in a Yoruba film, the film won’t do well in terms of sales and viewership. This could be one of the reasons he is always in high demand. He is married and has children.
Odunlade Adekola’s net worth is estimated to be between $1.5 million and $2 million (617 million – 823 million) by industry analysts. The actor has appeared in well over 100 films, and his wealth stems from a large portion of that. Odunlade, 45, is still the highest-paid Yoruba actor, earning around N400,000 per year, according to an insider. He also owns Odunlade Adekola Film Productions (OAFP), a film production company that produces and distributes films. Aside from movies, Odunlade has endorsement or paid partnership deals with the following companies:
- Ayoola Foods Limited
- 1X Bet
- Goldberg Lager Beer
- Serenitees Couture
- Standard Chartered Bank Visa Card
- Western Lotto
- RevolutionPlus Properties
He is also compensated for sponsored social media posts. Odunlade owns valuable landed properties in Abeokuta and other major cities in prime locations. He also owns a luxury hotel in Abeokuta, Ogun State, which he reportedly paid N40 million for.
Odunlade, like other wealthy celebrities, has a penchant for high-end automobiles. The following are some of his vehicles, along with their values:
•Range Rover Sport – N62.7 million
•Honda Civic Sedan – N8.9 million
•Hyundai Sonata – N9.6 million
•Mazda Premacy – N2.1 million
•Toyota Rav4 (2010) – N9.6 million
•Toyota Landcruiser – N30.6 million
Kunle Afolayan, son of late Adeyemi Afolayan aka Adelove, is a brilliant filmmaker who comes in second place. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and they’re not wrong in this case. This film icon was born in Ebute Metta Lagos but grew up in Kwara State. Kunle Afolanya attended secondary school in Lagos before earning a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Afolayan enrolled in the New York Film Academy to obtain a diploma in digital filmmaking to hone his skills.
He quit his banking job in 2005 to pursue a full-time acting career. In the same year, he founded Golden Effects Pictures, a film production company. KAP Film & Television Academy is a new film academy founded by Afolayan.
Kunle has produced several films through his production company, including Figurine (which won five awards), Irapada, Phone Swap, Omugwo, The Tribunal, Mokalik, The C.E.O., Citation, and A Naija Christmas. He has won several awards for himself over the years as a result of his films, which are mostly A-List productions. Afolayan’s net worth is estimated to be between $800,000 and $1.5 million (329 million – 617 million).
His two companies, Kunle Afolayan Productions Television (KAPTv) and Golden Effects Pictures, also make him a fortune. The latter company is divided into two branches. The film content development unit is one, and the post-production and equipment rental unit is another. He, like Odunlade Adekola, has endorsement deals with brands such as:
- Globacom Nigeria
- Pavilion Afriques
- Pan Nigeria
- Air France
Kunle spends his money on vintage collection like the:
• Jaguar xj6 1982
• Benz 1969
• Thunderbird Ford 1965
Aside from automobiles, he lives in a Beverly Hills styled home.
Femi Adebayo is his father’s son and a chip off the old block. In the Yoruba film industry, he is also known as Jelili, a name derived from one of his most popular comedy films. His father, Oga Bello, and some of his siblings are also Yoruba movie actors, so it appears that acting runs in the family.
Femi is a talented actor who has demonstrated his abilities in acting, directing, and producing epic films.
Femi is a Kwara State native who was born in Ebute Metta Lagos. He attended Lagos primary and secondary schools before enrolling at the University of Ilorin, where he studied Law and later earned his master’s degree in Law at the University of Ibadan.
Femi Adebayo started his acting career at an early age, featuring in one of his father’s movies Ogun Ajaye in 1985; since then, there has been no looking back. He owns J- 15 Media network Nigeria. Femi Adebayo is undoubtedly one of the highest-paid Yoruba actors, as he charges about N400,000 per movie role. His net worth is about $900000 – $1m (N374.8 million – N388 million). Femi’s other income streams include being a social media influencer and endorsements deals like
- Trophy Lager Beer
- Unique Motors
- T.Pumpy Estates
- Kayode Obembe & Co
- Global Investment Ltd
He was also named Special Adviser on Art, Culture, and Tourism (Kwara state), a position that comes with a sizable stipend, as is customary for government appointments in Nigeria.
Femi Adebayo lives in a twin duplex in Ibadan and owns a fleet of exotic vehicles including:
- Toyota Hilux TRD (N35 million)
- Volkswagen Passat (N4 million)
- Toyota highlander (N18 million)
- Kia Sorrento (N5.5 million)
- Toyota Camry (N10 million)
- Toyota venza (N10 million)
Jide Kosoko, a veteran, is another household name in the Yoruba and Nollywood film industries, having appeared in several Yoruba and English films. He is a seasoned film actor, director, and producer who has appeared on the big screen for many years.
The star actor was born into Lagos Island’s Kosoko royal family. He completed his primary and secondary education in Lagos before enrolling in Yaba College of Technology, where he earned a higher national diploma (HND) in business administration. It was also learned that he studied Performing Art at Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, in his later years. He is married and has children, some of whom are very successful in Nollywood.
Jide Kosoko began his acting career at the age of ten in Lagos in 1964. He appeared in Makanjuola, a stage play in which he played the lead role. Jide had gained enough experience as an actor and drama group coordinator after about 8 years, which led him to form his own theatre company, Jide Kosoko Theatre Company, in 1972.
Since then, the Nollywood actor has appeared in more than 100 films, including Nkan la, Jenifa, Out of Luck, King of Boys, Bling Lagosians, Sugar Rush, Love is War, Gidi Up, Two Weeks in Lagos, Breaded Life, Love Castle, and many more.
Prince Jide Kosoko’s net worth is estimated to be $850,000 (N353.4 million). His wealth is primarily derived from acting, directing, and producing films, but he also has some endorsements and ad deals to his name, including:
- Western Lotto
- MeritAbode Limited, owners of Emerald Estates
Kosoko owns a multi-million dollar mansion in the Alimosho local government area of Lagos state, as well as another house in Gbagada and a fleet of cars that he does not display on social media.
Afeez Abiodun, also known as Afeez Owo, has been in the Yoruba film industry for over two decades and has carved out a niche for himself. The actor, who is from Iseyin town in Oyo State, completed his secondary school education in Ogun and Oyo State but was unable to continue.
Despite the fact that he had been acting since he was in high school, he did not begin working as a full-time actor until 2000. The Iseyin-born actor is married to Mide Martins, also an actress, and they have two daughters.
Afeez has appeared in and produced numerous Yoruba films over the last two decades of his career. He’s made a fortune for himself primarily through acting, directing, and film production. Apparently, his net worth of $750,000 (307 million in naira) attests to this. His income comes from long-term investments in real estate and other businesses he owns. He is said to be investing in real estate in Lagos, Ibadan, and his hometown of Iseyin.
Check: Afeez Owo Abiodun Net Worth
6. Muyiwa Ademola
Muyiwa Ademola, also known as Muy Authentic, is another talented thespian. He is a household name in the Yoruba film industry, and he earned the nickname Muy Authentic because of the high quality of his work, which his audience appreciates each time he releases a new film. He is one of the few filmmakers who captivates audiences whether he directs, produces, or stars in a film.
The actor was born in the city of Abeokuta, Ogun State. In Ibadan, he completed his primary and secondary education. He graduated from the University of Ibadan with a Bachelor of Education in adult education and community development. Muyiwa Ademola began acting in the Nigerian film industry in 1991 and has been very active since then.
He has appeared in numerous films, directed and even produced his own. He, like many others on this list, is a Nigerian actor with a presence in all aspects of Nollywood. It’s no surprise that he’s created some of the most talked-about blockbusters and epic films. His first film, titled Asise, was released in 1995. (Mistake). In 1997, he produced Ogo Osupa, a film that catapulted him to fame. The actor also has a slew of awards to prove how good he is at what he does.
Muyiwa Ademola is a movie producer and actor who earns a lot of money from his work in the entertainment industry. The quality of work we’ve seen him do over the years explains why he earns this much.
As a result, his $450,000 (N184.7 million) net worth is primarily derived from acting, directing, and producing films. Aside from these, Muyiwa owns an academy for film production (Authentic School of Drama and Film Production), where aspiring actors and actresses are trained. He obtained brand sponsorship deals such as:
- Agric-tech firm Titan Farm
- Images Fashion
- Wave-making real estate company
- Schemelink Properties Ltd.
Muyiwa Ademola has joined the ranks of affluent Nigerians who have purchased properties in Ibadan’s Oluyole Estate, where he lives in a mansion worth about N20 million and has some luxury cars in his garage.
7. Wale Akorede
Adewale Akorede aka Okunnu was born and raised in Ibadan, but is originally from Ogbomoso in Oyo State. He completed his secondary school education in Ibadan before enrolling in The Polytechnic Ibadan to study fine art.
He is a multi-talented actor, producer, film director, and screenwriter, but he is best known for his comedic roles in the majority of the films he has appeared in. Adewale has been in the acting business for more than two decades. He began acting in part in 1982, and he has been waxing stronger in the industry ever since, hopping from one movie set to another.
Okunnu’s fortune stems primarily from the films in which he stars or directs, but he also runs a few other businesses. The actor claims he was doing it before he got into the acting business. He had previously lived in Saudi Arabia before returning home. He relocated his wife and children to Toronto, Canada, a few years ago. He is estimated to be worth $450,000. (N184.7 million)
8. Olaniyi Afonja
Olaniyi Mikhail Afonja, also known as Sanyeri, is a Yoruba comic actor and film producer who has produced numerous comic Yoruba films. He is one of the few actors who is naturally gifted in the art of comedy.
Born in Oyo State, he received his primary school education in Okeho and his secondary school education in Oyo. Before he began acting, Afonja was unable to complete his secondary school education.
He began acting in 1992, when he joined a theater group in his hometown and appeared in stage plays. Though things were difficult at first, he was able to overcome them through determination, hard work, and a positive attitude.
He has appeared in several films over the years and is still active to this day. Edun Ara, Jenifa, Omo Car Wash, Opa Kan, Olu Omo, Apaadi, and many more are among his notable films. He made his first film, Okan Eni, in 2004; other films he has made include Orosun, Opa Kan, Adaba, Asiwaju, Aruba, Oro Olorun, and many more.
Olaniyi Afonja made his fortune as an actor, director, and producer. Aside from appearing in films and television shows, the actor earns money through other business ventures such as endorsement deals with well-known brands.
Earlier in 2021, he signed an endorsement deal with Oxford International Limited, as part of which he received an official car.
Sanyeri is happily married with two children, and his family, like Wale Akorede’Okunnu’s, has moved to Canada. His net worth is estimated to be $400,000 dollars (N164.1 million).
9. Yinka Quadri
Yinka Quadri is a Yoruba film industry elder statesman and veteran actor. He was born in Lagos to a middle-class family from Igbominasi in Kwara State. He attended primary and secondary school in Lagos. Quadri’s good acting skills, like those of his very good friend and ally, Lanre Hassan ‘Ogogo,’ have distinguished and singled him out among his contemporaries in the game, as he frequently plays active roles in movies depicting both modern-day and rural settings.
Yinka Quadri is a film director and producer who has had great success in his film directing and film producing careers and has undoubtedly contributed significantly to the development of the Yoruba film industry in Nigeria. He entered the industry in 1976, and his net worth is estimated to be around $250,000 (N102.6 million), earned primarily through acting, directing, and producing films. He also runs other businesses, though little is known about them.
Aside from acting, he was named an ambassador for Al-Amanat Islamic Estate in 2016, bringing him into the league of Yoruba actors who earn money from endorsement deals. It is unknown whether the actor has signed any other endorsement deals as of late. Quadri is happily married with five children, lives in his own home, and owns several luxury automobiles. The actor is not one to flaunt his wealth on social media, though he was once quoted as saying that he has been driving cars since 1982 and has never been without one, no matter how big or small.
10. Adebayo Salami
Adebayo Salami is better known by his stage name Oga Bello, a name that stuck because of the character he played in a TV series that catapulted him to fame, Comedy half-hour. He is an exceptional and talented actor, film director, and producer who has produced numerous films during his acting career. He is currently one of Yoruba Nollywood’s oldest actors, with up to five children in the industry, one of whom is Femi Adebayo (ranking no.3).
Adebayo was born and raised in Lagos State, where he attended primary and secondary school. He has been active in the industry since the beginning of his career and has appeared in over 80 films. His first film, Ogun Ajaye, was released in 1985.
Oga Bello makes the majority of his money by acting, producing, and directing films. He is also said to have some side businesses. He is said to own a twin duplex in Ibadan. Oga Bello’s net worth is $200,000 dollars (N82 millon).
However, the talented actor owns:
•Volkswagen Passat( N4 million)
•Kia Sorento SUV (N5.5 million)
Oga Bello has two wives and eighteen children, out of which nine are males, and nine are females.
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