The Top 10 oldest Nollywood actors list comprises of Veteran actors in the Nigerian film industry. Nollywood is the 3rd most popular film industry in the world only after Hollywood and bollywood.With the demise of popular names like Sam Loco Efe, Bruno Iwuoha in the nollywood industry,the list has how ever become thin.
This is the list of the Top 10 oldest Actors in Nollywood.
10.KENNETH OKONKWO, 47 YEARS
Born November 6TH, 1968. Kenneth Arinzechukwu Okonkwo is a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Enugu State, who also studied Theology at the Bible School. He is a native of Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.he got into Nollywood in 1991 with the movie Living In Bondage where he played the character called Andy and right then became an household Name.
9.ANAYO MODESTUS ONYEKWERE, 53 YEARS
Popularly known as KANAYO O KANAYO, Anayo Modestus Onyekwere hails from Mbaise, Imo state. born march 1st 1962. He started his acting career in the movie LIVING IN BONDAGE. He’s a popular household name, having starred in over 100 Nollywood movies.He won the African Act Award of the Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2006 He’s currently a UN ambassador and a Pastor.
8.ZACK ORJI,54 years
A fluent speaker of English and french,Zachee Amaa Orji was born in Libreville, Gabon.He had his univeristy education in Nigeria,and holds a B.Sc. (Hons) Estate Management degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. he graduated in 1984. His first movie was in 1991, and was entitled Unforgiven Sin. Since then,Orji has starred in different movies and is now a Nollywood legend.hes married to Ngozi orji and they have 3 children
7.RICHARD MOFE DAMIJO,54 years
Richard Mofe Damijo (popularly known as RMD, born 6 July 1961 in Warri,Delta state) is a Nigerian actor and politician. In 2005 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He is a former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nigeria. He attended the University of Benin, where he read Theatre Art, and also University of Lagos where he finished in 2004 as a Lawyer. His first movie was in 1997, Out of bounds, He also featured in the 1998 blockbuster movie, Diamond Rings.
6.MICHAEL BAMILOYE:55 years
Popularly known more as a Christian Movie producer, pastor and actor, Michael Bamiloye was born April 13 1960 in Osun State.Nigeria. He is an evangelist and founder and president of Mount Zion Drama Ministry. His first movie was a staged performance in 1985 called Hell Conference. He is married to Actress Gloria Bamiloye with children..
6.CHIWETALU AGWU,59 years
One thing you would agree is popular about Chiwetalu Agwu is his use of catchy native phrases in his movies.Chiwetalu was born in Enugu,Nigeria in March 5. 1956. he has spent over 31 years in this profession with tutelage in NTA and the then Anambra Television, ATV Channel 50 of old Anambra State. His first movie was in Things fall Apart.He is married with 5 children,3 boys and 2 girls
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4.JIDE KOSOKO,61 years
A popular Yoruba and English Nollywood Actor, Jide kosoko was born in January 12, 1954 in Lagos to the Kosoko royal family of Lagos Island. He studied Business Administration from Yaba college of technology.He is a polygamist with 2 wives, children and grand children His first movie was in 1964 as a Child Actor.
3.ALEX USIFO,62 years
Alex Usifo Omiagbo is a famous Nigerian actor, born in 16 April 1953 in Ewohimwi, Edo state. He read mass communication and philosophy from the university of Lagos and began his acting carrier in the late 80s. His first movie was playing Mr president in the Action flick, A call to serve. He has since featured in Numerous Nollywood movies like Silent Night, Desperadoes,My Love etc. He is happily married to Princess Usifo.
2.PETE EDOCHIE, 68 years:
ighly rated in the Nigeria movie Industry as a role Model and a Father to alot of upcoming Actors and Actresses.Pete Edochie was born on the 7th of March, 1947.He is considered as one of Africa’s most talented actors.having won numerous awards both locally and within Africa. 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,for which he won an international BBC Award. On August 16, 2009 Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie was kidnapped. The veteran actor was kidnapped on his way to an event in Anambra State. He was kidnapped at Nkpor and was released on August 17, 2009. Movies to his Credit are Numerous to mention but extremely popular is Things fall apart (1987). Rituals (1997) Oracle(1997) Narrow escape (1999) My love (2002) etc
1. OLU JACOB,73 years:
The oldest Actor in Nollywood is Pa Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs popularly known as Olu Jacobs.An international Actor born in Egba Alake in Ogun state. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts , London. after Which he starred in numerous British Television series in the 1970s like The Goodies, Till Death Us Do Part. He’s a Father figure in the Nollywood and married to Joke Sylvia. He has Acted in over 130 Nigerian movies..Olu Jacobs charisma and manner of delivery in Nollywood movies cannot be rivaled by any other actor, his superb baritone voice also add some uniqueness to his mastery of the profession.
The Nigeria Movie industry is a diverse one and one that has come to stay, as the veterans retire, new upcoming Actors and actresses are being introduced daily. The top 10 oldest Actors in Nollywood are closely knitted as they all have featured together in numerous movies at different times in their various acting career. I wish them long life and more years in the industry.