– A parade of their assets
NOLLYWOOD has become a multi-billion naira industry and our actresses are raking in some serious cash. Not only are they making money from movies, they also have investments, sponsorships and endorsements with well known brands. ENCOMIUM Weekly highlights the five richest Nigerian actresses.
Genevieve Nnaji tops the list with movies that have grossed over a N100 million at the box office. Genevieve is definitely a household name and is known not just in Nigeria but other parts of the world, even appearing on the biggest talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009. She has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies including the award winning, Ije: The Journey, which grossed N60 million turning out to be Nigeria’s highest grossing movie ever.
Genevieve started her acting career as a child actress in the then popular TV soap opera, Ripples at 8. When she was 19, she was introduced to the thriving Nigerian movie industry with the movie, Most Wanted, after which she did several other movies. In 2004, she was chosen as the Face of Lux in a highly lucrative sponsorship deal. She also launched her own clothing line in 2008 named St. Genevieve, which donates its proceeds to charity. In May 2010, she was appointed the official face of Make-up Designing in Nigeria. She also secured a contract as the face of US and South Africa brand, Cintrion energy drink for N50 million. In June 2012, she was unveiled as the brand ambassador of Range Rover Evogue by Coscharis Motors, in which she reportedly got $100,000. She recently acquired property in Parkview Estate (Ikoyi, Lagos) and she also has another mansion in Oniru Estate and one in Lekki which she built for her parents. She recently starred in the hit movie, Half of a Yellow Sun.
Kate Henshaw started her acting career in 1993 with the movie, When The Sun Sets and she has starred in over 50 movies. She won the African Movie Academy Awards in 200 for Best Actress in a Leading Role in the movie, Stronger than Pain. Her endorsements include Face of Onga, Face of Blessing Perfume deal. The new Face of Samsung mobile and electronics and she was previously a Glo ambassador. Kate Henshaw recently released her autobiography, The Life of an Actress: My Story and it was reported she got N5 million from the Rivers State Government. She is also known for traveling across the country, sharing photos of her vacation to Switzerland, USA, Italy. She is currently divorced and has a 12 year-old daughter, Ella.
Second in the list is screen goddess, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde who was recently honoured as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine alongside Michelle Obama, Beyonce and Kate Middleton. She began her acting career in 1995 with the movie, Venom of Justice. Her first major role was in the movie, Mortal Inheritance and she has gone on to do over 300 movies including the award winning, Ije starring alongside Genevieve in which she got N30 million. Last Flight to Abuja in which she made N24 million, Private Storm and several others. She has also won many awards including African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2005; Screen Nation Awards in 2012 for Pan African Best Actress, among many others. In 2012, she launched her own reality show, Omotola: The Real Me, which made her the first Nigerian celebrity to star in a reality show. Omotola is also into music and she is the first African celebrity to receive over one million likes on Facebook. She is married to Captain Matthew Ekeinde and is a proud mother of four kids. They currently reside in a lofty mansion at Iba area of Lagos.
Funke Akindele shot into limelight with the monster hit movie, Jenifa and has made over N60 million, netting N20 million in 2012 alone. In The Return of Jenifa, she got N35 million. She is also known for her major endorsements with premium brands including Vitafoam, where she got N20 million. Her endorsements with Qlichy.com Jobberman.com, Globacom, Klin detergent and Lagos Inland Revenue Service are very lucrative. She started her acting career with the TV series, I Need To Know and won AMAA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2009. She also has a mansion located at Agbalajobi Estate, Ikeja, Lagos.
Even though she was recently dropped as Glo ambassador with several other celebs, Uche Jombo is still one of Nigeria’s most bankable actresses. Not only is she an actress, she is also a producer and a screenwriter. When her movie, Lies Men Tell was released, it sold out within four days selling over 40,000 copies. She made her debut in the Nigerian movie industry in 1999 with the movie, Visa to Hell and has gone on to do over 60 movies including Games Men Play, which she directed and starred as the lead character, Damage, A Mother’s Fight, to name a few. Uche Jombo is also currently building a massive house in Lekki around Alpha Beach and is married to a Puerto Rican, Kenney Rodriguez.