Top 7 Nollywood Leading Men

The Nigerian movie industry, often referred to as Nollywood, is home to a plethora of talented actors and actresses. While many performers strive to establish a name in the industry, not all of them achieve significant financial success. However, there are a few who have managed to rise to the top and leave an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. In this article, we will explore the top seven leading actors in Nollywood who have garnered immense popularity in 2023.


Deyemi Okanlawon

Deyemi Okanlawon, Nollywood

Dubbed is dubbed the hardest-working man in Nollywood. Deyemi is literally in everything! This stellar actor is the living representation of hard work and consistency.

In 2022, he played Kola in Netflix’s Blood Sisters, where his character was killed off early, but his exceptional acting skills made his character memorable.

He played the role of Elesin Oba’s son in Elesin Oba, and recently, he made a brief appearance in the Netflix series Far From Home.

Deyemi’s hard work and brilliant acting skills make him one of the leading men in Nollywood.


Kunle Remi

Kunle remi, Nollywood

Kunle Remi, born Oyekunle Opeyemi Oluwaremi, is a Nigerian actor who came into the limelight after emerging as the 7th edition winner of Gulder Ultimate Search in 2010.

Kunle has been in quite a number of movies, including Prophetess, A Naija Christmas, and even Tinsel. 

It was, however, his role in Kunle Afolyan’s Anikulapo that placed him on this list. He played Saro, a fabric weaver who engaged in an illicit affair with the Queen of Oyo. 

His character sparked a lot of debate on the internet and kept Nigerians entertained.


Tobi Bakre

Tobi Bakare, Nollywood

If there’s one Big Brother alum who has been able to beat the “can’t act” allegations, it’s Tobi Bakre. At a time when Nollywood struggled to find leading men capable of selling movies with their charisma and looks, Tobi came in and also decided to embark on the herculean task of carrying the industry’s action genre on his back.  

Films like Sugar Rush and Rattlesnake ignited that spark in Tobi’s audience, and his deadly collaborations with Jade Osiberu in Brotherhood and Gangs of Lagos solidified his position as one of the biggest stars of our generation. 

Known for his time as a big brother housemate, Tobi Bakre has constantly been proving that he is an actor worthy of commendation. 

In the 2022 hit movie Brotherhood, Tobi played Akin, a gang member who became an orphan at a young age and turned to the streets while his brother became a policeman assigned to a task force hunting his gang.


Uzor Arukwe

Uzor Arukwe, Nollywood

Uzor Arukwe is one actor who should be given all the flowers in the world. 

This versatile actor played the character Jite in Blood Covenant. He is one of the three friends the story revolves around. 

Interestingly, he was also in the newly released Funke Akinde movie, “A Tribe Called Judah.”


Alexx Ekubo

Alexx Ekubo, Nollywood

Alexx Ekubo is a model, actor, composer, producer, and entertainer who gained fame in Nollywood through his impressive acting skills and charming looks. 

Alexx, aside from being an actor, has also made his mark in the fashion and modelling industry. He has been recognised for his style and has won awards for his contributions to fashion and entertainment. His achievements include winning the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Award.


Timini Egbuson

Timni Egbuson, nollywood

Born in Bayelsa State, Timni Egbuson began his acting career in the TV series “Shuga,” produced by MTV Base, where he played the role of Tobi. This role marked a significant point in his career and helped him gain recognition for his talent. In 2017, he co-hosted the red carpet of GT Bank’s Fashion Week alongside Sharon Ooja. And also feature in Funke Akindele’s new movie, “A tribe called Judah.”

Timini Egbuson is known for his unique style and fashion sense, making him a notable figure in the Nigerian fashion scene. He has also used his platform to advocate for social issues and inspire his fans.


Stan Nze

Stan Nze, Nollywood

Stanley Ebuka Nzediegwu (born May 15, 1989), known professionally as Stan Nze, is a Nigerian actor known for his role in the 2020 remake of Amaka Igwe’s Rattlesnake. Stan won the 2022 AMVCA Award in the ‘Best Actor in Drama’ category for his role in Rattlesnake.             


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