Ali Nuhu biography: age, family, net worth, house, cars, and career

Ali Nuhu biography: age, family, net worth, house, cars, and career

Who is Ali Nuhu? Ali is one of the most successful and most famous actors in Nigeria. He is an A-List Kannywood actor, who through his amazing talent, versatility, work ethic and on-screen charm, has become a top name in both Nollywood and Kannywood. Here is everything we know about the incomparable actor.

Ali Nuhu biography
Ali poses for a picture during a photoshoot. Photo: @actoralinuhu
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Ali is a versatile artist who has built a successful acting career. He is a popular Nigerian actor, producer, director, scriptwriter, and dancer. He is a rare mix of innovativeness, creativity, and bravery. He has become an example to follow for many young Nigerian actors who appreciate talent and the virtue of hard work.

Profile summary

  • Name: Ali Nuhu
  • Birthdate: March 15, 1974
  • Age: 47 years (as of 2021)
  • Birthplace: Borno State, Nigeria
  • State of origin: Gombe State, Nigeria
  • Marital status: Married
  • Occupation: Actor, screenwriter, producer, director
  • Net worth: $1 million

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Ali Nuhu biography

The talented actor was born in Maiduguri town, Borno, Nigeria. Nuhu grew up and spent his early childhood in Yakasai, No Man’s land, and Hausawa areas of Kano town.

Ali Nuhu father’s name was Nuhu Poloma. He came from the Balanga town of Gombe State, Nigeria. Nuhu Poloma was a former chairman of the People's Democratic Party in Gombe State.

His mother's name was Hajia Fatima Karderam Digema. She was from Bama village of Borno State, Nigeria. She was a caterer, a headmistress and a school teacher. Sadly, she passed away in 1999.

Ali’s mother played a significant role in her son's career. She supported Ali's desire to become an actor. The actor's father has passed on too. He died in June 2020 at 78 years old.

How old is Ali Nuhu?

The handsome Kannywood actor is 47 years old as of 2021. He was born on March 15, 1974.

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Educational background

Ali started his primary school education in Riga Special Primary School, which he attended from 1979 to 1985. Later, he studied at the Government Secondary Commercial School in Kano from 1986 to 1988, where he got his Junior Secondary School Certificate.

How old is Ali Nuhu?
Ali poses for a picture during a photoshoot. Photo: @actoralinuhu
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He also attended the Science Secondary School Dawakin Tofa from 1989 to 1991, where he obtained his Senior Secondary School Leaving Certificate.

The famous actor earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography from The University of Jos, where he studied from 1992 to 1997.

During his National Youth Service Corp in Ibadan, Oyo State, in the year 1998, he actively participated in the Dance and Drama Troupe. He finally represented Oyo State in the NYSC National Dance and Drama Competition.

He also attended the University of Southern California, where he studied Film Production and Cinematic Arts. He took part in a film training programme at the Asian School of Media studies in New Delhi.

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Career summary

Ali Nuhu once said that his first film audition took place at The University of Jos during his undergraduate years after he found an advertisement from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

Ali Nuhu began acting professionally in the Hausa movie industry, also known as Kannywood, in 1999. He started his acting career with the film Abin Sirri Ne.

After this, he featured in some blockbusters like Danadam Butulu, Dijanagala, Wasila, Mujadala, Sangaja to mention a few. These movies helped him to carve his niche in Kannywood.

Nuhu is one of the most renowned Hausa actors to venture into Nollywood. He starred in Sitanda, the Amstel Malta sponsored film, which earned him Africa’s most popular award, The African Movie Academy Award (AMAA).

Ali Nuhu movies
Nuhu on the art cover of "The Millions" movie. Photo: @actoralinuhu
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As of now, the actor is one of the most prominent figures in both Kannywood and Nollywood. He has featured in TV series such as Wetin dey and Finding Aisha.

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The talented actor has participated in many movie festivals, namely, Abuja International Movie Festival, The Pyongyang Film Festival in North Korea and The Zuma film festival.

Nuhu became one of the most-watched actors in Nigeria and beyond its borders due to his impressive performances and success in films of TV productions is part of.

He popularly called the “Sarki Ali”, “Emir of Kannywood”, “King of Kannywood”, "King Ali", and so on. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of the home video film era of Kannywood.

In 2019, he was honoured with an award by Northern Nigerian Students in India.

Nuhu is very enthusiastic about supporting the youth to dream about building a successful acting career. For this reason, he began to involve numerous young people in his movie Gamunan Dai.

He has stated that he plans to create as many movies as possible that will include young people.

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Talking about his titles and statuses, in 2017, Ali Nuhu was made Face of the Consumer of The Nigerian Communications Commission NCC.

He is also one of the Ambassadors to Nigeria’s leading Indigenous telecom network company, Globacom Nigeria.

Other brands that he has worked as a brand ambassador for include Royco, Pepsi, Blue Boat Champions Milk, Cherie Noodles, and others.

Beyond his acting career accomplishments, Ali Huhu has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts.

Aside from being an actor, Nuhu is also a businessman. He is the founder and chairman of a production company named FKD productions.

Ali Nuhu movies

The famous Kannywood star has featured in different genres of projects, from heartwarming classics to comedy, epic films, action movies, and more.

Nuhu has featured in hundreds of Hausa and English language movies and television projects.

Ali Nuhu biography
Nuhu pictured on the art cover of a Kannywood film he directed. Photo: @actoralinuhu
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Here are some of the movies and home videos the talented actor has been part of as an actor, producer, director and writer.

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  • One Lagos Night (2021): Radiant
  • The Millions (2019): Sheikh
  • Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons (2018): Client Service Head
  • Banana Island Ghost (2017): Mr. King
  • Hakkunde (2017): Waziri
  • Ojukokoro: Greed (2016)
  • The Wedding Ring (2016)
  • Confusion Na Wa (2013): Bello
  • I Voted Now Wetin (2013)
  • Last Flight to Abuja (2012): Dan
  • Memories of My Heart
  • Sitanda 2006 (2011)

Home videos

  • Hadhafi (2011)
  • Bitter Generation 1, 2, 3, 4 (2010): Kazie
  • Honest Deceiver 1, 2 (2009): Damian
  • Prince of the Niger 1, 2 (2009): Dennis
  • Beautiful Soul (2008): Okon
  • Beautiful Soul 2 (2008)
  • Dijangala (2008)
  • Labari (2008)
  • Rabuwa (2008)
  • Sammatsi (2008)
  • Greatness (2007)
  • Greatness 2 (2007)
  • Takunsaka (2007)
  • Jarumai 1, 2 (2006)
  • Turaka (2006)
  • Rufa-Rufa (2005)

Director credits

  • Mansoor (2017)
  • Gamu Nan Dai (2015)
  • 'Yar Tasha (2015)
  • Halacci (2015)
  • Jinin Jiki Na (2014)
  • Ni Da Ke Mun Dace (2013)
  • Kudi A Duhu (2012)
  • Madubin Dubawa (2012)
  • Bazan Barki Ba (2012)
  • Farraqu (2011)
  • Adamsy (2011)
  • Ankwa (2011)
  • Bana Bakwai (2007)

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  • Dijangala (2008)
  • Rabuwa (2008)
  • Hidima (2006)
  • Hidima 2 (2006)


  • Last Flight to Abuja (2012): Associate producer
  • Dijangala (2008): Executive producer

Writer credit

  • Dijangala (2008)

Awards and nominations

Nuhu has won multiple awards. He has been honoured both at home and abroad. He has earned more awards and accolades than any other Kannywood actor.

Here are some of the awards and nominations Nuhu has received so far in his career.

  • In 2005, he won Best Actor at the Arewa Films Awards for his performance in the film Razani.
  • He won Best Upcoming Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2007 for his performance in Sitanda.
  • In 2011, he won Best Indigenous Actor at the Zulu African Film Academy Awards for his character he played in the film Carbin Kwai.
  • In 2013, he was nominated for Africa Movie Academy AwardsBest Actor in a supporting role for his performance in Blood and Henna.
  • He won Best Actor at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards for the portrayal of his character in Confusion Na Wa in 2013.
  • At the 2014 Kannywood Awards, he won Best Actor for his performance in Matan Gida.
  • Kannywood AwardsPopular Choice Awards for Best Actor in 2015.
  • Also, in 2015, he won Best Actor (Hausa) at the Best of Nollywood Awards for his role in the film Jinin Jikina.
  • In 2016, he won Best Actor at the Arewa Music and Movie Awards for his performance in the film Nasibi.

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What is Ali Nuhu's net worth?

When talking about net worth, he has been described as one of the most successful and richest actors in Nigeria.

He is perhaps, the wealthiest actor in the Hausa movie industry. According to, Nuhu’s estimated net worth is $1 million.

Ali Nuhu's house and cars

It is not uncommon for actors and filmmakers to flaunt their cars and house on social media. Nuhu, however, is one of the few who do not flaunt their wealth on social media. This has made it difficult for his fans to know the number of cars and houses he has.

Is Ali Nuhu married?

The famous Nigerian movie star is a happy family man. Ali Nuhu is married to Maimuna Garba Ja Abdulkadir.

The Kannywood star has three wonderful children, two daughters Fatima, Nawahir, and a son Ahmad. His youngest child Nawahir is four years old.

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Ali Nuhu family
Ali with his wife and children pictured during his youngest child's birthday. Photo
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The famous actor’s marriage is a successful one. He has been married for 18 years. He got married in 2003.

While celebrating his 15th wedding anniversary in 2018, Ali posted a message on his Instagram page to celebrate the great love he and his wife share. His post read,

Our love grows more tremendously full, swift, poignant as the years multiply. Happy 15th wedding anniversary, my love.

In an interview, Maimuna Garba Ja Abdulkadir said that being Ali’s wife made her an open-minded person. Ali’s wife described her husband as a thoughtful husband and a father who can serve as a wonderful example for his children.

As a hugely famous figure, Ali Nuhu has also been the subject of some rumours. Recently, Ali and Hausa actress Hadiza Gabon’s photos appeared on the Internet. It caused rumours about his alleged 'second marriage', but these rumours have been dispelled.

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Ali Nuhu, a well-known Nigerian actor, director, and producer, is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in the Hausa film industry and Nollywood. He has also been declared as the King of Kannywood, having starred in many classic and outstanding movies and received numerous awards.

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