The Nollywood industry has been around for a very long time now and has witnessed a lot of people shoot into stardom. While it is often believed that fame is just as fleeting as life is, there are those who have managed to stay consistent in the Nigerian movie industry.
Just like their female counterparts, many Nollywood actors have had to deal with getting little or no jobs due to new talents who pop up every year in the industry.
While some eventually quit the industry for alternative vocations, there are those who have stuck it out and weathered the storm
There are also those whose prolific acting has kept bringing more and more movie roles their way and effortlessly so.
Regardless of how they have managed to remain in the film industry, these actors ranging from Jim Iyke to Pete Edochie have amassed great love from the Nigerian movie lovers and it's not hard to see why.
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Below are eight Nollywood actors who have graced our screens for 15 years:
1. Richard Mofe Damijo
Richard Mofe Damijo better known by his initials, RMD, is certainly one Nollywood god who has been in the industry for a long time now, and has continued to win hearts with his effortless interpretation of movie roles.
RMD ventured into the Nigerian film industry in the 80s when he took part in a television soap opera called Ripples.
He then acted in the 1997 movie, Out Of Bounds for which he received a writer/producer credit. He has continued to serve major screen goals ever since.
2. Jim Iyke
Known for his flawless interpretation of bad boy roles, Jim Iyke is another Nollywood icon who has stayed consistent in the industry.
Real name, James Ikechukwu Esomugha, Iyke joined the movie industry in the year 2001 and he has starred in over 150 movies ever since.
His latest movies include Merry Men and The Set Up.
3. Pete Edochie
Dubbed the godfather of Nollywood, Pete Edochie's days in the movie industry stems back to his role as Okonkwo in the cinematic adaptation of Chinua Achebe's 1958 novel, Things Fall Apart, in 1971.
His penchant for dropping interesting proverbs in his movies has not only won him lots of fans across the country, but it has also earned him the respect of many. Edochie whose son, Yul, is also in the movie industry, has starred in over 200 movies.
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4. Desmond Elliot
Now a politician and filmmaker as well, Elliot remains one of the leading men in the film industry. He has appeared in over two hundred films including Men Who Cheat, Yahoo Millionaire and Atlanta.
Although he appears in fewer movies these days, his work as a director and producer has proved to be successful.
5. Kanayo O Kanayo
Known for his captivating delivery of villain roles, Kanayo is one of those actors who many have a hard time telling their real nature from the movie characters he plays, due to how good he is.
Kanayo made his debut movie appearance in the 1992 hit movie, Living in Bondage and has starred in over 100 films.
6. Ramsey Nouah
Popularly known for his lover boy roles in Valentino, Power of Love and the likes, Nouah's acting career kicked off when he starred in the Nigerian TV soap opera, Fortunes.
The 1996 hit movie, Silent Night, launched him into the limelight and he has since appeared in numerous films.
His most recent movie was the 2019 sequel to the 1992 blockbuster, Living in Bondage.
7. Segun Arinze
Full name Segun Padonou Aina, the talented actor and singer has been on our screens for over 15 years and counting.
His flawless diction and ability to draw emotions from viewers has earned him the love and respect of many people.
Known for movies like Women in Love, Anini, To Love A Thief and many others, the Nollywood actor is definitely one man we have enjoyed seeing on our screens.
8. Nkem Owoh
Popularly known as Osuofia for the 2003 hit movie, Osuofia in London, Owoh's sojourn into the film industry goes as far back as 1987 where he started in Things Fall Apart alongside Pete Edochie.
The talented actor known for playing coy and funny roles has starred in over 100 movies and continues to keep fans entertained.
These actors and many more, have continued to bless our screens with their impeccable acting and it is simply amazing!
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