Top 15 richest Nollywood movie directors 2024

Top 15 richest Nollywood movie directors 2024.

Nollywood, the dynamic powerhouse of Nigerian cinema, boasts a constellation of talented movie directors whose creative genius has shaped the landscape of African filmmaking.

From groundbreaking narratives to box office triumphs, these directors have not only amassed substantial wealth but have also left an indelible mark on the global cinematic stage.

Many are familiar with Nollywood blockbuster films, yet the directors behind these incredible movies, often regarded as unsung heroes, are rarely recognized for their contributions to the screens, streaming platforms, and cinemas

Their creative vision and storytelling prowess have not only entertained audiences but also generated substantial gross earnings.

With Nigeria’s population exceeding 200 million people, it’s the directors from the southwest region who have dominated the highest grossing charts, proudly elevating Nigeria’s flag on the global stage.

Below are the top 15 richest Nollywood movie directors and their net worth in 2024.

Funke Akindele – N2.9 billion

Olufunke Ayotunde Akindele is a Nigerian film maker, actress, director, producer and politician. She is the second director to gross over a billion naira at the Nigeria box office and currently the Highest grossing Nigerian Director in Nigerian Box Office with a total Gross of over N2.9 billion.

She made her cinematic directorial debut in the 2019 political drama film, Your Excellency, which grossed over N160 million.

Funke Akindele is the producer and director of the three highest grossing Nollywood movies of all time, A Tribe Called Judah, grossing N1,392,113,579, Battle on Buka Street, fetching her N668,423,056 and Omo Ghetto: The Saga earning N636,129,120.

Her net worth is valued to be $11 million. Funke owns a house in the UK, a Lagos mansion, and a series of cars that include; 30 Million Naira Jeep 50 Million Naira Rolls Royce Phantom and 50 Million Naira Ferrari.

Niyi Akinmolayan – N1.11 billion

Niyi Akinmolayan, a prominent Nigerian filmmaker and director, stands out as one of Nollywood’s most accomplished hitmakers. His portfolio includes five films that rank among the top 50 highest-grossing Nigerian films: “The Wedding Party 2” (2017), “Chief Daddy” (2018), “Prophetess” (2021), “My Village People” (2021), and “The Set Up” (2019).


Additionally, he is the founder and Creative Director of Anthill Studios, a renowned media production facility. In January 2022, Anthill Studios secured a multi-year deal with Amazon Prime Video, making it the exclusive global streaming platform for Anthill’s cinema releases following their theatrical releases in Nigeria.


His current project is the documentary of Rainmakers, which is set to be aired on March 1st.


In the early stages of his career, Akinmolayan gained experience as a graphic and website designer while apprenticing with Nollywood filmmakers. This period allowed him to develop his proficiency in video editing, animations, after effects, and visual effects.


In 2008, Akinmolayan established his production company, Anthill Productions, which contributed visual effects to his debut film, “Kajola,” released in 2010. While the film was an attempt to showcase his skills in visual effects, it received negative reviews from both filmmakers and critics.


In 2014, he directed the Nigerian dance movie “Make a Move,” starring Ivie Okujaye, Tina Mba, Beverly Naya, and others. The film earned a nomination for Best Movie (Drama) at the 2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.


The following year, Akinmolayan directed two more movies: “Falling” featuring Adesua Etomi, Desmond Elliot, and Blossom Chukwujekwu, and “Out of Luck” starring Linda Ejiofor, Tope Tedela, and Jide Kosoko. His work on these films earned him a nomination for Best Director at the 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, and lead actress Adesua Etomi won Best Actress at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.


In December 2016, he released a short film titled “PlayThing,” a 3D animated movie, which premiered at the FilmOne IMAX cinema in Lagos to critical acclaim.


In 2017, his movie “The Arbitration” was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. This success led to a writing competition on his blog, receiving over 300 entries and resulting in the production of the short film “Room 315.”


Also in 2017, following the positive reception of “PlayThing,” he produced an animated series titled “Adventures of Lola and Chuchu” in collaboration with Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria Plc.


In 2019, he served as executive producer for “Malika: Warrior Queen,” a Nigerian animated film based on the graphic novel by Roye Okupe, writer and CEO of YouNeek Studios.


Akinmolayan also produced children’s fantasy adventure movie, ‘Mikolo’ which was released on August 18, 2023, with a budget exceeding N120 million.


Niyi Akinmolayan’s hard work and achievement is accumulated to be N1,153,745,981.

Kayode Kasum – N763.34 million

Kayode Kasum is a Nigerian movie and music video director and producer. Kasum commenced his filmmaking journey as a motion graphics designer at Wale Adenuga Productions (WAP) and later served as a producer in an advertising company. In 2017, he released his debut feature film, “Dognapped,” Nigeria’s inaugural live-action animation film.

However, it was his 2018 film “Oga Bolaji” that propelled him to fame in Nollywood. He has since contributed to other notable productions such as “Sugar Rush” and Toyin Abraham’s “Fate of Alakada.”

Kayode has amassed over 10,860 minutes of directing experience for MNET’s telenovela series “Unbroken” and “Riona.” His directorial credits include films like “Sugar Rush” (2019), “This Lady Called Life” (2020), “Kambili – The Whole 30 Yards” (2020), “Quam’s Money,” “Castle and Castle S2,” “Soole” (2021), and his debut psychological horror “Ile Owo” (House of Money) (2022).

Kasum is renowned for directing Nigeria’s first live-action animated movie and one of the country’s highest-grossing films of all time.

The 32-year-old was nominated for The Future Awards Africa 2019 prize for Filmmaking and was listed as one of the top Nollywood film directors of 2020. In 2023, he was recognized for directing Something Like Gold, Afamefuna and Far From Home.

He is undoubtedly one of the richest Nollywood movie directors with grossing of N763.34 million.

Kemi Adetiba – N697.06 million

Kemi Adetiba is a Nigerian filmmaker, television director and music video director, whose works have appeared on Channel O, MTV Base, Sound City TV, BET and Netflix.

She featured in television commercial of popular detergent brand OMO as a child.

Kemi started professionally as a radio presenter with Rhythm 93.7 FM, where she gained prominence as the voice behind two nationally syndicated hit shows: Soul’d Out and Sunday at the Seaside. Under the username ‘hule’, she anonymously shared personal remixes online via platforms like Spotify and Soundcloud.

Transitioning from radio to television, Kemi produced and hosted several shows on Mnet, including Studio 53 and Temptation Nigeria, where she co-hosted with Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa. She also served as a presenter on Soundcity TV and hosted Maltina Dance All for three consecutive seasons.

After achieving success in front of the camera, Kemi pursued further education in filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. Her directorial endeavors have since garnered acclaim across Africa and beyond. Notably, her short film “Across a Bloodied Ocean” was screened at the 2009 Pan African Film Festival and National Black Arts Festival.

In September 2016, Kemi’s directorial debut, “The Wedding Party,” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), marking the opening night of the City-to-City Spotlight.

In 2017, she hosted the show “King Women,” where she conducted interviews with influential women, including her mother Mayen Adetiba, Chigul, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, TY Bello, and Tara Durotoye.

In 2018, she directed her second movie, King of Boys and it grossed over N240 million in the box office earnings.

The 44-year-old genius got married to her lover, Oscar Heman-Ackah in April 2022.

As one of the wealthiest movie director, Kemi is estimated to be N697. 06 million.

Roberts O Peters – N609.20 million

Robert O. Peters is a multifaceted Nigerian filmmaker renowned for his roles as a producer, director, cinematographer, actor, and occasional voice-over artist. He is valued to be N609.20 million.


He gained prominence for directing the 2014 Nollywood hit movie “30 Days in Atlanta,” along with notable works such as “Shades of Attractions” (2015), “Boxing Day” (2016), and “A Trip to Jamaica” (2016). The latter starred a stellar cast including Ayo Makun, Ramsey Nouah, Richard Mofe Damijo, Vivica Fox, and many others.


Robert O. Peters’ career took off with his acting debut in Nigeria’s 1998 film “Mama Sunday,” followed by his portrayal of Paul in the 2002 daytime series “Everyday People” created by Tajudeen Adepetu. Later in 2004, he made a significant move to the United States, where he enrolled for a certificate degree in Visual Storytelling hosted by New York University.


Robert O. Peters ventured into cinematography and film editing in 2006, contributing to numerous African-American productions. Over the span of a decade, he collaborated with a diverse array of Hollywood and Nollywood filmmakers, including Vivica A. Fox, Ramsey Nouah, and Funke Akindele, among others.


In 2014, Peters gained widespread recognition for directing the comedy film “30 Days in Atlanta,” which reportedly became the highest-grossing film in Nigerian box office history. This achievement earned the movie a spot in the 2017 Guinness Book of Records for its exceptional domestic gross, alongside notable films from Bollywood and Hollywood.

Moses Inwang – N499.99 million

Moses Inwang is a Nigerian film director, producer, editor and screenwriter best known for classic films in the Nollywood mainstream that speak to societal ills and nagging live issues rarely documented in Nigerian films.

In 2004, he established his production company, Sneeze Films, debuting with the film “Save My Soul.” Four years later, in 2008, he helmed “Lost Maiden,” shedding light on the topic of female circumcision and sparking vital social dialogue. Additionally, he crafted “Save Our Souls,” an informative piece tackling cancer-related issues. In 2011, he directed and co-produced “Damage,” a powerful portrayal of domestic violence, garnering numerous awards and nominations.

In 2012, he gained notable acclaim for directing and producing the psychological thriller “Torn,” which premiered nationwide in 2013, earning numerous nominations, awards, and accolades. Inwang continued his successful streak with hits like “Damage,” “Cold Feet,” “Stalker,” “Last 3 Digits,” “Alter Ego,” “Crazy People,” “American Driver,” “Unroyal,” and the blockbuster “Merry Men 2,” which emerged as the second highest-grossing Nigerian movie of 2019, raking in 240 million Naira.

In 2017, Moses Inwang unleashed yet another blockbuster, “Alter Ego,” starring Omotola Jalade, captivating audiences across Nigerian cinemas. The film quickly garnered immense attention, becoming the talk of the town throughout the year.

“Alter Ego” clinched The Most Outstanding Film award at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), while Moses Inwang scooped the Best Director award at the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival and the Best Screenplay award at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA). With a total of nine nominations, the film made waves internationally, earning the prestigious Best International Film award at The Peoples Film Festival NY.

In 2018, Moses Inwang produced the film Crazy People which went on to become one of the top 10 highest-grossing films of that year. The prolific filmmaker has also released yet another impressive, romantic drama film titled Cold Feet.

Moses Inwang has a net worth estimated to be N499.99 million.

Biodun Stephen – N436.17 million

Biodun Stephen is a Nigerian film director, writer and producer, specializing in romantic drama and comedy films. She is undoubtedly the sixth richest Nollywood movie directors with net grossing of N436.17 million.

Biodun Stephen embarked on her filmmaking journey in 2014 with the release of “The Visit,” a film lauded for its nuanced cast, compelling storyline, and originality. It garnered two nominations at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in Lagos.

During an interview with Tribune, Stephen revealed her initial passion for acting and her subsequent transition to filmmaking to enhance her skills abroad and provide a platform for global communication.

In 2017, her film “Picture Perfect” received five nominations and won two awards at the 2017 Best of Nollywood Awards, including Best Actor in a Lead Role (Bolanle Ninalowo) and Best Use of Food in a Film. She also clinched the Best Director award at the 2016 Maya Awards (Africa). Drawing inspiration from personal experiences and emotions, Stephen’s love stories resonate deeply with audiences.

Stephen’s directorial prowess was further recognized with a nomination for Best Director at the 2018 City People Movie Awards for “Tiwa’s Baggage.” Her film “Seven and Half Dates” was recommended by Guardian in August 2018 as a must-watch for the weekend. Being nominated for the AMVCA remains a highlight in Stephen’s career, instilling confidence in her continued filmmaking journey. She draws inspiration from industry veterans like Emem Isong and Mary Njoku.

In addition to her filmmaking endeavors, Stephen is a radio personality, hosting the weekend show “Whispers.” Her ability to craft compelling titular characters has earned praise from film critics, solidifying her position as a multifaceted talent in the entertainment industry.

She is the founder of a creative film and video production, content creation company based in Lagos, Shutterspeed projects.

Tope Adebayo – N397.97 million

Tope Adebayo is a popular Nigerian actor, Producer, lawyer, and a director. He is one of the highest-earning Nollywood directors of 2022.

He is the son of a famous Nollywood actor Adebayo Salami most recognize as Oga Bello, He gained popularity for his role on the movies Kinni Igbeyawo (2020), King of Thieves (2022) and Késárí the King (2023).

He comes in with N320 million for King of Thieves. His net-gross is said to be N397.97 million.

Loukman Ali – N328.88 million

Ugandan cinematographer, screenwriter and film director comes ninth for his blockbuster movies like The Girl in the Yellow Jumper, The Blind Date, Sixteen Rounds, and Brotherhood, which grossed N328 million.

His directorial debut was Monday followed up by The Bad Mexican, released in 2017.The film was nominated in various festival including the Amakula International film festival.

His net worth is estimated to be N328.88 million.

Adebayo Tijani – N278.50 million

Adebayo Tijani, a renowned figure in Yoruba cinema, is celebrated as both an actor and a filmmaker. Known for his directorial works including “The New Patriots” (2021), “Iwa Pele” (2006), and “Igbeyin Ewuro” (2009), he originates from Oyo State, southwestern Nigeria, born in 1975.

Adebayo commenced his journey into acting and film production following his tenure as President of a Theatre Group in the early 2000s. His directorial debut, “Dursinmi,” premiered in 2002, marking the beginning of his active involvement in the Yoruba sector of Nollywood.

Over the years, he has produced numerous films, maintaining his relevance in the industry. Notably, he co-starred in the romantic thriller “Oku Aye” alongside Femi Phillips in 2016, sharing the screen with esteemed actors like Femi Adebayo, Toyin Afolayan, and Wale Akorede. The film received widespread acclaim from Yoruba movie enthusiasts and achieved remarkable success, featuring scenes shot in both Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

He leads two highest grossing movies; King of thieves and Ijakumo, which gathered all together a total of N424m.

He directed Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe’s blockbuster movie, Ada Omo Daddy, earning N218 million and still counting since its released in December 2023.

Omoni Oboli – N253.02 million


Omoni Oboli, a versatile Nigerian talent, excels as an actress, scriptwriter, film director, producer, and digital filmmaker. With training from the New York Film Academy, she has authored numerous screenplays, contributing to notable films such as “The Figurine” (2009), “Anchor Baby” (2010), and “Wives on Strike” (2016)

In 2018, she showcased her skills as both star and director in the comedy film “Moms at War, grossing, N65 million. She also directed her hit movie, ‘Love at war’, which earned N31 million.

In 2010, she clinched the Best Actress Narrative Feature accolade at the Los Angeles Movie Awards and also secured the Best Actress award at the Harlem International Film Festival. Omoni earned a nomination for Best Actress in a leading role at the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards.

Being one of the richest Nollywood movie directors, her value is said to be N253.02 million.

Kunle Afolayan – N245.64 million

Kunle Afolayan, a Nigerian actor, producer, and director, is widely recognized for his significant contributions to elevating the quality standards of Nollywood movies. Renowned for his use of larger budgets, shooting on 35mm film, and releasing films in cinemas, Afolayan is celebrated for revitalizing traditional Nollywood storylines.

Afolayan’s journey in the film industry began with his acting debut in the 1999 political drama “Saworoide.” In 2006, he transitioned into directing with his debut film “Irapada,” a Nigerian supernatural thriller that earned him the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Film in an African Language. His subsequent directorial ventures include “The Figurine,” “Phone Swap,” “October 1,” and “Citation.”

“October 1” garnered 16 major African movie awards in 2015 and became the second highest-grossing Nigerian film in cinemas upon its release. Afolayan repeated this success two years later with “The CEO.” In 2021, he inked a three-picture deal with Netflix, with “Swallow” being the first to hit screens in October 2021, followed by “Aníkúlápó” in September 2022.

Describing “Aníkúlápó” as a Nigerian fantasy akin to “Game of Thrones” but with a richer cultural representation, Afolayan achieved remarkable success, with the film becoming the #1 most-watched non-English Netflix original film just eleven days after its release.

His newly project, Anikulapo: Rise of The Spectre is primed for a global and exclusive release on Netflix come March 1, 2024. His net worth is said to be N245.64 million.

Ramsey Nouah – N239.59 million

Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah is a Nigerian actor and director. He won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2010 for his performance in the movie The Figurine.

In 2019, he marked his directorial debut with the highly acclaimed film “Living in Bondage: Breaking Free,” followed by the direction of the Nollywood classic “Rattle Snake: The Ahanna Story,” a remake of the 1995 hit “Rattlesnake.”

Ramsey Nouah’s acting journey commenced in the early 1990s when he sought funds for his General Certificate Education (GCE). Rising to prominence with his role as Jeff Akin-Thomas in the Nigerian TV soap opera “Fortunes,” Nouah has become synonymous with leading roles in numerous films, earning him the moniker “Lover-Boy” for his prolific appearances in romantic genres.

Renowned as one of Nigeria’s most in-demand actors, Nouah continues to captivate audiences with his versatile performances. His net worth being a movie director is estimated to be N239.59 million

Toka Mcbaror – N235.63 million

Toka McBaror, a prolific Nigerian filmmaker, producer, and director, hails from Kaduna State, Nigeria, with roots in Delta State. Recognized for his outstanding contributions to cinema, McBaror garnered acclaim and award nominations for his work, including “Kada River,” which received a nomination at the 2018 Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival.

His film “Lotanna” secured six wins at the 2017 Golden Movie Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. McBaror’s achievements extend to the international stage, earning him accolades such as Best African Film and Best Nollywood Director at the 2018 Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival.

Additionally, his film “The Island” received nominations at the ZAFAA Global Awards, further solidifying his reputation as a leading figure in African cinema.

In 2011, Mcbaror showcased his directorial skills in the music video for Nigerian singer J’odie’s hit song “Kuchi Kuchi (Oh Baby).

In 2017, Mcbaror directed the film “Blogger’s Wife,” which premiered in Nigerian cinemas on February 10th. Produced by Seun Oloketuyi, the movie featured a stellar cast including Segun Arinze, Adejumoke Aderounmu, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ijeoma Grace Agu, and Adeniyi Johnson. Additionally, Mcbaror’s production “Kada River” earned a nomination at the Nollywood Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. At the 2017 Golden Movie Awards, Mcbaror received nominations in six categories, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography.

In August 2018, he received acclaim for his directorial work on “The Island,” earning the titles of “Best African Film” and “Best Nollywood Director” at the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TIFF) held in Toronto, Canada.

The following month, he directed “Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons,” a comedy film by Ayo Makun, a renowned Nigerian comedian. Additionally, his 2017 film “Lotanna” garnered nominations for “Best Cinematography” and “Best Director” at the ZAFAA Global Awards.

In 2023, he helmed “Dark October,” a film inspired by the tragic true-life event known as the Aluu Four lynching. This gripping production delves into the harrowing story of four young Nigerian students from the University of Port Harcourt who were unjustly accused of theft and brutally lynched in the Aluu area of Port Harcourt.

His estimated value is said to be N253.63 million.

Akay Mason – N222.61 million

Akhigbe Ilozobhie, popularly known as Akay Mason is a young Nigerian director who has quickly earned his place in the Nollywood industry as the youngest box office film director.

He has four directing credits for Love in Pandemic, Super star, Ada Omo Daddy and elevator baby, grossing about N222 million at the Nigerian box office. This made him the fifteenth richest movie director.

In 2019, he had his directorial debut with Anthill Studio’s Elevator Baby, before directing both Day Of Destiny and Superstar in 2021.

To pursue his filmmaking aspirations, he made the bold choice to leave university during his second year. Transitioning from his studies in Political Science at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, he embarked on his filmmaking journey.

Despite facing opposition from his father, who disapproved of his decision, he received unwavering support from his mother. To finance his three-year film education in Johannesburg, South Africa, she made the sacrifice of selling her cold room business, ensuring he could pursue his dreams.

When he was in film school, he met Niyi Akinmolayan, Nollywood director and CEO of Anthill Studios, on Facebook. And it was Akinmolayan who later mentored him at his studio and gave him his first credit as a director.

Although Akay Mason has now earned a name for himself: with Elevator Baby having an Indian remake, his titles have earned multiple nominations, including “Superstar” at the eighth AMVCA, and his Future Awards Africa nomination; he is still largely influenced by his mentor.


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