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(LATEST) List of all Yoruba actors and actresses

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List of all Yoruba actors and actresses

The Yoruba film industry has lasted through generations of performers and has always been significant in the country’s entertainment sector. We can’t overlook the efforts of practitioners who have stood the time despite the numerous obstacles.

The Nigerian entertainment industry is brimming with celebrities that showcase their talents in both Nollywood and music. These are actors and actresses from various tribes who work in the entertainment business to make it more enjoyable.

The Yoruba people are no exception since they have a large number of performing artists. In this post, we’ll look at these actors and actresses and spotlight a few of the most well-known.

Complete list of Yoruba Male Actors

Adekola Odunlade

Odunlade is the most well-known Yoruba actor, and he is also the tribe’s most prolific Nollywood performer.

Oyenusi, Alani Pamolekun, Omo Colonel, Taxi Driver, Adura, and more well-known films have featured the talented actor.

Odunlade received the City People Award for Best Actor, as well as the African Magic Movie Award for Best Actor in the last couple of years.

Adekola has acted in over 100 films, including Farapamo, Emi nire Kan, Fayebora and much more. He is one of the most well-known and versatile Yoruba actors. You may argue that he is the finest actor in Yoruba cinema. He has three children with his wife Abosede.

Lateef Adedimeji

Mr. Adedimeji, as he is called, is a TV moderator, actor, content author, and MC who rose to prominence after appearing in the film Kudi Klepto. Lateef is a versatile actor who is noted for his one-of-a-kind ability to become enthralled by films.

Tunde Owokoniran

Tunde Tilapia, as he is known, is one of the fastest rising stars in the Yoruba cinema business, having appeared in over 100 films since his debut.

Babatunde Owokoniran’s debut as a Nollywood actor began on this fortunate day, when he was busy selling his plantains in the market, and Odunlade Adekola was holding a meeting in the same market. On seeing Odunlade Adekola, Odunlade Tunde Owokoniran raced up and grabbed him.

He began describing his experience and informing him about his passion for performing, which prompted Odunlade to accept him with open arms, giving Tunde his home address, and his narrative began to change.

Tunde was offered a part to play in one of Odunlade Adekola’s productions after meeting him, and he performed exceptionally well, earning him other roles in Yoruba and English films.

As he gained experience via acting, he began to improve, and today we have a celebrity by the name of Tunde Owokoniran.

Femi Adebayo

Since he was a child, Femi Lateef Adebayo has been fascinated by the movie business; he is the proud son of his father, and when he sees his father on film, he wants he could be like him. His father is a source of motivation for him, which has aided in the development of his God-given skill.

Femi Adebayo is also a professional lawyer, and despite having all of the qualifications and a strong CV to pursue a white-collar job, he returned to the film business. It’s worth noting that Femi Adebayo practiced law for two years before launching his acting career.

His father’s position in the Nigerian film business aided his acting career, as he had the opportunity to meet and work with experienced Nollywood actors and actresses such as Iya Rainbow, Yinka Quadri, Jide Kosoko, the late Hubert Ogunde, and many more.

Femi Adebayo has acted in over 550 films in a variety of roles, and he is a seasoned actor who understands how to seamlessly interpret his characters. He has produced his own films, including, Iro Funfun, Jelili, and others.

We’ve also seen him in Nollywood English-language blockbuster movies, some of which have been released on Netflix, however, he prefers to act in Yoruba, which has led to his appearing in more Yoruba films than English films.

In 2015, the prolific actor earned the City People Movie Award for Best Actor, and among the notable films he’s been in include Ayitale, Anini, and a number of other films.

Okunnu, Wale Akorede

He became well-known in the Yoruba film business after his roles with Olaniyi Afonja and Muyiwa Ademola. He is well known for his role as Okunnu in one of the flicks, and he has appeared in over 100 films.

His talent to make people laugh has earned him a place in the hearts of many film buffs who like his comedic parts.

Hassan Taiwo

He began his basic education at Christ Church School in Ilaro and continued his secondary studies at Gazikia College in Lagos, which he was unable to complete owing to financial difficulties.

He received his technical training as a vehicle mechanic at Yaba Technical School in Lagos. He began acting in 1981 under the supervision of Awo Ademola Fagbemi, shortly after getting a job as an auto mechanic with the water corporation, . He spent nearly 13 years in the water corporation. In 1994, he left government service to pursue acting full-time.

Ogogo is a well-known movie actor who began his career as a mechanic. He’s a seasoned actor with a career spanning more than three decades. Mr. Hassan is a certified auto technician with a career in acting that spans over 13 years.

Other Male Actors are:

  1. Adebayo Bolaji
  2. Adebayo Faleti
  3. Adebayo Salami
  4. Adesola Osakalumi
  5. Adetomiwa Edun
  6. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
  7. Adeyemi Afolayan
  8. Afeez Oyetoro
  9. Akin Lewis
  10. Akin Ogungbe
  11. Akin Omotoso
  12. Akinwunmi Isola
  13. Alex Lanipekun
  14. Andy Ologun
  15. Antar Laniyan
  16. Aremu Afolayan
  17. Ariyon Bakare
  18. Ayo Akinwale
  19. Ayo Makun
  20. Babatunde Omidina
  21. Banky W.
  22. Bimbo Manuel
  23. Bolaji Amusan
  24. Bolaji Badejo
  25. Bolanle Ninalowo
  26. Chadwick Boseman
  27. Charles Olumo
  28. David Oyelowo
  29. Dayo Okeniyi
  30. Dejumo Lewis
  31. Dele Odule
  32. Desmond Elliot
  33. Deyemi Okanlawon
  34. Falz
  35. Femi Adebayo
  36. Femi Branch
  37. Femi Elufowoju Jr.
  38. Femi Euba
  39. Femi Jacobs
  40. Femi Oyeniran
  41. Femi Robinson
  42. Frank Donga
  43. Funsho Adeolu
  44. Gabriel Afolayan
  45. Gary Carr
  46. Gbenga Akinnagbe
  47. Gbenro Ajibade
  48. Hakeem Kae-Kazim
  49. Hubert Ogunde
  50. Jibola Dabo
  51. Jide Kosoko
  52. Jimi Solanke
  53. Jimmy Akingbola
  54. Jimoh Aliu
  55. John Boyega
  56. Kareem Adepoju
  57. Kola Ogunmola
  58. Kola Oyewo
  59. Kunle Afolayan
  60. Kunle Remi
  61. Lateef Adedimeji
  62. Lere Paimo
  63. Luti Fagbenle
  64. Mike Bamiloye
  65. Moses Olaiya
  66. Muyiwa Ademola
  67. Obafemi Lasode
  68. Obba Babatundé
  69. Odunlade Adekola
  70. Olamide David
  71. Olamide Faison
  72. Olaniyi Afonja
  73. Olu Jacobs
  74. Olumide Bakare
  75. Olusegun Johnson
  76. Oyin Adejobi
  77. Peter Fatomilola
  78. Ramsey Nouah
  79. Richard Ayoade
  80. Rockmond Dunbar
  81. Rotimi
  82. Saheed Balogun
  83. Saheed Osupa
  84. Samuel Ajibola
  85. Segun Arinze
  86. Seun Ajayi
  87. Sikiru Adesina
  88. Sola Fosudo
  89. Sunday Omobolanle
  90. Sunkanmi Omobolanle
  91. Fagbenle
  92. Teju Babyface
  93. Tope Tedela
  94. Tosin Cole
  95. Tunde Adebimpe
  96. Tunji Oyelana
  97. Victor Olaotan
  98. Wale Ogunyemi
  99. Wale Ojo
  100. Wasiu Alabi Pasuma
  101. Wole Ojo
  102. Yemi Ajibade
  103. Yemi Shodimu
  104. Yinka Quadri
  105. Yomi Fash Lanso

List of Nigerian Actresses that do Yoruba Movies

Funke Akindele

For her 2009 film “Jenifa,” Funke Akindele, 45, is the only Yoruba actress to win Best Acting AMAA Actress. She’s also the one who gets the most recommendations, which is one of the reasons she’s the wealthiest among her peers.

Akindele began her big-screen career as Bisi in the United Nations series “I Must Know,” alongside Caroline King and other renowned actresses. She returned to acting after graduating from the University of Lagos with a law degree. She has appeared in over 100 films with her own outfit, Scene One Productions, a film production company she founded in 2009. “Jenifa” was her debut film with the outfit, and she went on to create pictures including “Omo Ghetto,” “Eye Ketala,” and others.

Her brief marriage to Almaroof Kehinde ended in controversy, but it had no detrimental affect on her career, as she continues to shake the film world with fresh performances.

With films like ‘Aina Orosun,’ ‘Oro Asoti,’ and the comedy ‘Opa kan,’ he has continued to develop as an actor and producer.

The actress rose to prominence after appearing in a UNPFA-sponsored production. But it wasn’t until she starred in the award-winning film Jenifa that she became well-known.

She currently heads the Jenifa Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists in sustaining gifts and assisting persons in securing professional abilities.

Funke Adesiyan

Funke is well-known for her enthralling roles in Yoruba films. She began her career as a high school model and has worked with a number of successful organizations.

The on-screen figure is a graduate of the prestigious Olabisi Onabanjo University’s Performing Arts program, where she studied to achieve her current success.

Mercy Aigbe

In 2006, she made her Nollywood debut with the film Ara. She had always wanted to act before that, but she didn’t realize she would pursue it professionally until her OND days, when it became a major priority for her. As a result, in 2001, she enrolled at the University of Lagos to study Theatre Arts in order to pursue a career as a professional actor.

Mercy is a businesswoman with a variety of sources of income in addition to performing. Mag Diva Boutique is her fashion boutique, which she opened in November 2014. Mercy also owns an asoebi business called Asoebi Mercy, as well as a skincare line called Flawless by Mercy.

Mercy is a well-known entertainer who has made a name for herself in Yoruba Nollywood films. She’s also recognized for her one-of-a-kind sense of style.

Sola Kosoko

Ola Abata, her first major picture, was released in 1999, and I was cast in the character of Alaja Wosilat. Her father persuaded her to pursue acting professionally. However, she was not enthusiastic about it because she was applying for university entrance. In the year 2000, her father wrote another screenplay, and he stated that she would not just appear in two or three scenes, but would be the major role. She complied grudgingly.

She had seen the movie, and was not pleased with herself. She chose to stop performing and focus on her studies since she believed she was too unattractive. In the year 2001, she was offered another opportunity to play in a film as the main character, which she unwillingly accepted, but she was pleased with what she saw on the screen this time. She appeared to be more mature and lovely, and she did admirably. That was the film that catapulted her into the spotlight.

As a result, she began to receive more invites from other producers.

Bakare Laide

Laide has been in the industry for quite some time. She directed the hit film Jejere, which included performers such as 9ice, Akin Lewis, and Fathia Balogun.

Simline Records, a music label, is hers. She studied theatre arts at the prestigious University of Ibadan.

Fathia Balogun

Her successes were not hampered by her tough divorce from her spouse, Saidi Balogun, in 2006. She is 53 years old and is still one of the wealthiest actresses in Yoruba cinema.

She attended Comprehensive High School in Maryland, Lagos State, Nigeria, and then Kwara State Polytechnic in Kwara State, Nigeria. Her performance in Wale Adenuga Productions’ Super-Story received positive feedback from moviegoers.

She has appeared in almost 70 films since then, including Ito funfun, Yemanja, and Jawonbe, and has received several awards.

Others are:

  1. Aderonke Adeniyi Esther
  2. Adesua Etomi
  3. Adunni Ade
  4. Andi Osho
  5. Angélique Kidjo
  6. Ariyike Akinbobola
  7. Ayọ
  8. Ayo Adesanya
  9. Bimbo Akintola
  10. Bimbo Oshin
  11. Binta Ayo Mogaji
  12. Bisi Komolafe
  13. Bisola Aiyeola
  14. Bolaji Ogunmola
  15. Bose Alao
  16. Bukky Ajayi
  17. Bukky Wright
  18. Bukola Adeeyo
  19. Damilola Adegbite
  20. Dayo Amusa
  21. Diana Yekinni
  22. Doris Simeon
  23. Eniola Ajao
  24. Eniola Badmus
  25. Eunice Olumide
  26. Fatima Faloye
  27. Fausat Balogun
  28. Femi Emiola
  29. Femi Taylor
  30. Fisayo Ajisola
  31. Folake Olowofoyeku
  32. Foluke Daramola
  33. Funke Akindele
  34. Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi
  35. Gloria Bamiloye
  36. Hassanat Akinwande
  37. Helen Abdulai Koya
  38. Idiat Shobande
  39. Idowu Philips
  40. Iretiola Doyle
  41. Iyabo Ojo
  42. Joke Silva
  43. Juliana Olayode
  44. Jumoke Odetola
  45. Kayo Shekoni
  46. Kehinde Bankole
  47. Kehinde Fadipe
  48. Kemi Lala Akindoju
  49. Khabirat Kafidipe
  50. Lanre Hassan
  51. Lilian Bach
  52. Liz Anjorin
  53. Liz Da-Silva
  54. Lola Margaret
  55. Modupe Adeyeye
  56. Moji Afolayan
  57. Moji Olaiya
  58. Mosun Filani
  59. Moyo Lawal
  60. Nike Peller
  61. Nina Sosanya
  62. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
  63. Omowumi Dada
  64. Pauline Black
  65. Peju Ogunmola
  66. Rakie Ayola
  67. Remi Abiola
  68. Ronke Odusanya
  69. Ronke Ojo
  70. Rukky Sanda
  71. Seyi Shay
  72. Shade Omoniyi
  73. Shafy Bello
  74. Shola Adewusi
  75. Sola Asedeko
  76. Sola Sobowale
  77. Stephanie Coker
  78. Sylvia del Villard
  79. Taiwo Ajai-Lycett
  80. Titilope Sonuga
  81. Tiwa Savage
  82. Toks Olagundoye
  83. Tomi Odunsi
  84. Tope Alabi
  85. Tope Oshin
  86. Toyin Abraham
  87. Toyin Adegbola
  88. Toyin Afolayan
  89. Toyin Raji
  90. Wunmi Mosaku
  91. Yetunde Barnabas
  92. Yewande Adekoya
  93. Yinka Olukunga
  94. Zainab Balogun


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    Abbey Johnson has a Masters degree as an engineer and has over 3 years of teaching and research experience. He is happiest when on a bike and is also interested in electric energy and computer Science.

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