Nigerian actresses and models have taken the world by storm with their ideal beauty. These Nigerian women are the real definition of beauty and have proven their beauty inside out. We have prepared a list of the most beautiful and hottest Nigerian actress and models who have ruled the industry for decades. So check out the full list of these top 15 bold and charming Nigerian women in 2023.
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What is Nollywood?
Nollywood is a blend of the words Nigeria and Hollywood. There is no clear or agreed-upon definition for the term. But it is named Nigeria’s organization regulating film productions by filmmakers Ola Balogun and many more in the 1960s. Nigerian actresses have ruled this industry for decades and didn’t let it become male-centric, unlike Hollywood and Bollywood.
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15 Hottest & Most Beautiful Actresses & Models in Nollywood 2023
1. Mercy Johnson
Mercy Johnson is a Nollywood actress with more than 13.5 million followers on Instagram. Born in Nigeria’s Kogi State, Mercy is also a film director and producer well known for her work in the Nollywood film industry. She is the recipient of the Best Actress in a leading role followed by 2018 Actress of the Year.
Hailing from a family of navy officers, she has worked in films such as 30 Days In Atlanta, Baby Oku, The New Normal, Seven and a Half Dates, etc. This Nollywood queen has eye-catching skills and deserves to be on the list of the hottest Nigerian actresses in 2023.
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2. Rita Dominic
Rita Dominic is the most gorgeous and sexiest Nigerian actress in 2023. She is the winner of the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She began her career at a young age and appeared in school plays and children’s television shows. In 1988 she made her film debut in A Time to Kill, followed by The Therapist, Light In The Dark, the Women, etc. As of 2023, she is one of the bankable Nollywood actresses with 7.2M followers on Instagram.
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3. Ini Edo
Ini Edo is a highly talented Nigerian actress who began her career in 2000 and featured in more than 100 movies. Her filming career began with the film Thick Madam and starred in World Apart, Chief Daddy, Citations, Shanty Town, etc. In 2023, this beautiful and hottest Nigerian actress was a judge for the Miss Black Africa UK Pageant.
Besides, in 2014, Ini was appointed by the United Nations as a United Nations Habitat Youth Envoy. Indeed, she is one of the sexiest Nollywood actresses with 13.4M followers to watch for on Instagram.
4. Mercy Aigbe
Nigerian actress and model Mercy Aigbe barely needs an introduction. She is a director, fashionista, and businesswoman, best known for her Yoruba indigenous movies. She began her career by starring in some soap operas, Papa Ajasco, etc. This made her join the Nollywood industry and got her breakthrough with ‘Ara.’ Some of her well-known roles are in the films 77 Bullets, Gucci Girls, Victims, and so on. Aigbe has won awards for Yoruba actress of the year and Fashion Entrepreneur of The Year.
5. Regina Daniels
Nollywood actress Regina is a woman with many talents. She is a young Nigerian scrip writer, film producer, and model who began her career in 2007 at the age of 7. Ever since then, she starred in several films including Save Girl, Jaja the Great, Python Girl, the Bat-Man, and so on. With almost 13m followers, this Nigerian actress has been nominated for awards 2017 Best of Nollywood Awards and 2021 Most Searched Actress.
6. Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve Nnaji is among the top 10 highest-paid Nigerian actresses in Nollywood in 2023. She was the winner of the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005.
This beautiful actress was honored as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contribution to Nollywood. Nnaji has spent more than a decade in the industry and starred in more than 200 Nollywood movies. With 8.5M followers, Genevieve Nnaji is the hottest Nigerian actress in 2023.
7. Nancy Isime
Nigerian actress Nancy Isime began her career as a Nollywood actress with the series echoes in 2011. Besides, she ia also a model and media personality and has walked and presented several shows. She presented the shows such as the gossip show The Squeeze, co-hosted The Headies award, and did backstage segments of MTN Project Fame.
Her acting credits include The Shanty Town, The Blood Sisters, Superstar (Nollywood Movie), and so on. Her hard work and dedication earned her Best of Nollywood Awards, City People Movie Awards, and more.
8. Adesua Etomi
The stunning Nigerian actress Adesua Etomi is regarded as one of the most gorgeous Nollywood celebrities in 2023. She is one of the most sought-after Nollywood female actors who won the Best Actress in a Drama award. With 5.3M followers, she has starred in films such as Sugar Rush, King of Boys, and Falling, many of which are also available on Netflix. In 2022, Adesua released her first single titled ‘So Natural’.
9. Chika Ike
Hottest Nigerian actress Chacha Eke is known for her crying roles in the movies. She began her career in the Nollywood film industry after the Nollywood Talent hunt Show in 2009. But she rose to fame when she starred in the 2012 drama film, The End is Near. Born and raised in Nigeria she also starred in films such as Tears for Breast Milk, Place of Sorrow 2, Blood and Money, Treasure, etc. with 4.1 million followers on Instagram she has earned numerous awards including Best Actress of the Year.
10. Bisola Aiyeola
The next famous Nigerian actress and singer on the list is Bisola Aiyeola. She is a Big Brother Naija fame and first runner-up who also won the AMVCA Trailblazer Award. In addition, she is one of the investors of the Amaze app that make celebrity endorsements and deals for celebrities.
She has been featured in more than 150 Nollywood films including Palava, Flawsome, Husbands of Lagos, Picture Perfect, and so on. With her acting skills and amazing features, she has won the hearts of millions of people.
11. Lilian Esoro
Lilian Esoro made her debut in 2005 and became one of the most popular names in the Nigerian industry. She entered Nollywood with the soap opera Extended Family. However, she got recognition as a young Nigerian actress in the television series Clinic Matters playing Nurse Abigail.
Her work in the series earned her nominations for Best Actress. According to Vanguard as listed as one of the top ten best new actresses in the film industry. Some of her notable works in films are After Date, Jumbeled, A Lot Like Love, The Potter, etc.
12. Beverly Naya
Beverly Naya is a British-born award-winning Nigerian actress, model, and producer. She is one of those Nollywood female actresses who have given blockbuster hits like Death Waters, Tinsel, Guilty Pleasure, and so on. Her outstanding work in the industry earned her AMVCA, and Toronto International Film Festival. Besides, she was also listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 list. In an interview with BellaNajja, Beverly explained that the reason behind her relocation to Nigeria was the rapid growth of Nollywood.
13. Bimbo Ademoye
One of the most loved Nollywood celebrities today is Bimbo Ademoye. She is rated the hottest Nigerian in the industry. Born and raised in Nigeria, Bimbo is one of the well-known faces on Netflix. She has starred in movies like Sugar Rush, Breaded Life, Anikulapo, etc. Bimbo was nominated for the 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards and has won Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
14. Tana Adelana
Tana Adelana is a famous Nigerian actress known for her outstanding performances in several movies like Babby Daddy, Quick Sand, The Kingdom, etc. She is also a model, TV presenter, and entrepreneur who was born into a traditional Catholic royal family in the 1980s. This Nigerian actress has won City People Movie Awards, The Future Awards Africa, etc.
15. Sandra Okagbue
Nigerian model Sandra Okagbue has achieved massive success throughout her modeling and acting career. She is one of Nigeria’s top models who has beauty pageants such as The Miss Delta Soap Pageant. In 2023, she became one of the most popular Nigerian models who ruled the industry for more than 20 years. Sandra Okagbue has featured for brands such as MTN, LG, GLO, Cadbury, Airtel, etc.
FAQs: Beautiful Nigerian Actresses
Who is the most famous actress in Nigeria?
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is one of the most popular actresses in Nigeria. She is a singer, influencer, philanthropist, and former model in Nigerian entertainment. She has been ruling the industry for over two decades appearing in more than 300 films and selling millions of copies worldwide.
Who is the finest female actress in Nigeria?
The beautiful actresses in Nollywood and Kannywood in 2023 are
- Omoni Oboli
- Adunni Ade
- Osas Ighodaro
- Sharon Ooja
- Jemima Osunde
- Damilola Adegbite
- Mayowa Nicholas
- Sylvia Nduka
- Anna Banner
- Agbani Darego
Who is the most curvy actress in Nigeria?
The curviest celebrities in Nigeria are:
- Daniella Okeke
- Crystal Okoye
- Uche Mba
- Empress Najamah
- Biodun Okeowo
- Tracy Obonna
- Simon Evia
- Mercy Eke
Who is the Queen Nigerian Actress?
Queen Nwokoye is a Nigerian actress best known for starring as the lead in a 2014 film titled Chetanna. For her hard work, she earned a “Best Actress” nomination at the 11th Africa Movie Academy Awards.
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