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Richest Nigeria’s Kannywood Actors


Kannywood is one of the biggest industries in Nigeria with an estimated revenue of $580 million in 2018.

Kannywood is a Hausa word that means “small cinema”. It is made up of filmmakers and movie theaters who produce films and screen them in their own homes, villages, and cities. The industry produces movies that usually have social messages such as freedom, democracy, religious tolerance, and gender equality.

The Kannywood industry was established by Sunusi Shehu of Tauraruwa Magazine in 1990.

List of Richest Actors and Actresses in Kannywood in 2021

Below are some of the wealthiest thespians in Kannwood Nigeria.

Ali Nuhu

Ali Nuhu is one of the richest actors in Kannywood as of 2021. He is a famous Kannywood actor and was born on the 15th of March 1974.

Ali Nuhu Mohammed is a Nigerian actor and director. He acts in both Hausa and English movies, including “Sarki Ali” (2012), which was Nigeria’s submission to the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

He is also known as the king of Kannywood or “sarki” Ali by the media; Kannywood is the Hausa film industry headquartered in Kano, Nigeria. His career began with a few minor roles before he starred in his breakthrough role as Sarki Ahmed Musa Daura alongside Hamza Muhammed at age 21.

Nuhu has been nominated twice for City People Entertainment Award for Kannywood Personality of the Year –

He got married to Maimuna Garba Ja Abdulkadir in 2003 and they have Fatima Nuhu, Ahmad Nuhu (children) together.

Adam A Zango

Adam A Zango is a prolific Kannywood Nigerian actor, singer, dancer, scriptwriter, director, film producer, and occasional voice-over artist. He has over 1000 film appearances and received many accolades as a well-received country from the Northern part of Nigeria.

Zangon has a significant following in Africa as well as in Nigerian and Nigerien diaspora worldwide. Adam was born on October 1st, 1985 to parents from the Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State. His father was a farmer while his mother worked with the Kaduna administration board before she retired. As an adolescent, he participated in various cultural festivals including the National Cultural Festival which took place at Gwagwa (in present-day Taraba state).

In 2003 he produced his first movie Basaja Gidan.

Sani Danja

Sani Musa Abdullahi, popular as Sani Danja or Danja, is a well-applauded Nigerian film actor, producer, director, singer, and dancer. He is active in both Kannywood and Nollywood industries.

He has starred in over 300 films since 1993. In April 2018, the Etsu Nupe Yahaya Abubaka turbaned him as Zakin Arewa with the title of “Danja”.

Yakubu Mohammed

Yakubu Mohammed is the fourth richest Kannywood actor on this list. He is among the highest-paid Actor in the industry.

Yakubu M. is a Nigerian film actor, producer, director, singer, and scriptwriter. He is a Globacom ambassador, SDGs ambassador and at a time, an ambassador for Nescafe Beverage.

Yakubu Mohammed is one of the most popular actors in Kannywood with over 100 films to his credit. He has also ventured into production as well as scriptwriting.

After spending a decade as one of Nollywood’s most popular actors, Yakubu Mohammed found success in Kannywood. He was born on 25th of March 1973 (age 48 years). He’s a Mass Communication graduate and some of his works are Sons of the Caliphate; Lionheart; MTV Shuga; 4th Republic Albums: Tribal Grooves Vol Tone of voice.

Sadiq Sani Sadiq

Sadiq Sani Sadiq is a Nigerian actor with two children and one wife. He’s been in hundreds of movies since his career in Kannywood.

The Nigerian film actor was born in Jos, Nigeria on February 2nd, 1981 to Muslim parents.

In the year 2012, he participated in Blood and Henna, a Nigerian film directed by Kenneth Gyang along with Nafisat Abdullahi and Ali Nuhu.

He is married to his wife Murja Shema since 2013 and they have welcomed 2 children together. He is currently rated as one of the richest actors in the Kannywood entertainment frontal.

Nuhu Abdullahi Balarabe

Nuhu Abdullahi Balarabe is a Nigerian film actor and producer, born and raised in Kano State. Nuhu is one of the most promising Kannywood actors, he acts in both Hausa and English movies. He has won the best supporting actor in Kannywood at the City People Entertainment Awards in 2015.

Umar M Shareef

Umar M Shareef is a household name in northern Nigeria. He is known in the music and movie Industry. Umar comes number seven on the list.

He was born in 1989 (32) to Maryam, he has two children: Aliyu and Hafsat. Umar’s passion is Music and Performance which he has been doing since the early age of 10 years old, Umar m Shareef had started performing with his friends for money at an early stage of life but when he became older they were able to perform professionally as musicians by this time they are grown up enough to be called “boys”.

He calls himself a hero because it brings out good qualities that can help others around him. Umar M Shareef is a household name in northern Nigeria. He has made it to be one of the most popular musicians and movie producers in Kaduna, Nigeria.

Umar is also considered as one of the richest people in his town with his estimated net worth $$$$$.

He started from humble beginnings which he still remembers vividly today. When he was only 16 years old, Umar was so passionate about music that he decided to put all his efforts into it by dropping out of school and joining a band.

Mustapha Naburaska

Naburaska whose real name is Mustapha is a renowned comedian in the Kannywood industry. He was born and raised in Kano State where he completed only his primary and secondary education before joining the entertainment industry as a comedian.

Naburaska has featured in over 50 Hausa movies since his debut into the industry, but what makes him so popular with fans are his hilarious movies and dramas. In fact, no introduction needs to be given to Kannywood fans of this talented artist because they know him well!


We hope you find this list useful, did we exclude your favorite Kannywood actor please comment their names and other details in the comment section below so we can update the list.

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