Opinion Piece: Is Zubby Michael the Richest Actor in Nollywood?

Nollywood with all its glitz and glam is seen by many as an industry where the promotion of “fake life” is pushed to unlimited heights. It’s whispered in some corners that not all actors are what they claim to be, some don’t get paid as much as they would want to. So with this, you ask yourself, how do these thespians make the money they boldly flaunt on social media? Especially the females.

There’s a story making rounds on social media about the prominent actor, Zubby Michael. Zubby, in an interview with Broadway TV, told the world that he’s the biggest actor not just in Nigeria but in Africa. He also disclosed that he’s the richest. Hmmm, makes you wonder if he’s already in the leagues with other A-list Nollywood actor I know are ‘big’.

Zubby Michael

This is how he puts it “No cap! I am the biggest actor in Africa. To God be the glory. I don’t think anyone is bigger than me for now,” the actor revealed. For now, I am the richest actor. The last time I checked my book, I realized I had made nothing less than N102 million from actor’s fees lately. Not in all my career, just of recent. I have a book where I write all the films that I have been in and how much they pay me.”

Not bad for someone who has been in the Asaba Nollywood for a long. But let’s ask ourselves, can we completely agree with him that he’s the “richest” actor in Nollywood? He does have a right to his opinion but what about the likes of Ramsey Nouah, Jim Iyke, RMD, Alex Ekubo and the rest? Don’t they make as much if not more in actor’s fee?

Zubby only recently broke into the cinema filmmaking part of the industry when he starred in Omo Ghetto: the saga, a Funke Akindele Bello and JJC Skillz film in 2020. The film was a box office hit. From there he’s gone on to star in other cinematic flicks like Bovi’s ‘My Village People’ and Kayode Kasum’s ‘Ponzi’.

Is it possible that these movies made him the richest actor in Nollywood and the biggest in Africa? Let me know what you think in the comments.

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