The Ghana movie industry popularly called Ghallywood came into existence in the year 1980 after succeeding the European cinema which at the time was the only producer of movies in the country.
However, there was a government-owned Ghana Film Industry Corporation (GFIC) which existed long before the Ghallywood. The functions of the corporation were to provide support for aspiring actors and actresses.
Under the leadership of the first president of Ghana President Kwame Nkrumah, the corporation succeeded in training a lot of young actors and filmmakers.
Top names such as Rev. Chris Essie, Mr Ernest Abbeyquaye, Mr. kwaw Ansah, to mention a few were the beneficiaries of this training.
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About Ghana Movie Industry
The Ghana movie industry has since grown in size as well as stature and has become one of the best in entire Africa.
The growth in the movie industry has aided the development of the entertainment sector in Ghana, and it has a trickle-down effect on the economy as a whole.
The economy is not the only one to gain from the growth of the industry; the actors and actresses from this industry are the ultimate gainers from this growth. When a business is thriving, then the business owner is having a good time.
Due to the growth and outreach of Ghallywood, the actors have become better valued, and they receive a lot from acting, directing as well as movie production.
An overwhelming increase in their fan base meant they would be signed as an ambassador to different brands of products and earn very high income from such contracts.
There is no doubt that Ghanaian actors and actresses are the pillar of the entertainment world in Ghana. They rank very high on the list of the richest men in the entertainment industry.
Over time there has been a debate as to who is the richest and most successful actor in Ghana. This topic has generated a lot of disagreements between people. However, this article seeks to clarify that with facts and figures.
So, carefully pay adequate attention to the details of this post as it will enlighten you on the top 10 richest actors in Ghana.
Top 10 Richest Actors in Ghana
The tenth richest Ghanaian actor is none other than Adjetey Anang, aka “Pusher.” Adjetey Anang was born on the 8th of July 1974.
He studied at the Labone High school before proceeding to the University of Ghana for his higher education studies in Fine Arts.
After bagging a certificate in fine arts, Adjetey Anang proceeded to Wits University in Johannesburg for a masters programme in Dramatic Arts.
He is one of the famous figures in the industry he has featured in a couple of movies such as Deadly Voyage, A Sting in a Tale, The Perfect Picture and a host of others.
His screen name “Pusher” was gotten from a role he played in the TV series ‘Things we do for love’.
He has won a couple of awards for his outstanding act and talent including the An Arts Critique and Review Association of Ghana (ACRAG) Talent Award and A Ghana Union of Theatre Societies (GUTS) Best Actor Award.
Kofi Adu duly occupies the number 9 spot of the richest Ghanaian actor. The actor who is also a comedian was born on 25th of May 1969 at the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
He, however, lived at Asantewaa, a suburb in Accra where he struggled as a shoemaker. The discovery of his talent came to life on a comedy show on Ghana National Television.
Since then his story has taken a new turn, using his talent to make a lot of money and recognition for himself.
He got a National Award by President John Agyekum Kufuor in 2008 for his exemplary skills and unique talent. He has taken part in over 90 Ghanaian movies, 15 of which remain his favourite.
Taking the number eight spot on the list of the richest Ghanaian actors is Kwadwo Nkansah. Kwaswo Nkansah popularly called Lil win was born on 15th of April 1987.
He has achieved success as an artiste, musician, actor, and comedian. Some of the movies he featured in are Maye Papa Enu Me Ho, Azonto Ghost, John and John, Kia Nia Maye, Once Upon a Time in Accra, and many others.
Prince David Osei
Occupying the number 7 spot is Prince David Osei. He was born on the 6th of December 1983. Prince David Osei was a former banker who left the job to pursue his dream “acting”.
David Osei entered the Ghallywood scene in the year 2005 struggling for minor roles in movies. However, his breakthrough came when he starred in the movie “Fortune Island”.
The performance earned him an award as the best actor of the year in Ghana at the city people entertainment awards. The estimation of his net worth is around $380,000.
John Dumelo occupies the number six spot on the top actors in Ghana list. The fan favourite was born on February 3, 1984, and he began his acting career at a very young age after starring in the movie “Baby Thief”.
John Dumelo is a graduate of Civil engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
He has featured in tons of movies such as A Northern Affair (2014), Adams Apples film series (2011–2012), A Private Storm (2010), A Night with Her, After the Wedding to mention a few.
John Dumelo has had a successful acting career winning several awards for his exemplary acting. His net worth currently stands at $ 650,000.
The fifth richest actor in Ghana is none other than Joseph van Vicker. Van Vicker was born on August 1, 1977.
His origin is half Dutch Ghanaian as his father was a Dutchman hence the name Van Vicker. He remains one of the most successful Ghanaian actors to date.
He has received about 6 awards for his exemplary talent in acting. The estimation of his net worth is currently at $700,000.
Occupying the fourth position on the list of the richest actors in Ghana is Chris Attoh. He was born on May 17, 1974, he is not just an actor; he also excels as a producer, television presenter and on-air personality.
Chris Attoh like John Dumelo, is also a graduate of KNUST. He is famous for his role in the soap opera ‘Tinsel’ playing the role of a Ghanaian ‘Kwame Mensah’.
Chris Attoh has worked on many movies such as An Accidental Zombie (Named Ted) (2018), A Trip to Jamaica (2016), “Happiness is a Four Letter Word” (2016), Flower Girl (2013), Journey to Self (2012) among others.
Chris Attoh’s net worth currently stands at $1.2 million.
Majid Michel born 22 September 1980, and he is perhaps the richest actor residing in Ghana.
Majid’s acting prowess has not only been recognised in Ghana, but in Africa, This brought about his nomination for the Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards many times before he eventually won in the year 2012.
He has starred in over 30 top movies some of which are Things We Do For Love, Chelsea, Agony of Christ, Somewhere in Africa and Shakira. His net worth currently stands at an incredible $1.6 million.
Ever heard the name, Michael Blackson? Take a look at the picture, and you will know who we are talking about.
He is a Ghanaian actor and comedian who is famous for his exploits not in Ghallywood but Hollywood. Blackson was born on 28 November 1972, and has a net worth valued at $2 million.
The richest Ghanaian actor is the undisputed Peter Mensah. Mensah was born on August 27th,1959 at Chiraa, Ghana.
His parents are from the Brong Ahafo region in Ghana, but they moved to England along with Mensah when he was young.
If the name doesn’t ring a bell, go ahead and check the picture. He has featured in a couple of blockbuster movies such as Spartacus, Avatar, 300, and Hidalgo. He also starred in Tears of the Sun, Jason X, Harvard Man and a host of others.
His net worth currently stands at $5 million.
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