Nollywood has a way of typecasting actors and locking them in certain boxes. While this has it’s issues, it also has its advantages and one of which is that we got to have a slew of Nollywood actors that were amazing at playing the villains and better yet, who were recognizable as villain-actors.
Today, we decided to rank our top five Nollywood villain-actors.
5. Chiwetalu Agu
See, I adore Chiwetalu Agu in his villain roles. But he is more or less a domestic villain with very simple motivations. Steal his brother’s land, his brother’s wife etc. However, he more than makes up for the lack of grandiosity with his premium banter and trademark Igbo proverbs in every movie. It is a bit hard to not root for him while he makes the life of everyone else unbearable.
4. Clem Ohameze
See Clem? When he plays a villain, he doesn’t waste time deciding if he wants to get initiated or trying to weigh good and bad, my guy is oftentimes already a senior member of the cult, he is offering his house up to be used for meetings and is already making bank from the rituals. No time to waste time.
3. Eucharia Anunobi
Eucharia isn’t particularly known for her villain roles but when she plays a villain she serves looks! Extra thin brows, stacked up hair, dramatic eye-shadows and flowing gowns. Helena Boham-Carter in Harry Potter was found shaking!
2. Kanayo O. Kanayo
Arguably the best part of Kanayo’s villain roles is that he always has a clear and very relatable objective – make money at all cost. And you know what? I absolutely get it. Kanayo makes it to the top of this list because he always kills his targets before the second act of the movie and does his money rituals as soon as possible. Sure he’ll meet his waterloo before the movie ends but I appreciate a king that puts his back into it and quickly.
- Patience Ozokwor
There’s just a certain flavour when Patience Ozokwor plays a villain in a Nollywood movie. The stares, the eye rolls, the way she slowly unwraps the poison she has tied in her wrapper before putting it in your plate of soup. It is simply exquisite. Her grace, her wickedness. Name someone better at the game than her, I’ll wait.