A truly charismatic, good-looking, and incredibly charming man, Ramsey Nouah is one of the most famous names in the Nigerian movie industry today. Since he started his acting career in the early 1990s, the handsome thespian has wowed movie lovers around Nigeria, Africa, and the rest of the world with his amazing role-interpreting skills and has written his name in history as one of the most entertaining Nigerian faces on TV. Having been in the industry for decades, the 52-year-old veteran has demonstrated his relevance in Nollywood by refusing to go away as he continues to thrill fans with his onscreen charm, so many years after he made his debut. He is regarded as one of the greatest Nigerian movie stars of all time.
There is no gainsaying that the movie industry is quite a lucrative one. So, as expected, Ramsey Nouah has not only been appearing on TV to charm people with his acting skills, he has also been making quite a lot of money in the process. As a matter of fact, he is regarded as one of the wealthiest Nigerian actors at the moment and has an estimated net worth of about $4.5 million. This figure is huge but justifiable, considering Ramsey Nouah’s incredible career achievements as an actor and the longevity he has enjoyed so far as a people’s favorite on the screen.
What Ramsey Nouah’s Early Days Were Like
Ramsey Nouah was born on the 19th of December 1970. This makes him 52 years old at the moment. The veteran movie star was born in the city of Lagos, Nigeria. He was born in the Costain area of Lagos but later moved to Surulere. It was in Surulere that he grew up with his mother before he ventured into making movies.
Many fans have asked whether or not the actor has any siblings with whom he spent his childhood. It is noteworthy that there are no records of any direct siblings linked to Ramsey Nouah. However, in a 2018 interview that he had with The PUNCH, he explained that he grew up with a half-brother and his mother in Lagos.
Nouah Is Bi-racial
One interesting fact about Ramsey Nouah is that he is actually bi-racial. This because he was born to a Nigerian mother and a non-Nigerian father. The movie star was born to a father called Ramsey Nouah Sr. who happens to be a Lebanese-Israeli man. His mother on the other hand hails from the Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State in Nigeria.
It is safe to say that Ramsey Nouah’s biracial background explains his famously light-complexioned looks as he must have gotten his skin tone from his father.
His Father Left Him When He Was Very Little
Unfortunately, Ramsey Nouah’s Lebanese-Israeli father did not stay too long in his life. In fact, Nouah did not grow up with a father figure by his side because his dad left him and his mother when he was still a little child.
In 2008, Ramsey Nouah sat down to be interviewed by BellaNaija and spoke about his childhood. He revealed that his father was around until he was about 2 years old then the man left. According to Nouah, his father left when he and his mother got separated. Since then, he has not seen his father again.
In 2014, Ramsey Nouah spoke about his father again in an interview he had with SaharaTV. In this interview, he revealed that he would not be able to recognize his father if he saw the man on the road because it’s been so long since he left him and his mother on their own. He also explained that he does not even want to have anything to do with man and does not want to recognize him as a matter of fact.
During the interview, he was shown some photos of persons alleged to be his siblings and was asked if he recognized the faces he saw. However, Nouah dismissed the photos as those of unknown persons to him. He also revealed, in the interview, that his mother never told him of any siblings from his father’s side.
What It Was Like Growing Up With A Single Mother
In his 2008 interview with BellaNaija, Ramsey Nouah revealed that his mother is a very tough and strong woman who taught him vital life lessons like being respectful. She also taught him to be strong and learn to stand out as a man.
According to him, he was not a spoilt child while he was growing up under his mother’s guidance. This was because of how she handled him with an iron hand. In a nutshell, he explained that he learned to live life in a very hard way from a tough woman.
Ramsey Nouah has also talked about how he and his mother had to endure hard days while he was growing up, especially because his mother found it quite hard as a single mum to raise her child and keep things going. In his interview with The PUNCH, Nouah explained that he was born with a silver spoon but that everything changed soon after he was born and their wealth went to zero after his father left. This put his mother and himself in a very rough situation. But, in the end, being a strong woman, she managed to raise him and make it through those days of lack.
Ramsey Nouah Studied Mass Communications
Some fans always imagined that Ramsey Nouah studied theatre or even performed on stage before going into the movie industry. However, this is not the case. As a child, Ramsey Nouah attended the Atara Primary School while growing up in Surulere, Lagos State. After he finished there, he went on to attend Community Grammar School, also in Surulere.
When he finished Community Grammer School in Surulere, he decided to study Mass Communications. Thereafter, he gained admission into the University of Lagos as a diploma student trying to get a diploma in Mass Communication. However, Nouah did not complete the course. During his interview with SaharaTV, Ramsey Nouah revealed that he only did the diploma for one year before he left to focus on other things. He also revealed that he does not have any degree from any institution as he did not pursue his education after leaving the University of Lagos.
Acting Was Not Ramsey Nouah’s First Love
Ramsey Nouah is now one of the most recognized names in the Nigerian movie industry, however, it is interesting to know that acting was not his first career choice at all. As a matter of fact, he wanted to do other things before acting came calling.
He Wanted To Be A Pilot
Growing up, Ramsey Nouah wanted to a pilot. The actor revealed this in his The PUNCH interview. According to him, he wanted to be a pilot or an aeronautic engineer because he was so obsessed with planes and was fascinated by the idea of flying from place to place.
Nouah explained that he was also interested in any other thing that flew, including machines and gadgets, and felt deep inside that he had to be involved in the business of flying somehow, either by creating flying machines or building the machines so other people could fly them or even actually flying them himself. In the end, this dream never materialized for Ramsey Nouah.
He Also Tried To Do Music
Ramsey Nouah also revealed that apart from dreaming about being a pilot, he also admired musicians and actually tried to do music. In 2020, he had an interview with Boombuzz Global, where he made this revelation.
According to Nouah, he had a friend who also loved music at the time, so both of them decided to visit a music studio to try and make recordings. However, they were badly discouraged when the producers handed them the bill for the studio session. The bill was way higher than anything Nouah and his friend could afford at the time. They decided to divert their attention somewhere else and Ramsey eventually found his way into acting.
How Ramsey Nouah Found His Way Into Nollywood
The story of how Ramsey Nouah found his way into Nollywood is quite an interesting one. The actor revealed in his interview with The PUNCH, that he started acting, not because he loved the craft at the time but because he badly needed money.
Nouah explained that was trying to write his General Certificate Education (GCE) at the time and badly needed money for it. However, he could not find the money no matter how hard he tried or where he went. Eventually, he remembered that one of his friends had told him many times before that he had a gift for acting and should give it a try. Nouah had never taken his friend seriously, but on this occasion, because he needed money desperately for his exams, he decided to try it out and see if he could source some money from his acting.
He began to audition for roles and finally, in 1990, he was offered a cameo role in a movie. The next year, in 1991, he managed to land a role in the series, Mega Fortunes, which went on air in 1993 and lasted for just a year. This kick-started his career as an actor and he has not looked back ever since.
‘Silent Night’ Put His Name On People’s Lips
After kick-starting his acting career, Ramsey Nouah went on to star in some movies but was largely unknown. However, in 1996, he burst into the limelight when he made his major screen appearance in the drama movie, Silent Night alongside popular names like Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Alex Usifo Omiagbo, and Segun Arinze. He went on to star in Silent Night 2, a sequel of Silent Night the same year.
After Silent Night, Nouah went on to star in Dirty Game in 1998, End Of The Wicked in 1999, and Vuga in 2000. At this time, he was fast becoming a fan favorite, especially with his incredible talent and charming looks.
How He Became Known As The Lover Boy
Ramsey Nouah is widely referred to as the ‘Lover boy’ in different quarters because of the way he has been portrayed in several romantic movies. Starting from the early 2000s, Ramsey Nouah landed so many roles in romantic films. In 2001, he starred in Battle of Love and Love Boat. In 2002, he starred in Power of Love and Love Of My Life before starring in You Broke My Heart and When Love Dies in 2003.
Other romantic movies he has starred in include Dying For Love in 2003, Fateful Love in 2004, Real Love in 2005, Under the Sky in 2006, To Love An Angel in 2007, Solid Affection in 2008, and many others. These romantic movies introduced him to Nigerians as the ‘Lover Boy’, especially making him a darling of his very many female fans scattered all over the world who adore his charming looks.
At the moment, Ramsey Nouah has starred in hundreds of movies since his career began. Over the years, he has become one of the most sought-after movie stars of his time.
Ramsey Nouah Has Won Many Awards For His Works
As expected, Ramsey Nouah has won different awards for his incredible onscreen works. Let’s take a look at some of these awards.
- In 2007, Nouah won Best Actor for the movie Dangerous Twins at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards.
- In 2010, the actor won the Africa Movie Academy Awards for Best Actor for his work in The Figurine.
- In 2011, Ramsey Nouah won the Best Actor Award for the movie Chase at Nigerian Entertainment Awards. He also won a Ghana Movie Award for Tempting Fate in the same year.
- In 2012, Nouah emerged as the winner of the Popular Online Choice Award (Male).
- In 2016, Nouah was awarded the Best Actor for ’76 at the Nigeria Entertainment Award. The same year, he also won similar awards during the Film Festival (AFRIFF Global Awards) for ’76.
- In 2017, he won the Best Actor in a Lead Role Award for ’76 at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
- In 2020, he won the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for Best Director for his movie, Living In Bondage: Breaking Free.
How Ramsey Nouah Raked In His $4.5 Million Net Worth
Like we have mentioned earlier, Ramsey Nouah’s estimated net worth has been pegged at about $4.5 million. Already, we know that he has starred in more than a hundred movies and has raked in millions in the process.
But fans have always been curious to know exactly how much the actor earns per movie.
How Much Does He Take Home Per Movie?
It is difficult to know exactly how much Nigerian actors actually take home per movie and the same goes for Ramsey Nouah. However, different sources have claimed that the actor takes home about N1.2 million per movie.
Although we have not independently confirmed this figure, it sure looks like a feasible amount to pay a man of Ramsey Nouah’s status to grace a movie project.
He Is Also A Director
Apart from acting in many movies every year, Ramsey Nouah is also a movie director. In 2019, the actor directed the movie Living in Bondage: Breaking Free. The movie did very well and even earned Nouah the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for Best Director.
In 2020, Ramsey Nouah directed the movie RattleSnake – The Ahanna Story. Apparently, the actor rakes in money from his work as a movie director.
He Is A Producer
Ramsey Nouah is not just an actor and movie director, he is also a movie producer. In 2018, Nouah co-produced the movie Crazy People and in 2020, he produced the movie Nneka the Pretty Serpent.
Movie production has tuned another veritable way of raking in some more money for Ramsey Nouah.