Nigerians are recognized worldwide as scholars, scientists, the finest artists, educators, aviators, their culture, tradition and pride of country. It is not a big surprise that Nigerian artists, both male and female are continuing to make a bold but welcome stand on the global stage.
Enclosed herewith, are some of the most successful Nigerian male artists and a brief description of their artistic contributions and an estimate of their growing net worth.
#10, TIMAYA: Who`s birth name is Inetimi Alfred Odon is a singer and songwriter. This musical force of nature, is originally from Bayelsa State. His career in music, started in 2005 and he released his debut album, “TRUE STORY” in 2006, with the fan favorite, “DEM MAMA”. In 2008, he released another album, “GIFT AND GRACE”
TIMAYA PERFORMING, IN CONCERT
Timaya`s is a shrewd business man and pulls most of his wealth from heavy promotional bookings and consistent brand endorsements. He is currently brand ambassador to Hennessy X.O. Congac and GLO. His 2017 net worth is an estimated $2.8million.
#9, IYANYA: Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk is a Nigerian singer, performer and songwriter from Cross River State. He was introduced to Africa and the Nigerian audience when he won the first season of, “ FAME WEST AFRICA”. He is well known for his first single “KUKERE” when he released his second album, which was appropriately named “DESIRE”. That album also included hits such as “Ur Waist”, “Flavour”, “Sexy Mama” and “Jombolo”, which all, immediately rose to the top of the music charts.
BANKY W AND CHIDINMA SINGING A DUET
#8, BANKY W: His given name is Oluwabankole Wellington. Banky W is an actor, singer and rapper. On February 15th 2013, he released “R&BW” when he performed his “Grand Love Concert” at The Ozumba Mbadiwe civic center, in Victoria Island, Lagos. The first two hit singles from that album are, “Low Key” and “Yes/No”. Banky`s fellow superstars such as Chidinma, Waje, Wizkid and a long list of others, performed at the concert.
Banky W, along with Sasha P, represented Samsung Electronics in Nigeria. He is the brand ambassador for Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka. He is also the co – founder of EME records. In February of 2017, the “Good Good Loving” hit maker, got engaged to Adesua Etomi. Banky`s net worth is an estimated $6.4million.
#7, FLAVOUR: His birth name is Chinedu Okoli and he is a multi – instrumentalist, singer, song – writer and performer. He is currently signed to 2nite Entertainment and is internationally known for his hit song, “Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)”
Flavour started his music career as a drummer for his local church in his hometown of Enugu, Nigeria. In 2005, he released his debut album named “N`ABANIA”. His second album was “UPLIFTED”. The release of Uplifted, brought him international superstardom. His fans love his long sleek dreadlocks and the Nwa Baby hitmaker has several endorsement deals.
His most lucrative endorsement is with the Nigerian Breweries Company. Flavour has an estimated wealth of$7.4 million.
#6, WIZKID: He was born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun in 1990 and is a singer and Song – Writer. He is the first African Pop Artist that dwas featujred in the Guiness Book of World Records because of his hit song, titled “One Dance”.
In 2009, he signed his first record deal with Banky W`s label – EME (Empire Mates Entertainment). In 2010, he became an international sensation with the release of his hit song, “Holla At Your Boy” from his debut album, “SUPERSTAR”. In 2011, the Superstar album produced hit such as, “ Tease Me/Bad Guys and “Don`t Dull”, “Pakorumo”, “Oluwa Lo Ni” and “Love My Baby”.
In September of 2014, he released his second album that was titiled “Ayo”. The release of that album, introduced hit singles such as “Bombay”, “Joy,” “Show You The Money”, “Jaiye Jaiye”, “On Top Yo Matter”, and “One Question”.
In 2016, Whizkid collaborated with Drake on his international hit, ” One Dance”. This song became a mega hit in 15 different countries, including the United States, Australia, United Kingdom and Canada.
He has represented several brands such as Pepsi, MTN, Glo and more . Whizkid is now represented by Sony and charges top dollar for his bookings. He is CEO of Starboy Worldwide and has an estimated wealth of $8 million.
DAVIDO ON A MAGAZINE COVER
#5, DAVIDO: He was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1992 and his birth name is, David Adedeji Adeleke. He studied Business Administration at Oakwood University, before moving back to Nigeria. He is a record producer, singer, rapper and performer.
In 2012, he launched his debut album, “OMO BABA OLOWO”(meaning, son of a rich man). That album produced hit singles such as “Dami Duro”, “All Of You”, “Ekuro”, “Feel Alright”, “Gbon Gbon” “Back When” in which he collaborated with Naeto C and his hit song, “Overseas” in which he collaborated with Sina Rambo”.
DAVIDO DURING A PERFORMANCE IN NAIROBI
In 2016, Davido signed a lucrative deal with Sony Music and in July of the same year, he signed another deal with RCA Records. Davido has always been very vocal about the fact that he has a billionaire father and lives a life of elaborate opulence. He has an estimated net worth of $8.5 million.
#4, 2FACE OR 2BABA IDIBIA: His birth name is Innocent Ujah Idibia and he was born in Jos, Plateau State, in Nigeria. He changed his stage name from 2face to 2BABA. He is a highly sought after producer, song – writer, entrepreneur and singer.
He has won several awards such as an MTV Europe award, BET for his artistry in music, four MTV Africa awards, a MOBO award, KORA award, CHANNEL O MUSIC AWARDS and five Headies` Awards. He is a seasoned musician and a very successful real estate investor and one of the wealthiest musicians in Africa.
2FACE DURING HIS VISIT TO VASPARD CAMPARI
On March 23 2013, 2BABA, married Annie Idibia in Dubai. He has several children with 4 different women. He is one of the stars that have been signed on to judge The Voice, Nigeria. 2BABA has founded a charity organization called 2FACE Idibia Reach -Out Foundation. RUMOURS Night clubs, all situated in Victoria Island, Ikeja and Festac, belong to 2FACE. He has an estimated net worth of $12.5 million.
#3, D`BANG: His birth name is Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo. D`bang is a musician, singer, entrepreneur, song – writer and TV host. He was born in Zaria, Nigeria and he is originally from Ogun State, in Nigeria. In 2007, he won the award for the Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards. In 2009, he won the Artist of The Year award at the MTV Africa Awards.
In 2011, D`bang won Best International Act Africa, at the BET Awards and in 2014, he won Best – selling African Artist at The World Music Awards. In 2015, he topped that winning streak, when he won the Evolution Award at the MTV Africa Music Awards. He is the CEO of DB Records and Koko Holdings as well.
D`bang represents several corporations such as Slot, United Nations and Bank of Industry. He is internationally known for his 2012 hit song, “ Oliver Twist”. D`bang has an estimated wealth of $14 million.
#2, Don Jazzy: Whose birth name is Michael Collins Ajereh, is an entrepreneur, record producer, singer and songwriter, from Abia State in Nigeria. In May of 2012, Don founded Marvin Records and is currently the CEO. In 2004, he partnered with D`bang for two years and they established the now defunct “Mo` Hits Records”.
Nigeria`s Top female singer Tiwa Savage is signed to Marvin Records. Right after establishing his record company in 2012, Don Jazzy produced an album that featured the artists he had signed to his label, producing major hits such as “Yolo”, “Amarachi”, “Oma Ga”, “Take Banana” and “Chocolate” and the very popular ”I`m a MAVIN”.
Don Jazzy is a highly successful investor and his net worth is an estimated $18.4 million.
P-SQUARE – PETER AND PAUL OKOYE FLEXING
#1, P – SQUARE: These identical twin brothers are Peter Okoye and Paul Okoye. They are originally from Anambra State but were born in Jos, the northern part of Nigeria. They both studied Business Administration at University of Abuja and are managed by Howie T (Bayo Odusanmi). A top Nigerian concert promoter, who is also CEO of Adrot Nigeria Limited.
P-SQUARE, WITH JUDE AND FRIENDS
In 2001, the brothers, won the “GRAB DA MIC”competition. This launched their show business careers. Their debut album, named “Last Nite” was released under the Timbuk2 music label. Based on their successful album sales and new status as competition winners, British cigarette brand, Benson & Hedges sponsored “Last Nite”.
PAUL OKOYE AND HIS 4 YEAR OLD SON, ANDRE
Peter and Paul, earn a large chunk of their wealth through booking fees, music sales, endorsement deals and other lucrative investments. They are both married and have an older brother, named Jude. Paul`s wife Anita Okoye, recently gave birth to fraternal twins – a boy and a girl, named Nathan and Nadia. They also have a 4 year old son named – Andre.
Peter Okoye is married to Titilola Omotayo and they have two children.
The twins are the most popular musicians in all of Africa and Nigeria. Whats more? they live at the swankiest address in Lagos. P – Square has suddenly decided to split. The pair are not disclosing the real reason why they would not work together, any longer. They have an estimated net worth of a very impressive $42 million.