The Music and Entertainment industry is one of the best things that happened to the sleeping giant called Nigeria.
Besides the oil & gas sector, the entertainment industry is about the most viable sector of our economy.
Our dear Nigerian musicians have been doing us proud and they make several millions to show for their hard work.
In this post, we will be giving a rough analysis and ranking of the top 10 RICHEST musicians in Nigeria.
The figures of their net worth are drawn from cumulative wealth, gig fee, endorsements and probable investments by these artists.
In the last calendar year, some of our top artists have been able to rake in loads of money for themselves and we would hence rank the big top 10.
10. Flavour / Olamide
Contemporary highlife king Flavour and street mafia Olamide are tied for the tenth position in the ranking of top 10 RICHEST Nigerian musicians.
Flavour who is a fantastic live performer makes huge money from performing at high profile gigs.
The singer is a brand ambassador for brands like Bullet Energy Drink, Hero Beer etc.
Meanwhile, Olamide also charges quite a huge fee for shows, the Bariga born artist runs a yearly tour across UK, Europe, and America. He is a Hennessy & Glo ambassador and CEO of digital TV channel VOTS (Voice of the street).
The estimated net worth of both Flavour and Olamide is pegged at around N3.2 billion.
9. Banky W
Olubankole Wellington is an all round boss and he has the money to show for it.
A big status of his changed last year when Mr. Capable said bye bye to bachelorhood as he married actress Adesua Etomi.
Banky W is a huge brand influencer and rakes in millions of Naira as brand ambassador for multinational companies like Samsung, Uber etc.
The singer has also dived into acting, film production, event host, and public speaking. His estimated net worth is put to be aroundN3.5 billion.
Born Enitimi Alfred Odom, the Nigerian dancehall king is one of the top 10 richest artists in the game. The DM Records boss is not cheap when it comes to his gig fee.
According to close sources, Timaya charges 8 million Naira to show up and perform at any event.
Currently, Timaya has endorsements deals worth several millions with Nigerian TeleCo Glo and Cognac brand Hennessy.
A few months back Timaya moved into a palatial mansion of a house in Lekki worth hundreds of millions. Timaya’s estimated net worth is put at N4 billion.
7. Paul Okoye
Rudeboy member of the defunct Psquare duo takes number 7 spot. Paul Okoye and his brother used to dominate the African music scene until they split up last year.
The duo used to charge about highest gig fee for a Nigerian artist, that has somehow changed as he stands alone.
Notwithstanding, Rudeboy is still a big shot in the music business with his estimated net worth valued at about N5.6 billion.
6. Peter Okoye
The other half of the defunct Psquare duo, Peter Okoye aka Mr. P is still doing fine as a solo artist.
Even before the split, Peter had solo endorsements deals with Kia motors, Olympic Milk etc. Since the breakup, Mr. P has embarked on solo tours around America, Europe etc.
The dancer and singer has a new clothing line in the works awaiting official unveiling. His estimated net worth is N5.8 billion.
With over two decades strong in the Nigerian Entertainment industry, Innocent Idibia better known as 2Face or 2Baba is a double OG.
The 42-year-old singer has a brand-friendly persona which has seen him clinch mouth-watering deals even ahead of younger colleagues.
Currently has endorsements with Glo, Campari, etc., 2Baba has several real estate investments including his Rumors Night Clubs in Lagos.
The “Gaaga Shuffle” crooner’s estimated net worth spikes to about 5.9 billion Naira.
His music may not be his best selling commodity at the moment but D’banj’s business and branding acumen are as strong as ever, a big negotiator.
He is a brand ambassador to top brands, besides his brainchild CREAM Platform was valued last year by an American firm to be worth about $100,000,000.
A decent amount of about 6 million would be needed to put D’banj on stage to perform. He is worth an estimated figure of about 6 billion Naira.
Michael Ajereh Collins better known as Don Jazzy takes the number 3 spot on the list.
The ace music producer has moved on quite seamlessly from being a beatmaker to a full-fledged businessman. Don Jazzy is the CEO of Mavin Records which houses top stars like Tiwa Savage, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello etc.
He has many music related businesses known and unknown. The music maker’s net worth is valued to be around N7.5 billion.
Second on the list is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known as Wizkid fondly called Star boy. Wizkid is the biggest music export out of Nigeria in the past 4 years.
The singer’s achievements are enormous including topping Billboard Hot 100 Music Chart, earning a Grammy Award nomination, several legit international collaborations, performing at international music events etc.
However, in all these things Wizkid has the money to show for it. The Starboy honcho charges about 12 million to as gig fees and even more when it’s outside Nigeria.
Wizkid is a luxury King from wardrobe, automobiles, gadgets etc. His net worth has jumped in the past 12 months and is pegged at about 8 billion Naira.
Baddest!!! Nigerian entertainer and record label boss David Adeleke sits at the summit of the list of top 10 RICHEST Nigerian musicians.
The DMW boss has arguably made the most money in the past 12 months than any other contemporary Nigerian artists.
The singer is the leader of the popular 30 Billion Gang, he has made the most hit songs in the past year too.
Since last year Davido has been touring around the world performing at sold out concerts during the ‘30 Billion Tour’ which is still ongoing.
The past year has been fantastic for Davido, his tracks “IF”, “Fall” have crossed over 60 million views on YouTube. Davido has revealed that he has made over $1 million off ‘pon pon’ sound.
He has secured new endorsements with perfume brand AXE, Infinix Mobility etc. He has been rumoured to have recently purchased a Bombardier Jet. Davido’s estimated net worth is put at about 9 billion Naira.
Not everyone wants to put their real names on blast. For that reason, some of these Nigeriancelebrities have chosen stage names for themselves.
From Jim Iyke to Davido, we have come to accept some of these Nigerian celebrities by their self-given names. Well, being a celebrity comes with some hard choices or even perks if we must say. You get to choose a cool name/persona to go by when in the spotlight.
On that note, here are 7 Nigerian celebrities who go by their stage names:
1. Rita Dominic
Her real name is Rita Nkem Dominic Nwaturuocha.
Wizkid’s real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun. Funny enough, his former moniker was ‘Lil Prinz’ for a while before he settled for ‘Wizkid’.
3. Tekno Miles
Did you know his middle name is actually Miles? Tekno’s real name is Augustine Miles Kelechi and he was discovered by Julius Agwu in 2012
Hadiza Blell possibly chose the stage name ‘Di’ja’ from ‘Khadija’ an offshoot of ‘Hadiza.
5. Jim Iyke
Before he became the Nollywood bad boy you possibly had a huge crush on, Jim went by his ‘government name’, James Ikechuckwu Esomugha
6. Seyi Shay
Seyi Shay was Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua until she launched her musical career in Nigeria in 2011.
Her stage name is actually an acronym for Words Aren’t Just Enough. Her real name is Aituaje Iruobe.
Living in the new age, the twenty first century, comes with its perks for all genders equally. One of the most outstanding of these is the fact that we women are now able to stand up boldly and compliment our men on their good qualities and shun upon their bad. This is a great paradigm shift from what used to happen in traditional African societies where women were expected to be the silent partner in a relationship, never airing their views on most matters. All in all, Africans, and the black race to be specific, still has a lot to be proud of. One of the things where we take extreme pride in is our extremely handsome black men who continue to serve us with looks upon looks. Take a look at this well compiled list of the thirty most handsome black men in the world, and don’t forget to read our sub-list of the most outstanding men here in Africa and Kenya.
A list of the top 30 handsome black men in the world
1. Michael B Jordan
Kicking off our list is none other than Michael B Jordan. Born in February 9th 1987, the American actor continues to show us that he was blessed with looks in plenty. Known for his famous exemplary role as Erik Kilmonger in Marvel’s Black Panther in 2018, Michael B Jordan remains unrivaled as the most handsome black man in the world. Argue with me if you will, but this thirty one year old star is a sight to behold. Born in Santa Ana, California, Michael B Jordan first started off as a child model. He modeled for various companies and brands such as Toys ‘R’ Us and Modell’s Sporting Goods. It is no wonder then that he continues to live his legacy as a babe in the acting scene. All in all, Michael B Jordan is blessed with both good looks and talent, as evidenced in his recent nominations for various awards. These awards include Saturn Awards – Best Supporting Actor(pending) and MTV Movie and TV Awards- Best Villain(pending). From my end, I believe that Michael B Jordan might just be the most handsome man in the world, sue me if you will.
2. Michael Ealy
His real name being Michael Brown, Michael Ealy is an American actor who cannot miss in any list of handsome men, leave alone that of handsome black men. Michael Ealy was born in Washington DC and raised in Silver Spring Maryland. He is very famous for his acting roles in highly-ranked movies such as Think Like a Man(2012), About Last Night (2014), and Think Like a Man Too (2017), among others. Michael Ealy’s deep set eyes and his wonderful physique are probably what make him one of the most handsome men in the world. For ladies out there drooling over this hunk, I think it’s important that you know that he is married to Khatira Rafiqzada, and they have two children; a boy and a girl. They have been married since 2012.
Common is a common name in any list of handsome black men(pun intended). This American Hip hop recording artist, actor, film producer, and poet from Chicago Illinois makes it to the top three of our list of the most handsome black men. Common is a familiar name in the musical and entertainment seen, especially since the Hip hop artist owns his own record label imprint- Think Common Entertainment. He has also worked in films such as Smoking Aces. Common has graced our screens on numerous occasions due to his relationships with fellow celebrities such as Erykah Badu, Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, Angela Rye, and Serena Williams.
4. Chadwick Boseman
Not a single day goes by without me mentioning the name ‘Wakanda’ and doing the signature Wakanda pose. I owe this much loyalty to the film to none other than this hunk of a man, Chadwick Boseman. While most people were enthralled by his performance in Black Panther as the Black Panther, I , on the other hand, was glued to the screen because of this young man’s good looks. The American actor once worked as a stage actor, director, and writer. I, together with many other ladies, remain grateful to Marvel’s cinematic universe for properly showcasing this man’s talents to the world.
5. Terry Crews
Any lover of Brooklyn Nine Nine and Everybody Hates Chris, among other comedies, will tell you that Terry Crews is the six feet and three and a quarter inch tall American actor who steals the show on numerous occasions. Terrance Alan Crews(his full name) is famous for flexing his muscles, leaving ladies drooling and yearning for more. Terry Crews’ spouse is Rebecca Crews and the two have been together since 29th July in 1990. The two have been blessed with five children.
6. Shermon Brathwaite
Shermon Brathwaite is a black model based in New York, in the United States of America. The 6’11” model is a hunk as evidenced in his photo above. Ladies, feel free to take a screenshot of this photo and use it as your wallpaper
7. Idris Elba
If you are a lady who has not, in any instance, wished to be in the presence of Idris Elba then I honestly do not trust your taste in men. Idrissa Akuna ‘Idris’ Elba is a well known British actor born on the 6th of September in 1972. He first acted in Family Affairs, and has ever since continued to grace our screens with his out-of-this-world acting skills. So good is he at what he does that in 2016, Queen Elizabeth II appointed him Officer of the Order of the British Empire(OBE)during the 2016 New Years Honours. This appointment was due to his service to drama.
8. Omari Hardwick
Omari Hardwick was born on January 9th in 1974, and is quite popular for his acting role as Andre in Being Mary Jane. This good-looking man married Jeniffer Pfautch in 2012 and they have two children.
9. Trey Songz
Tremaine Aldon Neverson is the actual name of Trey Songz. This American singer, songwriter, rapper, and actor was born on November 28th in 1984, and makes it to our list of the top 30 handsome black men in the world. Just take a look at his photo above and tell me if you can argue with his position in our list.
10. Terrence Jenkings
Born in April 21st, 1982 in Queens, Terrence Jenkins is an actor and producer who lies at the top ten of our list of handsome black men. He is famous for his acting in movies such as Think Like a Man (2012), Burlesque(2010), and Entourage(2015).
Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. is the real name of T.I who was born on September 25th in 1980. He is an American rapper and actor, currently married to Tameka Tiny Cottle.
12. Morris Chestnut
When you speak of ebony goodness, you speak of Morris Chestnut. Born in California, Morris Chestnut is an actor famous for roles in movies and films such as Under Siege 2: Dark Territory(1995), GI Jane(1997), Two Can Play That Game(2001), Anacondas: The Hunt For the Blood Orchid(2004), and Ladder 49(2004).
13. Pharrell Williams
Arguably, Pharrell Williams’ most famous song ‘Happy’ correctly depicts what we feel when we talk about this rapper, record producer, singer, and songwriter. A look at his photos shows that he strongly deserves to be on any list of handsome black men.
14. Will Smith
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air surely cannot miss on this list. Willard Christopher Smith Jr. is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter born on 25th September in 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is well known for acting in the comedy ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel- Air’ and in numerous movies afterwards such as Bad Boys, Men in Black, and The Pursuit of Happyness(2016). Will Smith has been married to Jada Pinkett Smith since 1997 and they have two children together: Jaden Smith and Willlow Smith. In recent news, it is interesting to note that Will Smith recently did a parody of his son’s (Jaden Smith’s) song – Icon.
15. Morgan Freeman
If you have not heard one of Morgan Freeman’s narrations then you do not know what an appealing modulated voice is. Although a bit older than his counterparts in this list, Morgan Freeman definitely makes it as a handsome black man worthy of being on this list. Born on 1st June 1937, Morgan Freeman is an actor famous for movies and films such as The Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy, and The Dark Knight Rises, among others. His performances have seen him win awards such as Best Supporting Actor in the Academy Award, and nominations such as Oscar nominations. Furthermore, it was in 2016 when President Barack Obama presented him with a National Medal of Arts.
16. Marlon Wayans
There is something about funny men that makes them all so attractive. This is the case for Marlon Wayans. Born in New York, U.S.A in 1972, Marlon Wayans is the youngest of the Wayans siblings. He is a comedian , film producer, and actor famous for films such as Naked, Living Color, and the Scary Movie series. The attractive young lad continues to show us that funny really is charming.
17. Nick Cannon
Nicholas Scott Cannon was born in October 8th 1980 in San Diego, California. He is a charming American TV and film actor, comedian, musician, and game show host. From the years 2009-2017, he worked as the host of America’s Got Talent. Nick Cannon was married to Mariah Carey from April 2008 to August 2014 and the two were blessed with twins: Moroccan Scott and Monroe Scott.
18. Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes is an America actor born in Florida in 1962. For obvious reasons, he makes it to our list of top 30 handsome black men. Just steal a quick glance at his photo above.
19. Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford was born in October 31st in the year 1997 in Manchester in England. Marcus Rashford might just be the youngest handsome black man featured in this list. What a feat! Marcus Rashford is an English professional footballer, playing as a forward for the Manchester United Football Club.He also plays for the England national team. Being the world cup season, we cannot wait to see him showcasing his skills at the football pitch.
20. Denzel Washington
Need we say anything about this adonis of a man? Denzel Washinton was born in Mt Vernon in New York in December 28th in the year 1954. Denzel is an actor, director, and film maker worth his salt. This hunk is famous for acting in films and movies such as Training Day, Cry Freedom, and The Hurricane. Denzel Washington is married to Pauletta Pearson. They have been married since 1983 and together they have 4 children.
21. Mike Colter
Mike Randal Colter was born in August 26th 1979 in Columbia in South Carolina, in the United States of America. The actor is famous for his roles in films such as Girls Trip(2017), Zero Dark Thirty(2012), Men In Black(2012), Brooklyn Lobster(2005), and Million Dollar Baby(2004), among many others.
22. Barack Obama
As much as politics is associated with the bad in society, one of the most famous politicians, Barack Hussein Obama stands out as one of the most handsome black men in the world. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1961, Barack Obama has been a very popular name in the political scene, both in the United States of America and internationally as well. Barack Obama served as the senator for Illinois before proceeding to become the forty-fourth president of the United States of America. Barack Obama made history as the first African-American president of the United States of America when he was elected in in 2008. He served as the United States of America president for two terms, as he was re-elected back in 2012. A look at this handsome black man in suit shows you the elegance that comes with being a dignified black man.
Usher Tery Raymond IV is an American Rythm and Blues, and pop singer. Usher was born on October 14th in the year 1978 in Chattanooga in Tennessee. His most popular music albums include Usher(1994), My Way (released in 1997), Usher Live(1999), 8701(2001), Confessions, Raymond v. Raymond(2010), and Looking 4 Myself(2012). Apart from music, Usher has been involved in acting as evidenced by his role in ‘The Faculty’ in the year 1998. Apart from that, Usher acted as a judge on The Voice during its fourth season. This was back in 2012. Usher worked as The Voice judge alongside Shakira.
24. Martin Lawrence
Martin Lawrence is a comedian and actor who was born in Frankfurt in Germany on April 16th in the year 1965. Martin Lawrence is well known and liked for his acting in various films such as Bad Boys, Big Momma’s House, and Big Momma’s House 2. During the years 1992 to 1997, Martin Lawrence starred in his own sitcom titled ‘Martin’. The world is currently waiting for the release of the Bad Boys 3 movie, in which Martin Lawrence plays the role of Detective Marcus Burnett.
25. J Cole
Jermaine Lamarr Cole is a rapper, producer, and MC born on the 28th of January in the year 1988. Just like Martin Lawrence, Jermaine Lamarr Cole, popularly known as J. Cole, was born in Frankfurt, Germany. He was born in an army base in Frankfurt. J Cole was first a violinist before his musical career took off. A look at J Cole’s pictures show that the rapper is all too deserving of his position in our list of top thirty most handsome men in the world. J Cole runs his own record label, Dreamville Record. J Cole is well known for his award-winning albums such as 2014 Forest Hill Drive(2014), 4 Your Eyez Only(2016), and the latest one, KOD(2018). KOD features some of J Cole’s best songs yet such as Kevin’s Heart, KOD, and ATM. Discography aside, J Cole is married to Melissa Heholt and they have one kid. Sorry ladies, this one’s also taken.
26. Damon Wayans
I shall never tire of saying that funny is charming. It seems that the Wayans family is dominating this list of the top thirty handsome black men in the world. Damon Wayans is the second of the Wayans siblings to be featured in this list. Damon Wayans was born in September fourth in the year 1960. He was born in Harlem New York to staunch Jehovah’s Witness parents. Damon Wayans is a TV and film actor, producer, comedian, and director. His most outstanding roles include that in the TV comedy series My Wife and Kids(2001), The Underground(2006), and in movies and films such as Beverly Hills Cop(1984), I’m Gonna Git You Sucka(1984), Saturday Night Live(1985), Hollywood Shuffle(1987), Roxanne(1987), Punchline(1988), and Living Color(1990). Apart from that, Damon Wayans is also an author, having written the novel ‘Red Hat’ back in 2011. Talk of an all-rounded beau! Damon Wayans just goes to show that a bald head on a black man is never a problem.
27. Broderick Hunter
Broderick Hunter is an actor and a model born on January 3rd in the year 1991. He also falls in the group of the few youngsters in our list. Broderick Hunter was born in Fontana in California, and is well known for his roles in films such as Insecure(2016) and Entertainment Tonight Canada(2005). As a young model, Broderick has accomplished a couple of feats, some of them being managing to be the face of Ralph Lauren and gracing the covers of popular fashion magazines such as OnFitness Magazine ad Fantastics Magazine. Besides, who wouldn’t want that face and body on a magazine cover?
28. Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott is a football player who was born on the 16th March in the year 1989. He was born in Stanmore in England. Theo Walcott plays the position of a forward for the English national football team. As such, we cannot wait to see him excelling in the fast approaching World Cup(I hope I’m not jinxing the England team). Theo Walcott currently holds the jersey number eleven of the Everton Football Club where he also plays the position of a forward.
29. Willian Borges da Silva
Willian Borges da Silva is a Brazilian footballer born on the eighth of August in the year 1988. He plays for the Brazilian national football team, and is also the centre-forward for the Premier League football club, Chelsea. Currently, his premier league record boasts of one hundred and sixty six appearances, twenty five goals, and twenty assists. With his huge afro and amazing skills as a footballer, it is no wonder that Willian Borges makes the cut to appear in our list.
30. Kevin Hart
To finalize our list of the top thirty most handsome black men in the world is none other than Kevin Hart. This dark chocolate hunk is an actor and comedian who was born on the 6th of July in the year 1979 in Philadelphia in Pennsylvania in the United States of America. Kevin Hart is famous for his comedic albums ‘I’m a Grown Little Man'(released in the year 2006) and ‘Laugh at My Pain'(released in the yea 2011). Apart from stand-up comedy, Kevin Hart is famous for his acting roles in movies and films such as The Wedding Ringer(2015), Ride Along(2014), About Last Night(2014), The Five Year Engagement(2011), Little Fockers(2010), among many others. Furthermore, Kevin Hart has had recurrent roles in television series such as Modern Family. This was in the year 2012. I am personally eagerly waiting to watch Night School, a comedy movie in which Kevin Hart will be acting alongside the hilarious Tiffany Haddish. When it comes to his personal life, Kevin Hart married Torrie Hart back in 2003, but the two divorced. Kevin Hart and Torrie Hart had two kids together. Kevin Hart has been engaged to Eniko Parrish since the year 2014.
This marks the end of our list of the top thirty most handsome men. However, it may have crossed your attention that our African men may have not made the cut. As such, let us make a quick list of the top ten most handsome men in Africa.
Top 10 handsome African men
1. Trevor Noah
This comedian is nothing other than a huge chunk of African beauty. Just take a look at his photo.
D’banj is an African musician who, apart from his music, is killing us ladies in other ways – with his looks.
3. Bien Aime
Sauti Sol’s Bien Aime may just be the most handsome man in Kenya. His photo alone speaks for itself. Just take a look.
4. Mark Masai
How comes news anchors and reporters haven’t featured in our list yet? Well, here is Kenya’s very own Mark Masai to represent this noble profession.
Gabon’s Pierre Emmerick- Aubameyang, who is a footballer for Arsenal Football Club and the Gabon national team, is definitely one of Africa’s finest men.
6. John Obi Mikel
Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel’s smile is enough to assure you that he belongs in this list of Africa’s crème de la crème.
7. Van Vicker
Who doesn’t love this Ghanaian actor’s deep set eyes and sheepish smile?
8. Yaya Toure
Ivory Coast is well represented on this list by footballer Yaya Toure. Yaya Toure plays for Manchester City and the Ivory Coast national team.
9. Kevin Owiti
This Kenyan model and motivational speaker is everything that relates to handsome. Don’t you agree?
10. Biko Adema
Look at the photo again and tell me if you still need a description for this hunk. No, right?
Black men hairstyles
If you are a black man who has been going through this post, you are probable wondering , “What makes these men the most handsome in the world?”. Well, to begin with, grooming is essential when it comes to validating a man’s level of attractiveness. On this point, a man’s grooming basically starts with how he takes care of his hair, beard and all. The following is a compilation of some of the hairstyles which, according to me, might be the best options for African men who want to stun ladies with their looks and charm. Be sure to try them and see your entire look change for the better. More importantly, choose a black men hair style that suits your face and personality so as to avoid clashing and looking like a spectacle(not the good kind) .You can thank me later.
When well kempt, dreadlocks are a good hairstyle for black men.
Bald men hairstyles are easy to maintain and give off the sense of tidiness and cleanliness.
Although unique, the fade hairstyle suits specific face shapes and should only be done on people whose face shape matches the hairstyle.