Music has been paying heavily in Nigeria
for the past ten years. No wonder
average Nigerian youths sees music as
the quick means to wealth and fame.
Why not! When a good number of
artistes have risen from nothing to
something over the years, enjoying
wealth that can only be imagined by
average people. The question is Who is
the richest among these musicians and
how much are they worth?
In music, your popularity determines
your worth, you don’t make poo if you
are not popular. How do we determine
the popularity of an artiste? Do not let
their noises or that of their fans deafen
your ears, some aren’t worth that much,
while some worth so much.
The number one means of knowing how
popular a musician or music is, is by
checking out it’s YouTube stat. If you
are popular, it will show on your
YouTube views, no manipulation. And if
you have a great stat on YouTube, you
are a great artiste, making good money.
Another means is through awards but
since most music awards are heavily
manipulated, we are going to skip
awards and use other means such as
endorsement and ability to pull crowed
and command good appearance fee. Self
promotion isn’t gonna count in this
Here I present to you the top 20 richest
musicians in Nigeria and their estimated
net worth. This list is the most detailed
and most accurate you can find
anywhere on the internet. Enjoy!
Patoranking – This guy is making name
for himself in the music industry in
Nigeria and it’s not surprising that he
made the top 20 richest musicians in
Nigeria despite that it’s not been quite
long since he breaks into the limelight.
His hit song (Girlie O) featuring Tiwa
Savage has grossed over 4 million views
on YouTube as the time this article was
being written. Patoranking’s net worth
is estimated to be – N350,000,000
Olamide – One of the craziest rapper in
Nigeria and Africa. So crazy he called
himself Badoo. Olamide has built name
and fortune for himself in the music
industry in Nigeria. Right from the first
day I heard him first song, I knew he
was gonna make it in the music
His song with the highest YouTube
views is “Eleda Mi” with 1.2 million
views. He was able to over take
Patoranking due to the fact he has
multiple single with collective views of
more than 5million. He is believed be
to be the mastermind behind the rise of
Shoki. Olamide’s current net worth is
put at – N560,000,000
Chidinma Ekile – Chidinma has one thing
going for her – she is extremely
likeable. That alone has skyrocketed her
take home performance fees and worth
to an enviable position. From a mere
contestant in MTN Project Fame to a
household name in Nigeria, Chidinma
has created wealth that her peers could
only dream about.
Her biggest video to date is “Kedike”
with 1.2 million YouTube hit, followed
by “Oh Baby” featuring Falvour with
600,000 views. And collective views of
about 5 million. Chidinma’s net worth is
put at – N572,000,000
Duncan Mighty – He has refused to step
an inch away from the Niger Delta oil.
With unique beats, superior voice
quality, and dance step to match,
Duncan Mighty is considered one of the
most successful artistes ever come out
of the Niger Delta.
He most popular song on YouTube.com
is “Obianuju” and “Port Harcourt Boy”
which has collective views of 3.1
million. With strong affiliation to the
Niger Delta politicians, Duncan mighty is
estimated to worth – N700,000,000.
Yemi Alade – How she made it? I don’t
know, but she is currently the biggest
female musician in Nigeria after Tiwa
Savage and may overtake Tiwa in a
couple of years if not months. The first
day I heard “Jonny” played in my car by
one of the Nigerian F.M Station, I knew
something serious was about to hit us.
Yemi currently has the most successful
and most popular music video by any
African female artiste on YouTube. The
total views for “JONNY” as at this time is
13,435,171. Yemi Alade’s current net
worth is N820 million.
Ice Prince – He broke into the limelight
with “Oleku” featuring Brymo which
currently has 3.1 million views on
YouTube. Ice Prince Zamani is one of
the finest rapper in Nigeria. To me, he
is better than M.I in terms of flow.
Few days ago, the picture of when he
was younger and hustling hit the
internet and you can see how far she
has been transformed from a naive
young boy to a world class superstar!
Ice prince net worth is – N870,000,000.
Phyno – The only hardcore rapper I’ve
ever seen in Africa. He does it like no
other, providing new dimension to rap
music in Nigeria. Phyno is to the Igbos
what Olamide is for Yorubas but he does
it in a completely different fashion. So
good that rap haters like me is forced to
like rap music.
Phyno is a genius. Everyone wants to
collaborate with Phyno for good
reasons. He is hot in the market.
Phyno’s net worth is put at –
Tiwa Savage – Welcome the queen of
music in Nigeria, the sexy mama, the
first lady of Mavins Record! Tiwa Savage
is among the very few Nigerian artistes
whose average video is grossing over 1
million on YouTube. She currently has
about five videos with more than a
million views each. Eminado is currently
doing 7+ million.
Her net worth is – N970,000,000 and
may soon crossover to billion in this
rating within the next couple of months.
KCee – Currently making serious wave
in the Nigerian music scene, KCee,
formerly a member of the KCPresh is
one of the most fortunate guys in the
industry. He picked the right beat at the
right time, and the rest has become
His hit songs “Limpopo” and “Pull Over”
are currently on 14.5 million views
collectively on YouTube. KCee net worth
is – N983,000,000
M.I – Regarded as the most successful
rap artiste ever in Africa, M.I has built a
reputation that will be too difficult for
anyone to surmount. He is among the
major stakeholders in Chocolate City
Records and is credited with the rise to
fame of Ice Prince Zamani.
For the sake of the record label and the
stars that came through it, we are
placing MI at number 11 on this list. His
current net worth is – N988,000,000.
Timaya – Timaya’s vocal power is
unmatched in the industry. He is one
one the best and probably the most
successful music star ever come out of
the Niger Delta area. Far more
successful than Daniel Wilson and
others. He is truly the “Egberi Papa 1 of
One of his hit track “Sanko” is about to
hit 2 million views while his biggest hit
“Bum Bum” featuring Sean Paul has
already grossed over 16 million on
YouTube. Timaya net worth is –
Banky W – Two best music videos ever
done in Nigeria to his credit (Lagos
Party and Wizkid’s Holla at ur Boy) and a
serious record label of his own, Banky W
is surely a force to reckon with in the
Music business in Nigeria.
From Etisalat to Samsung, he has the
knack to land juicy endorsement deals
anytime. Started with a copycat of
Rihanna’s song, he graduated to
international superstar, doing original
songs and winning awards. Banky W net
worth is – N1.8 billion.
Wizkid – From a backup [like] artiste to
Banky W, Wizkid was transformed into
international mega star by just one
music video – Holla at ur Boi! That video
created the defining moment in his
career and today, he is the Wizkid you
and I know.
Widely regarded as the Austine Bieber
of Nigeria, Wizkid one of the stars in the
industry that many upcoming artistes
look up to, to be just like him. What he
lacks in vocal talent, he makes up in
personality appeal. Wizkid net worth is –
Iyanya – From a hungry project fame ex-
winner to international famous
superstar within the space of three
years. Iyanya has shown that if you
want to be successful in Nigeria, give
them what they want and you will be
blessed with wealth.
Iyanya’s hit song (“Kukere” complete
with it’s one unique dance step)
currently has more than 15 million
views on YouTube. His net worth is –
Davido – What he lacks in physical
appeal, he makes up with great vocal
talent – the twisted version of Wizkid.
Davido is one musician in Nigeria that I
so much like his vocal talent, he is a
singer and song maker extraordinaire.
His two songs “Aye” and “Gobe” are
currently having 15 million and 11
million respectively on YouTube. Son of
a politician and business man, Davido’
net worth is – N2.9 billion.
Tu Face – The one everyone respects in
the industry. Tu Face has become the
present day legend in African pop
culture. By the time he hangs his
trumpet, he will be studied in
universities across Africa. African Queen
remains his biggest hit ever, meaning
that this legend lives largely in the past
He has not been able to do another
song more popular than the famous
African Queen or even close to it’s
popularity. But what he lacks in hit
songs, he makes up in reproduction,
building future generation of Idibias. Tu
Face net worth is – N4.5 billion.
D’Banj – From life in the streets of The
United Kingdom to MoHit and one of
the biggest superstar Nigeria has ever
seen. D’Banj has proved that what you
need to become successful is in you.
You don’t need to look for it elsewhere,
it’s within you.
His biggest song ever is the last song
produced by Don Jazzy, Oliver Twist. It
dethroned P-Square’s songs temporally
in 2013 as the highest viewed Nigerian
song on YouTube before Personally from
P-Square reclaimed the number one
spot. D’Banj net worth is – N5 billion.
Flavour – Virtually every artistes in the
industry has featured Flavour in the
songs. His vocal ability is unrivaled. He
is one of the very best the industry has
ever seen. From the moment he picked
up the guitar, you now he is destined to
the top. Flavour Nabalia is one like no
other and no one could mimic him
successfully no matter how hard you
try. He is the one and only Flavour, and
after him there may be no other
He has everything going for him. His
physical appeal, pure vocal talent, and
mastery of the music instruments,
Flavour is everything others desires to
be. His current net worth is – N5.7
Don Jazzy – The only musician in this list
with no song to call his own. Yet, he
command so much respect and money
that even the best in the industry dare
not ask who is he. Don Jazzy is builder, a
producer extraordinaire and industry
pacesetter. Whatever thing he lays his
hands on becomes gold. He produced
D’Banj to international superstar, and
when D’Banj left, he produced other
Dorobucci, Eminado, Sulurere, Banana –
these are are some of the major hits he
produced after the MoHit saga. Don
Jazzy net worth is – N7 billion.
P-Square – No one does it like P-Square
in the music industry in Nigeria! When
you think they’ve done their best, they
come up with something completely
different. They have no competition,
they only compete with themselves.
Outside Akon, P-Square is the biggest
music stars ever come out of Africa –
dead or alive!
You may ask, how about Fela, Ndiaye,
Lucky Dube, Blenda Fassie, and Awilo
Logomba? Well, they are all legends of
music in Africa but when it comes to
earning and popularity allover Africa,
they are no match to P-Square with all
due respect. This is based on facts and
Pick up the all times African top 10
music video on YouTube, P-Square alone
has 5, leaving the other 5 for the entire
artistes in Africa to share!
Chop my money = 24 million+.
Do me = 14 million+.
Personally = 35 million+.
Beautiful Onyinye = 21 million+.
Alingo = 7 million+.
The only celebrities in the Nigerian
entertainment industry that has
mansion in Banana Island. They are the
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi of
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Music has been paying heavily in Nigeria