Top Twenty Musicians In Nigeria & Their Net Worth

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? Before you read, I want you
to have these in mind:-
1. Net Worth does not necessarily mean the
amount of money you have in the bank. It is how
much you worth as an asset base on your works,
your achievements, investments, and popularity.
2. Album/music sells is not the only means
musicians makes money. They make much more
money in – YouTube partnership, Loyalties,
ringtones, concerts, sponsorship and
endorsements, and appearances.
These were factored into this rating to come up
with robust, time tested ranking. The best and
most accurate you can find anywhere on the
internet.
3. This list is dynamic – it changes from time to
time. Someone who is on this ranking today may
not be there tomorrow.
4. If you have an objection, state it in a civil
manner, utilizing the comment system below.
In music, your popularity determines your worth,
you don’t make shit if you are not popular
because popularity is what determines
appearance and endorsement fees. What are the
metrics to measure the popularity of an artiste?
The number one means of finding out how
popular a musician or music is, is by checking
out the 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 even from
YouTube.
Another means is through awards but since most
music awards are heavily manipulated, we are
going to skip awards and use other metrics such
as endorsement and ability to pull crowed and
command good appearance fees. Self promotion
isn’t gonna count in this rating.
Here I present to you the top 20 richest
musicians in Nigeria and their estimated net
worth. Like I said before, this list is the most
detailed and most accurate you can find
anywhere on the internet. Enjoy!
20. 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 – $1.75m
19. 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 $2.1m
18. 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 – $2.86m
17. 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 – $3.5m
16. 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 – $3.6m
15. 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 – $4.35m
14. 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 his first song, I knew he
was gonna make it in the music industry.
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 – $4.50m
13. 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 – $4.85m and may soon
crossover to billion in this rating within the next
couple of months.
12. 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 history.
His hit songs “Limpopo” and “Pull Over” are
currently on 14.5 million views collectively on
YouTube. KCee net worth is – $4.91m
11. 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 – $4.94m
10. 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 Bayelsa”.
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 – $5.5m
09. 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 – $
9.0m
08. Wizkid – From a backup [like] artiste to Banky
W to a superstar! Wizkid was transformed into
international 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 Justine 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 – $11.5m
07. 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 – $
12.5m
06. 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 – $14.5m
05. Tu Face – The musician 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 glory
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
– $22.5m
04. 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 – $25.0m
03. 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
Flavour.
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 – $28.5m
02. 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 superstars.
Dorobucci, Eminado, Sulurere, Banana – these are
are some of the major hits he produced after the
MoHit saga. Don Jazzy net worth is – $35.0m
01. 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, Angelique (the double
Grammy awards winner), 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 figures.
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!
Personally = 40 million+.
Chop My Money = 24 million+
Beautiful Onyinye = 22 million+.
Do me = 14 million+.
Teste The Money = 9 million+.
The only celebrity in the Nigerian entertainment
industry that has mansion in Banana Island where
properties are sold in billions. They are the
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi of African
music. P-Square is the only artiste in Africa you
can not book with less than $100,000. P-Square
net worth is – $128.0m
Congratulation to the champions! Have an
opinion? Let’s hear you –

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