The Entertainment industry is one of the best things that has happened in Nigeria. The giant of Africa besides the oil and gas sector is about the most viable sectors of the nation’s economy. Our musicians have been doing us proud and they make several billions of naira and millions of dollars as a reward for their creative efforts.
Among these musicians are the top 10 richest in 2018 drawn from cumulative wealth, shows and concerts, endorsements investments, tours and album sales among other sources. The ranking is from number 10 on the list to the 1st. They include:
Flavour/Olamide, BankyW, Timaya, Paul Okoye and Peter Okoye, others are 2 Baba Idibia, D’Banj, Don Jazzy and Davido.
These super stars no doubt are among the best in the world, they have also contributed to the growth of the nation’s economy and image rebranding.
Contemporary highlife King, Flavour and Street Mafia Olamide are tied to the tenth position in the ranking. 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 the also charges quite a huge fee for shows, the Bariga born artiste runs a yearly tour across United Kingdom, Europe and America.
He is Hennessy and Glo ambassador and Leo of digital TV channel VOTS (Voice Of The Street). The estimated net worth of both Flavour and Olamide is pegged at around N3 billion.
Olubankole Wellington is an all round boss and he has money to show for it. His status changed last year when ‘Mr Capable” said bye bye to Bachelorhood as he married actress Adusua 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 delved into acting, film production, event host and public speaking. His estimated net worth is put to be around N3.5 billion.
Born Enitimi Alfred Odom, the Nigerian dance hall king is one of the top 10 richest artistes 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 an event.
Currently, Timaya has endorsement deals worth several millions with Glo and cognac brand Hennessy. A few months back, Timaya moved into a palatial mansion in Lekki worth hundreds of millions. Timaya’s estimated net worth is put at N4 billion.
Rude boy, member of the defunct P-Square duo takes number seven spot, Paul and his twin brother Peter used to dominate the African music scene until they split last year. The duo used to charge the highest gig fee for a Nigerian artiste that has somehow changed as he now stands alone.
Notwithstanding, Rude boy is still a big shot in the music business with his estimated net worth of about N5.6 billion.
The other half of the defunct P-Square duo, aka Mr P is still doing fine as a solo artiste, even before the split, Peter had solo endorsement deals with Kia Motors, Olympic Milk etc. Since the break up’, MRP. “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.
2 Baba Idibia
With over two decades strong in the Nigerian entertainment industry, Innocent Idibia better known as 2 face or 2 Baba is a double OG. The 42 year old singer has a brand friendly persona which has seen him clinch mouthwatering deals even ahead of younger colleagues.
Currently he has endorsements with Compare, Glo etc, he has real estate investments including his Rumours Night Club in Lagos. The “Gaaga Shuffle” crooner’s estimated net worth spices to about N5.9bn.
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 brain child cream platform was valued last year by an American firm to be worth about $100,000.00.
Micheal Ajere Collins, aka Don Jazzy takes the numbers three spot on the list. The ace music producer has moved on quite seamlessly from being a beat maker to a full fledged businessman. Don Jazzy is the CEO of Mavin records which houses top stars like Tiwa Savage, Reckado Banks, Koredo 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 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 bill board hot 100 music chart, earning a Grammy Award nomination, several legit international collaboration, performing at international music events etc.
Davido, the 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 artistes.
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’s tracks, ‘if’, Fall which have crossed over 60 billion views on you tube, the ‘Aye’.
Crooner revealed that he has made over $1million off pon pon sound, he has secured new endorsements with perform brand AXE, infinix mobility ect.
He has been rumoured to have recently purchased a bom bardia jet.
Davido’s estimate net worth is put at N9 billion.
Nigerian Idol Gets Tougher As Daniel Exits
Last week, contestants on Nigerian Idol took a trip back to their birth year, as they performed their favourite hits from the year they were born. BeyonceAjomiwe opened the night with her rendition of Rihanna’s 2004 hit, Unfaithful. DJ Sose commented that her breath control was good, but Seyi Shay felt the song was not the right choice for her.
Next up was Comfort. Her performance of Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful impressed the judges and showcased her continuous growth in the competition. She was, however, advised to work on her vocals and stage presence.
Atela Francis’ soulful performance of Bryan Adams’ rock classic Please Forgive Me left the judges speechless. When Obi Asika finally spoke, he commented that Francis had just delivered a stadium worthy performance.
Another contestant who left the judges speechless was Faith Jason. His song choice, You Are Not Alone was a tribute to his idol Michael Jackson. DJ Sose exclaimed that he was the full package; combining his voice, skill and stage performance.
Fans favourite, Kingdom followed Francis and Faith Jason performances with a stunning rendition of Toni Braxton’s Unbreak my heart. According to him, he chose the song because he read fans’ comments, asking him to be expressive and this was his response. Seyi Shay felt that this week’s performance was a step up from last week and he had redeemed himself. Obi Asika agreed, saying that Kingdom had arrived and they had all been waiting for him to sing and perform the way he did during the auditions.
Akunna sang LeAnn Rimes’ 1997 hit, How Do I Live. Obi Asika commented that like her previous performances, she was great. Emmanuel closed the night with a stellar performance of Seal’s Kiss From A Rose. He received a standing ovation from all the judges who praised his vocal ability and stage presence.
For Daniel, it was the end of the road as his journey on Nigerian Idol came to an end. You can vote for your favorite contestants as the power to determine who stays and who leaves is solely in the hands of the viewers. Voting on Nigerian Idol is via the website, mobile site, MyDStv, and MyGOtv apps and via SMS, which is available only in Nigeria.
Why Rivers Rules Nigeria’s Entertainment Enclaves
It is no gain saying that Rivers state occupies an enviable position in Nigeria. Apart from being the hub of oil and gas activities in the country and the treasure base of the nation, the state is also the heart beat of the country’s entertainment enclave.
The historic exploits in music, movie, beauty pageants tourism, Arts and culture have attracted a humongous number of foreign and local investors, tourists and all classes of fun lovers to the state. The legendary hospitality, enviable security network, enabling environment and peaceful coexistence have turned the state to a save haven and home away from home for the numerous visitors.
MUSIC: In music, Rivers state boasts of a vibrast music industry that is globally acclaimed its artistes are putting out great music and for a longtime had quite a number of them pushed to national and even global acclaim. Recently Rivers state born award winning music super star, DaminiOgulu popularly known as Burna Boy made Nigeria and Africa proud by winning the highly coveted Global music Album award at the 61st edition of the Grammy awards held in Los Angeles, USA.
Other Rivers State award winning stars making waves in Nigeria and beyond include Duncan Mighty, Frank D’ Nero, Lexy M, Oba Omega, Ajebo Hustlers, Omah Lay, Mercy Chinwo, Mr. 2Kay, Wakonzy, Idahams, Dan Dizzy, Muma Gee, Dr. Barz, Soti (the malaria crooner), Sky B, Bukwild-Da Ikwerre man and Deinbofa Nana Okoto (aka Korkormikor) among others.
Movie: Rivers state is also known for producing leading actors and actresses in Nollywood whose achievements in the make belief industry have attracted global attention with various local and international awards to show for their exploits in the industry. Some of these stars are brand ambassador to multinational companies and organisations.
Rivers state born beauty queen and organizer of the Miss Earth beauty contest Ibinabo Fiberesima was one time National president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) under her watch, the umbrella body of actors and actress in Nigeria recorded unprecedented achievements and members enjoyed an open door policy and sense of belonging.
Other A-List stars in Nollywood who are from Rivers state include: Sam Dede, Columbus Irosoanga, Gentle Jack, Walta Anga, Alaso Wariboko, Late J.T. Tom West and Tonto Dike, as well as Monalisa Chinda, Maurine Ihua and Ada Eme.
These veterans have contributed in taking Nollywood to the next level of greatness and global recognition and have also generated revenue to the country amongst other achievements.
Comedy: The Rivers state entertainment landscape also includes the comedy clan. The state also parades veteran comedians who call the shots in the comedy industry in Nigeria. Among the humour merchants of Rivers state origin who have achieved legendary milestones through their hilarious joke are: Julius Agwu, Dan D’ Humerus, Angel D’ laugh, Prince Hezekiah the Rugged Pastor and a host of others.
TOURISM: This is another entertainment sector where Rivers state has recorded enviable history in terms of tourist attractions. Some of the historic site that abound in the state at second to non in the country. Some of the famous tourist attractions include the beaches such as Ifoko beach, Kono beach, Port Harcourt tourist beach and Finima beach etc.
There are other tourist favourites, like the Port Harcourt Zoological Garden Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt pleasure park, World class hotels, cinema houses, amusement park and several other locations for relaxation and sight seeing.
Arts/Culture: Arts and culture play complimentary role to the tourism sector in the state as an entertainment outlet. The national museum in the state contains artifacts related to the various ethnic groups in the state including bronze, pottery, masks, historic household equipments, old currencies etc.
The Rivers state cultural centre is a famous tourist attraction that serves to educate visitors on the rich cultural diversity of the state, there is a theatre, a stage and auditorium for live performance of cultural dance and plays which holds a huge attraction for tourists.
Nightlife: Nightlife Is Another area Rivers state stands out, Apart from Lagos, Rivers state is the state to beat in terms if quality, undiluted entertainment. Before the advent of covid 19 pandemic and Government restrictive policies, the state used to bubble from sdusk to dawn with wining, dining and dancing amid fun, glitz, glamour and razzmatazz.
Though the covid 19 saga has whittled down the enthusiasm of fun seekers, night crawlers and clubbers, the entertainment industry still bounces ahead. Before now, in virtually all major street in the Garden City, you find drinking spots and other hangouts with Naija Jams blaring from giant speakers from 8:00pm and some time till dawn.
It is difficult to tell which is a night club in this city because these drinking parlours and hangouts operate as night clubs even some restaurants and carwash do too. Girls of easy virtues in the state charge thrice the amount any of their colleagues in other states charge, because in Port Harcourt, girls are in class of their own.
A typical night life in the garden city starts fun lovers and their partners start storming the cinemas, some of the popular ones are Silverbird cinema’s, Genesis Deluxe cinema, film one at Port Harcourt shopping mall, Port Harcourt pleasure park cinema etc, from the movies houses to bars and eateries and eventually end up at the nightclubs to listen to Dee Jays (DJs) performing live and dishing out the latest club bangers.
Most of these nightclubs are located at the GRA phase 2 axis of the city and other parts of the metropolis they include: MendianOgoyi place, Tombis a street, GRA Phase 2. Edizwinebar, Emeyal street, GRA phase 2, platinum, Hotel Presidential GRA phase 2 Casablanca nightclub and Karokee, GRA phase 2 others are the Grib, William Jumbo street, Liquid lounge and Bar, Onne Road, Morella, Amadi flats Lesuka, Peter Odili Road, The Hub, Odili Road Port Harcourt among others.
Nightlife in the city has also brought brisk business to those in the fast food and suya business as most times guys and their babes rush out of the clubs to have quick meals. Taxi drivers are also not left out as they hang around these clubs and bars to take passengers home after a night full of fun.
By: Jacob Obinna
Nollywood Veteran Actor, Bruno Iwuoha Bows Out
The news of his death on April 10, 2021, shook Nollywood. His fans and colleagues knew he had a prolonged battle with diabetes, but didn’t know the notable Nollywood actor, Bruno Obinna Iwuoha, would bow to the disease, even after a news website had hinted that he was responding to treatment.
Aged 68 and survived by a wife and six children, the remains of the award-winning actor was committed to mother earth this Thursday in his hometown UmunumoUmuanunu in Ehime Mbano Local Council of Imo State.
In a condolence message, President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ejezie Emeka Rollas commiserated with the immediate family members, friends and fans and prayed, “God would comfort them at this moment of grief.”
Rollas described Iwuoha as a “dependable actor and committed practitioner who will be surely missed.” A gifted actor who acts with credulity and mien, Iwuoha hit the right note and became a household name when he interpreted delightfully, the role of a catholic priest in the award winning flick, Sins of the Flesh, which starred Africa’s best ChiomaChukwukaAkpotha in a lead role. It was his deep and inimitable interpretation of the role that got the jury of the African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) to unanimously declare him the best supporting actor in a leading role.
For Bruno Iwuoha, that award, which he received personally at the 2007 edition of the AMAA held in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State capital, was confirmation of a dream fulfilled. Right from when he joined in a little over two decades ago, Bruno had always wished that in no time he would emerge a constant visitor in most homes. And true to expectation, that confirmation came and it came in no time.
Though Uncle Bruno, as younger colleagues roundly call him, confessed that he grew up with a healthy appetite for acting, he never imagined that acting would become something of a full time job for him. Until he passed on this April, his life story took a different dimension. Not only did the grey haired actor cut a swath among the industry’s recognisable faces, he was roundly regarded as one of the good men of the movie because of the streak of successes he recorded as an actor.
But Iwuoha didn’t walk into acting just for the fun of it. The last time he spoke to this reporter, Uncle B as he is also called, revealed that he had a flair for acting and was at a time head of his school dramatic and literary society. It was there that he first struck his acting stuff.
But he didn’t continue after school. Young Iwuoha wasn’t convinced then that acting would put food on his table. So, he made up his mind to do some buying and selling, as well as supplies. Later, he got a steady supply job and became a registered contractor with the National Fertilizer Company.
But even as he bought and sold for profit, something inside of him yearned for some acting on stage and screen. The voice became clearer as days pass. But Iwuoha would not be distracted or so he thought. He continued trading until he bowed to what he said was the ‘superior pressure’ of the voice within.’
“It was the day that I returned from one of my business trips that I met a letter inviting me for an audition; that was how it started,” Iwuoha recalled.
Indeed, it took that decision to honour the audition invitation for Iwuoha’s music chair to turn full circle. That day turned out the last day that the actor with a distinctive feature-grey hair bought and sold any commodity. He took to full time acting and confessed then that he is likely not to consider quitting motion picture practice for any other job because of the gains that has come with his involvement in motion picture practice as an actor.
An easy-going personality, Iwuoha’s first take in the movie industry was as a supporting actor in Lost Kingdom written by EkennaIgwe and directed by Ndubuisi Oko. From Lost Kingdom, he marched on as producers sought him out each time they wanted a steady and reliable actor who will throw himself to a role once he gets one. Unlike his peers who played same role in every movie, Iwuoha versatility showed when he moved easily from one role to another. If he was not playing a chief in one, he would be playing a devious and or good father or uncle in another and or a priest in yet another. He was soon to be named an all rounder.
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