Forbes Africa has released its list of richest African musicians and Nigerian artistes, with Don Jazzy, Wizkid and Davido among the top 10. The list was put together using factors such as endorsement value, popularity, show rates, sales, awards, YouTube views, appearance in newspapers, investment, social media presence, influence and others.DON JAZZY, NIGERIA
Don Jazzy is ranked fourth richest in Africa and also first in Nigeria. Like many artists, his real name is Michael Collins Ajereh, and he started playing music as a child in church before moving to the UK to pursue his career.WIZKID, NIGERIA
Wizkid is arguably currently the uncrowned king of African music. Ranked at seventh position, Grammy Award-winning artist, Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz, danced to his songs Ojuelegba and Caro, with Keys posting a video on her Instagram account with the caption, “This song makes me happy”. Kylie Jenner also posted a video of herself dancing to Wizkid’s music on Snapchat.DAVIDO, NIGERIA
Davido was ranked just below Wizkid as he claimed eighth position. The Afro Pop star has claimed a high status in just five years. He said it was people like P-Square and D’Banj who made him believe this was possible. He became famous for his widely acclaimed 2012 debut album “Omo Baba Olowo”.
Others who singers who graced the list were:
1. Akon, 2. Black Coffee, SA, 3. Hugh Maskela, SA, 5. Tinashe, Zimbabwe-American, 6. Jidenna, Nigerian-American, 9. Sarkodie, Ghana, 10. Oliver Mtukudzi, Zimbabwe
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