10. JOHN MIKEL OBI
He plays as a midfielder for English club Chelsea and the Nigeria national team. Full name; John Michael Nchekwube Obinna, he was born in Jos in April 22, 1987. His present salary is 5.8 million US dollar. John Obi Mikel retained his place as one of Africa’s and Nigeria’s richest soccer players after Ventures Africa informed the public that the Chelsea star earns a whooping sum of N924million annually. According to a financial survey carried out, Mikel makes $110,000 (about N17.5m) a week and is the highest paid Nigerian footballer. His endorsers include Pepsi and Samsung, while he has had a nomadic career in Nigeria, South Africa, Norway and England. His annual salary is $5.8 million (about N924million).
9. CLARENCE PETERS
He is One of Nigerian’s Best Music Video Directors. Clarence Abiodun Peters is the CEO of multimedia content creation company Capital Dreams Pictures. Born in Ibadan, Nigeria with the genes of legendary musician Sir Shina Peters and actress Clarion Chukwurah, Clarence Peters aka Capital is the most sought after director in the industry at the moment. He has already done some amazing videos like 9ice’s Street Credibility, Shayo by Durella, Nobody Test Me by the Choc Squad ( M.I and co.), Only Me by 2baba himself and Remember by Bracket featuring 2face. At just 28, He has already won director of the year at the Nigerian Music Video Awards 2008 and the best music video at the Hip Hop world Awards 2010 and he is well known when it comes to music in Nigeria. He is so popular that 3 of every 5 videos seen on TV is directed by him. He specializes in motion pictures of all formats from HD (High Definition)/SD (Standard Definition) to 16mm/Super 16mm/ 35mm formats. Clarence attended Government College, Ikorodu and Camp David Academy Secondary School, Ogba. As a kid, Clarence worked as an actor with Owner of SoundCity, Tajudeen Adepetu for two years. He started directing at just 18 years of age when he directed 40 episodes of the TV series “Everyday People”. He later moved to South Africa where he attended the City-Varsity Summon Television Academy in Cape Town and gained a degree in directing and cinematography. He returned to Nigeria to direct his first music video, Fuji by Darey. He founded Capital Hill record label with his secondary school mate and friend, Tha Suspect who is also an artiste under the label.
8. DON JAZZY – Real name, Michael Collins Ajereh
He was born in November 26, 1982 in Umuahia by a Dalta parents. Former CEO of Mo’ Hits Records label founded in 2004 and incumbent CEO of the Mavin Records label which he founded in May 2012 after his split up with childhood friend and Mo’Hits partner, D’banj. His family moved to Ajegunle city in Lagos state where he was raised, and graduated from Federal Government College Lagos. He went on to study Business Management at the Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma in Edo state. He moved to London in the United Kingdom in 2000 after his Uncle invited him to come play the drums for the neighbourhood Church. Mavin records CEO Don Jazzy seems to be enjoying a fruitful romance with Samsung and Promasidor, makers of Loya Milk, after sealing a N50 million deal with Loya Milk and he also acquired a landed property worth a sum of N160million in Lekki.
7. UTI NWACHUKWU
Nigerian actor, TV presenter, model and MC best known as one of the 12 housemates on the third season of the reality television competition Big Brother Africa, in 2008. He was the third housemate to be evicted, on Sunday 5 October 2008. He made a return to Big Brother Africa in 2010 and emerged the winner of $200,000 prize money. He was born August 3rd 1982.
6. LADI DELANO
Founder and CEO, Bakrie Delano Africa, aged 31. The jet-setting Nigerian serial entrepreneur made his first millions as a liquor entrepreneur while living in China. In 2004, at age 22, he founded Solidarnosc Asia, a Chinese alcoholic beverage company that made Solid XS, a premium brand of vodka. Solid XS went on to achieve over 50% market share in China and was distributed across over 30 cities in China, and pulled in $20 million in annual revenue. Delano subsequently sold the company to a rival liquor company for over $15 million and ploughed his funds into his next venture-The Delano Reid Group, a real estate investment holding company focused on mainland China. Today, Delano is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bakrie Delano Africa (BDA) a $1 billion joint venture with the $15 billion (market cap) Bakrie Group of Indonesia. Bakrie Delano Africa serves as the investment partner of the Bakrie Group in Nigeria. The Indonesian conglomerate has provided over $900 million worth of funds to invest in Nigeria and Bakrie Delano Africa is responsible for identifying investment opportunities in mining, agriculture and oil & gas and executing them.
5. JIDE ADENUGA
First son of Forbes rated Billionaire; Otunba Mike Adenuga, the Chairman of Glo and many other top companies. He was born in Febuary 1st 1982. He schooled in Ivy League Institutions abroad. He is a Director / Member Of The Board of CONOIL PLC, one of the most formidable names in Nigeria’s downstream petroleum industry. He owns a company; 3 Inclusive Ltd, that is into the importation of South African wines. The very well-mannered young guy is one of the most eligible bachelors in town. His father, Dr Mike Adenuga, steers the affairs of Globacom, Equatorial Trust Bank and Conoil in addition to other money yielding investments at home and abroad.
4. P-SQUARE – Real name; Peter and Paul Okoye
The identical twins were born on 18th, November 1981 in Lagos, Nigeria. They hail from Anambra State, Ifite Dunu LGA. The story of P-Square began in St. Murumba secondary school, a small Catholic school in Jos, Nigeria. Identical twins Peter and Paul joined their school music and drama club where they began singing, dancing, and miming songs by MC Hammer, Bobby Brown and Michael Jackson. They later formed an cappella quartet called “MMMPP” (M Clef a.k.a. Itemoh, Michael, Melvin, Peter and Paul). Subsequently Peter and Paul formed their own group, variously called “Double P”, “P&P”, and “Da Pees”, until they eventually settled on “P Square”. It was confirmed in 2012 that the award winning twins recently coughed out several millions of dollars to pick this private airbus from one of the Arabians. P-Square top the list of few of the Nigeria’s new generation music stars who are making money from music, with landed properties in Jos, Port Harcourt and their newly built Lagos mansion worth N400 million, it’s no doubt that the dynamic duo are in the millionaires club. The P-Square duo has two Sequioa Sports Utility Vans (SUVs), one hummer SUV, truck bus, Toyota Altima among other automobiles. In 2010, Peter and Paul Okoye won the KORA award for Best Africa Artiste in 2010, collecting a $1 million prize in the process. Shortly after, the duo got an endorsement deal with Globacom telecommunications worth about 240 million naira ($1.5 million) for four years. Their seven-city American tour in 2010 earned them a whopping $1m and has also built a house valued at 300 million naira ($1.9 million). They own Rayfield Hotel, Jos, and two multi-million naira factories in the same city, where they built a multimillion naira bakery and sachet water companies for their parents. The bulk of their wealth comes from concerts, especially in Africa, where they charge about 2 million naira ($12,600) per show. They have sold over 14 million copies of their CDs since 2005.
3. BANKY W – Real name; Olubankole Wellington
Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E) Chairman, Banky W was born in the US to Nigerian parents. At the age of five, his family moved back to Lagos, Nigeria, where he began singing in his church choir at the age of 8. He was born in March 27, 1981. He’s a published writer, as articles from his blog (http://bankyw.blogspot.com) have been featured in numerous Nigerian Newspapers, magazines and websites. As a philanthropist, he launched the “I AM CAPABLE” scholarship fund, which provides tuition, room & board at private universities for youth who are in need and meet the grade requirements. He’s also on the board of trustees of the “LightupNigeria” Project, which is focused on achieving constant electrical power supply in Nigeria, as well as various other charitable society building and empowering projects. He has also been extremely successful in many Corporate Marketing Campaigns, having been featured prominently in projects like Etisalat’s 0809ja Launch, Cocacola-Nigeria’s World Cup Theme Song, and Microsoft’s Anti-Cyber Crime Initiative. Last but not least, he is an accomplished Master of Ceremonies/Host, as he has successfully anchored numerous high profile events such as The Hip Hop World Awards (2009), Nigerian Breweries Legend Extra Stout Product Launch, and The Gulder Ultimate Search Celebrity TV Show Launch. As a businessman and record executive, Banky W has enjoyed tremendous success and also launched his acting career with a recurring role on the final season of MNET’s hit TV show Jacob’s Cross. Banky W has become one of the richest entertainers in the industry, making the bulk of his wealth from gigs, where he charges between 2.5 million naira ($15,800) and 3 million naira ($19,000) per show and performs three to four times each week.
2. D’BANJ – Real name; Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo
The Koko Master (as popularly called) is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and harmonica player. He was born in the month of June 9, 1980, in Zaria. He hails from Shagamu in Ogun State. D’banj was introduced to the harmonica by his late older brother, Femi Oyebanjo, who died in a plane crash at age seventeen. Apart from his music interests, D’banj has moved into other sectors. His interests include Koko Mansion, a TV reality show, Koko Lounge, an upscale hangout in Lagos and the UK, Koko Foundation, a charity, and Koko Mobile. There are also rumours that he is set to launch Koko Records. The bulk of his money comes from endorsements. His endorsement deal with Globacom telecommunications cost 70 million naira ($442,000). He has a multi-million naira endorsement with energy drink Power Fist, a deal with the makers of the Virgin Colour soft drink and another huge deal with a popular jeweller. Another endorsement which runs into millions is with Chris Aire, with D’banj acting as the face of his watches. He collects between 5 million naira ($31,500) and 7 million naira ($44,200) as performance fee for local gigs, and even bigger fees across the rest of Africa and in the US and UK. Like his old boss, Don Jazzy, D’banj also bagged a recording deal with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music. D’banj once said, “I work hard so that money, awards, endorsements, bookings and kokolets chase me.”
1. Olisa Adibua
Olisa Adibua is one of the most respected and in demand radio and television executive producer and presenter on the African continent. Olisa is not only one of the biggest personalities but has also been at the cutting of African electronic media and entertainment since 1988 with more than 23 years experience in television, radio, film, and live events. His electronic media career started with the Nigeria Television Authority as an independent presenter, producer and director on popular magazine/light entertainment programmes such as ‘Tops of the pops’ and ‘Super sounds’. Olisa then went on to present, produce and direct four different weekly programmes like clapperboard Rap show and soul with sprite for Nigerians first independent private Television station, Clapperboard Television. Olisa has hosted the MTN Nigeria’s Y’ello Television and Radio shows made numerous appearances as a host or as part of media campaigns for events including Project Fame Africa, Sean Paul tour, Wyclef Jean tour, Star Mega Jam, Face of Africa, The St. Moritz Style Awards, Thisday Fashion Show and music event, Launch of MTV Base Africa, Nigerian Television Authority’s, Charity Telethon in aid of Ikeja Cantonment bomb victims, groundbreaking shows like Apprentice Africa, Big brother Nigeria and worked with other blue chip clients like Mercedes Benz, Nokia, British Airways, Moet & Chandon, Oceanic Bank, Audi, British American Tobacco, Nigeria Breweries, Hennessy, United Bank For Africa, Chicken Republic, Virgin Atlantic, Johnnie Walker, Motorola, Guinness, Starcomms, Virgin Nigeria, Gillette Razors, Coca Cola and is the current host and an executive producer of the music reality show, Naija Sings. From 1998 to 2008, Olisa hosted the number one afternoon drive time radio show on 96.9 Cool FM till he moved in 2009 to launch the current No. 1 radio station in Nigeria, THE BEAT 99.9FM, as the morning drive-time host and Programme Director, a role he also performs for a Pidgin English radio station, Naija FM 102.7. As a co-founder and executive director of Storm 360, Olisa is a part of a formidable team that is steering a company that is a leader in the Nigeria Media and entertainment industry. Olisa Adibua’s good standing within the industry vast experience and diverse talents have made him a brand name recognized not only in Nigeria, but across the African continent and amongst Nigerians in the Diaspora.
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