Nigeria is home to some of the most popular and talented celebrities in the world.
Nigerian celebrities keep making an impact on the global stage in a variety of fields, including music, cinema, comedy, and sports.
They are all very successful in their industries and have a large social media following.
In no particular order, here are seven Nigerian celebrities with some of the highest following on social media:
Davido is one of the most prominent and successful African artists. He has received various accolades for his music, including the BET Award for Best International Act: Africa. The singer also recently got three nominations in the 2024 Grammy Awards – his first ever.
Davido is also a successful businessman. He owns the record label Davido Music Worldwide, and he has several other business ventures. He is also a philanthropist, and he has donated millions of dollars to various charities.
The singer has over 28m followers on Instagram – even way more than some global artistes.
2. Yemi Alade
Yemi Alade is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, actress, and activist. She is well-known for her high-energy live performances and her own blend of Afropop, R&B, and dancehall.
One of her strength is her ability to sing in several languages, including English, Igbo, Pidgin, Yoruba, French, Swahili, and Portuguese.
Alade is known as “Mama Africa” because of her ability to incorporate many African languages and costumes into her songs and music videos.
She was one of the artistes who performed at the opening ceremony of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
Yemi has over 17m followers on Instagram
3. Funke Akindele
Funke Akindele-Bello, sometimes known as Funke Akindele or Jenifa, is a Nigerian actress, film producer, and director.
She is one of the most prominent and successful actresses in Nigeria.
She is recognized for her roles in films and television shows such as “Jenifa’s Diary” and “Omo Ghetto.”
As a producer. the 46-year-old in January 2024 shattered Nollywood record when her film, A Tribe Called Judah became the first movie to gross N1bn in the Nigerian Box Office.
Funke, on her Instagram account, has a following of over 16m.
4. Tiwa Savage
Born in Isale Eko, Lagos State, Tiwa Savage is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer.
She is one of the most successful female artistes in Africa, known for her powerful vocals and captivating tunes.
In August 2023, she made history as the only Nigerian artiste to perform at Charles III’s coronation concert.
On Instagram, she has a following of over 18m.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, popularly known by his stage name Wizkid, is a singer-songwriter from Nigeria.
He is among the greatest and most well-known African musicians of all time.
Wizkid is popular for his ability to fuse dancehall, R&B, and Afropop.
The Grammy-winning singer is also famous for his powerful live performances, appealing tunes, and artistic partnerships.
He has over 18m followers on Instagram.
AY Makun started his career as a comedian in the early 2000s.
He immediately became one of Nigeria’s most popular comedians, and he has been in events all around the world.
AY is also a successful actor, having appeared in films such as 30 Days in Atlanta, A Trip to Jamaica, and Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons.
AY has over 13 million followers on Instagram.
7. Burna Boy
Grammy-winning Nigerian singer is one of the most successful artists in African music.
In 2020, Burna Boy won the Best International Act award at the BET Awards as well as the Best World Music Album award at the 2021 Grammy Awards for his album ‘Twice As Tall’. He has also won several other awards such as the Artist of the Year award at the AFRIMA Music Awards, Male Artist of the Year at the MTV African Music Awards, and Best Male Artist at the Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.
On Instagram, Burna Boy boasts of over 16m followers.