TOP 10 NIGERIAN CELEBRITIES OF 2013
Second in the series of Top 10 2013 is about the best Nigerian celebrities who got their names rocking 2013. Today’s feature is on celebs in naija that rocked the year and got their names on the lips of the nation and globally . So join me and lets do this.
OMOTOLA JALADE EKEHINDE
Called Queen of Nollywood , 34 year old Omotola Jalade Ekehinde has topped charts and become not just the best locally but has spread across the globe . In 2011, Omotola was invited to attend the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA in recognition of her work with Amnesty International and her song “Barren Land,” which was featured in a public service announcement, addressing the Shell Oil spill in the Niger Delta.
October 27 2012 she was awarded The Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts BEFFTA Icon Award, an exclusive honorary award for her outstanding contributions to the global film industry.
Since late 2012, Omotola has been starring in her very own reality TV-show airing on Africa magic TV. The show, called “Omotola: The Real me,” has become the most viewed television series in Africa as well as making Omotola the first Nigerian to ever have a reality television show.
She was featured in TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world . She was also given a cheiftancy title in Ondo state. Nollywood actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde sat down with CNN’s Vladimir Duthiers for a CNN African Voices interview yesterday.
30 year old Denrele Edun who is one of the best entertainer and presenters in Nigeria scene is also known for his unique fashionsense and style.
Denrele has won 16 awards and over 30 nominations in his career.He has previously worked with SoundCity before he was forced out and he moved on to become one of Channel O’s VJs.
Denrele has interviewed the likes of Akon,Beyoncé Knowles, Tyler Perry, Lil’ Kim, Snoop Dogg, Cuba Gooding, Amerie, and LLoyd. Edun hosted the movie premier of Hoodrush.
Denrele has been credited for being behind the success of Big Brother Amplified Winner Karen Igho.
TIWA SAVAGE BALOGUN
33 year old Tiwa Savage who is one of the most popular and talented Nigerian Songwriter ,recording artist and performer. Currently signed to Mavin Records and Sony Music Entertainment .
She is not just ending this year a top celebrity but a married one . She recently got married to her love and manager, Tee Billz. She has won and nominated for various awards this year.
32 year old Tonto Dikeh known populary as “POKO” made the spotlight this year . Tonto who switched from the movie industry to the music scene has not stopped thrilling her fans both negatively and positively. She is known for her weird songs but she still tops the scene for 2013.
She was presented with the Film actress of the year award at the 2013 Exquisite Lady of the Year Awards held at the Red Carpet Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. She celebrated her birthday with quite a huge VIP party at Coko Bar, London on the 7th with some friends including Sexy Steel, Funmi Ogunja and Mr. Moe Musa
Apart from her blockbuster hits, now golden locks and her music videos, if there’s another thing Tonto is famous for, it’s for her outspoken personality.
Following public scrutiny of allegedly dating Nigerian musician Iyanya while he was dating Ghollywood sensation Yvonne Nelson, she boldly tells the Ghanaian-based publication that “Yvonne Nelson is not my friend…. and I’ve only met Iyanya once.”
38 year-old Innocent Ujah Idibia popularly known as Tuface Idibia, is the rave of the moment in the Nigerian music scene. He is a talented and legendary Nigerian singer , songwriter and producer. He has always been ranked among the best African Muscians of all time .
Tuface as you know him is no stranger to grabbing international awards ,he has received one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award, five Headies Awards (Hip-hop award), four Channel O Music Video Awards and one BET award for his musical work, four MTV Africa Music Awards, one MOBO award, one KORA award, and numerous additional nominations.
And Finally he settled down to his longtime girlfriend and Baby mama Annie Macaulay. They got married this year .
21 year old David Adeleke known as Davido is a popular ,young artist and also a music producer. He has his own Music label OBO. Since his debut album in 2012 , he hasn’t relented in his effort in remaining top in his music career , He always has something for his fans.
Davido is one of the most highly demanded artists in Nigeria, booking over 180 shows both at home and abroad in 2012 alone. In addition to collaborating with some of the top artists in the Nigerian industry including, Tuface, Naeto C, Olamide, Skales and Lynxxx, he has shared the stage with various international acts such as Big Sean, Pusha T, Tinie Tempah, T-Pain, Keith Sweat, Fabolous, and many more. He recently concluded his 2013 European music tour, which spanned several cities including Vienna, Austria and Prague, Czech Republic.
Recently he introduced the skelewu competition which went viral
After dropping his popular album Dami Duro in November of last year, his popularity skyrocketed making him one of the most loved Nigerian Afro pop singer today.
He recently acquires a mansion in Lekki Phase 1 area of Lagos State Nigeria which costs a whopping 140 million Naira.
23 Year-old Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun , known by his stage name Wizkid , is a Nigerian recording artist, songwriter, performer, and brand ambassador for Pepsiand MTN Nigeria. He rose to prominence with his song “Holla at Your Boy”. In 2009, he got signed to Banky W’s label imprint, Empire Mates Entertainment. His work and contributions to the Nigerian Music Industry has earned him several achievements, including a BET Awards, a MOBO Awards from two nominations, a Channel O Music Video Awards from six nominations, three Nigeria Entertainment Awards from eleven nominations, a Ghana Music Awards from two nominations, two Dynamix All Youth Awards from three nominations, two City People Entertainment Awards from 4 nominations, and a Future Awards among others. In addition, he has been nominated three times at the MTV Europe Music Awards as well as two times at the World Music Awards. He was ranked 5th on Forbes and Channel O’s 2013 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artistes.
He established his own label imprint , Star Boy Entertainment in which he signed Maleek berry , LAX . June 2013 God saved his life as his newly acquired 15 million naira porsche was involved in a car accident on lekki express way lagos. He is in a relationship as at now with Tania omotayo .
35-Year-Old Bright Okpocha popularly known by his stage name ,Basket Mouth is the best standup comedian this year .
He is a four-time winner of the National Comedy Award for Best Comedian of the year, Brand Ambassador for one of the leading telecommunication companies in Africa (Globacom), Best Standup Comedian of the year 2005/6, Chief Executive Officer of Barons World Entertainment and an history maker, for the first one man Standup Comedy Show in Nigeria (Basket Mouth Uncensored). today, he stands out as one of the names to reckon with in the comedy/entertainment industry. Basketmouth has added another feather to his many achievements with the recent rating proclaiming him the second best stand-up comedian in Africa.
Only last April, the Glo Ambassador and TV host emerged the first Nigerian to host comedy gig and TV show ‘Comedy Central Presents…Live at Parker’s’.
Iyanya Onoyom , 27 year old Nigerian recording artist, singer, songwriter, and performer best known for winning the 2008 MTN Project Fame West Africa as well as for his song, “Kukere”.
Iyanya headlined the Iyanya vs. Desire concert. The concert started in London and ended in Manchester.
Iyanya and his label mate Emma Nyra went on a mini tour across the U.S and Canada in early 2013. Iyanya performed at the Shrine in Chicago on April 11, 2013. He also performed at the African Muzik Magazine launch on April 12, 2013 held in Dallas, Texas. Iyanya serenaded Grammy Award nominee Melanie Fiona at the LTB Jean store in Soho, New York and performed at the world renowned New York Fashion Week.
He was present as a nominee at the 2013 Soul Train Awards Friday 8th November 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
What a way to end the year with a brand new car which is said to be a gift from all partners at Made Men Music Group to their biggest artist for a good year. The car is worth N22m to N25million in Nigeria.
This year alone Iyanya has signed various deals and contracts with huge companies like MTN, Zinox Computers and Solo Phones totalling up to 130 million naira.
33 year old ,Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo known as The Koko Master, Igwe, Skibanj Eja Nla, Mr. Endowed, Banga Lee, Mensah is one of the most popular Nigerian Singer . He has his name across Africa but also globally. He is an instrumentalist , songwriter and an entrepreneur. He has his own Label -DB RECORDS . He is also signed to other Labels like Mercury Records, GOOD Music, Sony Music Entertainment, ROCKSTAR4000, RCA
He was appointed Nigeria’s first UNITED NATIONS YOUTH AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE
D’Banj is a natural charismatic, energetic and infectious performer that can hold his audience captive for as long as he wants.
D’banj was at the 2013 Hennessy Finale as the headlining act of the show in which he wore a custom black blazer with uniquely designed and placed crystals which costs over 1 Million Naira . He lives a highly Luxurious lifestyle
He also resigned a Multi-million Naira endorsement deal with Globacom . He also signed exclusive deal to Sony music entertainment.
His songs has topped charts both in UK and Nigeria.
winner of 2011 winner of Big Brother Africa’s Amplified Edition, Karen Igho is arguably the most controversial but loveable Nigerian celeb on the scene. She is described as Loud and loveable
Karen is an Actress, a Business Woman, a Presenter on Naija FM Radio Station, the face of Exquisite Magazine and an Ambassador for GoTV. Karen has anchored several events/shows such as; Delta@20, Dynamix Awards, Safari awards, Calabar, City People Amplified Party, Facebook Unplugged in Warri, Miss Abuja 2011, the launch of Ibadan GOtv, October 2011, Face of Edo, Benin, DSTV Multi-choice 2011 end of the year party, the Face of Selara 2012, SAY NO TO CRIME event at the ikoyi prisons in Lagos.
She has co-presented on episodes of the TV show, Jara with Uti on the DSTV African Magic channel. Featured in musical videos and comedy stincts such as; Hakeem the dream’s, Scooby doo, Orezi’s booty bounce and AY LIVE comedy stripe.
Sadly she revealed she has cancer on twitter last week . So sad She also got her british citizenship last month .,
I can officially say Karen was the best party and event attendee this year with all her styles and fashion taste at its peak . She hardly missed any event .
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