Nigeria remains one of the musically active nations in Africa and also in the world, producing artistes whose successes in music can be reckoned with at a global scale. With more and more musicians coming up and creating hits in Africa, Nigeria has remained a top dominator when it boils down to awarding artistes continentally.
Both male and female singers form the bandwagon of hit makers in the Nigeria music industry. Today, we bring you the top 10 female hit makers who are also the top 10 richest female musicians in Nigeria. From signing endorsement deals to snagging awards at several awards ceremony, these female music idols rule and rep!
Over the years, they’ve managed to become intensely popular, famed a one or more hits, won a lot of awards and have several hundred of thousand followers on social media platform and have gone to be recognized in the continent. These female musicians are also some of the most popular in the music industry and have worked with the biggest guys in the entertainment circle.
With no much typing and given you the proof of reading on our post, which is just as accurate as the lists compiled by several other trusted media agencies, Naija.ng and Pulse.ng, here’s the list of your top 10 richest female musicians in Nigeria…
Top 10 Richest Female Musicians in Nigeria and Their Net Worth:
10. Di’ja | Net Worth: $500,000 Dollars
Beautiful Nigerian female singer and Mavin Records act Di’ja settles currently as the 10th richest naija female musician in Nigeria. She’s a visual artist, singer and songwriter. Di’ja came to limelight when she released her hit song titled “Awww”.
The song has been viewed over 3.5 million times on the biggest video sharing and streaming platform, YouTube. Other songs she dropped that really made a known talent in the Nigerian music industry include “Falling For You” and “Take Kiss”.
Di’ja makes a lot of money from her endorsement deals and her songs which have sold hundreds thousands of records online and offline. In July 2015, Di’ja signed an endorsement deal worth several millions of naira with Globacom. Again in January 2017, she signed an endorsement deal with Trim and Prissy.
Currently signed to a top music recording label in Nigeria, Mavin Records, Di’ja was birthed as Hadiza Blell to a Sierra Leonean Father, and a Nigerian mother. In 2008, Di’ja was awarded as the “Best New Artist” at Beat Music Awards.
She also got a nomination in year 2009 in the category of the “Best Urban/R&B Single” at Canadian Radio Music Awards. She’s very learned and has an unfading love for art and music. Di’ja currently has an estimated net worth of $500,000 dollars.
9. Nneka | Net Worth: $1.3 Million Dollars
Nneka is a popular Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress born as Nneka Egbuna on December 24, 1980. Her flow of music rolls in Pidgin, the Igbo language and also, English language. Nneka is different in a different way from several other female singers on this list.
Residing in Germany, she’s one of the first and very few Nigerian musicians who signed music deals with Sony Music; a world-class music recording company based in the US. Some of her singles which topped charts in Nigeria and was aired massively include “Shinning” and “Heartbeat”. Nneka earns a lot from her music sales and also, from acting.
She started working with DJ Farhot in the year 2003, and by 2004, the Nigerian female singer and rapper became pretty much known while performing as an opening act for Sean Paul at Stadtpark, Vienna. On 31st January, 2011, Nneka was revealed in a press conference by Starcomms as their first brand ambassador ever. Although she raps, but singing is what she does more.
She takes Hip-Hop as her root and basis. Her influences in music so far are Femi Kuti, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Lauryn Hill, and Bob Marley. Nneka starred in “Relentless”, a Nigerian movie which was released on October 10 2013 at BFI London Film Festival.
The Nigerian movie was coproduced and directed by movie director and producer Andy Amadi Okoroafor. Also starred in “Relentless” are actors Gideon Okeke and Jimmy Jean-Louis. Nneka is the 9th richest female naija musician currently with an estimated net worth of $1.3 million dollars.
8. Cynthia Morgan | Net Worth: $1.5 Million Dollars
Cynthia Morgan on this list is a beautiful Nigerian female singer with several thousands of fans on social media and with hit songs released. She was born as Cynthia Ikponmwenosa Morgan on September 23, 1991, in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.
She schooled in Benin City and rounded off elementary education in the ancient city. Her musical career got kick started in 2007 professionally, before this time, Cynthia could sing really well and was a backup vocalist in her mother’s music band.
After releasing hit songs “Don’t Break My Heart” and “Lead Me On”, Cynthia Morgan became a female music act to reckon with in Nigeria. In 2010, she won more awards for the first time and also earned millions from her music sales. With an estimated net worth of $1.5 million dollars, Cynthia Morgan remains relevant as the 8th richest female artiste in Nigeria.
7. Waje | Net Worth: $1.7 Million Dollars
Another top Nigerian female singer and model is Waje. She’s the singer with one of the highest pitches vocally. Wake’s vocal strength and range would cover three octaves. Birthed as Aituaje Iruobe in Ondo State, Nigeria, on December 1, Waje was brought up by her parents in Benin City, Edo State.
Her parents got separated early, leaving Waje with a parent at a much younger age. She’s the first child in her family. She studied Social Work at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and graduated from the University with a degree. While in school, she did a lot of rehearsals and work on herself.
She also listened and scored songs by late music star Whitney Houston and other really good female singers. Waje, Whose name is an acronym meaning “Words Aren’t Just Enough” sang her into having her fees paid by late Archbishop Benson Idahosa.
He got interested in her ability to sing beautiful and made a promise to suffice her secondary school fees till she graduated from sec. school. The unique singer has been featured by a lot of singers in Nigeria. These singers are topnotch and they include Paul and Peter Okoye (known formerly as the P Square), and Jude Abaga.
She became famous after coming out second position at contests by Airtel (formerly Zain) and MTV Base. Her earnings come from a number of channels including endorsement deals and music sales. She’s signed a multimillion naira endorsement deal with Globacom and is paid pretty heavily per feature and show. Her net worth currently sits at $1.7 million dollars.
6. Asa | Net Worth: $2 Million Dollars
Asa is a Nigerian singer with unique vocals. She rose to stardom after dropping the big hit titled “Fire on the Mountain”. She’s got a unique style of making music and she’s one the very few female musicians who play the guitar.
She was birthed in Paris, France, as Bukola Elemide on September 24, 1982. The name Asa in the Yoruba language of Nigeria literally means “Hawk”; basically an itinerant business model. When she turned two years of age, her parents moved to Nigeria along with her to settle down. After living in a region near Lagos for about 20 years, she travelled to Paris, France.
She actually began music at a professional level in Paris as she listened to and followed the steps of legendary Nigerian musicians including Femi Kuti and D’Angelo whom she heard and fancied in Nigeria. Asa over the years has made name for herself and with her different style of music, has won the heart of millions of fans across the world.
She’s also won awards and signed a multimillion naira endorsement deal with Guarantee Trust Bank. She earns from show bookings as well as she’s paid nothing below N2 million naira per show. With an estimated net worth of $2 million dollars, Asa sits currently as the 5th richest female musician in Nigeria.
5. Seyi Shay | Net Worth: $2.1 Million Dollars
Seyi Shay is one of the richest female musicians in Nigeria. She was given birth to on December 21, 1985, in Tottenham, London, England as Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua. Her father is of the Yoruba origin, an Ife Man, and her mother, from the northern region. Seyi Shay has a brother and two sister.
She obtained elementary education at Command High School, Lagos State. It seemed music was a family thing as Seyi’s mother was a good singer, and one of her sisters, a music composer. She rounded off undergraduate education in London, England. At 6, Seyi Shay sang and performed real good. She also joined the choir in her secondary school.
Like a few female artistes, Seyi Shay studied music. She took a course in music at a United Kingdom College. She also studied Business Management at the University of East London. In 2006, she founded a 5-girl music crew named “Boadicea”. She was the lead vocalist in the music band and together, they signed a music deal with Knowles Management Company.
Seyi Shay has worked with several Nigerian singers and also, she’s bagged a number of awards. At the 2015 MTV MAMA, the rocky female music idol performed live with known American songwriter and singer, Neyo. Also in 2015, she signed a music deal with Island Records, and released her debut studio album titled “Seyi or Shay”.
This very interesting lady signed a deal in 2013 with mobile network operator, 9mobile (formerly known as Etisalat). This deal was reportedly worth millions of naira. She’s also signed multimillion naira endorsement deals with Barcadi Breezer and soft drink manufacturing company and brand, Pepsi. Seyi Shay has an estimated net worth of $2.1 million dollars.
4. Chidinma Ekile | Net Worth: $2.8 Million Dollars
Chidinma Ekile is a top female singer in Nigeria. She was born on May 2, 1991 in Kofose town, Ketu, Lagos State, Nigeria. She’s the second to the last child in her family. Chidinma Ekile worked as a business promoter in Lagos State before she became popular as the Winner of the MTN Project Fame season 3.
At the age of 6, she was already grooming herself to expertise in singing, and became a chorister with the adult choir at her local church. Chidinma is a typical Igbo girl, but schooled and was raised in Ketu, Lagos State. She studied Sociology at the University of Lagos after moving from Ketu to Ikorodu with her family.
Her music performances with onscreen and live with Nigerian Indigenous highlife king Flavour N’abania has raised several questions, answers to which are pending and suspended. She rose to stardom after emerging winner of the third season of the known West African Reality TV Music Contest, MTN Project Fame.
Known as Miss Kedike (the name of one of her very first hits), Chidinma has settled as a brand ambassador for the South African telecom, MTN, for over 24 months, which earned her her first millions. She’s won multiple awards and is one of the female singers in Nigeria booked to perform at events on a regular basis.
Chidinma is quite a talent, she topped the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10 Chart after releasing the music video for the hit song, “Emi Ni Baller”. In 2011, Chidinma dropped “Jankoliko”, her first single featuring Sound Sultan. She’s the fourth richest female singer in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $2.8 million dollars.
3. Omawumi | Net Worth: $3 Million Dollars
Omawumi tops the list as the 3rd richest female singer in Nigeria. She was born on April 13, 1982 to Dr. Frank and Mrs. Aye Magbele. She obtained elementary education at Nana Primary School. She also attended the College of Education Demonstration School.
Omawumi is a bright lady intellectually as she studied Law and graduated from the Faculty at the Ambrose Alli University in 2005. She worked for a while in Port Harcourt at her family’s Law firm before fully delving into music.
Her contribution to the Nigeria music industry even as a female has done a lot good in encouraging young talented female singers in the country who also hope to make a difference through their sound. Omawumi’s career kicked off in 2007 when she emerged second winner of the “Idols West Africa” TV Show. Omawumi has vocal strength and stability, this enabled her to soar and emerge runner up of the contest, losing the first spot to Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo.
As the runner up, she had millions of fans. Her first single titled “In the Music” was aired massively and was critically acclaimed. After the first song which was a big hit, she dropped other songs which also went viral and established her as an uprising music star. Omawumi earns from endorsement deals and her music sales primarily.
She’s bagged deals with companies like Globacom, Malta Guiness, Mortein, and online store Konga. These deals are multimillion naira endorsement deals and they make up a huge part of Omawumi’s earnings. She currently has an estimated net worth of $3 million dollars.
2. Yemi Alade | Net Worth: $5 Million Dollars
Yemi Alade is a very famous musician and is currently one of the richest female musicians in Nigeria. She was birthed on March 13, 1989. As life had it, Yemi came out the 5th of 7 children in the family. She’s referred to as a Yoruba-Igbo girl, primarily due to the fact that her parents are of two majority tribes in Nigeria; Igbo and Yoruba.
Following the culture of Nigeria, Yemi Alade is a Yoruba girl as her Dad is a Yoruba man, and her Mom, an Igbo woman. But then, her parents are a Dad and a Mom, which makes more sense to say she’s of both ethnic groups since they both had roles to play in birthing her.
In 2009, she won the Peak Talent Show, a popular TV show, and she quickly rose to limelight. Yemi Alade studied Geography at the University of Lagos, and she successfully graduated with a good degree in the field. When is come to being booked and paid in millions, Yemi Alade isn’t an exception.
She earnsd nothing below N2 million naira per show, and also earns a lot from music sales and endorsement deals. In the past, the signed multimillion naira endorsement deals with Barcadi Breezer, CloseUp and Bland2Glam. She’s got a couple hit songs and awards to her name. Yemi Alade has an estimated net worth of $5 million dollars, she’s popular not in Nigeria alone, but in a couple African nations.
1. Tiwa Savage | Net Worth: $6 Million Dollars
Currently, the richest female musician in Nigeria is Tiwa Savage, the “Queen of Nigerian music”. She recently collaborated with Davido’s cousin, B-Red, on his song titled “Connect”, which is expected to become one of the newest hit in January 2018. She was born as Tiwatope Savage-Balogun on February 5, 1980, in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria. At age 11, Tiwa Savage moved alongside her family to London.
Tiwa Savage has been considered a multi-cultured lady as she’s able to adapt both in Nigeria, the United States and London; the three places where she has lived and was raised. Tiwa Savage isn’t just another female singer, she sits as the Queen and is a role model to a lot of Nigerian female singers who are yet unknown. She earns from performing at shows, from her music sales, from private business deals and endorsement deals.
Per show, she earns nothing below N3 million naira. A side talent to her musical gifting is her ability to do a thing or two very perfectly in a movie scene as an actress. Yes, she acts. She starred in the 2011 stage play titled “For Coloured Girls”, and the 3rd episode of the Nigerian television series, Shuga.
She remains one of the most endorsing Nigerian artistes as her endorsement deals has made her over N90 million naira richer. These deals include the multimillion naira endorsement deals with Pampers, Forte Oil, Maggi, the N20 million naira endorsement deal with online shopping company Konga, the N30 million naira endorsement deal with Pepsi drink company, and the N30 million naira endorsement deal with South Africa owned Telecom service operator, MTN Nigeria.
She acquired her first house in 2017, a mansion which obviously worth millions of naira. Tiwa Savage has an estimated net worth of $6 million dollars, and her spot as the richest female musician in Nigeria has been and is being challenged restlessly by the runner-up, Yemi Alade.
Other Nigerian female musicians who are expected to appear on this list soon include:
3. Lola Rae
4. Emma Nyra
5. Eva Alordiah