Today we bring you the updated list of the top 10 richest gospel musicians in Nigeria. But before then, how did gospel music genre become so popular and also loved in Nigeria today? Gospel music until this era was not regarded and fancied primarily due to the lack of innovation and rhythmical creativity in the gospel music world.
Eventually, gospel songs which were the normal church songs started to gain grounds as churches sprung up and international gospel singers lightened up the gospel music world. Initially, in Nigeria, gospel musicians were not known. Not only were they not known, they were not wealthy because people didn’t buy their songs and the music for most gospel musician wasn’t too instrumental.
As time went on, gospel ministers from the United States of America began producing lifetime gospel songs that caused transformation in the lives of many. Soon after, Nigerian gospel singers began producing songs that made sense, and with time, Nigerians started loving the gospel music genre, although in small proportions.
Around the time foreign artistes like Don Moen started imparting lives with his songs, other artistes who also were of international relevance like Kirk Franklin followed the lead. Soon enough, the gospel music industry became somewhat crowded and a few Nigerian musicians like Sammie Okposo and Lara George also started creating waves in Nigeria as popular gospel singers. Their songs got frequently played in gospel gatherings, ceremonies.
Other gospel singers like Samsong, Buchi, Frank Edwards, Sinach and other indigenous gospel musicians started dropping gospel songs that people could relate to and that also connected the hearts of people. Their songs got viral and people began downloading them online especially as android phones with internet facilities also turned easy to get. These gospel artistes paved the way for others whose names are currently on board and trending.
Gospel artistes like David G, Victoria Orenze, Mercy Chinwo, Mike Abdul, Lawrence & De Covenant, Mike & De Glorious, Ada, Nathaniel Bassey, Steve Crown, Chris Morgan, Solomon Lange, Chris Shalom, Prosper Ochimana and others are the currently trending gospel singers, and hopefully, these gospel musicians would join the calibre of the richest gospel artistes in Nigeria in the nearest future. Here’s our list of the top 10 richest gospel musicians in Nigeria…
Top 10 Richest Gospel Musicians in Nigeria & Their Net Worth
10. Joe Praize | Net Worth: $300,000 Dollars
Joe Praize is a very popular Nigeria gospel singer who’s ministered on different platforms and in different Nigerian States. He has also ministered at programmes outside Nigeria. He was born in Edo State, Nigeria. He grew up in a family of nine and turned a believing Christian in 1991. He’s a graduate of Social Work and Administration from the University of Jos, Plateau.
Counties where Joe Praize his ministered include Cyprus, Ghana, Australia, Italy, Switzerland and Spain. He once was a worship leader at the Believers Love World, also known by the name Christ Embassy. As a gospel singer with hit singles, he has won awards and has been nominated for awards over the years.
In 2010, Joe Praize won the “Song of the Year” award at Love World Awards. In the same year, he earned a nomination in the “Best Africa Gospel” category at the SABC Crown Awards. Joe Praize has worked with a lot of top gospel musicians in Nigeria including Eben, Samsong, and Frank Edwards. He’s currently one of the richest gospel musicians in Nigeria.
9. Buchi | Net Worth: $320,000 Dollars
Buchi stands as one of Nigeria’s most cut out and unique gospel singers. Born Buchi Atuonwu in 1963, Kaduna State, Nigeria, Buchi’s style of gospel music is practically reggae. Not just any kind of reggae, but neatly rhythmic gospel reggae. Before he turned a believer, he was a club Disk Jockey who performed at nightclubs.
He lived in Lagos State for a very long time, notwithstanding his birthplace to be Kaduna. He schooled in Enugu, at both the Federal Government College and the Methodist College where he acquired basic education. In 1983, the reggae musician was admitted into to University of Lagos where he studied English Language and Literature Studies.
In 1986, he graduated from University of Lagos with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature Studies. In 1988, he obtained his MA in his course of study. He later took interest in lecturing at the School and running a Ph.D programme after he had acquired his MA. He lectured at the University of Lagos, teaching English and Literature until his resignation in 1994. Without a doubt, Buchi is one of the richest gospel musicians in Nigeria.
8. Tim Godfrey | Net Worth: $350,000 Dollars
Tim Godfrey is a Naija gospel musician. He’s really popular and is one of the richest gospel musicians in Nigeria. Tim Godfrey’s songs are modern, instrumentally blazing and very technical. He’s a very experienced musician and his ideas in music are topnotch, unlike very many gospel artistes of this epoch. When it comes down to gospel entertainment, musically, Tim’s the good guy on it.
He’s a music director, a singer, a music teacher, a music consultant, a music producer, writer, vocal instructor, an instrumentalist and presenter. He’s real talented, isn’t he? Tim Godfrey was birthed in Kaduna State, Nigeria. He has six siblings and began singing when he was a teenager.
Tim Godfrey’s love for music was contained, he joined the choir at his local Church in Kaduna State where he sang alongside adults. After gaining so much knowledge in music, he began his professional musical career in 2004. Before now, he had functioned as a music director for over a decade and garnered lots of experience. He’s currently the head of a really good music crew in Nigeria, know as Xtreme.
Tim Godfrey and Xtreme go from a programme to another, turning stages upsidedown. The crew is made of talented instrumentalists including SMG and Mairo Drums, and talented singers including Samuel Giveson, Isaac Udofia, Rotimi Lumor and Chioma.
They have a goal to always present gospel music in a strange, extreme manner and form. With a couple awards won, the Tim Godfrey and Xtreme crew standout as one of the hottest and best gospel music crews in Nigeria.
They’ve ministered on over 1000 platforms, in different countries, and on same stage with prominent gospel singers like Mike Abdul, Sammie Okposo, Olumide Manuel and Monique. Tim Godfrey alongside American gospel singer Tye Tribbett screened and selected talented members of COZA music crew, The Gratitude, in Abuja State, Nigeria.
7. Lara George | Net Worth: $400,000 Dollars
Lara George is a topnotch gospel singer and songwriter. She released her maiden album in 2008 and has since then won several awards and music award nominations. She is one of the richest gospel musicians in Nigeria and also one of the most followed. Lara George was given birth to in Lagos State, Nigeria. She obtained basic education at the Queen’s College in Lagos State.
She later gained admission to study Architecture at the University of Lagos, which she did and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in the course. Her musical career began when while she studied Architecture at the University of Lagos. To build up her signing capabilities, she went further to become part of a campus fellowship choir.
Lara George was part of a music group known as Kush. The defunct music group also had TY Bello and Dapo Torimiro as members. Her 2008 album titled “Forever in My Heart” made it to limelight. She’s known today for the album and particularly for a track titled “Ijoba Orun” in the album.
In 2008, after the release of her album, she won the “Voice of the Year” award at the famous Nigeria Music Awards ceremony. In 2011, she grabbed the “Best African Female Gospel Artiste” award at the African Gospel Music Awards. She’s happily married to entrepreneur and legal practitioner, Gbenga George.
6. Nathaniel Bassey | Net Worth: $950,000 Dollars
Nathaniel Bassey is one of the richest gospel musicians in Nigeria. He was birthed in Lagos State, Nigeria, but a native of Ikot Ofon Ikono, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Nathaniel Bassey’s dad was minister as well.
At an early age, his love for music and the gospel sprouted. He drew inspiration from Dr Panam Percy Paul, a popular gospel music artiste in Nigeria. After seeing him perform at a concert, he was really inspired and his love and passion grew unmatched.
Nathaniel Bassey began listening to songs by Hugh Masakela, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Clifford Brown, Phil Driscoll, and a couple of other Jazz music artistes. Later on, Nathaniel Bassey became part of Spectrum 4, a Jazz music group in Lagos made of four members. Himself and his childhood friends made up the group.
Eventually and Luckily, a respected and recognized jazz musician by the name Elder Steve Rhodes approached Nathaniel and offered him to lead the Steve Rhodes Orchestra which is reportedly the first Jazz Orchestra in Nigeria.
After being the leader of the band, and lead trumpeter for the band, he moved on with his solo music career. His trumpet playing skills caught the interest of artistes and music personalities like Cobhams Asuquo, Yinka Davies, Wole Oni, Paul Peterson, Teemac, Adlan Cruise, Funsho Ogundipe and others.
Overtime, Nathaniel Bassey began to sense bigger purpose than just music, he began seeking the face of God under spiritual guidance of late Pastor Eskor Mfon who was the pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, City of David.
He lost some friends to his new decision and also discovered that there’s more to music than casual entertainment as he spent more time fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit.
Nathaniel Bassey studied political Politics and International Relations at the University of London. He has studied Popular Music and Music Business at Middlesex University Summer School, UK. In 2008, he released his first music album titled “Elohim”.
The album was recorded and mixed in Cape Town, South Africa, having hit singles including “Someone’s Knocking at the Door”. Nathaniel Bassey has led many to Christ, ministered across continents and is well recognized as a Father to several ministers.
5. Yinka Ayefele | Net Worth: $1.4 Million Dollars
Yinka Ayefele is a popular Yoruba gospel musician birthed in Ekiti State. He’s an indigene of Ipoti in Ekiti state where he obtained basic education. In Ekiti, he schooled at Saviours Anglican Primary School. Yinka Ayefele later relocated to Ondo State to study at the Ondo State College of Arts and Science.
Prior to this time, he worked for the FRCN (Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria) shortly before he got involved in a ghastly accident in 1997 and began his Juju gospel music career afterwards. In 1998, he released his debut album titled “Bitter Experience”.
The album went viral and slowly, he his name was heard in very many corners, especially in the southern region of Nigeria. Later on, he dropped a second album and others followed, selling out millions of copies in combination. Yinka Ayefele has won clearly over 50 awards, released a number of albums and worked with gospel musicians alike.
He gets music programme bookings and earns millions to perform at events. Some of his multimillion naira assets include his N150 million naira music house, his N200 million naira Penthouse in Oyo State, and expensive vehicles.
4. Eben | Net Worth: $1.5 Million Dollars
Eben is a famous gospel musician in Nigeria who rose to Stardom after his single got heard widely at the 2015 Youth Conference by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. The song that pulled him into fame is titled “Imaranma” and it is a unique piece.
Birthed as Emmanuel Benjamin, he has been in the music industry for long. His debut album was released in 2006, titled “On the Rock”. Although released for a long time as close to a decade, the album didn’t get so much appraisal till 2015. He released a second album in 2011 titled “Phenomenon”. In 2013, he dropped another really cool album titled “Justified”.
The album had hit tracks like “You Alone are Worthy”, “All the Way”, and “Onye Nwem”. He’s married to gospel musician Jahdiel and they’re living pretty large. His rocky album named “Magnified” is still rocking the airwaves. Eben is one of the richest gospel musicians in Nigeria today and has got millions of fans.
3. Sammie Okposo | Net Worth: $2 Million Dollars
Sammie Okposo is a Nigerian gospel musician birthed in Delta State, Nigeria. He’s the chief executive officer of Zamar Entertainment and a very famous gospel artiste in Naija. Sammie Okposo actually began as a soundtrack producer for the Nigerian movie industry in 1995 and later switched to music production full-time. In 2000, Okposo released his debut album which he titled “Unconditional Love”.
The album was a huge success as it had a supportive track titled “Welu Welu”. The track was widely and frequently aired across Africa. He’s one of the highest paid gospel musicians in Nigeria as he joins the bandwagon of singers who signed multimillion naira endorsement deals with Globacom.
Sammie Okposo is also a motivational speaker, instrumentalist, CEO of Okposo Hope Initiative and spiritual son to Pastor Paul Adefarasin of The House on the Rock Church worldwide. He has performed on same platform with artistes like Cece Winans, Deitrick Haddon, Don Moen, Micah Stampley and many others.
2. Frank Edwards | Net Worth: $4 Million Dollars
Frank Edwards is currently the second richest gospel musician in Nigeria. It’s an arguable fact to this point. He’s a songwriter, a singer and producer born Frank Ugochukwu Edwards in Enugu State. Frank Edwards is the founder and CEO of Rocktown Records music label in Nigeria.
He began singing at age 10 and was a dedicated Christian even as a teenager. He also played the piano as a teenager and had natural love for music. He’s known to be one of many Loveworld Music Ministry artistes and a member of the Christ Embassy Church.
He released his 14-track debut album titled “The Definition” in 2008 and a second album named “Angels on the Runway”. In 2011 he released his third and fourth album titled “Unlimited” and “Tagjam” respectively.
Frank Edwards has several other albums, won several gospel music awards, earned nominations and collaborated with artistes like Nathaniel Bassey, Don Moen, Victor Ike and several others.
1. Sinach | Net Worth: $5 Million Dollars
Sinach is a very much respected as popular gospel musician in Nigeria. Birthed as Osinachi Kalu, she has been in the music industry for over a decade and has had Frank Edwards produce songs for her, and also play the piano while she ministers.
Sinach has released several music albums and sold several million copies in Nigeria alone. She’s a core member of the Loveworld music team and a lead soloist and worship leader at Christ Embassy. Sinach is the second born daughter from a family of seven in Ebonyi State, Nigeria.
She’s a graduate of Physics from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and is mentored by renowned pastor, Chris Oyakhilome. Sinach has equally been awarded severally, she receives gift packs from prominent men and has gone to minister in several countries.