NET’s 2013 List Of Most Influential People In Entertainers In Nigeria

Nigerian Entertainment Today released its 2013 list of the most influential people in the Nigerian
entertainment industry. The list cuts across all spheres of entertainment in Nigeria.
The Full List of the NET’s 2013 Most Influential
People in Entertainment
2Face Idibia
From his artistry to passion for change, the Pop king
of Africa has continued to use his music as a muse to
influence all. Through his foundation, “2Face Idibia
Reach-Out Foundation”, Idibia, an icon by every
definition, has dedicated a great amount of time,
effort and resources towards reaching out to fellow
humans in need.
Alex Okosi
As Senior Vice President and Managing Director of
Viacom International, Africa, Okosi continues to
showcase Africa to the world and vice versa with the
MTV, BET, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central
platforms. Okosi is one of the top dogs determining
the present and future of entertainment on TV.
Ali Baba
Still at the top of the food chain when it concerns
comedy in Nigeria, Ali Baba, a pioneer stand-up
comedian is not only responsible for making the
trade profitable, he continues to use his influence to
hold up the platform for others to shine.
Amaka Igwe
A strong pillar in Nollywood, Igwe’s undying love for
motion picture has helped her carve a niche for
herself whether with her famous soap operas or her
annual BOBTV TV expo. Her Lagos-based radio
station, Top Radio has also become a force to reckon
Amin Moussalli
The Lebanese boss actually started doing business in
Nigeria as far back as 1975 with his AIM architectural
company but his love for broadcasting drove him to
create radio stations Cool FM, Wazobia FM and later
on Nigeria Info with his daughter Evita in the helm of
affairs. These stations have become one of the
biggest outfits in Nigeria reaching millions in four
different cities.
Audu Maikori
It’s been rocky times at Chocolate City in the last
seven months but Maikori, a lawyer and entrepreneur
has shown nothing but exemplary skills in stirring
the entertainment label through murky waters. With
A-list acts like M.I. and Ice Prince, Chocolate City still
remains one of the biggest music labels in Africa.
Don’t be surprised if they announce an IPO soon.
Ayo Animashaun
Through his Smooth Promotions company,
Animashaun, 43, has launched some of the most
relevant entertainment platforms including “The
Headies” and the 24-hour channel “Hip TV” which
launches on DSTV this month.
Bolanle Austen Peters
Peters is the soul of Terra Kulture – a highly
recognized cultural hub set up to promote the
richness and diversity of Nigerian languages, arts
and culture. Respected for enabling the sustenance
of live theatre in Lagos, she’s now executing the big-
budget SARO musical that’s already receiving critical
In eight years of existence, Terra Kulture has
organised no less than 60 plays, over 100
exhibitions, and approximately 10,000 children have
been through their language, culture clubs and
Biola Alabi
Managing Director at M-NET Africa over the last four
years, Alabi has engineered the process of bringing
top African content to our doorsteps. This year, she
birthed the successful and well rated African Magic
Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCAs).
Chika Nwobi
Nwobi is a serial entrepreneur. From MTech- a
leading mobile content company in Africa to – West Africa’s most popular jobs
portal to – Nigeria’s leading cars/autos
website to a fast growing e-commerce
fashion retail business in Nigeria, Nwobi has
successfully built mobile and internet-related
companies; using unusual techniques to link IT with
entertainment while delivering value for consumers
and helping Telcos excite a generation in love with
Chris Ubosi
He is the CEO of Megalectrics Limited, owners of
Premium choice BEAT 99.9 FM, retro-styled Classic
FM 93.7 and pidgin-speaking Naija FM 102.7, which
have all continued to dominate their respective
fields. Ubosi, who seems to be warming up to the
cameras nowadays has also launched a sister station
in Ibadan and will be setting up a TV channel real
Clarence Peters
Three of out every five videos seen on Nigerian TV is
directed by Clarence Peters. As the CEO of a record
label called Capital Hill Records and a multimedia
content creation company called CAPital Dream
Pictures, he has shot a good number of videos,
documentaries, TV commercials, short films and TV
Clarence is no doubt the most sought after video
director in the music industry so much that his name
has become synonymous with top quality musical
In the last 12 months, the self-styled entertainer has
brushed off any kind of doubt about whether he can
progress career-wise after his split with former
Mo’Hits partner Don Jazzy.
Whether it’s performing at the finale of African Cup
of Nations, collaborating with US artistes, headlining
Hennessy Artistry or becoming the face of the Bank
of Industry, D’banj has shown constant sheer
determination and dominance.
And there’s an indefinitely long list of young cats
praying day and night to have a quarter of his
DJ Jimmy Jatt
He is rated as one of the biggest and most iconic
deejays in Africa. An innovator, teacher, speaker and
performer, Jimmy Jatt has helped nurture the careers
and influenced many deejays in Nigeria. There’s
hardly any hip hop artiste in Nigeria that doesn’t
pledge allegiance to the legendary but unbelievably
humble deejay.
Don Jazzy
From music production, Don Jazzy remains one of the
most relevant entertainment personalities in Africa
(a formula his colleagues have not been able to crack
yet) with every artiste out there asking for a beat or
two from him. Little wonder he keeps bagging
multimillion Naira endorsement deals.
An ambassador for Loya Milk and MTN, IDJA is the
producer every producer wants to be like, the pop
star who has no single to his name; the enigmatic
music maker that’s giving an entirely new definition
to impresario.
Edi Lawani
Sometimes referred to as the Godfather, Lawani has
built a name in the corporate and entertainment
scene working as technical consultant, events
manager and adviser to organisations and talent. His
agency, Showbiz Network is one of the longest
running homegrown entertainment organisations,
and many of today’s big names in technical support
and events management have the bearded
gentleman to thank.
Efe Omorogbe
The co-founder and HNIC of Nigeria’s leading talent
management company, Now Muzik, Omorogbe
continues to be a major force in the development of
entertainment in Nigeria. He recently setup Now
Muzik en.Core, a sister company which handles
events and campaigns.
Emeka Mba
A former Regulatory Affairs Manager at MultiChoice
Nigeria and later Director General of the Nigerian
Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Mba’s recent
appointment as Director-General of the National
Broadcasting Commission (NBC) was met with
applause from stakeholders who understand what he
brings to the table. The NBC is the regulatory body
for broadcast organisations in Nigeria.
Femi Ayeni
Ayeni, founder of Ultima, the company which owns
two very big franchises in Nigeria might not have a
popular name but his shows Project Fame West
Africa and Who Wants to be a Millionaire do. Though
quiet and publicly shy, Ayeni has handed many
successful entertainers their careers – that list will
include Iyanya, Chidinma and Frank Edoho who rose
to national fame on WWTBAM.
Femi Kuti
The son of the late great Afrobeat legend has clearly
carved a niche for himself, warming up nicely into
contemporary music (working with Wizkid, LNC,
Jesse Jagz, Durella) and modern TV (Kuti is a judge
on Nigerian Idol). These have however not shut him
up from voicing out his opinion against bad
Funke Akindele
The Nollywood actress has bagged the highest
number of endorsement deals and produced more
bestselling movies than anyone in her category. Her
hilarious character, Jenifa has now become one of the
most popular characters in Nollywood. And despite
going through a well-publicized separation,
Akindele’s image remains intact, her following
unaffected; her endorsements intact.
Genevieve Nnaji
Hardly can you mention top actresses in Africa
without placing her in the top 2. US talk show host,
Oprah Winfrey described her as the Julia Roberts of
Africa, while Elle Magazine recently profiled her as
one of the 7 international acts soon to cross over to
international success. Nnaji’s profiling on the
international scene has been a big boost to her
career, although she has slowed down on local
appearances in recent times.
Ibinabo Fiberesima
She became the first woman to lead the Actors’ Guild
of Nigeria when she was sworn in as President in
November 2012. Ibinabo Fiberesima, an actress and
a former beauty queen now presides over one of the
most influential organisations in Nigeria’s
entertainment industry.
Jason Njoku
By creating the iROKO triad- iROKOtv, iROKING and
IROKtv , he is credited for creating what the
international media has described as the “Netflix of
Africa”, Njoku has combined technology and
creativity to satisfy the ever-growing needs of
Nollywood fans across the world, ranking in the
Forbes “African millionaires to watch” list. His idea
now caters for millions of Nigerians who chose to go
online to source music and Nollywood movies.
King Sunny Ade
A perfect example of consistency, King Sunny Ade
boasts of a career that has spanned over five
decades. KSA is an important voice in the Nigerian
entertainment industry particularly in regards to
music as he uses his influence, contacts and
resources to affect major decisions in many of the
music organisations; while serving as mentor and
inspiration to many.
Kunle Afolayan
He is one of the most prolific film directors in Nigeria.
From his debut production “Irapada” to the critically
reviewed action-drama “Figurine”, the accounting
graduate has shown finesse in all his work. His recent
project, October 1, still in the making has generated
the most publicity-ever for a yet to be released flick.
Afolayan is seen by many pundits as the face of “New
A prolific recording artist, KWAM1 updated the Fuji
style incorporating Western instruments to give it
that youth-oriented theme. That singular innovation
opened up the genre to a hitherto uninterested
segment. With a career now spanning over three
decades, the self-acclaimed King of Fuji music
continues to influence and appeal both the old and
young in fuji other genres.
Linda Ikeji
From gossip to breaking news stories, Linda Ikeji’s
blog has become a hotspot for many online readers.
From a business and career that has taken her seven
years to build, Miss Ikeji’s blog has become a
phenomenal success earning her millions in annual
turnover; building a profile as Nigeria’s most
successful blogger. What that means? The
bachelorette now belongs to the elite group of
opinion moulders and news shapers.
They call him the Chairman. Jude Abaga aka M.I. has
set a standard for aspiring rappers, for being able to
appeal both to the so called hip hop heads and those
with no idea in the world what the art form is about.
He is sometimes regarded as the best rapper in
Nigeria and has a lot in fan base to show for it.
Mo Abudu
Following the huge success of her talk show
“Moments with Mo”, Mosunmola Abudu has built for
herself a strong repertoire. Often referred to as the
Oprah Winfrey of Africa, her show for years enjoyed
high ratings on DSTV. Recently she launched her own
channel, Ebony Life TV, Africa’s first global black
entertainment network.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
As one of the most decorated actresses in Africa,
Omotola’s scored a bygone when she made it to TIME
magazine’s 2013 edition of the “100 Most Influential
People in the World”. Her TV reality series, “Omotola:
The Real Me” generated a landmark viewership on M-
NET’s Africa Magic when it debuted, and the mother-
of-four is now warming up for international break.
Sold out shows and tours in Africa, Europe and
America, earth shaking hit songs and videos. A
multitude of fans stadiums cannot contain. P-Square
have been on the top 3 mark for so long it’s
beginning to look like their birth right.
Peace Anyiam-Fiberesima
For 12 years she has been behind the African Movie
Awards (AMAA), gathering movie stars from all over
Africa. Fiberesima has positioned the awards show as
one of the most credible and consistent honorary
shows. Often described as the “African Oscars”,
AMAA awards has now become a standard for actors
to measure their performance every year.
Rotimi Pedro
With Nigerian Idol, X-Factor and Nigeria’s Got Talent
grabbing big market shares, Rotimi Pedro, the
Optima Media Group’s founder, is rapidly becoming a
major force to reckon with. The sports veteran and
his team are delivering entertainment to millions of
Nigerians while giving many an opportunity to kick
off their careers.
And he’s just secured the right to launch Bloomberg
here, according to NET findings.
Sam Onyemelukwe
He earned the rights to bring the foremost music
channel, Trace TV to Nigeria building it from the
Onyemelukwe, a former country manager for MTV
has utilized his experience and knowledge in the
terrain to establish TRACE TV as a channel of choice
for many young Nigerians.
Tajuddeen Adepetu
From what began with creating content
programming for several terrestrial TV stations,
Adepetu has gone on to establish his own cable TV
channel and TV station. Both Soundcity and ONTV,
popular among young Nigerians, have now become
household names when it comes to pure
entertainment. Other assets include Spice TV which
will launch as a full channel on DSTV in a matter of
months, and social media platform Buddie.
The Murray-Bruces
The Murray-Bruces have played many major roles in
taking Nigerian entertainment to the next level.
Spearheaded by Ben Murray-Bruce, the family has
not only succeeded in radio and TV broadcasting, but
also made cinema culture fashionable again, with the
Silverbird Cinemas. Their “Most Beautiful Girl in
Nigeria” pageant has lost credibility and popularity,
but remains the nation’s leading pageant.
Tony Okoroji
Okoroji is one of the most important factors in
collective rights management and administration in
Nigeria. Working with the Copyright Society of
Nigeria (COSON), Okoroji has spearheaded the
recognition of mechanical and associated rights,
while making sure radio stations, TV channels and
others who exploit music pay what’s due rights
The jury is still out on whether that segment should
be liberalized.
Tunde Kelani
A pioneer and veteran by every definition, Kelani’s
brilliance in cinematography and storytelling is
second to none. With over 20 films made under his
Mainframe Productions, Kelani has been setting
standards for as long as we can remember.
The movie producer/director/writer is one of the
major influences in the Nigerian movie industry till
Uche Pedro
She is the popular blogger and owner of fashion and
lifestyle blog BellaNaija. BellaNaija remains a one
stop shop for single and married women who are
interested in wedding news, gossip and fashion. And
even though the likes of Linda Ikeji have surpassed
her in ranking, Bella remains queen, with enough
international acclaim to last a lifetime.
At just 23, Ayo “Wizkid” Balogun is a kid whose
achievements will make some legends jealous. From
an unsure wannabe, the hit-maker has grown to
become a superstar, with a strong influence on
today’s sound while many teens are feeding daily on
his style and- permit us – swagger. Now warming up
to be an entrepreneur, Wizzy has it all working.


Here are the Nominees for
The Future Awards 2012 – Young Person of
the Year! The Central Working Committee (CWC) for The Future Awards, which the World Bank has called “The Nobel Prize for Young Africans”, has again decided to unveil the long list for the biggest award, Young Person of the Year before the full list.
As is the tradition, the nominees for Young Person of the Year have been taken out of the various categories as always and identified as trailblazing role models foryoung Nigerians – all except for the Science and Technology categories; and that is a deliberate exception to encourage and spotlight more high-impact activity in those sectors.
“All of the Young Person of the Year nominees are winners,” Atafo said. “They are honorees and will yet again all be given plaques. Also, they will not go through the four stages of judging for the awards, only one stage for voting and one stage for judging. These guys inspire us!”
Bankole Wellington [Banky W] (Musician/
Entrepreneur/Activist) 31
Known primarily as a musician, Banky W has however transcended that label: emerging not just as one of the nation’s leading talents, but also building an inspiring business with Empire Mates Entertainment that has created superstars like Wizkid. Banky also leads the stage as an activist passionate about Nigeria – proving this with his involvements in everything from the What About Us? Youth Debate to #OccupyNigeria. Banky is not just an entertainment personality. He is a national figure of hope and love of country. He is a
Chinwe Njoku
Njoku recently won the The Sir Robert
Martin University Prize at the Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, which is the premier award of the University and consists of an award of £1,500 plus a commemorative medal.
Beyond that,Njoku stands out for including significant published research that has benefited the wider community. In total she has 12 peer- reviewed publications (10 as 1st author). This
includes the IEEE Transactions on Antennas & Propagation Journal (the most prestigious journal
in the field) and the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (Special Issue on
Metamaterials) . This groundbreaking research will continue in a major £600,000 major
interdisciplinary government grant.
Dapo Oyebanjo [D’banj] (Musician/
Entertainment Entrepreneur) 32
D’banj is not just an artiste – he is an idea. Having broken every single boundary in the Nigerian, and African, music industry through Mo’Hits Records,
he has became a trailblazer for artistes reaching for an international market, with his exploits with
GOOD music and his newly formed D’banj Records. As he told the UK Observer, “I see what I’m doing now as the bridge that we’ve been looking for from Africa to the mainstream world. I
want others to see the potential in my country, other than our oil and natural resources.” He’s on
his way to achieving that.
Jason Njoku (Media
Entrepreneur) 31
Njoku is at the forefront of Nigeria’s digital revolution – he didn’t begin it, he doesn’t own, but for much of the world he impressively represents it. With his sexy Iroko TV brand tagged the ‘Netflix of Africa’, he is the world’s largest distributor of African movies. His company raised $8 million in venture capital from TigerGlobal Management, a New York based Private Equity and hedge fund run by billionaire Chase Coleman, has distribution deals with Dailymotion, iTunes,Amazon and Vimeo
and has been said to be worth as much as $30 million dollars.
Peter and Paul Okoye [Psquare] (Musician/
Entertainment Entrepreneur) 31
This inspiring brothers are easily the #1 in African music. That success is apparent in their high- profile shows/tours across the continent, their endorsements and the mega-launch of their last album in 2011. Their video featuring American super-star Rick Ross continues to be a talking point across the music industry; and in addition to signing with Akon’s Konvict Muzik, they are also signed to the Universal Music Group. Currently, this music duo is the artiste with the highest YouTube video views of over 25,000,000 in the continent.
Linda Ikeji (Blogger/Media Entrepreneur)
She is the most influential Nigerian online – and it is a position she has wielded with flair and a keen sense of history. There are those who see Linda as a blogger peddling soft stories, but she has become much more than that, influencing issues,
driving conversations and doing good. Linda’s influence can be seen in her spotlighting
#ABSURape, involving a young woman in Abia State, profiling Oke, the young man who almost
ost his leg due to complications from diabetes, and taking up the cause of Blessing Effiom. These
three issues caught the attention of the nation – and it was because Linda took it seriously. She is a
Idris Akinbajo (Journalist) 30
Starting with NEXT Newspapers and now as Head of the Investigative Desk at Premium Times, he has worked quietly and stealthily to reveal most of the rot in Nigeria’s politics and economy – with exclusive revelations in aviation, campaign finance and more. That work has not gone unnoticed; winning him awards including African
Investigative Journalist of the Year, Nigerian Investigative Journalist of the Year, Best Nigerian investigative story in print, and Second best Nigerian investigative story (online). He has now been announced a finalist for the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist 2012. Akinbajo is a journalist’s
Raheem Temitope Bello
(Scientist) 19
Bello has two undergraduate degrees – in Astronomy and Physics with Special Honours and
is already a doctoral student; all before he turned 19. For most of his undergraduate years, he
conducted research in a condensed matter physics lab; refurbishing the thermal conductivity
probe and fabricating unique thermocouples of 0.001” in order to measure temperature gradient.
During his 2+ years of research, he has presented his work at various conferences and given an oral presentation at the American Physical Society(APS). Presently, he is working on the devolvement of a startup energy utility company, GeoUtill. GeoUtill leverages geothermal energy to
supply homes with clean, sustainable, and dependable energy. Since receiving feedback from applying to startup incubator competitions,
GeoUtill has refocused on its mission. GeoUtill believes that there is an abundance of energy all around us, which can supply all of the energy
demands. We are currently working on the development of a new type of a low cost solar panel, that may be deployed any where in the world without access to an energy grid. And he is still in his teens!
“Note that, due to the adjusted The Future Awards calendar – it was moved from its traditional January to August, the period in review is October 2010 – May 2012,” Atafo added.
“Nominees who were still 31 years as at March
2011 (six months into the period in review) are
therefore eligible.”
Previous winners of the Young Person of the Year winners include
malaria scientist Ify Aniebo, award-winning writer
Chimamanda Adichie, NASA scholar Tosin Otitoju,
amongst others.


Richard Mofe-Damijo,Popular Nollywood actor and Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta state is seriously”exploring the option” of suing the model-turned blogger.
The reasin being that he got a “palatial home” in Asaba,Delta StAte that is worth about 250 million naira on his birthday.
The ex-actor now Commisioner though had intended not to reply a mere. “Gossip” like her,”ordinarily I will never dignify her type with a response but with the calls, texts & bbms I hv received I’d like to sound a warning to her (Ikeji) to desist from fabricating stories about me & get a life, knowing the worth of a property is not rocket science & If you find a dignified career path & work hard at it you will be too busy & successful to spread unfounded lies about people” this he wrote on his twitter account(@Rmofedamijo).
Linda you’d better confirm the stories you write about people otherwise…………