Celebrities are loved and adored all over the word. These strong feelings of affection give them the power to exert some level of influence over people. Fans who are in love with their crafts and personalities place these public figures on a pedestal of rightness.
Celebrity influence is no different in Nigeria. Millions of people have a liking to their favourite celebrities who can do no wrong in their eyes. Their opinions and behavioural patterns are shaped by these people. Whatever their favourite celebrities say or do is considered right, and they follow their lead. Celebrities abound in Nigeria. While all of them are influential in their own rights, some have more influence than others.
Here are the top 5 most influential Nigerian Celebrities.
Renowned Author Chimamanda Adichie is flying the Nigerian green white green flag across the Atlantic oceans, and she’s doing it very well. Internationally recognised for her writing prowess, Chimamanda has built a strong influence over Nigerians in and outside the country.
Known for expressing her thoughts on pressing national and international issues, she always has an army of supporters. Making her debut into mainstream writing with her 2003 published first novel “Purple Hibiscus,” she was awarded the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Novel in 2005. She has published three more books since then.
Born Innocent Idibia, 2Baba is one Musician that has maintained his “A list” status despite being in the industry for so long.
In the face of fierce competition from emerging younger and more vibrant talents, the “African Queen” Singer still remains one of the most sought after Nigerian Musicians due to his influence over millions of people. A Crusader, 2Face as he was formally known, preaches for better governance, love and unity in his songs. His name is often mentioned alongside international heavyweight Musicians.
Genevieve Nnaji is one of Nollywood’s leading Actresses. With an impressive profile in the film industry, the screen goddess has built a huge following of passionate fans. Despite not frequently featuring in movies in recent times, Genevieve is still a star power. She gets international mentions and recognitions easily. Her followers are quick to express their love for her and rise in her defence. Little wonder she was referred to as the “Julia Roberts of Africa” by Oprah Winfrey.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
Omotola is a celebrity of international repute. Recognised by Times Magazine in the “Time 100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2013, her influence cuts across different countries. With a great resume of acting performances, she stands side by side the best Actors in the world.
Don Jazzy has built a music empire for himself and helped many Artistes achieve their music dreams. His influence in the Nigerian music industry has rubbed of millions of people around the world, making them take him seriously. The Founder of Mavin Records, he is instrumental to some of the biggest hits in Nigeria, and his influence is growing tremendously.