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The African entertainment industry is  enriched with outstanding african celebrities who have come together to create collaborations be it in movies, music, etc that hit and propelled them to stardom. When an entertainer applies the right tools of marketing, including social media, coupled with their talent they gather a huge following, which in the end translates to monetary gain. The following are 10 of the richest celebrities in Africa you ought to take note of.


1) AKON ($80 million): 

     Currently standing at the number 1 spot on the list of richest African celebrities is Senegalese-American Hip Hop artist, Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, aka “Akon as the richest African artist. He is worth $80 million, according to He is a multi-talented individual with songwriting, singing, business, record producing, and acting skills. He has been able to accumulate wealth over the years because of his versatility and ability to venture into other investment areas. As the richest musician in Africa, he writes songs and is also engaged in producing them. His sound recording and advertising deals also add an extra coin to his pocket. He has 2 labels called Konvict Muzic and Kon Live Distribution. These are some of the most popular labels in the world, having signed some of the world’s best including, T-Pain and Lady Gaga. This alone is able to put him on the forefront as far as making money in the music industry is concerned.



In second place Black Coffee, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, is South Africa’s richest musician and the second wealthiest in the continent of Africa with a net worth value of $60 million and a celebrated artist and a holder of numerous awards. While he may not be popular in West Africa, he rules in the South. In addition to that, he is also extremely popular abroad. His creativity appeals to fans that appreciate the electronic music genre. He began his career in 1995 and released 5 albums under his own label. He made significant growth steps in 2004 when he was chosen for Red Bull Music Academy held in Cape Town. In 2005, he won the “Breakthrough DJ Of The Year” award at the DJ Awards in Ibiza.

3) Davido

David born  David Adedeji Adeleke was born in Atlanta, Georgia is Africa’s third-richest celebrity with a  net worth of $16 million. He is known for his popular songs some of which turn out to be a household name in Nigeria. He has had huge achievements in showbiz, especially in West Africa, coupled with many nominations, awards, and profitable endorsements. His DMW label also brings in a substantial amount of cash, which contributes to his $16 million net worth value, according to Forbes and as reported by Tuko News. The net worth of Davido makes him the richest musician in Nigeria.

4. Don Jazzy

Michael Collins Ajereh is popularly known as Don Jazzy is the 4th richest celebrity in Africa. With his desire and love for music,, he started when he was just but a child in church but his career as an artist began when he moved to the UK. His current net worth, according to Celebrity Net Worth, is $10 million. Today Don Jazzy is among Africa’s richest musicians owing to strongly expressed talents in producing, writing, and performing songs, entrepreneurship.


5. Banky W 

Banky W’s net worth value is estimated to be $ 9 million which puts him on the list of Nigerian musicians that are making a mark in the African music industry. Not only is he a great artist with powerful vocals, but can be considered an astute businessman as well. The E.M.E record label boss is not only involved in music alone. He has gathered a lot of his wealth through other business ventures, including taking part in telecom and Uber businesses. His different deals with varied companies give him an edge over the others.



This iconic personality in Nigeria is amongst Africa’s richest celebrity richest. Timaya’s net worth value is given as $8 million. This makes him one of the richest musicians in Nigeria and Africa. He is a singer and song-writer. Born and given the name Inetimi Timaya Odon in August 1977, the artist nurtured his skill and created a name for himself. He has grown to become one of Nigeria’s best artists. He founded DM Records Limited. He began his solo career in 2005 after releasing the track “Dem Mama,” which also appeared on his debut album, True Story that was released the next year.


7) Sarkodie

This Ghanian personality who is rated as one of the richest artists in Ghana has a current net worth of  $7 million. The popular Ghanaian rapper is one of the most popular artists in Ghana and West Africa. Born and given the name Michael Owusu Addo he is one of the most prominent stars of the Ghana music scene.


8)  Tinashe 

On this list, the first lady to be featured is Tinashe with a net worth of $6 million. This girl started singing at an early age and so her life has always been somehow connected with music. She also became a kid model at a stage in her early ages. In 2000, her first film experience took place  According to, this American with Zimbabwean roots represents the South African country on this list.

9) Wizkid 

According to Wealthy Gorilla, one of Nigeria’s most popular artist, Wiz Kid has a net worth value of $4 million. He is a Lagos native and is considered a successful songwriter and singer. He is a holder of Top Hot 100 song, Top R&B Song and Top R&B Collaboration awards. Many fans call him the king of African music because he hits every time he gets behind the mic.

10) Hugh Masekela 

This African giant has a net worth value of $1.5 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He was one of South Africa’ greatest artist of all times. His writing, singing, and production skills still stand the test of time even after his death.


Tabi A. Nkongho

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