Afric’Art: FORBES 10 Most Bankable/Richest Artistes In Africa

September 3, 2013

Channel O and Forbes Africa have released the highly coveted list of the Top 10 Most Bankable/Richest Artistes in Africa. This list was put together using factors such as endorsement value, popularity, show rates, sales, awards, YouTube views, appearance in newspapers, investment, social media presence, influence and so many other factors. The following artists are making the most moolah in Africa in the music industry:


1. AKON – SENEGAL. CEO of Konvict Music, opened doors with other African artistes

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2. DON JAZZY – NIGERIA. Producer. CEO Mavin Records, MTN, Samsung and Loyal Milk endorsement. D’Banj, Kanye West, Beyonce and Jay Z on production credits.

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3. P SQUARE – NIGERIA. Music Duo. Featured on Forbes Africa twice, sold out concerts, presidential guest in at least 5 African countries, they fly private jets…

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4. D’BANJ – NIGERIA. Music Artiste. G.O.O.D Music deal, Sony Entertainment deald banj forbes richest list



5. WIZKID – NIGERIA. Music Artiste. EME artiste, Starboy CEO, affiliation with Disturbing London, several international collaborations, highest paid Pepsi ambassador in Africa, ambassador of MTN

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6. 2FACE IDIBIA – NIGERIA. Music Artiste. 10million CDs and at least 7million digital sales, one campaign… associated with Guinness, Haven Homes, Airtel Worldwide and philantropist – 2face foundation

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7. ANSELMO RALPH – ANGOLA Musically Artiste Samsung and Coca Cola ambassador, Perfume line, clothing label, multimillion dollar tour bus, Sony artiste.

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8. SARKODIE –  GHANA. Rapper. Youth ambassador Ghana, Sark clothing, Samsung ambassador, fan milk Ghana ambassador.

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9. ICE PRINCE – NIGERIA. Artiste. Six million downloads, 2 studio owner, one foundation member, Plug N Play ambassador, Zamani foundation.

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10. BANKY W – NIGERIA. Artiste. Co owner EME, Samsung Ambassador, Philanthropist, multiple award winner.

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Congratulations to all these hitmakers!

Did your favourites make the cut?

However I had two questions after going through this:

One: Where are the female artistes?

Two: Where are Cameroonian artistes? Are we just ‘azontoing’ with our Naijia brothers as they dance their way to the top?

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Love & Light





  1. Ann says:

    Good question ohh Lydie, where’s our Kmer artist. Time for shine eyes ohhh.

  2. Yvonne Ben says:

    this is a really good list 🙂 it just feels great seeing a lot of our successful artists on there

  3. I’ve recently taken a strong liking to music out of Nigeria. I’ve got a few Azonto moves too 😛

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