Nigerian Afro pop stars, David Adeleke, widely known as Davido and Ayo Balogun also known as Wizkid and the award-winning actress Genevieve Nnaji have been listed among the 2018 10 most powerful Nigerians under 40 years in the YNaija Power List 2018.
The celebrities made Nigerian news website and blog, YNaija’s seventh year annual ranking of the most powerful young persons under the age of 40 who are getting things done in entertainment.
According to a statement by YNaija, these celebrities have worked hard, done a lot for their careers and have succeeded.
“They are the most powerful young entertainment celebrities under the age of forty who are getting things done in entertainment from singers taking indigenous sounds to the other side, to movie stars attempting a third act.
The top ten who matter are:
The multiple award winner was born on November 21 1992, to Chief Deji and Vero Adeleke in Atlanta., Georgia. He is a singer, songwriter and record producer.
From sold out tours across Africa and South America to marketing a potentially volatile romantic relationship as #CoupleGoals via social media trends and a mega-hit song, Davido has had a pretty eventful year. Davido took a deep dive into political waters by throwing his considerable influence behind his Senator uncle’s unsuccessful governorship bid.
He is the co-owner of HKN Music. He has done many successful jobs in the entertainment industry and has a large fan base in Nigeria and beyond.
He is a well known young filmmaker in Nigeria. He was born in Barkin Ladi in Plateau State. He studied Film Production at the National Film Institute, Jos and Screenwriting at Gaston Kabore’s IMAGINE in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. His films have won many awards and in 2006 he was profiled by UK-based, BFM magazine as the youngest film director in Nigeria.
The actor, producer and director, has won awards for her brilliance in the industry acting. Nnaji is of the most successful actors in the country. She started acting as a child actor at eight and was referred to as Julia Robert of Africa by Oprah Winfrey.
This year she made her biggest power moves yet by rolling out LIONHEART, her directorial debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and scoring a record making, first of its kind distribution deal with content giant, Netflix.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun aka Wizkid was born on July 16th 1990. He is a singer and a songwriter. He started recording music at the age of 11 and has a growing national and international fan base who appreciate his work and have honoured him globally. He was ranked 5th on Forbes and channel O’s 2013 list of top ten richest/bankable African artist.
Fresh from a Hot 100 number one achievement on Drake’s One Dance, Wizkid has continued to lead the aggressive growth of Afrobeats onto the world stage. Wizkid doesn’t just sell out the Royal Albert Hall, he has friends in high places too. He hangs out with P. Diddy, rolls up at events with the Naomi Campbell and Tiwa Savage.
Temidayo Abudu is a graduate of Royal Holloway London where she majored in Management and Marketing. She always has always been passionate about television and finally settled as a producer. She is producer with Ebony Life TV and co-directed the Nollywood movies, ‘The royal hibiscus hotel,’ ‘The Wedding Party 2.’
She is a writer, actress, model and singer who has worked in the Nigerian entertainment industry for over a decade, writing for magazines, television, film and stage as well as performing in film and stage. She won an award for acting in a supporting role in 2013.
Folarin Falana aka Falz was born on 27 October, 1990 in Lagos. The singer, rapper, actor and songwriter began his music career in secondary school after forming a group called ‘The boys.’ He shot into limelight after his song ‘Marry me.’ He was listed among ‘Too Exclusive’s guys to watch in 2014. He has received many positive critical acclaims including best collaboration award in 2015 and best street artist among others.
He is a creative innovator and founder of Eclipse of West Africa with a mission to deliver high standard entertainment experience.
The geniuses and importance of Olamide cannot be dismissed as myth not even when they manifest severally in life-changing careers of Adekunle Gold, Lil Kesh, and his own kin, Dj Enimoney.
Olamide recently signed up Picazo and Yomi Blaze, two budding rappers whose wild talents were first noticed on the internet. Fresh off his attempt at selling out a stadium, Olamide defined 2018 with shaku shaku, the dance trend still sweeping the country and he has maintained his hot streak of pushing out one album annually for about seven years now.
Naz Onuzo has proved that the confidence of big finance block buster films, at least by Nigerian standards, is inevitable if Nollywood is going to make serious progress. He has penned, screen played ‘The Wedding Party,’ ‘My Wife and I’ and ‘The New Money.’