The Nigerian music industry was previously male dominated. Female musicians were few and mostly operated in the shadows of their male counterparts.
Today, the narrative has changed. Female Nigerian musicians are not only making waves at home but are also gaining global recognition for their efforts.
Also, these female superstars earn good pays for their talents and efforts in the music world. They command millions of followers and fans who eagerly anticipate the release of their next hut song.
We take a look at the Top 10 Richest Female Musicians In Nigeria below. The list is based on their net worth and not just their music career alone. Earnings from endorsements deals were also factored. Did your favorite make the list? Scroll down to find out.
1. Tiwa Savage
Net Worth: $4.85 million
None other than Africa’s number one bad girl tops this list. Tiwa Savage was born in Ikeja, Lagos on the 5th of February 1980.
She spent much of her childhood in the city before relocating to London with her family when she was 11 years old. Her incursion into the music world began in the UK where she performed as backup singer to George Michael at the age of 16.
Tiwa Savage then went on to backup other musicians such as Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Blu Cantrell and several others. She also performed on stage with the likes of Sting, 50 Cent, The Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Robbie Williams and Destiny’s Child.
She later enrolled at Berklee College of Music where she bagged a degree in professional music at the age of 27. She relocated to Nigeria to pursue her music career fully and signed on to Mavin Records owned by top music producer Don Jazzy in 2012.
Her first hit song, “Kele Kele Love” dropped in 2013 and performed well on music charts in the country. Her career has not looked back since then with several hits under her belt.
She is widely believed to be the top female music act in the country today and possibly on the continent. She has collaborated with numerous musicians both locally and internationally.
2. Yemi Alade
Net Worth: $4.2 million
Yemi Alade had several ladies looking for their “Johnny” when she dropped her first hit single by that title in 2014. The video of that song still remains one of the most viewed videos on YouTube by any female Nigerian musician. She had previously won the Peak Talent Show in 2009.
Beautiful and well endowed, Yemi Alade is never afraid to channel her sexiness in her music videos, donning African native attires and hairstyles.
She was born in Abia State on the 13th of March 1989. She has several hit songs to her name and is brand ambassador for several brands such as CloseUp, Bland2Glam, and Barcadi Breezer.
She also has her own jewelry line called Yemi Alade collections. Her net worth is estimated to be $4.2 million currently.
Net Worth: $3 million
After coming second in the West African Idols competition in 2007, Omawumi launched her music career. The highly talented musician, song writer and actress is a force to reckon with in the entertainment industry of Nigeria today.
Her career got a significant boost after she released her first single titled “In the Music”. She is an ambassador for several big brands including Malta Guinness, Mortein, Konga and Globacom.
4. Chidinma Ekile
Net Worth: $2.8 million
Chidinma Ekile, popularly known as Miss Kedike appears at number 4 on this list.
She is a singer and song writer who had her big break in the Nigerian music industry after winning the third edition of MTN Project Fame West Africa in 2010.
Some of her hit songs include “Jankoliko”and “kedike”. She has a multi million deal with mobile telecoms giant MTN.
5. Seyi Shay
Net Worth: $2.1 million
Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua who goes by the stage name Seyi Shay is another top female music act in Nigeria making good money off her talent. She returned home from the UK in 2011 and released two hit songs “Loving your way” and “No le le”.
She worked her way up the ladder and is today one of the biggest female musicians in Nigeria. She is also a song writer and has written three songs for the soundtrack to Konami’s video game.
She has endorsement deals with Bacardi Breezer, Pepsi, and Gionee.
Net Worth: $2 million
Bukola Elemide who goes by the stage name Asa is a legend of the music industry in Nigeria. She grew up in a small town near Lagos but has dual Nigerian-French citizenship.
Ada started her music career in 2009, and has released several hits such as Jailer, Eye Adaba, Fire on the Mountain, and several others. She signed an endorsement deal with GTBank said to be worth several millions in Naira.
Net Worth: $1.7 million
Aituaje Aina Ebele who goes by the stage name Waje is one of the best and richest female musicians in Nigeria today. She was born on 1st of September 1981 and is known for he strong vocals.
She has scored several hit songs and is poised to continue to thrill her fans with more hits. She has made so much money from her music career as well as from endorsements. She is a GLO ambassador and was a judge on the reality show – The Voice Nigeria.
8. Cynthia Morgan
Net Worth: $1.5 million
The unofficial queen of reggae and dance Hall in Nigeria today is Cynthia Morgan who now goes by the stage name Madrina.
In 2010, she featured on the song titled “Ejo Le Fe Ro” by Jhybo but it wasn’t until 2013 that she broke into the market officially with the release of her hit song “Don’t Break My Heart”. She has also released some other hits such as “German Juice”.
Net Worth: $1.3 million
Nneka Egbuna was born in 1980. She is a Nigerian female singer, songwriter, and actress. She is currently based in Germany, where she performs at musical concerts both locally and internationally.
She began her music journey in 2004 when she performed as an opening act for dance hall reggae star Sean Paul at Hamburg.
Her song titled “Heartbeat” was released in September 2009 and was ranked as one of the top 50 songs in Germany that year. She is signed to Sony Music.
Net Worth: $700,000
Rounding up this list of top 10 Richest Female Musicians In Nigeria 2019 is Simi. The sonorous songstress and songwriter whose full name is Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye started her musical career as a gospel artist.
Her debut album titled Ogaju was released in 2008 but it wasn’t until 2014 that she became a household name following the release of the hit song “tiff”.
Simi is married to another top musician in the country named Adekunle Gold. Simi’s net worth is currently estimated to be around $700,000.
The females in the Nigerian music industry are not doing badly at all currently. They are headlining big shows, selling out concerts and thrilling their fans all over the country and even internationally.
They are well compensated for their efforts which is evident in the sums quoted here as the net worth of the female music stars that featured on this list of top 10 richest female musicians in Nigeria.