A lot has been said about the Nigerian music Industry being male-dominated which is rightly so. Again, some top female acts like Tiwa Savage have mentioned that they’re not on exactly on the same pedestal with the male colleagues in a lot of ways, especially talking about the paychecks. The men earn higher even when the ladies work twice as hard to level up the gap.
That being said, female Nigerian music stars are nevertheless doing really great for themselves. Yemi Alade once said she could sell out shows outside Nigeria just like any of her male counterparts. Going my Yemi Alade’s assertion we want to list out some of the top female earners in the music industry.
This list is a round up of what the female music stars are worth. Estimates are made from their performance/appearance fees, endorsements and music sales and tours.
Niniola Apata aka Niniola is a singer, songwriter and performer who hails from Ekiti State. Her rise in the music industry has been that of hard work, focus and great guts. She pioneered the ‘Afro-house’ genre where she holds sway as queen with a debut album to her name. In a short while Niniola has been one of the top four female artists in Nigeria. Here music lately had fetched her lots of international attention especially from South Africa. She has been performing at top shows within the country and beyond. Her price has gone up in the last 16 months. Her estimated net worth is put at $600,000.
Another female artiste who has grown in leaps and bounds is the amazing vocalist Simisola Ogunleye called Simi for short. She started out as an up-and-coming singer but at the moment battles senior colleagues like Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage for top awards and winning in most cases. With a critically acclaimed album to her name, the Joromi crooner has headlined her own concert here in Nigeria, a London concert on the way. Simi is an Opera Mini ambassador, you’ll pay quite a fee to get her to perform. Her net worth is estimated to the value of $800,000.
At number 6 spot is Nigerian songstress Waje Iroube, the Edo State born singer has one of the best and strongest voices in Nigeria. Waje has the backing of several NGO’s both local and international including the UN. She was a judge on Airtel The Voice Nigeria. She performs at exquisite events, dinners with heavy paychecks included. The ‘Kponlongo’ crooner estimated net worth is valued at least $1.1 million.
5. SEYI SHAY
Nigerian singer Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua has been a top female act in Nigeria since she came on the scene. Seyi Shay is one of the few ladies to have an international record deal, the singer recently added actress to her CV after she delved into acting. She is a brand ambassador for Gionee brand of phones, her fee at events are quite around six figures. Her net worth is roughly valued at about $1.5 million.
Up next on the list is the beautiful and charming Miss Kedike better known as Chidinma. She has been a brand ambassador for teleco MTN for years now. She is also a regular feature on premium music show Coke Studio. Chidinma has also made inroads into acting after staring in about two Nollywood films. Her services a well sought after in the West African region. After evaluation her net worth is put at $1.6 million.
The Delta state born singer has made a name for herself as a strong vocalist and songwriter. After bagging 3 albums to her name, Omawumi hasn’t slowed down a bit. She is very much a constant performer at highbrow events and ceremonies and her paycheck they say is not cheap. She has been brand ambassador for top companies like Glo, Malta Guiness etc. She is estimated to have a net worth of about $2 million.
2. TIWA SAVAGE
Arguably the biggest female artiste on the continent of Africa, Tiwa Savage is pushing Afrobeat music to the world. She is a brand ambassador to different top companies including Pepsi. She is being managed internationally by Jay Z’s Roc Nation. The 38-year-old singer recently became the first female African artist to sell out the London Indigo O2 Arena with a sold out preview show pop up shop. She has been standing up despite a perceived inequality in her male-dominated music industry. Her total estimated net worth is valued at $5 million.
1. YEMI ALADE
Occupying the number one spot as the richest female Nigerian artiste is the ‘Johnny’ crooner Yemi Alade. Her biggest competition has always been Tiwa Savage. Yemi Alade is about the most loved female artiste in Africa with a long list of music features around the continent. She has the most watched African music video on YouTube. Yemi Alade is a two-time BET Awards nominee and the most touring female African artiste. Her concert fees is about the highest among the ladies, she has an estimated net worth of $5.1 million.