Africa has been catching up with the ways of the western world at a tremendous rate. In the distant past, the word celebrity was a vocabulary that many Africans would have associated with the westerners.
But with the onset of civilization, the African continent has been opening up to accommodate some of the western ways that are not repugnant to morality such as music, education, religion and last but not least, lifestyle.
Some of the richest African celebrities that we have, achieved their fame and fortune through their musical and acting careers. The most bankable celebrity musicians have achieved their net worth through endorsements, performances, sale of albums, YouTube views, awards as well as investments.
List of The Richest African Celebrities
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1.Akon – Senegal
He hails from Senegal. He has steadily risen through the ranks to become one of the richest celebrities in Africa. He is famed for launching musical careers of Lady Gaga, Leona Lewis, and T-Pain among other musical sensations. Akon is also the CEO of Konvict Music, a renowned recording label, and multiple brand ambassador.
Akon has also collaborated with many musicians to drop great hits which have not only made him famous but have also increased his bank account as a result of album sales, live shows in different countries across the globe, endorsements and YouTube views.
Apart from that, Akon is a philanthropist who has many projects in progress. The most recent one being electrification of African countries. Forbes Africa named him the richest African musician.
2.Hugh Masekela – South Africa
Hugh was born in Witbank, South Africa. He is a renowned trumpeter, flugelhornist, a songwriter, a composer, a bandleader and last but not least, a singer. His kind of music is committed to restoring and upholding African culture and heritage.
Calling him a great musician is an understatement. He has released more than 43 albums which have sold quite well worldwide. This has made him top the charts as being one of the richest celebrities in Africa. Not forgetting the countless endorsements, live performances at various concerts and music festivals across the globe and album sales.
He has performed with the likes of Fela Kuti, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Miriam Makeba. Hugh’s musical prowess is unmatched, being a musical sensation of old.
3.Don Jazzy – Nigeria
Whoever said that producers do not make as much money as their musical counterparts need to retract their statement. Don Jazzy has made headlines in Africa as being one of the highest paid producers. His fame and influence in Nigeria is second to none.
He is a label executive, a recording artist, producer, CEO of Marvin Records which solely produces the likes of Tiwa Savage, D Prince among many others. He has earned his place among African richest celebrities as well as among the most eligible bachelors in Nigeria.
Don Jazzy is the man behind some of the most incredible hits in African music history, Oliver Twist. His production skills are exquisite that he has producing credits on international musical sensations such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Beyoncé. He is also the man behind ‘Mr. Endowed’ by D’Banj featuring Snoop Dog.
Moving away from the musical scene, Don Jazzy has bagged many lucrative deals with Samsung and MTN, just to mention a few. These deals most certainly have made him more bankable. Much cannot be said about him because his achievements and success do all the talking. Forbes Africa and Channel O named him as Africa’s second richest musician.
4.Tinashe – Zimbabwe
This child star sang even before she could talk. Aside from that, she was also a child model by the time she turned three years old. Her voice starred in the famous cartoon film, ‘The Polar Express’ which featured the likes of Tom Hanks, who is an Oscar Winning actor.
Tinashe has achieved so much at a tender age of 24. Her bank accounts speak volumes about her success which can be attributed to hard work, focus and support from her doting parents.
5.Wizkid – Nigeria
This young man is arguably the uncrowned king of African music. His songs ‘Caro’ and ‘Holla at your Boy’ put him into the limelight and since then, Wizkid or rather ‘star boy’ as he calls himself, has not looked back. He has been releasing track after track keeping his fans very pleased, satisfied and on the look-out for his next track or his next collaboration.
He has collaborated with the likes of Drake just to mention a few artists he has worked with. Such aspects have increased his fan base, thus increasing record sales as well as his bank account.
His electrifying performances in various stages across the world have not only put him on the global platform as a great artist but have also ensured that he has brought more cheques home.
6.Sarkodie – Ghana
Sarkodie has been in the music industry for quite some time now and this has surely paid off immensely in terms of his fat bank account. He has taken the Ghanaian music industry a notch higher by the kind of music he sings.
He is not only a musician who has won over 14 awards but also a presidential youth ambassador in his country, who is quite philanthropic. He has set up the Sarkordie foundation which strives to alleviate the plight of the street urchins and needy children in his country.
He is also a shrewd business man, with a clothing label to his name, named, Sark clothing. Sarkodie also makes his money from being Samsung’s brand ambassador in Ghana as well as Fan Milk Ghana, an ice cream production company.
It is safe to say that Sarkodie is undoubtedly one of the richest celebrities in Africa. This claim can be backed by Forbes Africa’s inferences that he is the eighth richest celebrity in Africa.
7.Oliver Mtukudzi – Zimbabwe
Forget the notion that the late Whitney Houston or her fellow counterpart Michael Jackson had the most albums under their belt. Here is a man who has 65 best- selling albums to his name.
His remarkable musical career has stretched for the past 41 years and it has seen him bag many awards as well as fatten his bank account from the numerous album sales and performances across the globe as well as.
Being a celebrity in Africa is quite a daunting task. This is because people are yet to come to terms with the fact that music and entertainment is capable of fattening one’s bank account immeasurably. But that does not come on a silver platter either. It requires sacrifice and endless hours of practice.
Richest African celebrities can attest to the above statement that building a name, topping the charts and being the best does not happen overnight, it requires a lot of hard work and consistency.