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5 Sep 2014

P-square, 2face, D'banj, Omawumi Others Top Highest Paid Nigerian Artistes List ….What They Earn

Let’s play the tape back from the very start till now. There has been tremendous revolution within Nigerian Entertainment Industry. In the past, entertainers had to sleep at people’s doorsteps for their voice to be heard.
Now, they are not only running the show, they are also smiling to the banks in a big way. They now own the most fashionable cars, most beautiful houses and other endorsements. Back then, promoters paid peanuts to musicians while they spent so much on foreign stars. In this write-up, Isaac Oguntoye lists out the richest among the Nigerian artistes. Basically, each artiste has a standard fee for gigs, concerts but for private parties such as birthday, wedding, etc, they charge according to their ratings. Some people would call for reduction simply because they are individuals, not brand. It depends on the artistes whether to accept or not. This list was put together strictly on how much they earn per show, influence and so many other factors.

P-Square
Gangling musical act, P-square can be referred to as the most consistent of all time. Without mincing words, the Alingo exponents are rocking the town currently. Any show or concert that P-Square graces is a big one. Their official fee, we learnt is 15 million naira. Most concerts during festive period have their face on them. The music duo has featured on Forbes Africa twice. They have recorded big concerts and have been presidential guests in at least five African countries according to report. 
D’banj
Nigerian singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and businessman, Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo is one artiste that sells shows in Nigeria despite his new status. Virtually, all big concerts in Nigeria would have D'Banj's face on it. Before he pitched his tent with Good Music in America, the Ogun State born singer charged nothing less than N15 million per event appearance. But now, his strength and availability have drastically dropped to the extent that he hardly graces some major concerts within the country. At the moment, we gathered from close source that, he charges between N5 million and N7million as performance fee for local gigs; $80,000 to $150,000 for African shows; £40,000 to £60,000 for UK shows; and $50,000 to $60,000 for American shows.

2face
Revolutionist of Nigerian music industry, Innocent ‘2face’ Idibia is one artiste no one could push aside as a result of his achievement in the music industry.
 If you recall, the singer came into the limelight through his former musical group, Plantazun Boiz. We learnt the African Queen crooner charges 10 million naira per event at festive period. On a normal day, he charges between N5 million and N6 million per show. It will interest you to know that the talented singer has huge investment in stocks and real estates. The African queen crooner has five multi-million naira houses.
 Timaya Ukwu crooner, is busy smiling to the bank at the moment.
The Egberi papa one of Bayelsa is another artiste that has disappointed his critics who felt he cannot come up with hits again. All parties couldn’t do without dancing to his latest song, ‘Burm Burm, Ukwu’ and other hit songs from the talented singer. This has earned him more shows outside Lagos State where he has lots of fan base. He charges 5 million naira.
 Iyanya
 Project Fame Winner, Iyanya we learnt charges 2 million to N3M per show. Since his emergence as the MTN sponsored project fame, this Akwa-Ibom born singer has been a force to reckon with in the entertainment industry generally and in Nigeria precisely. He shot himself to the limelight fully when he dropped his first hit single, Kukere which has very unique dance steps. Call him a singer cum dancer, you are not far from the truth as he knows the dance steps that befit any track he brings out.
Wizkid
 Wizkid who will prefer to be referred to as Wizzy as he believes he’s no more a kid in the game. He has indeed paid his dues in the industry. He has endorsement here and there. It will interest you to know that the talented singer earns between N4 and 5Million naira per show.
Flavour
 High-life music star, Flavour has proved his critics wrong by churning out hits upon hits since his inception in the musical scene. We gathered that he charges between N2M and 3M. The talented singer whose wonderful combination of native language, Igbo and English in most of his songs has fetched him more fans.

Don Jazzy
 Collins is one cool-headed producer cum artiste. Though, he hardly performs on stage as he prefers working behind the scene than performing on the stage. The fact still remains that, no concert will be lively without remembering his contribution at the just concluded High Impact concert in Lagos.
 The Delta State-born producer who embraced the microphone at the age of five signed lucrative deals with Loya Milk, Samsung and MTN. He has interest in the oil and gas sector as well as real estate business.

Tiwa Savage
Nigerian female celebrity, Tiwa Savage collects N2.5M per show and she is rated as one of the sexiest female celebrities in Nigeria.
Davido
AYE crooner, Davido can be referred to as a super talented younger singer. Nigerian music mainstream has been enjoying tremendous transformation since the talented singer has been known for producing hit tracks. The Omo baba Olowo as he is fondly called, whose latest track, AYE, seems to be every club favourite goes for N3 to N3.5M per show. So in case you have plans of landing this singer to any show, you must be ready to offer this amount.
Banky W
 Mr. Capable, Bankole Wellington is in a world of his own as a specialist in RnB genre of music and he is smiling to the banks for his efforts.
Ice Prince
MI Nigeria’s musician, Ice Prince with six million downloads, is number nine of the richest African musicians’ list. He is 2 Studio owner, a member of One Foundation and Plug N Play ambassador while his compatriot crooner, Banky W, a co-owner EME, a Samsung ambassador, philanthropist and multiple award winner, is number 10 on the list. Oleku exponent earns 3million naira per show. It was said that he earns the same amount with Chocolate Music boss, MI.
Owawunmi
Another talented female singer who entered into the music industry through West African Idol smiles home with N3 million per show. 
Darey Art Alade
 Talented singer, Dare-Art-Alade is a soul singer with unique touches. He has been in the industry for more than one decade and he’s still soaring high. The singer earns 3million naira per show. He gets most of his shows through his wife who is also an event planner. With that, he sometimes charges high and the same thing goes for major brand events. He is also a compere and he’s doing wonderfully well.
9ice
 Aside the fact that he’s struggling with his career, 9ice remains one of the talented musicians that the industry has ever produced and he can still pull crowd anytime any day. The talented singer collects N2 million per show.
Naeto C
 Funky rapper, Naeto C needs little or no introduction.
He has been shown love by several music lovers both home and abroad. The talented singer charges N1.5 million.

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