Connect with us


Meet Forbes Africa & Channel O’s Top 10 Most Bankable African Urban Music Artistes – Akon, Don Jazzy, Wizkid, D’banj & More



Akon - September 2013 - BellaNaija

Who are Africa’s most bankable music stars?

That’s what Forbes Africa is letting us know. Forbes Africa recently partnered with Urban music station Channel O Africa to create the Top 10 Most Bankable Urban Artistes list.

According to Forbes Africa’s website, the top ten were determined by factors such as other business ventures and current endorsement deals. The criteria also includes popularity, Youtube views as well as social media influence.

Don Jazzy - September 2013 - BellaNaija

Senegalese American Akon tops the coveted list. Don Jazzy, Ice Prince, Banky W and P-Square also make the list.

Unfortunately no female African artiste is on the list.

Check it out!

Top 10 Most Bankable Urban Music Artists - September 2013 - BellaNaija

  1. Akon – CEO of Konvict Music, opened doors with other African artiste
  2. Don Jazzy – Producer. CEO Mavin Records, Influential producer, MTN, Samsung and Loyal Milk endorsement. D’Banj, Kanye West, Beyonce and Jay Z on production credit
  3. P-Square – Music Duo. Featured on Forbes Africa twice, sold out concert, presidential guest in at least 5 African countries
  4. D’banj – Music Artiste. International music brand, GO D Music deal, Sony Entertainment deal
  5. Wizkid – Music Artiste. EME artiste, Starboy CEO, affiliation with Disturbing London, several international collaboration, highest paid Pepsi ambassador in Africa, ambassador of MTN
  6. 2Face Idibia – Music Artiste. 10 million disc and at least 7 million digital sale, multiple ambassador, one campaign… associated with Guinness, Haven Homes, Airtel Worldwide and philanthropist – 2face foundation
  7. Anselmo Ralph – Music Artiste Samsung and Coca Cola ambassador, Angola prince, Perfume line, clothing label, multi million dollar tour bus, Sony artiste
  8. Sarkodie -Rapper. Presidential youth ambassador Ghana, Sark clothing, Samsung ambassador, fan milk Ghana
  9. Ice Prince – Music Artiste. Six million downloads, 2 studio owner, one foundation member, Plug N Play ambassador, Zamani foundation
  10. Banky W – Music Artiste. Co owner EME, Samsung Ambassador, Philanthropist, multiple award winners



    September 2, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    7 nigerians! i am very proud!

  2. zinni45

    September 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Naija representing Big!

  3. t.c

    September 2, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Dis one go swt una wella na,bellanaijarians.

  4. Bamzi

    September 2, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    It’s Don Jazzy Again!!!

  5. Onye

    September 2, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Didn’t Banky W find Wizkid? The monkey has now overtaken the master!

  6. Nori

    September 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Where r d females? I thought u run d world? Lol..just kidding.

  7. Kim Kardashian

    September 2, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I like the philantropist part..

  8. Olori Tari

    September 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Plz take note it is ‘bankable’ not richest, so you can’t really say because Donjazzy comes first before D’banj he is richer. Ok bye.

    • kendra zuhair

      September 3, 2013 at 5:40 am

      Tell us where it hurts ma’am (´̯ ̮`̯ )

    • Naija Realist

      September 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm


    • SpecialK!

      September 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      LOOOOOOOOL – Cant cope with that comment! LOOOL

  9. FJD

    September 2, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Rubbish..How can you rate Tuface as no(6)?

  10. Chu-Chu

    September 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Ice prince, Wizzy, Banky and My dearest don Jazzy….yaaaaaay 🙂

  11. Don smoke

    September 3, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Wizkid no size star boy

  12. kendra zuhair

    September 3, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Tell us where it hurts ma’am (´̯ ̮`̯ )

  13. billionaire in grace

    September 3, 2013 at 7:12 am

    I am very pround of those nigerians artists to make the list.nigerians have a good sene of business

  14. Toto

    September 3, 2013 at 8:26 am

    as long as Micheal Still has bread more than Dapo, I would keep asking God for Wisdom , humility and Patience. #GoFigure

    • imaseun

      September 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      in your confuse state and lack of basic understanding of English langauge or should i say your inbred hate coupled with the lack of basic reasoning or understanding skill is what made you think the list is about who is richest. if its about who is richest, your dearest micheal wouldnt make first 20 in Nigeria.

      FYI google the meaning of bankable.

      ode oshi.

  15. Sly

    September 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Bellanaija, why r u ppl unnecessarily biased in d manner of ur reporting. P-Square is 3rd on d list b4 d DBanj yet they r not on d caption, neither r thr photos here. I don’t undastand u bloggers atimes. How much did DBanj pay u ppl? Am satisfied PSquare is bigger whether bankably or in raw cash, whether in terms of sold-out contracts or hits!! Name it..

    • lek$ide

      January 4, 2014 at 9:28 am

      FYI your comment is trash because you are the one biased, D’banj is by far richer than P square in reality which the brothers know themselves; p square wealth will be divided into 3 places as they are actually 3 but for music sake they are 3 into 1! They are just starting to get into the west bit by bit because they featured Rick Ross do not mean they have made a brake yet; check out separate reality from hear say. You’re just like Kcee who said flavour is the richest Nigerian artist unknown to many.

  16. John

    September 3, 2013 at 10:16 am

    We naija give don jazzy 2much credit,I neva lyk both of dem but me na dbanj die hand fan

  17. Paul Harris

    September 3, 2013 at 10:37 am

    @ Olori Tari, yours is the smartest comment of the whole pack so far. You go skul jor!

  18. edkekk

    September 3, 2013 at 10:40 am


  19. Edson

    September 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

    @Damilare (& Bellanaija Team): Why is it dat P-Square who is 3rd on d list is not featured in ur caption, neither is thr photo there?. For months, I hav been observin wt keen attention d bias wt wch u ppl seem 2promote som artists n undermine others. To start wt, where is Uche? Pls she shd restore her activity on dis blog. What’s happening? Nepotism n Tribalism everywhere! For ur info, som of ur readers r very learned, thus we can hardly b misled by whatever sensationalism, or gimmicks u choose 2employ..For ur further info, P-SQUARE IS TOO BIIIGGG! Infact, wt d exception of Akon, I dare say, THE BIGGEST!- d truth we all know but decide 2hide. No.1 Track on d Nigerian Music Scene for Weeks- P-SQUARE (Personally!); No.1 Track on d African Music Scene for Weeks- P-SQUARE (Personally!) {courtesy MTVBase Africa}; Nigeria’s Biggest/Hottest Artiste Summer/Mid 2012-Summer/Mid 2013- P-SQUARE {courtesy Team of Music Experts}; Africa’s Biggest Artiste (as at now): P-SQUARE {courtesy MTV}. No matter d deliberate attempt 2cover d truth, P-SQUARE is No.1!! Kindly report news the way they are,n don’t sway to favour a side at d expense of another. Broadcast Truth with Truth! Go P2! Congrats Don Jazzy…Thanks, Edson.

    • Paul Harris

      September 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      No offense, but your comment reeks of ignorance, sentiments and mischief. That list is by Forbes, how on earth does tribalism come in here?!

    • Dee

      September 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      @Paul Harris—as in,the ignorance ehhhh
      Leave story for story teller…psquare don hire publicist be that!!
      Or maybe @Edson dey find job….dont worry ,you will find job soon #OluwaIsInControl

  20. tusheghe

    September 3, 2013 at 11:52 am

    money must be made o!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. soso

    September 3, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    lsit compiled by forbes no BN,sum ppl are just……. and they are bankable not riches……

  22. imaseun

    September 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Nigeria cannot move forward, thats the bitter truth. The only reason don jazzy made first from naija is cause of twiiter presence. some of you dont even know the meaning of bankable.

    i spport the dude who said if its about wealth, i will say 1 Psuare, 2dbanj 3Tuface and bank w next. in fact, don jazzy will not make first 20 richest arts in nigeria.

    for the bigot igbo people here, i wonder if most of Don jazzy fans are not people from other tribes especially Yoruba. do you see Yoruba people turn everything to tribal supremacy. fools like most of the igbos on social media are the cuase of the disunity in Nigeria.

    God bless you Dbanj.

    • Edson

      September 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      @Paul Harris: my broda, kindly learn to read in between d lines. I aint talking abt d origin/source of d news- whether its from BN or Forbes (Africa), neither am I doubting if its on bankability or cash liquidity/riches…dis is exactly y we fail exams we shd av very easily passed. The crux of d matter is WHY P-SQUARE IS NOT FEATURED ON BN’s CAPTION OF D NEWS..WHY R DBANJ N WIZKID THERE EVN THO P-SQUARE IS B4 THEM ON FORBES’ RATING? Simple! That’s obviously Damilare Aiki’s making bcos he did d caption (for Bellanaija), Forbes (Africa) did not! Let’s read to understand, 1st of all, b4 rushing to comment. Thanks, Edson.

  23. imaseun

    September 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    FYI if its about money, DBANJ AND PSQUARE ARE THE BIGGEST IN AFRICA. internationally known and world acclaimed, Dbanj osheey.

  24. imaseun

    September 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm


  25. konne

    September 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I don check that list twice and I neva see my name. We need a recount.

    LOL. congrats guys, not a small feat. More grease to your elbows. This is just the begining

  26. Lisa

    September 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    How exactly is donjazzy number 2.this is sick

  27. temtem

    September 3, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    whatever @ all the comments above, bankable or not our naija artists are being recognized! #gosh! Hmmm…Akon, honey!

  28. Okla

    September 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Some of u guys are just over-sabi…Someone claimed that they are learned and exposed,tell us how you want it to be arranged….We are talking about Forbes you fools…Thats why I hate Nigerians…Una no dey gree at all…Oya kill ya self…@Edson abeg go sleep jare

  29. NNENNE

    September 4, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Bellanaijarians…You guys will not kill me.LOVE YOU ALL!

  30. chi-e-z

    September 4, 2013 at 3:32 am

    This is a shame we the females that go to the shows buy the itunes and Cds. What the heck we can’t put 1 female on that list. Naija girls we must put 3 on this list before the next audition. what nonsense this autotuned out guys are beating ayo, asa, omawunmi, waje, tiwa really?!!

  31. kobi

    September 4, 2013 at 4:07 am


  32. kobi

    September 4, 2013 at 4:08 am

    don jazzy n get squared i dey see una, Flavour wanna see you nex time.

  33. bola

    September 4, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Lots of comments and I don’t know what 2 say… IDJA *winks*

  34. damepenelope

    September 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Flavour should be on the list.Most people I know in Nigeria and abroad think so.

  35. Blossom

    September 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Nigerians and their love for money. Just look at the comments.


  36. Gerald

    September 7, 2013 at 9:11 am

    They called theirselves learned, here they are arguin like illitrates. Dat one don start with tribalism, although na there normal thin. They hate ibo’s. Ibo’s ar makin money individualy with dia tym, while they spend all dia tym peepin n gossipin. I dnt think they know Forbes very well. Leave tribalism n thank God that we have Nigerians dia, coz very soon Nigerians might loose form as they did in football.

  37. Richest Musicians In Nigeria

    March 25, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    P-Square remains on of the richest artistes in Africa. Those guys are doing really good.

  38. Patrick Benedict

    November 16, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Where is shatta wale who calls wizkid fake

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Tangerine Africa

Star Features