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Who are the most influential people in Entertainment Today?!

Nigerian Entertainment Today released its 2013 list of the most influential people in the Nigerian entertainment industry. It consists of actors, artistes, innovators, entrepreneurs and captains of industry.

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The Full List of the NET’s 2013 Most Influential People in Entertainment

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2Face Idibia
From his artistry to passion for change, the Pop king of Africa has continued to use his music as a muse to influence all. Through his foundation, “2Face Idibia Reach-Out Foundation”, Idibia, an icon by every definition, has dedicated a great amount of time, effort and resources towards reaching out to fellow humans in need.

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Alex Okosi
As Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom International, Africa, Okosi continues to showcase Africa to the world and vice versa with the MTV, BET, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central platforms. Okosi is one of the top dogs determining the present and future of entertainment on TV.

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Ali Baba
Still at the top of the food chain when it concerns comedy in Nigeria, Ali Baba, a pioneer stand-up comedian is not only responsible for making the trade profitable, he continues to use his influence to hold up the platform for others to shine.

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Amaka Igwe
A strong pillar in Nollywood, Igwe’s undying love for motion picture has helped her carve a niche for herself whether with her famous soap operas or her annual BOBTV TV expo. Her Lagos-based radio station, Top Radio has also become a force to reckon with.

Amin Moussalli
The Lebanese boss actually started doing business in Nigeria as far back as 1975 with his AIM architectural company but his love for broadcasting drove him to create radio stations Cool FM, Wazobia FM and later on Nigeria Info with his daughter Evita in the helm of affairs. These stations have become one of the biggest outfits in Nigeria reaching millions in four different cities.

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Audu Maikori
It’s been rocky times at Chocolate City in the last seven months but Maikori, a lawyer and entrepreneur has shown nothing but exemplary skills in stirring the entertainment label through murky waters. With A-list acts like M.I. and Ice Prince, Chocolate City still remains one of the biggest music labels in Africa. Don’t be surprised if they announce an IPO soon.

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Ayo Animashaun
Through his Smooth Promotions company, Animashaun, 43, has launched some of the most relevant entertainment platforms including “The Headies” and the 24-hour channel “Hip TV” which launches on DSTV this month.

Bolanle Austen Peters
Peters is the soul of Terra Kulture – a highly recognized cultural hub set up to promote the richness and diversity of Nigerian languages, arts and culture. Respected for enabling the sustenance of live theatre in Lagos, she’s now executing the big-budget SARO musical that’s already receiving critical acclaim.

In eight years of existence, Terra Kulture has organised no less than 60 plays, over 100 exhibitions, and approximately 10,000 children have been through their language, culture clubs and excursions.

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Biola Alabi
Managing Director at M-NET Africa over the last four years, Alabi has engineered the process of bringing top African content to our doorsteps. This year, she birthed the successful and well rated African Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCAs).

Chika Nwobi
Nwobi is a serial entrepreneur. From MTech- a leading mobile content company in Africa to Jobberman.com – West Africa’s most popular jobs portal to Cheki.com.ng – Nigeria’s leading cars/autos website to Kamdora.com a fast growing e-commerce fashion retail business in Nigeria, Nwobi has successfully built mobile and internet-related companies; using unusual techniques to link IT with entertainment while delivering value for consumers and helping Telcos excite a generation in love with music.

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Chris Ubosi
He is the CEO of Megalectrics Limited, owners of Premium choice BEAT 99.9 FM, retro-styled Classic FM 93.7 and pidgin-speaking Naija FM 102.7, which have all continued to dominate their respective fields. Ubosi, who seems to be warming up to the cameras nowadays has also launched a sister station in Ibadan and will be setting up a TV channel real soon.

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Clarence Peters
Three of out every five videos seen on Nigerian TV is directed by Clarence Peters. As the CEO of a record label called Capital Hill Records and a multimedia content creation company called CAPital Dream Pictures, he has shot a good number of videos, documentaries, TV commercials, short films and TV features.

Clarence is no doubt the most sought after video director in the music industry so much that his name has become synonymous with top quality musical videos.

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D’banj
In the last 12 months, the self-styled entertainer has brushed off any kind of doubt about whether he can progress career-wise after his split with former Mo’Hits partner Don Jazzy.

Whether it’s performing at the finale of African Cup of Nations, collaborating with US artistes, headlining Hennessy Artistry or becoming the face of the Bank of Industry, D’banj has shown constant sheer determination and dominance.

And there’s an indefinitely long list of young cats praying day and night to have a quarter of his blessings.

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DJ Jimmy Jatt
He is rated as one of the biggest and most iconic deejays in Africa. An innovator, teacher, speaker and performer, Jimmy Jatt has helped nurture the careers and influenced many deejays in Nigeria. There’s hardly any hip hop artiste in Nigeria that doesn’t pledge allegiance to the legendary but unbelievably humble deejay.

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Don Jazzy
From music production, Don Jazzy remains one of the most relevant entertainment personalities in Africa (a formula his colleagues have not been able to crack yet) with every artiste out there asking for a beat or two from him. Little wonder he keeps bagging multimillion Naira endorsement deals.

An ambassador for Loya Milk and MTN, IDJA is the producer every producer wants to be like, the pop star who has no single to his name; the enigmatic music maker that’s giving an entirely new definition to impresario.

Edi Lawani
Sometimes referred to as the Godfather, Lawani has built a name in the corporate and entertainment scene working as technical consultant, events manager and adviser to organisations and talent. His agency, Showbiz Network is one of the longest running homegrown entertainment organisations, and many of today’s big names in technical support and events management have the bearded gentleman to thank.

Efe Omorogbe
The co-founder and HNIC of Nigeria’s leading talent management company, Now Muzik, Omorogbe continues to be a major force in the development of entertainment in Nigeria. He recently setup Now Muzik en.Core, a sister company which handles events and campaigns.

Emeka Mba
A former Regulatory Affairs Manager at MultiChoice Nigeria and later Director General of the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Mba’s recent appointment as Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) was met with applause from stakeholders who understand what he brings to the table. The NBC is the regulatory body for broadcast organisations in Nigeria.

Femi Ayeni
Ayeni, founder of Ultima, the company which owns two very big franchises in Nigeria might not have a popular name but his shows Project Fame West Africa and Who Wants to be a Millionaire do. Though quiet and publicly shy, Ayeni has handed many successful entertainers their careers – that list will include Iyanya, Chidinma and Frank Edoho who rose to national fame on WWTBAM.

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Femi Kuti
The son of the late great Afrobeat legend has clearly carved a niche for himself, warming up nicely into contemporary music (working with Wizkid, LNC, Jesse Jagz, Durella) and modern TV (Kuti is a judge on Nigerian Idol). These have however not shut him up from voicing out his opinion against bad governance.

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Funke Akindele
The Nollywood actress has bagged the highest number of endorsement deals and produced more bestselling movies than anyone in her category. Her hilarious character, Jenifa has now become one of the most popular characters in Nollywood. And despite going through a well-publicized separation, Akindele’s image remains intact, her following unaffected; her endorsements intact.

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Genevieve Nnaji
Hardly can you mention top actresses in Africa without placing her in the top 2. US talk show host, Oprah Winfrey described her as the Julia Roberts of Africa, while Elle Magazine recently profiled her as one of the 7 international acts soon to cross over to international success. Nnaji’s profiling on the international scene has been a big boost to her career, although she has slowed down on local appearances in recent times.

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Ibinabo Fiberesima
She became the first woman to lead the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria when she was sworn in as President in November 2012. Ibinabo Fiberesima, an actress and a former beauty queen now presides over one of the most influential organisations in Nigeria’s entertainment industry.

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Jason Njoku
By creating the iROKO triad- iROKOtv, iROKING and IROKtv , he is credited for creating what the international media has described as the “Netflix of Africa”, Njoku has combined technology and creativity to satisfy the ever-growing needs of Nollywood fans across the world, ranking in the Forbes “African millionaires to watch” list. His idea now caters for millions of Nigerians who chose to go online to source music and Nollywood movies.

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King Sunny Ade
A perfect example of consistency, King Sunny Ade boasts of a career that has spanned over five decades. KSA is an important voice in the Nigerian entertainment industry particularly in regards to music as he uses his influence, contacts and resources to affect major decisions in many of the music organisations; while serving as mentor and inspiration to many.

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Kunle Afolayan
He is one of the most prolific film directors in Nigeria. From his debut production “Irapada” to the critically reviewed action-drama “Figurine”, the accounting graduate has shown finesse in all his work. His recent project, October 1, still in the making has generated the most publicity-ever for a yet to be released flick. Afolayan is seen by many pundits as the face of “New Nollywood”.

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KWAM 1
A prolific recording artist, KWAM1 updated the Fuji style incorporating Western instruments to give it that youth-oriented theme. That singular innovation opened up the genre to a hitherto uninterested segment. With a career now spanning over three decades, the self-acclaimed King of Fuji music continues to influence and appeal both the old and young in fuji other genres.

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Linda Ikeji
From gossip to breaking news stories, Linda Ikeji’s blog has become a hotspot for many online readers. From a business and career that has taken her seven years to build, Miss Ikeji’s blog has become a phenomenal success earning her millions in annual turnover; building a profile as Nigeria’s most successful blogger. What that means? The bachelorette now belongs to the elite group of opinion moulders and news shapers.

M.I
They call him the Chairman. Jude Abaga aka M.I. has set a standard for aspiring rappers, for being able to appeal both to the so called hip hop heads and those with no idea in the world what the art form is about. He is sometimes regarded as the best rapper in Nigeria and has a lot in fan base to show for it.

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Mo Abudu
Following the huge success of her talk show “Moments with Mo”, Mosunmola Abudu has built for herself a strong repertoire. Often referred to as the Oprah Winfrey of Africa, her show for years enjoyed high ratings on DSTV. Recently she launched her own channel, Ebony Life TV, Africa’s first global black entertainment network.

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Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
As one of the most decorated actresses in Africa, Omotola’s scored a bygone when she made it to TIME magazine’s 2013 edition of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”. Her TV reality series, “Omotola: The Real Me” generated a landmark viewership on M-NET’s Africa Magic when it debuted, and the mother-of-four is now warming up for international break.

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P-Square
Sold out shows and tours in Africa, Europe and America, earth shaking hit songs and videos. A multitude of fans stadiums cannot contain. P-Square have been on the top 3 mark for so long it’s beginning to look like their birth right.

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Peace Anyiam-Fiberesima
For 12 years she has been behind the African Movie Awards (AMAA), gathering movie stars from all over Africa. Fiberesima has positioned the awards show as one of the most credible and consistent honorary shows. Often described as the “African Oscars”, AMAA awards has now become a standard for actors to measure their performance every year.

Rotimi Pedro
With Nigerian Idol, X-Factor and Nigeria’s Got Talent grabbing big market shares, Rotimi Pedro, the Optima Media Group’s founder, is rapidly becoming a major force to reckon with. The sports veteran and his team are delivering entertainment to millions of Nigerians while giving many an opportunity to kick off their careers.

And he’s just secured the right to launch Bloomberg here, according to NET findings.

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Sam Onyemelukwe
He earned the rights to bring the foremost music channel, Trace TV to Nigeria building it from the scratch.

Onyemelukwe, a former country manager for MTV has utilized his experience and knowledge in the terrain to establish TRACE TV as a channel of choice for many young Nigerians.

Tajuddeen Adepetu
From what began with creating content programming for several terrestrial TV stations, Adepetu has gone on to establish his own cable TV channel and TV station. Both Soundcity and ONTV, popular among young Nigerians, have now become household names when it comes to pure entertainment. Other assets include Spice TV which will launch as a full channel on DSTV in a matter of months, and social media platform Buddie.

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The Murray-Bruces
The Murray-Bruces have played many major roles in taking Nigerian entertainment to the next level. Spearheaded by Ben Murray-Bruce, the family has not only succeeded in radio and TV broadcasting, but also made cinema culture fashionable again, with the Silverbird Cinemas. Their “Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria” pageant has lost credibility and popularity, but remains the nation’s leading pageant.

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Tony Okoroji
Okoroji is one of the most important factors in collective rights management and administration in Nigeria. Working with the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Okoroji has spearheaded the recognition of mechanical and associated rights, while making sure radio stations, TV channels and others who exploit music pay what’s due rights owners.

The jury is still out on whether that segment should be liberalized.

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Tunde Kelani
A pioneer and veteran by every definition, Kelani’s brilliance in cinematography and storytelling is second to none. With over 20 films made under his Mainframe Productions, Kelani has been setting standards for as long as we can remember.

The movie producer/director/writer is one of the major influences in the Nigerian movie industry till date.

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Uche Pedro
She is the popular blogger and owner of fashion and lifestyle blog BellaNaija. BellaNaija remains a one stop shop for single and married women who are interested in wedding news, gossip and fashion. And even though the likes of Linda Ikeji have surpassed her in ranking, Bella remains queen, with enough international acclaim to last a lifetime.

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Wizkid
At just 23, Ayo “Wizkid” Balogun is a kid whose achievements will make some legends jealous. From an unsure wannabe, the hit-maker has grown to become a superstar, with a strong influence on today’s sound while many teens are feeding daily on his style and- permit us – swagger. Now warming up to be an entrepreneur, Wizzy has it all working.

68 Comments

  1. Adaeze Ibechukwu

    October 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    “And even though the likes of Linda Ikeji have surpassed her in ranking, Bella remains queen, with enough international acclaim to last a lifetime.” I loove that part.

    • Iris

      October 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      The one stop shop for single and married women thing though… I mean I love weddings as much as the next Nigerian girl under societal pressure but that’s just a fraction of what BN does.

    • Marie

      October 11, 2013 at 2:41 am

      BN and LIB are like Omotola and Genevieve who is actually
      the QUEEN?

    • Oreofe

      October 11, 2013 at 5:03 am

      Hmm… I like

  2. elleven45

    October 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Congrats to Bella (Uche), btw Davido is not on the list..
    Let’s wait for his next tweet.

    Meanwhile we’re back on elleven45.blogspot.com

  3. CC

    October 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I like Linda but still love Bella the most,it’s not only entertaining but also inspiring and educative

  4. Bey

    October 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Kudos to psquare..love u Guys scatter

  5. jd

    October 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Bella Nija definately got more class than linda ikeji. i tink its all about packaging, style and less lies, as linda ikeji is full of gossip…just saying!

    • Serendipity

      October 9, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Linda is full of grimey gossip and unconfirmed lies. Thats what makes her popular. Bella is o a different class…. No comparison at all at all.

    • Truth

      October 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Oh shut up! Which lies did you see on LIB? Wonder why people must tear someone down in order to praise someone else! I like both blogs, they cater to different needs! BN used to seriously censor comments, and when it started getting dry they changed tactics…borrowing a leaf from LIB

    • Idak

      October 10, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Not forgetting that BN was very selective of what they blogged. These days no filtering, almost everything is fair game.

  6. Mz Socially Awkward...

    October 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I love how a lot of relatively younger faces are on this list… We need to spread this trend onwards to many other sectors of the Naija economy…

  7. Mama Mia!!!

    October 9, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    This pedro girl is too cute, bella naija is not by rankings but quality. Give me quality anytime and I’m aite!!! This is the only blog I comment on cause of it’s class and everything in between… Plus, Genevive you are just breathtaking to still be single. C’mon guys what are you waiting for?!

    • Idak

      October 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      No be only by fine face dem dey take get husband.
      For Non Nigerian bloggers: It sure takes more than a fine face to get married.

  8. james

    October 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I did not see omotola. Lol. Up 2face my bro

    • e-bukun

      October 10, 2013 at 6:51 am

      Really? webmd.com/eye-health/choosing-eye-doctor

    • molly

      October 10, 2013 at 6:57 am

      Come and borrow my glasses.!

  9. amarachi

    October 9, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    rilly the owner bella Naija jz,,,,,, she so young one day my name ll b dr

  10. natty

    October 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    BN is about class, not about the quantity of comments or stories. Why would they even want to compare BN to LIB? I believe their target reader are slightly different.

  11. Really??

    October 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I think it was really tacky to compare BN and Linda Ikeji. The point of this post is that they are both listed as Influential people, let’s leave it at that jeez! Funny thing is with all the comments about class and quality, you all still read Linda Ikeji’s blog. Let’s give credit where it is due and leave it at that please

    • Idak

      October 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      No mind dem. If we trace IP addresses now, you go see Gobe.

    • Tunmi

      October 11, 2013 at 5:29 am

      Exactly. It was tacky. I love LIB, I don’t see anyone else bringing updates about the ABSU rape or the ALUU4

  12. Harhbeesolar

    October 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    yaaayyy my babe Funke Akindele made the list,i’m not surprised anywayz .she is an embodiment of entertainment!

  13. Concerned_Boyfriend

    October 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I don’t see eLDee on the list. Are we quick to forget the founding fathers of Afrobeat ?.

    • Idak

      October 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Eldee and Afrobeat? What is the connection?

  14. Gistyinka Blog

    October 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Congrats to those that have make the industry grow higher.

  15. jcsgrl

    October 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    wait Toke didn’t make the list? with all the million views on her vlogs…chai maybe next time

    • Lucylink

      October 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Is Toke that much on your mind that you have found a way to bring her into this discussion? This is not even hating. It’s another level of jealousy. How obsessed are you with her that you have found a way to link her to this story.
      I’m sure you will come here and call me a voltron lol. But seriously, what about this post made you think about Toke? She must be on your mind all day. SMH

    • jcsgrl

      October 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      No nne you’re right. I’m a obsessed and jealous of Toke…no vex. She been dey on my mind I come say make I voice am.
      Oya siddon cool down ok. Take pure water cool ya body. Make I go look for somewhere else to stalk Toke *hops on okada

    • Tola Ashiru

      October 10, 2013 at 9:51 am

      OMG! This jesgrl is sooo RAZZ (Referring to the comment she replied lucylink, we need classy comments here please….go to Linda’s Blog if u wanna be sooo razzz *sigh*

    • jcsgrl

      October 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Erm madam classy babe…we see you! Clap for yourself. You don achieve something in life. Freedom of expression baby…feel free to be razz if you want. I like being razz aiight. So if e dey pain you, here’s another pure water to cool your body. Now I’m hopping on keke off to LIB. he he he he

  16. X-factor

    October 9, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Howww???? What’s the basis of this comparison, BN and LIB
    May be they need to be reminded that BN is a premium brand while the latter is a purewater gbgogbo ero retail brand…..

  17. Idak

    October 9, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Congrats to Amaka Igwe and Bolanle Austen Peters. Irrespective of the rough terrain, your gifts and passions are creating paths and giving hope to others.
    If only Mrs. Alabi will allow this BBA phenomenon die a well deserved natural death.
    Hoping Clarence will tone down the bottles of Hennessey and plenty ukwus in the videos. There must be a way of telling those stories with less of those exposed backsides and bottles of liquor.

    A special shout out to Laspapi too, your massive strides in theatre productions are evident to discerning eyes. You shall be celebrated one of these days.

    • jcsgrl

      October 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Do you know I just had to reread this your comment…I don’t know whether you’re being sarcastic or sincerely offering well wishes…lol. Maybe cos its you, it seemed you had some sneaky sarcastic undertone cos I’m really LOOOL @ the rough terrain, the slow death of BBA and the exposed back sides. You dey craze small I swear

    • Idak

      October 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      No be you teach me madness? 🙂

  18. Changing Faces

    October 9, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    All those whining about Linda read her blog, and come here to chat nonsense! If she bothers you so much, then stick to your classy Bella Naija. She’s making a name for herself, and we’re all here commenting under anonymous and fantasy names.

    Abeg well done to all the beautiful ladies that made the list, more grease to your elbows.

    • MAMAMIA!!!

      October 10, 2013 at 12:48 am

      Linda and her sisters, is this you? we are not knocking down on anyone’s hustle biko, just stating the obvious. Can not deny visiting her blog but I surely don’t and would not comment. Plus, they both cater to different readers. it’s called preference!

    • Idak

      October 10, 2013 at 8:18 am

      So what exactly is the crux of your venting?

  19. paulslim

    October 10, 2013 at 12:06 am

    hmm I think BN is the best for me you gotta to check out the quality of this website I so love it and linda ikeji doesn’t strand a chance you have been such a motivation to me uche pedro and am so glad you made the list

  20. NNENNE

    October 10, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Bella Niaja is the best blogging site in Nigeria by all standards. That is a simple truth!
    Congratulations to all.

  21. Okechukwu Ofili

    October 10, 2013 at 4:41 am

    leave Davido…why is Patience not on the list…lol #okbye

  22. Hi

    October 10, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Uche Pedro is comfortable in her (own) skin. I like her. She gives credit to whom credit is due, doing it sincerely, no yimus and fakery.

  23. bubblehead

    October 10, 2013 at 5:18 am

    BELLA NAIJA OVER AND ALL LINDA IKEJI…

  24. molly

    October 10, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Come and borrow my glasses.!

  25. Couture By Makioba

    October 10, 2013 at 7:22 am

    All well deserved… but Gidi-Traffic is suppose to be on the list too….

  26. melly

    October 10, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Y’all should shut up already, BN is a lifestyle blog and LI is a gossip blog….both are different but entertaining and mind you linda is making money and you people come here hating.

  27. Vanessa

    October 10, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Our BellaNaija Uche is very pretty. Me like her. Kudos to all of them entertainers. I am highly entertained.

  28. Nnenna

    October 10, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Linda Ikeji’s blog is a gossip blog while Bella Naija is a lifestyle page! I don’t even consider bellanaija to be a blog! There is no basis for comparison and the Linda Ikeji reference in the description of Bella Naija is very unnecessary! Fact is when you talk about blogging in Nigeria, the first name that comes to mind is Linda Ikeji! She has made herself the go-to source for entertainment news and gossip in Nigeria and she caters more to both sexes! Everybody likes gossip! I can confidently say that most of Bella Naija’s visitors are female! It has sort of alienated itself by focusing more on female lifestyle topics! Linda Ikeji is quite iconic! Don’t be shocked if she launches her own tv show soon! Kudos to both blogs! They are pioneers in their own right!:-*

    • Analyst

      October 10, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      True that. Bella Naija is mostly female. Single unlucky in love females for that matter. You know by their comments and sob stories. Uche should be charging for shrink services because she has provided an outlet for women to rant about their boyfriends, exes, husbands, past relationships, talk about their sob stories etc. You know we don’t have shrinks in Nigeria. For those that even live abroad, seeing shrinks is not in our culture. She has provided the shrink/support group experience which her female following love and enjoy. The fact that other women out there are probably going through what you are going through or have passed through it before and you can always rely on a total stranger comforting you over the internet is a powerful something. I mean the Aunty Bella single at 35 post generated more than 250 comments. I will repeat, Uche needs to find a way to turn this into a business. Dating service maybe. Relationship and marriage posts or wedding posts get the highest number of comments.
      Go to LIB. You don’t see people share that much and people don’t comment under a sob story comment offering advice, support or berating the writer. LIB readers aint got time for that. They have their own problems without adding someone’s headache to their. BUT Linda has also created a space for people to trash talk. The language on LIB will make the Pope faint. Generally Nigerians are not trash talking f-word, b-word people. We have our insults in our local dialects though. On LIB the mean talking aggressive side of people comes out and that way they let off steam. We don’t have shrinks to pour our frustrations at, we are generally angry, aggressive and stressed as a people and LIB unleeashes the beast. Two blogs offering the same service and smiling home to the bank. LIB makes more money because she panders to the masses and she has no over head

    • Idak

      October 10, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      your head dey there!
      you sef suppose dey charge for this strategy class wey you write for here.

    • John

      October 24, 2013 at 5:28 am

      Not quite. Not all BellaNaija commenters are women. I’m a dude and I visit this site almost daily. I may not leave comments all the time. I’m also sure there are more like me out there.

      A well deserved congrats to Uche and her crew!!

  29. defaxinc

    October 10, 2013 at 10:28 am

    With all the duplication in comments and the repetitive hits by same persons on LIB….waiting to see how far this business model lasts
    Congrats to All

  30. Wale

    October 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Up Uche!!! Congrats, for this pleasure of a site we look forward to everyday makes you rock pass the rest!

  31. Analyst

    October 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I may not agree with Linda’s ethics but I respect her as a business woman. She does not pretend or sell her blog as what it is not. It is raw, grungy, unpolished. So many adjectives to describe it. That is her brand and a very lucrative one. Need convincing? Find out how much Perez Hilton or The Kardashians are worth. Trash sells and it sells big. You can afford class when you are a Vanderbilt or a Rotschild. Her followers are people who don’t have time for senrenren. Give it to them as it is no smokescreen.
    BN on the other hand is snobby, pretentious, stuck up and faux classy. Faux classy because they have realised that it is not the fake accent, globe trotting, loubs wearing, masters degree holder readers that pay the bills but traffic and advertisements. See my earlier sentence about affording class. No point being classy if money is not flowing in. So they are trying to still maintain their classy outlook but have jumped on the gossip gravy train whilst still pretending they are classy but true class is eternal, it doesn’t drop standards to please nada. Look at the intellectual posts that pander to BN’s former crop of readers. You see 10 comments at the most. Post about Toke Makinwa or some event in Lagos and 100 comments follow. Before you hold up BN as the epitome of class, think again. It is all smokescreen. They have stopped their previous anal censoring of comments. One of many examples of the fast drop from their “classy heights”. Even tribalistic comments are posted. BN fills the space for fakery, upper middle class people to feel like they are sitting on Mount Olympus as gods and they have their own space to pat themselves on the back and feel good whilst looking down their nose at the LIB readers. From the commetns above you can see the snobbery coming out. Oh we are better than the LIB crowd. BN is classy. For your mind. Yet you will click on the same gossip post that is also found on LIB, but since it is on BN it is okay, yet you think you are better than the LIB reader. It is okay to be a loyal BN follower but don’t trash Linda in the process because you are not any better. Oh yeah, my comment is an epistle but y’all love to read don’t you?

    • jcsgrl

      October 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Ouch!! Analyst that kinda hurt…lol but you talked true shaa. Just like @ Tola Ashira said I should carry my razz self to LIB. That must have made her feel soo good but I bet she hops to LIB to go and read gossip. mcheew awon faux classy babes!

    • Analyst

      October 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      I wanted to give her a very good reply but I was waiting for you to hammer it well. How does she know that LIB readers are razz if she hasn’t been there to check herself. I can bet top dollar that she also clicks on the same gossip posts here that Linda posts and as you said she goes on LIB too but of course she will deny it in the presence of her classy babes. Who is she calling razz. 9ja people have fakery on lockdown

    • Tunmi

      October 11, 2013 at 5:32 am

      And that’s the truth

  32. Sandy

    October 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    i feel Bella has better stuff to offer than gossip, hope they don’t sell out and become a gossip blog. but Linda is making her own waves too..good for her. but i prefer Bella. atleast it attracts less trolls and i love the fashion/events and educative discussion stuff.

  33. The Real Madam the Madam

    October 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    LMAO @ all these LIB bashers feeling classy with themselves. I love me some LIB, that’s my #1 stop. Then Stella Dimoko of kerse, and then my dear Bella. I love all 3 blogs, even though they cater to entirely different sets of individuals. Congrats to Uche for making this list. Keep up the good work.

  34. Idak

    October 10, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    The world must be coming to an end.
    A world in which women are denying a love for gossip.
    A world in which it takes a man like me to show public love to LIB (not necessarily the blogger herself) and the gossip therein.
    Well,it is okay. God is watching all of us.

  35. Modella

    October 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Jobeless idak

    • Idak

      October 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Jobless hypocrite.

  36. Yogurt

    October 10, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Gbam…Analyst take hi 5 jor. And that one looking for
    classy comment, what’s wrong with ur hand abi brain? U too can drop
    classy comments let others come and read. Fakery fakery. Congrats
    to all by the way. Wanna be like y’all wen I grow up.

  37. damepenelope

    October 11, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Two thumbs up Analyst!

  38. me

    October 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    am still wondering where omotola falls. she is not a gud actress, a gud singer nor anything. there shld have put rita in her place. atleast rita is a gud actress and has produced her own movies.

  39. myopnion

    November 1, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Now where is Emem Isong? you tell me she is not influential in the Nigerian Entertainment industry? this list has to be redone ooo

  40. Uk

    November 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    My own list-music-2face,donjazzy,PSquare ,bankyW,MI,wiz kid,Alex Okosi,Clarence peters.(based on their TODAY hustle) Nollywood-amaka igwe,Peace Anyiam,Emem isong , Chioma Ude,Funke Akindele ,Uche jombo, ini Edo, Desmond Elliot ,Rita Dominic ,Kunle afolayan(as in Those who can actually give/ offer an opportunity of work in Nollywood) Emeka mba,ibinabo F, TV-Toolz,mo abudu, Taju adepetu, ben Bruce.Online media -uche pedro, Linda ikeji ….I really wonder the people that come up with all these POWER list though. Work and power go hand in hand you know.

  41. siz

    November 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Fake list

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