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Today BellaNaija Career is taking a closer look at the siblings who are movers and shakers in the forefront of Nigeria’s entertainment industry. Be sure to check out bellanaija.com/career for events, fellowships and opportunities!

Growing up in the 80s and 90s, many Nigerian parents weren’t interested in their children becoming musicians, actors or being in the creative industry, but with role models like these, we’re sure that’ll change for the next generation.

From music to film, from designers to models, here are 22 of our favourite power house siblings in Nigerian entertainment.

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The Music Moguls
In Naija’s form of ‘Empire’ it all runs in the family. These siblings have found the perfect money-making balance between their talents and business acumen. These duos are a partnership of artistes and their managers or record label owners.

Don Jazzy and D’Prince
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Older brother Don Jazzy is the CEO of Mavin Records and his younger brother D’Prince is also on his label. They’ve given us major club bangers like Goody Bag and Omoba and have stuck with each other through the days of Mo’Hits Records until now.

Davido and Adewale Adeleke
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David ‘Davido’ Adeleke is one of Nigeria’s most popular entertainers. He represents HKN music label where his older brother Adewale Adeleke is the Chairman. With a successful career, major hits like Skelewu and successful collaborations with American rapper Meek Mill on Fans Mi to Money with Olamide, and popular South African group Mafikizolo on Tchelete (Good Life), it’s safe to say the partnership between these Adeleke brothers is a money making family business.

D’banj and K-Switch
dbanj kswitch 1 dbanj-kayswitch Dapo ‘D’banj’ Oyebanjo is another one of Nigeria’s most popular entertainers and the CEO of DB Records, a record label his younger brother Kehinde ‘K-switch’ Oyebanjo is a part of.

KCee and E-Money
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Kingsley ‘KCee’ Okonkwo is a talented musician who has given us hits like Limpopo and Pull Over. He belongs to the the Five Star Music Group record label where his older brother, Emeka ‘E-Money’ Okonkwo is the CEO. This record label also boasts of other artists like Harrysong and Skibii.

M.I and Jesse Jagz
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Jude ‘M.I’ Abaga is one talented rapper and the Chairman on Chocolate City, a record label that houses various artists including his brother ‘Jesse Jagz’ Abaga who is also a talented producer and rapper. With both brothers possessing amazing rap skills, its obvious the talent runs in the blood. We can’t wait to hear more hits from this sibling duo of Chocolate City.

Two Heads are Better than One
These siblings find common ground in sharing similar talents and are ‘power player pairs’ in their respective industries.

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BellaNaija Peter PSquare Lola Omotayo Wedding AkinTayoTimi1-33This dynamic duo of dynamite talent are one of Africa’s greatest exports in form of talent. Both popularly known by their stage name P-square, Peter and Paul have been through thick and thin and still always come out strong, giving us global mega hits like Do Me, Alingo, Chop My Money featuring superstar singer Akon, Beautiful Onyinye which featured popular America rapper Rick Ross, Ejeajo with American rapper T.I. These twin brothers have so many successful collaborations and chart topping songs that prove the alliance between both of them will go down in Nigerian entertainment history.

Dakore Egbuson-Akande and Timini Egbuson

Timini Egbuson & Dakore Akande

Timini Egbuson & Dakore Egbuson-Akande

Dakore & Timini Egbuson

Dakore Egbuson-Akande & Timini Egbuson

These siblings can definitely testify to good looks and talent that run in the family. Dakore Akande and her younger brother Timini are both actors and even played siblings for the most part of the movie Fifty until a little twist at the end (we don’t want to spoil it for you). He also plays the popular role of Tobi on MTV‘s Shuga while she’s starred in other movies like Journey to Self and Games Men Play. She’s also the ambassador for Amnesty International and Oxfam of America.

Fade Ogunro and Sesan Ogunro
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Fade Ogunro and Sesan Ogunro_4 Fade Ogunro, their mum, Folarin Coker and Sesan Ogunro_1This duo of video making masterminds are together, a force to be reckoned with. Fade Ogunro the producer and Sesan Ogunro the award winning director and CEO of their company Film Factory, have given us music videos like Wizkid‘s Baba Nla, D’banj‘s Oliver Twist, Fans Mi with Davido ft Meek Mill and given us TV commercials like 5Alive Pulpy Orange ‘Where’s The Pulp?’ and ‘Wings of Africa’ for Arik Air.

Ikechukwu and Uzikwendu
Throwback!
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These handsome brothers have a lot in common. Aside from the fact that their both fitness lovers, they’re also rappers as well. Ikechukwu is a martial artist and popular rapper who has given us hits like Critical ft D’banj and Wind Am Well. Uzikwendu who we featured last week as Spider-Man, is a rapper, personal trainer and all round fitness inspiration.

Lola Rae and Rebecca Garton
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These songstress sisters were born with amazing voices that definitely run in the family. Lola Rae has given us hits like Watch My Ting Go and her sister Rebecca came out with her debut single in 2015 called Voices. Not only do they have amazing voices but their beauty is out of this world! We’d definitely love to see them in more photoshoots together.

Kunle Afolayan and Gabriel Afolayan
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Kunle Afolayan is definitely one of Nigeria’s most celebrated talents in the movie industry. He’s an actor and an amazing producer who has given us great movies like October 1, Phone Swap and The Figurine. His brother Gabriel Afolayan is also another great talent, he’s an actor and a singer with songs like Kokoro Ife and Awalewa to boast of.

Tunde Demuren & Segun Demuren
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Our pilot pair! Segun and Tunde Demuren are both pilots. The brothers and their close friend Banky W established a production and publishing company known as Muzik Men Publishing. The Demuren brothers are both doing exceptionally well in their field but they make this entertainment list for their affiliation with Empire Mate Entertainment, being part of Banky W’s success story and Tunde’s media personality wife Toolz.

Strength in Diversity
The next category of siblings are creatives who aren’t afraid to find their own different paths in life. However, some of them come together every now and then just to make magic happen.

Eku Edewor & Kessiana Edewor-Thorley
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Eku & Kessiana Edewor - July 2014 - Genevieve Magazine - BellaNaija.com 01These chic twin sisters are on everyone’s style crush list. Eku Edewor is popularly known for her work as a presenter on the TV show 53 Extra. She’s also an actress who has starred in movies like Flower Girl and When Love Comes Around. While her sister Kessiana Edewor-Thorley is the public relations officer for popular luxury lifestyle store in Lagos, Temple Muse. They’re also amazing models and we love their magazine covers and editorial spreads here at BN.

Ayo Makun and Omoniyi Makun
ay-and-yomi-casual in UK AY, Yomi Casual and Lanre Makun_1Superstar comedian Ayo ‘AY’ Makun is one of Nigeria’s most popular talents, he’s not just a comedian but also an actor starring in an award-winning movie he also produced, 30 Days in Atlanta with Ramsey Nouah. His younger brother Omoniyi Makun is a menswear designer and brains behind Yomi Casual. He also designs for his brother AY who does lots of events and has to always look dapper, it’s the perfect match!

Temi Otedola and DJ Cuppy
Diaspora OtedolaOtedola-DJ-Cuppy and Temi These pretty sisters are daughters of business mogul Femi Otedola. Ifeoluwa ‘DJ Cuppy’ Otedola is a   popular DJ here in Nigeria and beyond who is soon to graduate from NYU. Her sister Temi Otedola is the fashion blogger behind www.jtofashion.com. They’re not only blessed with good looks but they’ve got great personal style.

Kemi Adetiba and Remi Adetiba
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Kemi Adetiba | Photo Credit: Remi Adetiba

Kemi Adetiba | Photo Credit: Remi Adetiba

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Kemi Adetiba | Photo Credit: Remi Adetiba

These creative siblings could possibly pass as twins, they look so much alike! As a director, Kemi Adetiba has so many creative music videos to boast of, like Banky W’s Lagos Party. She also has a new series called King Women. Her brother Remi Adetiba is an amazing fashion photographer and director who has had his work featured on many magazines in Nigeria and internationally. He recently did Dorcas Shola Fapson‘s photo shoot unveilling her as new host of ‘The Juice’. He has also been a judge on Africa’s Next Top Model with Oluchi Orlandi.

Femi Kuti and Yeni Kuti
Throwback!
Femi Kuti and Yeni Kuti_youngfemi-and-yeni-kuti Femi and Yeni Kuti_1Seeds of Fela Kuti, Femi and Yeni Kuti are the elders in the Nigerian entertainment industry that continue to do the Kuti name proud. Keeping their father’s legacy alive, Femi is a talented musician, songwriter and saxophonist. His younger sister, Yeni is also a dancer and a singer. She is also the pioneer of the initiative that is Felabration, an annual event that celebrates the life of their father at the New Afrika Shrine. She also manages the restaurant at the shrine, where her brother Femi performs periodically.

DJ Xclusive and Jide Alakija

in Suits by Mai Atafo for DJ Xclusive's wedding

Suits by Mai Atafo for DJ Xclusive’s wedding

dj xclusive jide alakija bellanaija_IMG_7674Superstar DJ, Rotimi Alakija also known as DJ Xclusive and his out-of-this-world talented photographer brother Jide Alakija are two creatives that also make our list of handsome brothers. Jide Alakija has taken so many fantastic photos featured on BellaNaija Weddings countless times and we’ll never ever EVER get tired of his amazing work. DJ Xclusive, Mr It is I, ‘this is football anything can happen’ – is one talented DJ who is signed to the EME record label and has given us multiple hits and club bangers like Jeje with Wizkid, Jam It with 2Baba and Timaya and so many others.

Jumai Shaba and Aisha Shaba

Aisha & Jumia Shaba

Aisha & Jumia Shaba

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Jumai Shaba is a TV presenter and Christian vlogger while Aisha Shaba is an actress who once featured on hit TV show, Tinsel. She’s also a writer and a model. These pretty sisters are also quite stylish and strive to make a statement whenever they walk the red carpet.

Lynxxx and ShoMya
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Chuckie ‘Lynxxx’ Edozien and Elaine ‘ShoMya’ Shobanjo are a part of two different industries but they’re definitely leaving their mark. Lynxxx is a rapper, web & graphic designer and a part of Syndik8 Records while Elaine is a talented makeup artist owner of ShoMya salon and makeup studio.

Michelle and Najite Dede

Najite & Michelle Dede

Aminah Sagoe Launches Emmaus Luxury Skincare Line in Lagos - Bellanaija - March2015050Daughters of diplomat and former Nigerian envoy to Ethiopia, Brownson Dede, these sisters are a duo of creative talent. Michelle Dede is an actress who plays Tari Gambadia on Desperate Housewives Africa. She is also co-host on the popular TV show Moments on EbonyLife TV while her older sister Najite Dede is an actress and comedian who plays Mrs Ojo in a comedy TV show called Ojos in The House, also on EbonyLife TV.

Onah Nwachukwu and Uti Nwachukwu
11. Ona & Uti Nwanchukwu
Onah is the editor of Hello! Nigeria magazine while her brother Uti is a presenter on TV show, Jara. He’s also a model, actor and even a musician.

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Hope you enjoyed this feature!

Let this be encouragement for you and your siblings, the sky is the limit when it comes to exploring your talent. Gone are the days when creative industries were ‘not ideal careers’, now you can be anything you want to be if you’re willing to work hard enough to be one of the best at what you do.

Having a sibling who is also creative, is someone you can confide in and you can even brainstorm with… That’s just icing on the cake!

Photo Credits: Instagram.com | Insignia Media | Remi Adetiba | Anuel Modebe via StyleVitae.com | Genevieveng.com

46 Comments

  1. ferrari

    May 12, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Dr Mofin and his brother didn’t make the list? oh dear….

    • ladyb

      May 12, 2016 at 10:15 am

      hahhhhhahahahahahhahh you are wicked

    • Yve

      May 12, 2016 at 10:57 am

      hahahaaaahaaahaaahaaa …. Shade! Love eeet!!!!

    • Anon

      May 12, 2016 at 11:09 am

      😀 buahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ebony

      May 12, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Ugh!!!!!

  2. LA baller

    May 12, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Yepa, no Joro and Dokun Olumofin? You are looking for trouble o…

    Seriously tho, where is Taiwo and Kehinde Okunoren?????

    • Ms Kunms

      May 12, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Ouch! BN you guys totally missed the Okunorens!

    • Susan

      May 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      They certainly should be on the list.

    • Noname

      May 12, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Be like say dem dey divide entertainment and fashion.

  3. Wunmi

    May 12, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Thx Bellanaija.Totally enjoyed this feature.Now I know who our celebrity siblings are..

  4. ididnotknow

    May 12, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Wow!! i really didnt know Shomya and Lynxx were siblings, also didnt know michelle dede was sisters with “Mrs ojo” HAHAH.. WOW thanks this is so nice to know.

  5. Deola

    May 12, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Outstanding collection of beautiful power siblings,but Kemi Adetiba made the viewing more interesting.

  6. Ij

    May 12, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I completed forgot about DJ Xcluisve and Jide… and Lynxx and ShoMaya didn’t know that. Shaba sisters are beautiful. Lovely list and Nice article…

  7. Anon

    May 12, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Love this!

  8. sifonde

    May 12, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Thank you Bellanaija for this eye-opening article oh, if I may add, you didn’t include Aremu Afolayan in the Afolayan clad oh

    • Abk

      May 12, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      They are there.

    • Babycakes

      May 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Make that aremu, Toyin Afolayan and Moji Afoloayan. I’m sure there are more, but only Gabriel and Kunle have been able to diversify and really cut across the Yoruba or English speaking movies.

  9. DLP

    May 12, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Very very lovely, never knew that popular photography was DJ Exclusive bro. Kudos to you Bellanaija. Secondly for those asking about those brothers Olumofin, what exactly do dy do sef. The should not be on the list abeg

  10. ms.jake

    May 12, 2016 at 11:59 am

    would have loved to see the Aneke Twins on this list, not a comprehensive list afterall!

    • Ebony

      May 12, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Hello Madam Aneke

    • Abk

      May 12, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      It is not comprehensive? You don’t know what you’re saying, no offense. No disrespect but I didn’t expect to see them here, they’re not exactly a household name. You just made me remember them, very few people are familiar with them.

  11. emeraldish

    May 12, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Nice! Bella Naija

  12. whocares

    May 12, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    *pushes glasses down to bridge of nose* well, how you doing Ms. Adetiba’s brother.
    First of all, are you single and searching? If so please read on. If not, ahh, we will cross that bridge later.
    As you see me so, I have pedigree, forget my wonranwanran (gragra?) fine geh toh classy with a smidgen of brain and common sense ni mi. I hope you even noticed that I did not nack name on your head?Mo ni respeck ku (I get respect die). My skin glistens like newly found pearl (it has to be cleaned for the beauty to shine through really) , my laugh tinkles like a thousand church bells (yes it does tend grate on a person’s nerve) and to crown it all? My voice like the sound of waves crashing upon stones at the beach has been described in some circle as “throaty yet harsh on the ears”. I dont know what they mean by that, but I just like to reduce it to throaty. So you see, you have a gem in me. Come to think of it, just yesterday I was telling my best friend that its like the name Remi is in my future. I just felt it. I told her that I had a feeling that somehow someone called Remi and I our paths have been fated; only to come on BN today and see this. Isn’t this just a stroke of fate and good fortune? Let’s not waste a good thing Mr. Adetiba, let’s not prove fate wrong, lets show my enemies that yes o whocares too has game and can pull fine bobo. So, *wink wink* kilzez , godbless. I will be waiting!
    loooool.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      May 12, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      ???? Mr. Adetiba never “hesperred” it… ?

    • Whocares

      May 12, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      @MSA: he has entered one chance and I’m the driver. Loool

  13. Corolla

    May 12, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Na by force to compile list. Most of the second siblings are unknown, or are not in the entertainment industry. Didn’t know makeup business was entertainment sa, I thought it was under beauty industry.

  14. Billionaire in grace

    May 12, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks BN I really enjoyed it

  15. nene

    May 12, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    lmfao. what a list! yeah right

  16. Ximena

    May 12, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I was expecting to see Olamide and his brother DJEnimoney

  17. Tosin

    May 12, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    For all the left-out siblings viewing this, hope you know that you’re amazing the way you are, and a lot of celebrity is stupid nonsense anyway. Like, some on this page are known for nothing, although of course some are known for something (and some are the greatest 😉 ) . It’s just for our entertainment and we don’t really care that much.
    So before you go and get a PR team to make you too a brand 🙂 , just take a moment to think…probably better things you could be doing with this precious life.
    One love.
    Respect.

    Sibling rivalry is crae 🙂 😀

  18. Que

    May 12, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    DJ Lambo and Jide of st. ola!

  19. Sultana

    May 12, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Well done Bella! Excellent work. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Please include the okunoren twins also. Mr Adetiba is fine sha. Najite and Michelle? Wow. Then Jide is so accomplished didn’t link him with exclusive. Then Lynxx and Shomya? Bella well done again.

  20. Baby gurl

    May 12, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Uti and Onah! Very surprising!!! Didn’t even know that.

  21. shaday

    May 12, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    The Bucknors!

  22. Ideyfear

    May 12, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Is this a paid feature cause I dont understand why the Okuniren twins are left out

  23. AmaPra Twia(Ghana)

    May 12, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    DJ Cuppy and her sister remind me of Bella and Gigi Hadid. They all got there thanks to their fathers’ Billions of dollars.

    • Huh

      May 13, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Well, if your father had billions, would you not follow your dreams? Babe, stop hating!

  24. MrNaijaD

    May 12, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    no Olamide and DJ Enimoney? una sha want street to vex
    Please do couples next

  25. Shawler

    May 13, 2016 at 12:59 am

    My dear, this your pitch is spectacular! Kilode! Mr Adetiba, this is your wife! Iyawo e ni Babi yi o.

    I move a motion to screen grab this comment and spam Mr Adetiba’s Instagram and Twitter pages with it until he responds to at least a date!

    This pitch must not go to waste!

    • Ephi

      May 13, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Serious pitch. Whocares is just craaaazy (in a good way), looool. I laughed all through the whole comment. Someone please contact Mr Adetiba ASAP!!!

  26. Iyun

    May 13, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Hahahaha @whocares, @bella please how can we help whocares get her man? This speech shouldn’t be wasted. looool

  27. uncensored

    May 14, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Hello @whocares,
    Would you like to have a bellanaija Dota? I’m here o

    • Whocares

      May 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      As in BN pikin? OK now, lez go there. Lool

  28. Mohammad

    May 15, 2016 at 7:50 am

    WhoCares, can I be your gay best friend?

    • Whocares

      May 15, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      @Mo- aren’t you already? In my head you already are, I just forgot to inform you. Lol
      Regarding my rant/toast it’s the fineness of the man that caused it o. Lool

  29. viva

    May 17, 2016 at 11:56 am

    thanks so much for this

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