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Don Jazzy, Wizkid, Davido, Sarkodie & More listed as Forbes Africa’s Top 10 Bankable African Musicians



Don Jazzy, Wizkid, Davido, Sarkodie and More listed as Forbes Africa’s Top 10 Richest African MusiciansForbes Africa has released their list of bankable African musicians. The list was put together using factors such as endorsement value, popularity, show rates, sales, awards, YouTube views, appearance in newspapers, investment, social media presence, Influence and others.

They include:


Akon has over 35 million albums sold worldwide. He has won numerous awards including five Grammy Award nominations and has 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs under his belt. He tops the list according to Forbes Africa.


The multi-award-winning artist’s real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo. He was born in South Africa’s house music province, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and raised in the Eastern Cape province, where Nelson Mandela hailed from, before moving back to KZN to study music.


Hugh was born in Witbank, east of Johannesburg. He has released more than 43 albums and performed with Marvin Gaye, Dizzy Gillespie, The Byrds, Fela Kuti, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Miriam Makeba.


Don Jazzy is ranked fourth richest in Africa and also first in Nigeria. Like many artists, his real name is Michael Collins Ajereh, and he started playing music as a child in church before moving to the UK to pursue his career.


Tinashe was a child model by the age of three. The twenty-four-year-old sang before she could talk and made her first appearance in 2000 in the film Cora Unashamed. Her voice also starred in the cartoon feature film The Polar Express alongside Oscar-winning actor, Tom Hanks.


By the age of 10, Jidenna Theodore Mobisson knew he wanted to do music but was afraid to tell his father who wanted him to be an engineer. He is ranked sixth according to Forbes Africa.


Wizkid is arguably currently the uncrowned king of African music. Grammy Award-winning artist, Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz, danced to his songs Ojuelegba and Caro, with Keys posting a video on her Instagram account with the caption, “This song makes me happy”. Kylie Jenner also posted a video of herself dancing to Wizkid’s music on Snapchat.


Davido has claimed a high status in just five years. He said it was people like P-Square and D’Banj who made him believe this was possible. He became famous for his widely acclaimed 2012 debut album “Omo Baba Olowo”.


Michael Owusu Addo started out as an underground rapper and through the help of Duncan Williams, his former manager, his career was launched. Staying true to his identity, he is a big advocate of Azonto, a Ghanaian genre that is said to have been born out of Kpanlogo, a traditional dance.

His first single off his fourth album, Mewu, sold almost 4,000 copies on the first day of its release in Ghana. He was also the first Ghanaian to win a BET award.


Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi has 65 albums under his belt, more than the legendary Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. It’s a remarkable career stretching back 41 years with songs that have enlivened parties all over the world. He his ranked 10th bankable musician in Africa.



  1. Boywonder™

    May 8, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Guess the African entertainment landscape was too “razz” for them to scope or analyse. So they are beginning to look our way @ themForbes… Not bad, kudos to our African stars.

  2. Boywonder™

    May 8, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    psst! Where is PSquare and the rest… am wondering. Hmmm! So them videos must be deceiving us. Guess Forbes Africa was trynna be modest with Nigerian artists flooding the list, so they ranked Don Jazzy 4th. I rank him 2nd cos of two reasons, 1. He is Nigeria, and 2ndly I don’t know the other two people above him. hehe!

  3. Anon

    May 8, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    No King Sunny Ade? No TuBaba?


      May 9, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      Wetin “King Sunny Ade” want do there? You think they want award legends or they want distribute award? They are talking about the blood money in modern music and not who sings good songs.

  4. Darius

    May 8, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Why is M.I Abaga not on the list? The guy is freaking rich. That he doesn’t flaunt his wealth doesn’t mean he isn’t rich.

  5. Sugajay

    May 8, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Why is Tinashe on this list?!

    • Kiki

      May 9, 2017 at 8:09 am

      The same reason why Jidenna is on the list.

  6. GB

    May 8, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Absolute nonsense. Where is PSquare. Forbes better stick with their usual business evaluation and leave music for Billboard. I guess The black coffee of a thing fooled the ridiculous forbes with his picture in a jet with P Diddy. Forbes got played lol

  7. Ngbabe

    May 8, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Are they really rich? Or who is giving them this info?

  8. xoxo

    May 8, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    So when Forbes says Beyoncé and Jay Z are collectively worth over a billion dollars (despite his numerous failed businesses), you’ll believe it! When its their African counterparts, you have a hard time believing?!
    NB. Spending 75% and over of what one earns doesn’t make one rich/ wealthy!

  9. Zama Dladla

    May 9, 2017 at 9:06 am

    No man! It is a fake list anyways. Black Coffee is one of the richest in SA yes but where is Cassper,AKA,Da Les,Dj Tokzen, Dj Tira, Die Antwoord, Goldfish, Harael Salkow from Soulcandi, Harael alone makes over a million dollars a year. Dj Tira (Fact Durban Rocks events – on in July and one in December), He also has a contract with various state governments to do at least 5 major events worth at least $1 million dollar a year. You people need to really consult before making such a list. All the richest artists are from SA. More then 2000 artists in SA make about $100 000 a year. Tell me which Industry is so rich in Africa while Nigeria artists claim to be rich but not more then 100 people there make a decent living through music. Gigs bro SA artists coin it in December! More then 200 artists make $15 000 in that month alone. Johannesburg , Pretoria alone has over 100 djs not even artists who are super rich. There are more then 1000 major events and festivals in South Africa in December and some popular artists refuse gigs when they are overbooked. Don’t you dare disrespect SA music. Please check all those artists and get back to me.

  10. Zama Dladla

    May 9, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Cassper alone is richer then all the Nigerian artists. He has at least 3 major endorsement deals ie. MTN, Ciroc, AG Mobile. Cassper’s endorsement deal with MTN alone is worth $950 000 a year. I don’t know how much MTN pays Nigerian artists in those endorsement deals but I’m confident the money in Africa is in SA anyways. MTN is South African anyways. Check the number of dollar millionaires Johannesburg alone produces. It is more then the number of dollar millionaires in the whole of Nigeria.

  11. Kamer sista

    May 9, 2017 at 9:27 am

    What the meaning of ” Like many artists, his real name is Michael Collins Ajereh”…For Don jazzy? LOL

  12. Sean

    May 9, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I think Diamond platnumz, A.K.A and Psquare should be on the list

    • ThatGirlYaya

      May 9, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      AKA is not rich, he lives off women, and spends more than he makes. Black Coffee has been in the industry for a long time, right now he is resident dj in Brazil, owns a penthouse in New York and a house in Atlanta, he doesn’t flaunt his wealth. Moreover, he is a stable guy, and his wife is a very busy actress. Cassper is another screwed up boy who is forever in the news. There you have it.

  13. This Guy

    May 9, 2017 at 10:38 am

    This list was compiled by some pained South Africans in Forbes, they’ve been trying to steal the show from Nigeria.. How can you say Black Coffee is richer that Wizkid? Black Coffee that struggled to buy Bentley last month, same Black Coffee that has maned to secure only one endorsement for the past 4 years.

  14. Peace04

    May 9, 2017 at 10:44 am

    This list dey pain me ehnn.. South Africans should stop listing Nigerians next time when compiling a HATE LIST.. Soon they’ll tell us that Casper Nyovest is richer that Wizkid

  15. Emmy

    May 9, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Nigerian Musicians are taking Over!

  16. datboykarl

    May 9, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Where is tubaba on that list we camerronians know he is very rich. No Cameroonian artist on the list why?

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