Love it or hate it, Instagram has become the platform where celebrities show off to the world what they are up to personally and career-wise. For our Nigerian celebrities, it’s been a bittersweet story on the social media app as they get as much love and an equal amount of shading, dragging and calling out which sometimes gets really messy.
Despite the shortcomings, these celebrities have continued to amass huge numbers of followers. The numbers keep increasing depending on the influential strength of the celeb. So guys, as at the time of publication, these are the ten most followed Nigerian celebrities on Instagram.
1. Davido (9 million)
It is no surprise that Davido leads the pack on this list for obvious reason which includes the fact that he is one very ardent user of the app. We might be right when we say if Davido isn’t making music, he is probably on Instagram sharing with fans his day to day activities. If you want to find out if the music star is in a neighbourhood close you, just check his Instagram stories and alas you’d know.
We all know Davido likes to show off his wealthy lifestyle and that’s the reason over 9 million people are stuck with him. One thing you can’t take out of context is the fact that, when Davido is in a good mood, Instagram gets a huge dose of it as he goes on a giving out spree and you just might be lucky and get that cash for that wristwatch or a car (Yes he that benevolent!).
2. Wizkid (7 million)
The Wizkid nation will for sure, after seeing the position of their general might want to recruit more fans so they can top this list when next it is released. However, Wizkid’s 7 million fans are what we can call die-hard fans. So you know, a negative comment on Wizkid’s post might make you change your name, location and maybe disable your Instagram page.
Wizkid isn’t one of those celebrities who share photos on social media every day, but when he gets in the mood, there is no holding back. His photos are different, spontaneous and very interesting on Instagram. Unlike a number of celebrities, Wizkid keeps his Instagram page strictly for the business of music and we think his fans are okay with that.
3. Tiwa Savage (6.5 million)
Let’s be sincere, 6.5 million people on Instagram didn’t just decide to follow Tiwa Savage because she is pretty (She is drop-dead gorgeous) but it majorly had to do with her influence and hard work in the entertainment industry. Tiwa Savage since her break into the music industry has grown from strength to strength which has won her more fans and followers.
One thing we are so sure makes these millions of people follow the music star must have to do with her fashion style. A close look at her page you’d find out that she sure spends a lot of time and money to look amazing. If you didn’t know Tiwa Savage and bumped into her page, you’d probably think she’s a fashion icon. Hmmm…maybe a huge chunk of her followers are women…just maybe.
4. Funke Akindele (6.3 million)
Surprised? Well, don’t be, because Funke Akindele is one of the funniest women in Nigeria and who doesn’t want to take out time out of their busy and stressful schedules for a good laugh. Funke Akindele’s fans are probably an out pour of the ones who can’t get enough of her acting prowess on TV.
Since she turned her hit movie ‘Jenifa’ into a series, this beautiful actress and mother of two have continued to win more fans over. Just in case you want to have a good laugh, you can always drop by her Instagram page and watch a new skit from any of her movies.
5. Yemi Alade (5.5 million)
She isn’t controversial but still has over 5 million fans watching her every move on Instagram which simply means Yemi Alade has a lot of genuine fans. Yemi Alade has remained one of the most relevant celebrities in the entertainment industry since hitting stardom. Another reason we think this sexy music star has a lot of followers on Instagram must be the fact that she has a unique fashion style.
Yemi doesn’t post photos on Instagram for the sakes of it as an average photo of the voluptuous singer gets over a 100k likes and same goes for her videos. Her photos are usually interesting and very ‘African.’ Yemi Alade is your typical celebrity who crosses the Ts and dots the Is before posting a photo on Instagram (Perfectionist).
6. Don Jazzy (5.3 million)
Trying to define how talented this music mogul is can’t be overemphasized as he comes with the total package. Don Jazzy’s Instagram page isn’t the regular social media page as he is open to posting just anything that comes to his mind. Just in case you are wondering how he was able to gain over 5.3 million followers, wonder no more as he not just one of the biggest music producer in the country but a very hilarious celebrity.
Thinking of having a good laugh, then click on the follower button on Don Jazzy’s Instagram page and be sure to find something entertaining. Ladies love a guy who can make them laugh hence we think they take the front seat as the largest percentage of those following him. Just like Davido, Don Jazzy is one benevolent celebrity and you might just be on his page one of the days he decides to spoil his fans.
7. AY comedian (5.2 million)
The seventh most followed Nigerian celebrity on Instagram is AY Makun. This makes AY the most followed Nigerian comedian followed by Basketmouth (4.1 million). For obvious reasons, AY makes this list because he is a veteran in the comedy business which has endeared a lot of fans. A close look at his Instagram and you’d get to know that he is not just a comedian but a family guy.
AY is never shy to show off his family, especially his beautiful wife on his Instagram page. A promoter of good skits, you are sure to find really funny skits on his page, probably a way to promoting other comedians when they have their shows and concerts coming up. If you are a close friend of AY, be sure to get a birthday post on his Instagram page on your special day…he is cool like that!
8. Peter Okoye (5.1 million)
Just in case you don’t know who Peter Okoye is, he is the other half of the greatly missed music group ‘PSquare.’ Peter Okoye has been known to be the stylish one of the PSquare group and his Instagram page doesn’t say otherwise. Peter’s 5.1 million followers cut across different parts of the world and one we know they love to see is his extravagant lifestyle.
Peter’s Instagram page gives you an overview of what a success story is all about. From his beautiful wife and kids to his mansion and yet to be rivaled exotic cars, he is worthy of all the fans that probably pray to be like him. Another similar feature on the music star’s page is that fact that we get to see how he tours around the world and create those amazing music we hear on the airwaves.
9. Genevive Nnaji (4.7 million)
Interestingly the famous Genevieve Nnaji makes the ninth position with 4.7 million followers on this list but she sure is one of the most followed celebrities in Nigeria. At the initial stage, Genevieve Nnaji wasn’t really big on the whole social media thing but whenever she decided to post a photo it got a lot of buzz.
Let’s break it down for you guys, Genevieve Nnaji is that type of celebrity who can post a photo of herself just waking up and it would get 50 thousand likes in 1 hour. A typical instance was the time she shared a video of herself dancing to the then trending dance move ‘Shaku Shaku,’ it not only broke the Internet but in less than an hour after it’s release, it had over 100k views.
10. Tekno (4.6 million)
If you call Tekno’s 4.6 million followers on Instagram loyal foot soldiers, then it isn’t far from the truth. These guys have watched Tekno grow from the early days as a rising star to that singer who is now well known for making back to back hits. One thing you will notice on Tekno’s page is his style which can be related to music stars from the western world.
From his jackets, hairstyle and even the kind of cars he drives, Tekno can be mistaken for Chris Brown’s record label mate. Another interesting thing about the singer is that fact that he gets to share videos of his studio sections on his Instagram page with fans. Sometimes we get to see photos of his love interest, Lola Rae and their adorable baby.