Top 20 Nigerian Influencers
Everywhere across the world, there are always people whose activities and/or lifestyles influence other people around them. With social media, the reach of most people has increased and some people now wield more influence on certain platforms than others.
These twenty influencers picked across different spheres of life are currently affecting discussions around their specific fields and sometimes, pop culture in Nigeria.
Top 20 Nigerian Influencers
Naira Marley: The fact that almost all your favourite celebrities are ‘Marlians’ is proof that Naira Marley is one of the biggest voices in Nigeria right now. His influence on pop culture, music and the younger generation cannot in any way be overlooked.
Toke Makinwa: Toke’s sexy fashion sense and controversial statements have made her a fan favourite. With her vlogs where she shares unpopular opinions about life and relationships, her name is never really far from the lips of fans and she’s always one statement away from trending.
Tacha: Since her days in the last season of Big Brother Naija, Tacha has successfully built a strong fan base. Her fans, the ‘Titans’ are one of the most powerful movements the show is yet to see and just like Queen Elizabeth, she can do no wrong.
Rema: Rema is one of the newest voices in Nigerian music. He is the voice of ‘Gen Z’ in Nigeria and they actually like and support him. He is one of the most influential people in his generation and like he told Pitchfork, he tries not to mess up so that he can inspire the kids in his generation to be better.
Pamilerin: The Omo Iya Ologi himself has proven time and time again that he is a force to be reckoned with. Popular for his interesting statements, Pamilerin has grown a strong followership. Only recently, his Twitter account was suspended and within one day he had amassed over 20,000 followers on a new account he opened. In an interesting twist, even though he was not on twitter that day, he was at the top of the trends for the whole day.
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu: Ebuka is the appointed chairman of the ‘Association of Fashion Forward Men’. With his fashion sense and almost sarcastic remarks, Ebuka is one of the most influential Nigerians of social media. His risque fashion ideas always birth copycat ideas from fans who are always waiting for Ebuka’s next adventurous look.
Broda Shaggi: An hilarious multi-talented comedian, Broda Shagi and his 3.2 million followers on Instagram are just about ready to take over the comedy industry in Nigeria. Broda Shaggi whose talents have now transcended the comedy space to Nollywood, music, and dance is creating a portfolio for himself that is unmatched by any other Instagram comedian.
J.J Omojuwa: Omojuwa is one of the biggest social-economic and political commentator on Nigerian Twitter. His opinions on issues happening in and around the country often help to shape certain reactions to things. His opinion on issues is listened to even by the powers that be in the country and he has been recognised internationally for his work.
Aproko Doctor: Dr Nonso, popularly known as Aproko Doctor tweets health and lifestyle tips that always travels beyond the shores of Twitter. Most of the Nigerian Twitter health threads or tips you’ll see about health on Instagram most probably came from his Twitter page.
Ogbeni Dipo: Dr. Dipo Awojide, popularly known on the streets of Twitter as ‘Ogbeni Dipo’ is the biggest ‘career’ influencer. He is known for his sometimes witty and hilarious tips on how to improve in your career path. His tweets often feature on Instagram blogs across the country and people are always willing to listen.
Maraji: Gloria Oloruntobi, aka, Maraji is known for her hilarious skits. Over the past few years, she has steadily built a fan base that help to trend each of her videos organically. From Instagram blogs to regular fans, a typical Maraji skit leaves her page to become fun content for other people.
Lasisi Elenu: Lasisi is the go-to guy for all things rants and witty humour. Lasisi became super popular online with these words, “Hello everyone, Lasisi is here again!” Years after and Lasisi is still here, creating new ideas to brighten people’s days and trying new ways to make people laugh by using animation.
Chidi Okereke: Chidi is a social commentator, touching on political and social issues with the aim to drive salient conversations. He is known for asking tough questions on Twitter that cause people to have difficult conversations they would rather avoid. Chidi is one of the few Millenials driving the tough conversations we need to be having on social media.
Joey Akan: Joey is one of the foremost leading music journalists and consultants in Nigeria. His influence in discussions surrounding the Nigerian music industry cannot be overlooked. Many look to him for comments on different pop culture events to fully understand or grasp the importance of such events.
Joro Olumofin: Joro is the relationship doctor. He has built an ardent community of fans from sharing the relationship stories of other Nigerians. Joro’s fans troop to his page to read about other people’s relationship woes to feel better about themselves. His special guides to relationships also almost always trend.
Poco Lee: Iweh Pascal, also known as Poco Lee is the face of new school dance in Nigeria. He became popular after introducing a new twist to the legwork dance but has quickly branched out to hyping and MCing. Poco Lee through his intricate legwork dance has become one of the most sought-after dancers in Nigeria.
Jide Odukoya: Jide is arguably Nigeria’s biggest wedding photographer. His pictures have appeared on all of the top Nigerian wedding, fashion and lifestyle websites/blogs. Jide is one of the most sought-after wedding photographers in Nigeria because of his unique way of telling beautiful stories through his pictures.
Bobrisky: (S)he is hands down the most controversial Nigerian on social media. As a crossdresser, Idris Okuneye rubs off on a lot of people the wrong way but they keep following him for the laughs and he feeds off that energy.
Ronke Edoho (9ja Foodie): Ronke has a devoted fan base who follow her for her healthy eating tips and some workout tips. She has created one of the largest online fit-fam communities in Nigeria and they keep growing daily.
Charles Anazodo: He is a seasoned sports journalist with over 20 years in the game. If there is one person whose sport analysis is highly regarded in Nigeria, then it’s Charles.
Regardless of how superficial you may assume these influencers are, social media may just be boring if they weren’t there to give us premium content. Tell us which of these influencers are your most favourite in the comment section below.