Instagram is an online photo-sharing and social network service which allows its users share their pictures. Almost everyone has got an Instagram account especially our celebrities. No one is not left out of this wonderful way of sharing photos, So, it’s now a norm on various blogs to see what pictures our favourite celebrities has posted on Instagram. Some have embraced the power of social media by showcasing what they do, what they sell and some their products to the public. Whilst some celebrities were already known with their expertise, it is Instagram that shot some of the celebrities to limelight. Nowadays, it’s very frequent to see job seekers share details about their qualifications on their social media profiles and ask for retweets or shares in the hope that they’re reached out to. A huge majority of the Nigeria populace depends on it for everything right now.
Nigerian celebrities from the entertainers, which comprises of movie, music, fashion, movie industry have come a long way when it comes to style, even in the wedding sector, event planners, photographers has upped their ante. Whether you are looking for a good way to kickstart your day or an excellent way to calm your nerves after a stressful day, these Instagram stars are sure to get you rolling on the floor with their comic skits churned out almost on daily basis.
By making good use of the Instagram to promote their talents and creativity, some of them have commanded such great following that they are raking in huge cash by promoting goods and services as influencer, how social media has changed the order of business in Nigeria’s entertainment industry while highlighting most of the celebrities who rose to fame in the country is through the aid of social media, which Instagram is one of them. Call them Instagram celebs and you wouldn’t be wrong. And wait for this. This new class of stars are raking in both money and fame by just sharing stuff on the Instagram handle.
The first in no particular order on the list is music star, Davido with 5.2 million followers, the DMW frontline act, is currently Nigeria’s most followed celebrity on Instagram. Wizkid has 4.2 million followers,Wizkid’s real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun is also a recording artist, songwriter, performer, the owner of Star Boy label, which housed some other music artists what of Don Jazzy, who run one of the biggest music label in Nigeria is also well followed.
He has 3.5 million followers on Instagram. Don jazzy whose real name is Michael Collins Ajereh is a record producer, singer-songwriter and musician. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of Mo’Hits Records and is the current chief executive officer of Mavin Records. Peter of Square has 3.2 million followers. Peter Okoye is one of the Nigerian musical duo of identical twin brothers with the stage name P-Square. His other twin with Instagram handle of @rudeboypsquare has 2.2 million followers. They both run their different labels.
Music star, Patoranking has 3.2 million followers. Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, better known by his stage name Patoranking, is a reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter born and raised in Ijegun-Egba, Lagos. Mavin star, Korede Bello has 2.7 million followers. The award winning singer and songwriter currently signed to Mavin Records. He is best known for his hit single “Godwin”, a semi-gospel and pop song which topped many music charts in Nigeria. Comedian, Basketmouth has 2.7 million followers.
Bright Okpocha, better known by his stage name Basketmouth is a comedian and actor. He has organized popular stand-up comedy concerts like Basketmouth Uncensored across the globe. Celebrity comedian, AY Makun has 2.7 million followers. Ayo Makun is a multi-award-winning actor, comedian, radio and T.V presenter, actor, writer, director and MC. Born on August 19, He hails from Ifon, Ose Local Government in Ondo State but prefers to be known as a ‘Warri Boy’.
Another music star, Tekno (Tekno Miles) has 2.6 million follower Augustine Miles Kelechi, popularly known by his stage name Tekno Miles or Tekno, is a singer-songwriter, producer, performer and dancer. He is a descent of Ebonyi State. He was born in Bauchi, Bauchi State. King of the street, Olamide has 2.6 million followers. Olamide Adedeji, known by his stage name Olamide but popularly called Olamide Badoo, is a hip-hop artiste from Bariga. He sings mostly in Yoruba, his native tongue popular eastern rapper, Phyno has 2.6 million followers. Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike, better known by his stage name Phyno, is a rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He started his musical career as a producer in 2003. He is renowned for rapping in the Igbo language.
Africa’s number one, Tuface Idibia has 2.5 million followers. Innocent Ujah Idibia, better known by his stage name 2face Idibia, or 2Baba, is a singer-songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur.
He officially discontinued the use of the name Tuface and selected 2baba/Tu-Baba as his stage name. Nigerian comedian and music act, Falz has 2.5 million followers. Folarin Falana better known by his stage name Falz is a Nigerian rapper, actor, and songwriter. Their are some major stylist too who are making waves on the Instagram, some of them are Demola Grey who is currently making it big in the bridal industry right now. He has seen behind the wedding of prominent Nigerians of late. What of noble Igwe, he is one of the brand ambassadors for major companies and has gained a lot of prominence on the Instagram through his style. Papa Omisore will wow you with his delectable style. He is also one of the wave making celebrity stylists on Instagram. We can’t forget Laolu esq, he is also very popular on Instagram. Ige Okafor also made the list too.
Yomi Makun is a clothing brand that specializes in African designs, especially cut to fit African design is followed by 428k follower on Instagram.He has set a standard of attracting models in the shape of celeb for his collections. He specializes in African traditional wears and the Nigeria stylish outfits designed by him gave him a distinct that makes him stand out from the rest. Yomi Makun, also designs stylish outfits for Nigerian celebrities. Some of the new stylists who are also making waves are Steven Onoja, Swanky Jerry, who has also handled some celebrity groom recently, Akin Faminu is also not left while Jeku the stylist is another big stylist trending on Instagram. Adebayo Oke-Lawal is a stylist cum fashion designer of label Orange Culture.
When he is not designing, this young lad is styling high profile editorials for magazines such as Wow!, where he is the Fashion Editor. He style top notch celebrities including Kate Henshaw, Rita Dominic, Yvonne Nelson and more…. Also, he has worked in highly pressure backstage productions of fashion shows such as Music Meets Runway. Comedian, Lasisi Elenu is the rave of the moment on Instagram. Lasisi’s followership on Instagram doubled in about a week to over 62,000 followers following his rant about purchasing ‘moin-moin’ with no egg at N400.
Lasisi is the no 1 ranter on Instagram right now. His taglines are: Lasisi is here again, Lasisi is angry and something just happen right now. Woli Arole his artistry that started from hilarious selfies, Woli Arole registered his image in the mindset of people with his hilarious videos. He began preaching and prophesying unto people’s lives and has continued to use his comedy as a means to reach thousands of people on the internet. With the hashtag, Ogbeni Adan, Baba Adan is a torn in the flesh of his son Adan, but in real life, he is a sweetheart to lovers of comedy. He is signature is simply a cutlass, a purple old school Agbada and a yellow cap.
The skit maker who is currently a student of Theatre Arts from Babcock University is growing to become a superstar with a strong influence on today’s comedy scene. Samuel perry is an actor, singer, visual artist and director. He is popularly known with the hashtag “broda shaggi” on Instagram. He has a Bachelor in Creative Arts from the University of Lagos. Emmanuel Ogonna Iwueke, popularly known as ‘Craze Clown’, ‘Papa Ade’ or ‘Doctor Craze’ is a popular Instagram comedian living abroad. He recently graduated as a medical doctor from a University in Ukraine.
He is famous for his popular skits with his ‘son’ called ‘Ade’ (@Tegaa. Most of his videos are about African parents and their kids. Craze Clown, who currently has over 1.8 million followers on Instagram, became an ambassador to NairaBet in 2016. He has also won a couple of awards as a comedian. Damilola Okuneye, a Florida Memorial University MBA holder is popularly known as Aphricanape on social media has over 460,000 followers on Instagram. Aphrican Ape who resides in the US has been putting out content since 2013. He was also featured on worldwide BBC Trending, earlier in the year.
His Instagram handle is @Aphrican Ape. Henry Obiefule bagged his first ever endorsement deal in March, a Vomoz Communications Brand Ambassadorial deal worth $1 million. Obiefule, popularly known as Chief Obi has 279,000 followers on Instagram followers. He frequently portrays the traditional African dad in most of his videos. Chief Obi has featured in the videos of prominent artistes like 2Face, Olamide and Jidenna. His handle is @chief_obi.Chibuike Josh Alfred is known for his terrible covers of songs by famous artists locally and internationally. In his signature Ankara dress, Mama Felicia, as he is also fondly called, turns hit songs to hymn with a strong Igbo tune and accent.
He currently has over 251,000 followers on Instagram. Comedian Oluwakaponeski channels his alter ego known as Mama Tobi in his hilarious skits. He also plays the African mother role in his videos. Oluwakaponeski has over 223,000 followers on Instagram. If you listen to Wazobia FM or Cool FM, then you must be familiar with Emmaohmagod’s work.
He is known for his music skits on the stations, he also into making videos on Instagram and Youtube. One of his most popular videos is the Igbo version of Rihanna’s hit song; Work. He has over 187,000 followers on Instagram. Also known as Ovie of NotJustOk, is an entertainment curator extraordinaire and the co-owner of Notjustok.com. His popularity has grown beyond the shores of Nigeria as his constant critique of Nigerian entertainers has gained him much followership on twitter and Instagram. (More Next Week)
–TAYO FAJORIN OYEDIJI