This lists include musicians of other nationalities but with Nigerian parentage. The list was compiled by taking a look at the artistes’ exposure, their popularity, their achievements on an international level and the number of fans they have been able to amass on the social media.
10. Nneka Egbuna
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8. TuFace Idibia
He was the first Nigerian act to hit the limelight at the international level in the 21st century following the release of his major hit track, African Queen. He was born in Jos, Plateau State to Idoma parents. He dropped out from the Institute of Management and Technology, IMT Enugu, to pursue a career in music. It was a move that would eventually turn out to be a wise decision as he catapulted himself to the apex of the Nigerian music industry.
6. Sade Adu
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Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, popularly known by his stage name Wale (Wah-lay), is an American rapper best known for his single “Pretty Girls”. He has rubbed shoulders with the very best in the American music industry including the likes of Lady Gaga, Wiz Khalifa and Pharrell Williams. He has two BET awards in his kitty.
In 1994 he recorded the Batman Forever theme song, “Kiss from a Rose” which remains his greatest hit till date. The song went on to win three awards at the 1996 Grammy Awards, including the Song of the Year. His 7-year marriage to German model, Heidi Klum, was the toast of the paparazzi as they were trailed everywhere they went and everything they did ended up on the pages of tabloids and celebrity magazines. The relationship which produced 3 beautiful children ended in 2012. He has sold more than 20 million albums in his career.
2. Taio Cruz
1. Tinie Tempah
He has collaborated with the best of the best in the music world including Rihanna, Rita Ora, Eric Turner, the defunct Swedish House Mafia, J Cole and Snoop Dogg. His most popular track till date, “Written in the Stars”, was the official theme song for WWE’s Wrestlemania 27 and it was also used to usher in the New York Giants for Super Bowl 46. He has performed at various top events in the world including the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics where he performed “Written in the Stars”. The performance was watched by an estimated global television audience of 750 million.