Kiddwaya, Pamilerin, DJ Cuppy and more | These are the top 100 people, places, and platforms in Nigeria this week

From a database of over 10,000 entries, The Masterlist editors curate, weekly, the top 100 people, places, and platforms that should be top of mind for individuals and corporates.

This week’s list features a diverse mix of entries from artistes to filmmakers and hangout spots. See below the full list.

  1. DJ Cuppy: Cuppy has shown that she’s a brilliant, strategic entertainer. Her rather humorous switch from supporting the football club, Arsenal FC to raiding the roof for the Red Devils, Manchester United, has proven to be for more than the football banter. The DJ/singer landed a spot in the latest Manchester United commercial sealing her place as an entertainer with intention and one that should be looked out for.
  1. Erica: Following Erica’s disqualification from the Big Brother house, it seems great tidings abode for the beautiful actress. Her fans rallied around her, creating a GoFundMe account for the ex-housemate that has amassed up to N13million as of date. She also appeared in an exclusive interview with the show’s organisers where she offered an unreserved apology to her fans, friends and the housemates she had altercations with. Her first Instagram live session garnered over 20,000 viewers, with many of her fans showing up to celebrate her.
  1. Mr. Ibu: The veteran comedian stirred the social media pot with comments regarding the role of women in the household. He said that women are  expected to cook, and it’s not a man’s job. This caused all hell to break loose. 
  2. Burna Boy:  Manchester United launched their new Adidas sponsored away kit and grammy-nominated Nigerian superstar, Burna Boy was part of the official launch of the new jersey. Burna Boy, a Manchester United fan, got a jersey number that showed off his love for Michael Jordan – number ’23.’ The number also reflects a track on his new album titled, ’23.’
  3. Laycon: The Big Brother housemate has pulled an impressive fanbase and they’ve dedicated consistent time and energy in showing their love for the entertainer. His female fans spurred a trend tagged the “wives of Laycon”. Laycon will also be performing alongside Wizkid, Burna Boy, Olamide, and others at the Afronation Festival in Portugal; way before he even leaves the house. Impressive, isn’t it? 
  4. Big Brother Naija Lockdown: The reality show promises entertainment and it delivers time and time again. It is nearing its close and Nigerians are still tuned in to see how things play out.
  5. Kiddwaya: Kiddwaya has remained a strong contender in this season’s Big Brother reality show. Unfortunately, his run came to an end on Sunday but the fitness enthusiast seemed not too bothered. He would surely be missed for the content he brought to the show.
  6. Prince: If there was one thing Prince would be remembered for, it was his skill at hairstyling. The Big Brother contestant left the house on Sunday as well. He communicated plans to grow in his career, and build a salon of his own. 
  7. Tolanibaj: The ex-housemate hosted all evicted housemates  at her house. She has been lauded for being the most strategic, and focused during her media rounds. 
  8. Ozo: It seems all is not rosy in loveville for Ozo as he has slowly but surely crossed over to being addressed as a creep. His incessant attempt at chasing Nengi seems to have exasperated Nigerians. And he eventually copped a second strike for writing a love letter to her. Writing to communicate in the house goes against the Big Brother rules. 
  9. Dele Momodu: For his scintillating conversation with Terry Waya, Kiddwaya’s father about the romance between Erica and his son. 
  10. Mr. Eazi: In a major collaboration, Mr. Eazi teamed up with Nicki Minaj, Major Lazer, and K4mo on the hottest new track titled ‘Oh My Gawd’. He revealed the song was recorded over 2 years ago and the official music video would be coming soon. We all await in earnest anticipation. Mr. Eazi begins the infectious song, accompanied by a dancehall-inspired choreography video. Minaj soon swoops in with her thumping verse, proclaiming, “Stranger, looking for some danger / Ride it like a bad gal, the face of an angel / This one, yeah, I’m Major, UK out to Asia / Pull out in the Range, got him beepin’ like a pager.”
  11. Tiwa Savage: She released a heartwarming video, singing alongside  her son , capable of turning a heart of stone to pulpy gush. In the video, Tiwa asks her son who his favourite musician is and he says mummy and Davido. They then go ahead to sing Tiwa savage’s latest song, ‘Koroba’ with our trusted Jam Jam adding the necessary adlibs. 
  12. Davido: Davido Omo baba olowo just released a surprise track and video titled ‘Fem’. Many speculate that the song is a dig at fellow entertainer Burna Boy who had suggested he had bought his way to the top. Still, the song caused massive waves amongst Nigerians. 
  13. Omah Lay: The fresh musician took to social media to celebrate his landmark achievement of over 120 million streams on Spotify. 
  14. Mo Abudu: She clocked another year and was ushered by well wishes and congratulatory words. Many celebrated her strides in the entertainment industry.
  15. Wande Coal: He finally blessed our ears with new music, releasing an EP titled ‘Realms’. It was met with acclaim and praise from Nigerians and fans alike.
  16. Bobrisky: Bobrisky can be termed Nigeria’s most controversial celeb. They came under fire this week when they described themselves as more beautiful than any woman in Nigeria. 
  17. Tacha: Tacha continues to feature on the trending list because of her ever-ardent fan base. She has shown to be one of the most successful Big Brother Naija housemates outside of the house.
  18. Don Jazzy: The music producer/mogul has Nigerians wrapped around his fingers. His constant giveaways and lovable personality does it for his followers.
  19. Desmond Elliot: Desmond Elliot has long since branched out from acting, to directing and finally to politics. His latest political comments are bringing him under intense fire from Nigerians. The actor/politician posited that he’s a product of Godfatherism and there is nothing wrong with it. He also said Edo State can eventually become like Lagos State. 
  20. Brymo: He released a live video of his performance of the song ‘Pound’. The controversial artiste was met with praise for his performance, with Nigerians saying that his personality might not be the best but he is still a great musician. 
  21. Wizkid: Singer, Wizkid engaged with his fanbase this week and gave vital relationship advice to a follower from his “well of knowledge”.
  22. Crackheadextra: The content creator has taken her crazy antics up a notch and moved the scenes  to more daring places like a fully boarded airplane.
  23. Eucharia Anunobi: Actress, Anunobi had a lot to say about ladies who date married men. She called the act wicked  raising lots of conversations about how true the assertion was.
  24. Toke Makinwa: The entrepreneur had a lot to say about the pressure she’s being placed under. Toke pointed out that she’d disappoint people with no apologies hence people should stop calling her their role model.
  25. Ake Art and Book Festival: the literary festival coming up in October has been showing off its impressive guest list and leaving Nigerians anticipating the prestigious yearly event. 
  26. Maraji: The popular content creator seemed to have gone off the radar, but she recently released a video where she said her absence was due to a heartbreak. 
  27. Omashola: The former Big Brother housemate made a daring statement that since the housemate, Erica, left the Big Brother house it has become boring. This led to wide clamouring amongst fans and viewers alike; many agreeing or disagreeing with the assertion.
  28. Pamilerin: Pamilerin’s influence on social media cannot be understated. He can hype up a brand to his influencers and at the same time has the power to drag a brand to filth. Recently, he spoke of his visit to the Obudu Cattle Ranch and how terrible his experience was. His followers took the cue from his statements and pledged not to visit the tourist center based on his accounts.
  29. Obudu Cattle Ranch: The Ranch was once one of the go-to tourist destinations in Nigeria but it seems it has fallen from it’s good graces. After a cutting review from social media influencer, Pamilerin about its dilapidated state, many Nigerians quickly took it off their bucket list. 
  30. Tinapa Free Zone report: As a result of  Pamilerin’s thread, many Nigerians started talking about the tourist destinations in Calabar; with some sharing awful experiences of their stay there.
  31. Oban Hills: Oban hills was one of the destinations called out, as Nigerians stated that the poor road networks have made this destination a pain to get to.
  32. DJ Exclusive: DJ Exclusive graced  last Saturday’s live night party at the Big Brother house, giving housemates fire tunes to dance to.
  33. DJ Neptune: In the absence of live performances due to quarantine restrictions, DJ Neptune has been providing the live eviction shows the entertainment it needs.
  34. Ebuka: Ebuka is the stylish and dashing host of the Big Brother Naija show. His attires are sure to make a statement. Most of his show-stopping outfits thus far, were designed by Mai Atafo.
  35. Zikoko: Every week, a Zikoko quiz would most likely appear on the trending list. The platform has carved an indisputable niche for itself as the go-to youth-centered content churner. 
  36. BellaNaija: BellaNaija has consistently brought readers entertaining content, and trending news stories. Even more exciting are the platform’s  in-depth reviews of music and movies in the Nigerian industry.
  1. Kiki Mordi: Kiki is a feminist, a journalist, and activist. She showed how much so when she spearheaded a movement to call out a writer on Twitter for his alleged predatory activities; encouraging victims to speak on their experience.
  2. Genevieve Nnaji: Nigerians are forever stunned by Genevieve’s seemingly never aging beauty. Such that every time she posts a picture people get ‘re-amazed’. Her latest selfie post featuring a razor like glasses, a pun caption and a clear skin, had many Nigerians talking about her enchanting beauty. 
  3. Mercy Eke: The Big Brother winner was praised when she commented on Erica’s IG live, giving the ex-housemate support. Her fans were quick to say she’s dedicated to helping others.
  4. Tony Umez: The Nigerian actor has constantly been compared to Big Brother housemate, Ozo. Nigerians took to reminiscing about Umez’s lover boy roles.
  5. Sound Sultan: Veteran Nigerian singer, Sound Sultan followed up his recent jam, ‘Fayaa Fayaa’ with a new single titled ‘Naija Hood Rep’.
  6. 2face Idibia: Award-winning songwriter and singer, Innocent Ujah Idibia popularly known as 2Baba teamed up with Sound Sultan on his latest record the ‘Naija Hood Rep’.
  7. Lil5ive: Lil5ive is a rising Nigerian singer/songwriter who’s been making music since he was 9. He released his first official single ‘Satiramoni’ in March 2019, which was also followed with a remix featuring Barry Jhay. He followed up with his next single ‘One Life’. ‘Omo Ologo’, which is only his third official single has been doing really well becoming the artiste’s first single to do 800,000 + plays across multiple streaming platforms. On his breakout single ‘Omo Ologo’, Lil5ive touches on growing up in Nigeria.
  8. Oxlade: Multi-talented act, Ikuforiji Abdulrahman Olaitan widely known as Oxlade announced a new single off his forthcoming project titled ‘DKT’. He also featured on a news single with Afrobeat singer,Jinmi.
  9. Joeboy: The talented musician hopped on a song by Jinmi alongside Oxlade to produce an entertaining single titled ‘Jowo’.
  10. Jinmi Abduls: Fast-rising Afrobeats singer, songwriter, and  producer Jinmi Abdul  gave the public a hot new single titled ‘Jowo’ featuring two of the top musicians in Nigerian’s music industry today; Oxlade and Joeboy.
  11. Jane Richards: Makeup artist transformed herself to Chadwick Boseman and has now transformed herself to Pete Edochie.
  12. The news platform has a reputation of being an easily accessible source for entertainment information in Nigeria. The simplicity of their content, timeliness  has caused them to gain wide readership. The website is currently ranked at 862 by Alexa; one of the highest rankings for any news media platform.
  13. Instablog9ja: Instablog9ja’s social media presence and engagement keeps them relevant. The platform may not be known  to be objective but they are sure to be controversial and drive conversation. 
  14. Simi: Singer, Simi just announced an amazing new win.  She signed a new deal, and is now the newest member of Platoon. She made the announcement on her Instagram page with a video in which she had a meeting with the Platoon family. Platoon records was acquired by Apple Music in 2016 and was established to enable artistes distribute their music independently. 
  15. Dimma Umeh: The stunning YouTuber has been branching out from her usual makeup videos and incorporating more lifestyle videos . Her latest content includes a clothing haul and a perfume review, which garnered a lot of engagement.
  16. Debo Macaroni: Nigeria’s pioneer betting company, 1960Bet, appointed actor and popular video content producer, Mr. Macaroni as its brand ambassador. This is just one of the major deals that he’s been able to hook under his belt.
  17. Taaooma: The content creator consistently churns out creative videos, infusing it seamlessly with brand adverts. 
  18. Daddy Freeze: Daddy Freeze is controversial, yet consistently entertaining. He created an uproar recently for criticising the comments of Pastor David Oyedepo and consequently got locked in a verbal exchange with  Senior Pastors of Salvation Ministries, Pastor David Ibiyeomie.
  19. Ice Prince: Ice Prince was at  the Big Brother house this past week, entertaining the housemates during their Saturday Night live party. The housemates had a great time and gave positive reviews of his performance.
  20. Patience Ozokwo: The veteran actress celebrated her birthday this past week, and well-wishers took time to reminisce about her best ‘mother-villain’ roles in Nollywood.
  21. Timini Egbuson: The actor trended on Monday but seemingly for all the wrong reasons. He was caught in a cheating scandal, as the ladies he was allegedly involved with came to square off on social media.
  22. Lagos State University: The Lagos State University was one of the first set of tertiary universities to open its doors to students on Monday, unfortunately all plans were called off as the academic staff union of universities (ASUU) decided to bar students from entry.
  23. Obafemi Awolowo University: Obafemi Awolowo University was announced as the location for the highly anticipated Kunle Afolayan movie ‘Citation’. 
  24. Bovi: Comedian, Bovi unveiled a new comedy series titled ‘Banana Republic’. In the latest episode, Frank (a character in the series) gets inaugurated as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, online. But it seems the newfound position has gotten into his head.
  25. Timi Dakolo: The soulful singer went on an episode of ‘Life Lessons’ with Betty Irabor, to share interesting advice on family, love, and marriage. He explored what it meant to him to stand by hiswhen she shared her rape story. 
  26. Mercy Chinwo: The talented gospel singer was nominated at the 7th Edition of the Africa Muzik Magazine Awards & Music Festival (AFRIMMA) for the category of ‘Best Gospel’.
  27. Tim Godfrey: The inspiring gospel singer was nominated at the 7th Edition of the Africa Muzik Magazine Awards & Music Festival (AFRIMMA) for the category of ‘Best Gospel’.
  28. Adekunle Gold:  Adekunle Gold is still skyrocketing off the praise for his latest album; ‘Afro-pop volume 1’. His single, ‘Pretty Girl’ is currently making waves and he was nominated at the 7th Edition of the Africa Muzik Magazine Awards & Music Festival (AFRIMMA) for the category of ‘Best Male West Africa’.
  29. Rema: Rema’s ‘Ginger Me’ is a hit and is consistently receiving massive airplays which is why it came as no surprise when he was nominated at the 7th Edition of the Africa Muzik Magazine Awards & Music Festival (AFRIMMA) for the category of ‘Best Male West Africa’.
  30. Brodda Shaggi: Entertainer, Brodda Shaggi released a new video for his song, ‘Okoto’,an object akin to what Leo Di Carprio’s character in Inception spins to discern reality from the dream world.
  31. Zlatan: Zlatan featured in Broda Shaggi’s latest video for his afro-pop song tagged ‘koto’.
  32. Sir Dauda: Rising musician, Sir Dauda released a new EP titled ‘Love Ex Machina’ —  which loosely translates to Love from the Machine. The project’s overriding theme is love and the singer’s experience with it.
  33. Jamopyer: The Nigerian singer released a new song titled ‘If no be you’. The song generated conversations on social media as people were already anticipating the single.
  1. Mayorkun: Mayorkun ‘of Lay Lay’ has consistently proven his dexterity in the music projects he’s undertaken. He hopped on Jamopyper’s latest single ‘If no be you’ to add his own spin.
  2. Temi Otedola: The actress and influencer has been the talk of the town since the trailer of the movie ‘Citation’ dropped. She’s not relented on applying pressure as she constantly graces social media with pictures of her stunning ensembles. 
  3. Samklef: The Nigerian music producer has been one of the outspoken voices concerning Big Brother Naija matters. He took to social media to say Terry Waya, the billionaire father of the evicted Big Brother Naija housemate, Kiddwaya was responsible for his son’s exit from the reality show. This caused a lot of pitted discussions.
  4. Femi Fadugba: It was recently announced that actor, Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce and star in the Netflix adaptation of ‘The Upper World’, Fadugba’s debut novel. 
  5. Chimamanda Adichie: Loss is a very terrible thing. Powerful writer, Chimamanda Adichie put the experience of losing someone dear to paper and published in the New Yorker. The piece was inspired by the recent loss of her father.
  6. Vincent Desmond: The poignant writer is recognised as one of the foremost queer writers in Nigeria. His recent article on Nigeria’s queer history is constantly being shared, re-shared, and talked about.
  7. Eloghosa Osunde: Osunde’s write up titled ‘Good Boy’ was so well written, powerful, and moving that it was no surprise that it was all the rave this week. Social media users applauded the story and shared it on their timelines. The story took the reader on a journey of acceptance, struggle, and being different.
  8. Fisayo Longe: Fisayo’s ‘Gaia’ apparel is becoming a must have, as people are consistently clamouring to grab one of the prints. It’s constantly getting sold out, just to show how high demand is. 
  9. Tunde Leye: Tunde Leye’s viral story ‘Finding Hubby’ is being made into a screen adaptation and is set to hit the cinemas in November. Finding Hubby captures the journey of Clegg and her two other friends, Toke and Gloria, as they embark on an adventure to find Mr. Right. 
  10. TheRealFemi: Piggybacking off the Big Brother Naija show, the Real Femi has carved a niche for himself by recreating scenes from the Big Brother Naija show.
  11. Izanagi: Craving some Japanese culinary? Izanagi is the place to go. The Lagos restaurant is praised for its food, service, and atmosphere. 
  12. Lagos Continental Hotel: One of the few  5-star hotels with a high rating on (7.2).
  1. Punch Newspapers pull in traffic both on their website and on social media. They also boast of massive engagement on all their platforms.
  2. SaharaReporters: The news platform is known for breaking the news first, bringing in the scoop.
  3. This platform has risen in stature lately as one of the most authentic news platforms in Nigeria. You visit it knowing exactly what to expect – politics, business, entertainment, sports, and more. It is ranked 24 in Nigeria on Alexa. 
  1. This platform has continued to evolve to become one of Nigeria’s pre-eminent online platforms. It sets the pace in news offerings and keeps readers coming back to the site for more. The platform is ranked 25 on Alexa in Nigeria and 2,269 globally.
  1. DailyPost: Daily Post is determined to be one of the top news sites in Nigeria, with over 700,000 daily views on the site globally. It is ranked 1,841 on Alexa rankings. Daily Post makes use of sensational headlines to attract a ton of readers.
  2. Cool FM: The radio station is pure entertainment and vibes. With the latest music and bubbling presenters, the station has managed to establish a very loyal listening base.
  3. Channels TV: Channels TV is known for its political content. The station is constantly holding political debates. The station buzzed this week because of the Edo gubernatorial debate which is to be broadcasted live across its network.
  4. Rhythm FM:  The radio station broadcasts in an urban contemporary radio format, playing a variety of music genres including R&B, hip hop, with a blend of culture and style.
  5. Inspiration FM: The faith based station has a delicate blend of diverse topics to entertain its Target audience.
  6. Wazobia FM: Wazobia boasts of a vibrant blend of indigenous artistes from all over Nigeria. It is considered the station for the masses, as they mostly speak pidgin.
  7. Silverbird TV: Silverbird Television has established a brand that is laser focused on entertainment. For anyone seeking to unwind and be entertained, Silverbird TV is the station to watch.
  8. ONTV: Boasting a monthly reach of over 2million viewers, ONTV brings first class programming, educative and entertaining TV concepts to viewers. The platform airs music, fashion, lifestyle, sports, movies, series, telenovelas, and news content.
  1. Lagos Talks: The number one talk radio in the city of Lagos – focused on creating and encouraging conversations about issues that affect  Lagosians.
  2. Beat FM: For those who want a full complement of programming – traffic reports, weather forecasts, entertainment, news, sports programmes and much more – Beat FM is your go-to FM dial. 
  1. The Johnsons: The humorous family drama has been running for a long time. The characters are dynamic and make for an entertaining show. 
  2. Bond FM: The station is the number one grassroots FM radio station in Nigeria.
  3. Urban FM : It’s music, music, and more music from this Lekki, Lagos based radio station. 


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