Laycon, Isreal Adesanya, Eko Hotel, and more | These are the top 100 people, places, and platform 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. Laycon: Of Lay-lay-lay of Laycon! The Big Brother housemate continuously trended leading up to the final eviction show of Big Brother Naija (BBN). While in the house he revealed that he was SC (a rare type of genotype) and this drew attention to the phenomenon. To crown it all, the entertainer was declared the winner and walked off with the grand prize of N85 million. 
  2. Erica: The disqualified Big Brother housemate continues to be one of the most engaged outside of the house. She held her first interview with Dele Momodu in an Instagram live show and has constantly appeared on the trending list. She signed her first brand deal post-BBN to the delight of her fan base and her Gofundme account got up to N30 million ($66,000) as of the date of the BBN finale. 
  3. Kiddwaya: The billionaire’s son wasted no time before hopping on brand deals and adverts. He featured in an Eko Hotel and Suites advert that had social media buzzing.
  4. Lucy: Lucy was well known for her cooking skills in the house and so it only made sense that outside of the house she announced her cooking business; unveiling herself as the chef.
  5. Neo: The man surely knows how to love a woman. Neo’s acts of service became the topic of discussion when he was showcased washing Vee’s underwear. He made it to the top five before being evicted.
  6. Vee: The blunt queen made it to the BBN finale. She was part of the top five but unfortunately the first to get evicted in the finale.
  7. Nengi: Nengi was regarded by Big Brother as calm and calculating. She was the Head of House and coming full circle she was the last head of house. She was in the top three in the Big Brother finale.
  8. Lilo: During the last Saturday night live party, Lilo showed out in a beautiful white ensemble and drew the attention of audiences. 
  9. Dorathy: She not only made it to the Big Brother finale but also to the top two. She showed up and showed out in her jaw-dropping gown.
  10. Prince: Prince showed that he’s all about the style. His fashion choices post BBN has been nothing short of exceptional. 
  11. Ebuka: The Big Brother host, Ebuka, asked the tough questions, caused the most drama, and wore the most dazzling attire. His last outfits dazzled viewers with a myriad of colours and shine.
  12. Big Brother Naija Lockdown: The Big Brother show closed its curtains and turned off the lights on Sunday. The show had consistently caused massive social media conversation and engendered online debates. The platform partnered with top brands and delivered quality content. It certainly lived up to its billing as the most-watched reality show on the continent.
  13. Wizkid: Wizkid released the music video to his newly released song ‘Smile’ and it definitely had Nigerians smiling as it celebrated his children; Ayo, Bolu, and Zion.
  14. Sharon Ooja: The stunning actress goes out of her comfort zone in the Nigerian movie ‘Oloture’ coming to Netflix soon.
  15. Omoni Oboli: The actress and director is taking up the villain role in the exciting movie ‘Oloture’ coming to Netflix. 
  16. Lala Akindoju: The sublime actress has been extremely vocal on the going-on in the current Big Brother season. You would most likely catch her on Twitter canvassing for her favourite housemate, Dorathy. She is also set to star in the movie ‘Oloture’. 
  17. Tacha: The ex-BBN housemate had taken the time to insert her dominance in the influencer game. She came out, in a video, to say how she was the first to get her fanbase trending her name on a daily basis and she remembered how she was barraged with insults for it, but all of a sudden with the new housemates it’s okay.  
  18. Venita: Reality TV star, Venita Akpofure paid a visit to Mike Edwards and his family to meet his newborn baby after their return to the country.
  19. Bellarose Okojie: The radio presenter announced that she was moving on from her role at City FM, thanking all her fans, friends, and colleagues.
  20. Taaooma: The content creator amassed over 23k views, on Twitter, in less than two days on her last hilarious skit. She’s continued to bring new ways to entertain and engage her audience. shared pictures from her latest photo session. She shared some stunning pictures from her latest photoshoot, sporting creative turban, and headgear styles that had fashion publications talking. 
  21. Tony Elumelu: The philanthropist was announced as one of the world’s most influential individuals on TIME’s 2020 list.
  22. Adebola Williams: The one and only ‘Debola of Lagos’, the Nigerian media entrepreneur, CEO and co-founder of RED moderated the United Nations’ Digital Cooperation Summit on Wednesday, 23rd September 2020 with presidents and top tiers in governments, across the globe, in attendance.
  23. Akay Mason: The talented director teams up with Abosi Ogba to deliver stunning visuals in the anticipated DOD movie.
  24. Yemi Alade: CocaCola has sponsored a virtual concert in celebration of Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary. The singer is set to sing our national anthem on October 1st. Yemi Alade joined the list of goodwill ambassadors helping the UNDP to champion its sustainable development goals.
  25. Davido: Davido’s ‘FEM’ debuted at number 3, 8, and  13 on the Billboard Top Triller Global chart, Billboard Top Triller U.S. chart, and Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart respectively. Davido was also seen playing the drums during a high praise session in a church in Asaba, Delta.
  26. Kemi Adetiba: The movie director has been keeping Nigerians on their feet, releasing teases for the anticipated sequel, ‘King of Boys 2’.
  27. Vector: Anyone Big Brother housemate, Laycon talks about seems to trend. The housemate had mentioned that Vector is an extremely intelligent individual and Nigerians trended the rapper all day, reminiscing on his most outstanding work. He also used symbolism for socio-political stories in his new video for, ‘No Peace’
  28. Noble Igwe: Ozo’s biggest supporter, Noble Igwe has single-handedly helped publicise the Big Brother housemate and he continues to do so after Ozo left the house.
  29. Kiki Mordi: Her ‘sex for grades’ documentary was nominated for an Emmy Award. Although it did not win, the journalist took the time to share pictures and congratulatory messages to the winner. 
  30.  Zikoko: If there is one thing they do right, it’s putting out timely articles. After a conversation on Twitter about how men treat their wives during childbirth, the platform proactively published a piece on personal experiences of women sharing their childbirth stories.
  31. The Nation: The newspaper platform trended during the week and for quite a hilarious reason. A Twitter user had shared a video of him flipping through its pages and finding that 80 percent of its pages were filled with congratulatory birthday messages to the politician, Oluremi Tinubu.
  32. Lasisi Elenu: Nosa Afolabi, known professionally as Lasisi Elenu had been teasing his fans with a brand new web series entitled ‘Mama and Papa Godspower’ and he’s finally released it. The show is currently in its third episode.
  33. Maraji: After taking a long hiatus, the content creator is trying to find her footing again. She’s been releasing hilarious videos on her YouTube channel which get up to 80k views per video.
  34. Teni the Entertainer: Teni has revealed that her forthcoming second album is finally done. In her New Series ‘My XXXL Life’ Episode 2, Teni the entertainer headed to Southwest Nigeria where she paid a visit to her second home, her maternal family house in Ondo town, Ondo. 
  35. Pamilerin: The social media influencer has trended for so many weird and hilarious reasons. The latest reason he became social media’s talking point was because of his house. He showed off the beautiful interior in his house and people couldn’t stop talking about it.
  36. Niyi Akinmolayan: Akinmolayan would be co-directing Nigeria’s first international Young adult Original series on Netflix.
  37. Tope Oshin: Tope Oshin would be co-directing Nigeria’s first international Young adult Original series on Netflix.
  38. Naz Onuzo: Onuzo would be co-directing Nigeria’s first international Young adult Original series on Netflix.
  39. Funke Akindele: The popular actress is confirmed to be playing one of the leading roles in Nigeria’s first international Young adult Original series on Netflix.
  40. Kaylah Oniwo: The Cool FM presenter knows just how to engage listeners and followers.
  41. Tems:  Singer, Tems released her EP ‘For Broken Tears’ this week and it was met with wide praise. 
  42. Eko Hotels and Suites: The hotel featured Big Brother housemate, Kiddwaya in their latest ad and it was met with wide praise. The ad was well produced and Kiddwaya’s swag and charisma moved viewers.
  1. Onyeka Onwenu: Onyeka Onwenu is set to release a memoir titled ‘My Father’s Daughter’. The autobiography, set to be released on October 1, 2020, is a deeply personal account of the life of the iconic musician.
  2. Ramsey Nouah: The Ramsey Nouah directed action thriller, Rattle Snake, reportedly puts a modern context to the remarkable classic story originally written by Amaka Igwe. ‘The Ahanna Story’ is set to premiere in cinemas on November 13.
  3. Kayode Kasum: The drama directed by Kayode Kasum, ‘This Lady Called Life’ premieres in cinemas October 9. The drama stars Bisola Aiyeola, Efa Iwara, Tina Mba, Wole Ojo, and Jemima Osunde.
  4. Bisola Aiyeola: The multi-talented entertainer would be starring as Aiye, an aspiring chef who struggles to find success and love, in the upcoming movie ‘This Lady Called Life’
  5. Meji: Entertainer, Meji released his new EP, ‘The One’. The six-track EP was produced over an extended period of time and it tells Meji’s story from his 1995 birth, his upbringing in his grandfather’s house, detraction from people, and his determination to succeed.
  6. Niniola: Niniola is set to release a 13-track sophomore album, ‘Colours and Sounds’ in October. The album would be a follow-up to her critically-acclaimed debut album, ‘This Is Me’ which was released in 2017.
  7. DJ Neptune: DJ Neptune bought himself a house to celebrate his 30th birthday, and featured as the very last DJ in the Big Brother house to rock the housemate’s world.
  8. Reekado Banks: Reekado Banks features Kida Kudz on his new song, ‘Need More’. This is a follow-up to his last single, ‘Banger’ featuring Skiibii.
  9. Sikiru Adepoju: Nigerian Grammy Award winner, Sikiru Adepoju and The Riddim Doctors released a new album titled, ‘Ope (Gratitude)’
  10. Runtown: As a follow-up single to his single, ‘Body Riddim’, Runtown returns with a new single, ‘Kini Issue’.
  11. Ikechukwu: Nigerian rapper, Ikechukwu has announced plans to walk down the aisle with his girlfriend. The rapper turned actor made this known via his Instagram page where he penned down a cute note for his soon to be wife.
  12. Helen Paul: Comedienne, Helen Paul is reportedly set to become a professor in the United States of America. According to The Nation, Paul is currently taking a post-doctoral study at an undisclosed university in America.
  13. PulseNG: The platform scored an interview with celebrity, Keri Hilson where she talked about her mental health, COVID-19, and living in Africa. 
  14. MI Abaga: Hennessy Nigeria released episode two of ‘The Conversation.’ The episode continues discussions on the beef between MI Abaga and Vector as it pertains to their frosty relationship over the years. The conversation also gleans the Headies moment, the ‘Kid’ moment from Vector’s ‘Kilode,’ MI Abaga’s comments on ‘NotJustOk/Savage’ and the three diss songs exchanged between both rappers in 2019.
  15. Burna Boy: Burna Boy’s album, ‘African Giant’ gets certified silver in the United Kingdom making him the first Nigerian artiste with a UK certified album.
  16. Khloe: The reality TV star recently set social media ablaze after photos of her sudden butt transformation hit the Internet. She bragged about her body in a video after undergoing plastic surgery
  17. Cracker Mallo: Cracker Mallo debuted his EP, ‘A Friendly Introduction To Saund’ last week and Nigerians are still giving it a listen and putting it under review. 
  18. Olamide: This year seems to be the year of Nigerian music. Word on the street is that Nigerian superstar, Olamide will be releasing his new album, ‘Carpe Diem’ on October 8, 2020.
  19. Kunle Afolayan: The widely anticipated movie ‘Citation’ finally has a release period. The film directed by Kunle Afolayan is set to debut exclusively on Netflix on November 6, 2020.
  20. Patoranking: Patoranking held an interview with PulseNG where he talked about his music – ‘Three,’ ‘Abule,’ Wilmer, COVID-19, his wins, love, and happiness.
  21. DJ Cuppy: A new video sighted online showed DJ Cuppy taking her mother on a ride for the first time in her new Ferrari. DJ Cuppy shared the video on her social media page.
  22. Adekunle Gold: He came out to describe the recent hike in fuel price and electricity tariff as “madness”, adding that many Nigerians can hardly afford to feed themselves. YouTube has also announced that Patoranking, DJ Cuppy, Adekunle Gold, and Fireboy will be headlining a virtual hangout to mark its music week.
  23. Fireboy DML: The talented musician graced our screens and performed songs off his album ‘Apollo’ for the Big Brother Live Finale.
  24. Praiz: Praiz took to the stage to perform his song ‘Rich and Famous’ during the BBN Saturday Night Live Party. 
  25. Yvonne Jegede: The actress recently made the headlines over her relationship with music star, Orezi. She later came out to clear the air about their relationship, insisting that there was nothing romantic about their friendship.
  26. Miss Techy: Miss Techy provides the trippiest videos with her cool edits and out of the box ideas. She partnered with YouTube music to celebrate Nigerian music through a series of programs.
  27. Toolz: A short clip was released on social media featuring radio personality, Toolz, parodying Big Brother and acting as Big sister.
  28. The Beat FM: The Beat 99.9 FM is a Lagos based English speaking radio station centred on music, information, and the Nigerian entertainment industry. The station is known for interviewing Nigeria’s biggest stars.
  29. The Real Femi: The content creator has consistently provided Nigerians with humorous but accurate depictions of the Big Brother Naija housemates.
  30. Kanayo O. Kanayo: The actor sat down to talk to Guardian Nigeria Newspapers as he opened up about stereotypes, passion, desire to serve Nigeria, and reaching for new horizons.⁣
  31. TVC News: The  Nigerian 24-hour television news channel gave audiences a minute-by-minute live update on the just concluded Edo election.
  32. Sisi Yemmie: She never fails to bring us the best food and family-related content. She recently teamed up with Indomie to and showcased the unique way she makes her Indomie.
  33. Elozonam: Former housemate of the reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, Elozonam was dragged into some controversy when a UK-based Nigerian, Michael Olafisoye threw flirting allegations against him. Olafisoye called out the former Big Brother Naija housemate for allegedly flirting with his wife, Defunke.
  34. Chimamanda Adichie: Chimamanda warmed the hearts of many when she released a video of her speaking to her daughter and praising her in Igbo. 
  35. Rhythm FM: The Ex-BBNaija Lockdown housemate, Erica Nlewedim appeared live on the Late Morning Show with Toke Makinwa.
  36. University of Ibadan: The students of the University of Ibadan won the ‘first-ever’ national literary competition for the deaf.
  37. Isreal Adesanya: The Last Stylebender knocked out contender, Paulo Costa in the second round to keep his belt in the main event of UFC 253.
  38. Seyi Awolowo: He partook in Yomi Casual’s latest campaign; releasing stunning photos wearing the finest of high-quality Italian linen and crepé.
  39. Yomi Casual: Yomi Casual is adding a contemporary flair to classic attire in their newest campaign featuring BBNaija 2018 housemate, Seyi Awolowo.
  40. Seyi Shay: The entertainer jumped on Majeed’s latest track ‘Rocky Lo’ to give a sensational gift to the ears.
  41. Idahams: Produced by Idahams himself, ‘Shima’ the remix, maintains the message of the original song about a young lover who is sceptical about showing his true emotion to his love interest while Peruzzi was more demanding and expressive about what he wanted from his love interest.
  42. Bovi: Comedian and actor, Bovi Ugboma and his beautiful daughter, Elena Uyoyo Ugboma celebrated their birthdays and shared some heartwarming pictures with  audiences. 
  43. Linda Ejiofor-Suleiman: Actress, Linda Ejiofor surprised her husband, Ibrahim Suleiman, by by giving him a sweet shoutout via a billboard at the Muritala Muhammed Airport 2. 
  44. Ibrahim Suleiman: Ibrahim Suleiman celebrated his birthday over the week and his wife, Linda Ejiofor pulled all the stops to ensure she made his day extra special.
  45. Hauwa Ojeifo: Hauwa Ojeifo, a sexual and domestic abuse survivor, and the founder of ‘She Writes Woman’ has been announced as one of the honorees for the 2020 Goalkeepers Global Goals Award.
  46. Ndidi Nwuneli:  Ndidi O. Nwuneli, co-Founder of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd. & AACE Foods, and Founder of LEAP Africa, and Nourishing Africa makes Schwab Foundation’s 2020 List of Social Innovators.
  47. Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi: The tireless activist has been recognized by the office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth (OSGEY), and selected as one of the 17 young leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) class of 2020.
  48. Channels TV: Channels TV brings Nigerians all the political content they desire. Timely updates are constantly  given ahead of the Ondo elections.
  49. Bobrisky: Popular influencer, Idris Okuneye aka Bobrisky recently showed off 4 of his luxury cars worth millions of naira.
  50. Toyin Abraham: She cannot be ruled out when it comes to influencing. Brands know what they’re getting when they engage her millions of eyeballs (10.8million to be exact) that are always waiting to like and connect on any content she posts. 
  51. Mide Funmi Martins: The Nollywood actress and TV presenter is an ambassador for many brands because she serves it to her over 2.8million followers on Instagram, when it comes to fashion, Mide is your plug.
  52.  Mercy Aigbe: Mercy’s pull is beyond acting, it’s about her fashion, style, and business acumen. Try all you can but it will be hard to displace this hard-working mum from influencing especially when it comes to beauty and fashion – not with her 8.6million followers on Instagram alone.
  53. Tomike Adeoye: Press influencing once and Tomike will be the one to say hello. Tomike, the new brand ambassador for Maltina will not only wow you but she will capture and win her brand’s product to your heart. Tomike has over 300,000 Instagram followers and almost 7,000 on Twitter.
  54. Hard Rock Cafe: With over 700 reviews on TripAdvisor, Hard Rock Café ranks number one of 24 American-themed restaurants in Lagos and number two of 252 restaurants in Lagos.
  55. Shiro Restaurant Bar: With 429 reviews on TripAdvisor, Shiro Restaurant is ranked first of 8 Japanese restaurants in Lagos, and first among 252 restaurants in Lagos.
  56.  Urban FM: It’s music, music, and more music from this Lekki, Lagos based radio station. 
  57. Wazobia FM : This unique-styled radio station is rated 4.7 (out of 5) on Online Radio Box. 
  58. Bond FM: The station is the number one grassroots FM radio station in Nigeria. 


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