Ever wondered who the Richest African Musicians are? Well, we got you covered. Africa is a continent which is endowed with many good things. Among the vast majority of endowments is its music industry. The entertainment industry is a major contributor to the Gross Domestic Profit of many developing countries in Africa.
After several hours of research and digging, all in the quest of compiling an accurate and comprehensive list of the top ten richest musicians in Africa, we were able to get the following. Their net worth was taken into consideration and this includes their endorsement deals as many of them are ambassadors of different brands.
Below is a list of Richest African Musicians and we will discuss what makes them tick and how they found their success.
10. The Late Oliver Mtukudzi
A veteran in the African music industry who successfully released over 65 albums. He is a Zimbabwean by the origin and was very successful in his music career with more than 41 years of experience. A musician, philanthropist, businessman and UNICEF ambassador for goodwill in the Southern African Region. He bagged several awards numbering over twenty.
Oliver Mtukudzi has an estimated net worth of 1.2 million dollars.
Jidenna is a Nigerian – American singer who was born on the 4th May 1985. He is signed to Wondaland Records, Epic records and Fear and Fancy records. He is a singer, rapper, songwriter and music producer. He released two major singles “Classic Man” and “Yoga” in the year 2015. That same year, his single “Classic Man” won awards of “Song of the Year” and “Video of the Year” at the Soul Train Music Awards.
Jidenna has an estimated net worth of 1.4 million dollars.
8. The Late Hugh Masakela
Hugh Masekela is and was the second richest artist in South Africa. Hugh Masekela rocked South Africa’s music industry with constant releases. He worked productively in his own record company, had many honorary prizes and was nominated for a Grammy Award. He died on January 23. He was a South African trumpeter, composer and singer. Hugh was popularly referred to as “The Father Of South African Jazz” and he is always in the heart of many lovers of Jazz music in South Africa. Even after his death, he is still the eighth on our list.
Hugh Masakela has an estimated net worth of 1.5 million dollars.
This is another wonderful and wealthy musician from the African continent. Being the only female on our list means she has been successful in her music career. She is an American singer who was born in Lexington, Kentucky to Zimbabwean parents, Professor Michael Kachingwe and his wife Aimie Kachingwe. Tinashe Jorgensen Kachingwe is a singer, songwriter, producer, dancer, fashion model and actress. She is currently signed to Konvict music.
Tinashe has an estimated net worth of 6 million dollars.
Sarkodie is a talented rapper and obviously one of the best rappers in the African music industry. He hails from Ghana and was born on the 10th of July 1988. His real name is Michael Owusu Addo but popularly known and fondly addressed by his stage name Sarkodie. He is currently signed to his record label Sarkcess music. He is a rapper, recording artist and an entrepreneur.
Sarkodie currently has five albums in his career and has often been called one of Africa’s greatest hip-hop artistes by prominent sources like MTV Base, Lynx Tv and AfricanHype.com
Sarkodie has an estimated net worth of 7 million dollars.
David Adedeji Adeleke is a Nigerian artiste and son to a Nigerian billionaire Mr. Adeleke. He was born in Atlanta Georgia, USA but later relocated to Nigeria. He is popularly known and called by his stage name Davido. He is a successful musician, singer, songwriter and producer. He has many award nominations, has won many awards and has profitable endorsements to his name. Some of his awards are Headies award, BET and others. Davido was once an ambassador for MTN (a telecommunications giant in Africa), Guinness and is currently an ambassador for Infinix mobile (a smartphone company based in Hong Kong) among others.
He is signed to Sony Music and is the CEO of his own record label.
Davido has an estimated net worth of 16 million dollars.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known by his stage name Wizkid or sometimes called Starboy is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He hails from Surulere, Lagos State in Nigeria and was born on the 16th of July 1990. Wizkid gained prominence in the music space in the year 2010 with the release of his song “Holla at your boy” with the Empire Mates Entertainment label.
He also gained international recognition in 2016 with his song titled “One Dance” in which he featured Drake. The song reached number one on music charts in more than fifteen countries including the United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. It can be said that Wizkid is one of the successful and wealthy musicians in Africa.
Wizkid has an estimated net worth of 20 million dollars.
3. Don Jazzy
Michael Collins Ajereh is a native of Delta State in Nigeria and was born on the 26th of November 1982 making him 37 years of age. He is the founder and boss of his own record label called Mavin Records (Supreme Mavins Dynasty). Don Jazzy was the co-founder of the defunct Mo hits records which had big artistes like Dbanj and Wande Coal.
Mavins record has produced some of the biggest artistes in the Nigerian music space such as Tiwa Savage, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, DNA twins, Dija, Rema, etc. He is a producer, songwriter, singer and businessman and has investments in real estate and production of Wi-fi.
Don Jazzy has an Estimated net worth of 30 million dollars.
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2. Black Coffee
Black Coffee is a South African by origin and was born on the 11th of March 1976. He is currently signed to a record label called Soulistic Music. His real name is Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo. Black Coffee is a Disc Jockey (DJ), songwriter, producer as well as a singer. He started his career in the year 1995, created his own record label and successfully released five albums.
He became popular after being picked as a participant for the Red Bull Music Academy in 2004 which took place in Cape Town. After achieving this milestone, he added another feather to his cap by winning the “Breakthrough DJ of the Year” award at the DJ Awards in Ibiza. This event occurred some weeks after he released his fifth music album.
Black Coffee has an estimated net worth of 60 million dollars making him one of the richest African musicians.
Akon’s real name is Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam born to Mor Thiam (father) and Kin Gueye Thiam (mother). He has dual citizenship as he was born in St Louis Missouri, United States of America but also spent part of his life in Senegal.
He is a successful singer, producer, songwriter, actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The CEO of Konvict Music, a record label which he is signed to currently. He also produced songs for International artistes such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Snoop Dogg, Leona Lewis, Sean Paul and Lionel Richie. As a five-time Grammy award nominee and over 35 million albums sold out, we can conclude that he has had a successful music career in Africa.
Akon has an estimated net worth of 80 million dollars.
From the foregoing, you can see that the African music industry has gone very far. These artists have also made an impact not just within their continent but in the global entertainment scene. There are a lot of stars who are looking to displace the ones on the list and it will surely happen someday in the circle of life. Until then, we say kudos to those that have made it to our list.
Top 10 Richest African Musicians
- Akon: 80 million dollars
- DJ Black Coffee: 60 million dollars
- Don Jazzy: 30 million dollars
- Wizkid: 20 million dollars
- Davido: 16 million dollars
- Sarkodie: 7 million dollars
- Tinashe: 6 million dollars
- The Late Hugh Masakela: 1.5 million dollars
- Jidenna: 1.4 million dollars
- The Late Oliver Mtukudzi: 1.2 million dollars
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Driven by an ear-worm of a chorus and a compelling arrangement, “Wake Up” can get you accustomed to the replay button. The song is quite profound lyrically with vocals that are gritty yet smoothly effortless, the song deserves your immediate listen. It has a great video that corresponds to the powerful track.
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Life Lessons and Inspirational Quotes from Bob Collymore That Will Change your Life
Born 13th January 1958 in a country known as Guyana, South America. Bob Collymore was officially named Robert William Collymore and was raised by his grandparents. However, at age 16, he moved to the United Kingdom to live with his mother.
From an early age, Bob Collymore started working to earn money and although he did not attend university, he raised from being an office boy to becoming a CEO of the most dominant telecommunication company in Kenya in 2010.
From the arising humble young man to the most influential person in the telecommunication sector, here are the top 10 most amazing lessons and quotes we can learn from Bob Collymore.
10. Think Beyond Your Education Level
Talking to all youths, Bob Collymore emphasized on thinking beyond our level of education. Having not joined university but raising to be a CEO of Safaricom Company in Kenya, he believed in being resilient.
He encouraged the youths to continue learning through the internet and also to read a lot of books. Being a go-getter, he was once quoted saying, “If you have the right vision, and take the right steps, then success is inevitable,”
9. Always Value Women’s Opinions and Their Economical Contribution
Quoted saying in one of the local interviews, “The person that you see here today was made more by the influence of the women in my life than the men in my life.” Bob talked openly about how his grandmother played a crucial role in his young life and how his mother pushed him to be a better man.
He admitted to having called Ms. Nonkululeko Merina Cheryl Nyembezi-Heita from South Africa after being appointed the Safaricom CEO. In his interview, he said he had called her to ask some advice on how to run the company.
Apart from making Safaricom score highly in promoting women at the workforce, the company was also the first in Kenya to introduce a child care program for working mothers. This program gives nursing mothers the chance to bring their children to work. The kids are taken care in a daycare room situated in the Safaricom offices thus enabling the mothers to takes breaks to feed them.
8. It Is Good To Be Adaptable
Speaking mostly about today’s youths and their work ethic, Bob candidly spoke about the long line of jobs he previously worked. Wanting to be a painter, he told a news reporter who was interviewing him that he was not able to pursue it to a professional level since his mother insisted on him getting a formal job. She even used her networks to get him a position at the British Telecom.
However, his hard work and determination saw him rise up to various positions in the telecommunication industry. The countries include the United Kingdom, Japan, South Africa and finally Kenya.
When asked about his career journey, he usually replied, “I have done many different jobs but I never anticipated that I would become the CEO of a mobile phone company in Africa.”
He always insisted on the youths to be adaptable in nature no matter the course they may have taken in school and take any opportunity that came their way.
7. Always Acquire New Skills
According to Bob Collymore, it is essential to acquire new skills if you want to stay ahead. This is because apart from competing with other humans to get jobs we are also competing with robots.
That’s why he emphasized on always finding ways to learn more. He was found telling his team, “I should not know more stuff than you. You have to be smarter than me.”
Note that, this motto did not only apply to his team but also to Safaricom job applicants. Therefore, before applying to any job, it is advisable to ask yourself if you are smarter than the boss and if employed how will contribute to the development of the company.
6. Aspire To Always Be Humble
No matter how much you earn or which position you hold, always be humble. Having come from a humble family, Bob never forgot where he came from. Although he admitted to wanting the finer things in life like everyone else, he said when living in Japan with his children, he got to pause and think of what really mattered in life.
Although he was a CEO in one of the leading company in Kenya, many people from his employees to the media personality commented on how humble and friendly he was.
When asked how he freely interacts with everyone who crosses his path, he usually replied “What I always say to people is just have a memory of where you come from,”
This statement was there to remind the people around him that, yes you can achieve a lot but it’s good to remember your roots.
5. You Can Use Your Position To Uplift Others
For the nine years, Bob was the CEO of Safaricom; he has used his position to uplift many people. By forming the Safaricom Foundation, numerous ventures have been undertaken the company.
The ventures include education programs, collaborations with local health facilities to improve health care. This initiative has led to women, youths and the society at large to benefit immensely.
On his personal time, Bob was only known to help people in need by organizing or attending fundraising events. Asked what brought about the Safaricom foundations, he always replied that “Being a big company in Kenya, the company comes with a big responsibility,”
4. Always Be Unique
When Bob Joined Safaricom, all eyes were on him as on how he was supposed to fit in the shoes of the great leader Michael Joseph. However, this did not intimidate Bob and as the years went by, he proved himself to be a great leader too.
Being unique has made Bob to be celebrated in his own ways and his unique way of leadership raised Safaricom to better heights.
3. No One is Perfect
From the mistakes he admitted doing in his personal and business life, Bob was always candid to admit he was not perfect. He usually referred to how his predecessor Michael Joseph once said to him concerning making business decisions, “Look, just make decisions. If 60% of your decisions are right, then you will probably be doing better than me.”
He took that to heart and steered the company through stormy weathers and to everyone surprise, the company became better and better.
Furthermore, he demonstrated that all is not lost when he married his third Kenyan wife, Wambui Kamiru. By admitting his imperfections, he got to live a fulfilled life where there is always second chances, or is it third?
2. No Matter the Circumstances Never Give Up
Even after Bob Collymore was diagnosed with cancer, he still remained productive in his position until he passed away. This becomes an encouragement to us, that no matter what you are facing, you can still, be courageous and be productive.
1. Always Remember Nothing is Permanent
From the passing away of Bob Collymore, we are reminded that our life on earth is temporary. Therefore no matter how wealthy or successful we become, we should be grateful for what matter most.
Asked by one of the Kenyan writers, Jackson Biko how his illness changed his perception of mortality, he replied.
“Death is inevitable and I have made the decision not to cling on the thought of it because it will eventually come; I just do not know when. I have chosen to focus on the things that are more important to me. Now I know it’s kind of impossible for somebody to live for 200 years.”
We will miss you Bob!
Comment below on what important Life Lesson you learn from Bob Collymore
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