On looking at the Forbes list of Africa’s richest artistes, it means only one thing. East Africa still has a long way to go to be considered one of Africa’s power horses.
The list that was released a few days back is dominated by two countries that is Nigeria, South Africa and is topped by Akon from Senegal who is based in the US.
However, there are artistes that also surprised us after appearing on this list while we were also disappointed not to see some who claim to be wealthy missing. Artistes like P-Square, D’Banj, Diamond Platinumz among others didn’t make it on list.
The list was put together using factors such as endorsement value, popularity, show rates, sales, awards, YouTube views, appearance in newspapers, investment, social media presence, influence and others.
The top 10 Africa’s richest artistes in order are;
- Akon (Senegalese-American),
- Black Coffee (South Africa),
- Hugh Masekela (South Africa),
- Don Jazzy (Nigeria),
- Tinashe (Zimbabwean-American),
- Jidenna (Nigerian-American),
- Wizkid (Nigeria),
- Davido (Nigeria),
- Sarkodie (Ghana) and
- Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe).
The list is featured in the May edition of Forbes Africa magazine.