Checkout The Top 10 Biggest Nigerian Celebrities In 2017 (See Who Top The List)
2017 has been a great year for a number of
celebrities who have done so well for
themselves and have been on the talk of the
lips of everyone.
This list brings to you the biggest celebrities of
2017 who have not just excelled in their career
but gotten so much positive buzz.
The celebrities below are the stars you have
been talking and tweeting about and searching
for online. They are the stars who had the
biggest impact in your world.
Tekno had a good streak in 2017 with the
release of successful singles. On the business
front, he got an endorsement deal with Ciroc, an
indication that as a celebrity he is getting bigger.
This year also saw him confirm his relationship
with budding singer Lola Rae.
9. Toke Makinwa
The on-air-personality continued her fine run in
2017. She was still the talk of the town. She
continued her book tour overseas, released a
luxe bag brand and nabbed an endorsement deal
As always some of her comments on
relationship made headlines news online which is
a statement of her influence in the Nigerian
entertainment scene. One more thing she finally
wrapped up her divorce to Maje Ayida this year
and is now a single woman.
8. Banky W
Banky W had a big year and not just in music.
His first movie ‘The Wedding Party’ released in
December 2016, went on to be the highest
grossing Nigerian movie in the box office. A
sensational achievement for a first-time actor.
Mr Wellington didn’t stop there. The
announcement of his engagement to his The
Wedding Party 2 co-star Adesua Etomi shattered
the Internet. Their love story was the love story
of 2017 as their wedding ceremonies in Lagos
and Cape Town dominated headlines.
Even with a health scare in 2017, Banky W’s
brand as Nigerian celeb grew bigger
7. Funke Akindele
Funke Akindele has ridden on the success of her
highly acclaimed movie ‘Jenifa’ which till date is
still seen as a huge success. However, in the
year 2017, it didn’t stop there as the drama
series adapted version of ‘Jenifa’ has continued
to be a success.
Funke Akindele and her husband, JJC in 2017
began a new T.V. series ‘Industreet’ which from
inception has been a success story and has an
array of stars on its cast. In 2017 Funke
Akindele became the most followed Nigerian on
Instagram with over 4 million followers, a record
it might take a while for another celebrity from
this country to beat.
6. Mr. Eazi
The Nigerian singer flew high in 2017 with his
mixtape ‘Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra To Lagos’.
His appearance on ‘The Late Late Show with
James Corden’ highlighted his contribution to the
rise of West African pop music internationally.
Beyond music, his relationship with Temi
Otedola, daughter of billionaire Femi Otedola
was celebrity fodder all throughout the year. The
pair did not shy away from the public as they
went full on with their public displays of
Eazi was a bit notorious this year with his
comments about Nigerian singers stealing the
Ghanaian sound which he made popular. This
controversy wasn’t strong enough to dull his
shine in 2017 though.
5. Tiwa Savage
Tiwa Savage took a huge step with her career in
June 2017 when she signed a publishing and
management deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. Tiwa
Savage’s new deal sure made 2017 bring more
success for her.
On the home front, it seems more than likely that
Tiwa Savage patched things up with her husband
Tunji ‘Tee Billz’ Balogun. A few public
appearances here and there, as well as Teebillz
coming on stage to hug her, made news for her
The success of her song ‘All Over’ and ‘Ma Lo’
featuring Wizkid in November 2017 just goes to
show you that Tiwa Savage is as big as they
The funnyman of Nigerian Hip-Hop continued his
winning ways in 2017. His unique mix of acting,
comedy and music helped him push his brand
more. Coming off his collaborative album with
Simi in 2016, Falz dropped the hit singles ‘Jeje’,
‘Something Light’, and ‘La Fete’. Late in the year,
he dropped another dope album ‘27’.
In mid-2017, Falz made comments about
Internet fraudsters in Nigerian music. His words
stirred up a lot of debate online and an
imaginary beef with singer 9ice. This just shows
how Falz has grown in influence in the music
Add a few eye-popping photos with DJ Cuppy
and you can say Falz had it good this year.
Believe it or not, Simi is in the third spot. This
year has seen the girl next door grow into not
only Nigeria’s best female singer of the year but
a big celebrity as well.
In 2017, we continued to be fixated on her
relationship with Adekunle Gold and musical
chemistry with Falz. Also, her fashion choices
were under a lot of scrutinies more than ever
before but she did not allow it deter her.
On the music end, Simi bossed the scene with
her single ‘Joromi’ and the release of her stellar
album ‘Simisola’ which was met with a lot of
Simi’s rise this year is proof that if you keep it
simple you can still get ahead in this business.
We cannot but admire how Davido stormed 2017
and took it with a bang. First was the release of
the song “IF” in February, which took everyone
by surprise and was highly successful.
After an ‘okay’ 2016 Davido came back with full
force in 2017. His subsequent releases ‘Fall’,
and ‘Fia’ have been hits. Even with
controversies- the death of Tagbo and personal
tragedies- the death of DJ Olu and his uncle-
Davido couldn’t be stopped.
He won two awards at the MTV EMA and
nabbed a MOBO award as well. Despite the
ongoing beef with Wizkid, 2017 has been largely
positive for Davido as well. He welcomed his
second daughter this year and regained his
status in the music industry as a hitmaker.
Ladies and gentlemen the facts behind Wizkid’s
being the biggest celebrity of 2017 cannot be
over-emphasised. Wizkid started the year on a
very good note with the release of the single
“Come Closer” featuring Drake on April 26, 2017,
“One Dance” his previous collaboration with
Drake became the most streamed song on
Spotify globally with over 1.1 billion streams
which became a Guinness World Record.
Another event which made Wizkid solidify his
position on this list was his sold out concert the
‘Royal Albert Hall’ in London. Then he released
his body of work “Sounds From The Other Side”.
Even the awards couldn’t stop coming for
Wizkid. In November 2017, he won 3 awards at
the AFRIMA awards held in Lagos and the
biggest award came at the MOBO awards where
he won “Best International Act”. His victory at
the MOBOs saw him receive congratulatory
messages from President Buhari, VP Osinbajo,
and former VP Atiku Abubakar.
Wizkid also got blessed with a bouncing baby
boy with his manager, Jada Pollock in 2017. As
a celeb, nobody was bigger than Wiz this year.