10 Most followed Nigerians on Instagram

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Nigerians sometimes analyze how big a celebrity is with the number of followers on Instagram. We have made a list of the most followed Nigerians on Instagram.

The American photo and video sharing social networking application is the platform where celebrities connect with more people, build influence, and create compelling content.

Celebrities or public figures are distinguished with the blue tick (verification) which separates their account from cat fish accounts.

The Instagram bio is the column where fans are guaranteed to get genuine booking information about different celebrities.

A huge number of the most followed Nigerian celebrities on Instagram charge based on their Instagram growth.

Davido -Most followed nigerian on instagram

David Adedeji Adeleke professionally known as Davido has become the most followed Nigerian on Instagram with a total of 16.3 Million followers. Davido is a Nigerian American singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Davido was born on November 21, 1992, in Atlanta, Georgia. His father Adedeji Adeleke is a business mogul and his mother Vero Adeleke was a university lecturer.

Davido is the youngest of five siblings and his father’s second-born son. He attended the British International School in Lagos, Nigeria, and at the age of 16, he moved back to the US to study business administration at Oakwood University in Alabama.

Davido started working on his debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo in 2011. The album’s music is a mixture of Afrobeats and hip hop.

He has since released and featured in several songs, and also received several awards. His lastest album “A better time” was released last year. No doubt Davido has a large fan base he recently sold out the O2 Arena in his just concluded concert in London.

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Yemi Alade

Yemi Eberechi Alade is a Nigerian Afropop singer, songwriter, actress. She came into limelight after she won the Peak Talent Show in 2009 after which she signed to Effyzzie Music Group, and had a hit with her single “Johnny” in 2014.

Yemi rose to become one of the biggest artists in Africa. Following the releases of her albums King of Queens and Mama Africa with huge commercial success recorded for both albums, this made her embark on world tours consecutively.

Yemi Alade sings in English, Igbo, Pidgin, Yoruba, French, Swahili and Portuguese.Her music has been of influence in many African countries and the world. It has also earned her the name “Mama Africa” for her versatility in using different African Languages and attires in her songs and music videos.

Yemi Alade is the second most followed Nigerian on Instagram with a total of 16.3 Million followers.

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Funke Akindele

Funke Akindele Bello popularly known as Jenifa started her career in the “I need to know” TV series sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund.(UNFP)

Funke Akindele’s big break came in 2008 when she appeared in the movie Jenifa which earned her the nickname Jenifa. 

In 2016, Funke Akindele played the lead role in the show Jenifa’s Diary.The show is a spin-off from the movie Jenifa, she was named the Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

The Jenifa’s diary TV show which is still ongoing was centred around a young girl finding her way around a mega city (Lagos) and other youths with their search to greener pastures. Funke Akindele had a funny way of speaking English language in the TV show which earned her a lot of fans some of who began to do monologues of some scenes.

Funke Akindele was always pleased to see this act and she is known for reposting highly creative contents of her fans. Funke Akindele Bello rose to become the third most followed Nigerian on Instagram with a total of 15 Million followers.

She celebrated this achievement with a post some weeks back.

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Tiwa savage

Tiwatope Savage is a British-Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress. She was born in Isale Eko, Lagos State, Nigeria.

Her family relocated to London when she was 11 years old. While attending secondary school, she was a trombone player for her school’s orchestra band.

Tiwa Savage graduated with a degree in accounting from the University of Kent, and started working at The Royal Bank of Scotland.

At a time she was a backup singer for English singer George Michael at the age of 16, and other musicians such as Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Blu Cantrell,Emma Bunton, Kelly Clarkson, Andrea Bocelli and Ms. Dynamite.

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Tiwa Savage has since released several albums and EPs. In 2021, Tiwa Savage released her latest EP “Water and Garri” in which she featured Brandy in one of the tracks “Somebody’s son”.

She spoke briefly about how singing with her music idol Brandy Norwood made her feel in an interview on BBC . According to her, Brandy is one of the people who she looked up to while growing up.

Tiwatope Savage has risen to become the fourth most followed Nigerian on Instagram with a total of 14.6 Million followers.


Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun professionally known as BigWiz was born on 16 July 1990, in Surulere, Lagos

He grew up in a mixed faith household with twelve female siblings. His mother is a Pentecostal Christian and his father practices Islam.

Wizkid attended Ijebu Ode Grammar School. In mid-2009, he was in Lagos State University (LASU), but later left. Again he continued his tertiary education in Lead City University, but dropped out after completing two sessions. He decided to fully pursue music.

With a huge fan base locally and internationally, one would think Big Wiz will top this list. No doubt Big Wiz is one of the biggest Artiste in Africa with several awards under his belt

Big Wiz has risen to become one of most followed Nigerians on Instagram with a total of 14.1 Million followers.

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Don Jazzy

Micheal Collins Ajereh professionally known as Don Jazzy was born on 26th November 1982 into the family of Collins Enebeli Ajereh and Mrs Ajereh. His father is from Isoko in Delta State.
His mother is an Igbo princess from Abia state.

Don jazzy’s was born in Umuahia, Abia State but his family moved to Ajegunle in Lagos where he was later raised. Passionate about music, Don jazzy started as a child until he grew to become a Nigerian record producer, , audio engineer, record executive, singer and entrepreneur.

He is the founder and the CEO of Mavin Records. Don Jazzy initially co-owned Mo’ Hits Records record label with Dbanj, but that changed after they wet their separate ways.

Don Jazzy is Brand Ambassador and excellent Influencer . He has several successful artiste under his record label. He is also known for supporting upcoming artiste. Several upcoming talents and entertainers who are already making waves in the entertainment industry are a product of his publicity via repost of their post.

His personality has won him millions of fans. Don Jazzy has also risen to become one of the most followed Nigerians on Instagram with a total of 13.1 Million followers.

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Mercy Johnson okojie

Mercy Johnson was  born on the 28th of August 1984. She hails from Okene in Kogi State. She is a Nollywood Actress, Homemaker, Entrepreneur, Wife & Mother.

She kicked off her acting career immediately she concluded her secondary education. She auditioned for a role in The Maid and subsequently acted in other movies such as Hustlers, Baby Oku in America, War in the Palace.

In 2009, she won an award for Best Supporting Actress at the 2009 African Movie Award ceremony for her performance in the movie “Live to Remember”,and Best Actress award at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for her role in the comedy movie Dumebi the Dirty Girl.

In 2017, Mercy Johnson was appointed as the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Kogi state governor on entertainment, arts and culture.This post took effect from 1 April 2017.

Mercy Johnson made her debut as film producer with The Legend of Inikpi. She has since signed several endorsement deals. Mercy Johnson’s kids were not left out in the brand influencing Niche as they also bagged a new brand ambassadorial deal with skincare and cosmetic brand for children, Zandas Kiddies and Fragrance.

Mercy Johnson has also risen to become one of the most followed Nigerians on Instagram with a total of 12.3 Million followers.

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Ini edo

Iniobong Edo Ekim was born on the 23rd of April 1982. She is a Nigerian actress .Ini Edo is an Ibibio from Akwa Ibom state in the south-south part of Nigeria, not far from Calabar.
Her mother was a teacher, and her father a church elder.

She attended Cornelia Connely College in Uyo. She graduated from the University of Uyo where she got a Diploma in Theatre Arts. She also completed her bachelor’s degree program at the University of Calabar where she studied English.

Ini Edo began her film career in 2000, and has featured in more than 100 movies since her debut. She is nicknamed brown sugar because how comfortable she is in her complexion. In 2013, Ini Edo was a judge for the Miss Black Africa UK Pageant.

Ini Edo has signed several endorsement with GLO, Slim Tea, Noble Hair and a host of others. Ini Edo was appointed as the Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Culture And Tourism by Udom Gabriel Emmanuel in 2016

Ini Edo has also risen to become one of the most followed Nigerian on Instagram with a total of 12.1 Million followers.

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AY comedian

Ayodeji Richard Makun, also known by his stage name A.Y, is a Nigerian actor, comedian,TV presenter, writer, producer and movie director. He was Born on the 19th of August 1971. He hails from Ifon, Ose local government in Ondo State.

Ayo Makun attended Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria. He graduated (after spending nine years)in 2003 as a theatre arts student.

He is the host of the A.Y live shows and A.Y comedy skits. His first movie, 30 Days in Atlanta was produced by him and directed by Robert O. Peters and went on to achieve. He was made a U.N Peace Ambassador.

Ayo Makun directs and acts in one of Nigeria’s popular sitcom, AY’s crib with Alex Ekubo, Venita Akpofure, Buchi Franklin and Justice Nuagbe.He also hosts one of Africa’s largest comedy shows, AY Live featuring comedians like Bovi, Helen Paul and many other comedians.

Ayo Makun is also the Chief Executive Officer of Corporate World entertainment, Nigeria. He also owns a club house. As an investor in stand-up comedy, he has influenced upcoming comedians through his AY “Open Mic Challenge

AY has also risen to become one of the most followed Nigerian on Instagram with a total of 12 Million followers.

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Mr P

Mr. P and his twin brother Rudeboy grew up in a large family, in Jos in Plauteau State, Nigeria.
He was born into the family of Josephine Okoye and Mazi Moses Okoye.

Peter and his brother Paul joined a school of music and drama club, where they started dancing,
singing and performing songs of popular artist like MC Hammer, Bobby Brown and Michael Jackson.

On June 16, 2016, Mr P was made a Kia motor ambassador. Mr. P was also made a brand ambassador for Olympic milk, produced by Nutricima limited. Peter founded a reality TV show named Dance with Peter which was sponsored by Globacom Telecommunication Limited.

In August 2021, he was unveiled as the brand ambassador of Adidas, a manufacturing company that deals with shoes, clothing and accessories.

Mr P has also risen to become one of the most followed Nigerian on Instagram with a total of 11.9 Million followers.

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Mercy Aigbe

Mercy Aigbe was born on 1st of January 1978, into the family of Pa Aigbe and Mrs Abisola Grace Owodunni. She hails from Benin city which is the capital of Edo State. She is a Nigerian actress, director, fashionista and businesswoman. She is best known for her Yoruba indigenous movies

She is the second child in a family of five. She did her primary education at St. Francis primary school and attended Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School Ikeja, Lagos. She is also an alumnus of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, where she received her OND in Financial Studies.

In 2001, Mercy Aigbe graduated from University of Lagos with a degree in Theater Arts. Mercy Aigbe is known for her unique style and dressing. At the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Mercy Aigbe’s dress earned her great applause from fashion stakeholders, and she trended on social media even after ceremony.

In November 2014, Aigbe launched her clothing store, Mag Divas Boutique in Lagos, then opened another outlet in Ibadan. She was awarded Fashion Entrepreneur of The Year at Links and Glitz World Awards.

Mercy Aigbe refers to herself as “Aya the Owner” which her fans also call her. She has also risen to become one of the most followed Nigerian on Instagram with a total of 10.6 Million followers.

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Simisola Bolatito Kosoko (née Ogunleye) better known by her stage name Simi, was born April 19th 1988 in Ojuelegba, a suburb of Surulere, Lagos State, as the last of four children.

Simi attended Stars International College, a secondary school in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
After which she proceeded to Covenant University for her tertiary education. There she studied mass communication.

She is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress. She started her career as a gospel singer. Simi grew up dancing and singing as a member of her local church’s choir. She wrote her first song at age 10.

Her professional music career started in 2008 following the release of her debut studio album Ogaju, which consisted of a variety of songs such as “Iya Temi” and “Ara Ile”. The album was produced entirely by Samklef.

She gained prominence in 2014 after releasing “Tiff”, a song that was nominated for Best Alternative Song at The Headies 2015. Simi signed a record deal with X3M Music in 2014, but left the label in May 2019 following the expiration of her contract.

She released her second studio album Simisola on September 8, 2017. Her third studio album Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1 was released on her thirty-first birthday on April 19, 2019. She launched her record label Studio Brat in June 2019.

Simi has risen to become the third most followed Nigerian on Instagram with a total of 10.3 Million followers

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