Since its launch in 2010, Instagram has gone a long way. It started as a simple photo-sharing app and has evolved into various things, including a way to reconnect with old friends, a portfolio for creatives of all kinds to showcase their work and a battleground for social justice. Finally, Instagram has evolved into a reflection of our values, which the all-seeing Algorithm reminds us of every time we check-in. While Footballers take the crown for being loved in the continent. WHo really are Most Followed Celebrities On Instagram?
We have compiled a list of the world’s most followed African celebrities on Instagram.
1. Mohammed Salah– 50.8 M
Whether you are a football freak or not, Mohamed Salah is a name you have probably heard. Experts have hailed him as one of the best players in the world. In the Premier League, he plays for Liverpool. He has also won Premier League Golden Boots three times. He holds the record for scoring the most goals in a 38-game season. That said, he is immensely loved worldwide and has a massive 50.8 million followers and so, he is the most followed African celebrity on Instagram. The Egyptian footballer’s net worth is over $ 90 million as of 2022.
2. Davido– 24 M
Davido is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. His real name is David Adedeji Adeleke. The New African Magazine held him as one of the 100 most influential Africans in 2019. Since 2012, he has been on a journey of successful music albums. He is known for his unique style of blending African music with mainstream pop. Davido is “The King of Modern-day Afrobeats”. His recent accomplishments include being the first Nigerian singer to feature in the FIFA World Cup, 2022.
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3. Yemi Alade- 16.7 M
Yemi Alade is said to be one of the most prominent artists in Africa. She sings in six languages- English, Igbo, Pidgin, Yoruba, French, Swahili and Portuguese. Her career kicked off after winning the Peak Talent Show in 2009. She holds multiple accolades and records, such as the most viewed African female video on youtube, the second Nigerian to hit 100 million views on a single video and so on. The list is long. Her versatility made her affectionately known as Mama Africa. Nigerians say Yemi is “The Best Stage Performer in Nigeria“.
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4. Tiwa Savage– 15 M
Tiwa Savage is another Nigerian singer on this list. She settled in London for secondary education. However, she returned to Nigeria inspired by the music industry and debuted in the Nigerian music industry with the album- Once Upon A Time. The album was nominated multiple times for various awards. Tiwa is also the CEO of 323 entertainment. According to Forbes, Tiwa is one of the wealthiest musicians in Africa, with a net worth of $12 million (₦ 5 billion). She has always been in the news for her albums, social works, endorsements, and controversies. These events made her one of the most followed Africans on Instagram.
5. Diamond Platnumz– 14.7 M
This Tanzanian singer and dancer were born on 2 October 1989. He is the first African artist to get 1 billion combined YouTube views on his videos. Apart from rocking the music industry, he is also the founder and CEO of WCB Wasafi Record Label, Zoom Extra, Wasafi Bet and Wasafi Media. Diamond Platnumz is engaged in philanthropic activities as if it’s not enough. He began singing while selling clothes at the age of 17. “Kamwambie” in 2010 was his breakthrough song, bagging three Tanzania Music Awards.
6. Wizkid- 14.5 M
Wizkid started recording at the young age of 11. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria. Wizkid started getting more recognition after collaborating with Drake for the song “One Dance” in 2016. This song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 and also topped the charts in 14 other countries. He is also the first African artist to make a Guinness World Record. He has also collaborated with stars like Beyonce, Normani and Calvin Harris. Since 2016, he has been on an unstoppable success ride and hence has such a massive fan following, making him one of the most followed celebrities on Instagram.
7. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ONM– 12.6 M
Pierre is a professional footballer who plays for the Gabonese National Team and is also the Spanish club Barcelona’s striker. His finishing movements have earned him millions of fans. The 32-year-old is the most expensive Gabonese player of all time and has scored the most goals by a Gabonese. Pierre received The National Order of Merit( Ordre National du Merite) from The Gabonese Republic.
8. Didier Drogba– 11.7 M
Didier is the former captain of the Ivory Coast national football team. Drogba, who once played for Chelsea, has the most goals by a foreign player and is the fourth-highest goal scorer of all time. He has also won the title of African Footballer of the Year twice. Not only is he the most expensive Ivory Coast player in history, he is also the first African player to score 100 goals in the Premier League. Drogba is also called the “ultimate big game player”.
9. Zari Hassan- 10.7 M
Popularly known as Zari, the boss lady, Zari Hassan is an inspiration to many women. She hails from Uganda. Zari is a businesswoman, socialite, and musician. She is also the CEO of Brooklyn City College, headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa. She currently resides in South Africa to focus on her business. Her institution also has satellite campuses in six South African cities. Zari is a mom of 5 and owns luxury hotels, cosmetic stores and other investments.
10. Lupita Nyong’o- 9.2 M
The Black Panther beauty Lupita Nyong’o is very successful. She is from Kenya and is famous for movies like Star Wars, Us and Black Panther. Lupita’s father is a Kenyan politician and had fled to Mexico for refuge, where she was born. The family returned to Kenya, where she attended school before moving to the United States as an adult. Lupita has bagged an Oscar for her impressive acting. She got critical acclaim for the movie “12 years a slave”. Since then, Lupita is giving us a glimpse of her vibrant acting skills.
That is a rundown of the most followed African celebrities on Instagram. Thanks to this, artists have the chance to get closer to people worldwide.