In this article I will be sharing with you 10 Nigerian celebrities who were born into wealthy families. Money and power can be quite intoxicating. It can make even the most talented people abandon their skill since they are already doing well. However, this is not always the case for people born with a silver spoon. Some Nigerian celebrities were opportune to be born into rich and influential families but they still went ahead to make a name for themselves.
A number of people had to start from the scratch to become famous while others were already lucky enough to have powerful and influential family names that might have opened doors for them. So therefore, after a careful study and research I present to you 10 Nigerian celebrities who were born into wealthy families.
David Adeleke popularly known by his stage name as Davido or Omo Baba Olowo (OBO) is a popular Nigerian singer, songwriter and recording artist. He is the son of renowned Nigerian business mogul and billionaire, Adedeji Adeleke. He has gone on to become one of the biggest artistes in Nigeria even though his father initially frowned at him for abandoning school to become an entertainer. Davido was born in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States of America and relocated to Lagos at a young age. His debut album Omo Baba Olowo was released in 2012. Davido has released several hit single which has won him several awards like Headies Award, MTV Video Music Award, Nigeria Entertainment Award, BET Awards and many others. Davido is a sensational Nigerian singer and song writer who is one of those young Nigerian artists that has swept the Nigerian entertainment scene with his outstanding hit songs. His father, Dr. Adedeji Adeleke is the chairman of Keplo-Pacific Energy, a company which is into banking, steel, power and energy. Davido’s father is also the founder and pro-chancellor of Adeleke University, Ede in Osun State, Nigeria. Davido’s uncle, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, is a former Governor of Osun State.
Adebayo Adeleke popularly known by his stage name as B-Red is popular Nigerian singer, songwriter and recording artist. He is the son of Nigerian politician, Ademola Adeleke, who recently contested for the Osun State governorship election. B-Red is also the cousin brother to Nigerian top singer, Davido. B-Red was born in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States of America and relocated to Lagos, Nigeria to pursue his music career. He started his musical career in 2013 with the release of “Insane Girl” featuring Davido and which was produced by Shizzi. His uncle, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, is a former Governor of Osun State. While his uncle Adedeji Adeleke (Davido’s father) is the chairman of Keplo-Pacific Energy, a company which is into banking, steel, power and energy.
3. DJ Cuppy
Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola popularly known by her stage name as DJ Cuppy is a Nigerian female disc jockey, singer, songwriter and recording artiste. She is the daughter of Nigerian billionaire and business mogul Femi Otedola. Her father Femi Otedola is the chairman of Forte Oil. He is also the Nigerian President and CEO of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited. Despite her father’s wealth, she is gradually making a name for herself in the entertainment industry as a DJ and musician. DJ Cuppy often makes attempts at blending with regular folks despite being a rich kid. She has earned several fans and critics over the years. DJ Cuppy was born on 11th November 1992 in the United States of America. She lived in Ilupeju for six years before moving to Ikeja the capital city of Lagos State, Nigeria. She then moved to London in the United Kingdom for her GCSE’s and A-Levels. DJ Cuppy graduated from King’s College London in July 2014, with a degree in Business and Economics. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Music Business from New York University in the United States of America in 2015. She launched her new project, House of Cuppy on 8th August 2014.
4. Naeto C
Naetochukwu Chikwe popularly known by his stage name as Naeto C is a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter and recording artist. He is the son of Kema Chikwe, a former Nigerian Federal Minister of Aviation and currently the Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland. Naeto C might have taken a back seat in the entertainment industry but he is responsible for hit songs like 5 and 6, 10 over 10, and many more. After completing his secondary school education in Lagos, he moved to the United States of America for his higher education. He is a graduate of George Washington University. It was at this time that he met Uzikwendu and Ikechukwu, who was then an aspiring hip-hop artist hustling in the city of Washington DC, and New York both in the United States of America. Naeto C graduated in 2004 from George Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, intending to go study further and become a medical doctor. After some deep self-searching he changed his mind and decided to pursue his dream and develop his talent as a musician.
Folarin Falana popularly known by his stage name as Falz is a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter and recording artist. He is the son of top Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana. Falz himself is a lawyer but has made a name for himself as a musician. Recently he released a socially conscious music album called Moral Instruction. Falz was born on 27th October 1990 in Lagos State, Nigeria. He began his music career while still in secondary school after forming a group called “The School Boys” with his friend before his professional career as a music artist began in 2009. Falz became a public figure after his song “Marry Me” won him a nomination in the “Best Collaboration of The Year” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. He was also nominated in the “Best Rap Act of The Year” and “Best New Act to Watch” categories at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
Damilola Afolabi popularly known by his stage name as L.A.X is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and a recording artist. He is the son of Nigerian billionaire and industrialist, Taiwo Afolabi, who is the founder of SIFAX Group, a company that deals in oil and gas. L.A.X was formerly signed on to Wizkid’s label, Star Boy entertainment in 2013. L.A.X was born on 10th April 1993 in Lagos, Nigeria. He started out as a rapper and was part of a three-man group called Flyboiz while he was still in high school. On 20th August 2013, he signed a major-label deal with Starboy Entertainment few days after releasing the critically acclaimed song titled “Caro” which won him the “Diaspora Artiste of The Year” at the 2014 edition of the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
7. Rita Dominic
Rita Dominic is a famous Nollywood actress and producer considered to be the most outstanding actress in Nigeria. In 2004, she won the best actress in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards. She is a princess and was born into the Royal family of Waturuocha of Aboh Mbaise region of Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. She was born on 12th July 1975 in Mbaise, Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. She is the youngest child in a family of four siblings. Rita Dominic is a member of the Royal family of Waturuocha of Aboh Mbaise local government area of Imo State, Nigeria. Her late parents were medical practitioners. Her father was a medical doctor and her mother was a nursing officer. Rita Dominic completed her primary school education in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria and obtained her First School Leaving Certificate. After completing her primary school education, Rita Dominic proceeded to Federal Government College in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria and obtains her West African Senior School Certificate. After completing her secondary school education, Rita Dominic proceeded to University of Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Nigeria and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts in 1999.
Chukki Edozien popularly known by his stage name as Lynxx is a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter and recording artist. He came into the music scene in the last quarter of 2009 in grand style, releasing his first single “change your parade” and went on to release another hit song “fine lady” featuring Wizkid. He is the first Nigerian artiste to be endorsed by global brand, Pepsi. His father, John Edozien is a corporate business tycoon, being the Chairman of a number of Nigerian Companies including Jenkyns Consult Nigeria Limited and Mercedes Benz Automobile Services Limited. He also serves as Director of Linkage Assurance Plc and Diamond Bank plc since 2008.
9. Ademola Adedoyin
Ademola Adedoyin is a Nigerian movie star known for his roles in blockbuster movies like October 1 and King of Boys. He is the son of a famous Nigerian billionaire and industrialist named Samuel Adedoyin, who is currently the CEO of Doyin Group of Companies. Ademola Adedoyin was born in Lagos State, Nigeria. He is the 10th child in a family of 14 children. Ademola Adedoyin studied Graphic Design and English Literature at A-Levels at St Bede’s School in Hailsham, East Sussex in the United Kingdom. He has a Master Degree in Media and Communication from Metropolitan University of London and also studied Film Directing at Central Film School, London both in the United Kingdom.
10. Dr. Sid
Sidney Onoriode Esiri popularly known by his stage name as Dr. Sid is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and dentist. He is currently signed into Mavin Records and has made hit songs still charting top in the Nigerian music scene. His mother is a successful fashion designer and his father is the deceased veteran Nollywood actor, Justus Esiri, who was a Member of the Order of the Niger (MON). Dr. Sid late father Justus Esiri was a legend in the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood. Unfortunately his father is dead. But before his death he was regarded as one of the richest actor in Nigeria and also one of the highest paid actor in Nigeria.