Erica, Crackheadextra, Nairaland, and more | These are the top 100 people, places, and platforms in Nigeria this week

From a database of 10,000 entries, The Masterlist editors will daily curate the top 100 people, places, and platforms that should be top of mind for individuals and corporates.

Today’s list features a diverse mix of entries from artists to filmmakers and hangout spots. See below the full list.

  1. Ozo: Nigerians are getting fed up with the lover boy’s antics, labelling him a love-drunk man who can’t seemingly catch a hint. But his funny bum shorts and playful dialogue with Nengi still makes him fun to watch for many Big Brother Naija fans.
  1. Erica: For ex-housemate Lucy, Erica’s feelings about Nengi and Kiddwaya’s ‘friendship’ contributed to her confrontation with Laycon, which led to her disqualification. But her undeterred fan base quickly set up a GoFundMe account for her, raising over $9,000 for her in less than two hours. Information on the page indicates that the “funds will be used to raise awareness for mental health as per therapist’s fees and also help her get back up on her feet”. Just like few BBNaija housemates before her – Tasha, Cee-C, Mercy, T-Boss – Erica has grown a community that could prove dependable for many brands.
  1. Laycon: Laycon’s fans, tagged the ‘Icons’, are dedicated to fighting for his honour. After the barrage of insults from fellow housemate Erica, his fans were quick to reiterate how they were confident he was the sure winner this season.
  1. Kiddwaya: Erica’s love interest and fellow housemate, Kiddwaya is known for his diplomacy, horrible dance steps and “player” vibes. Despite the strained relationship between his lover and Laycon, he continues to foster a ‘bromance’ with the dreaded singer. The question on everyone’s mind is if he genuinely cares for Erica or it’s just part of the game.
  1. Lucy: The vibrant contestant has been evicted from the BBNaija House. She made quite the iconic exit, refusing any show of affection from the other housemates.
  1. Nengi: Would Nengi ever say yes to Ozo, or would he finally catch a hint and leave her alone? These are the questions that keep her on the trending list. It also appears that Nengi is caught in the tangles of Erica and Kiddwaya’s ‘situationship’, with many fans expecting that with Erica out of the house, something could happen between her and Kiddwaya.
  1. Cee C: Upon the blazing altercation between Laycon and Erica, in which Erica rained series of insults on her housemates, many Nigerians took to social media to reminisce about the feisty roommate.
  1. Vee: Vee’s bluntness and accent are notorious on the streets. The fact that she quarrels with her lover, Neo over food totally excites the Twitter audience.
  1. Neo: The Big Brother housemate, Neo, is a conversationalist. His relationship with Vee is often tumultuous to watch, and this consistently makes the couple appear on Twitter’s trending list.
  1. Big Brother Naija Lockdown: The reality television show still remains the biggest in the country, one that has everyone glued and has been put together with a primal spot for brands.
  1. Taaooma: Even though she has not released a new video in 6 days, Nigerian comedienne, content creator, and cinematographer, Apaokagi Adedoyin Maryam remains one of the most popular comics and highly-engaged influencers on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Expect the same applause and ‘virtual swooning’ when she releases a new video.
  1. Aproko Doctor: Aproko Doctor is known for dishing out medical advice on his Twitter platform, providing a significant voice on health issues on social media. He’s recently taken a new approach to his content, packaging his medical advice in humorous video content. In such videos, he is seen playing the character of a herbalist attending to his ‘customers’.
  1. Crackheadextra: The fresh content creator is keeping Nigerians entertained with her daring form of content. She is seen in the market and other populated places screaming out the lyrics of Nigerian music, almost like a mad person. The highlights are the series of reactions from the passersby in the market. Other Nigerians have tried to mimic this form of content as well since it went viral.
  1. Instablog9ja: The platform recently created a new market platform with better deals for entrepreneurs, business owners, and customers.
  1. Ebuka: He’s so good that Nigerians on social media have taken it upon themselves to demand a pay rise from MultiChoice on his behalf. Ebuka also holds us hostage every weekend with his sterling delivery presenting Rubbin’ Minds on ChannelsTV and anchoring the Big Brother Naija eviction show hours later.
  1. Nairaland: Nairaland is an online community that attracts a ton of viewership. It was ranked number 790 in the global internet traffic and engagement in late April 2020. Nairaland.com is considered the forum for the masses. It is usually said that there is nothing you want to find information on that you can’t get from Nairaland. It is one of the most visited websites in Nigeria, according to Alexa.com.
  1. Davido: Nigerian singer, David Adedeji Adeleke – also known as Davido, took Oshodi by the storm this week. He was welcomed by energetic residents and street urchins who chased after the money he sprayed into the air. Conversations swirled around Davido being a star who didn’t come from the streets but is a man of the streets.
  1. Dimma Umeh: YouTuber and content creator, Dimma Umeh has kept Nigerians entertained, constantly uploading lifestyle videos on her YouTube channel. Her latest video talked about her perfume collection, and instantly comments flooded social media of people wanting to lay their hands on the brands.
  1. Bam Bam: Ex-BBNaija couple, BamBam and Teddy A, celebrated their first marriage anniversary sharing a gorgeous picture of each other and lovely words.
  1. Teddy A: Ex BBNaija housemate, Teddy, celebrated his first anniversary by sharing cute pictures with his wife, BamBam, adorned in regal attires. They officially began their exciting journey into parenthood in March, with the arrival of their baby girl, Zendaya.
  1. DJ Cuppy: Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola has transformed her image, growing from being the brunt of the joke in the music sector to a beloved pop star, especially with the release of her debut album, ‘Original Copy’. She has continued to retain a major pepsi ambassadorship role while maintaining an optimistic, relatable personality.
  1. Mercy Chinwo: The gospel musician clocked the landmark age of 30 this week, garnering tons of well-wishes from her fans and Nigerians.
  1. Don Jazzy: Don Jazzy is well known for his comedy skits and vibrant personality on Instagram. He is also a vocal member of the virtual community and participates in many topical issues. He was recently invited for a conversation by the Department of State Services (D.S.S.), which many Nigerians have taken as an example of the government’s attack on free speech.
  1. Femi Kuti: The afrobeat legend, Femi Kuti, trended when he revealed why he declined an invitation by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to join the All Progressives Congress. He highlighted his role in the Occupy Nigeria protest in January 2012 fuel price hike protest. He explained out that he pulled out immediately when he realised it was politically motivated.
  1. Tacha: Tacha did not win the Big Brother Nigeria reality show, but she practically won at everything else, tapping into a social currency that is the dream of many influencers. The fandom tagged as “the Titans” make it a point of call to ensure she trends daily, with much devotion and dedication.
  1. The Real Femi: Known as The Real Femi on Instagram, he has again attracted audience attention with his BBNaija skits, mimicking the housemates and the show in general.
  1. Josh2funny: Josh2Funny, also known as Josh Alfred, has been at the helm of many viral, humorous trends on the Nigerian social media space. His recent “Don’t leave me challenge” shot him into the global spotlight, and he is yet to lost the buzz.
  1. Sinach: The award-winning singer/songwriter with her hit single, ‘Way Maker’ is up for three nominations at the 2020 Dove Awards in the United States of America.
  1. Debo Macaroni: Debo Adebayo is popularly known as Mr Macaroni. The comedian, actor, and content creator has carved a niche for himself by combining humour with the everyday experiences of the character he plays.
  1. Lasisi Elenu: He plays many flamboyant characters such as Sinzu Money, Jacuzzi, Spending, Anayo, Atomic Bomb, and a host of others. Lasisi leads the pack when it comes to audience engagement – and with 3.2 million Instagram followers and more across social media, it’s hard to argue with his star power and influence.
  1. Tiwa Savage: The singer recently went viral as she made her debut on popular live performance show, Tiny Desk Concert on NPR. The reason for the D.S.S invitation still remains unresolved, even though a spokesperson has explained that the meeting was meant to discuss a partnership on nation-branding and community mobilising.
  1. Kunle Afolayan: The buzz over the official “Citation “trailer, a film by award-winning filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan is yet to fade. The video, which was also shared on Instagram and Twitter by one of Nigeria’s richest men, Femi Otedola, continues to attract plenty of conversations and interest. The movie tackles the issue of sexual-based crimes in universities.
  1. Temi Otedola: Fashion guru and influencer, Temi Otedola, made her film debut in Afolayan’s upcoming movie “Citation”. From the trailer alone, Nigerians are left mouth-watering for the film release. The film narrates the ordeal faced by a female postgraduate student, Moremi Oluwa (Temi Otedola), who is forced to deal with sexual harassment from a popular male lecturer.
  1. Ibukun Awosika: The First Bank chairperson made her screen debut in Kunle Afolayan’s upcoming feature film, Citation. The movie does not yet have a release date but has been seeing a healthy dose of enthusiasm.
  1.  Sisi Yemmie: Lifestyle and food vlogger, Sisi Yemmie unveiled a new recipe in one of her cooking videos, but this time it’s a recipe tutorial for Beef Pasta. She also shared the celebration of her 6th wedding anniversary with a house party.
  1. Fisayo Longe: British-Nigerian fashion and travel blogger, Fisayo Longe, is the creator of the apparel line Kai Collective. The name means ‘Wow!’ in Hausa language, truly capturing the story she wants to share through her designs. Fisayo Longe’s Kai apparel is quickly becoming a status symbol and a fashion must-have for all trendy and savvy people. Celebrities have been seen sporting the signature swirl-coloured Gaia print, including Tiwa Savage, Denola Grey, Kiki Mordi, and The Oddity. Other global stars such as Eniola Hu, Jackie Aina, Patricia Bright, Elenna Owen, Saweetie and Ebonee Davis have taken to social media to showcase their wears.
  1. Kate Henshaw: Nigerian actress, Kate Henshaw trended on social media for admonishing those who were quick to call on celebrities to protest against the government in a Twitter thread.
  1. The Voice Nigeria: Three years after it was taken off the air, the musical talent show has returned for a third season. The show will be produced in partnership with British television giant, ITV, and international record label, Universal Music U.K. and in conjunction with YouTube.
  1. Shiro Restaurant bar: With 429 reviews on TripAdvisor, Shiro Restaurant is ranked first of 8 Japanese restaurants in Lagos, and first among 252 restaurants in Lagos.
  1. Cactus Restaurant: With 312 reviews on TripAdvisor, Cactus restaurant is ranked number 5 of 252 restaurants in Lagos.
  1. R.S.V.P Lagos: With 217 reviews on TripAdvisor, R.S.V.P Lagos is ranked number 3 of 252 restaurants in Lagos. The restaurant boasts of vegetarian-friendly, vegan options, gluten-free options.
  1. Ocean Basket: With 298 reviews on TripAdvisor, Ocean Basket is ranked number 4 of 252 restaurants in Lagos. The restaurant boasts of expertise in seafood delicacies and a soothing ambience.
  1. Nike Art Gallery, Lagos: With an average of 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, the centre is one of Nigeria’s hidden treasures. Located in Lekki, Lagos, the four-story building comprises an art gallery and textile museum featuring over 7,000 pieces.
  1. Bobrisky: Internet personality celebrated his birthday with a colourful splash. Bobrisky took to social media to share stunning pictures, adorning jaw-dropping costumes. Videos of the exclusive, lavish 28th birthday bash made its way to the internet, causing massive conversation.
  1. Burna Boy: Burna Boy’s songs “Way too big” and “23” are number 1 and 2 on the Nigerian iTunes chart respectively. His just-released album “Twice as Tall” keeps commanding radio airplay.
  1. Ladipo Esom: The Nigerian musician better known as Ladipoe, enlisted Joeboy, an Empawa Africa-signed Afropop crooner, for his latest single titled ‘Yoruba Samurai’.
  1. Oxlade: Oxlade just released his highly anticipated single entitled, “D.K.T. “, produced by Spax. This release is following the official music video for his hit record, “Away.” He also gave an astonishing performance of his buzzing hit track “Hold On” at emPawa’s Rooftop session in Lagos.
  1. Mr Eazi: Talented musician and entrepreneur, Mr Eazi, founded emPawa Africa, a talent incubation initiative designed to nurture and support up-and-coming African artists. The organisation is emPawa is successfully progressing and taking its artists to greater heights with the new deal with music rights management company and publishing company, Kobalt.
  1. Adekunle Gold: He recently released his highly anticipated third studio album dubbed Afro-Pop Volume 1. So it’s easy to see why Adekunle Gold is currently white-hot.
  1. Efe Irele: Nollywood actress and model Efe Irele did not let a pandemic stop her from celebrating her 30th birthday with a few close friends and family at a private party over this week.
  1. Okey Bakassi: Comedian, Okey Bakassi has been announced to host the first-ever live T.V. comedy show, Laughter on Lockdown, on Independence Day. The show is scheduled to air live from 2:30 pm to 5 pm on Africa Magic Family CH 154 on Thursday, October 1st, 2020.
  1. Laughter On Lockdown! Laughter on Lockdown: The Independence Day Show is a family-friendly event that promises laughter, entertainment, and fun, and features stand-up comedy performances from various vibrant comedians including Buchi, Chi-gurl, Senator, Owen Gee, S.L.K., and Kenny Blaq. The show is scheduled to air live from 2:30 pm to 5 pm on Africa Magic Family CH 154 on Thursday, October 1st, 2020.
  1. Waje: Nigerian singer-songwriter Aituaje Iruobe, popularly known as Waje, turned 40. She shared visually stunning images on social media.
  1. Eniola Badmus: Nollywood Actress, Eniola Badmus celebrated her birthday in the most fashionable way possible: with a brand-new photo spread on her Instagram.
  1. DJ Switch: D.J. Switch played at the ongoing BBNaija Lockdown on Saturday. Her sick tunes and mixes caused ovations from audience members.
  1. Toyin Abraham: Nollywood actress, Toyin Abraham turned 40 years, and her husband, manager, and fans flooded social media with her photos to celebrate her special day. The star also churned out beautiful pictures on her Instagram page for her big 40.
  1. Mide Funmi Martins:: The Nollywood actress and T.V. presenter is an ambassador for many brands because she serves it to her over 2.8million followers on Instagram’ as e dey hot’.
  1. Naijaloaded.com.ng: If it is music, then this is the go-to platform for that in Nigeria. Naijaloaded.com.ng is ranked 17 on Alexa in Nigeria and 2,188 on its global ranking.
  1. Linda Ikeji: Linda isn’t done with the media landscape just yet, as she keeps setting the pace across the continent through her evolving content offering. You can never rule Linda out – brands know this, and that is why they stay loyal to her eponymous platform.
  1. Sahara Reporters: For the average Nigerian politician, the fear of Sahara Reporters is the beginning of wisdom. Their style of reporting takes no prisoners, and their exclusive stories keep drawing in traffic by the second. They’re ranked 105 on Alexa in Nigeria.
  1. Zikoko: The engagement on the Zikoko posts are so incredible. Those behind the platform have somehow found a way to get people talking, and they achieve that daily.
  1. Betway Naija: As the headline sponsors of the latest edition of Big Brother Naija, the online sports betting platform is currently getting all the attention. And until the blockbuster show wraps up, it will be hard not to consider Betway Naija as a leading ‘What’s Hot’ candidate.
  1. Mercy Eke: The winner of the last Big Brother Naija contest knows just how to get herself some attention. After Erica’s disqualification, Mercy went on an Instagram live shedding tears at the development.
  1. Iyabo Ojo: Nollywood actress and entrepreneur, Iyabo Ojo just moved into a lavish new home with her two children, Priscilla and Festus. The 42-year-old movie star shared an exclusive inside look at the new residence while also launching an interior decoration brand called Fespris Decor.
  1. Daddy Freeze: Broadcaster and media personality, Daddy Freeze, is always at the centre of controversy and knows just how to make the trending list. His audacious statements in calling out what he terms hypocrisies in the society make him a constant talking point for Nigerians. He is a senior broadcaster at Cool FM Lagos.
  1. Skales: Afrobeats singer and songwriter, Skales released a music video to follow up his single “God Is Good” from his latest project, the “Healing Process” E.P.
  1. Channels T.V.: Channels T.V. is an independent News T.V. channel which produces featured news programs. The station trended when it broke the news of’ the disqualification of BBN housemate, Erica, lending credence to how broad the interest in the show has become.
  1. Punchng.com: Punch newspaper does an impressive job of delivering quality content on all its platforms, including its physical papers, on its web platform, and social media. The news media platform is ranked 1,191 on Alexa rankings, garnering close to 800,000 daily views on its website.
  1. Legit: Legit news, formerly known as Naij.com, relies on technology and using analytical tools to drive their content. The website can boast of a whopping 1,170,000 million daily views on their website and is ranked 839 on Alex rankings. The news site also makes excellent use of its social media presence on all major platforms, being one of the very few news sites to make a mark on the video-sharing platform, YouTube.
  1. Daily Post: Daily Post is determined to be one of the top news sites in Nigeria, with over 700, 000 daily views on the site. It is ranked 1,841 on Alexa rankings. Daily Post makes use of its sensational headlines to attract a ton of viewers and readers.
  1. Thenationonlinenet:: This platform has risen in stature lately as one of the most authentic news platforms in Nigeria. You visit it knowing exactly what to expect – politics, business, entertainment, sports, and more. It is ranked 24 in Nigeria on Alexa.
  1. Vanguardngr.com: This platform has continued to evolve, and it has grown to become one of Nigeria’s pre-eminent online platforms. It sets the pace in news offerings and keeps readers coming back to the site for more. The platform is ranked 25 on Alexa in Nigeria and 2,269 globally.
  1. Cool FM: Based in Lagos, Cool FM brings the best of music and pure fun to their loyal listeners. This platform has it on lockdown.
  1. Lagos Talk: The number one talk radio in the city of Lagos – focused on creating and encouraging conversations about issues that affect all Lagosians.
  1. N.T.V.: Boasting a monthly reach of over 2million viewers, O.N.T.V. brings first-class programming, educative and entertaining T.V. concepts to viewers. The platform airs music, fashion, lifestyle, sports, movies, series, telenovelas, and news content.
  1. Beat FM: For those who want a full complement of programming – traffic reports, weather forecasts, entertainment, news, sports programmes and much more – Beat FM is your go-to F.M. dial.
  1. Urban FM: It’s music, music, and more music from this Lekki, Lagos based radio station.
  1. Wazobia FM: This unique-styled radio station is rated 4.7 (out of 5) on Online Radio Box.
  1. Bond FM: The station is the number one grassroots F.M. radio station in Nigeria.
  1. Soundcity: This is the radio subsidiary of Nigerian leading music television channel, Soundcity TV. Its aim is to bring together Nigeria’s youth using their power of music.
  1. Arewa24: Based in Kano, Arewa24 is the first free-to-air channel to use the Hausa language. Available on DStv, GOtv, and StarTimes, the channel showcases the lifestyle of Nigeria’s Northern region.
  1. Covenant University: Covenant University (C.U.) is a private Christian university in Ota, Ogun State and is affiliated with Living Faith Church Worldwide. The university appeared as one of the world’s best universities in the Times ranking.
  1. University of Ibadan: The University of Ibadan (U.I.) is a public research university. It became an independent university in 1963, and it appeared as one of the world’s best universities in the 2020 Times ranking.
  1. University of Lagos: The University of Lagos, popularly known as U.N.I.L.A.G., is a public research university in Lagos, Nigeria. It is one of the five first generation universities in Nigeria and was founded in 1962. The university appeared as one of the world’s best universities in the Times ranking.
  1. The Blowfish Hotel: With 6.9 rating from over 270 reviews, the hotel is one of the most consistently booked accommodations on Bookings.com.
  1. Lagos Continental Hotel: One of the few 5-star hotels with a high rating on bookings.com (7.2).
  1. Osas Ighodaro: The actress Osas Ighodaro will be playing the lead role in the much-anticipated remake titled “RattleSnake The Ahanna Story”. The upcoming film, produced by Play Network Studios, is a remake of Amaka Igwe’s Nollywood classic “RattleSnake, which was released in 1995.
  1. Abba .T. Makama: His name is currently on everyone’s lips for the soon-to-be-released, much anticipated Netflix film ‘Juju Stories’. We can’t wait.
  1. CJ Obasi: Nigerian filmmaker and ‘Juju stories’ co-writer whose projects subvert conventional Nollywood tropes with a clear focus on identity and a rejection of the exotification of Nigeria’s culture.
  1. Yinka Ayefele:: The singer recently trended on social media after posting a video of his newly delivered wheelchair which enables him to stand upright. Since an accident many years ago, Ayefele has had to use a wheelchair user after sustaining a spinal cord injury.
  1. Lateef Adedimeji: The rising star, who is also a brand ambassador for Airtel and Numatville Megacity, beat other popular actors such as Odunlade Adekola, Kunle Afod, Muyiwa Ademola, Damola Olatunji and Femi Adebayo to win the male actor of the year award at the 2020 Fresh Awards.
  1. Charles Okpaleke: The award-winning Nollywood producer, Charles Okpaleke, who owns the rights to the new film “RattleSnake The Ahanna Story”, also recently announced the production of the sequel to the 2003 blockbuster movie, “Osuofia In London”.
  1. Idia Aisien: The famous model and television presenter has officially launched a new ready-to-wear collection in collaboration with African Designer’s Mall.
  1. DJ Tunez: The U.S. born Nigerian D.J. recently released a banging song featuring Wizkid, Adekunle Gold, and Omah Lay. He continues to rise exponentially in the Nigerian music industry.
  1. Bisola Aiyeola: Bisola Aiyeola is a multidisciplinary artist with over 2.9 million followers. She recently shared a short clip from Introducing The Kojos, a project she is currently working on.
  1. Ubi Franklin: Ubi took advantage of the lockdown to engage key decision makers with conversations on his Instagram page. He constantly engages over 760,000 Instagram followers using different content, and his posts get an average of 7,000 views each and thousands of likes.
  1. Kenni Ekundayo: It was recently revealed that the Lagos-based curator will join 119 other international partners to participate in this year’s 41st edition of Arts Electronica Festival. But more importantly, her curatorial outfit, Galeri O.D.U.M.I.J.E., will be presenting a media art exhibition titled “Pandemic-Pandemonium!” accessible on the web platforms of the festival, while also representing other noteworthy artistes such as Bernard Kalu, Ikenna Ogbenta, Efe Paul Azino and Tobi’ Tej’ Tejumola.
  1. Brila FM: Nigerians love sports, especially the English Premier League. And where can they get match analysis, transfer news and more other than Brila FM – Nigeria’s number one sports radio?
  1. Therapy: Therapy is a web-series starring Toke Makinwa, Falz, Bovi and several others in a marriage drama. It is currently gaining traction amongst young Nollywood web-series lovers.
  1. Irenosen Okojie: Nigerian author, Irenosen Okojie, won the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for African writing, which is considered one of the most prestigious literary prizes on the continent.

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