Davido, Kenneth Gyang, Tirta Ayu Spa and more… | These are the top 100 people, places, and platforms in Nigeria this week

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

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

  1. Laycon: Big Brother is over, but the buzz around the stars has not nearly died down. Everywhere Laycon goes on his media rounds, a crowd of people follow.
  2. Dorathy: The second runner up in the Big Brother show, unfortunately, fell ill and had to be rushed to the hospital during her media rounds. It seemed like the hustle and bustle got to her.
  3. Erica: Despite being the housemate that was disqualified, Erica continues to remain as relevant as ever. She held a meet and greet session for her fans and has been very fan-oriented since leaving the house. She has now signed a deal with Kuku’s hair. 
  4. Nengi: The Big Brother finalist has continuously stunned Nigerians with her new and exciting looks.
  5. Vee: She’s been tagged the Queen of flames for her blunt words and I-don’t-care attitude. Whatever the criticisms thrown at her, she shakes it off and keeps moving. 
  6. Neo: Did Neo wash Vee’s underwear or not? During his media rounds, he felt it was important to clarify that he only ‘rinsed’ it. The incident had caused significant controversy on social media.
  7. Ebuka: Even though Big Brother is over, Ebuka has continued to host shows and interview celebrities. He recently interviewed Nigerian popstar, Davido in a tell-all interview
  8. Lisa Folawiyo: The fashion guru has been the go-to stylist for Nigerian celeb’s Ankara looks. She’s been styling Big Brother star, Erica; putting her in looks that keep her the talk of the town. 
  9. Davido: Davido’s ‘Fem’ continues to rule the Nigerian charts. The song is said to be a diss song to all his ‘haters’. He had a lot to say about these ‘haters’ in his latest interview with Ebuka.
  10. Wizkid: The afrobeat singer was very vocal about the SARS saga Nigerians are currently experiencing. He called on the Lagos state governor and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to do something substantial to stop the menace. 
  11. Chude Jideonwo: The host of weekly show #Withchude invited one of the most talked-about BBN housemates, Erica Nlewedim to his show, where he asked her some burning questions.  
  12. Regina Daniels : Regina Daniels Rita was recently installed as the Ochiudo of Ogwashi-Uku kingdom in Delta state and she shared the news alongside lovely photos on her Instagram page.
  13. Simi: Nigerian singer, Simi, gifted the world with her musical genius and delivered a six-track EP titled, ‘RESTLESS II.’ While a short collection of work, Nigerians have continued to rave about how great the album is, going as far as stating that it was too short.
  14. Lil Frosh: The fast-rising rapper, Lil Frosh has been tangled in a grievous mess as a social media user called him out for allegedly beating his girlfriend to a pulp. The rapper who is signed to Davido’s record label, DMW was called out by the brother and manager of the girlfriend, Gift Camille.
  15. Basketmouth: The Nigerian comedian, Basketmouth, is constantly reinventing himself and finding new ways to express his comedic art. He recently released a first look at his upcoming web series, ‘Papa Benji’ in a 6-minute trailer.
  16. Runtown: Nigerian singer, Douglas Jack Agu, popularly known as Runtown, announced that he will be stepping up and leading a protest to end the terror carried out by men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS). He communicated this on his social media platform, scheduling the protest for Thursday 8th, October 2020. 
  17. Bobrisky: The eccentric media personality has mastered the art of trending. He went on social media over the week to advise ex-BBN housemates to regulate their outings so as to avoid losing relevance quickly.
  18. Illbliss: Popular rapper Illbliss revealed his latest joy as he welcomed his second child at 26 weeks. He shared the touching story of how the first medical practitioners had declared his daughter unsavable but she eventually survived and he’s overjoyed. 
  19. Kaisha: Kaisha was one of those to exit the Big Brother house early in the season yet she’s continued to be one of the most talked-about housemates. She kept things real and continues to appear very down to earth. She recently shared how a fan had told her to return a gift because she didn’t tag the unspecified person.
  20. Kenneth Gyang:  ‘Òlòtūré’, directed by Kenneth Gyang, was acquired by Netflix as an Original and was recently released to the viewers for watching. Immediately it dropped on the site, social media blew up in conversations on sex trafficking – the film’s central theme.
  21. Sharon Ooja: The movie, ‘Òlòtūré’, follows the story of Oloture played by Sharon Ooja. This role was evidently different from Sharon’s usual roles and was a welcomed change.
  22. Omoni Oboli: Talented actress, Omoni Oboli, played the role of Alero in the movie, ‘Òlòtūré’, who led a sex trafficking ring. 
  23. Blossom Chukwujekwu: Blossom Chukwujekwu plays the editor and companion to ‘Òlòtūré’ in the movie. His role and performance were also put under scrutiny upon the movie’s release. 
  24. Omowunmi Dada: Omowunmi Dada has been lauded for her stellar performance in the movie, ‘Òlòtūré’. Even though she plays a supporting role, her convincing acting shines through and makes her stand out amongst the cast members. 
  25. Niniola: Talented artist, Niniola dropped her highly anticipated album ‘Colors and Sounds’ over the week.  The album was highly publicised upon its release; the branding was nothing less than top-notch. Mixed reviews from critics have greeted the album but most Nigerians continue to praise Niniola’s powerful vocals. 
  26. Stephanie Linus: Nollywood actress, Stephanie Linus, was the object of much affection over the week. She was pleasantly shocked by her husband who threw her a surprise party. Her fans and loved ones shared touching messages on social media to celebrate the actress. 
  27. Tiwa Savage: Talented Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, has been nominated alongside several other international artists such as Beyonce in the UK Music Video Awards.
  28. Reekado Banks: Reekado Banks dropped a  music video for the song ‘Need More’ featuring Kida Kudz and EO. This project is interpreted as an attempt for Reekado to break into the U.K market.
  29. Pulse NG: The pulse news web platform has consistently provided amazing interviews with international, local and diverse individuals. Over the week, Pulse published an interview with Nollywood’s Daniel Ehimen.
  30. Wande Coal: Wande Coal released a new short film for his song ‘Again [Remix]’ featuring Wale.
  31. Tekno: Tekno released a new video for his song, ‘Puttin’. The visuals are raunchy, brazen and in your face.
  32. Omah Lay: Omah Lay released a new video for his song, ‘Damn’. This makes Omah Lay’s fourth video from his EP, ‘Get Layd.’
  33. Charles Okpaleke:  Charles Okpaleke, executive producer of ‘Living In Bondage: Breaking Free’ has confirmed that a sequel is in works, revealing that the single might be released in 2021.
  34. Olamide: The ‘science student’ singer isn’t particularly known for romance and love matters. However, the entertainer is showing a different side to himself with his latest song and video release, ‘Green Light’.
  35. Naira Marley: Naira Marley’s new tune, ‘Idi Oremi’ is inspired by a traditional Yoruba playground song, with an additional vulgarity. The song is also a follow-up to his 2019 single, ‘Opotoyi.’
  36. Fireboy: Fireboy’s ‘Scatter’ was featured on the FIFA 21 official soundtrack as the main soundtrack alongside Dua Lipa’s, as well as other global superstars.
  37. Rema: Rema also featured on the soundtrack on the FIFA 21 official soundtrack. During the performance, Rema who also features on the soundtrack thrilled his audience with his songs, ‘Alien,’ ‘Beamer,’ ‘Bad Commando,’ ‘American Love,’ ‘Rainbow,’ and so forth
  38. Tems: Singer, Tems explored R&B, Soul, and Afro-pop, in her latest E.P , the seven-track ‘For Broken Ears’. 
  39. Yemi Alade: Nigerian superstar, Yemi Alade was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In her new role, Alade has declared she wants to shine a spotlight on the disproportionate impact of the health and socio-economic crisis on the poorest and most vulnerable people, who are often women, in developing nations.
  40. Alexx Ekubo: Nigerian actor Alexx Ekubo made quite a splash on social media when he gifted his mother a car to celebrate his chieftaincy title coronation.
  41. Meji: Rising artiste, Meji has made his entrance into the music scene with his E.P, ‘The One’. 
  42. Iyabo Ojo: Nigerian actress, Iyabo Ojo went on Instagram to announce her latest addition to her fleet of cars.  She announced that she had been gifted a Range Rover Evoque by her goddaughter. The actress has also revealed plans to go back to school to complete her dreams.
  43. Ini Edo: We are constantly reminded that everyone is human, and even celebrities have insecurities. Nollywood actress, Ini Edo, disclosed that she has been depressed for a while because of an irregularity she has noticed on her skin, particularly her face. 
  44. Kunle Afolayan: Movie director and actor, Kunle Afolayan and renowned actor, Mike Ezuruonye, delved into a clash of words on social media over the week. Mike Ezuruonye had taken to social media to label Kunle Afolayan a tribalist.
  45. Mike Ezuruonye: Mike Ezuruonye got in a feisty row with veteran actor, Kunle Afolayan. He alluded that Afoloayn is a tribalist and that’s why he uploaded a screenshot that claimed Ezuruonye is a fraudster. 
  46. Toolz: Media personality, Toolz, interviewed several BBN housemates and delved into trending BNN discussions. Recently, she showered accolades on BBNaija Laycon’s fan base- Icons. She praised their unity and said they would do well if they formed a political party.
  47. Burna Boy: Burna Boy was tagged ‘Audio-Fela’ by Nigerians over the week. He was tagged as an activist in his music, but when it comes down to the real work, he seems to be found missing. This happened after Omoyele Sowore had compared Burna Boy to the late Fela and told him to join his October 1 protest. Burna had refused, saying that he doesn’t trust Nigerian politicians.
  48. Mercy Eke: BBNaija 2019 winner, Mercy Eke, clocked 27 and threw possibly the biggest birthday bash this year. She hosted the creme de la creme of the influencing world  and a number of BBNaija stars were in attendance.
  49. DJ Cuppy: Billionaire Femi Otedola’s daughter and singer, DJ Cuppy, amassed a following of 6 million on her official Instagram page. She celebrated the news online. This achievement is as a result of her active engagement with her followers. 
  50. Ozo: BBNaija Lockdown star Ozo had won a car from Innoson Vehicles. He was presented with the car over the week and the excited reality star had shared photos from the presentation on IG.
  51. DJ Switch: After her appearance at the Big Brother Naija party, DJ Switch has been revered as one of the best DJ’s in the Nigerian industry.  Nigerians constantly look back to her performance as one of the greatest in the house.
  52. Phyno: The swagged up rapper delivered on his latest tune ‘Never’, which marks his first release this year. Never was produced by Blaq Jerzee and the song is evidence Phyno has found a balance in his perfect craft. 
  53. Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde: Apart from being a powerful career woman, Omotola is also a passionate family woman. She was recently joined by her kids for a fun staycation over the weekend at the La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort.
  54. La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort: The beach resort boasts of a serene, natural freshness amongst virgin trees and a lovely view, making it the perfect getaway destination.  Actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, highlighted her fun stay at the resort, drawing massive attention to its luxury and perks.
  55. Toyin Lawani: CEO at Tiannah’s Place Empire, Toyin Lawani, spoke to Familusi Akin Babajide for an episode of  ‘Under 40 CEOs’. She reflects on how she doggedly built her formidable business.
  56. Wathoni Ayansi: The ex-BBN stunned Nigerians in a jet green ensemble in celebration of Nigeria’s 60th anniversary. 
  57. Temi Otedola: Temi Otedola is one of the biggest fashion influencers in Nigeria. She has a delectable taste in style and sports the trendiest looks. She recently published images, sharing tidbits on fashion choices and lauding red lipstick as the ‘forever-classy look’.
  58. Fara Ashiru Jituboh: The CEO/CTO at Okra Inc/Nigeria, Fara Ashiru Jituboh, was featured on the cover of Forbes Africa. Forbes released a special issue celebrating its ninth birthday along with the 60th independence anniversary of Africa’s biggest economy and most populous country, Nigeria. 
  59. Obi Ozor: Co-founder of Kobe360, Obi Ozor, was also featured on the cover of Forbes Africa. 
  60. Osas Ighodaro: Osas Ighodaro, sat down for a tell-all interview with BellaNaija’s IK Nwosu. She talks about her career, her life and how she navigates it all.
  61. Dimma Umeh: Influencer and style icon, Dimma Umeh, has been nominated for the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards, in the category of “African Social Star”. She was nominated alongside top names in the influencing industry in Africa.  
  62. Busola Dakolo:  Photographer, Busola Dakolo, celebrated her birthday over the week and shared some stunning, light-hearted pictures of herself on the gram. Following her account of her sexual assault experience, the wife of Timi Dakolo has quickly become a symbol for women empowerment.
  63. TY Bello:  TY Bello teamed up with Yoruba gospel singer, Tope Alabi, to produce yet another edition of her spontaneous worship series, tagged ‘Oh Ye Gates’.
  64. Tope Alabi: The Yoruba gospel singer clocked 50 years old in the month of September and she held a 50-day virtual concert to celebrate her new age. She also teamed up with TY Bello to bring audience members another beautiful spontaneous worship session.
  65. Sisi Yemmie: Sisi Yemmie is the go-to content creator for all things food. She constantly delivers on exciting new recipes for your favourite Nigerian delicacies. She recently dropped another sumptuous recipe on making the best Minced Beef Sauce.
  66. Falz: Falz is quite multi-talented. He has dipped his foot in music, acting and considerably excels in both. His latest show, ‘Therapy’, alongside Toke Makinwa is the entertainment content we need. 
  67. Toke Makinwa: Toke Makinwa plays the wife of Falz in the new show, Therapy. The comedy series shows a dysfunctional couple trying to settle their marital disputes through a marriage therapy session.
  68. Kiddominant: Producer and songwriter Kiddominant received the Recording Industry Association of America plaque for the production of Davido‘s global hit ‘Fall’. The plaque was presented to the producer to commemorate RIAA gold certification of more than 500,000 copies of the single.
  69. Bovi: Bovi is the hilarious therapist in the new show ‘Therapy’. The show features Falz and Toke Makinwa as a married couple trying to resolve their issues. 
  70. Mimi Onalaja: TV presenter and actress, Mimi Onalaja, shared photos from her 30th birthday party and it was pure great vibes. She had her family and friends alongside her including Ini Dima-Okojie, Arese Ugwu, Sharon Ooja, Bisola Aiyeola, Toyosi Etim-Effiong, Abimbola Craig, Daniel Etim-Effiong, Denola Grey, Adebayo Oke-Lawal, and many more. 
  71. Chika Ike: On Episode 2 of Chika’s ‘Boss Up 101’ show, she explains what the 5 Second rule is and how it applies to our everyday lives.
  72. Akah Nnani: Akah Nnani took to his YouTube channel to address the issue of corruption by the railway staff in the Abuja-Kaduna rail project on an episode of “Akah Bants“.
  73. Tacha: BBNaija reality star, Tacha, provides the best content and she is back with another episode of her vlog. In the latest edition, she talks about her experience during the lockdown- the news, the scare, and having nothing to do.
  74. Georgina Onuoha: Veteran actress Georgina Onuoha, celebrated her birthday and shared media posts depicting her having the time of her life. Fans and well-wishers gathered to send her birthday blessings.
  75. Charles Okpaleke: ‘Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story’ is considered one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The movie is set to be released in November, yet Nigerians can’t stop talking about it.
  76. Dammy Krane: Singer and songwriter Dammy Krane released a new single titled ‘Ji’, produced by Slaiman Gems.
  77. Chef Fregz: Gbubemi Fregene and Lala Akindoju marked their second wedding anniversary and in honour of the day, Fregz and Lala shared romantic messages for each other on their individual Instagram pages.
  78. Lala Akindoju: Nollywood actress, director and producer Lala Akindoju, who plays Adesuwa in ‘The Smart Money Woman’ series, graced the cover of Today’s Woman Magazine’s September Special 2020 Issue.
  79. Sound Sultan: Sound Sultan has finally released the official music video for ‘Faya Faya’, featuring Duktor Sett. He talks about bad governance in Nigeria, and how the leaders, religion, tribe and money has divided the nation.
  80. Ronke Raji: Ronke Raji is back to content creating in full force, after the birth of her second child. In her new vlog, she takes us through a typical day in her life as a parent and how she finds balance.
  81. Soul Food Restaurant: Seen the green background with a neon sign on social media? It is probably the Soul Food restaurant. This newly established restaurant is currently the talk of the town. Located in Akoka, near Unilag area, the restaurant provides an aesthetically pleasing location for photoshoots with friends.
  82. Samantha’s Bistro & Grill: Samantha’s Bistro & Grill is a modern bistro with simple, seasonal and well-prepared meals. This restaurant provides a calm ambience and a suitable place for group dining. Outdoor seating is also available for anyone with that particular preference.
  83. STV: STV is all about entertainment. This is why it is so thoroughly loved amongst Nigerian youths. It provides the latest movies, music and entertainment content to its viewers.
  84. Channels TV:  Channels TV provided up-to-date content on the just concluded Edo state election. The station is promising to still keep us in the loop on all the political content we desire, ranging from political debates to live election coverage; especially in the upcoming Ondo state election.
  85. Taaooma: Nigerian comedienne, content creator, and cinematographer, Apaokagi Adedoyin Maryam professionally known as Taaooma latest comedy skit which boasts over 53,000 YouTube views/5,400 likes.
  86. Lasisi Elenu: Nosa Afolabi, known professionally as Lasisi Elenu had been teasing his fans with a brand new web series entitled ‘Mama and Papa Godspower’ and he’s finally released it. The show is currently in its fourth episode.
  87. Ake Art and Book Festival:  Due to the pandemic, the yearly festival has been moved online. This has not impeded on the growing anticipation festival, as the platform rolls out a guest list. Wole Soyinka, amongst other great writers, is set to be present at the event.
  88. Zikoko: The platform has its ears on the heartbeat of youths; delivering content on the hottest trends and eye-opening personal stories. Nigerians are so in tune with the content Zikoko provides that they even begin to suggest content to the platform.
  89. TVC News: The  Nigerian 24-hour television news channel has continued to give us a look into the build-up of the upcoming Ondo state election.
  90. Nairaland: The Nigerian community, despite its outdated interface, is still one of the most visited sites in Nigeria. It was ranked number 790 in global internet traffic and engagement in late April 2020.
  91. Instablog9ja: The platform has mastered the art of driving engagement. It constantly publishes the hottest entertainment gist and sometimes poses some very controversial questions. 
  92. Cool FM: With frequencies across 4 of the 6 Geo-Political zones in Nigeria, Cool FM is one of the most well listened to stations in Nigeria. Listeners tune in for the music, radio personalities and entertainment.
  93. Agbani Darego: Social media crumbled in a meltdown as a Twitter user revealed that a Google Search shows Darego as the ugliest Miss World. 
  94. Rhythm FM: True to its name, the station provides the best rhythms, tunes and songs for its listeners. That’s why people keep tuning in and listening
  95. Brilla FM: Currently, after the BBNaija show, only sport could have a place in the heart of Nigerians, especially the English Premier League. The unpredictability of the premier league matches always makes for interesting football banter on the station.
  96. City FM: For the best information on entertainment and education, search no further,  City FM is your best plug.
  97. Maraji: After taking a long hiatus, the content creator is trying to find her footing again. She’s been releasing hilarious videos on her YouTube channel which get up to 80k views per video.
  98. Hard Rock Cafe: The Hard Rock Cafe promises authentic American cuisine freshly prepared by world-renowned chefs. With over 700 reviews on TripAdvisor, Hard Rock Café ranks number one of 24 American-themed restaurants in Lagos and number two of 252 restaurants in Lagos.
  99. Shiro Restaurant Bar: Shiro restaurant is a Pan-Asian restaurant located at Landmark Centre, Landmark Village, Water Corporation Road, Eti-Osa, Lagos. With 429 reviews on TripAdvisor, Shiro Restaurant is ranked first of 8 Japanese restaurants in Lagos, and first among 252 restaurants in Lagos.
  100. Tirta Ayu Spa: Conversations on social media indicate that this is one of the best spas in Nigeria. Several Nigerian celebrities have attested to the spa’s high-quality service and exceptional treatment. 

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