The art of influencing has become a trend in Nigeria, and it has gained ground as a lucrative source of income that many people are jumping on. Female influencers are taking over with their amazing ways of doing things.
It is definitely not child’s play to be able to convince people to buy certain products or make use of a brand, but there are a selected few who have made this task easy. So here is the profile of KOKO’s top 20 creative Nigerian female influencers 2022;
20. Tiwa Savage
Tiwatope Savage–Balogun born on February 5, 1980, in Ikeja, is a singer, songwriter, brand influencer, and entertainer. Although she began her career by singing background vocals for George Michael, the Grammy-nominated singer has since worked with many notable figures, such as Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, and Chaka Khan. Throughout her long career, spanning 22 years, Savage has shared the stage with industry leaders such as Destiny’s Child, Sting, and Eminem. She has written for ‘American Idol’ winner Fantasia Barrino and award-winning producer Babyface among others. She has released two studio albums and has been featured on one compilation album, as of 2020. Savage is bilingual, as she has spent a considerable part of her life in Nigeria, the UK, and the US. She typically sings in both English and Yoruba. She was previously married and has one child. As an influencer, Tiwa has influenced brands such as Twisco, Cadbury, Glo, Tecno, etc. Her influence spans beyond just the music industry to the entertainment industry as a whole both within and outside Nigeria.
19. Yemi Alade
Yemi Eberechi Alade was born on March 13th, 1989, in Abia State, Nigeria, to Helen Alade (nee Uzoma), a businesswoman, and James Alade, a retired Police Commissioner. Yemi grew up listening to popular music of the late eighties and early nineties began singing in her church choir at the age of twelve and was known to have made melodies from everyday conversations. Yemi was educated at Saint Saviours British Primary School, Lagos, and then Victory Grammar School, Lagos, before proceeding to the University of Lagos, where she majored and graduated with a BSc in Geography in 2010. She is the most followed Nigerian female celebrity on Instagram, and her influence on millions of people is undeniable. As a brand influencer, she has influenced brands such as Lush Hair, Bantu Blockchain, etc.
18. Adeola. C. Adeyemi
Adeola Chizoba Adeyemi, popularly known as Diiadem was born on April 12, 1991, in Lagos State, Nigeria. Although she was raised in Lagos, she’s originally from Ilesha West local government area of Osun State. She attended Eben Noble Primary School and Saka Tinubu Memorial High School for her secondary education. After high school, Diiadem got admission into Sikkim Manipal University, Accra, Ghana, where she obtained a Bachelor’sDegree in Arts. Diiadem started her modeling and video vixen career in 2008. Later in 2016, the former video girl opened her own brand called Beauty By AD. Following her huge transformation, Diiadem became an influencer for popular fashion and beauty companies. Aside from being an influencer, Diiadem is known for her unique fashion style, lifestyle, and numerous celebrity friends. She has influenced brands such as Hushd, The Fresh Cookie lab, etc.
17. Bimbo Ademoye
Abimbola Aisha Ademoye professionally known as Bimbo Ademoye, is a Nigerian actress, model well known for her role in the Nollywood movie Backup Wife in 2017, and brand influencer whose hilarious personality has made her stand out. Bimbo was born on February 4, 1991, in Lagos State where she grew up with his father after the parents went separate ways when she was 2-years-old. Being that she grew up in Lagos, she attended St. Margaret’s Primary School, Ikorodu, Lagos, and Mayflower Secondary School, Ikenne, Ogun State for her primary and secondary education. She proceeded to Covenant University, Ota where she obtained a degree in Business Administration. Her journey into the Nigerian movieindustry began in 2014 when she was cast in a short film “Where Talent Lies
“. After making the bold step, in 2015 she got a film role in the movie “It’s About Your Husband
”. Her acting prowess prompted the Nigerian newspaper, Premium Times to recognize her as among the five most successful actors in 2020. Being a face on the big screen accorded her the ability to be an influencer and today the rest is history. As a brand influencer, she has influenced brands such as GetFit, Betty Bingo, Sterling Glams, etc.
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16. Venita Akpofure
Venita Akpofure is a video vixen, model, reality TV star, brand influencer, and actress whose beauty is in a whole different realm. Akpofure was born in the United Kingdom and also hails from Delta State. She grew up in Benin, Edo State, where she attended Our Lady of Apostles for her primary school before returning to England. She studied Accounting at Kingston Hertfordshire University in the United Kingdom. Venita Akpofure was a member of the BBNaija season four edition titled pepper dem, and prior to that, she has featured as a video vixen and model in several music videos. The mother of two has served as a brand ambassador for First City Monument Bank, Martini Rose, and Mouka Foam. She is an ambassador for Hawaii soap.
15. BBNaija Nini
Anita Singh (born 1994) famous as BBNaija Nini, is a talented Nigerian television personality, businesswoman, brand influencer, and economist. The University of Abuja alumni has become a center of attraction in different scenarios due to her intelligence. She became a global sensation, but more famous in Africa when she was announced as one of the selected Housemates in the Big Brother Naija season 6. This beautiful fair belle is a reality TV star, brand influencer, and model who has shown that the sky is her limit when it comes to success. Since she left the BBNaija shine ya eye house, she has influenced brands such as Strictly Weightloss, Marymic Skincare, La Riviera, etc.
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14. Dimma Umeh
Chidimma Umeh popularly known as Dimmah Umeh is a Nigerian content creator, beauty, fashion, and lifestyle blogger born on June 5, 1990. Dimma is well known for her makeup tutorials on YouTube. Her blog Dimmaumeh.com got the ‘Best Beauty Blog
’ at the 2013 Nigerian Blog Awards. Dimma had her primary and secondary education in Enugu State. She attended the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus where she studied Banking and Finance. She also studied Entrepreneurship and innovation for her master’s degree in the UK. Umeh started blogging in 2012 where she shares beauty tips and lists products that she used. She came through with her first YouTube makeup tutorial in 2012. She has over 370k subscribers on her YouTube channel, and her makeup tutorials also boast over 15 million views. Her nickname “That Igbo Chick” was inspired by the “Half of a yellow sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She has also been featured in numerous top magazines including Essence Magazine, Genevieve magazine, and Guardian Life. Her influence runs far and wide to the point that she stands out as a gem in her field.
13. Tomike Adeoye
Tomike Alayande Adeoye born August 24, 1995, is popularly known as Tomike Adeoye. She is an award-winning Nigerian actress, media personality, brand influencer, and entrepreneur. She came to prominence for her role as Tania
in the Jenifa Diary TV series. Hailing from the Yoruba tribe, she grew up with her siblings and obtained a degree in Microbiology from the University of Lagos. She has worked with top brands like Jumia Nigeria, Makari, Maltina, Mega Growth, etc.
12. Jane Mena
Usiwo Orezinena Jane known professionally as Janemena was born on the 3rd of April, 1993. She hails from Delta State and she is a social media personality, brand infleuncer, and entrepreneur regarded as Nigeria’s foremost twerker. After winning Kcee’s dance competition in 2017, Jane Mena took to social media to share some of her twerk video clips amassing thousands of views and likes. She is also an ambassador for the brands; Lishashair and Patricia and she runs a female accessories business called Janemenaglitz. Other brands she has influenced include The Fresh Cookie Lab, Getglow, BBT skincare, etc.
11. Bukunmi Adeaga-Ilori
Bukunmi Adeaga-Ilori born 20 June 1990 is professionally known as Kie Kie, and she is a leading Nigerian TV personality, skit maker, content creator, model, a brand influencer, and fashion icon. She is famous in the Nigerian social media spaces with a massive following on Instagram. Bukunmi Adeaga-Ilori comes from the esteemed Adeaga family. She is a Yoruba Lady who hails from Ibadan, Oyo State. Kie Kie completed her primary and secondary school education in top private schools in Ibadan, furthered her education at Bowen University, Osun State, and graduated from the institution with a degree in Mass Communication. She pursued her studies further by bagging a Master’s degree in Marketing from the London School Of Business. This belle also studied at the London College Of Fashion where she learned Tailoring, Couture, and Pattern. Her career began in 2015 when she began working with GoldMyne TV as the producer and host of a Fashion Show. She also had a stint at ONTV where she was the presenter of the show, Style Street where she analyzed fashion trends and styles. As an influencer, she has worked with several brands to promote their goods and services or content. She is the brand ambassador to the real estate firm, Perfection Real Estate Group. Other brands she has influenced include Ruba Beauty, Prospa, Hushd etc.
Tsakute Jonah born 1999, popularly known as Saskay, is a model, brand influencer, and reality TV star. She came into the limelight when she emerged as one of the Big Brother Naija shine ya eye housemates and won the hearts of Nigerians. She is an amazing artist who has shown that she is goal-getter. This unique trait that she possesses empowered her with the ability to influence many when it comes to social media. She has influenced brands such as Skintivity skincare, Supakomando drink, Oppo, FTX Africa, etc.
9. Sharon Ooja
Sharon Ooja is a Nigerian actress and brand influencer who was born on the 6th
of April 1991 in Kaduna state, Nigeria. She grew up mostly in Jos, Plateau state alongside her 3 sisters. Sharon started her career sometime in 2013 and came into the limelight for her role as “Shalewa
” in the web series “Skinny girl in transit
”. The actress attended Kings & Queens school, Jos for her primary education, Ragin Pacis secondary school, Garki II Abuja & St Louis Girls’ college, Jos. She then proceeded to the Houdegbe North America University, Benin republic where she graduated with a degree in Mass communication. She is one of the most beautiful Nigerian celebrities who has influenced various brands which include Boz jewelry, VSP Botanics, Schweppes, etc.
8. Nancy Isime
Born on December 17th, 1991, in Lagos this Nancy Isime hails from Edo state. This celebrity is a TV host, brand influencer, actress, and model. She had her primary and junior secondary education in Lagos state as Isime grew up in Lagos and Benin City under her father’s care. She is an alumnus of the University of Lagos, from where she bagged a diploma in Social Work, and the University of Port Harcourt, where she did a six-month course. Isime won the Miss Valentine International beauty pageant in the year 2009. This was followed closely by her first runners-up position at the Miss Telecoms Nigeria pageant. From here, she hit it in the modeling world and worked for popular brands like Konga Online, House of Marie, Shakara Couture, Ade Bakere, Zizi Cardow, Adebayo Jones, and others. In the year 2011, she began her career as an actress in the TV series Echoes
. She also appeared in various films in the year 2014. Besides being an actress, Nancy is also a talented television presenter. She hosted the famous gossip show The Squeeze
– her first presenting job, a technology show called What’s Hot
, and a backstage segment of MTN Project Fame Season 7. In 2016, she replaced Toke Makinwa as the presenter of a popular show on Hip TV. She also co-hosted the 2020 edition of The Headies awards with Reminisce. Today her great talent and amazing personality has endeared into the hearts of many, and she is one of the most sought out brand influencers with a huge followership on social media. She has influenced brands such as BBTskincare, Betawoman, Infinix, Moet & Chandon, Kuda Bank etc.
7. Maria Chike Benjamin
Maria Chike Benjamin was born into the family of Mr and Mrs Benjamin Agueze on the 3rd of May, 1992, and hails from Imo state. This fair belle is a famous reality TV star, former air hostess, entrepreneur, social media influencer, and model. She came into the limelight when she emerged as one of the housemates on the BBNaija shine ya eye season. Maria although born in Britain, relocated back to Nigeria with her family where she obtained her Secondary school education. She attended Federal Government Girl’s College Owerri, Imo state before traveling back to Britain for University. Maria attended the University of Salford where she graduated with a second-class upper division. In 2006, Maria started her career in the UK by working as the Front of House representative at Grosvenor Casinos, where she worked for five years. She also worked as an Administrative Assistant at Goderough college, the United Kingdom in 2012 before joining KBC financial products as human resources assistant. This BBNaija star also worked as the personal assistant to the CEO of Deloitte, United Kingdom. In order to fulfill her dream of traveling around the world, Maria started her career as an air hostess for Emirates Airlines, where she worked for five years. Her success on the BBNaija season six has endeared her into the hearts of many, and she has gained the power to influence millions of Nigerians. The reality TV star has influenced brands like The Raven Bank, Mapia brands, Hushd, GetGlow, Infinix, Lucious Hair, etc.
6. Erica Nlewedim
Erica Ngozi Nlewedim, also called Erica, is a Nigerian TV Personality, Actress, brand influencer and Model. She starred in the Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) Lockdown Edition in 2020 and was the only housemate to be disqualified just like Tacha in 2020. While she thought her disqualification was the end of her, it was her defining and turning point that took her to the top. Today, she is one of the most sought-after and talked-about housemates in the edition. Apart from BBNaija’s participation, Erica also contested in the Most Beautiful Girl In Nigeria (MBGN) in which she won MBGN Miss Photogenic Award. Erica has featured in adverts like Peak Milk, Tv Series like My Flatmates, and Movies Like Secrets and Scandals. She is from Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria, and is an only child that was raised in Lagos by her mother. The BBNaija star was born on March 13, 1994, to her parents, Eric Nlewedim Christian and Oby Nwokolo. She had her secondary school education at Victory Grammar School in Lagos before transferring to Command Secondary School in Ikeja. After graduating from high school, the beauty enrolled at Covenant University to pursue a degree in Business Administration. In 2013, she graduated from the university. She flew to the United Kingdom to study Acting for Film at the Met Film School in London six years later. So far, she has influenced brands such as Jumia, MyZotoApp, Glo, Access Bank, Maltina, Zaron Cosmetics, Kuda Bank, Legend Beer, Star Beer, GetGlow, etc.
Born in Edo State, Afije Rose Omokhoa expertly tended to as BBNaija Liquorose is an innovative Nigerian choreographer, dance-crafts lady, entertainer, model, brand influencer, and video vixen. Liquorose excursion to distinction can be followed back to being included on the Nigerian TV arrangement The Johnsons path in 2012. She emerged as the first runner-up in the Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) Season 6 tagged, Shine Ya Eye. Born March 31, 1995, in Surulere of Lagos State, Nigeria, Liquorose’s guardians turned out to be Mr. and Mrs. Omokhoa. The reality TV star acquired her essential and auxiliary instruction leaving affirmation from Itire Nursery and Primary school and Del International College, Ijeshatedo, Surulere, Lagos State, Nigeria respectively. Prior to her BBNaija fame, she is a member of the GGB dance crew and has featured as a video vixen in Chop Am by Reekado Banks, Yo,Yo,Yo by Selebobo, Oh Oh by Runtown, and Jalla by Xcellente featuring Solid Star. So when she came on the BBNaija stage she was already an established face, and name but she acquired the power to influence as people got to love her on the reality show. To date, she is one of the most sought out brand influencers in Nigeria. Her huge following on social media has accorded her the power to influence people’s decision thereby helping brands. Liquorose has influenced brands such as Monkey Shoulder, RIXARI Skincare
, Jaysfinders, Deshapealbes, Infinix, Kippa, Tiger beer, La Riviera, etc.
4. Nengi Hampson
Rebecca Nengi Hampson was one of the BBNaija lockdown housemates known in the house by her middle name, ‘Nengi’. Nengi hails from Bayelsa State and she is an entrepreneur, actress, brand influencer, and video vixen. The queen of the ninjas as she is fondly called has been in the spotlight before her time in the Big Brother Naija house as she is a former model and had made it to the MDGN 2017 top five contestants. Nengi Hampson studied Communications at the University of Port Harcourt and had touted herself to be a Capricorn. In the influencing world, she has climbed up the success ladder as a result of her amazing personality, and ability to make people do what she wants. The reality TV star has influenced brands like Remy Martins, OctaFX, Glenfiddich
, Guinness, Jennysglow, Minimie, PayPorte, Glover, etc.
3. Mercy Eke
Mercy Eke born on the 29th of September 1993 is also addressed as Mercy Lambo. She is a fascinating Nigerian media personality, actress, video vixen, brand influencer, and entrepreneur. She gained attention when she won season 4 (pepper dem) of Big Brother Naija in October 2020, becoming the first woman since the creation of the competition to win the reality TV show. Mercy Eke debuted as an actress in a critically acclaimed Nollywood movie titled Fate of Alakada
in 2020 with positive wave reviews. She hails from Imo State, South-eastern Nigeria, and has a sister named Promise Eke. Lambo as she is fondly called attended Egbu Girls Secondary School in Owerri Imo State, Nigeria. Then she headed to Imo State University in Owerri for her tertiary education. Mercy was handed the sum of N60 million for winning the BBNaija show as the grand prize. She, to this day, remains one of the most talked-about competitors of the Big Brother Naija Reality Show. After winning season 4 of Big Brother Naija, she became an ambassador and influencer for various organizations, including Ciroc and Mr. Taxi. She has further influenced brands such as Hawaii soap, Mapia brand, Lucious hair, Unique Motors, etc.
2. Toke Makinwa
Toke Makinwa is a Nigerian media personality, television host, vlogger, lifestyle entrepreneur, brand influencer and author. She is known for hosting The Morning Drive
on Rhythm 93.7 FM and for her YouTube vlog series, Toke Moments
. She has also been crowned severally as the Most Influential Young Nigerian
and style influencer
. Her growing success in various fields has set her apart from the rest. Born on the 3rd of November 1984, in Lagos state, she is the second of four children. The brand influencer lost both of her parents to a fire accident when she was eight years old and was raised by Mr. and Mrs. Akinyelure. She attended the Federal Government Girls’ College, Oyo State. Later she enrolled at the prestigious University of Lagos and graduated with a degree in English and literature. Speaking of her career growth, in 2010; her career in the media started with her co-hosting The Morning Drive
show on 93.7FM. The same year, she launched her late-night talk show, Rhythms of the Night; 2012- She premiered her YouTube vlog series, Toke Moments
, which won the hearts of Nigerians and gained her an even bigger following. The show allowed her fans to see new sides of her, and this increased her success as an entertainer. She was also nominated for ‘On-Air Personality of the Year
’ at the 2012 Future Awards; 2013- She won the Nigeria Broadcasters Award for Outstanding Female Presenter of the Year. She was nominated for ‘Radio OAP of the Year’ in theAwards. The same year, she became an ambassador of the United Africa Company of Nigeria; 2014- The TV host signed a multi-million Naira contract with Nestlé Nigeria to become the new face of Maggi’ 2016- She became the brand ambassador and face of Mecran Cosmetics and from there the sky has been her starting point. She has influenced brands such as Payporte, Ciroc, Fair and White, Nomba, etc.
Anita Natacha Akide better known as simply ‘Tacha’ is a Nigerian Instagram influencer, vlogger cum reality TV star, and entertainer. She is known for being the only housemate of the Big Brother Naija season 4 Pepper Dem Gang edition who was disqualified. But irrespective of her disqualification, she has grown to be one of the most influential and hardworking celebrities who has succeeded in carving a niche for herself in the entertainment industry. The Nigerian Instagram influencer, vlogger cum reality TV star, and entertainer was born on 23rd December 1995 to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Akide in her hometown in Port Harcourt. Tacha had her basic education in Rivers State where she obtained both her First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate. Later, she proceeded to the prestigious Ignatius Ajuru University of Education in Port Harcourt, River State where she studied and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in the English Language. For her early career, Anita Natacha Akide started off a career as a vlogger and Instagram influencer. Then, she also started off as an entrepreneur who advertised and sold makeup and other related products to her audience. In 2020 she gave the BBNaija show a shot and she was selected. Her strong personality made her stand out, and today she has become a source of inspiration to many. In the influencing world, the queen of the titans is one to contend with because she is an amazing influencer. She has succeeded in moving a lot of people to purchase various goods for various brands, and her influence keeps growing by leaps and bounds every second. Tacha has influenced brands like Getfit, Trophy beer, FairMoney, OxfordBuildBay, UnikSoap, etc.
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