For lovers of Nigeria gospel music, 2017 has been an outstanding year with new and spirit lifting music from established and new gospel musicians. As a testimonial to the quality of Nigeria gospel music is that the Nigerian gospel musicians are now being recognized locally and universally. As the saying goes that there’s a reward for hard-work, most of the Nigerian gospel musicians that are releasing quality gospel music are smiling to the bank.
In this article, we will take a look at the top 10 richest gospel artist in Nigeria in the year 2018;
1. Sammie Okposo
Sammie Okposo is a multiple award-winning Nigerian gospel artist. He is a music producer, psalmist, entertainment consultant and the CEO of Zamar Entertainment. Sammie Okposo is currently the richest gospel artist in Nigeria today. He was born in Delta state and started his music career in the year 1995. Sammie Okposo earns his money from live performance in gospel shows, album sales, and music production.
2. Frank Edwards
Taking the number two spot on this list is Frank Ugochukwu Edwards. Frank Edwards is a Nigerian gospel singer, songwriter and recording artist from Enugu, Enugu State. He is the founder and owner of the record label Rocktown Records, the record label is one of the most successful in the industry. If you listen to gospel music in Nigeria then you can’t miss the name, Frank Edwards. The gospel artist earns his money from live performance in gospel shows, endorsement deals, and album sales.
Sinach (Osinachi Kalu) is the third richest gospel musician in Nigeria, the multi-award-winning Nigerian Gospel music singer, songwriter, and senior worship leader at Believers Love world is known globally for several gospel hits songs. She has truly become famous in the Nigerian gospel music industry with hit tracks such as ‘Way Maker’, ‘I Know Who I Am’ and ‘Great Are you Lord’. The gospel artist earns her money from live performance in gospel shows, endorsement deals, and album sales.
Eben is one of Nigeria’s most prominent gospel artists. Eben came to national prominence with his hit track “Imarawa”. Eben joins the rich list claiming the fourth position on the list of richest gospel artist in Nigeria. The Gospel artist earns his money from live performance in gospel shows, album sales, and music production. The gospel artist earns his money from live performance in gospel shows and album sales.
5. Tope Alabi
Tope Alabi (arguably the most prominent Yoruba language gospel artist in Nigeria) is a gospel singer, film music composer, and actress. If you are a lover of Yoruba gospel music, this is one gospel artist whose voice you can’t help but love. She is also an actress, featuring in a host of Yoruba films. Tope Alabi earns her money from Yoruba movie soundtrack production, gospel concerts and shows, album sales and endorsement deals.
6. Gozie Okeke and Njideka Okeke
For the sixth richest gospel musician, we are going for a couple rather than an individual. The Okeke’s are the most recognized Igbo gospel artists in Nigeria today. Their hit album,“Akan-cha-wa” went multi-platinum, gaining wide acceptance across the length and breadth of Nigeria. The wife, (who is also the lead vocalist) Njideka Okeke was introduced to music by her husband, Prince Gozie Okeke who helped nurture her in the art of singing.
7. Lara George
Lara George is a talented gospel singer blessed with a distinctly alluring voice. She was a member of the widely successful 3 girls group known as “Kush”. Since she went solo, Lara George has been making waves in the Nigerian gospel music industry starting with her debut album ‘forever in my heart’, the star track “Ijoba Orun” was especially successful. Lara George has won numerous awards such as Trailblazer of the year 2013, best female artiste AGMA 2012, Nigeria’s Gospel artiste of the year 2010&2011NEA, Female Vocalist of the Year 2010 HHWA. Lara George earns her money from live performance in gospel shows and album sales.
8. Yinka Ayefele
Yinka Ayefele is a Nigerian music producer and gospel singer. He is the only gospel artist to have received a national award (he was conferred with Member of the Order of the Nigeria, MON). Ayefele began his music career in 1997 after he was involved in an automobile accident which damaged his spinal cord and confined him to a wheelchair. Ayefele released his first album (Bitter Experience) in 1998 and this album brought him into the limelight. Ayefele earns money from live shows and gospel concert, social functions, album sales and endorsement deals.
9. Nikki Laoye
Oyenike Laoye-Oturu, professionally known as Nikki Laoye, is a Nigerian recording artist, singer, songwriter, dancer and occasional actress, renowned for her eclectic musical expressions and captivating stage performances. As a recording artist, Laoye’s music has earned her several awards including The Headies Award in 2013 for Best Female Vocal Performance and the All African Music Awards (AFRIMA) in 2014 for Best Female Artiste in African Inspirational Music. Nikki Laoye earns her money from live performance in gospel shows, and album sales.
10. Nathaniel Bassey
Nathaniel Bassey is a Gospel artiste who expresses his love for God through his music. The Gospel artist recently did a viral live worship session on social media tagged “Hallelujah Challenge”. Nathaniel’s debut album Elohim has been described as a spiritual and Artistic masterpiece with the hit track “Someone’s knocking at the door” a soft-rock tune currently generating so much interest locally and internationally. Nathaniel Bassey earns his money from live performance in gospel shows, album sales, endorsement deals and music production.