Nigerian Highest Paid Female Artistes
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ARA IS NIGERIA’S HIGHEST PAID FEMALE ARTISTE
……and what other top female acts earn
The music business in Nigeria has changed significantly since the evolution of the hip-hop genre. Gone are the days when the business was a male preserve and the ladies had to eat from the crumbs that fell from the table. But now, the ladies too have joined their male counterparts to dictate the pace of the Nigerian music.
Aside Ara, before now female acts are majorly left out of every major performances and endorsement deals which normally reflects the level of the popularity and acceptance of their music. Challenged by this ignominy, the ladies took out time to work more on themselves and refined their acts. Today, they have become a darling of all including corporate bodies. They are now ambassadors for multinational companies, play major concerts and well recognized.
Below are current Nigerian highest paid female acts and what they earn. The stated fees only cover performance fees only. The talent buyer pays for other logistics which include accommodation, transportation and feeding if the show is outside their base.
As far back as 2004/2005, she was being paid 5million for her performance. Presently, she charges within 4.5 to 6.5million within Lagos while she charges 8million outside Lagos. Sometimes, she charges 9million depending on the kind of event.
During an interview with Entertainment Rave recently, Ara said “I take my career seriously because I know my clients have paid for something that they see and they must get the best. When Ara is on stage, I am neither man nor woman. I don’t see gender, I see an act that is blessed from the father of all creations and she is blessed to bless the world. I know I am the highest paid female artiste in Nigeria and my shows are selected because I do a lot of other things. Whatever you are going to pay me, and I will not be able to deliver properly, I won’t collect it because I will not do anything to affect my brand. Ara is a brand which started about 25years”.
Next in rank to Ara in Nigeria at the moment is songstress, Omawumi Megbele. Since the release of her hit single, Bottom Belle and consequent to the wide acceptance, Omawumi’s fee grew steadily from N500,000 to what she currently charges. She charges N3Million for her performance fee and it is the same rate for both Lagos and outside states in Nigeria. The fee also covers her band members. Though negotiable, her manager, Sunday Are tries not to go below N2.5Million naira. She was paid N3Million for her last performance in Abuja during a dinner organized to rebrand the Nigerian tourism industry.
Omawumi is an ambassador of Globacom, Konga and Mortein. Reports also have it that she has been signed by Malta Guniess with part of the commercials already shot but the company is yet to officially unveil her.
Tiwa’s arrival into the Nigerian music scene brought lots of excitement. Aside first hitting us with provocative dress sense, her vocal delivery and dexterity immediately turned her to a darling of many. She doesn’t need to sing for long before you fall in love with her talent. Likewise, her stage craft is always very entertaining. Tiwa started with some wicked sexy dance moves alongside her partner, a very unusual fat dancer to deliver an overall killing moves that continually made the men scream aloud. Before we knew it, she has turned to a force in the industry. From free shows, it graduated to logistics fees and little performance fees afterwards. Today, though negotiable, Tiwa charges N2.5Million as her performance fee. She is an ambassador to Pepsi and MTN.
Chidinma now charges N1.5Million with band and N1Million or N1.2Million without band depending on the kind of show. She is an MTN ambassador.