Nigeria is one of the biggest countries in Africa with lots of musicians and rich gospel musicians in Africa. Blessed with vast talent, and these have managed to become popular and spread their songs throughout the world.
Over the last few years, gospel music has become quite lucrative. Many of the gospel musicians often make hundreds of thousands of naira from their music engagements and some of their songs have become popular even in the secular world.
Here are the top 10 richest gospel musicians and their networth:
1. Sammie Okposo – $750,000
Sammie Okposo is an award winning Nigerian gospel artist. He is also a music producer and entertainment. Sammie is the CEO of Zamar Entertainment.
Currently, the musician is said to be the richest gospel artist in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $750,000.
Sammie was born in Delta state on the 30th of May 1971. His music career took off in 1995 and has since grown rapidly over the last two and half decades. He makes most of money from live performance in gospel shows, album sales, and music production.
In 2000, Sammie shot into the limelight when he released his debut album, ‘Unconditional Love.’ The hit track from the album was the song titled, ‘Welu Welu.’ Prior to this, he worked as a sound track producer before evolving into a full-scale music producer.
In 2004, Okposo was invited to perform at the Martin Luther King Day and July 4th Independence day Celebration respectively by the American ambassador to Nigeria. He won the Best of Africa Award at the SABC Crown Music Award in 2018
Sammie is the leader of a 12 piece band “D X Generation” which is said to be one of the most electrifying and inspiring groups in Africa.
He calls himself, Frank Richboy and his position on this list is a testament to the fact that he is rich.
Frank Edwards is the founder and owner of the record label Rocktown Records which is one of the most successful labels in the industry. Some of the recording artists on this label include the likes of Gil, Divine, King BAS, Nkay, David, Dudu and Micah Heavens.
Edwards makes his money primarily from live performance in gospel shows, endorsement deals, and album sales. He is said to be worth an estimated $600,000
The musician has an exquisite taste for cars especially BMW brand. Some of the cars in his fleet include a BMW X6, a BMW 5 Series (545 Ci) and Chevrolet Camaro.
Edwards began singing when he was ten years old. He also learned to play the piano at a very tender age. He is known for his high pitched voice. Besides being an artist with many songs that cover a variety of musical genres, he is also a music producer and a master mixer.
Currently, he has six albums and scores of hit singles to his name. He is also a member of the Presidential band of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome in Christ Embassy Church.
Some of his hit singles include the likes of Okaka (featuring Victor Ike), Overtake (featuring Joe Praize), Selfie (featuring Gil Nkay) and Under the canopy.
3. Nathaniel Bassey
Nathaniel Bassey makes our list as one of the richest gospel artiste in the country. The trumpeter has grown in popularity over the last few days and any praise and worship concert in Nigeria is usually not complete without him.
He became quite popular when he did a viral live worship session on social media tagged “Hallelujah Challenge”.
Nathaniel’s debut album was titled, ‘Elohim’. It was described as a spiritual and artistic masterpiece.
Currently, Nathaniel Bassey is said to be worth an estimated $500,000
While growing up, Nathaniel Bassey was very fond of jazz while growing up and imitated the most talented musicians of this genre. He also went looking for groups who play jazz music; his first quartet was in Lagos and was called Spectrum 4. The people he worked with on it were his childhood friends. The singer went through a period where his creativity began to develop even more; he began to rethink the kind of music he made as the art became more than just entertainment to him. He soon realized that Christian music is a tool for communicating with God.
4. Sinach – $400, 000
Osinachi Kalu popularly called Sinach is one of the richest gospel musicians in Nigeria. She is an award-winning singer and songwriter and the senior worship leader at Believers Loveworld.
She began singing in 1989 as a hobby but she didn’t pursue it as a career path until much later in her life, while working as a staff and choir member in Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Church.
Some of her hit songs include tracks like Way Maker, I Know Who I Am and Great Are you Lord, Rejoice, He Did It Again, Precious Jesus, The Name of Jesus, This Is my Season, Awesome God, For This, I Stand Amazed, Simply Devoted and Jesus is Alive.
Apart from singing, Sinach is also a songwriter. She has written over 200 songs and won several awards. Her song ‘This Is Your Season’ won the Song of the Year award in 2008.
Currently, many of her songs are sung by several churches and people all over the world.
Sinach earns her money from live performance in gospel shows, endorsement deals, and album sales. She is worth an estimated $400,000
In 2016, Sinach received the LIMA Songwriter of the Decade Award, recognizing her outstanding contribution to gospel music in the past decade.
5. Eben – $370,000
Eben is another prominent gospel musician. He became popular when he released the hit track, ‘Imarawa’.
He is also one of the wealthy musicians in the country and he earns his money from live performance in gospel shows and album sales.
Eben was born Emmanuel Benjamin on the 9th of September in Nigeria. His Christian upbringing influenced his decision to become a gospel musician and he started singing as far back as 1997 while he was in the Youth Choir of Winner’s Chapel.
He became a member of Christ Embassy in 2006. Eben started off as a rapper. Also, he was a studio background vocalist at some point.
Eben is the founder of a business venture called the Hammer House Ventures. He is also the founder of the record label, Hammer House of Rock
When Eben released his debut album “Phenomenon,” it featured the likes of Jahdiel, Dusky, MI and Lyn and it won an award at the Nigeria Gospel Music Award.
One of his latter album “Magnified” was also well received and topped many gospel music charts both local and internationally.
The musician has won several awards over the last five years. In 2013, he won the Best West Africa award at the Africa Gospel Music Awards and in 2014, he won the Album of the Year at the Crystal Awards.
Eben is married to Jahdiel, a Nigerian gospel musician and they are blessed with a baby boy.
6. Yinka Ayefele – $350,000
Yinka Ayefele is a popular 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 Niger (MON).
The musician 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. He released his first album (Bitter Experience) a year later in 1998 and it was this album brought him into the limelight.
The musician earns money from live shows, gospel concert, social functions, album sales and endorsement deals. He is said to be worth an estimated $200,000
Ayefele grew up in Ekiti State but he later enrolled at the Ondo State College of Arts and Science in Ikare Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria. After his education, he worked briefly as journalist and broadcaster at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Ibadan, where he also produced jingles and musical works on radio.
The musician also owns a radio station, Fresh FM which is the location of his studio, Ayefele’s Music House. The building was demolished in August 2018 by the Oyo State Government. The musician revealed that the property was worth over N800 million. The radio station now has a branch in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Some of his albums include Bitter Experience (1998), Sweet Experience (1999)
Something Else (2000), Divine Intervention (2001), New Dawn (2006), Next Level (2007), Gratitude (2008), Upliftment (2015) and Living Testimony (2017).
7. Tope Alabi – $300,000
Tope Alabi is unarguably the most popular Yoruba language gospel artist in Nigeria.
She is quite popular in South West Nigeria and she is sometimes called ‘Ore ti o common’ and ‘Agbo Jesu’.
Tope Alabi earns her money from Yoruba movie soundtrack production, gospel concerts and shows, album sales and endorsement deals. She is worth an estimated $300,000
Prior to her journey into music, Tope Alabi was formerly a member of the Jesters International Comedy group. She later worked with other popular traveling and stage theater groups in both Ibadan and Lagos. Also, she was involved in movie production in Nollywood specifically in the Yoruba genre.
Subsequently, she was invited by various writers, producers and directors in the Yoruba movie industry to write and perform soundtracks for their various movies, she had to her credit to date, about 350 soundtracks which she had composed for various Yoruba movies.
8. Lara George – $250,000
Lara George is one of the most talented gospel singers in the country. She is known for her distinctly alluring voice.
Lara used to be a member of the widely successful 3 girls group known as “Kush” before she went solo. The group included the likes of TY Bello, Dapo Torimiro and Emem Ema.
Ijoba orun was the hit track in her debut album, ‘Forever in my heart’ that shot her into the limelight and led to several awards. Some of her awards include Best Female Vocalist at the Crystal Award, Trailblazer of the Year at the 2013 Africa Gospel Music Awards, Best African Female Gospel Artiste at the 2012 Gospel Music Awards, Best Gospel Artist at the 2010 and 2011 Nigeria Entertainment Awards
Lara earns her money from live performance in gospel shows and album sales and she is worth an estimated $300,000.
Her albums till date include Forever In My Heart (2008), Lara George (2009), Higher – The Dansaki Album” (2012), ” Love Nwantintin” (2014), “The Medley Album” (2014) and ” A Slice of Heaven” (2017). The songstress is married to Gbenga George, a legal practitioner and music entrepreneur and they have 2 children together, a boy named Adeoba and a girl named Tiaraoluwa.
9. Gozie Okeke and Njideka Okeke
Gozie and Njideka Okeke are a singing couple. They are the most recognized Igbo gospel artists in Nigeria today. They are said to be worth an estimated $250,000.
They have won several awards together since their journey into music and they have also amassed a substantial amount of wealth.
They shot into the limelight when they released the hit album; ‘Akan-cha-wa’ which went multi-platinum. Njideka is the lead vocalist although; she was introduced to music by her husband, Prince Gozie Okeke.
The couple hit a rough patch in 2009 when rumours began spreading that Gozie Okeke was gay which he refuted. The musician was also separated from his wife for some time but the couple eventually reconciled in 2014.
10. Mercy Chinwo – $150,000
Lost her dad at a very tender age and got into stardom in 2012 when she won the Etisalat and Pepsi sponsored Nigerian Idol, season 2. Mercy Chinwo has her name among the populous and the richest gospel music artistes in Nigeria.