Instagram is one of the most popular platforms for celebrities to communicate with their fans. Many Nigerian celebrities have amassed millions of Instagram followers due to their fame, vibe, and influence on fans. This page includes a list of the most followed Nigerian celebrities on Instagram as of June 2023.
Musicians dominated the list with Davido emerging as the most followed Nigerian on Instagram with 27.2 million followers and Yemi Alade having 17.4 million followers.
Actresses also dominate the list with Funke Akindele coming in at the 5th position with 15.8 million followers and Mercy Johnson appearing in the 7th position with 13.6 million followers. The only comedian on the top 10 list is AY, with 13 million followers.
Top 10 Most Followed Nigerian Celebrities on Instagram in 2023
|SN||Celebrity||Username||Number of Followers||Profession|
|2||Yemi Alade||@yemialade||17.4 million||Musician|
|4||Tiwa Savage||@tiwasavage||17 million||Musician|
|5||Funke Akindele||@funkejenifaakindele||15.8 million||Actress, politician|
|6||Don Jazzy||@donjazzy||14.7 million||Music producer, Record label owner, Musician, Businessman|
|7||Mercy Johnson||@mercyjohnsonokojie||13.6 million||Actress|
|8||Burna Boy||@burnaboygram||14.2 million||Musician|
|9||Ini Edo||@iniedo||13.5 million||Actress|
|10||AY||@aycomedian||13 million||Comedian, Actor|
David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, is the most followed Nigerian celebrity on Instagram. He made his debut in 2012 with the smash tune “Dami Duro”. His profile is vibrant and engaging, featuring stories from his daily life. He is one of the most influential artists in Africa and has over 26.2 million followers on Instagram as of June 2023.
Davido is a popular Nigerian musician and songwriter born in 1992 in Atlanta, Georgia, US. He is the second child of his parents and is the most followed Nigerian celebrity and musician in Nigeria.
Yemi Alade is a Nigerian Afropop singer, songwriter, actress, and activist who has gained prominence in the music industry since 2014. Mama Africa, Yemi Alade, is famed not only for her singing but also for her choreographic skills.
Her Instagram account is primarily comprised of dancing videos and photos of herself, with very little information about her personal life.
She is known for her powerful voice and unique style and has won several awards for her music and has been featured on Forbes Africa’s “30 Under 30” list. She is the most followed Nigerian female influencer.
Wizkid is a Grammy award-winning Nigerian superstar who began recording music at the age of 11 and signed a record deal with Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment. He rose to notoriety after releasing the lead single “Holla at Your Boy” from his debut album, Superstar (2011).
Wizkid has a followership base of 17 million on Instagram and has collaborated with international artists such as Beyoncé and Drake. He is the most decorated Nigerian artist ever and one of the most revolutionary Afro-pop artists of the modern era.
He mostly posts about events related to his art and keeps his personal life off of social media.
Tiwa Savage is a popular Nigerian Musician, Songwriter, Singer, and Actress. She has been in the music industry for over two decades and has five studio albums and EPs and over 100 songs.
She has won multiple awards for her music and has been featured on international platforms such as Vogue and The Guardian. Tiwa Savage began her music career doing backup vocals for artists such as George Michael and Mary J. Blige.
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After participating in The X Factor and graduating from Berklee College of Music, she signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in 2009. She moved back to Nigeria and signed with Mavin Records in 2012.
Funke Akindele shot to fame after playing the lead role in the well-liked UNFPA-sponsored sitcom I Need to Know from 1998 to 2002. Her role in the film Jenifa gave her the huge break she needed in 2008.
As of June 2023, the actress who was chosen as the People’s Democratic Party’s deputy candidate for governor of Lagos State had a following of 15.8 million on Instagram.
Don Jazzy is a popular Nigerian musician, Song Writer, Social Media Influencer, Philanthropist, and Record Producer. He is well-known for his social media activity and engagement, spending his free time on Instagram.
With over has 14.7 million followership on Instagram at the time of writing, he is sixth on our list of the most followed Nigerian Celebrities on Instagram. His Instagram page features both personal skits and advertisements for many other skit makers and artists.
Mercy Johnson Okojie is a popular Nigerian celebrity and Actress with over 13.6 million followers on Instagram. She is the first actress to appear on the top 10 list of the most followed Nigerian celebrities.
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She is the Senior Special Assistant to the Kogi State Governor on Entertainment, Arts, and Culture and regularly connects her fans with images and skits. Mercy Johnson is now Nigeria’s seventh most popular Instagram celebrity and has become a household name.
Burna Boy is a Grammy award winning Nigerian super star who rose to stardom in 2012. He is the 8th most followed Nigerian celebrity on Instagram with 14.2 million followers and is the first Nigerian to receive a Grammy Award.
He holds the record for having the most streams on a single music video and being the first Nigerian artist to headline Madison Square Garden.
Ini Edo is a well-known Nigerian actress and producer who has starred in several Nollywood movies. She is the ninth most popular celebrity in Nigeria and has 13.5 million followers on Instagram as of the time of writing.
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She is known for her fashion sense and has been featured on several best-dressed lists. Ini Edo’s full name is Iniobong Edo Ekim. She hails from Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria.
10. AY (13 million)
AY completes our list of the most followed Nigerian Celebrities on Instagram with over 13 million followers as of June 2023. Ayo Makun is an award-winning comedian and business mogul from Ondo State who has over 13 million followers on Instagram.
He regularly uses Instagram to wish friends and colleagues happy birthdays and engages with his 13 million followers. He is known to sell out comedy events and is an actor, starring in a dozen films.