Find the top five most powerful men in Nigeria. These are business people, monarchs, clergy, politicians and celebrities that are making large impacts in Nigeria and are at the pinnacle of their industry.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (Wizkid)
The Nigerian Songstar popularly referred to as "starboy" is currently Nigeria’s biggest musical export and the most powerful name in Nigerian entertainment. Since bursting into the limelight with his monster track “holla at your boy” in 2011 Wizkid has pushed the boundaries of musical and brand creativity.
In 2016, Wizkid received worldwide attention after his song with Drake, “One Dance” achieved quadruple platinum certified status in the US alone and was listed on the 2018 Guinness Book Of World Records as the most played song on Spotify with over one billion streams.
In 2018, Wizkid’s NIKE merchandise sold out in minutes. Also, October 6 was declared Wizkid Day by Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton after he became the first Nigerian artist to sell out The O2 London.
Only a few has the power and influence that wizkid has over the young Nigerian populace.
Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sadiq Abubakar
The Sultan is the monarchical and religious head of the Muslim Community in Nigeria, and given the primacy of Islam in the Socio-political dynamics of Nigeria and their large population presence, it makes him, in effect, the defacto leader of Nigeria. The Sultan is a very influential and powerful monarch, unarguably the strongest Monarch in Nigeria
Enoch Adejare Adeboye
Enoch Adeboye is the leader and General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye’s influence and power has transcended the Redeemed Christian Church of God. He is widely seen both locally and internationally as the leader of the Christian community in Nigeria as well as a Kingmaker. Three of the past Presidents of Nigeria have gone to the spiritual leader for prayers, endorsements and spiritual guidance.
His church has the largest number of members in Nigeria and is present in over 150 countries worldwide.
Aliko Dangote is the president of the Dangote Group of Companies. From building a massice conglomorate, Dangote has emerged as an industrial giant, locally and internationally. He has become one of the wealthiest men in the world with that wealth due to rise on the completion of the largest oil refinery in Africa.
Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man, founded and chairs Dangote Cement, the continent's largest cement producer where he owns nearly 85% of publicly-traded Dangote Cement through a holding company.
Dangote Cement produces 45.6 million metric tons annually and has operations in 10 countries across Africa. Dangote also owns stakes in publicly-traded salt, sugar and flour manufacturing companies.
Dangote ia a household name in Nigeria and is synonymous with wealth.
The Nigerian military leader and politician served as Nigeria’s head of state in 1984–85 and was democratically elected president in 2015.
His latter presidency has been greeted with mixed receptions. Challenges from recession to personal health and corruption in bureaucracy has marred the regime.
Buhari faced more than 70 challengers in the election, which was originally scheduled to be held on February 16 but was delayed at the last minute until February 23. Despite his widely opinioned lukewarm presidency, he emerged victorious, winning reelection with some 56 percent of the vote, showing he still has sway and social capital with most Nigerians.
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