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Get to Know the Most Famous African Celebrities

Most Famous African celebrities
Written by Teresa Mwangi

Personality, talent, tenacity and great looks fuel the popularity of most famous African celebrities. Although celebrity status is about showbiz, certain elements push them to these highs.

With the advent of social media, it is now a little easier to climb the ladder of celebrity level because it has a wide marketing scope.  Social media has also significantly increased the visibility and reach of African superstars, allowing them to interact with followers and supporters from around the globe.

Furthermore, factors including globalisation, cross-cultural interaction, and the expansion of the entertainment sector in Africa all aid in creating popular African superstars. Besides, the study of celebrity culture, media, and entertainment, which looks at the elements that contribute to the development and upkeep of celebrity status, is the science behind this phenomenon.

Who Is The Most Popular African Celebrity?

Most famous African celebrities

Nigerian artist Wizkid. Photo.Vanguard News

The list of the most famous African celebrities is long and non-exhaustive. Nevertheless, the following are among the most popular personalities in Africa based on what they do. You will realize those in showbiz and sports are quite famous. They are:

  • Burna Boy: Award-winning Nigerian artist
  • Wizkid: Celebrated Nigerian artist
  • Tiwa Savage: Nigerian singer and songwriter
  • Yemi Alade: Talented Nigerian singer
  • Diamond Platnumz: Tanzanian Bongo artist
  • Sauti Sol: Kenyan boy band
  • Black Coffee: South African DJ/Artist
  • Nasty C: South African rapper
  • DJ Maphorisa: South African Amapiano singer
  • Mo Salah: Egyptian footballer playing for Liverpool
  • Didier Drogba: Retired footballer from Cote’d Ivoire
  • Lupita Nyong’o – Kenyan-born Hollywood actress
  • Davido: Nigerian singer/Songwriter
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Gabonese footballer playing for Chelsea
  • 2baba: Nigerian artist

Who Is The Most Followed African Celebrities On Instagram?

Most famous African celebrity

Liverpool’s Mo Salah. Photo/Sky Sports

Egypt international Mohammed Salah (Mo Salah) is the most-followed African celebrity on Instagram, with 56.3 million followers. Davido comes in second with 26.3 million followers. Others who rank among the most famous African celebrities have this following on Instagram.

  • Yemi Alade-17.3 million
  • Wizkid – 16.3 million
  • Tiwa Savage – 16.1 million
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 13.6 million
  • Burna Boy – 13.1 million
  • Didier Drogba – 13.1 million
  • Diamond Platnumz – 15.6 million
  • Lupita Nyong’o – 10.5 million
  • 2baba – 7.8 million
  • Nasty C – 4.1 million
  • Black Coffee – 3.5 million
  • DJ Maphorisa – 2.7 million
  • Sauti Sol – 2.2 million

Who Has The Highest Follower In Africa?

Mo Salah carries the day in the most famous African celebrities and the most followed African celebrity on Instagram. Here are three things that make him so popular.

Popularity in Football

Salah is one of the most talented and successful football players in the world. His exposure and popularity have grown due to his performance on the field. Also, football is an international sport with fans from every corner of the world.

And playing for one of the most successful English Premier League teams adds to his advantage and fame among the most famous African celebrities.


The Egyptian is well-known for his modest and down-to-earth demeanour, which many football fans like.

Social Media Presence

He is active on social media and frequently engages with his supporters, which contributes to the development of a close bond between them.

Who are Three Famous People in Africa?

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong’o. Photo/Plug TV

The three most famous persons in Africa are difficult to identify because fame is a relative concept that varies depending on context, cultural background, and personal interests. However, several Africans have achieved widespread acclaim and popularity. They include:

  1. Akon
  2. Lupita Nyong’o
  3. Didier Drogba

Who Is The Most Streamed Artist In Africa?

Nigerian Afrobeats crooner Wizkid, (Ibrahim Ayodeji Balogun) is one of the most-played Nigerian musicians on Spotify. He has over 4.6 billion streams to his name.


As stated earlier, there is an element of hard work, talent and determination among the most famous African celebrities. True to it, it is evidently so.

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About the author

Teresa Mwangi

Teresa is a journalist with years of experience in creating web content. She is a wanderlust at heart, loves travelling and telling stories about tour and travel in Africa by every angle.

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