Tuesday, 18 November 2014


The NET which is an entertainment soft-sell Journal has released a list of the most influential people in the Nigerian entertainment industry for year 2014..It is a good idea because It will help recognize the very important ones that deserves some applause for the year in review but again how influential are these personalities...I had to understand the meaning first. Now, An influential person is one whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events or we can simply say anyone who has the capacity to shape how people act or how things occur..

With this understanding, I was convinced by the list to an extent..Yes, they are all entertainers and entrepreneurs but do they really possess the capacity to change a course of action and have they been able to do that over the years...I do not know If the ranking was just a number because I would say Tuface Idibia actually deserves that number one spot..because he is a living legend..a man whose music has cut across lots of generations and Its still a movement to reckon with for years to come.
Before I dwell on those whom I feel should be left out..Let me celebrate more deserving personalities..This list cannot be complete without the mention of Koko Master or better still Dbanj..He has been able to carve a niche for himself amongst the young entrepreneurs of this country..If you think Dbanj has your time competing with lyrical standards, please wake up..He is a complete entertainer..You cannot help but love his personae and today, He can seat with some of the worlds business leaders..How influential can that be again..?
Its Don Jazzy again...please sing out loud..He knows his worth and there is no debate about it..seems quiet but his works speaks a lot of creativity and depth in the knowledge of music and yes, he has that capacity to change our sense of taste of music...Funke Akindele on the other hand has brought simplicity to our mode of communication with her highly rated movie, Jenifa, every citizen, young and old can easily relate with Funke's new approach to our Nigerianess.

When It comes to being stylish, confident, bold and holding a mantle of being a diva, You have to give it to Genevieve Nnaji..A woman who has held on to her personae over the years and has grown has an actress...Her success is felt everywhere in Africa..she is talked about a lot and some ladies just want to have that fame and success that she holds and the same applies to sexy mother of four, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, a great woman of substance...Kunle Afolayan has made me believe that Nollywood can deliver and meet up with the rest of the world; from script to screen..Kunle is there for you and that is why I was not surprised when ''October 1'' was sold out on the day It was premiered at a Cinema in Lagos.
Olamide..A super talented music artiste, a very creative talent with the yoruba language..he has every right to be on this list and am glad he is..Olamide's kind of music has found its way into the lives of most Nigerians, even the elites always want to loosen up with some craziness from Olamide..If I can accept WizKid on the list, then, I must also mention Banky W, A man who has carved a niche for himself and also gave the young ones under him the opportunity to grow and be independent.
Veteran Film Maker, Tunde Kelani is a must on the list..Words can not express how deserving Uncle Tunde is when It comes to his worth in the business of film making..Is it also possible to commend all these people and put aside Mrs. Tiwa Savage Balogun..She brought sexiness to her music videos..she was condemned, yet, many have followed that step and even most people cannot do without being ''Wanted''..
Well, I do know some others here are worth celebrating but these mentioned people are quite glaring for me..I really do not want to be negative as I am expected to knock out some names like Davido but again, he brought some dance steps into the scene and he has grown in a short time..some of us will point at the financial benefits flowing in his family but again, Let us give him his credit and seal up our lips...

Congrats to everyone mentioned in the list and I do hope they live up to expectations and let us feel lots of positive influence in Nigeria and not negative...My respects go to King Sunny Ade, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, KWAM 1 and Adebayo Salami for their immense contributions in the industry...and Linda Ikeji is not the influential person, rather, Its her blog that has the power of influence because I am yet to connect with her personae outside the shores of her blog world..#MyOpinion