Today, you’ll get to know the top 10 Nigerian celebrities with the most followers on Instagram.
But before then, let’s take a look at some very interesting facts about Instagram, and its history.
What’s Instagram? – An Overview
Instagram is a social media networking platform created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, launched in October 2010 on iOS.
It is now owned by Facebook, Inc, and it is otherwise known as IG or Insta9.
In April 2012, the Android version of Instagram was made available to users of Android devices, which shot the user base of Instagram to sky level.
In November 2012, Interfacein (a feature-limited website), was launched, and in April 2016, apps were launched for Widows 10 Mobile.
In November 2016, apps were made available for Window 10, this also added to the steady growth other platform that year.
With Instagram, you can easily upload videos (1-minute videos), photos, share media content with location details, tags, and mention other users, like other users’ media content, choose to share your content with your approved followers or the public, comment on your content and people’s content, share posts, and saved posts.
After its launch in October 2010, it got 1 million users in two month and 10 million in a year. In 2017, Instagram had over 800 million followers.
It was bought for $1 billion dollars by Facebook in April 2012. In 2015, it was reported that Instagram had a total of over 40 billion photos uploaded to it.
The platform had been appraised, but also criticized for its change of interface and policy, censorship allegations, and inappropriate content upload done by its users.
Top 11 Cool Facts About Instagram You Must Know
Before the wide spread use of Instagram, it was only a potential “next-big-thing”. And after it was acquired by Facebook in 2012, it became the Next-Big-Thing for real.
Alongside Facebook and Twitter, Instagram is one of the most popular and used social networks today. Truth is, you may be on Instagram, but know nothing about a lot with the platform.
There’s a lot of cool features on Instagram that makes it even more lovely than Facebook and Twitter (which seem to be losing active users by the day).
It is a whole new cool platform for socializing, and here are the top 10 facts about it you must know:
1. Instagram Highest Number of Followers
It is no surprise that Instagram has the highest number of followers.
This is because when you first register on Instagram as a new user, you’re given a suggestion to follow Instagram and some other users.
It has over 280 million followers, that’s 50 million followers more than every other celebrity on the social network.
2. Instagram Is Packed Full With More Teens Than Less
Do You know that close to 60% of teenagers are on Instagram?
This statistic was given by Statista, and its reports proved that there are more teens accessing Instagram on a daily basis.
3. The Average Instagram Followers for Teens is 150
Do you know that %18 percent of teenagers on Instagram have over 300 followers?
…this means 1 in 5 has over 300 followers, 39% of registered teenagers on Instagram have no idea their number of followers, and 25% has 100 or less followers.
4. More than 50 Billion Photos Have Been Uploaded on Instagram
Since the platform was created in 2010 till this moment, users have uploaded several photos, summing up to a total number of over 50 billion.
Instagram is a warehouse where photos, especially selfies are on the stored and shared rapidly.
5. Photos Get More Likes than Videos
Videos might be getting more views on Instagram, but the photos attract more likes.
Instagram is king of photos, and they get more than 35% more likes than videos. It is also a valid stat that photos with peoples faces get 38% more likes than a photos with none.
6. Super Power Users Earn from their Posts
Yes, when you hear of Super Power users, they’re celebrities and other social media influencers.
They earn big bucks from posts they publish with brands, or posts with which they endorse a brand. Some really popular celebrities earn over $200,000 dollars per post.
7. Over 96% of United States Based Fashion Brands are on Instagram
This is no surprise as all the top fashion brands from Zara to Gucci are on Instagram. You’ll see them appearing endlessly as suggestions from Instagram. Not just the fashion brands, about 85% of all the brands worldwide are present on Instagram.
8. More than 70% of Instagram Users aren’t from the U.S.
There are several millions of users from the United States using Instagram, and it is by far one of the mist used social networks in the United States.
Interestingly, with its huge database, more than 70% of registered users are from countries other than the United States.
9. The Most Popular Instagram Hash tag is “Love”
The world lives on basis of love and peaceful coexistence. Its very easy to type #love in a post, even more than once and it still means everything.
Aside the #love hash tag, other very popular hash tags are #me, #fun, #cute, #happy, and #beautiful.
10. Facebook Bought Instagram for a Whooping $1B
Fun fact: Instagram was purchased in 2012 by Facebook, but do you know how much?? It was a whooping $1 billion dollars.
Although I called it whooping, but Instagram generates thrice that price every year for Mr. Mark Zukerberg.
11. Instagram’s Currently Most Liked Photo is an Egg
The most liked photo on Instagram as at January 2019 is a photo of an egg which was uploaded by @world_record_egg.
The photo currently has more than 50 million likes, surpassing the previous most liked photo by Kylie Jenner which had 18 million likes.
Top 10 Most Followed Nigerian Celebrities on Instagram
Now let’s get to the main gist of the minute… These Nigerian celebrities are currently the ones with the highest number of followers on Instagram:
1. Davido @davidoofficial | 13M+ Followers
Davido, born David Adedeji Adeleke is a Nigerian-American musician and songwriter. He’s the son of Nigerian entrepreneur and billionaire Dr. Adedeji Adeleke.
Davido tops the list of the most followed Nigerian celebrities on Instagram, and he’s known to do philanthropic stuff on Instagram by means of cash giveaways.
He has released a lot of hit albums and singles, won literarily countless awards, collaborated with a lot of artistes, signed multimillion naira endorsement deals with companies including First Bank, toured different countries, and performed live at several mega music concerts.
Davido would be the first Nigerian artiste to break the 10 million followers milestone on Instagram in 2019.
2. Wizkid @wizkidayo | 8M+ Followers
Wizkid is a Nigerian musician gone international.
He has won more awards than most of the Nigerian artistes, and has collaborated with several foreign stars including American singer Chris Brown and Canadian rapper and singer Drake Aubrey.
Wizkid is the second most followed Nigerian celebrity on Instagram, and has signed a lot of endorsement deals what would amount to over N1B.
He’s the CEO of Starboy Entertainment music label, and got on this list of highest paid musicians in the world 2018 after getting paid over $600,000 dollars at a royal wedding ceremony in India.
3. Funke Akindele @funkejenifaakindele | 8M+ Followers
Funke Akindele ushered in her baby boys in December 2018, since then, her followers shot upwards from 5 million+ to over 6.5 million followers.
This means that good news attracts attention. She’s married to Nigerian music producer Abdul Rasheed Bello (JJC Skillz), and is best known as the Jenifa of blockbuster Nigerian movie Jenifa’s Diary.
She’s really talented, has won awards, and has bagged endorsement deals with a couple of brands in Nigeria.
4. Yemi Alade @yemialade | 8M+ Followers
Yemi Alade the Yoruba-Igbo girl is speedily getting thousands of new followers each day. From last 2018 into 2019, she got over 2 million new followers on Instagram.
She’s popularly known for her song “Johnny”, and her Mama Africa music album.
Yemi Alade is the second biggest Nigerian female musician on Instagram after Tiwa Savage, and she’s doing all she can to overthrow the Queen.
5. Tiwa Savage @tiwasavage | 8M+ Followers
Tiwa Savage got every talking when she started going out with Wizkid.
And when Wizkid called her baby and addressed himself as her “daddy” on stage, it sounded more than just a play of word – it became sexually suggestive.
News broke out that the two are having a thing, but their fans wouldn’t agree because Tiwa Savage is no mate to Wizkid by age.
Celebrities are in control of their lives, let’s leave that.
Tiwa Savage remains at the top of the Nigerian music, and she’s the fourth most followed Nigerian celebrity on Instagram.
6. Don Jazzy @donjazzy | 7M+ Followers
Don Jazzy is easily one of the richest musicians in Nigeria. He’s an entrepreneur, singer, and producer.
Don Jazzy, born Collins Ajere, is the CEO of Mavin Energy, and the leading Nigerian record label, Mavin Records.
He’s topnotch, and has signed multimillion naira endorsement deals with brands including Loya Milk and MTN.
Don Jazzy’s record label, Mavin Records, houses some of the best Nigerian musicians – Reekado Banks, Dija, and the Nigerian music Queen Tiwa Savage.
With a total of more than 5.6 million followers, he’s one of the Nigerian celebrities with the most followers on Instagram.
7. Mr P @peterpsquare | 7M+ Followers
After the big P Square split, Mr P, the eldest twin of the music duo seems to be doing very well.
From barely 2 million followers, he has successfully built his Instagram page to over 5 million followers.
This is more than what their previous brand account had before they parted ways.
Mr P is one of the most followed Nigerian celebrities on Instagram, and maintains a good percentage of user engagement.
Alone, Mr P has signed multimillion naira endorsement deals and won awards.
People say he’s an upcoming artiste because he started from the start.
Don’t do that.
8. Genevieve @genevievennaji | 6M+ Followers
Genevieve Nnaji would be in your favourite top 5 Nigerian actresses after you watch the movie, “Lion Heart”.
She’s very talented, and the richest Nigerian actress according to several stats and updates.
Genevieve Nnaji is the second most followed Nigerian actress on Instagram after Funke Akindele, and she’s one of the oldest faces in Nollywood that seem to have not aged a bit in a decade (Omotola Jalade belongs here too).
She has a daughter, and has featured in over 100 movies.
Also, Genevieve Nnaji has bagged several awards, and endorsement deals that put her name on the list of richest female celebrities in Nigeria.
9. AY Makun @aycomedian | 6M+ Followers
Ayo Makun, known popularly as AY is just more than a comedian.
He’s an organizer, an event manager, movie director, producer, actor, and a fashionista.
He’s the older brother of Nigerian fashion designer Yomi Makun (or Yomi Casuals).
Ayo Makun has won a lot of awards, and he’s known to be one of the richest comedians in the country.
He’s been a backbone to the success of several popular comedians in Nigeria today, and he’s also one of the most famous Nigerian comedians.
10. Tekno @teknoofficial | 6M+ Followers
Tekno Miles is one of Nigeria’s most talented musicians.
He’s one that has collaborated musically with several top stars in the music industry, and has bagged endorsement deals worth millions of naira.
You know his songs, don’t you?
When you hear Pana, Diana, Jogodo, and Tender, that’s Tekno for you.
He has won several musical awards and has worked with foreign artistes including Drake and those signed to Sony Music Africa.
Tekno is one of the very few musicians with music contracts with Sony.
And for the record, his contract pay, $4 million dollars, is way higher than that of any other Nigerian Sony Music act.
He comes in as the last on the list of most followed Nigerian celebrities on Instagram.