7 Richest Igbo HighLife Musicians in Nigeria 2022

7 Richest Igbo HighLife Musicians in Nigeria 2022

Brief history of Igbo highlife

Igbo highlife is a musical genre that originated from South Eastern Nigeria in the 1920s. The guitar is a major instrument of the Igbo highlife together with other Igbo traditional instruments.

Over the decades, lots of Igbo highlife musicians have come and gone, but the musical genre has remained relevant and entertaining and has as well served as a great source of income to them.

Top 7 Richest Igbo HighLife Musicians In Nigeria 2022

1. Chief onyenze Nwa Amobi

7 Richest Igbo HighLife Musicians in Nigeria 2022

Richard Onyenze Amobi, a singer, songwriter, actor, producer and the CEO of crystal touch entertainment was born 13th January 1979 in ogidi idemili north local government Anambra state.

Had his tertiary education in university of Nigeria Nsukka where he studied physical and health education. He came into limelight in 1999 with his album “Ndidiamaka” (patience is good) after which he has released many albums and songs.

The young talent has a musical heritage as he is a nephew to the chief of Igbo highlife music, Chief Osita Osadebe, who raised and nurtured him into the Igbo highlife music.

Onyenze’s net worth as at 2021 is estimated at three million dollars which is equivalent to over 1.2 billion naira. He is just 43 years old.

2. Bright Chimezie

7 Richest Igbo HighLife Musicians in Nigeria 2022

The Abia state born known by the stage name Okoro was born in October 1960. He started his music career playing with a band group in Lagos known as customs and excise dance band.

His first album “Respect Africa” which brought him to fame was released in 1985 with his band group. He later left the group in August 1985 and formed his own group and named it Ziggima group.

He is widely known by his special legwork movement called Ziggima dance. The dance style earned him the nickname “Duke of Africa”

Bright’s net worth is around 650,000 US dollars which is over 270 million naira.

He is married with children.

3. Umu Obiligbo

Umu Obiligbo is the stage name of the Igbo highlife duo singer from nteje in oyi local government area of Anambra state.

They are the grandsons of the popular Ekpili music star, Chief Ezigbo Obiligbo. Ifeanyichukwu Ogbuozor Obiligbo is the elder while Chukwuebuka Akunwafor is his immediate younger brother from same mother and father.

They released their first album “Ife di mma” in February 2014 and has since released other albums and singles. They have also featured top Nigeria musicians like Phyno, Larry Gaga and Favour.

Umu Obiligbo won the “Best African Group Award” at the 2020 African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA).

Their combined net worth is 220,000 US dollars which is 92 million naira.

They’re both single.

4. Chijioke Mbanefo

Chijioke Mbanefo stated his Igbo highlife music career with his first album titled “Eziafakaego” in 1999 but is best known by his bestselling album “Onyemacha and Achakegom”

Chijioke was born to a royal family in atani in Ogbaru local government area Anambra state in the year 1983. He is the cousin of the renowned highlife singer Chief Osita Osadebe. He played with Osadebe’s son Obiajulu till his demise.

He is known as the most famous Igbo highlife musician after Osadebe and Oliver De Coque, has over 30 albums and received the “Eze egwu award” in 2016.

Chijioke’s net worth is over 120,000 US dollars, that is, 50 million naira.

5. Ayaka Ozubulu

Chigozie Obunike is a renowned Igbo highlife musician specialized in cultural afrobeats, Ogene and highlife. He is a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist.

Ayaka was born in Ozubulu local government area of Anambra state. He rose to fame in 2009 and has released over three albums. He is regarded as the best Igbo highlife musician of 21st century.

The net worth of Ayaka Ozubulu is over 95,000 US dollars (40 million naira).

6. Onyeoma Tochukwu Nnamani

Onyeoma hails from Onitsha, Onitsha local government area Anambra state.

His first album is “Akuelisielisi” but he is mostly known for his bestselling album “People’s club of Nigeria” which was released in 2014.

Not too much is known about Onyeoma, but his net worth is estimated at 48,000 US dollar (20 million naira).

7. Theresa Onuorah

The custodian of “egwu egedege” of Igbo traditional music, Theresa Chizeberum Onuorah was born to a noble family in Unubi, Nnewi South local government Anambra state in the early 1960s.

Theresa came back to limelight in October 2021 after almost a decade after she released a song titled “egedege” in collaboration with Larry Gaga, flavour and phyno. The song which was produced by Masterkraft was a hit both within and outside Nigeria.

The mother of egedege has a net worth of 25,000 US dollars which is equivalent to 10 million naira.

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