My email is loaded daily with google alerts on African Entertainment News. I receives about 20 alerts in a day. When it comes to African entertainment, based on those google alerts, Nigeria and South Africa is leading. Since blogging is my interest, it only make sense to check out those who are influencing the blogging industry in these two countries, starting with Nigeria. Check out the 10 most influential bloggers in Nigeria. This list was put together by Ajaero Tony Martins, a serial entrepreneur and investor with several successful companies in his portfolio.
1. Linda Ikeji
Linda Ikeji was a former model. She left modeling less than a decade ago and later started her blog, lindaikeji.blogspot.com,
which would later become one of the most popular blogs in Nigeria.
Linda blogs about entertainment gist and gossip, and her posts could be
controversial sometimes. Her blog attracts several thousands of hits on a
2. Omoyele Sowore
A Nigerian political activist, Omoyele Sowore is the founder of the popular Saharareporters.com, a news site that has been named “the Wikileaks of Africa” by The Daily Beast.
Based in New York City, Sahara Reporters is supported by grants donated
by the Ford Foundation and the Omidyar foundation. The news website is
notorious for first-hand insider information and conspiracy reports
without fear of government action. Sahara Reporters has received several
threats from individuals whose illegal activities has been exposed on
the website as well as from the Nigerian government.
3. Uche Eze
Another woman who has made her mark by blogging in Nigeria, Uche Eze owns Bellanaija.com,
one of the leading entertainment blogs in Nigeria covering music,
style, TV, and beauty, among many others. The blog has a huge subscriber
base and attracts several thousands of daily page views. Uche Eze
founded her blog in 2006. The blog, which has grown tremendously since
then, is now fast becoming a household name in Nigeria.
4. Chude Jideonwo
Chude Jideonwo is the CEO of RED media group. He owns YNaija.com (culled from “Young and Nigerian”), a blog has been nicknamed the “high priest of Nigerian culture.”
The blog is culture driven, and it features content that highlights the
rich culture of Nigeria. Through its job aggregation section, YNaija
displays job vacancies and has helped many Nigerians find meaningful
employment. The youth-oriented blog has segments for daily news,
politics, opinion, enterprise, TV, teen, and lots more.
5. Loy Okezie
Despite being a graduate of Business Administration, Loy Okezie chose
to carve a niche for himself in the technology world. His blog, Techloy.com
is the best tech-related blog in Nigeria. The blog features authentic
breaking news in the tech world, tech product reviews, and tech market
trends, among many more. Loy Okezie started blogging in 2008, with startupsnigeria.com, but as the blog saw exponential development, Loy changed the name to “Techloy.”
6. Mola Ogundele
Mola Ogundele is the founder of Notjustok.com,
Nigeria’s best known online music brand. The blog features the hottest
gist about the Nigerian music scene. One factor that has helped the blog
grow in popularity in recent times is its partnership with top
musicians and music producers. Nigerians love music and anything related
to music. And since Mola Ogundele is giving it to them just as they
want it, his blog keeps growing by leaps and bounds.
7. Bamidele Onibalusi
This “wonderkid” started blogging in 2009 at the prime age of 16.
Since then, he has been a successful freelance writer, producing content
for high profile clients, and making thousands of dollars every month
from freelance writing alone. On his blog, Bamidele Onibalusi shares
proven success tips for freelance writers. He started with Youngprepro.com but recently changed the blog’s name to one that more closely reflects the scope of the blog, Writersincharge.com. What makes Bamidele an inspiration is the fact that he’s still less than 20, and he’s already making giant strides.
8. Jide Ogunsanya
A graduate of Microbiology, Jide Ogunsanya owns Ogbongeblog.com,
a blog popular for its helpful tutorials on how newbies can start their
online businesses and make money. On his blog, Jide offers blogging
tips, online business ideas, technology tips, and lots more.
9. Don Caprio
Don Caprio is a seasoned blogger and web designer. He owns one of the top ten most popular blogs in Nigeria, Doncaprio.com,
which has become a brand on its own. Don offers helpful tips on
blogging, coding, and tech. His blog has over 10,000 newsletter
subscribers and records several thousands of page views daily.
10. Oladunni Liadi
Oladunni “Ladun” Liadi is the founder and author of ladunliadi.blogspot.com.
Like Linda Ikeji, she blogs majorly on entertainment and celebrity
gist. She also talks about fashion and the latest gist in the Nigerian
movie industry. Ladun’s blogging success can be attributed to her
accuracy and writing style as well as her blog’s visual display quality.
Her blog attracts millions of page views monthly.
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