The relationship between Ghana and Nigeria is like “yin and yang”. Though Ghana and Nigeria do not share close borders, the relationship between these two countries says otherwise. Ghana and Nigeria have had many collaborations in various areas, and one of the most prosperous areas is entertainment.
Ghana and Nigeria have collaborated in movies, music, awards ceremonies, and others. Celebrities from both countries are loved and admired by all. In this article, we take a look at the top 10 Nigerian Celebrities Ghanaians Love Most.
Damini Ebunoluwa Oguwa, known in showbiz as Burna Boy (A.K.A. The African Giant), is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He became a household in Ghana after his hit with the self-acclaimed dancehall king of Ghana, Shatta Wale titled “Hosanna” in 2017. Burna Boy has a unique brand of afrobeat which brought him into the limelight.
His song which took him international was “Ye” which attracted top celebrities like the legendary American singer Rihanna jamming to it on her Instagram page. Burna Boy grew up in Nigeria, but after completing senior high school, he moved to London to further his education, but it was alleged he dropped out to pursue music full time.
“The African Giant” rocked the stage at the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards where he also picked up the award for the African Artiste of the year.
Burna Boy has also won the B.E.T International Act of the year twice in 2019 and 2020. Burna Boy has many collaborations with many other Ghanaian artistes including Sarkodie, M.anifest, R2Bees and many others. Burna Boy also has many international collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Stormzy and Dave Santan. His famous “gbese” dance became a nationwide dance in Ghana. This is no doubt that Ghanaians love him.
Born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, Wizkid also known as Starboy is a Nigerian singer and songwriter, made his Ghanaian music collaboration debut in 2013 where he did a song with the famous Tema bases duo R2Bees on a song titled ‘slow down‘.
In February 2014, Wizkid became the first Nigerian to have over a million followers on twitter and it’s no doubt that Ghanaians played a role in the numbers.
In 2017, Ghana’s self-acclaimed dancehall king, Shatta Wale said in an interview on Kasapa FM that he hardly sees Wizkid as a superstar. “I will not see Wizkid and be stunned, I rather want him to see me and be amazed because I don’t see anything extraordinary about him, even though he claims to be the best African artiste.” – Shatta Wale said.
This attracted majority of Wizkid’s fans in both Ghana and Nigeria to start jabbing at Shatta Wale. But in 2018, Wizkid came to perform at “Ghana Meets Naija”, where he reunited with Shatta Wale on stage as they played together. It was a great experience to see the two of them perform together on stage to show the unity between the two countries. After the show, Shatta Wale invited Wizkid to his apartment for a house party, where they chilled together.
Wizkid has since had several collaborations with Ghanaian artiste including King Promise. He also performed on stage with Sarkodie where he spoke of one the local dialects “twi”. He has also had business relations with Efya and R2bees.
Davido won the African Artiste of the Year at The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. Davido has performed a couple of times in Ghana especially at the annual “Ghana Meets Naija” show at the Fantasy Dome in Accra. His hit song ‘If’ became a nationwide jam in Ghana. He also did a song with R2Bees in 2014 where he spoke one of the local dialects “ewe”.
In October 2019, during an interview with Hot97 in U.K, Davido also gave his opinion on the “Who has the best jollof : Ghana or Nigeria” where he concluded that the best jollof comes from Senegal and that Ghana is best in “fufu”. Davido also has many collaborations with Kuami Eugene, Kidi, Medikal and Sarkodie. According to Forbes magazine, the O.B.O man has an estimated net worth of $16 million. Davido has a massive fan base in Ghana.
Osita Iheme (Pawpaw) and Chinedu Ikedieze(Aki)
‘Pawpaw’ as most of the canyons call him is popularly known for his role in the famous Nollywood movie, “Aki na Ukwa” alongside his good friend Chinedu Ikedieze, also popularly know as Aki. Most of the Ghanaians taught Osita and Chinedu were biologically related due to their “dwarf-like” stature and how they were always featured in a movie together.
Osita came to Ghana to shoot a movie alongside famous Kumawood actress Rose Mensah known in the movie industry as ‘Kyeiwaa’. Pawpaw became a household name in Ghana after their hit movie “Aki na Ukwa” and has since caught the hearts of many Ghanaians. It’s always fun to watch his movies. One of their movies that people will always remember is Baby Police.
The movie “Aki na Ukwa” launched the acting careers of the two actors Osita(Pawpaw), and Chinedu(Aki) and this film marked their first collaboration. Shortly after his close friend, Chinedu married, all eyes turned on Osita with speculations that he will soon tie the knot. However, those speculations from went down the pit.
Chinedu is currently to a beautiful woman, Nneom Ikedieze, whom he met in Lagos when they worked together on a production.
In 2014, Bright Okpocha, popularly known as Basketmouth, the famous Nigerian actor and comedian paid homage to his second home, Ghana .
During his visit, Basket Mouth admitted that Ghana gave him his most significant career exposure. He said in an interview with Bola Ray on STARR DRIVE that his performance of ‘Two Things Involved” at the Accra International Conference Centre(A.I.C.C) gave him many opportunities to perform across the world.
“It was the same show that the guys from South Africa, U.K, and in the States saw and they picked me, and all that stuff happened in Ghana at the conference centre”, he stated.
Basketmouth has since won the hearts of many Ghanaians and performed at many shows in Ghana and abroad. Basketmouth has shared the stage with Jay Z, Rihanna, Mason Pryo, Melanie Camarcho and other international comedians.
Mr.Eazi, born Oluwatosin Ajibade, rose to fame in Ghana. He is the pioneer of Banku music which he describes as the fusion of Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian chord progressive and patterns.
Mr. Eazi comes from a very good family in Nigeria but moved to Ghana in 2008 to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(K.N.U.S.T), where he started booking people in for campus shows and also started recording during this period.
Mr. Eazi caught the heart of many Ghanaians following the release of his hit song ‘Skin Tight’ which he featured one of Ghana’s most energetic female musicians Efya in 2015. He has since made collaborations with Sarkodie, Pappy Kojo, Joey B, Darkovibes, Medikal, R2Bees and others.
Basically, Mr.Eazi rose to the limelight in Ghana and therefore owns everything to Ghana. Mr.Eazi spends most of his days in Ghana and as a result, caught the eyes of many Ghanaians.
Just like Mr.Eazi, Patrick Okorie, known in showbiz as Patoranking, moved to Ghana when he was 17 in search of greener pastures for him and his family. Whilst he was in Ghana, he applied to the University of Cape Coast knowing that he wouldn’t be able to finance his studies, but he was hoping for a miracle which never found him. As a result, he decided to pursue music fulltime.
He recalled once saying, “I didn’t choose music, but music chose me”. Patoranking decided to go back to Nigeria to start his music career. Patoranking has had many Ghanaian collaborations with Sarkodie, VVIP, Becca, Stonebwoy and Offei Music. Patoranking attracted many Ghanaian fan base after he released ‘No Kissing Baby’ which he featured Sarkodie.
Simisola Kosoko, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress is now making waves in Ghana with her ‘Duduke’ single, which has now become a wedding, snapchat and social media song among the youth of today. She started singing as far back as when she was 8 years and was able to write her first song by the age of 10.
She has a song with Madina based Ghanaian rapper, M.anifest, which currently has over 966,000 views on Youtube. Simi came to Ghana in 2019 to support U.K based Ghanaian musician Fuse ODG. Simi is currently married to Nigerian singer Adekunle Gold. Simi now has a lot of fans in Ghana following her recent hit song ‘Duduke’. Simi is indeed one of the top Nigerian celebrities Ghanaians love.
Azeez Fashola (Naira Marley) moved to the United Kingdom when he was 11 to further his education. Naira Marley was an A-grade student when he was in high school. He made his first Nigerian collaboration with Olamide. He is known as the C.E.O and president of his fan base called “Marlians”.
The Nigerian musician made his wave in Ghana with his hit single ‘Soapy’ in 2019 and has not disappointed his fans ever since. In 2019, Naira came to shut down the stage at the 2019 Afro Nation Music Festival in Ghana with his electrifying dance moves. Less than a year, Naira has increased his fan base in Ghana with his unique style of music. Most of his songs are played by the youth, especially those in high school and university.
Tiwatope Savage, known in showbiz as Tiwa Savage, became a Ghanaian household name after the release of ‘Eminado’ featuring her boss at that time, Don Jazzy. She went on to drop a lot of singles. She came to perform at ‘Ghana Meets Naija’ in 2017 and also performed at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2018.
Tiwa Savage also has several collaborations with Becca, Fuse ODG and Sarkodie. Tiwa Savage is loved in Ghana.
Victor AD, the “Wetin We Gain” hitmaker is equally loved in Ghana. Ghanaians actually gave him the hit song and owes everything to Ghana.
The list goes on and on.