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From a database of over 10,000 entries, The Masterlist editors curate weekly; the top 100 people, places, and platforms that should be top of mind for individuals and corporates.

This week’s list features a diverse mix of entries from artistes to filmmakers and hangout spots.

See the full list below:

  1. Desmond Ovbiagele: Desmond Ovbiagele is one of the hottest directors and writers in town. His trailblazing feature film ‘The Milkmaid’ was picked by the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) as the country’s submission to the International Feature Film category of the 2021 Oscars.
  2. Lucy: Former BBNaija housemate, Lucy Edet, took to Instagram to share the news that her former housemate, Nengi, had gifted her a cash gift of ‘6 figures’ to develop her business.
  3. Ada Ehi: Christian gospel artiste, Ada Ehi, recently released her sixth body of work titled ‘Born of God’. She’s been promoting her latest album and gave a revealing interview to Pulse.
  4. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Chimamanda Adichie gave an inspiring and revealing interview with TV personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on his Black Box Interview series on Bounce Radio. She talked on how she came up with her name, religion, personal life, and deaths in her family, feminism, and the #EndSARS movement.
  5. Paul Okoye: Paul Okoye had, unfortunately, caught the coronavirus and had been under the weather. He came out to say that he tested negative and is recovering from the virus.
  6. Tobore Mit-Ovuorie: Multiple award-winning journalist, Tobore Mit-Ovuorie, opened up on her 2014 sex trafficking report and legal battle she’s currently on with ‘Oloture’ producers.
  7. Mo Abudu: The revered movie producer is currently embroiled in a legal battle with award-winning journalist, Tobore Mit-Ovuorie after the investigator accused her of producing a movie on her life story without her permission.
  8. Folake Aremu: Yoruba Nollywood actress, Folake Aremu popularly known as Orisabunmi has died at 60.
  9. Fireboy: At the end of 2020, French streaming platform, Deezer released its year-end data and it revealed that ‘Vibration’ by Fireboy was the top Nigerian song on the platform. Kudos to Fireboy!
  10. Burna Boy: The singer’s Twice As Tall was Nigeria’s most-streamed artist of 2020 while Fireboy’s Apollo and Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps made the top 10 albums on Deezer. Fireboy was also the third most-streamed artist, Davido came third, Wizkid came fourth and Olamide came fifth.
  11. Wizkid: Social media was in a palpable uproar when the music video to the hit song ‘Ginger ft Burna boy’ dropped. The style, the effortless swag and, of course, sweet music were the highlights of the clips.
  12. Tunde Kelani: Ace Nigerian filmmaker, Tunde Kelani debuted a brand new short film, ‘To Live Again’. The short movie tells the story of a teenage rape victim’s journey to recovery.
  13. Paul Papel: Paul Papel has announced his highly anticipated film’s official release date, ‘Eagle Wings’ which is set to premiere in cinemas March 2021.
  14. Comedienne Princess: Popular comedienne, Princess, dived deep and shared some thoroughly personal information about her marriage. During an interview with TVC, she took all blame for the end to her marriage of two weeks.
  15. Wande Coal: The singer took to social media to share some personal information about himself. He shared his struggles mentally and offered a hand of help feeling the same.
  16. Dwin: Alternative singer-songwriter Dwin, the Stoic rendered a live performance of his song “The Lonely” at the “Live @ TheAltHome” online concert which held on the 6th of December.
  17. Brighto: Hilarious former BBNaija housemate, Brighto pleasantly shocked his fans when he made a cameo on Reekado Banks’ official video for his track “Speak To Me” with his love interest in the house, Wathoni.
  18. Wathoni: Reminiscent of the Big Brother days, Wathoni plays the love interest of ex-fellow housemate, Brighto, in Reekado Banks’ official video for his track “Speak To Me.”
  19. Reekado Banks: Reekado Banks comes through with the official video for his track “Speak To Me” featuring Tiwa Savage, from the EP “Off The Record.”
  20. Sisi Jemimah: Sisi Jemimah has a new recipe for you. In the latest episode of her food vlog, she shows you how to make chicken stir fry perfectly.
  21. Tolu Iykon: Journalist, Tolu Iykon, is out with a book titled ‘Really Random Stuff’ which contains professional and personal lessons Tolu has learned along the way as a journalist.
  22. Sisi Yemmie: In Sisi Yemmie’s latest Vlog, she gives us a unique way to make fantastic smokey chicken stew. She says it’s the “best smokey chicken stew you will try.”
  23. Joeboy: Self-acclaimed African princess Nandy has teamed up with Afrobeats superstar, Joeboy to present an international banger titled “Number one,” produced by Kimambo.
  24. Efe: Big Brother Naija reality star, artiste and songwriter, Efe has released the visuals to his uprising hit song “Belinda.” Belinda gained popularity after the release of his last EP.
  25. Alma Chronicle: Two friends, The Alma Chronicle and Lala Alakija, took on the Ndani crew in an all-new episode of the Ndani TGIF Show.
  26. Lala Alakija: In an entertaining episode, The Alma Chronicle and Lala Alakija, took on the Ndani crew in an all-new episode of the Ndani TGIF Show.
  27. David Oyelowo: In a hilarious clip, British-Nigerian Hollywood actor David Oyelowo shares some fun tips on how to survive an apocalypse if you are a Nigerian.
  28. Dolapo Grey: Food vlogger, Dolapo Grey, recently shared her yummy looking yellow rice recipe and “with a delicious twist.”
  29. Sunny Neji: Recording artist, Sunny Neji, popularly known for his hit single “Oruka,” spoke on the impact of COVID19 on the music industry with Arise News.
  30. TY Bello: TY Bello has served up another episode of her spontaneous worship series and this time she’s performing “Into Abba (More, More)” featuring Nosa.
  31. Arise News: The station has brought Nigerians live updates on the #EndSARS protests, covering the protest locations and activities.
  32. Zikoko: Every week, a Zikoko quiz would most likely appear on the trending list. The platform has carved an indisputable niche for itself as the go-to youth-centred content churner.
  33. People’s Gazette: People’s Gazette has really shone during this period, bringing Nigerians breaking news stories on the SARS protests and more.
  34. Bella Naija: The online publications has brought Nigerians updates on favourite celebrities.
  35. The Cable: The Cable is known for its hard-hitting news and investigative reporting. The platform has been on its toes, providing Nigerians with the latest.
  36. Sahara Reporters: It is expected that the publication is front and centre with news on the ongoing protests, considering its founder, Omoyele Sowore is a fervent activist.
  37. Premium Times: The publication has provided Nigerians with updates #EndSARS protests in the country.
  38. RSVP Restaurant: The RSVP restaurant provides dine-in, takeaway and delivery services; catering fully for Nigerians during this COVID-19 period.
  39. Debo Macaroni: The skit maker has found a creative way to fuse his content with activism.
  40. Lagos Continental Hotel: One of the few  5-star hotels with a high rating on bookings.com (7.2).
  41. Punchng.com: Punch Newspapers pull in traffic both on their website and on social media. They also boast of massive engagement on all their platforms.
  42. TheNationOnline.net: This platform has recently risen in stature as one of Nigeria’s most authentic news platforms. You visit it knowing exactly what to expect – politics, business, entertainment, sports, and more. It is ranked 24 in Nigeria on Alexa.
  43. Vanguardngr.com: This platform has continued to evolve to become one of Nigeria’s pre-eminent online platforms. It sets the pace in news offerings and keeps readers coming back to the site for more. The platform is ranked 25 on Alexa in Nigeria and 2,269 globally.
  44. Daily Post: Daily Post is determined to be one of Nigeria’s top news sites, with over 700,000 daily views on the site globally. It is ranked 1,841 on Alexa rankings. Daily Post makes use of sensational headlines to attract a ton of readers.
  45. Toke Makinwa: You can trust Toke to give good and sound advice catered to women. On her latest episode of “Toke Moments“, Toke Makinwa talks about ladies gaining financial freedom and becoming extremely wealthy.
  46. Oris Aigbokhaevbolo: The talented writer took the time to rank the top best films from Nollywood in 2020.
  47. Tacha: In this new episode of her vlog, BBNaija 2019 reality star Tacha shared her 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2021 and what she intends to do to follow through with their new ones.
  48. Kim Oprah: 2019 BBNaija reality star Kim Oprah turned 25 on the 15th of December 2020, and she only just blessed fans with the vlog of the event. The event was filled with beautiful moments, family and friends who only had lovely things to say about Kim.
  49. Tolani Baj: In her new vlog, BBNaija reality star Tolani Baj details her new year celebration with friends and moments from fellow BBNaija star, Nengi‘s birthday party.
  50. Mercy Aigbe: Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe turned 43 on New Year’s days, and she celebrated her birthday with close friends. The actress took to Instagram to share photos from the event and expressed her gratitude to everyone who took time out to wish her well and those who spent the day celebrating with her.
  51. Rema: Afrobeats singer, Rema has announced that he will be serving up his debut album soon. He announced the news via a tweet that read, “Album, yes.”
  52. Johnny Drille: Singer/songwriter, Johnny Drille rendered a live performance of his latest single “Mystery Girl” for the first time. Enjoy.
  53. Lateef Adedimeji: Much-loved Nollywood actor, Lateef Adedimeji has revealed that he is engaged and soon to be married.
  54. Kunle Afolayan: Popular Nigerian actor, Kunle Afolayan, recently celebrated his brother, Dr Adesina, after he became a professor. He thanked God for the achievement.
  55. Omogoriola Hassan: Nollywood actor and movie producer, Omogoriola Hassan has been crowned as the one true king of Uba land, Imobi Kingdom. The new monarch shared the news on IG.
  56. Victoria Inyama: Nollywood actress Victoria Inyama tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus. The movie star took to her Instagram page on Sunday, January 10, 2021, where she shared a video of herself in the hospital.
  57. Jim Lawson Maduike: Nigerian actor, Jim Lawson Maduike died on Saturday, January 9, 2021, after complaining of body pains.
  58. Blessing Amidu:  The Executive Producer and Producer of LadyBuckit shared in an interview that the animation that “refused to come out, twice” will be seen by the world and make history.
  59. Sydney Talker: The hilarious comedian has taken to providing hilarious content on how Nigerians are coping during this pandemic.
  60. Don Jazzy: Don Jazzy teamed up with comedian, Sydney Talker, to provide hilarious content on the antics of face mask sellers in this pandemic.
  61. Cool FM: The radio station is pure entertainment and vibes. With the latest music and bubbling presenters, the station has managed to establish a very loyal listening base.
  62. Channels TV: Channels TV is known for its political content. The station is constantly stirring up political debates.
  63. Rhythm FM:  The radio station broadcasts in an urban contemporary radio format, playing a variety of music genres including R&B, hip hop, with a blend of culture and style.
  64. Inspiration FM: The faith-based station has a delicate blend of diverse topics to entertain its Target audience.
  65. Wazobia FM: Wazobia boasts of a vibrant blend of indigenous artists from all over Nigeria. It is considered the station for the masses, as they mostly speak pidgin.
  66. Silverbird TV: Silverbird Television has established a brand that is laser-focused on entertainment. For anyone seeking to unwind and be entertained, Silverbird TV is the station to watch.
  67. ONTV: Boasting a monthly reach of over 2million viewers, ONTV brings first-class programming, educative and entertaining TV concepts to viewers. The platform airs music, fashion, lifestyle, sports, movies, series, telenovelas, and news content.
  68. Lagos Talks: The number one talk radio in the city of Lagos – focused on creating and encouraging conversations about issues that affect  Lagosians.
  69. Beat FM: For those who want a full complement of programming – traffic reports, weather forecasts, entertainment, news, sports programmes and much more – Beat FM is your go-to FM dial.
  70. Bond FM: The station is the number one grassroots FM radio station in Nigeria.
  71. Urban FM: It’s music, music, and more music from this Lekki, Lagos based radio station.
  72. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The author released her latest book, Zikora, and Nigerians haven’t been able to stop talking about it.
  73. TVC News: The  Nigerian 24-hour television news channel has continued to give us a look into the build-up of the upcoming Ondo state election.
  74. Nairaland: The Nigerian community, despite its outdated interface, is still one of the most visited sites in Nigeria. It was ranked number 790 in global internet traffic and engagement in late April 2020.
  75. Hard Rock Cafe: The Hard Rock Cafe promises authentic American cuisine freshly prepared by world-renowned chefs. With over 700 reviews on TripAdvisor, Hard Rock Café ranks number one of 24 American-themed restaurants in Lagos and number two of 252 restaurants in Lagos.
  76. Timi Dakolo: Popular Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo is known for springing up surprises and honouring invitations of spouses just to make their partners happy. In a video he shared on his official Instagram page, the entertainer made the wish of a newly wedded woman who wanted him as her only wedding gift come true.
  77.  Kiddwaya: Billionaire son, Kiddwaya revealed that he lost his grandmother. The reality star was deeply touched by her death.
  78. Seun Kuti: Nigerian singer, Seun Kuti turns a year older today, and he decided to celebrate his lovely wife instead. His partner also took to social media to celebrate him.
  79. Rahama Sadau: Nollywood star, Rahama Sadau, has been criticised again over her choice of outfit. Muslim fans dragged the movie star for showing a part of her shoulder.
  80. Shiro Restaurant Bar: Shiro restaurant is a Pan-Asian restaurant located at Landmark Centre, Landmark Village, Water Corporation Road, Eti-Osa, Lagos. With 429 reviews on TripAdvisor, Shiro Restaurant is ranked first of 8 Japanese restaurants in Lagos, and first among 252 restaurants in Lagos.
  81. Tirta Ayu Spa: Conversations on social media indicate that this is one of Nigeria’s best spas. Several Nigerian celebrities have attested to the spa’s high-quality service and exceptional treatment.
  82. Soul Food Restaurant: Seen the green background with a neon sign on social media? It is probably the Soul Food restaurant. This newly established restaurant is currently the talk of the town. Located in Akoka, near Unilag area, the restaurant provides an aesthetically pleasing location for photoshoots with friends.
  83. Samantha’s Bistro & Grill: Samantha’s Bistro & Grill is a modern bistro with simple, seasonal and well-prepared meals. This restaurant provides a calm ambience and a suitable place for group dining. Outdoor seating is also available for anyone with that particular preference.
  84. Dimma Umeh: Influencer and style icon, Dimma Umeh, has been nominated for the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards, in the category of “African Social Star.” She was nominated alongside to names in the influencing industry in Africa.
  85. La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort: The beach resort boasts of a serene natural freshness amongst virgin trees and a lovely view, making it the perfect getaway destination.
  86. Sisi Yemmie: Sisi Yemmie is the go-to content creator for all things food. She constantly delivers on exciting new recipes for your favourite Nigerian delicacies.
  87. Ake Art and Book Festival:  Due to the pandemic, the yearly festival has been moved online. This has not impeded on the growing anticipation festival, as the platform rolls out a guest list. Wole Soyinka, amongst other great creatives, is set to be present at the event.
  88. Rapper Eldee: Rapper Eldee reacted to President Trump getting banned across social media platforms by describing the ban as a ‘classic demonstration of tyranny.’
  89. Tunde Ednut: Blogger Tunde Ednut hit 500K followers within a few hours of opening a new Instagram page. Ednut is also set to give two lucky fans N1m and a car each.
  90. Omogoriola Hassan: Nollywood actor and movie producer Omogoriola Hassan has been crowned as the one true king of Uba land, Imobi Kingdom. The new monarch shared the news on IG.
  91. Nengi: Big Brother Nigeria 2020 star, Nengi, recently took to her Twitter page to reveal that while her body needed rest, her pockets needed money.
  92. Bella Naija: The online publication has brought Nigerians updates on favourite celebrities.
  93. Arise TV: The station has brought Nigerians live updates on the #EndSARS protests, covering the protest locations and activities.
  94. People’s Gazette: People’s Gazette has really shone during this period, bringing Nigerians breaking news stories on the SARS protests and more.
  95. Bella Naija: The online publications has brought Nigerians updates on favourite celebrities.
  96. La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort: The beach resort boasts of a serene natural freshness amongst virgin trees and a lovely view, making it the perfect getaway destination.
  97. Samantha’s Bistro & Grill: Samantha’s Bistro & Grill is a modern bistro with simple, seasonal and well-prepared meals. This restaurant provides a calm ambience and a suitable place for group dining. Outdoor seating is also available for anyone with that particular preference.
  98. Instablog9ja: The platform has mastered the art of driving engagement. It constantly publishes the hottest entertainment gist and sometimes poses some very controversial questions.
  99. Maraji: After taking a long hiatus, the content creator is trying to find her footing again. She’s been releasing hilarious videos on her YouTube channel which get up to 80k views per video.
  100. Kenneth Gyang:  ‘Òlòtūré’, directed by Kenneth Gyang, was acquired by Netflix as an Original and was recently released to the viewers for watching. Immediately it dropped on the site; social media blew up in conversations on sex trafficking – the film’s central theme.

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