African entertainment sectors (music industries, film industries, fashion industry, comedy industries etc.) are growing really fast, especially in countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, DR Congo, Tanzania and there are many interesting fun facts you should know about them. Some of them are;
Nollywood is the second largest collective employer of labour in Nigeria.
The Nigerian cinema which is the world’s third largest film industry, second largest producer of films and largest producer of English films is the second collective largest employer of labour in Nigeria, behind only the Federal Government.
South Africa is the world’s largest House Music market per capita.
South Africans really love house music or electronic music as some call it, that it is not only the largest market for it per capita, but also has one of the highest number of singers in the genre in the world.
D’banj (2008) and Wizkid (2016) hold the record for the Most Awards Won In One Night At The MAMAs (MTV Africa Music Awards) – 4
It can be said that D’banj was unstoppable during these days. He won the awards for Best Male, Artist of the Year, Listener’s Choice Awards (Why Me) and Best Video (Wind Am Well by Ikechukwu ft. D’banj) at the inaugural MAMAs in 2008. This record stood for 8 years until Wizkid equalled it in 2016 by winning the MAMAs for Best Male Act, Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration (Soweto Baby by DJ Maphorisa ft. Wizkid & DJ Buckz) and Best Hip-Hop – Roll Up (Remix) by Emtee ft. Wizkid & AKA.
Africa’s fastest Rapper: Sarkodie is not only Africa’s most awarded Rapper, but he was also tipped to be the fastest by respected media mogul, DJ Tim Westwood, while he was on the Tim Westwood Show.
Genevieve Nnaji is the highest paid African-based Actress.
Screen goddess, Genevieve Nnaji, MFR, who has been on CNN and shown on the Oprah Winfrey Show, is one of the biggest box office actresses in Africa. She was reportedly paid £95,000 by The Gambia’s Government to feature in the Gambian-themed movie, the Mirror Boy
The President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is also a Rapper. President Museveni has been in power since 1986, and released Rap songs that later became hits. They helped to get him reelected in 2011 and he even considered dropping an album.
BasketMouth has performed in more countries than any other African Comedian. The Nigerian Comic wonder, Bright Okpocha has performed in over 40 countries, the most for an African Comedian.
South Africa has the largest Hip-Hop industry in Africa and the fastest growing in the world. With Rappers like Cassper Nyovest, AKA, Khuli Chana, HHP, Emtee, Nasty C, Riky Rick, A-Reece, K. O and more this doesn’t come off as surprised. Cassper Nyovest has filled up the TicketPro Dome (20,000 capacity) and the 40,000 capacity Orlando Stadium and has two platinum albums. AKA and Emtee also have platinum albums in South Africa.
Diamond Platnumz has more houses than any other African Celebrity.
Africa’s Number One Rapper MI’s debut album, Talk About It sold 30,000 copies 30 minutes after its release according to TJoe Distributions.
Emmanuella Samuel is the most watched African Comedienne on YouTube.
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The writer of this article, Isima Odeh is an Entrepreneur, multi award-winning publicist, researcher and columnist who has been described as one of the Most Influential Youths in Africa is the owner of Africa Facts Zone and Nigeria’s fastest growing publicity brand, Isima Promotions, and was also the second Nigerian digital marketer to get an endorsement deal. Isima promises that exceptional facts will be on the Africa Facts Zone app.