By OPEOLUWANI OGUNJIMI
Controversy is currently trailing the Most Bankable African Artistes 2013 list recently released by Forbes.
According to the list which was unveiled by Channel O and Forbes last Sunday, 10 big names including Akon, Don Jazzy, P-Square, D’banj, Wizkid, 2face Idibia, Anselmo Ralph(Angola), Sarkodie, Ice Prince and Banky W, were shortlisted as the Most Bankable African Artists 2013.
The criteria for the selection were based on artiste’s sales, endorsement value, popularity, show rates, awards, YouTube views, investment, influence, appearance in newspapers and social media presence.
But the list has been criticised by Nigerians who believe that Forbes got it wrong as the names of artistes like Kwam 1, Flavour, Femi Kuti, Asa and Tiwa Savage were missing on the list.
Top among those who disagreed with Forbes verdict are Freeze of Cool FM and Tiwa Savage’s manager and fiancé, Teebillz.
According to Freeze, the list appears to be the “daftest” he’s ever seen, arguing that the likes of Flavour with the largest fan base in Africa, Kwam 1 recently built a N500m mansion in Ijebu, Femi Kuti is known all over the world and Tiwa Savage has millions of Dollars resting in her bank account, are nowhere to be found on the list.