Top 5 Most Influential Nigerians In Ghana 2018 #MINIG18

Defining power is almost as hard as acquiring and keeping it. Being able to command the spotlight is often an attribute of the powerful, but so too is a knack for operating from the shadows.

Standing in the frigid shadows of a superpower is never easy, but Nigerians make it look so.  Of course, part of the reason may be because they’re bigger than all African countries and consider themselves as very innovative, a few of them have gone on to become famous and strong in the Ghanaian communities.

This year, GiztBox Africa unveils it’s top 5 Nigerians who made their impact in various ways. The top 5 most influential Nigerians in Ghana list is constructed to celebrate Nigerians "who have lessons to teach, empowering the new generation, capacity for innovation .. and the power to make individuals think."

Keeping all these intriguing attainments and counterbalances in mind, GiztBox Africa compiled the Power list, ranging from top media moguls: Viewing the 50 fascinating individuals who made our final cut through these four lenses is the best way to impose some order in what might appear to be a dizzyingly diverse bunch.

So who are these renowned Nigerians of whom we speak so glibly? While determining who among them deserve to make this list is an exercise in subjectivity (and probably futility) there are a few that stand out above the rest.  While entertainers comprise the bulk of this list, we’ve tried to expand it to include a few names from outside of the entertainment industry as well.  And so, without further ado, here is the official list–in no particular order–of the top 5 most influential Nigerians imparting and creating jobs in Ghana.

1. Iyiola Ayoade

Iyiola Ayoade is the Group CEO of Multiple Concepts Group and Charterhouse, the organizers and owners of Ghana Music Awards, Miss Malaika Beauty Pageant, Stars of the Future, National Youth Achievers Awards, The next big thing in GH and a lot of other big events held in Ghana..

2. Samuel Darlington Omokhape (Smile Baba)

Samuel Darlington Omokhape, Known in the entertainment circle in Africa as SmileBaba has made a wild card entry, in the maiden edition of the Top 5 Most Influential Nigerians In Ghana. 

Smile Baba is a Nigerian-born Ghana-based television and radio host, comedian, singer , producer, filmmaker and entrepreneur.  Samuel Darlington (Smile Baba) is the founder and CEO of Smile Entertainment Limited, a multimedia production company, producing content for radio and television networks. He is also the founder and owner of S24 Studios, S24Radio, S24tv, s24 mobile app and (AFRICA'S LARGEST ONLINE STORE). 

Smile Baba owns Africa's first integrated carnival the Ghana Naija Carnival, which is aimed at uniting the two countries. With thousands of people in attendance, the Ghana Naija Carnival remains Africa's largest single multicultural and multi-tribal social gathering.

He also founded, Smilebaba Foundation, an NGO in Africa directly putting smiles on over 20,000 children and their families every year, through more than 250 live welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood and youth empowerment. The foundation also campaigns for change on various human rights issues in Africa.

3. Dele Momodu

Chief Dele Momodu born Ayòbámidélé Àbáyòmí Ojútelégàn Àjàní Momodu is a Nigerian journalist/publisher, businessman, philanthropist and motivational speaker. He is the CEO and publisher of Ovation International, a magazine that has given publicity to people from all over the world, mainly in Africa.

4.Mrs. Christiana Ekaete Olaoye

Mrs. Christiana Ekaete Olaoye is the Managing Director/CEO of Energy Bank Ghana Limited. She joined Energy Bank in April 2016 with over 30 years of post – qualification banking experience spanning various banking organizations in Nigeria and overseas. She holds a Bachelor of Art in Language, an MBA in Banking & Finance, and has attended courses and programs at top business schools around the world.

5. Odun Odunfa

Odun Odunfa is the CEO of First Atlantic Bank Ghana, he has two and a half decades of banking experience that is uniquely relevant, to leading First Atlantic Bank in the next phase of its growth strategy. Prior to this, he was the CEO/Managing Director at Kedari Capital Ltd and served in various capacities on the First Atlantic Bank’s Board of Directors.
He brings to the role a wide-ranging experience spanning Treasury, Corporate, Investment and Retail Banking in Fountain Trust, Citizens, Ecobank, Capital Bank International and UBA Plc.