Top 10 Nigerian Celebrities, Actors & Musicians Who Are Muslims
In this article, we’ll be bringing you a compilation of “top 10 Nigerian celebrities who are Muslims“. This is in recognition of the ongoing Ramadan fast, which is being observed by Muslims of all classes and races across the globe.
The Nigerian entertainment scene is a multicultural hub, which incorporates artistes, actors, OAPs, and sports personalities among others, from various cultural and religious backgrounds. The scene has served as a unifying element, in the face of a rather disunited political setup. Hence, the contribution of the entertainment industry to the unity of Nigeria cannot be overemphasized.
Although the Nigerian entertainment scene is largely dominated by Christians, there is a good number of Muslims, who are making equal exploits in their respective lines of work.
Therefore, in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters from across the globe, we’ll be bringing you a list of top Nigerian personalities, who are Muslims by faith and are observing the various religious obligations in this Holy month of Ramadan.
Top 10 Muslim Celebrities In Nigeria
Note: This list is in no particular order.
Ali Nuhu, who is widely tagged the “King of Kannywood”, is a top Nigerian actor/filmmaker who is renown for his exploits in the Hausa scene of Nollywood (Kannywood). The actor is a practising Muslim, who is probably fasting in this Holy month of Ramadan.
Ali Nuhu was born a Muslim, into the family of Nuhu Poloma (a native of Gombe State) and Fatima Digema (a native of Borno State), He was born in Maiduguri, Borno State and later moved to Jos, Plateau State, where he grew up.
Nuhu is happily married to Maimuna Ali Nuhu, and their marriage has, so far, produced two beautiful kids.
For the next one month or so, do not expect much from the movie star, as he’s probably engaged in active religious duties at the moment.
Liz Anjorin Aisha
Liz Anjorin is another famous Nollywood artiste. She is one of the most recognizable faces in the Yoruba movie scene. And despite her controversy-filled lifestyle, she stands out as one of the few Muslim faithfuls in the entertainment scene.
Born a Christian, Anjorin converted to Muslim some years back in Lagos. Few years after becoming a Muslim, she was honoured with the title of “Iya Adini”, by a local Islamic group in her neighbourhood. The actress, who is now known as “Aisha”, has a daughter named Rotimi. However, the religious affiliation of Rotimi is not known to the public.
As a practising Muslim, Lizzy is probably engaged in fasting (and other Islamic rites) during this month of Ramadan. Hence, her fans should expect less activity from her, both on TV and Social media.
The most prominent or rather, richest Muslim celebrity in Nigeria is probably the Super Eagles captain – Ahmed Musa. Ahmed is renown for his active participation in Islamic activities, ranging from Hajj duties to charity works.
The footballer, who was born and raised in the North-Central city of Jos, was born into a Muslim family. He was born and raised by his parents, Alhaji Musa and Sarah Musa, who died recently after a brief illness.
The Super Eagles captain is known for his “open-fisted” lifestyle, basically his philanthropical works within and outside Nigeria. And during Ramadan, the footballer reaches out to the needy; doling out food items and cash gifts to as many of them as possible.
Despite Musa’s religious commitment, he stands a liberal individual. This explains his marriage to a Christian, who goes by the name Juliet Ejue.
Musa and Juliet’s marriage, though relatively young, has produced one child.
Surprised? Don’t be! The indigenous rapper is a Muslim, who goes by the name Abdulkhalid Remilekun Shafaru. And despite his thuggish-themed music style, he is never shy to show off his religious affiliation.
The enigmatic rapper was born in the Northern city of Kaduna, and lived his youthful life there. He later moved down to Kwara State for his studies, and duly obtained his Diploma from Kwara State Polytechnic.
Reminisce, though still single, has two kids from a single woman. The younger daughter is known as Fatimah, while the older one is named Hafusah.
The Yoruba rapper, as a Muslim, is probably observing the ongoing fasting among other Islamic rites. So, his fans should expect less from him at this time.
Sound Sultan is another prominent Nigerian celebrity who is a Muslim. The music star, whose real name is Fasasi Olanrewaju, was born a Muslim and has lived as one all his life. He was born into the family of Liad Fasasi and Ajarat Fasasi.
The highlight of Sound Sultan’s religious life is probably the conversion of his wife, Chichi, to Muslim. At the time of their marriage in 2009, Chichi was a Christian. However, shortly after their marriage, she converted to a Muslim and adopted the name – Faridah.
According to the singer, his wife’s decision to dump Christianity was solely her decision, as he believes everyone has the right to practice whichever religion he/she likes.
The singer’s decade-long marriage has, thus far, been blessed with two kids. And as a full Islamic household, Sound Sultan and his wife are probably observing the ongoing Ramadan fast.
Hafiz Oyetoro Saka
Popular Nollywood comic act, Afeez Oyetoro, who is fondly called Saka, is another top Nigerian celebrity who is a Muslim.
The famous comedian/actor, who is also a lecturer, was born into a Muslim family. He was born in the Muslim-dominated region of Iseyin in Oyo State. And since birth, he has lived his whole life as a Muslim.
Saka is happily married to his hearthrob, Olaide Oyetoro, and their marriage is blessed with three kids; Rofiat, Munim and Abdullahi.
The actor, his wife and kids, as Muslims, are probably observing the ongoing one-month long fasting, alongside other Muslim faithfuls across the globe. And the comic actor, who is a full-time actor, part-time student and lecturer, would obviously be less active during this period.
Femi Adebayo is a top Nigerian actor and filmmaker, who is better known for his exploits in the Yoruba movie scene. The actor is one of the most popular Muslim celebrities in Nigeria.
Although, Femi was born and raised in Lagos, he hails from the Muslim-dominated city of Ilorin – the capital of Kwara State. He is the son of veteran Nollywood actor, Adebayo Salami, who is fondly called Oga Bello.
The actor is an alumnus of University of Ilorin, where he obtained degrees in Theatre Arts and Law. At the moment, he is currently undertaking a post graduate course in Law, at the University of Ilorin. Also, Femi Adebayo is a Special Assistant to the outgoing Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.
In light of the foregoing, coupled with the actor’s on-screen obligations, he would probably be less active during this period, with respect to the ongoing Ramadan fasting, which he’s probably observing.
Iconic Fuji musician, Pasuma Wonder, is also one of the popular Muslim faithfuls in the Nigerian entertainment scene. The singer, whose real name is Wasiu Alabi was born in Lagos. He was, however, raised in the North-Central state of Kwara.
Pasuma, like most Fuji musicians, is a practising Muslim, and he is probably observing the ongoing 30-day Ramadan fast. Furthermore, the singer has several Islamic song features under his belt. In 2016, he was nominated for a NEA award, in recognition of one of his features.
Pasuma is an “Alhaji”, having visited the Holy land of Mecca (on Hajj pilgrimage) on several occasions. And with the ongoing Ramadan, he would likely be less active on stage.
CDQ Olowo, to the oblivion of many, is actually a Muslim by faith. His real name is Abubakar Sodiq Yusuf, and he hails from the Muslim-dominated city of Ilorin, Kwara State. The rapper, despite his origin, is very much liberalized. In fact, with respect to his flashy and supposedly rugged lifestyle, his level of devotion is believed to be low.
Although, the rapper was born in Lagos, he moved to his hometown of Ilorin at a relatively young age. And while in Ilorin, he acquired his secondary education before moving back to Lagos.
Like other Muslim faithfuls, the musician is probably observing the Ramadan fast, and might be less active in the studio during this period.
Popular Nollywood actor, Yinka Quadri, rounds up our list of “top 10 Nigerian celebrities who are Muslims”. The veteran actor was born and raised in Lagos; however, he hails from the Muslim-dominated town of Oro in Kwara State.
The legendary actor, whose full name is Alhaji Quadri Olayinka Akanni, is one the leading figures in the Yoruba scene of Nollywood, and he currently stands out as one of the pioneers of contemporary Nollywood.
Alhaji Yinka Quadri, as a devout Muslim, is currently observing the 30-day Ramadan fasting, and by virtue of his wealth and status, he is expected to reach out to the needy; an obligation he’s probably fulfilling.
Other includes Lola Alao, Laide Bakare, Lateef Adedimeji and many others.