Big girl thangs. According to a new report on Encomium, singer Omawumi Megbele is now adjudged the highest paid female artiste in Nigeria. With proceeds from shows to mouth-watering endorsements, the Warri, Delta State born singer s now in the league of musicians that cruise in exotic cars and live in multi-million naira houses.
ENCOMIUM Weekly’s findings revealed that Omawumi’s performance fee has risen from N3
million (as at September 2013) to N5 million, depending on the show. And sources close to her say Omawumi performs at least six times in a month.
By popular demand, she features frequently at private parties plus the fact that she is one of the regular faces at big concerts, within and outside Nigeria. She's missing in action at this year’s Nigerian Breweries sponsored Star Trek, the biggest music concert in Africa because of her relationship with another brand, Guinness.
There are instances, Encomium learnt, where guests personally want the prolific song-writer to perform, and the organisers ensure that she graces the shows. A close source cited examples:
Currently, Omawumi is the only female music star with the highest number of endorsements, followed closely by the vivacious Tiwa Savage.
Unknown to many, Omawumi moved into her own house at Lekki Phase 1, around Tantalizers area, Victoria Island, Lagos in January, 2014 and the edifice, ENCOMIUM Weekly gathered, gulped N100 million. During the period, the leading music star in Nigeria acquired a 2012 ML 350 Mercedes worth about N12.5 million.
She has been able to achieve all these within seven years and without a record label! Even though at some point, she went off the music scene for a couple of months to have her baby Kamillah. Her pregnancy was surrounded by controversy, it was rumoured that she was impregnated by a south-south governor. She later silenced her critics when she revealed the name of her baby's father as Tosin Yusuf.
And for her success, Omawumi thanks her management. According to her:
I am really happy about the people around me. Big thanks to my father, like I call him, Mr. Sunday Are for setting up a fantastic management team, including my energetic band members. I thank God for making it possible because music is a form of enjoyment for me and I thank God that I can eat from what I enjoy doing.
The industry has been good to me. If I must tell you the truth, apart from some bad belle people or head people, who are bent on bringing you down, they are there to make you strong. I have had opportunities of making good friends in the industry. They look up to me as their baby sister. So, the industry has been good to me and I feel very good.”