Our celebrity сulturе iѕ inсrеdiblу pervasive. The mеdiа iѕ dоminаtеd bу coverage featuring celebrities аnd thеir соntrоvеrѕiаl or inspiring livеѕ. They’re аlrеаdу ѕоmе оf the highest раid people in the wоrld, so whу wоuld it make sense to ѕеnd уоur рrоduсt оr ѕеrviсе to a сеlеbritу fоr free?
Thе answer is ѕimрlе, rеаllу. Gеt уоur product оr ѕеrviсе uѕеd bу a сеlеbritу – and thеrеfоrе сrеаtе thе реrсерtiоn оf an еndоrѕеmеnt – by ѕоmеоnе fаmоuѕ, аnd уоu’rе in big buѕinеѕѕ.
Hоw big, уоu аѕk?
Wеll, even vеrу famous реорlе eat, drink, trаvеl, go ѕhоррing аnd generally bеhаvе likе nоrmаl consumers, even those with muсh greater spending роwеr аnd thе аbilitу tо influеnсе thе buying decisions оf others ѕimрlу bу whаt thеу choose to buy for thеmѕеlvеѕ.
Thiѕ aspirational effect, whеrеbу people ѕееk tо еmulаtе their favorite сеlеbritiеѕ, рrеѕеntѕ a gоldеn орроrtunitу for brаndѕ.
We live in a society where some people are obsessed with their favourite celebrities and will move heaven and earth to have, wear, talk.. basically be like them.
It is a big deal and very important for companies or business to use celebrities who are ‘drama free’ as the face of the brand. For the brands below to use the celebrities mention below means they are doing something right.
Here are some of African celebrities fans can’t enough of! (In no particular order)
Filmmaker & Entrepreneur, Nollywood Actress, Multiple-Brand Ambassador Stephanie Linus was born on October 2, 1982, Stephanie grew up in the family of eight children as the sixth child of her parents.
She had her early education in Delta State and a graduate of University of Calabar and has a bachelor’s degree in English and Literary studies. In addition, Stephanie attended a film academy in New York
Some the movies that shot Stephanie to the spot light includes Compromised 2 and Waterloo. And has not slowed down since.
Filmmaker & Entrepreneur, Nollywood Actress, Multiple-Brand Ambassador Stephanie Linus has combined all her skills over time to produce and direct some movies, Tv Shows and also starred in many as well, including:
Through the Glass, Dry, Private Sin, Wicked Intentions, Make Me Fabulous, Boonville Redemption, Miss Nigeria, Doctor Bello, Reloaded, World of Tears,Hidden Treasure, Eye of the Gods,My Darling Princess and more.
Stephanie Linus is Multiple-Brand Ambassador for Nollycasting, MINISO, UNFPA Regional Ambassador, SNEPCo/NNPC and more.
Nollywood Superstar, Amnesty International Activist, founder of Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme, Model, Singer and Director Omotola Jalade Ekeinde aka “Omosexy” has lots brand endorsements including, P&G, Knorr (by Unilever) with one of her daughters, Scanfrost ambassador and more
Tiwa Savage, born Tiwatope Savage-Balogun is an African female music superstar popularly known as the Mavin Record’s first lady. The superstar recently signed new deals with many organization to push their products.
She is the new face of Star Lager’s citrus beer, Star Radler and the first female ambassador of the Nigerian beer brand. Other endorsement deals include Pepsi, Maggi, Forte oil, MTN Nigeria and Konga.
Being the face of these products, she has uniquely encouraged fans to become lovers of these products and ultimately improving the profits of these organizations.
**Congratulations are in order! Tiwa Savage has signed new deal with Universal Music Group
Nigerian music artists Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as Davido is one of the youngest and richest Nigerian and has numerous endorsements
Banky Olubankole Wellington, best known by his stage name Banky W. is a popular Nigerian singer, rapper, actor, and politician capable of influencing mass majority of Nigerian youth.
His popularity as a celebrity almost won him a seat at the Nigerian House of representatives in the 2019 elections. Although, his political party was young and could not do much within the limited time, nevertheless, Banky W. garnered a remarkable number of votes through the youths and his loved ones.
He has several endorsement deals with reputable organizations including Coca Cola and Samsung Smartphone brands.
Award winning Ghanaian actress Jackie Appiah made her first onscreen appearance on the popular Ghanaian TV series ‘Things We Do for Love’ in 2001. Jackie became an instant hit, the whole nation was smitten with her sweet and adorable character…
She has since starred in over 50 Ghanaian and Nigerian movies. Jackie has received several awards and nominations, including the awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2010 Africa Movie Academy Awards…
Jackie Appiah alot of endorsement including Irokotv, Pan-African Hair Growth brand, tourist ambassador (Dubai, South Africa and more)
Multiple award-winning Ghanaian and the first African Dancehall Artist to win both a BET andNickelodeon Kids Choice Awards (KCA) Stonebwoy has endorsement with Tommy Hilfiger and more.
In 2015, the dancehall king, afropop, and reggae icon he won BET Award for Best International Act, Africa and now 2019 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Favourite African Star awards. More to come!
Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Yvonne Chaka Chaka is an international singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and a teacher popularly known in many African nations including Zimbabwe, Kenya, Gabon, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.
Her evergreen song titled “Umqombothi” brought her remarkable stardom and has ever since rising up to the occasion. The song “Umqombothi” (African Beer) was a breakthrough in her career, prompting a performance for Queen Elizabeth II, President Bill Clinton among others.
She is a South African and capable of influencing the political interest of many in her country.
Nasibu Abdul Juma, best known by his stage name Diamond Platnumz is a top rated Tanzanian bongo flava recording artist, dancer and songwriter with numerous awards for her hit song “Number One”.
He is known to be the most loved and decorated artist in East and Central Africa. Diamond is influential and as a result, becomes the face of many products in East and Central Africa. In 2013.
He was considered the highest selling Tanzanian mobile phone ringtones. The prominent singer has a multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Belaire brand, Pepsi and more.
Another top-rated African celebrity is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, better known a Wizkid. Wizkid is an influential Nigerian Hip Hop singer, songwriter, and producer. He’s the CEO of StarBoy Records and has enjoyed an uninterrupted decade of stardom.
His hit song “Don’t Dull” brought the hardworking singer to limelight and has since then been at the top of his game. Wizkid is popularly loved by African ladies due to his interest in releasing love-related hits.
The 28-year-old celebrity has a worldwide influence as he has performed with numerous international artists. This being the reason why he became one of the most sought by highly esteemed brands to help showcase their brands.
Wizkid has endorsement deals with many brands including Glo Nigeria, Pepsi, CIROC, Guinness and many more.
Martha has been featured various movies including: Heart of Men, Caught in the Middle, Honour My Tears, Naked Faces, Government Babes, Just One Kiss, No More Love,
Perfect Wife, Married Strangers, Rough Rider, Silent Murderer, Ridiculous Wife, Plug My Rose, My Taxi Driver, Million Dollar Baby, Look Into My Heart, Deadly Friend, Somewhere in Africa, One More Night, Bed of Roses…
Martha Ankomah gives back to the community through her foundation Martha Ankomah Foundation to support children living with Autism in Ghana, the foundation also supports deprived children by supplying them with learning materials to help build their lives and give them a better education …
Martha Ankomah owns a beauty salon called ‘Martha’s Place’ in Accra Ghana. She has numerous including Cowbell Ghana, GLO, GTP Adepa Dumas and more…
In fact, many оf the biggest brands with thе biggеѕt budgеtѕ аlrеаdу understand thе роwеr of celebrity endorsement. Having a сеlеbritу аѕѕосiаtеd with уоur рrоduсt оr ѕеrviсе provides twо vеrу imроrtаnt thingѕ tо your brаnd: aspiration аnd credibility.
Many реорlе аѕрirе tо “livе likе a сеlеbritу” аnd pour over рubliсаtiоnѕ just to find out whаt their сеlеbritiеѕ аrе wearing, what products they аrе uѕing, whеrе thеу аrе trаvеling to, which cream they’re using, what hairstyle they have еtс.
Because the fans ‘copy’ thе livеѕ оf celebrities, they turn to раtrоnizе the vеrу same brаndѕ they are using.
Thе bottom line is that сеlеbritiеѕ sell. Whеn a ѕtаr wears it, uѕеѕ it оr promotes it, thе wоrld fоllоwѕ. If a fаn can wear outfits or shoes that Stephanie Linus wore, they will be over the moon. Therefore when why are presented with that chance through promos, they just grab it
Never underestimate the power of a celebrity when it comes to marketing your brand.