For the first time ever, Top Nigerian gentlemen 2018 have been compiled in one list. We do need to appreciate and recognize these men, who have, over the years, shown what it’s like, and defined what it is to be a true gentleman. They have been superb role models to countless young men all over the world.
But when you hear the word ‘gentleman’, what comes to mind? A man in a suit and tie? Probably, but certainly, there’s more to being a gentleman. Can it simply be a calm man – a man who is reserved, and in control of his emotions?
Before we delve into the list, let’s firstly look at the points we considered in picking these men – to be as objective as we can, in something, frankly, quite subjective.
1. Chivalry – good manners, courteous, especially towards women.
2. Style – clean, always neat in appearance, with personal definition of style.
3. Honor – having integrity, keeping to your word.
4. Goal oriented – focused and ambitious. Not accepting failure/mediocrity.
5. Sensitivity – showing empathy and consideration for other people’s feelings.
6. Self-Confidence – knowing your worth and then, reaching for your best.
7. Respect – holding everyone to a certain level of regard and recognition.
8. Nobleness – trustworthy and honest.
9. Decency – not overly loud and vulgar, having good moral values.
10. Humility – not proud, arrogant, blowing your own horn. A gentleman let’s his work and achievements speak for themselves.
Ladies and gentlemen, here are TEMPHAS Top 50 Ultimate Nigerian Gentlemen of 2018
- 1 1. Chukwuebuka Obi-Uchendu
- 2 2. Richard Mofe-Damijo
- 3 3. Igee Okafor
- 4 4. Ohimai Atafo
- 5 5. Denola Grey
- 6 6. Adebayo Oke-Lawal
- 7 7. Adekunle Gold
- 8 8. Oluwabankole Wellington
- 9 9. Jidenna
- 10 10. Falz
- 11 11. Ik Osakioduwa
- 12 12. Akin Faminu
- 13 13. Noble Igwe
- 14 14. Steven Onoja
- 15 15. Williams Uchemba
- 16 16. Okunoren Twins
- 17 17. Ik Ogbonna
- 18 18. Okechukwu Ukeje
- 19 19. Naeto C
- 20 20. Teju Babyface
- 21 21. Timi Dakolo
- 22 22. John Boyega
- 23 23. Oluwaponeski (Mama Tobi)
- 24 24. Femi Otedola
- 25 25. Bryan Okwara
- 26 26. Chris Okotie
- 27 27. Paul Adefarasin
- 28 28. Dare Art-Alade
- 29 29. Felix Asuquo
- 30 30. Runtown
- 31 31. Anthony Joshua
- 32 32. Jason Porshe
- 33 33. Alex Ekubo
- 34 34. Bovi
- 35 35. Kunle Afolayan
- 36 36. Wale Ojo
- 37 37. Uti
- 38 38. Leo Dasilva
- 39 39. Timini
- 40 40. Ramsey Noah
- 41 41. Alex Iwobi
- 42 42. Johnny Drille
- 43 43. Donald Duke
- 44 44. Ric Hassani
- 45 45. Adebola Williams
- 46 46. King Pexxie
- 47 47. Fela Durotoye
- 48 48. Ogunlewe Seye
- 49 49. Ugo Mozie
- 50 50. Amaechi Okobi
1. Chukwuebuka Obi-Uchendu
Chukwuebuka Obi-Uchendu is an Okija, Anambra state indigene, Born in Benin City, Edo state. In 2006, Ebuka went in as a housemate for the maiden edition for Big Brother Nigeria. He finished 8th place. He went on to be the host of the second and third seasons of Big Brother Nigeria. Over the years he has signed endorsement deals with multiple major brands in the country, including Tel-cos, brewing companies and the likes. In 2013 the Federal Government recognized him as the one of the top 100 young Nigerians. He once trended for NOT coming to an event. Define influence again…
2. Richard Mofe-Damijo
He was Born in a small community in Warri, Delta state. Richard Mofe-Damijo, popularly known as RMD, studied Theatre Arts at the University of Benin, got a job as a reporter in one of the leading newspapers of the time, before deciding to explore his talent in acting.He is also a graduate of Law from the University of Lagos, former commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta state, writer, producer and brand ambassador for notable brands in the country. RMD, who has been described as ‘daddy goals’ has had an epic career, spanning close to 3 decades. He’s a true living legend!
3. Igee Okafor
Igee Okafor is the kind of guy your favourite male celebrities draw style inspiration from. The style influencer and blogger was described in an article on the guardian as a New Yorker with style, even though we claim him fully, here in Nigeria – hell no, are we letting him go. Igee is currently based in New York even though he was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria.With his style and looks so easy on the eye and a classy personality to match, it’s clear why he made this list. Igee Okafor is the quintessential gentleman.
4. Ohimai Atafo
Ohimai Atafo is the creative director of multiple award winning Nigerian classy bespoke fashion brand, “Mai Atafo”. Originally from Edo state, Nigeria, he was born in Osun state. He graduated from the Edo state University Epkoma, he further got his Master’s degree from City University London. He got back to Nigeria in 2002 and worked in corporate positions like marketing and brand management for Big brands like British American Tobacco and Guinness Nigeria. He left his high paying job to pursue his dream and career in fashion and ever since, has been making waves in the industry, both locally and internationally.
5. Denola Grey
Media presenter, actor, and fashion consultant, Denola Grey is at the fore in men’s fashion in Nigeria, and has been for the past few years. Working closely with Orange Culture Nigeria @orangecultureng and a brand ambassador for LFDW, he has sealed his position as an authority in everything fashion.
6. Adebayo Oke-Lawal
We have the style icon, one of Nigeria’s foremost designers, putting the fashion industry on the world map, a man who does not care what you think about his style, colours, or how he puts it all together, the fashion rebel himself, Creative Director for Orange Culture, Adebayo Oke-Lawal!
7. Adekunle Gold
Born to the Royal Kosoko family of Lagos, Adekunle Kosoko, popularly known as Adekunle Gold, is a multi-talented gentleman who reveals sophistication, acumen, alongside thoroughness in his vocals, song writing and graphics designing. Starting music at a very young age helped distinctly improve his vocals and song writing skills. His cover of One Direction’s “story of my life” titled “sade” brought AG to the spotlight after being nominated at the Headies. He also went on to sign a record deal with the YBNL stars where he dropped the ever green GOLD album. He’s happily married to the very beautiful talented vocalist/artiste Simisola.
8. Oluwabankole Wellington
Oluwabankole Wellington, a.k.a Banky W, hit the spotlight in 2008 with the release of ‘Ebute Metta,’ a cover of Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’. Apart from his voice, one thing that quickly set the artiste apart was his suave fashion sense. His knack for looking good and his good looks earned him a permanent spot on numerous eligible bachelors list over the years – until recently – when he got married to actress Adesua Etomi. On and off the red carpet, Banky W is a constant delight as he is never not well put together.
He came into spotlight in 2015 after releasing 2 Hot singles “Classic Man” and “Yoga” under Wonderland records owned by Janelle Monae. He also bagged a Grammy Award nomination the same year. Jidenna’s stand out look always with a touch of African print and classic style has helped make his brand standout both locally and internationally. This ‘classic man’ is definielty a role model for many young boys, the world over
Falz’s music is a mix of modern Hip Hop, comical lyrics with a mock Yoruba accent. Folarin has also starred in A-list series and movies in recent years, depicting every character like a pro. From series like “Jennifa’s diary” and “Tinsel”, to movies like “New Money”, “Merry Men” and “Chief Daddy”. His success as a rapper and Hip Hop artiste is owed to his stand-out style and remarkable lyrics. All this has made him a household name and bagged him awards from the prestigious Headies, AMVCA’s and BET’s. Despite the fame he has acquired from his music, movies and endorsement deals, he remains a gentleman – humble, confident, realistic, respectful and decent.
11. Ik Osakioduwa
Ikonmwosa Osakioduwa is a successful Radio and Tv on-air personality in Nigeria. Born and brought up in Lagos to a strict Military-grounded father, he started at the very young age of 7 doing stage plays. He attended the foremost Kings college and University of Lagos where he graduated with his Economics degree. He has featured as joint host for Temptation Nigeria, Field presenter for Mnet’s Magazine show – Studio 53, Host at Big Brother Africa, Lagos countdown show, AMVCA’s, the list goes on.
12. Akin Faminu
Akin is a men’s style blogger, known for breaking our feeds with his unconventional style, and making the ordinary extraordinary. When he’s not taking our breath away with his million naira looks, he is a medical doctor who finished from the University of Lagos, Akoka. For someone who is strongly science inclined, Akin’s passion for fashion and arts definitely turned heads. Soft spoken, always with a smile, and down to earth, Akin is a well deserved MCE.
13. Noble Igwe
Noble Igwe prides on the fact that his style ‘inspires your MCM’; a phrase which you would find often in his captions on social media posts. His class, attitude and sense of style are a testament to his claims. Nobel Igwe’s entrepreneurial drive, persona and philanthropic spirit are an inspiration to anyone’s MCM. Despite his probably not-so-humble captions, Noble is actually a humble man. Smiles quite often, is warm, and very decent – a noble man indeed.
14. Steven Onoja
Steven Onoja, born and raised in Nigeria, discovered his love for art at a young age, and immediately started developing an interest toward painting. He worked in a gallery developing his skills, and later completed several art competitions. Now residing in New York City with the explosion of menswear and art, his craft is providing stylistic vision from an urban perspective. He appreciates effortless style and loves to connect with creative individuals. He is currently a visual storyteller and writer. As a director, he also works very closely with Nigerian musician Adekunle Gold to sharpen brand identity, develop creative concepts, and enhance the visual experience.
15. Williams Uchemba
Williams Uchemba, aside from acting, is also a comedian, a model, a philanthropist and a motivational speaker. Very famous Nollywood child actor, movie producer, model, comedian, philanthropist, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and a television personality. Williams is currently the African Youth Representative to the United Nation. Born and bred in Abia State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. Also very handsome, gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles.
16. Okunoren Twins
OKUNOREN is Africa’s self proclaimed number one menswear and suit maker. The men behind the brand are Taiwo Okunoren and Kehinde Okunoren, more commonly known as The Okunoren Twins. The twins transcend effortlessly between being pioneer suitmakers and being tasteful dressers themselves. The twins are widely acclaimed for their works, but you can also rightly guess that they tick all the boxes to be judged as perfect Nigerian gentlemen.
17. Ik Ogbonna
Talented Hard working HumorousHumbleCool Father Model Actor
These are some of the checklists Ammo Ikechukwu Ogbonna has in his war chest and hey, not a lot of men have half of these. Starting from Humble beginnings like getting Awarded for Fine arts by Nestle Milo in secondary school, in 2005 he auditioned and got into the Amstel Malta Box office TV show, he also featured in @rukkysandastudios movie, “Lovelorn” in 2013 that gave him the popularity he needed to face the movie industry. This ultimate gentleman has featured in over 100 movies, bagging multiple awards which include Africa movie academy awards and AMVCA’s. He is one of the top actors in Nigeria. He definitely stands out, and exudes all the true qualities of the Ultimate gentleman.
18. Okechukwu Ukeje
Okechukwu Ukeje, known as OC Ukeje is a celebrated Nigerian actor, model and musician. He shot into the limelight after emerging the winner of Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality show. He has featured in a number of popular movies including Two Brides and a Baby, Hoodrush, Alan Poza,Confusion Na Wa and Half of a Yellow Sun.
19. Naeto C
Naetochukwu Chikwe, stage name Naeto C, is a Nigerian rapper, Afrobeat artist and record producer. Naeto C has recorded over 50 songs including his debut albums. He has also recorded hit sounds for MoHit records own by D Banj and Don Jazzy. Naeto C has broken all boundaries and surpassed more limits than a lot of artistes in Nigeria.
20. Teju Babyface
The Gentleman of Nigerian comedy, as referred to by many, Gbadewonuola Olateju Oyelakin, known professionally as Teju Babyface, is the Lead Mentor at the TEJU BABYFACE MENTORSHIP ACADEMY, a virtual platform with a mission to mentor young Nigerians to discover, develop, & deploy their talents to solve problems for humanity and achieve success in the process. He’s also an author of the book ‘Secrets of The Streets: 23 Secrets For Achieving Success With Talent’. Though he started his career as both an actor and a comedian, his first major break was the creation of his hit talk show, The Teju Babyface Show, which he still produces and runs on TV stations across the globe.
21. Timi Dakolo
He owns one of the most melodic voices in the African Music Industry. In 2006 Timi was able to wow the judges of the West African Idols, which was one of the biggest highlights of his career. Charming, delightful and a lovable personality must be some of the reasons why professional photographer, Busola stays hooked to him, married with 3 beautiful kids. In 2016 Timi bagged 3 headies awards for his hit song “wish me well”, which is no easy feat. We love him, not only because he exemplifies all that is gentlemanly, but also because he’s such a great export for the Nigerian Music Industry.
22. John Boyega
John Adedayo Adegboyega, better known as John Boyega, is a British actor and producer who came to prominence for playing Moses in the comedy film, ‘Attack the Block’, in 2011. He is best known for his role as Finn in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, which was the seventh film of the series. It isn’t just his acting skills we admire, though. It’s his style as well. His wardrobe takes on a life of its own and makes him stand out from other British actors in Hollywood.
23. Oluwaponeski (Mama Tobi)
Once an active member of the US Marines, Oluwatobi Adeshina Onibatedo, popularly known as Mama Tobi has made a name for himself in the ever growing Nigerian comedy industry His comedy career didn’t start off with skits. He was once a stand-up comedian but realised he was better at creating skits. He still does stand-up comedy though. Oluwatobi is really on a role; a comedian, a US marine, and currently studying to get a postgraduate degree in business and technology management. Most people do not know how much of a gentleman he really is, as they only know his alter-ego, Mama Tobi.
24. Femi Otedola
He was only the second Nigerian, after Dangote, to be included on the Forbes list of dollar-denominated billionaires with an estimated net worth of $1.8 billion and ranked 1011st richest person in the world when Forbes published its annual rich list in March 2016. Besides being one of the richest men in the world, Femi Otedola is also one of Nigeria’s ultimate gentlemen. He always wears a huge smile, as is evident in all the pictures he takes, as well as those he grants fans and admirers. He is a huge fan of his daughter, DJ Cuppy, and constantly pushes her music via his social media platforms.
25. Bryan Okwara
Bryan Okwara is a Nigerian actor and pageant contestant, who won the title of Mr. Nigeria in 2007, and reached the semi-finals in the Mister World 2007 competition. Bryan is popular for Celebrity Takes 2, Finding Love’ True Citizens’, I will Take My Chances’, Weekend Gateaway’, In the Music’, Awakening and others. He is loved for his good looks, talent, sense of fashion and Charisma. All these qualities and more, are what have earned him a well-deserved spot on our top gentlemen’s list. The talented Bryan worked with NIGEZIE as a TV presenter for a couple of years before going for the maiden edition of the Mr. Nigeria pageant.
26. Chris Okotie
The man of God, the musician, the elder statesman, Chris Okotie wears many hats, but the one that stands tallest is that of perfect role model. A true gentleman, Chris Okotie had a colorful music career in the 90’s and he received the ultimate call to service when he became the general overseer of the Household of God Church International Ministries. Till this day, however, music remains a very important part of his life. If there’s anything to learn from this diversely dexterous man, it is the importance of maintaining grace, despite the odds
27. Paul Adefarasin
Tall, respected, influential, charismatic, dapper, are some of the apt words to describe the Senior Pastor of House on the Rock Church, Pastor Paul Adefarasin. He is the founder of House on the Rock Church and hosts annually, an international gospel concert tagged “The Experience”, featuring renowned gospel artistes from around the globe that has continued to change lives.
28. Dare Art-Alade
Dare has been in the music scene for over a decade now, all the while, known to be such a fine man. Always looking sharp, while carrying himself with enviable confidence, Dare continues to define who a gentleman is, even to his type of music. ‘Not the girl’ was a major hit for him, where he showed the world what he could do with his amazing voice. He continues to remain a role model to a myriad young boys and other men out there, and a perfect example of what a gentleman should be. One word for Dare? Composed
29. Felix Asuquo
Felix Asuquo, the Creative Director of @fai_world is next on our list of Ultimate Nigerian Gentlemen. He has been a staple in the fashion scene for quite a while now, with a store in Surulere, Lagos. He is known for his Safari pieces, and traditional attires. Tall, elegant, and cool-headed, Felix looks like something out of a Spartan war movie – with a broad chest, chiseled jaw lines, and a razor-cut beard. He’s also got the perfect attitude to go with it – always humble, and with a smile, warming up to those around him. Sprinkle a little – check that – a whole lot of personal style, and you have yourself, a perfect gentleman
Douglas Jack Agu, better known by his stage name Runtown, is a renowned singer, songwriter, and producer. In 2014 he released “Gallardo”, with Davido, which was basically the song that brought him to the limelight, and was his first single off his debut studio album Ghetto University. Gallardo went on to win “Best Collaboration of the Year” at the 2014 edition of the Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Easily one of the most stylish Nigerian musicians, runtown has set himself apart from the rest in how he constantly shows up looking like he’s on the red carpet. He carries himself with such panache – smooth, soft-spoken, but knows what exactly he wants, and goes for it. On 4 November 2016, Runtown released the ballad “Mad Over You”, which charted at number 38 on the Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart.
31. Anthony Joshua
Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, is a British professional boxer. He is currently a unified world heavyweight champion, holding three of the four major championships in the sport. He ventured into boxing out of boredom as he was only looking to becoming a builder though he was bricklayer at that time before his cousin, Ben Ileyemi, who is a fellow unbeaten professional boxer dragged him to Finchley Amateur Boxing Club back in 2007. He earned a place on the GB Boxing team in 2010 and later the same year he became British amateur champion at the GB Amateur Boxing Championships after defeating Amin Isa. As of April 2017, Joshua is ranked as the world’s best heavyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and BoxRec.
32. Jason Porshe
Jason Samuel is a young, dynamic, handsome gentleman, and the Creative Director of The Jason Porshe brand – a fashion outfit that makes men’s, and recently, women’s wears. Once in medical school, Jason realised quite early that he wanted to go into fashion, as he always saw himself being in the industry. He wasted no time and has today, made quite a name for himself, using top celebrities to push most of his collections With Tom Ford as mentor, it’s no shock that Jason continues to exemplify gentlemanliness – always looking sharp, always humble, always with a smile, and as hungry for success as ever.
33. Alex Ekubo
Alex Ekubo-Okwaraeke is a popular actor and model. He was first runner up at the 2010 Mr Nigeria contest. He won the Best Actor in a Supporting Role award at the 2013 Best of Nollywood Awards for his role in the Weekend Getaways and has had quite a successful acting career. Tall, elegant, sound, and always with a charming smile, Alex has always rolled with the gentlemen’s crew, including IK Ogbonna and Uti Nwachukwu, and so already has that reputation of being gentlemanly.
In an industry where he’s required to sometimes be vulgar, and play all sorts of characters, Bovi still manages to remain cool; carrying himself with panache, while cracking everyone up. He cracks all sorts of jokes, but somehow manages to keep his composure, all the whilst moving all sorts of crowds. Organized, respectful, and equally highly respected, Bovi is a father of two, and has proven to be a responsible family man. He has shown that regardless of your field, you can still exude the underlying traits of the quintessential gentleman. Always looking sharp, always humble, always in control, Bovi definitely deserves a spot on our list of ultimate Nigerian gentlemen!
35. Kunle Afolayan
Kunle Afolayan is no doubt, Nollywood royalty. He’s the first son of veteran movie producer Ade Love. Kunle started working as a banker when he started minor acting before he went into the industry full time as a director, producer and actor. Kunle’s films form a majority of the most critically acclaimed of contemporary Nigerian movies. Besides being a talented filmmaker and actor, Mr. Afolayan has a great sense of style, and is one pristine gentleman. Always looking edgy and noteworthy on red carpets, on set, and even at home, he has taken that sense of style and keen fashion sense, and started his own clothing line, with an urban twist to native attire.
36. Wale Ojo
Wale Ojo is a top Nigerian actor, with an enviable gentleman persona. He started as a child actor in television, and continued acting roles in the UK and Nigeria subsequently. Eventually became a full-blown, successful actor, staring in a number of highly successful movies including Phone Swap by Kunle Afolayan. Finally came into prominence in 1995 for his role in The Hard Case, and won the award for Best Actor at the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Soft-spoken and gentle, Wale Ojo is the pioneer and founder of the New Nigeria Cinema whose aim is to improve the quality of Nigerian films. He is one of the leaders of the pack in the acting profession, as well as in defining who a true gentleman really is.
During his stay in the Big Brother house, Uti was known for often teasing his fellow housemates, being the life of the party, whilst respecting every housemate. He is a native of Ndokwa, Delta State. Tall, dark, and elegant, Uti is friends with some other gentlemen such as Alex Ekubo and IK Ogbonna, who seemed to have formed a gentlemen’s club, and quite a number of people love their bromance. Uti began his acting career 2011, and has so far featured in several movies. He has raised the bar quite high, for what it takes to be a true gentleman.
38. Leo Dasilva
Leo Dasilva rose to fame after participating in the 2018 edition of Big Brother Nigeria. Arguably one of the smartest housemates in the Big Brother house, Leo was known to be a real gentleman from the very first day. A young professional, he is the MD of Big Figure Small World Limited, Admiralty Estate Lekki. At age 17, he founded SODZ Entertainment in England. He later replicated same in the U.S. Leo, as a result of his cool-headedness, managed to stay away from drama, in a house that thrived on drama. He believes his good looks, intelligence and secret math skills can “solve everyone’s problems”.
The Bayelsa State-born actor ventured on a personal quest to hone his acting skills. After several auditions, he landed a role in the long running Mnet’s TV series, Tinsel as Dozie, and ever since, his face has been a staple choice for directors. Timini has stolen the hearts and attention of many on TV thanks to his wide smile, remarkable acting skills and his cool and easy-going style. “Fame can cause you to lose your manners”, was one of Timini Egbuson’s remarks during an interview with Guardian Life. This just goes to show how much of a gentleman Timini Egbuson is. Timini believes that style is very personal and your style defines you.
40. Ramsey Noah
Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr, popularly known as Ramsey Nouah, is a household name in Nigeria, starring in a staggering 100+ movies, winning numerous awards along the way. Ramsey Nouah is known for his numerous romantic flicks, which made his fans to give him the title “Lover-Boy”. One of the most sought-after actors in the country, Noah is known for his romantic roles with actresses such as Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde. Always gentle, soft-spoken, and a man for the ladies, he has been a familiar face for well over 2 decades in the industry.
41. Alex Iwobi
Alexander Chuka Iwobi is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Arsenal, and the Nigeria national team. Iwobi joined Arsenal while still at primary school. He signed a long-term contract with Arsenal in October 2015. Alex Iwobi, as he’s popularly called, is one down to earth, calm young man. Always with a big grin on his face, and at a young age, he continues to define how exactly a gentleman should carry himself – with charisma, humility, and confidence. Beast on the field, Prince charming off it. Ladies and gentlemen; one of Nigeria’s great report materials… Alex Iwobi.
42. Johnny Drille
John Ighodaro, better known as Johnny Drille is a folk/alternative singer, songwriter, producer, and sound engineer. He was brought up in a conservative home, which made him appreciate certain principles and values that make him the gentleman he is today. He started out music from his father’s Church at a very early age.In January 2015, he released his cover version of Di’ja’s ‘Awww’ which caught Don Jazzy’s attention. In August 12, 2015, he released the massively accepted ‘Wait For Me’ that top topped most of the Nigerian alternative charts.
43. Donald Duke
Mr Donald Duke is a political leader, former Governor of Cross River state and one suave gentleman! The soft spoken Mr. Donald has a Law degree from Ahmadu Bello University and a Master’s degree in Business Law and admiralty from the University of Pennsylvania. During his time as governor of cross river, he contributed significantly to the development of the state also initiating the now annual street party known as “Calabar Carnival”. Gentle, humble, and intelligent, Mr Donald embodies all the traits of a gentleman.
44. Ric Hassani
Ikechukwu Eric Ahiauzu, popularly known as Ric Hassani! Ric’s music career started in 2013, with the first attempts at playing piano and singing. Ric defines his genre of music as African-Pop. His debut album was titled ‘The African Gentleman’ – no surprise there. The album turned out to be very successful. The video clip for the song “Gentleman”, established Ric as being stylish – clothed in Western attires, with African prints.Ric says that his fashion style was inspired by Triple MG co-founder, Ubi Franklin. Gentle, soft-spoken, and with great charisma, Ric Hassani continues to charm us, one song at a time; one outfit at a time.
45. Adebola Williams
Adebola Williams, a Public Relations wizard, known with his signature red hat, and white agbada, is definitely a gentleman to admire. Charming, soft-spoken, and eloquent, Mr Williams has taken himself to the world stage, by providing brands with killer PR strategies. Mr. Williams’s successes and achievements have bagged him several awards and recognition, including Forbes best 30 under 30 enterpreneurs, Businessday 40 under 40, and CNBC Young business leader of the year. As a communications and branding expert, he has been credited with being behind the election of several African presidents including the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.
46. King Pexxie
Bamidele Olamilekan is a Brand and Marketing Strategist, helping grow brands organically, having worked with a number of known brands, as well as start-ups. Despite being popularly known as a social media brand influencer, he is actually a seasoned legal practitioner and media marketer. Bamidele Olamilekan is a true gentleman with a great sense of style. The brain behind clothing outfit, The 1411 brand, as well as media outfit, King Pexxie Media, Bamidele has shown that you can be a man, and still be in touch with your feelings.
47. Fela Durotoye
Eloquent, elegant, enthusiastic, are just some of the adjectives that describe this motivational speaker, inspirational leader, business strategist and the latest entry on our list. He is not only a scholar, he is also a prolific author, world renowned motivational speaker and passionate patriot. He championed the project “Mushin makeover” to paint 296 houses across 7 streets of the Mushin suburbs totally free to the home owners. Between being a vocal advocate and believer in the roles youths have to play in business, politics and nation building, FD is always dapperly dressed, commanding the respect that he deserves, with charisma and panache.
48. Ogunlewe Seye
Nigeria’s fastest man and Olympian, Ogunlewe Seye, is a perfect example of a gentleman. In a field where it’s common to express a myriad emotions, and despite once expressing dissatisfaction with support from Nigerian organizations for athletes, Ogunleye Seye remains a man of class, composure, and good etiquette. Seye continues to exude self-confidence and ambition. He regularly gives his social media followers feedback on his performance at competitions.
49. Ugo Mozie
Chief Ugo Mozie, a force in the fashion and entertainmemt scene, embodies all the characteristics of a gentleman – cool, calm, and collected; ambitious, stylish, and humble. He has kept his Nigerian origins a part of his narrative, as he continues to conquer the world of fashion and entertainment globally.As young as Ugo Mozie is, he has been a staple in the fashion scene for quite some time now. Frequently seen wearing his signature hat, and the occasional African Fila hat, Ugo Mozie has been a great ambassador for Nigeria, especially in the fashion scene. Simply put, Ugo Mozie is your ideal young gentleman, and we are happy to have him bleed green and white – everywhere he goes!
50. Amaechi Okobi
Amaechi Okobi, Group Head of Corporate Communications at Access Bank Plc, is the quintessential gentleman. Period! At 6′ feet ‘a lot, he is an art aficionado, in love with Nigerian and African art. Having once sold whiskey for a living, he has an amazing fashion sense, wearing suits on traditional pants at times, with cool dark shades that together with his height, make him stand out easily!