Social media platforms are now being known as places for celebrities to interact with their fans while showing off their lavish lifestyles. Instagram is probably the most popular social media app currently being used. Grain Coast Magazine in collaboration with PlusLiberia brings you a top ten list of the most followed Liberian celebrities on Instagram.
10. Christoph – 47.7 K
One of the favourite rappers from the streets, Christopher Nyenga, alias Christoph The Change (CTC) once dominated the Liberian rap music industry with hit songs, and has recently gained accolades from TunesLiberia Awards and MTN Liberian Music Awards.
The LT City rap icon should probably be ranked in the top five most followed Liberian celebrities on Instagram if his ex-girlfriend, Benita Urey didn’t delete his previous account after they broke up. By late last year, Christoph had went through some difficult times, but promised his fans to bring more good music to their attention soon enough.
9. Bucky Raw – 56.4 K
Karwoudou Cole, better known by his stage name Bucky Raw, the Liberian rapper is proof that success can still come from downfall, pain, rejection, hardwork, and dedication.
Upon his deportation from the USA to Liberia, many thought the rapper’s career would have gone down the drain. He has instead accomplished many things being at home than prior to his expulsion from Philadelphia. His second mixtape, ‘Country Soda 2’ peaked at number 10 on the Billboard World Albums chart.
Apart from capping numerous awards from LEA, MLMA, and Tunes Liberia, Buckay Oppong as he tags himself, has since established himself on the West African music scene. He holds a collaboration song with Ice Prince and Stunna in “Thank You”, and has a featured verse on M.I Abaga’s ”Commandment”.
8. Kobazzie – 60.1 K
Born as Korte Dorbor Bazzie, but better known as Kobazzie, the lorma boy has come a long way to succeed in Liberia’s entertainment.
After taking a solo path once leaving his then label, Bilikon Entertainment, many feared that he wouldn’t have turned out to be successful compared to other hit musicians. Kobazzie has since gone on to thrive in an unexpected fashion. He has released more hit songs, and even had a remix with Davido on “Bounce”. ‘Bounce remixed’ video is accredited to be one of Liberia’s best music videos, and that comes with no doubt as Davido is currently one of Africa’s best and trending artists.
7. Anothny Snoti Laffor – 70.6 k
The only athlete on the list, Snoti is regarded as one of Liberia’s most decorated modern day football player. He plays professionally for the South African club, Mamelodi Sundowns, and primarily features as a winger.
He is a six-time South African Champions League winner, and has won one South African Cup. The winger also has a CAF Champions League Cup and a CAF Super Cup on his list of trophies.
Laffor once served as captain for the “Lonestar” national football team, and represented his nation in AFCON and FIFA World Cup qualifiers. At age 35, he is now focused on his club duties.
6. Master Queen – 96.4 K
Grace Hawa Weah, better known as Master Queen is a Liberian female pioneer in radio presenting and a talk-show host with a decade plus of experience.
The diva has established herself in Liberia’s entertainment by promoting Liberian artists when Hot FM was the only station banging Liberian songs.
Attached to her curriculum vitae, Master Queen is an entrepreneur and actress. In 2016, she launched her vegan nail polish line “Masque”. She also serves as brand ambassador for Royal Grand Hotel, Monrovia, Liberia.
5. DenG – 98.9 K
Even though Daniel George’s music is not trending as it did few years back, the Afro-Pop artist is known for many hits including: ‘They Vex’, ‘Put Foot’, ‘Kemah’, and ‘Grateful’ amongst others.
DenG is the first and only Liberian artist to be nominated by MTV Africa Music Awards and is the only Liberian artist with most toured concerts in foreign countries.
4. C.I.C – 101 K
Upon releasing his debut song, ‘Bachelor’ with S.O.G Records, Maurice Terziq Gayflor better known as Commander In Chief (C.I.C) has captured fans from in and out of Liberia.
Under his belt, he has accolades won from Liberia Entertainment Awards (LEA), MTN Liberia Music Awards (MLMA), and TunesLiberia Awards. C.I.C is loved for his many hit songs, so it’s of no suprised he became Lonestar Cell MTN brand ambassador following the death of the late Quincy B.
3. Eric Geso – 110 K
Probably one of Liberia’s most underrated musicians, yet Eric Geso, commonly known as the ‘hard-head boy’ has been known for making hits upon beginning his career. The Afro-Pop / Gbema artist has now gained major recognition from winning multiple awards, and is recently tagged by his fans as ‘Stage Killer’. With that being said, Eric Geso became the first Liberian musician to reach 100 K followers on Instagram.
2. Frank Artus – 200 K
Gregory Artus Frank, better known as Frank Artus, is a Liberian actor, director, and producer in the West African film industries. He has starred in over one-hundred movies across Liberia, Ghana, and Nigeria.
Artus has been nominated for many awards, and has many accolades to his name including, Best International Actor award at the African Academy Awards (2012), the Hall of Grace Award (2013), and the Face of Africa Award (2015). Frank Artus is also the president of Liberia Movie Union (LMU).
1. Deddeh Howard – 204 K
Fashion currently plays a major role in the world right now, so it’s no surprise for the Liberian model, Deddeh Howard to top this list of Liberian celebrities. D.D as she likes to be called, is a model, health science student, and fitness practitioner who currently lives in Los Angeles, USA.
In 2016, D.D found out that modeling agencies discriminate people of melanin coloration, so she and her photographer boyfriend, Raffael Dickreuter recreated popular photoshoots from various magazines ads featuring white models, thus giving birth to the “Black Mirror”.
Deddeh gained recognition from making a powerful statement about diversity in fashion from a black model’s perspective, and even had a article published in Elle.com (Elle Magazine). Her story also appeared on BBC World News, and popular American TV Shows, The Real, and ABC Good Morning America. She was also featured in France on M6, Le 1945.
Written By: Robert Serge Saint-Pé