Top Musicians in the Nigerian Music Industry



We all know that Nigeria’s music industry is beginning to get international attention, artiste abroad are ready and open to collaboration because they love the sounds and the beats the producers have come up with. Also the originality of the songs as all genres in music is done not purely in English but also has an infusion of the native language and also pidgin English that is understood by all.

Some very special musicians are responsible for putting us on the map and here is a countdown of top musician in Nigeria.

  1. WIZKID: wizkid started singing at the age of eleven, but made his first recognized hit song “hola at your boy” with his then label EME in the year 2011 and has gone on to be the most sought after musician in Nigeria. His music is known all over the world and he has done musical collaborations with different international artiste. He was also recognized as he modeled for Dolce and Gabbana for their recent collection, Wizkid is doing a great job by putting Nigeria on the international market and he is being rewarded for it.
  2. DAVIDO: David Adeleke the son of billionaire Adedeji Adeleke has proved to us many times that he doesn’t need to rely on his father’s money to be a success. He is one of the most booked and sought after musicians in Nigeria, his style of music has transcended the entire continent, but has also caught the attention of international artiste. He has been awarded several awards for his music and recently just won the BET award for best African artiste. Although he is very controversial, he has gone on to make more hit songs and is continued to be nominated for several awards. The very outspoken artiste is known for always caring for his daughters and remembering his late mother, also speaking out for his uncle who is very active in politics. This young musician is doing his part by creating good music that puts African on the map, thereby making him one of the top musicians in Nigeria.
  3. TIWA SAVAGE: having lived in the United States for a while, Tiwa savage served as a backup singer in a girl group, she finally came back to Nigeria with the help of her now ex husband Teebillz to start her own musical career. She is the top female artiste in Nigeria and has other female entertainers looking up to her. The singer has a son from her previous marriage and always flaunts him on social media, she is also known by the scandal that happened between her and her ex husband. Although things are better now and they are friends, the media still follows her and every relationship she gets into. But that hasn’t stopped her from churning hits after hits and has got her nominated for different awards and she won some.
  4. OLAMIDE: The Yoruba rapper has his fans hailing him with every hit he comes out with, he is also known for dropping songs that become hit, and relenting, but also churning them out as fast as he can. Although a lot of people have issues with the lyrics of his songs, he has turned a deaf ear to the voices of the people and has continued to do what he knows how to do best, rap. He has a son with his longtime girlfriend who he is engaged to and he is adored by his fans for not having any notable scandal in the course of his career, he had been dubbed the king of rap in Nigeria and is definitely selling out halls when he does his shows.
  5. FALZ: The president of the sweet boys association is taking his space in the Nigerian music industry. He came in as a young man whose English was thick with the Nigeria Yoruba accent and used this to rap in most of his songs, it was referred to as a comedian, but after a while he is now being praised as one of Nigeria great lyricist. Known to be the son of top Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist Femi Falana, Falz is also known to use his music to voice the ills happening in the society, this has made him put Nigeria on the map and every artist wanting to do collaboration with him. He also deviated into acting and has won several awards for his acting prowess. Falz is known as one of the top musicians in Nigeria not just because of what he raps about, but because of the way he handles his songs creatively without forgetting his funny background.

These musicians have made sure that African music is being heard by world and have been rewarded for it, but that hasn’t stopped them as they are reaching for more success and with the way they are going the sky is their limit.


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