7 Most Popular Local Musicians in Nigeria
The entertainment industry and sports are two sectors that have held the world spellbound. The thrill that these sectors give to both the young and old alike can be summarized in one word-addictive. The viability of these sectors is sustained by the endless drool for the consumption of entertainment and sports contents, thereby making whoever exhibits any kind of gifting in any of them to gain instant celebrity status. As the entertainment sector continues to oil society’s social life, music, a very crucial segment of it is steadily gaining prominence. The music industry all over the world flourishes. Many have harnessed its soul soothing tool to the utmost. The industry in Nigeria alone is a multi-billion naira concern. The sector apart from creating employment for a teeming number of people is also known to generate huge revenue in the way of taxes to authorities and income to the practitioners in the industry.
The success story of the Nigerian music industry can be better appreciated when one considers the impact of the industry around the world. As all genres of Nigerian music continue to blossom with its attendant foreign exchange earnings, Nigeria’s rich culture enjoys the advantage of being placed on the international podium. All thanks to our music stars. Though the great success stories and the possibility of rise to instant stardom have seen an influx of people into the industry, there are some who have excelled in the industry winning awards and laurels within and outside the country. It is from this that we list the seven (7) most successful local musicians in Nigeria.
They are as follows:
- Burna Boy
One of the most popular Nigerian musician is Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu professionally known as Burna Boy. Born 2nd July, 1991, officially entered into the music industry in the year 2011.Burna Boy since his entrance into the scene has recorded tremendous successes. Some of his works are: like to party, outside, African Giant, Twice as tall. His great career in music has won him many awards among which are Best International Act 2019 BET, Album of the year 2019-All African Music Award, African Artist of the Year 2020 VGMA’s, Best World Music Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. He was the first Nigerian to win Grammy Awards and the first Nigerian to be nominated back to back for Grammy Awards.
David Adedeji Adeleke professionally known as Davido songwriter, record producer and singer is among the most successful Nigerian musician. Born November 21st, 1992, his genre of music is Afrobeat, Afropop music, pop, electropop, dancehall etc. His work among others includes: Dami Duro, Omo Baba Olowo, Blow my Mind. One of his awards is the Next Rated Award in 2012. His the owner of Davido Music Worldwide (DMW).
Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo professional known as D’Bang is among the most successful Nigerian musician. Born June 9th, 1980, made his entrance into the music scene in the year 2004.His genre of music is Afrobeat, pop, hip pop and R&B. D’Banj is the owner of MO’ Hits Records with producer Don Jazzy. He has won many awards which includes: Best African Act at MTV Europe Music Awards 2007. Artist of the year at MTV Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards 2004.
4. 2 Face
Innocent Ujah Idibia professionally known as 2-Face and later 2-Baba, singer, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur is another popular Nigerian musician. Born 18th September, 1975, he made his entrance into the music scene in 1994. His genre of music is Afrobeat, R&B, hip hop, reggae, gospel, Afro pop. His work include: MTV Europe Music Award, World Music Award, 5 Headies Awards (Hip hop Award) BET Awards, etc. His works includes Grace to Grace, the unstoppable, face to face, etc.
5. Tiwa Savage
Tiwatope Savage known as Tiwa Savage comes among most popular Nigerian musician. Born 5th February 1980,she entered the industry in the year 1996, her genre of music is Afrobeat, R&B, Pop, hip hop and soul. Her awards in the industry include: Best Female Category in Channel O Music award Show, MTV Europe Music Award, Best African Act at the2018 MTV Europe Music Awards.She has several works among which is kele kele love, etc.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun also called Wizkid comes among the most popular Nigerian musician. Born on 16th July, 1990 started his music career in 2001.His genre of music is Afrobeats, reggae, dancehall, R&B, hip hop and pop. He successful career has won him many awards like; African Song of the Year 2022(Essence Remix),Best Male Artist (Essence Remix)2021,African Entertainment Awards USA, Best Video, Song of the year,2021, etc.
Simisola Balatito Kosoko professionally called Simi was born 19thApril, 1988 is ranks among the most popular musician in Nigeria. Her genre is Afropop, soul, alter-rock, world and R&B. Her works include: Ayo, Lovin, Joromi, Jamb Question, etc. Her career has won her many awards like:2015 City People Awards- Most Promising Act of the Year, 2016 City People Entertainment Awards –Female Artiste of the year, The Headies 2016-Best Vocal Performance, etc.
Nigeria as we all know is blessed with countless music talents and established stars. The listing above is not exhaustive. The above named musicians are in no way the only popular music star, but these are our top seven based on our research and findings.