- Famous Nigerian Singers include, Timaya, 2face Idibia, Flavour, Mr. P, Rude Boy, Olamide, Kiss Daniel, Joe Boy, Fire Boy and many others..
So I was thinking, why don’t we shift today’s Nigerian Celebrity News to the music section of the industry and focus our gaze on some Famous Nigerian Singers?
There are many famous Nigerian singers in the country today but some are way higher than others on that chart. Some have attained an higher level of fame and relevance while others are just not that famous.
So do not be offended if the list fails to contain the names of your favorite Nigerian Singer.
What that simply means is that they are not as famous as the names listed here even though they are also famous. As we already know not all celebrities are EQUAL!
I think at the moment it is quite easy to actually make a powerful list of famous Nigerian singers because they are actually the reigning kings and queens and for some of them they have stayed so relevant from day one that fame has become synonymous with their brand.
There are other categories to which our celebrities fall into. Like Bald Nigerian Celebrities , Hottest Nigerian male Celebrities and Nigerian Female Celebrities On Low Cut.
But today we will be talking about them based on how popular their craft has made them.
Famous Nigerian Singers with songs that has made headlines, be it in the past or this very minute as long as their name is still known in the right circles and by core Nigerian music fans.
The whole idea is to create a comprehensive list of singers who became famous and are still famous.
Famous Nigerian singers who were able to stand out among their peers. And even though most of them have not released any songs for couple of years now, their high level of fame is still keeping their name relevant in the industry.
Famous Nigerian Singers In The Music Industry
1. 2face Idibia
Now this is a brother that many fellow entertainers consider an ancestor in the music industry.
He started as a member of a boys group. A group that is so hard to forget, for that group was the first to really give us music, setting the standards for many to come.
That group was known as Plantashun Boiz .
The group was made up of 2face Idibia ,Faze and Blackface.
The group broke up in 2004 and he has been able to maintain a very successful solo career since then.
Becoming the biggest name there is in the industry.
2Baba has received one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award , five Headies Awards (Hip-hop award), four Channel O Music Video Awards and one BET award for his musical work, four MTV Africa Music Awards, one MOBO award, one KORA award, and numerous additional nominations.
He is still relevant up till date. Still releasing hit songs after hit songs. He is very much the definition of a famous Nigerian Male singer.
Right now he is blazing through TV and Radio stations With “Amaka“.
Flavour is a very old name that has done and is doing basically all that is required to stay famous and relevant in the industry.
He is probably in the top 3 of celebrities with the biggest numbers of baby mama’s.
But like his love for women his sense of music is hitting all the right keys and we are loving him for that .
Chinedu Okoli also known as Flavour N’abania began his musical career as a drummer for a local church in his hometown of Enugu State.
Davido is like one of the young and rich faces of the Nigerian Music industry. Himself and Wizkid are kind of toed to the same page of popularity.
Even if he was not a musician he would still manage to be famous. Because no money does it like him when it comes to sharing raw cash through his social media pages.
Just some weeks back we saw him giving out a million naira each to some of followers.
David Adedeji Adeleke recently,
On November 30,2017 won the best African act at the MOBO Awards and also became the first African act to perform live at the awards.
On June 24, 2018, Davido became the first African-based artist to have received his award on the BET Awards main stage. His award was presented by Hollywood actor
Omari Hardwick and actress Tika Sumpter .
He rose to prominence in 2010 with the release of the song “Holla at Your Boy ” from his debut studio album, Superstar (2011).
He was ranked 5th on Forbes and Channel O ‘s 2013 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artists. In February 2014, Wizkid became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter.
Moreover, he became the first Afrobeats artist to appear in the 2018
Guinness World Records for his contribution to Drake’s hit song “One Dance “.
They call him Starboy and there is no exaggeration to that. He is truly a boy whose star is shinning bright and currently is the first among all the famous Nigerian Male singers to be mention here with the highest foreign collaboration and affiliation.
Patoranking came to our notice through Timaya. Patoranking became a protégé of Dem Mama Records after collaborating with Timaya on his song “Alubarika“.
He , is a Nigerian reggae -dancehall singer and songwriter.
Patoranking started his musical career doing underground collaborations with artists such as XProject, Konga, Slam and Reggie Rockstone .
Today he is one of the biggest names there is in the Industry.
6. Kiss Daniel
He is a prefect description of what it means to be a Big Bang musically. Kiss Daniel is a singer with a melodious feel that gets the both sexes in a state of mind that only lovers should be finding themselves.
His songs will make you feel things.
He likes to think himself as “Fly boy”.
But who wouldn’t when your songs are basically all likable and your good looks is another reason why any girl might just make a sexual compromise look like normal.
7. Duncan Mighty
Duncan Mighty is a success story that says talent will always take you far even when all hope is lost.
He used to be very popular and then suddenly stopped making songs and went into the shadows.
And then his collaboration with wizkid brought him out from his musical slumber and now he is currently the hottest male singer in Nigeria, with many dying to have him on their songs.
Currently he has been featured by artists such as Tiwa Savage, Davido, Bracket and many others.
His fame has never been this brighter.
He is new on the scene and is already dropping hits after hits and Nigerians are loving him for that.
He is the newbie on this list of famous Nigerian Male singers but the amount of popularity he is already enjoying is massive.
I think he is the money magnet for Davido’s recording label. Just like Wizkid was for Banky label.
9. Banky W
This dude is one of Nigeria’s RnB favorites. He has been singing love songs from the start of his career, up to this very moment.
And he is definitely not changing any time soon.
Not when he is still married to this fairy tale beauty by the name Adesua Etomi.
He is now in to acting and he is killing that as well.
If you are in doubt then do yourself a Big favor and go watch the movie The Wedding Party.
He wrote the first theme song of Etisalat Nigeria titled “0809ja for life”.
10. Mr. P
When P-square broke up many thought that was the end to the kind of music that was their brand.
But they were all wrong.
The group broke into two important musical pieces and Mr.P was what became the other half.
He carried the dancing with him as he was more of the dancer in the group and so far so good.
His songs are of the hook and his dancing moves are just as good as his as his lyrics.
11. Rude Boy
Rude Boy is the other part of what P-square became after their break up. He took with him the singing that made P-square one of the favourite groups in Nigeria and Africa at large.
The man can sing with so much emotion. In fact listening to h58s songs is like listening P-square doing their thing.
Like many would Say “he was the fire behind P-square “.
Individually the brothers have done well for Nigerian Music. And are still magic to their game.
And that is a massive achievement.
He is definitely one of the top 3 names when famous Nigerian male singers are to be counted .
He is never tired when it comes to the dropping of new hits.
He is the king of the Dance hall.
There is no year that passes bye without Timaya dropping one or two hits.
Hits created to keep his relevance in fine shape as well as help him maintain his famous status doing what he loves doing the most.
This one, hates staying the same for too long. Every now then we get to see him change his names.
Some months back it was Sound Boy but these days he goes by the name Papi Chulo.
Tekno is very talented and there is son much to be achieved. He is young and already famous beyond normal and it seems he has only just started .
At the age of 8, Tekno Miles was enrolled in a music school where he learnt and mastered the rudiments of playing the piano and guitar.
And today that talent has changed this life for the better .
He currently has a song out there making waves and it’s titled “Choko“.
14. Burna Boy
Burna Boy is every street kids favourite. He made me a believer when he released his hit song “smoke some weed” featuring Onos some years back.
Those were my university days.
Fast forward to the present.
He is still on top of his game with hot singles after hit singles paving his constant rise to the mountain top.
I believe like many people out there that Burna Boy is one of the highly underrated musician under the Nigerian clime.
But whether hyped as deserved or not, his place among the most famous Nigerian Male singers is as solid as the smell of a burning marijuana.
He is currently enjoying our plaudits with his new visuals “Ye“.
15. Adekunle Gold
Adekunle music is different from the rest. Not because he sings fluent Yoruba but basically because of his style.
He falls into that category of singers whose styles are somewhat ancient and so comes with a fresh feel. A difference that is almost peculiar to him
He is a story teller and like the narrative of the talking drum his songs are stories of emotions and his place in it.
He is a Nigerian High Life singer that truly knows his craft and expresses his art in a way that is beautiful.
He is truly an artiste.
Some weeks back we saw Harrysong fall into the abyss of depression. We saw him talk of death as if it’s a vacation spot he just can’t wait to visit.
Such social media rant is sure to get anyone both attention and fame even if it is for the wrong reasons.
But that aside . Harrysong is that famous Nigerian Male singer from Delta State that is also consistent with good songs.
And that is enough to help him stay famous, for as long as he keeps releasing hits.
He is also very muscular with the right height for modelling if he so chooses.
Since he came into the industry he has stayed relevant and like flood, his fame metre is reading off the charts.
This cat here is indeed famous.
In 2015 Becoming a powerhouse stage presence, he headlined the Machel Monday Concert in Trinidad and Tobago alongside the likes of Pitbull and Lil Jon and performed at Crop Over Carnival in Barbados, St. Lucia’s Mercury Beach Festival, and in front of a sold-out crowd of 4,000 at Amazura Concert Hall in Queens, NY.
Mad Over You helped him make history as RunTown became the “first Nigerian Artist to top charts in 20 countries simultaneously” as the track amassed 72 million YouTube views and 7 million Spotify streams .
There are many Nigerian female singers some you would find on our beautiful list of famous Nigerian female celebrities that are still single.
These are power ladies, in the sense that they are achievers and consequently influencers of public opinion.
In this time and age in our country’s history these ladies can make a difference with their collective voices.
In a male dominated industry these collected Nigerian female singers stand shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts .
This lady is a special breed. She carries herself through her nostalgic voice like someone with a message from the Oracle.
She is in a class of her own and her aura, speaks of a woman that once played the role of a story teller, selling her tales to those who dare to listen.
She could easily be categorized into One of the finest female singer to have come out of Nigeria.
She is unique!
When i first heard her voice, i knew she was sent to melt our hearts with her soft love stories. She started her career as a gospel singer, releasing her debut studio album in 2008, titled Ogaju.
But somewhere,somehow decided that telling us love stories was better than pouring worship rendition to the most high through church songs alone. I guess she realized that it is through the human emotion of love that one can really touch the heart of God.
Now she is pouring those Afro-Pop love songs and we just cant get enough. Simi is a blessing to the Nigerian Music Industry.
20. Tiwa Savage
She is the most famous of all the Nigerian celebrities mentioned on this post. Not because she is the most talented but simply because she is fortunate enough to have the right connect and the right singles that a lot of Nigerians can relate to.
She started with some of the big male names that we have today under the same Record Label and so shared with them success of that period.
Her debut studio album Once Upon a Time was released on 3 July 2013.
21. Yemi Alade
Of all the Nigerian Female Singers Yemi Alade and Tiwa Savage are the only ones that seem to carry a silent rivalry. One trying to outdo the other on that race for the crown of Queen Of The Dance Hall.
But Yemi Alade is more consistent when it comes to pouring out constant dance hall tunes. Obviously all of her songs were primarily designed to make people dance.
But that does not mean she is the person to wear the crown because Tiwa Savage is known for quality over quantity and is responsible for many dance hall national anthems in the country.
22. Seyi Shay
There is a foreign feel to her songs.
She was the lead singer for the now defunct pop girl group From Above. The group got signed to Sony’s Columbia Records and was managed by Mathew Knowles’ Music World Entertainment company.
Shay released her debut studio album Seyi or Shay in November 2015.
Chidinma Ekile rise to stardom came after winning the third season of Project Fame West Africa.
She was announced the winner on 26 September 2010. And was given ₦2.5 million, a 2011 Toyota RAV4, and a production deal.
She became the first female musician to peak at number 1 on the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10 chart with her music video “Emi Ni Baller” .
She was brought to the limelight when she did a remake of P-Square’s “Omoge Mi” song.
A woman with celebrities who can really sing a strong voice, deep enough to command respect. Placing her at the top of the list of Nigerian Female Celebrities.
She became an household name when she came out as the 2007 runner-up on West African Idols.
Do not let the look confuse you. That is Teni the entertainer and i kid you not when i say she is actively famous as a Nigerian female singer.
She is new on the scene and has released singles in recent times that has seen her become quite popular in the country and beyond.
Teni started gaining prominence after releasing the single “Fargin” in September 2017.
Now that is the face of a lady who gave us good songs and visuals to go with them when there very few female singers in the country that could provide such quality.
On May 22, 2013, she released the single “Toh Bad“, her first release under the Empire Mates Entertainment by Banky W. That song would make really popular.
She use to be very much around when it comes to song making but these days, it would seem that she is on a long hiatus because of some fear of the industry.
She released her debut studio album, Franchise Celebrity (2010), while signed to Knighthouse Entertainment.
According to reports gathered from an interview she granted, she actually had to battle depression due to the hostility and hate she experienced in the music industry.
Is that why nobody is hearing from her musically.
We hope she comes back soon. We miss her kind of music.
29. Cynthia Morgan
She was the bomb!
The real dance hall Queen. Who just woke one day and decided that she was going to starve Nigerians and with that decision came her very long long absence.
And she is seriously one very hot famous Nigerian singer.
In fact she brought her own kind of nudity into the music industry and would easily expose some private parts and you dare not call her names because of her boldness while doing it.
And that is sexy and we all like bold sexiness.
We shall be adding more names to this of Famous Nigerian Singers, so make sure to check back every now and then for an updated version.
32. Naira Marley
34. Joe Boy
35. Fire Boy