The Nigerian music industry is a very competitive one. We hear outstanding music from a lot of genre and we find it quite tough to decide who is the Queen bee of music as far as Nigeria is concerned. There are however a select few that have topped the charts due to their voice, persona and talent, but the question is how do we determine the best?
She is one of ‘the’ most sensational singers of our time. It is no wonder she is compared and referred to as the ‘Nigerian Adele’. Her poise, her vocals, her deep lyrics all attest to her deep-seated talent. Asa whose stage name translates to mean ‘hawk’ in the Nigerian Yoruba language is a force to reckon with. She inspires emotions through her songs and has international recognition for her efforts. Asa is one Nigerian musician who has carved a niche for herself, she had role models such as Femi Kuti, Raphael saadiq and the likes and she toed their footsteps. Whenever her name is mentioned with other female singers in Nigeria, people are of the opinion that she should not be compared as she stands out strong and has a persona that is incomparable. Whether she is the best vocalist or not, as far as Nigerian female musicians are concerned, she has staked her claim and has become a household name that has come to stay.
This is one artiste that is loved by many both at home and internationally. Tiwa always has her name mentioned whenever top Nigerian female artistes are being discussed and lot of people actually belief she is Nigeria’s ‘Queen of pop’. She recently married Tee Billz and has also recently given birth to a son Jamil. Her break from the music production is said to have affected her Queenly position as others are threatening to take over among whom are Seyi Shay, Omawunmi and Waje. Talking about her struggles in climbing the ladder, she discusses how she faced sexual harassment in the music industry but was able to overcome that with the help of her husband who was her boyfriend then. She has also been involved with controversies such as her firing her husband as her manager and her 18+music video titled ‘Wanted’. She has spoken out that she has no regrets and while she is aware that what she does has an influence on many, she also has a sexual side that she is naturally going to want to show. She does however, agree that the video should have been more restrictive especially age wise. With all the struggles, she is bent on reclaiming her position as the first lady of Nigerian music and has also recently clinched herself a deal with pampers alongside her Globacom deal.
This is one very beautiful, very talented musician who also came from the U.K to credit her home land with her talent. Known for her successes while abroad, she has also made her mark in her home land. Seyi Shay has been privileged to open for one of the most phenomenal musicians of our time ‘Beyonce’ and was also the lead singer of a band which is no longer together. On returning home, she soon became highly recognized and has since been listed among the top musicians in Nigeria. However, Miss Shay is not without her controversies, first she was heard saying she had no idea who the popular Amber Rose is meanwhile she had attended an event for D’banj’s 10th year anniversary where Amber Rose had been present, in Nigeria. Of recent she has also been heard to dismissively say she does not know who Tiwa Savage is. This has earned an uproar from fans and the public who feel she is somewhat unoriginal. In addition, she had a controversy with the former president of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, where fans accused her of trying to seduce him with her rather skimpy outfit. This she explained was what she had planned for her performance and also had another outfit for after; she also says her stage life in no way depicts her real life. Most recent among Miss Shay’s controversies is where she pronounces ‘Two’ as ‘TUWO’ during a trick test by a member of pulse-TV. Fans found this hilarious and took jabs at the artiste but this has in no way dampened her shine as seen with her recent performance with Ne-yo. She is still kicking and vying for the top in Nigerian music.
This beautiful singer who is also a songwriter is one of Nigeria’s leading female artistes. She is a brand ambassador for Globacom, Konga.com as well as Malta guinness. She rose to the peak of her career by shining in the Nigeria’s idols contest and she has a strong will which is reflected in her voice and her persona. She is now married to her baby daddy . One of her hit songs ‘If you ask me’ has brought her to the top of the charts as well as many other singles and collaborations. This singer is definitely a contender in top notch Nigerian music.
The name WAJE is an acronym for ‘Words just aren’t enough’. This is a sensational singer whose vocals ranks to the third octave. She featured in the popular ‘Do Me’ by P-Square and also was the vocals behind their remake of Omegi mi. She has also been featured in M.I’s ‘One Naira’ and Banky W’s ‘Thief my Kele’. She has boosted her career in leaps and bound and has a fan base that extends to international countries. Waje has been known to lead a quite private life and she is also a mother of a 16 year old, born out of wedlock. When asked about her relationship status she says she is not sure it is anyone’s business. She has been linked romantically to rapper M.I, although both denied the allegations. Be that as it may, she is sure one of the sensations when it comes to Nigerian female musicians.