Few years backs, there used to be this belief that it is very difficult for female musicians to become stars in the Nigerian music industry. No one can say that today again, the narrative has changed, many Nigerian female artists have risen high on the local and global scene.
Many have performed on stages and won awards that some Nigerian male musicians are yet to achieve. In this article, I want to shine the spotlight on 4 Nigerian female musicians whose songs are on Nigerian music lovers’ playlist.
Teniola Apata known on the Stage as Teni, is the younger sister of Nigerian sensational singer, Niniola. Her career took a good turn after she signed with Dr. Dolor Entertainment and released a hit single ‘Fargin’ in 2017. The song won the Rookie of the year at the 2018 Headies Award. She established her presence and won the heart of her fans with other hit singles like ‘Uyo Meyo’ ‘Case’ and ‘Askamaya.’
She has proven wrong those who said her swift rise in the music industry was a fluke. Within 2017 and now, she has released many hit songs, bagged awards, recognitions and endorsements.
Some of them are Best New Artist at Soundcity MVP Awards Festival, Most Promising Act to Watch at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards. She was also nominated for Best New International Act at the BET Award. Last March, she bagged an endorsement deal with TomTom.
3. Yemi Alade
From winning the Peak Talent Show in 2009 to releasing the hit song ‘Johnny’ in 2014. It would be very difficult to list the names of Top female Musicians in Nigerian without mentioning Yemi Eberechi Alade. Born on 13 March 1989, she was the first African Female Musician to reach one million views on YouTube.
She was coached along with other musicians like Waje, Timi Dakolo, and Patoranking on The Voice Nigeria (Season 2). Yemi Alade featured in Beyonce’s Album, The Lion King in the soundtrack ‘Don’t Jealous Me’.
She has been on four world tours: King of Queens Tour, Mama Africa Tour, Black Magic Tour, and Women of Steel. And featured Rick Ross, Angelique Kidjo, and Funke Akindele.
She has a magical voice, a beautiful face, and electric performance on stage. These attributes make it easy for her to win the heart of her fans. Recently, she welcomed her first child with her long time sweetheart and fellow musician, Adekunle Gold.
She started as a gospel artist with the album Ogaju; the song ‘Ara Ile’ stood out. Her career took another turn when she signed to X3M music. After she released ‘Tiff’, her song became an anthem on the tongue of music lovers. The song was nominated for Best Alternative Music at the 2015 Headies Award.
Her biggest moment so far was in 2017 when she released her second album ‘Simisola’ with hit songs like ‘Joromi’, ‘Smile for Me.’ Seven Days after the album was released it debuted to number 5 on the Billboard World Album chart.
Simi has found her way to people’s hearts as she keeps them happy regularly. When she released ‘Duduke’, she showed her baby bump for her fans to know that she was expecting a baby. The song went viral and the #duduke challenge was massive.
1. Tiwa Savage
Arguably, Tiwa Savage is the foremost female Nigerian Musician. She started her career as a backup artist for George Michael and Mary J Bilge. She moved back to Nigerian in 2012 and signed with Mavin Records. Her debut album Once Upon a Time contains songs like ‘Kele Kele Love’ and ‘Ife Wa Gbona.’
In 2019, she left Marvin Records to join Universal Music Group. Her music is a blend of Hip-Hop, R&B, and Afrobeat. While leaving Marvin records, The Legendary Music Producer, Don Jazzy said she would always be the queen of Marvin Records.
She co-wrote ‘Keys to the Kingdom’, a track in the album The Lion King, with Beyoncé. Last year September, she wrote and released the single ’49-99’ with Motown records. Tiwa savage has many awards and endorsements to her name. She has signed an endorsement with Pepsi, Forte Oil, MTN, and Maggi.