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Posted by funke on September 30, 2014 in Editorial · 92 Comments

Our last Top 10 List featured the gents ruling our world with their variety of sound mixes in the music industry. Thus, it’s only natural that the divas and shawties who compliment the artship of these fine gentlemen would come after. You guessed it!

While some are giving the men steady hot pursuit for the throne, others have chosen to let their eccentricity do all the talking for them. Without a doubt, these ladies have got the music business on a serious lock down. By careful selection, these are Naija’s hottest female artistes in the first ten order.


Emma Nyra

Once upon a Starlet turned Triple MG first lady, that’s Emma Nyra’s grandeur story. Iyanya’s Ur Waist first introduced the luscious voice of Ms Nyra. She left us in earnest anticipation of her awesomeness till she resurfaced consecutively with Ori Mi Wu, Everything I Do featuring Iyanya and Kere-Shereconfam party rejoinders that have become favourites from a DJ’s pick. Her other efforts will include Elele featuring Davido and then Say Yeah (with Iyanya, Selebobo, Tekno & Baci), Amigo and Dreaming (with Iyanya) all of which are housed on the label’s compilation album, The Evolution. However, there’s also been a couple other features here and there but we’d really love to see Ms Nyra more, under the beaming light of her music element as against the sexy which is all too obvious that she gat.


Cynthia Morgan

Pretty-faced Cynthia Morgan is perhaps the only female who is changing things in the dance hall/reggaeton division in Nigeria. Her patua-styled vocals have endeared her to a yet amassing fan base. She started out by showing glowing prospect with records like Right Move, One Blood featuring Tony Ross and High High High. Her breakout single would be Kuchi Kuchi, which later saw her smiling to the home of Jude Engees Okoye’s Northside Entertainment. This new platform presented her the perfect opportunity to unleashing the dragon in her as her other singles Don’t Break My Heart, Lead Me On and I’m Taken have all been massive hits judging from rotational airplay they currently enjoy on the music media space. One other detail we just can’t miss, would be the sexy chic’s penchant for edginess. She got it real good!

8. EVA


Regarded as one of the top if not the best female rapper in Nigeria right now, Eva Alordiah is one rapper who has chosen to do her thing her way with much success. Starting out with a style akin to that of Nicki Minaj, Eva has over time evolved into a unique rap act. A lyricist to boot, she can go head to head with the best of them and come out with head held high. With her album expected to come out any time now, Deaf, Shuga and more recently War Coming are reasons why her album will no doubt blow you away.



The rise and rise of Eniola Akinbo aka Niyola began when she was recruited by power music label, Empire Mates Entertainment and crowned their first lady. Yes, Niyola is one of those chics with a vocal heart and soul which she never misses to unveil when she laces them on records. She led this trail with Don’t Delay Me, her debut under the label and later on bagged a feature slot on Banky W’s Yes/No Part II. Butter on ice can suffice as an expression for Niyola’s soprano (there’s actually none better) with the way she came close to slaying the cover of Beyonce’s Drunk In Love and not forgetting the millennial era’s biggest afro ballad from the shores of Naija, Toh Bad. With nothing else to prove on her star quality and savvy vocals, Niyola stays kinging in her R&B zone with her newest single, Love To Love You featuring Banky W. There’s so much to anticipate when her LP hits retail shelves worldwide.



Since her well deserved and unrivaled win at the third edition of MTN Project Fame, small but mighty Chidinma who triples her budding persona as a pitch songstress and prolific songwriter, has stayed balling hot. She stopped the tides when her debut single Jankoliko featuring Sound Sultan broke waters. Not one to back down easy, she entered a rollercoaster of hot releases from Kedike to the remix of Emi Ni Baller featuring Wizkid, Jolly and Oh Baby (You & I) whose remix features high life prince, Flavour. There’s also been a couple of impressive features where she showed dexterity of her vocal prowess including the 2011 Ovation Red Carol theme song, oga boss Ill Bliss’ Powerful, MTV Shuga theme song and Praiz’s Sweet Potato. Sources have it that she’s geared up for a second album release and her latest single Kuli Kache, set an alternate tone of what’s to be expected from the petite baller. Guess what? There’d even be a remix with soukous master, Awilo Logomba.



Waje indeed is “The African Soul”. Over time, she’s crafted and mastered her music art by slaying it with her vocals that cover 3 octaves every time she belts out melodies from her voice box. Musical duo, P-Square owes the flavour of their 2008 hit Do Me to Waje’s panache mezzo soprano. Similarly, M.I’s One Naira and cool DJ Jimmy Jatt’s I Am Legend saw Waje in a competent delivery of vocal pitches on their hook. Her debut album W.A.J.E – Words Aren’t Just Enough has a collection of fine afro/R&B/soul hits including Oko Mi, Onye whose video still remains a fan’s favourite, I Wish, Grind featuring Burna Boy and the remix to Na The Way featuring Sarkodie. Her debut single So Inspired featuring femcee Muna, is still a millennial girl power anthem while Omini Knowest was a switch up in the afro beats genre. Waje juggles raising a teenager alongside her career demands and still comes out looking take away! Need we say more?



Grabbing our attention in the 2007  West African Idols, Omawumi has overtime proven why she will remain in the top spot for years to come. Known for her powerful voice and outgoing personality (a powerful combination), she has wowed, thrill and inspired thousand of people. A lawyer by profession, there’s hardly any trace of that looking at her. Apart from her Megbele track said to be a tribute to her father, she has dazzled us this year with Finally, You Must Love Me (Lasso of Truth album) and Serious Love Nwantinti (Remix). Still in doubt, watch her last performance on Coke Studio Africa to see why they call her Omawonder.


Seyi Shay

She means business. Ever since her return to Nigeria, this is the point Oluwaseyi popularly called Seyi Shay has hammered to our minds. She has managed to impress most with just 3 singles in so short a time. Though Irawo was a great start, her Murda track featuring Patoranking and Shaydee has been gaining massive airplay since its release. Former group mate with Tiwa Savage and May7ven, a fact most don’t know, Seyi is destined for great things and judging by her nominations so far, it seems most people are of the same opinion.


Yemi Alade

I’m not quite sure Yemi has found her ‘Johnny’, however she seems to be doing amazingly well without him. Talent hunts are a good place to discover hidden potentials and this fast rising diva is a prime example. Her first single Fimisile after her Peak Talent hunt win was an impressive effort which got her most people’s attention. However, Johnny got her everybody’s notice. Obviously a proud African woman endowed with a strong voice, she’s undoubtedly a great addition to the afro-pop genre and her soon-to-be released album “King of Queens” is highly anticipated.


Tiwa Savage

Looks aside, Tiwa Savage is without a doubt the hottest female artist in Nigeria and dare I say… Africa right now. Since the release of her first and only album so far, Tiwa Savage has gone on to become a force to reckon with within the music industry. Earning accolades upon accolades, she is as some would say, on her way to becoming our very own ‘Beyonce’. This year has been a roller coaster ride for Tiwa. Although she hasn’t released any single, her collaborations in The Mavins Dorobucci, Patoranking’s Girlie O, Waje’s Onye and not to forget, her Wanted video have made her “most wanted”.

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  1. Nice and accordingly, I support the list.. (Y)

  2. Well arranged. Tiwa has been the hottest for about 3 years nw

  3. The list is a really smart one, but I have to point out the talent of Eva and Niyola, Eva is a exceptional rapper, a fact which most musical critics don’t know because she isn’t doing what she is capable of like the rest. As for niyola, her voice is incredible, lool the way she did her shit on drunk in love just threw me off, sad thing its a beyonce jam tho

  4. Mocheedah is hotter than Emma Nyra. She should take d no 10 spot IMO

  5. Eva is suppose to bag the 3rd position not 8.

  6. yemi should b first

  7. Nice list with errors in the order of arrangement. Omawumi has created more impact in the Nigerian music industry than Yemi Alade and Seyi shey with hits like, if u ask me, bottom belle, mind urslef to name a few. So I think Omawumi deserves to be rated on the number two spot.


  9. Asa is supposed to be no 1. What were you thinking

  10. yemi alade suppose carry first fa

  11. Nice one leeme jus say omowonder

  12. Eva no 8..den niyola no 7..for me is nt true

  13. Eva should be in top 3 at least……going by all standards

  14. Nice one..well arranged

  15. Stupid list where is Mo-cheddah,seaon,Di’ja and Ine…wack list

  16. …Tiwa savage is the best among all, oh yes I agree coz she is my best among all but at least “Asa” should have been among them too coz she is great…

  17. OMG! Where’s muna??????

  18. Where ix splash. Dis

  19. Perfect list,no doubt tiwa savage is the best of them all

  20. I beg I nor drag dis chart ooo bt EVA suppose dey TOP 3…

  21. Very good, my prsn emma nyra

  22. God 4bid…..its a lie

  23. Am lost here, where is splash

  24. Whoever did this chart is a big fool..were is Asa??….and besides,,who is Niyola??..who knows her??….what is Emma Nyra doing there??…Rubbish!!!

  25. pls where is asa?? and y wld yemi alade b number 2 ..

  26. Where is Splash baby, Muna and Mocheda???? I dn’t concur

  27. Dis is a shit list puuuuuussssssssyyyyyyyyyy

  28. Its all good but whr is Asa?

  29. Ofcos TIwa is the best but where is Mina…..Perhaps this is rated with reference to recent songs popularity

  30. Ties is ofcos the hottest but what about Muna perhaps the list is compiled with reference to recent songs popularity

  31. Nice list..but eva shld be in top 5 plus she is rapper n is nt easy to mk it as a female rapper in nigeria..

  32. no complain

  33. I think Cynthia Morgan shld be at d no.1 spot…DAT girl is on fire!!!!

  34. Tiwa is very ugly, she’s not suppose to be the first.

    • wawan banza…an ce muriya ka na maganan fuska…wetn cncrn pesn uglines wit d voice…shege munafikin banza

  35. Dis list is shit……..n rubbish. I Cynthia Morgan deserve top 3 spot , all her recent singles av bin massive hits n she is so not slowing down. I can only rate Asa n Omawumi ova her. She is d dopest naija female artist

  36. Eva is so makin sence she ought to be the best joor

  37. Wow oh my God I luv Eva like mad.

  38. Nyc list bt eva deserves a better num than 8 she is a dope rapper nd more better than some of our male rappers in 9ja I giv her 5 tnx

  39. I really love d rating

  40. Where do Asa fall into pls?

  41. Nyc list….tiwa z d best

  42. splash shld replace emma nyra

  43. Anyways I agree since d list is about hottest not talent cos if is talent Asa nneka suppose dey dere

  44. please be fair in your ratings,splash is a horse to be reckoned in the industry,her flows re just perfect to music lovers and her hit single ‘church agbasa’ for your information was a trending and the most popular nigerian song in my Bangalore city-India.She deserves a place in the top10 at least

  45. Na wah to u ooo,,, no body fine paz LOLA RAE ooo

  46. Wait wait wait this is not funny ,why do I get d feeling that am being played WHERE IS MO’CHEEDAH… Okaaay so am dreaming

  47. D arrangement is not dat bad…I feel they are talking of d artists on board…but then omawumi’s place is number 2…

  48. tiwa savage the hottest no mind that stupid yemi wey dey feel fly….my girls tiwa nd sey shay i see u!! Rep me well o…ryt now listening to my darlin’ nd crazy by them both

  49. Where is di’ja

  50. I tink afta tiwa d next on board shud b chidinma, wen yemi alade begin sing wey she go dey 4 2nd position?

  51. Where is Mo’Cheddah?????

  52. Lolz! What am I seeing? Nice list bt seeing partiality! Yemi na 1st oh. Ahbeg who be dat babe (Niyola)? Hmmm! Cynthia’s got nice height lyk me! Lolz

  53. nice one

  54. cynthia dnt mind dem dere jxt playin u re d best wu is tiwa morgan u re d no 1 4 me o

    • tiwa is always d best

      • Were is mocheda stupid word

  55. eva is my num 1,who is tiwa,who knw nyiola joor oo…… dis list is nt complete without lola rae

  56. Wait a minute. Is dis a joke? Where is our song bird MONICA OGAH? Her high vocals count a lot and she should replace Niyola. U guys are so not serious.

  57. Tiwa is the best she is unbeatable u guys should stop all dis cos she is hotest lady in town

  58. Opps! Scratch that!!! If this list was real, it would be reviewed monthly! I think you should reverse the order and please put Cynthia at the very Top! #girlsDemSkillachi!

  59. Nice one.tiwa savage

    • All is good

  60. Alway the best tiwa savage keep it up And yemi alade keep it too

  61. Sorry my girl seyi Shayi Keep it up

  62. Tiwa is always on top,whos yemi nd shey ,chidinma shld be at d no 2 spot

  63. Actually, we dnt av to condemn anyone cuz they ar all d best at least we can’t do wat they are doing so we av to understand they also make mistakes nobody iz above no offensive words again we are all humans.!!!!!!!!!!#wink#every body iz a musician and a composer we just av different categories.

  64. I want to meet omawumi and my name is Doris.i love her so much

  65. Tiwa savage will always be the best, i love u tiwa tope savage, am one of your biggest fan

  66. Tiwa always d best but eva nd seyi shay are also gud.Dancehall queen cynthia morgan is a rockster babe

  67. Tiwa always d best but eva nd seyi shay are also gud.Dancehall queen cynthia morgan is a rockster babe.Omawumi one luv

  68. I hate this list, Cynthia Morgan is my no 1, den Chidinma 2, Tiwa 3,Yemi Alade 4,Seyi Shay 5..

  69. I think Yemi, Cynthia and Tiwa r presently hottest.
    Buh ASA n SPLASH shouldn’t be missing from that list

  70. Tiwa all d way|u re d best Hney no one can top u|Love u TIWA

  71. #yemi alade u’re d best.u have my #vote

  72. all Savage soldier don mind doz attention seeker tho, dey will soon join d savage soldier vry soon *wink…… Tiwa is d hottest, baddest and d best ov all…… if you need d proof listen 2 her red album nd you will see dt none of d song is bullshit evrythn mk sense unlike sum dancer turning singer….. lolz

  73. Mrs savage for sure shud be num one no doubt abt dat then cythia morgan not seyi shay


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