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Korede Bello, Falz, Burna Boy & Others – Nigeria’s Most Influential Artistes Under 25!

Posted by Jim Donnett on February 1, 2016 in Editorial, News · 35 Comments


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The Nigerian entertainment industry has been making it’s buzz locally and internationally, and the influential Nigerian artists under 25 are pulling their weight despite their age. Finally,on a very long creative journey our artists have been finding their unique voices, and have created a niche for themselves, individually and have influenced the youths of the moment.

This is based on the past year and the time of writing this article, ladies and gentlemen, here are Nigeria’s most influential artists under 25.

Wizkid
Born 16 July 1990

You know this list won’t have started if Wizkid isn’t at the top, undoubtedly one of Africa’s most promising acts for the future. Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, better known as Wizkid, would be turning 26 mid year. He is a recording artist, songwriter and performer. He has won a BET Award, a MOBO Award, three Headies Awards, two Channel O Music Video Awards, four Nigeria Entertainment Awards, a Ghana Music Award, two Dynamix All Youth Awards, two City People Entertainment Awards, and a Future Award. He has been nominated three times at the MTV Europe Music Awards as well as four times at the World Music Awards. 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. Last year, international acts Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys showed his music love and he featured Drake and Skepta in his popular hit ‘Ojuelegba‘.

Davido
Born November 21, 1992

David Adedeji Adeleke, better known by his stage name Davido, is an American-born Nigerian recording artist, performer and record producer.  He stole our hearts with hit single ‘Dami Duro‘. Davido has won a BET Award, a Kora Award, a Channel O Music Video Award, a Ghana Music Award, a Nigeria Music Video Award, two MTV Africa Music Awards, two African Muzik Magazine Awards, five Headies Awards, seven Nigeria Entertainment Awards and two Dynamix All Youth Awards, among others. Hit song of 2015 was The Money featuring Olamide.

Burna Boy
Born 2 July 1991

Probably the most underrated musician in the Nigerian music industry,  Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy, is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter.  He won Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act of the Year in 2013. He has various international collaborations to his name. He has given way to acceptance of different genres and remains the ever budding performer.

Chidinma Ekile
Born 2 May 1991

Ms Kedike rose to stardom after winning the third season of MTN Project Fame West Africa. In 2012, Chidinma won the Best Female West African Act category at the 2012 Kora Awards. You would mostly find Chidinma as a feature artist on other songs, but her musical prowess and her petite physique has earned her a spot on our list.

Lil Kesh
Born March 14, 1995

YBNL soldier Keshinro Ololade, is a singer, rapper and songwriter. He rose to fame after his chart-topping song titled “Shoki” rose to critical acclaim from music critics. He has been releasing hit singles like Efejoku, Lyrically, Gbesere, Is It Because I Love You, the youngster doesn’t have an album yet but this year holds promises for Lil Kesh.

Patoranking
Born 27 May 1990

Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter who came into our lives with ‘Alubarika’ and has been keeping the dance hall alive. He has won 3 Headies Awards, 1 2014 Channel O Music Video Awards and Nigeria Entertainment Awards. “My Woman My Everything” featuring Wande Coal was his hit track for 2015.

Falz
Born October 27, 1990

Folarin Falana didn’t just get into the scene in 2015, his unique sense of rap and his skits on social media only complemented his hit track “Marry Me” (featuring Poe and Yemi Alade). He currently owns an independent record label called Bahd Guys Records.

Cynthia Morgan
Born 23 September 1991

Cynthia Ikponmwenosa Morgan, popularly known by her stage name Cynthia Morgan, her music is a fusion of pop, hip hop, dancehall and rap. The unique vibe of the German Juice musician, has made her highly influential for her music genre. Cynthia Morgan has won 1 Headies Award.

Korede Bello
Born 29 February 1996

Currently signed to Mavin Records. He is best known for his hit single “Godwin”, a semi-gospel and pop song which topped many music charts in Nigeria. Korede Bello had a good year in 2015, he won 1 Headies Award in a category nobody expected him to. Hope this year only gets better.

 

Culled from The Guardian





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  1. Agy

  2. This figures are not their real age o….y dem dey lie like dis na….even korede wey go cabe college and finishd 2009…u mean say na 13years u finish secondary skul…chai baba no b so

    • Very very funny o!!!

    • Lol… I wonder ooo

  3. were reekado dae

  4. cnt belive this riddle

  5. korede bello kilode n lil kesh I can never believe this with burna boy

  6. is this futbol age or sth, cos I see no reason y u shuld lie abt their age

  7. Where is our Africa Golden boy Tekno #Wash #

  8. lies

  9. So! Dis pipoo wanna tell me korede is 19 while lilkesh is 20???..
    Omg!…save the joke pls!

  10. No mind dem

  11. Yeah…. that’s true.. Korede bello is going to 19 this year… while lil kesh….. is going to 20..

  12. Na dem sabi make dem dey use football age…..WIZKID father of all africa’s no1 ur the best!!!

  13. As in there music age? or real age? Coz i don’t believe any of this dates

  14. Wizkid senior burna boy. Haha. For where. Nor be so

  15. Hmmmmm am just an upcoming artist for now goes by the stage name “leehandsum8″ u can check me out on whatsapp”08145179752” am 20 already oh…maybe when people don no me well well I go do like does niggass, I go reduce my age to 15 hmmmm Nigeria artist dey no wan old.

  16. Hmmm omg

  17. u people are a liar how can korede be 19year old

  18. Hmm nawa ooo,make una carry una wife give korede bello and wait for only two weeks and ur wife will never be d same again

  19. Lolz

  20. Na fyn boy korede belo b

    • KOREDE BELLO WOT XUP

  21. Lolz, funny dates. Wow! Patoranking is my birthday twin, grt. Love u all thou even if ur older dan 25 #winkz

  22. l wil neva belive all ds age na wash

  23. You guys forgot a lot of people even my favorite Reekado banks, KIss daniel, NOt too sure about runtown tho but he should be 25 this year please add them oo they are fantastic in the industry

  24. AKEEM HORLARBOY ID STAR

  25. Sutton of cool

  26. Una 2 Gud,after Una Follow By Lie Inself,ehn Ehn,God Dey O.

  27. Make no formpoust for aka ooo

  28. Koredebello way sinuer my grand fada, come be 19 years i don fair ram

  29. votes day for u falz

  30. Hw. Far Korede bello

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