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Posted by donboye on November 13, 2012 in News · 40 Comments


The ‘Wonder Woman’ with a voice of a super hero knows no bounds. We first saw her on the stage of acclaimed ‘2007 West African Idol’ where the now mother of one brought down the roof with her pipes and finished as the first runner-up behind Timi Dakolo. Although she did not win the prize, the aggressive mezzo-soprano catapulted her way to the top with her debut single ‘In the Music’ and left jaws hanging with a vocal performance rival to none and went on the bag multiple awards including the ‘Best Female Vocal Performance’ and coveted ‘Next Rated’ prize at The Headies in 2009. Boasting a vocal range that spans more than three octaves, Ms. Megbele has continued to dish stellar offerings from the conscious ‘If U Ask Me’ to the Flavour-assisted ‘Bottom Belle’ not-forgetting her moving duet with Mr. Brown titled ‘I No Like Ojoro’ which is reminiscent of the blues. If you are opportune to catch the entertainer live your soul might scream; “drop the sophomore album already”!


The ‘African Woman’ was born Joy Odiete Eseoghene , can arguably be described as a laid-back version of Omawumi. The soprano picks up from all weakness Omawumi possess due to her aggressiveness; which makes one wonder why she did not steal the show at the 2007 West African Idol with her contemporaries Omawumi and Timi Dakolo? After we thought we have seen it all from the songbird, she resurface with her award-winning smash single ‘Kuchi Kuchi’ which became an anthem nationwide, followed it up with ‘Under The Mango Tree’ and a critically acclaimed studio album. J’odie’s album places her on a high pedestal as her delivers a convincing stellar performance rising from the slowest notes to mountain high; her claim to fame might be her expansive range, technique but her management is not doing the diva justice.


The Hawk’s debut still remains unmatched as her vocal styling and music; many have tried to replicate Asa but woefully failed. Who knew a singer could be beautifully imperfect? Bukola Elemide is! The Nigerian French singer is the best at what she does and is a “legend-in-progress”; very much like how Adele set the world on fire with ‘21’, Asa dropped a self-tiled afro-soul debut LP that set the nation ablaze in 2007. The album became a household item and instant classic spawned housing acclaimed numbers like ‘Jailer’, ‘Iba’, ‘Eye Adaba’ to name a few and the moving sophomore ‘Beautiful Imperfection’. Proving there is power in numbers with the love duet ‘Comforter’s Song’ with Jeremiah Gyang and teaming up with Naeto C on the inspirational ‘Share My Blessing’. She might just be the most artistic Nigerian artiste of this generation and her music has been featured on a number of American television series


Words Are Not Enough to describe the vocal capabilities of Aituaje Iruobe, who is mostly known as WAJE.  She claims to be majorly influenced by Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin and has earned our respect over the years. The lady behind the remake of P-Square’s ‘Omoge Mi’ and the female voice in the duo’s 2008 hit track ‘Do Me’, has a vocal range which covers an expansive three octaves yet has still not quenched our taste for an album. She has released quite a number of singles and collaborated with M.I, Omawumi and so on. The major problem we have with the belter is the fact that she has not being able to carry the entire magic she possess live into a recording booth and blow our brains still she is a vocal wonder and a leading lady in the Nigerian music-sphere with a numbers of awards in her cabinet.


When you come in contact with this lady she strikes you as assertive yet unassuming and a regular Jane until she opens her mouth and all of a sudden, you are thrown into a different world, just like that. The vocalist who packs a mammoth-size voice with a gigantic presence is to be blamed for the emotional soundtrack ‘Can You Love Me?’ for the hit television series ‘Hope Bay’ and ‘168’ as well as ‘Do You Really See Me’ for the Chris Ihidero film about rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence titled ‘Big Daddy’. The dark-skinned belter offered her first album ‘Love Always Wins’ featured unplugged session is a testimony to her vocal abilities and technique; seen in her duet with Dipo ‘It Will Be’ and moderately successful singles ‘Play’, ‘Ore’ and ‘Don’t Leave Me’. She teamed up and soared with Sound Sultan on her most recent single ‘True Colours’;  although Ibiyemi might not too popular, her talent is massive and is well respected among her peers.


Authored by Ogaga Sakpaide ( @Ogagus_ ) 

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  1. No Yemi Alade?!

  2. No Tiwa Savage ..Who is this fool ?? rubbish no be only top 5

  3. Mr. Big Daddy stop talking trash… Tiwa cannot sing, she is a studio singer…. Tiwa my black yansh

  4. Tiwa savage should be number 1

  5. Donald listen to yourself…

    • tobi please keep quiet !!! what do you know about naija music???? idiot

  6. No EVAEZI??? This list doesn’t hit the spot for me. Sorry.

  7. @ tobi u ® so dumb tiwa savage shuld b number 1 dis is jst a stupid list wat is ibiyemi n j’odie doing dere

    • Have you ever listened to ibiyemi or J'odie? I doubt o

  8. Wia Tiwa savage na wa o

  9. Tiwa shud be on dat list

  10. After asa its definitely tiwa for crying out loud she worked with beyonce!

  11. As usual, voltrons will complain without considering the topic. The fact that someone is a popular artiste doesn't mean they are the best vocalists. On a list that has Whitney, Jeniffer Hudson and Beyonce would you include Rihanna? NO. But she's on top of the pop charts, loved by many and selling like mad. Tiwa is a good singer, but I wouldn't pick her vocals before any one on this list. I would def buy and listen to her music though.No be by popularity or sales, dis na vocals

  12. Jodie is a gud singer but tiwa should b in dat list nt ibiyemi cause hav heard her sing also, tiwa is nt just a studio performer she gat voice man. She is a gud vocalist.

  13. Who isn Evaezi?

  14. No Tonto Dike??? Mtcheeew una dey maaaaadt!!!

  15. Tiwa Savage is at home!

  16. Luks lyk u guyz don’t know ibiyemi,she tops d list 4 me…Pis dose shoutin tiwa shld go watch her lyf performance,u wil no she sucks..

  17. To each is own sha, everybody has their opinion. But some of the people commenting here are the type that will say Brittany Spears sing pass Christina Aguilera. Na wa

  18. U no put ma name, i no vex bt kayefi,tiwa haba na wa 4 u…pls mak it top10 den

  19. Tiwa omo savage is better than some of those in the list

  20. Why is Tonto Dikeh not on this list? Its incomplete.

  21. T.boy no mind them. . .P.S Tboy am ur numba 1 fan bro!!!!! Love ur track “You Make Me”. . .heard it on rhythm fm. . .BANGING!!!!

  22. Dis list is screwed as Tiwa Savage isn’t there. How bout Ego that sings fr Lagbaja? Even Keffee? Mtscheeeeeeeeeeeeeew……………

  23. Truly truly; common sense is not common; how on earth did this list come? No doubt, The entirety of Nigerians know that the best Female Vocalist in Nigeria that is really making waves is TIWA SAVAGE…You can go to hell with ur thrash bin 5lists….hissss#

    • olodo..quick to insult, yet so ignorant.Is this a list of people making waves? It is the writers opinion of the BEST VOCALISTS. Say you disagree, but don't come here and show YOU have no common sense.

    • U need to go bak to primary school or still just go and hang ur sef cos u are too old to be dis dumb and blank….

  24. U GUYZ ARE missing it sef! Who wrote this top5? ASA is a classic musician no doubt buh she dsnt have a great voice truth be told! She singz like sum1 dat just woke fRom sleep! Who d Fuck is IBIYEMI? OMG who wrote dis list? Wat apuned 2 chidimmA n Mercy? Not 2 talk abt d almighty Naija no1’s vocalist LARA GEORGE? LARA GEORGE is no 1, omawumi 2, WaJe 3, jodie 4, Tiwa savage 5!

  25. what is Asa looking for on this list?…no be vocalists u talk…and please where is Yemi Alade :s

  26. Tiwa savage leads,others follows.listen to leave slOw,ife wa gbono,what do i do,e.t.c.very dope and versatile

  27. Thank you for all your efforts on this web page. Kim take interest in conducting research and it’s easy to see why. My partner and i know all relating to the dynamic mode you render very helpful items by means of the web blog and in addition cause participation from other ones about this concern and our girl is undoubtedly understanding a lot of things. Enjoy the remaining portion of the new year. You are carrying out a remarkable job

  28. Fair enof…ba I hope it isn’t hierarchical? Cos ASA”z d best…much much #love

  29. The list is totally rubbish without the inclusion of Tiwa Savage and Chidinma Ekile.

  30. Ojore ni eleyi oo Tiwa my wonderful babe nko? Is incomplete without Tiwa in the number one gba oo.

  31. The list is okay but YEMI ALADE should’ve replaced IBIYEMI

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