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Are Nigerian Artistes Better Than Other African Acts?

Posted by aL Yhusuff on December 18, 2015 in Editorial, VIDEOS · 32 Comments

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We Nigerians like to tout ourselves as the pride of African music, this might not be unconnected to the fact that our Afrobeat has redefined the African sound. Nigerian music and our artistes unarguably dominate the rest of the continent, with superstars like Wizkid, PSquare, Dbanj, Flavour, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade successfully hawking their music across Africa, not to mention how Nigerian artistes are treated like a re-incarnation of the legendary Michael Jackson whenever they make trips to other countries.

Meanwhile other African artistes, the likes of Fuse odg, Sarkodie, AKA, Casper Nyovest, Diamond Platnumz are every bit as good as their Nigerian counterparts and I dare say sometimes even better, surprisingly they do not get half the credit, talk more of the recognition.

Recently there has been a little bit of a paradigm shift, with acts like Fuse Odg, Diamond Platnumz scoring awards head of Nigerian acts, and there was the case of Stonebwoy who won the BET awards over the other nominated Nigerian artistes, only to have Nigerian nominees to cry foul.

Which brings me to the case of the most popular show of the moment, “Tecno Own The Stage”. Every week the show sees contestant render a karaoke performance of some of the most popular songs in Africa, and the world. You cannot help but notice a trend with the contestants, while Nigerian contestants constantly perform Nigerian songs all the while avoiding songs from other African acts like a plague, contestants from other African countries perform songs from their own countries and also go ahead to perform songs by Nigerian artistes.

Take the case of the best performer of episode 5, Ramar254, who performed M. I’s wildly acclaimed single, “Africa Rapper Number One”, not only did the contestant overcome the language barrier he was also able to nail it!

The other episodes also saw Tanzania’s “Zoccou”perform Banky W’s “Yes or No” to a totally awed audience, Kenyan’s “Sikin” also tried to perform Wizkid’s Ojuelegba unfortunately she wasn’t able to overcome the Language barrier.


Perhaps the other African contestants are just better and more daring than their Nigerian counterparts or is Nigerian music just like the high school bully who continues to dominate the African music market via their mainstream music?

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  1. Gud

  2. nigerian acts are definitely better!!

  3. Na so

  4. Gbayi

  5. Dem no reach na… I can stay witowt listenin to other African music.. Cnt stay a day without listening to one olamide’s song

  6. even me timaya is ok by me

  7. What can you deduce from your assertion that contestants from other African countries performing Nigerian songs? It simply means Nigerian songs is dominant in Africa knucklehead.

  8. ur afro songs are dancerble…but sarkodie is better than all ur rappers

  9. Yes oooo it is 100% no thomas(doubt)!!

  10. Nigerian artist are really trying, but some other countries artist also try, but what happen is that Nigerian artist songs reigns in all the African countries.

  11. If i am to judge based on the big names used as example here for Nigerian artistes, they are not enough to say our artistes are better than other african artistes but, if you want to compare with the likes of Nneka, Timi Dakolo, Asa, Brymo, Waje, Adekunle Gold, Omawummi, Boogey, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, A-Q, Jesse Jags, M.I, etc, then we can say our artistes are better, if not, Nigeria cant come out on top with the type of music released by the artistes named in this post.

    • Dfg has said it all

  12. Starboy weezy

  13. Naija is D real stuff

  14. 1 dumb head said sarkodie is beta dan all nigeria rapper.I guess u are many rapper do u even know,not to talk of their songs#MOTHERFUCKER#

  15. Basically Africa’s got talent but Nigeria and south Africa set the pace

  16. The first davido obo the fades of African

  17. A

  18. I am not saying this because I am from Nigeria but get this, when it comes to Music in Africa, Nigeria is number one. M.I came and redefined African rap and now, everyone is rapping. Nigerian artists ain’t bullies like you put it, they are just good. That’s why other African artists always wants to collaborate with them. As am artist in Africa, if you known in Nigeria, you are known in Africa. Nigeria still remains the pride of African entertainment. Take it or leave it.

  19. And South African music is still dope as fuck!!

  20. if u wanna talk about music in Africa,Nigeria is no.1. Still on still,if u wanna talk about African artiste,Nigeria is no.1 with numerous artiste from all grounds of music. If artiste from other African countries wnt to get famous, they feature their Nigerian counterparts like psquare,tuface,dbanj,wizkid and so many others to mention. so please,there is no room for any debate

  21. sarkodie is tha best rapper in africa for sure africa rap God

  22. Haha, you guyz are funny, why not put shame aside and say the truth, Naija all the way, Rich artists that release authentic soul healing songs not songs from Tanzania, that pisses me off with their bullshit Language. Badoo and Baba shoki, i hail

  23. Who is this fool saying sarkodie is better than all nigerian rappers
    hey!, serkodie cant even stand with y,cee the JAGABAN
    and nt even to talk about the likes of m.i, olamode, ice-prince, netro c, base1,pyno, phynom, reminensce, ruggedman and many more….etc
    this guys will kill and bery serkodie when it comes to rapping.

  24. Who is this fool saying sarkodie is better than all nigerian rappers
    hey!, serkodie cant even stand with y,cee the JAGABAN
    and nt even to talk about the likes of m.i, olamode, ice-prince, netro c, vector, base1,pyno, phynom, reminensce, ruggedman and many more….etc
    this guys will kill and bery serkodie when it comes to rapping.

  25. Hahahaaaa ohhh shank, i know u are jxt kidding yourself about bringing naija rappers near Sarkodie. U can just stop there for hitting the bush and then come home make a search to listen even Strongman, Flowking Stone and Manifest to know how rap is about now, go gehd dhem u lilly neg! Heheheeeee!

  26. Sark is dha Guy who can feature in any kind of music around in any music industry in this world. If u having some in ur naija then point them out now as i’ve done myn! Hmmmmm…

  27. U naija ppl, ur one way beat kokonka kokonka way self u all follow at. If u come to Gh u can only get that from the kids around 5-8 where they using empty cans trying to make something up bettter than. U forgotten when Davido stole beat frm Gh to do his “Aye aye” ahhh! If we talking about rappers in naija then maybe i’ll point out M.I and Ice Prince little 2or3 kiddies rappers u having. U only good on ur videos n that’s help u on good marketing. If u need something evidence bout these, go catch ur naija ppl who’ve been @Gh before…

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