21. YEMI ALADE
After winning the Peak Talent in 2009, Yemi Eberechi Alade didn’t stay low but has gone on to become a force to be reckoned with. Several endorsements, several singles, and three albums later, Yemi Alade (King of Queens) has slowly irked her name into almost every ear both in Nigeria, Africa, and across the continent.
Patrick Okorie is one of the strong force to reckon with in Africa, when reggae-dancehall music genre is being talked about. The ‘Girlie O’ crooner doesn’t only know how to merge business with his music career; he has also mastered the art of turning fame into profit. He has gone from an ‘upcoming’ to a judge on Airtel’s ‘The Voice Nigeria’. Patoranking’s ‘Alubarika’ song is one of the highest airwaves grossing songs and he has collaborated with artistes such as 2face, Timaya, Tiwa Savage, M.I, and a few others.
23. FRANK EDWARDS
Frank Edwards has good reasons to nickname himself “Rich Boy”. He might not be as popular because of his type of music (Gospel/Inspirational), he is still one of the few that would stop at nothing till everyone recognizes gospel music in the country. He has both national and international collaborations, and his singles and albums can’t escape becoming anthems in churches and gospel radio/TV stations.
Quit rightly, Naetochukwu Chikwe regards himself as the only MCwith the M.Sc. Since bursting unto the mainstream music scene in 2006, the Imo State born rapper has used his lyrical prowess to hold his spot down. Even though we haven’t enjoyed any new stuff from him of late, financial status isn’t overly affected. One can also expect his next song to be a hit as he sure knows how to do that.
‘Miss Kedike’ is one of the Nigerian musicians with the smallest physical structure but fattest financial structure. She has endorsement deals with Peak Milk and recently just signed a fat deal with Dettol Nigeria. She has gone on to collaborate with various artistes after winning the third season of MTN Project Fame. At just 25, one can confidently say there are big things coming in her music career.
26. WASIU AYINDE MARSHAL (KWAM 1)
He recently organized a concert in Abuja, which it’s ‘sold out’ status was the talk of everywhere. Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde Marshal was a member of Ayinde Barrister’s Supreme Fuji Commanders from 1978 to 1984, during which he released his first solo fuji album. He has gone on to receive several awards since then and he’s a mentor and role model for many up and coming fuji artistes.
The Delta state born Singer and Songwriter isn’t only a well-known household name, she’s also one who takes her music career as her life and sole business. Omawunmi Megbele is a brand ambassador for Globacom Telecommunications, Konga online mall, and Malta Guiness. She has gone from ‘that’ runner up at West African Idols in 2007 to a successful singer who has a lot of singles and two albums to her name.
28. LIL’ KESH
Keshinro “Lil Kesh” Ololade is just 21 years old, but his life is envied by people who are way older than that. He’s that young and he’s ‘balling’. The songwriter/ rapper owes his fame and career breakthrough to YBNL and Olamide ‘Badoo’. He bursted unto the music scene in 2014 with his “Shoki” song and has gone on to release his own album and establish his own record label – YAGI. An acronym for Young And Getting It.
29. BURNA BOY
Damini Ogulu is just 25 (stop with the controversy. Can’t someone just have big stature again?). The Rivers state born artiste is one those that still makes reggae-dancehall music very enjoyable around here. He’s an active Globacom Ambassador. After the release of his song “Like To Party” in 2013, which rocked the airwaves, and brought him to limelight, he has released several other singles and one album (L.I.F.E). His album was rated best album of 2014 by the Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA).
Osinachi Kalu, better known by her stage name “Sinach” is really moving things in the Nigerian gospel music scene. You might not know this, except you’re very conversant with the Nigerian Gospel music scene. The prolific songwriter and recording artiste has recorded well over 200 songs and has released seven albums (talk about a music career CV). Her song “I know who I am” is an anthem in every church and Christian gathering both in Nigeria and abroad.