The Nigerian music scene
has witnessed a phenomenal boost in recent times and yes we can go head to head with the best of them world wide. I dare say our music is being heard across continents and our artistes can boast of having performed at International concerts with sold out show.
The Tide’s Entertainment brings to your reading pleasure the list of the 10 hottest artistes in Nigeria as at now. Of course, we cannot possibly fit the vast amount of highly talented musicians in 10 slots and so, we have selected 10 artistes that have become household names based on their singles within the first half of 2014 to date starting from the 10th position to the 1st, as well as their earnings per show as at last year, enjoy your reading!
To rap up this list is Kokomaster aka’Eja nla”, aka Kiniwin Fun Fun, aka Bangalee, D’banj.
Since the success of Oliver Twist in 2012, it has become really difficult to forget D’banj.
Although, it is uncertain what has become of his music career since leaving the now disbanded Mo’Hits crew, Dapo Oyebanjo has found other ways to make the news.
He formed his own music Label DB records which already is home for his kid brother, Kay Switch as well as new acts like Tonto Dike and producers 2 Kris and Deevee. He also bagged an ambassadorial position with the United Nations in the agricultural sector and received the patent to produce Kokogarri.
D-banj was also proud winner for “Best Selling African Artiste Award at this year’s world music awards and then there was the buzz that his song “Bother You” gathered being the original sound track for the movie Half of a Yellow Sun. He is second in terms of charges per show which is between N6 and N7 milion
9 Yemi Alade
From peak talent hunt, a gem was discovered and polished till it gleamed. After emerging first in the hunt, Yemi entered the hallowed halls of the Nigerian music industry. Her first attempt “Fimisile”, got peoples attention, but she could not seem to hold it for long till she came out with “Ghen Ghen Love,” but even that could not get her that far. However, her search for Johnny fused with highlife and Afro-Pop was a sensational hit and the video released this year sealed the deal.
To our amazement, she further released a French version of Johnny, making her the first Nigerian artiste to release a song entirely performed in French. With the video of her new single “Tangerine” out, Yemi has risen to become one of the few sought after females in the music business. The songstress takes between N2 to N2.5 million per show.
Thanks to the smashing success of “Girlie O” and the previous release of “Alubarika”, patoranking has finally gained prominence. The Reggae cum dance hall singer is enjoying his spot in the lime light especially after the highly popular remix of “Girlie O’ where he featured songstress, Tiwa Savage.
He also got featured on Seyi Shay’s “Murda”. Perhaps it is his magnetizing patua style as described in the article featured on MTV 1999 that earned him the title of new face of Naija dance hall and to further back it, he won City People Award for Dance hall/Reggae Act of the year.
In terms of collaborations, his latest effort with Olamide on ‘Bora’ has gotten mostly good reviews. While most will argue that patoranking is still rising, I would say he is fast rising and one of the most talked about this year. He earns a conservative sum of N3 million per appearance.
Phenomenal rapper of Eastern descent, Phyno is most definitely hot. And I am not just taking about his hair or tattoos, stunnaz and shades. Since causing an uproar with well received tracks like ‘Ghost mode’ and man of the year (Obago) Phyno has stayed blazing. Breaking his 2014 career year, was the release of his debut “No Girls, No Glory.” An album that housed now popular tracks like “O Set”.
‘Alobam’ ‘Parcel’ and Anam Versace” which have dominated requests on the airwaves.
In the re-wake of Mo’Cheddah’s music carreer, her choice for a feature on Destination, was with none other than Phyno. He has been swinging action and turning up at several club gigs and industry night sessions where he literally shuts things down with his electrifying performances. He also earns between N3 and N4 million per show
High Life King and Maestro, Flavour is especially popular for his impeccable looks.
Like that of the Greek god of thunder, Thor and of course his waist whining artistry, while he is steady owning the indigenous category with his choice selection of Afropop and high life songs, his fans (Motonly Music lovers) are spread across various arts and genres. Flavor has been busy touring countries in Africa as well as the Eastern cities in his origin, Nigeria.
He bagged the award for “Best Live Act’ at this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards and has been nominated in various categories for the soon-to be held Nigerian entertainment awards. Sources have it that his present lowkey status is by no reason of the hardwork and effort he is putting into a forth coming album yet to be announced. We await in earnest ! He is also among the 4th highest paid artistes in Nigeria as he charges between N4 and N5 million per appearance.
Singing duo, Peter and Paul Okoye aka P-square are no dobut one of the hottest Nigerian artistes in demand. This is by evidence from their large fan followership in Nigeria, South Africa, Atlanta USA and Canada, where they have continued to tour and sell out shows. Their tribute video to Pop/RNB music legend, Micheal Jackson titled, “Personally broke barriers when it crossed borders and attracted the attention of Jermaine Jackson (Micheal Jackson’s brother )who openly appreciated their work.
Their track of 2014 would be “Taste the Money, a song that has enjoyed generous airplay on radio frequencies and has become a fave at various party gigs, and not forgetting their feature on Eastern rapper Phyno’s O’Set. There has also been speculations about a collaboration with international rapper T.I, bigger things are indeed. Pop pin’ They are the highest paid hip-hop act in Nigeria as they are paid between N9 and 10 million per show.
King of YBNL nation, Olamide remains one of the most consistent artistes in Nigeria right now. With his trade mark indigenous hip-hop style, he has managed to dominate a major part of the music industry and that is not child’s play considering the short time we have known him.
Apart from thrilling us this year with several hit tracks: ‘Dansaki’ ‘Make us Proud’ FF Wale,” ‘story for the gods ‘ and even more recently, “Awon Goons Mi” . He has been featured in so many remixes we have lost track. From Lil Kesh’s Shoki remix to the Bora freestyle with Patroanking and ‘Lambebe’ with major Banks, Olamide is without a doubt in a class of his own with so much street credibility and fan base. He earns N3 million per event performance.
3 TIWA SAVAGE
If you call her the reigning queen of Nigeria’s music clan, you will not be far from the truth. Aunty Tiwa’s Mefeoric rise to fame is nothing short of spectacular considering she has just one album to her name. Her efforts in the past year is still getting her accolades and she has not rested in her oars.
Though she has just one single this ‘Love in Yellow’ a love themed song, her collaboration with Patoranking on ‘Girlie O’ Remix and Waje’s ‘Onye’ not to forget the mavins “Dorobuchi” further cements her immense talent. The release of her “Wanted” video was a refreshing break from the norm even though it almost went awry due to the controversies surrounding it.
That she won MTV Africa Music Award for Best Female Artiste and City People entertainment Award for female musician of the year as well as performing at the BST. Experience is proof of her right to claim a spot on our list. Tiwa Savage is in the league of artistes that go for N2.5 to N3 million per show.
What is a list like this without a Wizkid? Wizkid has found one too many ways to keep staying above, not only on his game, but also on the charts. While we are still in earnest anticipation of his sophomore studio album with release dates that have shifted almost a full calendar year, Wizkid has continually released songs that stir up frenzies in the media space. He is one of the very few artistes who can boast of a revered online presence, the first Nigerian musician to actually hit over a million followers on twitter, a feat he achieved in February this year. Wizkid is the fourth in the row of highest paid artistes as he takes between N4 and N5 million per event.
There has also been speculations of an international studded feature on his up coming album which may include Wale, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and Rihanac he shared instagram photos to confirm that wizkid has constantly sold out arenas for concerts and tours in and outside of Nigeria. This year, he made the special quest feature for UK, another star on his general rank.
No doubt, the hottest artiste in Africa presently. Davido has proven that he is not just a rich kid toying with music. While we were still reeling from “Skelewu,” an undeniable hit which fetched him the 2013 Headies song of the year norm award, he put us into frenzy when he released ‘Aye’ early this year, a fantastic love ballad, as if that was not enough his collaboration with South Africa’ Mafikhi Zolo on “Tchelete” was the Icing of the cake.
As of now, Davido is BET’s Best International Act (Africa), Best male artiste and artiste of the year at the MTV Africa Music Awards, Ghana’s Music Award, Africa Artiste of the year and Male Musician of the Year at the City People Awards. Is it any wonder he is at the top of our list? Though he has not released any other single this year, the ones he has done together with his collaboration such as ‘Gallardo’ with Runtown, Lil Keshi’s ‘Shoki’ among others together with his awards have earned him the top spot. He currently earns between N5 million and above per show.
– Additional Reports from Naija.com
Dangers Of Open Defecation
The story was told of a man in Yakkur Local Government Area of Cross River State who was mistakenly shot dead by a hunter while defecating in a nearby forest.
The story was a reflection of the dangers, the society faces everyday from open defecation. It would be noted that by the first of October, 2019, India will exit its ranking as a nation with the largest number of persons practising open defecation.
The planned exist of India will create a void that will be filled by no less a nation than Nigeria.
Nigeria is currently second in ranking to India which occupies the number one spot in the world as far as open defeacation is concerned.
Critics say that the up- coming development will not only dent the image of the country abroad, but add to her misery index locally.
Statistics made available to newsmen at a recent National Media Dialogue on Sanitation organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Calabar, Cross River State, shows that Nigeria with a population of over 200 million people has a sizeable number of her citizens practising open defecation.
According to the report, one in three Nigerians has no access to basic drinking water, while 47 million defecate in the open.
The report also shows that 33 million Nigerians use unimproved toilets, while on average, people living in rural areas have access to only 4 litres of water per capita each day.
It shows that only 34 per cent of schools and 12 per cent of hospitals have access to basic sanitation.
It would be noted that out of the 774 Local Government Areas in the country, only 13 have been certified Open Defecation Free (ODF).
Six of these, however are in Cross River State, while in Rivers State, Opobo/Nkoro and Akuku-Toru Local Government Areas which keyed into the programme are yet to attain the ODF status.
In Cross River State, the six local government areas are Obaniku, Yakkur and Ikom.
The rest are Bekwaru, Boki and Yalla Local Government Areas.
Sources further informed The Tide that the dangers associated with the situation were responsible for the current move by the government to end open defecation by 2025.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, recently launched the “Clean-Up Nigeria: Use The Toilet Campaign, with the mandate to mobilise Nigerians towards attaining the status of Open Defecation Free nation by 2025.
Information also revealed that the government has set aside N10 billion to kick start the campaign
Speaking at the National Media Dialogue on Sanitation: Clean-Up Nigeria: Use The Toilet Campaign in Calabar, the Head, Child Rights Information Bureau, Federal Ministry of Information, Abuja, Mr. Olumide Osanyipeju said that the government is determined to get 47 million Nigerians to use the toilets by 2025.
Osanyipeju however said that to achieve the target, there must be vigorous campaign for behavioural change among Nigerians.
According to him, the nation will be further embarrassed when a new ranking is done this year, and described the Clean-Up Nigeria: Use The Toilet Campaign as timely.
He listed the dangers of open defecation to include poor nutrition, and adverse health conditions; “open defecation is dangerous as it spreads Cholera, Typhoid and other diseases.
“There is need for awareness on impact of open defecation in Nigeria”, he said.
He said that the media dialogue was to create awareness on the Clean-Up Nigeria: Use The Toilet Campaign” with a view to changing people’s behaviour on sanitation and health.
A communication specalist at UNICEF, Geoffrey Njoku said that if nothing is done about it, the situation will further compound the misery index of the country.
Njoku said that it was against this background that UNICEF is working with relevant organisations to put sanitation on the front burner of national discourse.
He said that the National Media Dialogue on Sanitation with the theme: Clean-Up Nigeria: Use The Toilet in Calabar was the third in the series organised by UNICEF round the country.
He described as terrible, India exiting as the number one ranked nation in the world by October, adding that it is the responsibility of every Nigerian to ensure that the country moves away from where it is now to Open Defecation Free nation by 2025.
He however added that atitudinal change is needed to achieve it.
Speaking on the overview of “Clean-Up Nigeria: Use The Toilet Campaign and how communities become ODF, a Water Sanitation and Health (WASH) specialist at UNICEF, Bioye Ogunjobi said that time has come for critical minds across the country to be engaged with a view to solving the open defecation problem by 2025.
Ogunjobi said that, the tendency is for everyone to work towards checking open defecation in rural communities, adding that the campaign was to increase access to improve sanitation especially in the rural areas.
He said that the priorities are to eliminate open defecation by 2025, bring water sanitation and hygiene to disadvantaged communities in the rural areas, improving access to safe water and sanitation in schools and health care facilities as well as create awareness and promote sanitation and hygiene in society.
Also speaking, Dr Nicholas Igwe of Zenith Water Project Limited said that the private sector must play critical role in the attainment of ODF Nigeria by 2025.
Igwe, who spoke on the link between Rural and Urban Sanitation: What Can the Private Sector Do? said that the private sector must mobilise resources to build toilet facilities in all public places in the country.
The expert also called for decentralisation of sewage disposal system in the country.
Just as the experts have said, the risk associated with open defecation is common in our communities.
Stories have been told of deaths caused by snake bites as a result of open defecation and accidental shooting of persons who practise open defecation in the bush by hunters.
The latest is the increasing number of rape cases in the communities caused by open defecation.
The dangers are enormous and the society must rise up to check the trend.
NIHSA Alerts On More Floods
The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has warned Nigerians to be prepared for more floods due to high rainfall intensity of long duration in the country.
Mr Clement Nze, the Director General of the agency gave the warning while briefing newsmen in Abuja.
Nze said that the warning became necessary as it served to alert Nigerians that the country would soon experience the peak of flooding season for the year 2019.
“The localised urban flooding incidents being witnessed in some cities and communities in the country are expected to continue.
“The flooding incidents are due to high rainfall intensity of long duration, rainstorms, blockage of drainage system and poor urban planning resulting in erection of structures within the floodplains and waterways.
“River flooding as well as coastal flooding is expected to come into place as the nation approaches the peak of raining season.
“Therefore, states and local governments should endeavour to remove structures built within the floodplains, clear blocked drainage, culverts and other waterways,” he said.
Nze said that the agency was closely monitoring the flooding across the country with the attendant loss of lives and property.
He said that the flooding were manifesting as predicted by the agency.
“This means that the relevant stakeholders, especially the individuals and state governments have failed to heed the non-adherence to flood predictions for 2019.
“Thereby resulting in avoidable flooding incidents leading to loss of lives and property, disruption of economic activities and loss of several hectares of agricultural lands,” he said.
The director general said that since 2013, the agency had continued to publish Annual Flood Outlook (AFO), following the devastating effect of the 2012 flood.
He said that the AFO report and effective sensitisation campaign by the agency had been saving the country from huge revenue losses due to flooding.
He said that AFO was a means of producing early flood warning information for stakeholders to use as yardstick for taking action to mitigate flood related disasters.
FG’s Clean-Up Nigeria Campaign To Gulp N900bn
The Federal Government says, the country requires the sum of N900 billion to execute the “clean-up Nigeria: Use the Toilet campaign.
The campaign is aimed at ensuring that Nigeria attains the status of an open defecation free (ODF) nation by 2025.
The Chief Scientific officer, Federal Ministry Of Water Resources, Mrs Yemisi Akpa, who disclosed this at a media dulogue on sanitation: “Clean Nigeria: Use The Toilet Campaign” in Calabar, Cross River State, said that the government requires N10 billion annually to achieve the target.
Mrs Akpa said that with the approval of N10 billion by the Federal Government towards the clean Nigeria: Use The Toilet Campaign, it beholves one state government in the country to also set a site resources towards the campaign which will soon be launched at the national and state levels.
She listed the benefits of the campaign to include improved sanitation, businesses, education healthcare services and productivity.
Meanwhile government at all levels in the country have been urged to give more attention to the employment of Environmental Health Workers.
This was part of the decision reached at a media dialogue on sanitation in Calabar, Cross Rivers State.
The Conference said that the dearth of environment health workers in the various states of the Federation is hampering the campaign against poor sanitation habits in the country.
The stakeholders also urged for more funding of the environment and health sectors, while those in position of authorities must implement decisions that will improve Nigeria rating is an Open Defeacation free a (ODF) nation by 2025.
Also speaking, Dr. Ibrahim Khali Conteh, Chief Fied of Field Office United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Enugu said that the media dialogue which is the third so far organised by the organization this year was targeted at achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) Nigeria by 2025 as well as improved overall sanitation in the country.
Dr. Conteh said that the country must have toilets facilities in all public places such as; markets, schools and commended the Federal Government for taking proactive steps to achieve the clean Nigeria campaign.
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