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
Rivers Community Hails SEEFOR For Provision Of Toilet Facility
Residents of Somiari Ama community in Rivers State have commended the World Bank for the construction of a model toilet facility for the community.
A cross section of residents of the community told newsmen during a media tour organised by the State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) project that the existing facility in the community which is a pier latrine is no longer accessible by old women.
They said that the situation has increased the rate of open defecation in the area.
The toilet facility which was built by the Somiar-Tere Ama Unity Cooperative under FADAMA III of subcomponent of the State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) project has a female section with three rooms and a male section with two rooms.
FADAMA III SEEFOR focal person, Richard Fubara during an inspection of the facility that the project will end said the culture of open defecation in the community.
Fubara said when commissioned, residents of the community will only be charged twenty naira for the maintenance of the facility.
He described the facility as a big relief to the people of the area as the already existing pier latrine facility is no longer accessible to the people.
According to him, the development was in line with Federal Government policy of ending open defecation in Nigeria before 2025.
Meanwhile the Ewika community in Eleme Local Government Area has thanked the World Bank for the provision of potable water to the community.
Paramount ruler of Ewika community, Chief Jacob Mkpo, said the project has saved the community from the agony of searching for potable drinking water, adding that for 70 years, Ewika community was without potable drinking water.
Chief Mkpo said the community will ensure the maintenance of the facility.
NIHSA Lists Gains Of Annual Flooding Outlook Reports
The Director General of NIHSA, Mr Clemet Nze, says the annual flooding outlook reports and effective sensitisation campaigns by the agency have saved the country from huge revenue losses that would have resulted from flooding.
He said that the AFO was a means of producing early flood warning information for stakeholders to use and mitigate flood related disasters.
“Flood forecasting and flood early warning is the agency`s mandate.’’
He said that the AFO report showed that 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) witnessed different levels of flooding in 2019.
He added that out of the 774 local government areas in the country, 74 were predicted to be highly probable.
“While 279 local government areas were probable areas of flood, 421 were predicted to be less probable.’’
Nze said that the steady rise in river level caused flooding in Adamawa, Taraba and Benue states.
“States affected by various degrees of flooding in 2019 were Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kwara,Adamawa, Benue, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Taraba, Yobe, Kogi and Nasarawa.
“Others are Anambra, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Edo, Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Abia, Cross River, Borno, Jigawa, Kano, Ekiti and Oyo, including FCT.
“More than 100 local government areas within the states listed below are counting their losses.’’
Nze said that relevant stakeholders, especially individuals and state governments failed to heed the warning issued before the onset of flooding season across the country in 2019.
He said that the agency was concerned about the non-adherence by Nigerians to flood predictions for 2019.
“Thereby, resulting in avoidable flooding incidents, leading to loss of lives, property, disruption of economic activities and loss of several hectares of agricultural lands.’’
He said that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), also predicted late onset of rainy season in the country in 2019 and early cessation.
“Meaning that rainfall started very late and ended early in some states and by Sept. 26 2019, rainfall ceased in Katsina, Sokoto and moved down to the south.
“But in the southern parts of Nigeria, rainfall continued till November and even December in places like Bayelsa, Rivers, even Delta experienced rainfall up to late November.’’
He said that the agency had been monitoring the flooding taking place across the country with the attendant loss of lives and property.
Nze said that River Benue increased steadily due to local rainfall with attendant heavy inflows from the tributaries of the river.
According to him, river flooding as well as coastal flooding have come to stay, as floods from the upper catchment of the Niger basin is mandatory.
He warned government at all levels, stakeholders as well as general public to adhere to warning issued by the agency before the onset of flooding season in 2020.
He said that adherence would help to prevent flooding across the country.
Mr Moses Umekwe, an environment expert, said that blockage of drains, rainstorms and poor urban planning, resulting in erection of structures within floodplains and waterways were the causes of more flooding in coastal areas.
Umekwe urged Nigerians to endeavour to remove structures built within the floodplains, clear blocked drains, culverts and other waterways to avoid unnecessary flooding in 2020.
He also advised Nigerians to cultivate the habit of planting trees to protect the environment and check flooding.
Mr Williams Osaze, the President, Society for the Promotion of Peoples Right, an NGO, also urged the Federal Government and other relevant stakeholders to collaborate for effective sensitisation on ways to prevent flooding in the country.
Osaze also an environmentalist said that the collaboration would increase and improve effective sensitisation, especially in various flood prone communities.
He also advised the Federal Government to enforce building codes and provide effective flood forecasting warning systems to mitigate flood risk across the country.
He said that building codes would contribute significantly to mitigating flooding, “if Nigerians can as well obey the codes.
“It is not only to provide building codes or building plan, but it is also important to obey the codes.’’
Osaze appealed to Nigerians to avoid actions that could impede free and easy flow of water through its natural courses to avert devastating flood disasters.
FG Promises To Invest In Erosion Control Projects
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured of Federal Government’s commitment to invest in erosion control projects in Anambra State.
The president stated this, yesterday, during the inauguration and handover of the 3.30kilometre and 10metre wide double coated asphaltic pavement drains erosion project at Umunze, Orumba South LGA.
The president said the project would check flooding and gully erosion menace in the community and environs.
Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of State for Environment, Ms Sharon Ikeazor, said nothing depicted the Federal Government’s commitment to curbing erosion menace in Anambra than getting the state among beneficiaries of ecological intervention projects since the first quarter 2018.
President Buhari said the investments would help reduce dangers to lives and properties associated with erosion and persistent flooding in the community.
He commended the people of Umunze for their cooperation and provision of rancour-free environment during the project execution and implored them to cherish the project by preventing indiscriminate dumping of refuse into drainage channels.
A representative of the Federal Ministrty of Environment, Mr. Felix Okeke, tasked the community to ensure resources committed to the completion of the project is not wasted.
Governor Willie Obiano, represented by his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, said the state has intensified measures toward erosion control and sought for continuous support from the Federal Government and World Bank to curb erosion in the state.
President-General, Umunze community, Mr. John Akanyeonu, thanked President Buhari saying the completion of the project would arrest the flooding and erosion menace in the community.
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