5 Nigerians You Didn’t Know Were Musicians

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Nigerians ehnn, we are so funny, we do everything, literally. Sometimes it is for the hustle, sometimes for the heck of it. Sometimes it is hobby. A few times Nigerians dabble in music. Not dabbling like Vic O is doing currently o, taking himself seriously and all. Naa. Just dabbling. Like these 5 on our list did.
Number 1 on the list is actually a group of Nigerians, but hey, the more the merrier. Enjoy!

1.
Nkem Owoh, aka, Osuofia, I Go Chop Your Dollar

There was a time when if your movie did not have Nkem Owoh on it Upper Iweka marketers would drive you out of their shop like a limbless leper. The man was virtually the industry that period. Then he cut a song. It was the golden days of Yahoo Yahoo and 419 too, so what a nice choice for song content. Hilariously, as was his trademark, Osuofia was warning the world to take care and be careful.

2.
Genevieve Nnaji , No More

Eight odd years ago Nollywood legend Genevieve Nnaji waxed a single titled No More. Back in those days songs used to have lyrics, and the lyrics used to either have social utility meaning or carry messages that had nothing to do with half naked girls. Bravely for its time No More talked about what could save lives even today: domestic violence and a woman’s resolve to walk away from an abusive relationship.
As if in anticipation of Nigerians and their bad mouth however, after deciding to dabble in music, Genevieve reportedly fled to Ghana to produce both the song and the video. But somehow, the video ended up on youtube, which means it ended up wit home and their unsolicited comments.  Omobolaji Ajayi wrote: ‘i don’t know if i av any less harsh comment about this song for her BT waste of good beats. NONSENSE!!!.’ Another not-fan named Little Obaybay commented: ‘what a waste of a good beat lol. this songs makes me laugh. I am soooo glad she decided to pursue other things.’But not everybody was disdainful of Genevieve’s musical efforts. Ikechukwu Nnamani also wrote in the comment section: ‘Nigerians say is not good I don’t see anything wrong with this song it very sweet and nice song!!!!’God bless you Ikechukwu. We condone your spelling mishaps in good faith. The haters should please mind their grammar and spelling. Smh.

3.

Omotola Jalade, aka, Omosexy, Feel Alright

Nollywood screen queen Omosexy did a song called Feel Alright at one point in her illustrious career, produced by the legendary late OJB Jezreel, who also added back up vocals. We were not surprised. According to the fans who favoured Genevieve over Omotola in the never ending battle for who really is the Ultimate Queen  of Nollywood everything Genevieve did in those days Omotola would rush and do too. Feel Alright retains up till now that highly positive vibe that so much differentiates it from what we get served today by Tekno and Flavor (Yes, we said it!). The song was almost an antidote for depression.

Some people, of course, would have none of that positivity. A not-fan named  SHE Blessed, hiding in the comment section, stated: ‘Singing isn’t for everybody, please join the choir and serve the Lord, Go back to acting or better still do a clothing line or something.’Farinde13 would not even leave it to just criticising this good vibe song. The commenter also listed other Nollywood actors that must be barred from ever dabbling in music again: ‘Yo omo sexy needs to stick to a better part of herself n that’s acting… She can’t sing shit..she can’t fucking dance…she needs to leave this aspect for Tiwa Savage and the rest…. Actress who r not to sing are: omosexy, Genevieve and that krazy girl tonto dikeh…’I guess this is where we leave Nollywood alone and move on before somebody comes and breaks our head.

4.
Basket Mouth, Where yu dey, ft. Wizkid and El Dee

Thirteen years ago or so Comedian Basket Mouth was among the industry hip hop heads gathered together by Nutty Pin on one song titled Living It Up. The hunger never left Basket Mouth, obviously. He dragged Wizkid and El Dee to this killer joint he called Where You Dey? Talking about those fake friends and hitters who be all over your sh…t when you blow but were never there during your struggle. Be the judge on this one yourself. Tell us if it is a yay or nay.

5.
Nigerian Political Elder Statesmen, Christmas song

If Moshood Abiola and Chuba Okadigbo were alive they would definitely have made it to this Elder Statesmen All Star Christmas carol group. Who knew? Who could have guessed? Carried away by the euphoria of these old throats coughing out fluid and joyous melodies you would probably not realize this is all of our country’s problems, gathered in one band.
But why mix politics and music? Let us hope the national economy sings as vigorously this year as Vice President Osibanjo did in his verse. Seriously, literally, for this one we don’t need anybody’s comments. They killed it.


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