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10 popular Nigerian artistes ‘missing in action’




Little question, Nigeria has a plethora of skills, particularly within the music trade. Whereas some made their presence recognized however grew to become one hit wonders as they had been a flash within the pan, others, via their works, made sufficient significance to stay within the reminiscence of music lovers. Sadly, they went into oblivion and are but to make a comeback. The PUNCH highlights a few of these artistes which can be lacking in motion.


Sasha P

Often known as the First Girl of hip hop in Nigeria, Sasha P is a Nigerian rapper, musician, businesswoman, lawyer and motivational speaker.

Born Anthonia Yetunde Alabi, she started her musical profession as a baby in Ibadan and gained success at a time when there have been only a few Nigerian ladies in hip-hop music.

Subsequently, her success helped pave the way in which for different feminine rappers and musicians in Nigerian hip-hop as she was signed on to eLDee’s Trybe data.

She was distinguished within the music area in 2001, particularly with the discharge of her debut album ‘First Girl’ beneath her document label — Storm Data.

Sasha P was the primary ever Nigerian feminine artist to win the Finest Feminine Award at MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA).

Apart from her hit basic tune, Adara, she launched Gidi Babe on her birthday in 2009 and one other tune titled ‘Dangerous Woman P’ in 2012.

In 2013, Sasha P revealed that she was taking a break from the music scene to deal with her vogue enterprise.

 Olu Keep

The yr 2007 was virtually Olu Keep’s yr because it was a time that noticed the artiste on prime of his recreation along with his basic hit document, Yahooze.

The tune was so enormous that it was considered a ‘nationwide anthem’ on the time.

The singer’s superstar standing was so enormous that in 2008, he carried out ‘Yahooze’ on the Royal Albert Corridor, London and introduced on stage Colin Powell, to bop to his tune.

Having his bragging proper, within the singer’s verse on eLDee’s tune ― Massive Boy ― he stated, “Colin Powell, oh effectively; dance Yahooze so effectively.”

About 13 years down the road, whereas the a number of award profitable singer has launched a number of data like Nawti (2012), Hypnotize (2013), Cinderella (2015) and Excuse My French (2016), he’s but to stage a serious come again that may dwarf his success with the basic hit document ‘Yahooze’.


Born Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, the artiste was the toast of the city along with his smashing hit tune, Kukere.

With the success of the tune, the singer adopted up with different basic hit songs like ‘Ur Waist’, ‘Flavour’, ‘Horny Mama’, and ‘Jombolo’, which had been all on his sophomore album, Want.

The performer rose to fame after profitable the primary season of the MTN Challenge Fame West Africa.

The a number of award-winning artiste has clinched awards like Artist of the 12 months award at The Headies in 2013, Soul Practice Music Awards, Channel O Music Video Awards, Metropolis Folks Leisure Awards, Ghana Music Awards, however to say a number of.

Whereas he has launched a number of data since he dropped Kukere, the artiste has been off radar in latest occasions.

In October 2016, Iyanya introduced on Instagram that he signed a document take care of Mavin Data. Few months prior, he signed a administration take care of Temple Administration Firm. Each relationships had been short-lived.

In latest occasions, not a lot has been heard of the artiste personally or ‘musically’.


Mo’cheddah, with the federal government title Modupe-Oreoluwa Oyeyemi Ola, was a basic definition of a younger woman within the rap trade actually making the “cheddah”.

Regardless of being in a male dominated trade, particularly within the rap recreation, the younger woman earned her strides as she bagged the MTV Africa Music Awards and Channel O Music Video Awards in 2010.

She launched her debut studio album, Franchise Celeb, in 2010, whereas signed to Knighthouse Leisure. The album was preceded by the 2009 promotional single ‘If You Need Me’.

She parted methods with Knighthouse in February 2012 and established her personal label, Cheddah Music.

At some extent, the proficient singer went off radar for some years however got here again with hits like ‘Destinambari’ that includes Phyno and ‘Dangerous’, which featured Olamide.

In the meanwhile, she appears to be targeted on her vogue model.

Who is aware of, perhaps she would return to the music scene with some extra bangers like she did along with her hit data ― Survive, My Time, Coming for You that includes Might D, and Tori Olorun.


Within the early 2000s, rapper 2shotz’s music surfed main airwaves in Nigeria.

Teaming up with the late Massive Lo, the rap artiste dished out basic hits and was a favorite amongst disc jockeys in Nigeria.

Serving a mix of pidgin English and Igbo language in his lyrics, the rapper wormed his method into the hearts of Nigerians. He received the award for Finest Collaboration at The Headies 2006.

His debut studio album, Pirated Copy, was launched in 2004. It was supported by three singles ― Carry Am Go, Odeshi and Scrumptious.

2Shotz’s second studio album, Authentic Copy, was launched in 2005 whereas his third studio album, Industrial Avenue, was launched in 2007 and fourth studio album, Music Enterprise, launched in 2008.

2Shotz launched ‘I’m William’ and ‘Loud Silence’ as his fifth and sixth studio albums in 2010 and 2016, respectively.

Born William Orioha, the rapper and songwriter has since moved to the US and is now a photographer and filmmaker.


Born Bukola Folayan, she is a Christian feminine artiste.

Previously a broadcaster, Bouqui began her skilled profession with an all woman group known as G-Vibes earlier than going solo.

The album titled B.O.U.Q.U.I used to be her debut and the lead single was ‘Get It Began’. The album had different tracks like Not Ashamed, Main Downside, Molejo, Vainness and Wanna Lone U.

The album received a number of accolades and nominations together with the AMEN awards in 2007 for greatest feminine act.

In 2009, the singer launched her sophomore album, Redefinition, which had the hit document ‘Mo Ri Le’.

Because the artiste has relocated to the US, not a lot is heard of her in Nigeria.


Ever since Chukie Edozien, higher often known as Lynxxx, shot into prominence within the Nigerian music trade, he has been a heartthrob of the women.

He made a reputation for himself along with his self-styled ‘jollof music’ on his label, Syndik8 data, rapping and singing in regards to the excessive life: quick automobiles, costly drinks on the tab, and gyrating ladies in movies. However he’s had a serious change of coronary heart, rejecting the life-style in a giant method as he grew to become a born once more Christian.

He exploded into the Nigerian music scene in December 2009 with the discharge of his first official single, Change your Parade. The one was an on the spot hit because it took over the airwaves, dominating golf equipment and cultivating a major followership on-line.

In December 2010, Lynxxx launched his debut studio album ‘That is Lynxxx’. The album boasts of a wealthy mixture of various musical genres from city hip-hop to modern R’n’B and infusions of Funkyhouse.

This mix of various kinds has been fondly dubbed “Jollof music” by Lynxxx, which suggests the artwork of mixing numerous genres to make good music.

A decade later, not a lot is heard of the singer. In a number of interviews, he famous that though he’s a born once more Christian, he may not launch gospel music.


The artist, Shank, was born in London and named, Chinedu Naze. He gave music lovers basic hits like, Julie, Ghetto, amongst a number of others.

Shank’s first album, King Kong, has collaborations with Akon, amongst different A-list artistes.

Nonetheless a celebrated artiste, music lovers nonetheless anticipate a sophomore album from the pop/reggae artiste.


Kehinde Oladotun Oyebanjo is the youthful brother of well-liked singer, D’banj.

Okay-Change was as soon as a formidable pressure within the music trade, particularly when he was a part of the defunct Mo’hits crew. His discography contains options on Dr. SID’s ‘Over the Moon’ and Wande Coal’s ‘Who Born the Maga?’

He was additionally one of many enigmatic rappers in ‘Booty name’ and his single, Cash, that includes Humble, had been prime of the listing.

To this point, the query on the lips of his followers is “the place is the dancehall singer?”


Wale Adepoju, a.ok.a W4, is a local of Osun State.

Earlier than he shot into the limelight, he did back-up vocals, collaborations, tune writing and co-writing for a number of artistes.

W4 has labored with loads of artistes like 2face, Sound Sultan, Rugged Man, Timaya, Tinny from Ghana, 9ice, Spyda Man, amongst others.

He grew to become an expert artiste within the yr 2005 when he launched his debut album, Temperature, with hits like Temperature, Solo, Too Kpokpos, lover love, Am in love and Amen, which was launched beneath Hypodrum Data.

W4 grew to become well-known along with his hit tune Kontrol. Nevertheless, not a lot has been heard from the artiste in latest occasions.

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