Top Seven Most Successful Nigerian Musicians Under 25
These days anyone can confidently say they want to become musicians without coming under heavy backlash from friends and family. The above fact is very true because the millennium has brought in a lot of glamour and most importantly money for these artistes.
Despite all the razzmatazz involved in the music business and general entertainment, sadly only a few artistes make it really big in the industry. 80% of the success enjoyed by artistes circulates around only about 20% of the lot.
These days success in the Nigerian music industry is not only exclusive to older musicians but younger Nigerian artistes are also cutting big checks too. The likes of Wizkid and Davido are perfect examples that success can happen to even the young at heart.
On that note let’s check out some of the most successful Nigerian musicians under age 25.
David Adeleke son of billionaire business man who is widely known as Davido is the number one most successful Nigerian musician under 25. The 24-year-old pop superstar is one of the most decorated Nigerian artiste of his age. Davido has won almost all Nigerian music award there is to win where he stands eligible, plus international awards too. Last year the DMW boss secured a music recording deal with global music giants Sony. Currently, Davido has had a very successful year so far with monster hits singles ‘IF’ and ‘FALL’. The father of two is currently on a world tour with sold out shows.
Second on the log is Triple MG lead music act and self-acclaimed king of ‘Pon Pon’, Tekno. Even though the young lad does not have a single EP or album to his name, he is arguably one of the most successful artistes in the past two years in Nigeria. Thanks to his reemergence with a series of hit songs, ‘Duro’, ‘Wash’, ‘Diana’, ‘Rara’, and the internationally acclaimed ‘Pana’. Tekno has won for himself awards both international and in Nigeria. The 24-year-old is signed to Columbia Records amongst other career achievements.
- Korede Bello
Since his signing with Nigeria’s biggest record label, Mavin Records Korede Bello has grown through the ranks to become a household name in the country. His biggest music break came on the heels of his 2015 ‘national anthem’ music piece ‘God Win’. The song saw Korede Bello rise rapidly to become one of the most played Nigerian musicians in the country. The February born 21-year-old has also delivered a continental hit with ‘Romantic’ and an even bigger ‘Do Like That’. Korede Bello has been privileged in his short career to perform across the globe. He is a multiple brand ambassador.
- Kiss Daniel
The rise of the G-Worldwide music star has been pure organic as the singer keeps growing in momentum. Kiss Daniel entered the Nigerian music industry with a bang after the release of his seductive mid-tempo jam ‘Woju’ in 2014. The 23-year-old has not missed any steps since his debut. All singles released as a build up to his debut album ‘New Era’ was a hit back to back. Kiss Daniel’s debut album ‘New Era’ was adjudged as the best album released last year even beating his senior colleagues. He is number 4 on the log.
- Reekado Banks
The name Ayoleyi Solomon may not be so familiar but Reekado Banks rings a bell. The Mavin Records artiste is easily one of the most successful under 25 in the music industry. His first notice was on ‘Dorobucci’ after he did an impressive hook on the song. ‘Dorobucci’ eventually won MAMA ‘Song of the Year’ in 2014. Reekado Banks has been killing it without much noise, His hit song ‘Oluwa Ni’ acknowledges he came in as a small boy but now a ‘biggie man’. One of his career highlights was his controversial Headies ‘Next Rated’ Award win in 2015. The 23-year-old holds brand endorsement and charges a between N2 -4 million for his performance.
- Lil Kesh
Former YBNL star Keshinro Ololade has been quite a sensation since his debut. The rapper came to national prominence on the heels of his monster hit ‘Shoki’ in 2014. Lil Kesh like his boss ranted during the 2015 Headies Awards in 2015 has been delivering hits. From ‘Lyrically’, to ‘Shoki’, to ‘Efejoku’, every single was a hit back to back. Sad thing he did not win the controversial ‘Next Rated’ award, however, the rapper forged ahead to deliver a strong street influenced album ‘YAGI’. The 22-year-old rap star is considered the youngest label head as he owns his own music imprint ‘YAGI’ after his debut album. He is Young And Getting It!
The number seven spot is taken up by YCEE of Tinny Entertainment. The rapper has broken a lot of barriers faced by Nigerian rappers as every single he makes takes him a notch higher on the success ladder. YCEE whose real name is Oludemilade Alejo has been impressing with his flavored style of rap. ‘Jagaban’ was good, ‘Omo Alhaji’ proved to be better until we heard ‘Juice’. The rapper was among an elite few who have recording contracts with Sony Music West Africa. The 24-year-old has so far delivered an EP while he braces up for his debut album.