2019 is almost over (if not over as when you’re reading this article) and the year has its winners and losers in the Nigerian music industry. In this article, we shall be revealing a list of the top 10 most successful Nigerian musicians in 2019.
The Nigerian industry is rated as one of the best music industries in Africa and the world at large and Nigerian musicians are now global champs of which some of them are very successful back home in Nigeria and Africa at large.
Musicians like Burna Boy, Wizkind, Rema and Davido were very successful in the international music scene and some of them even sold out popular music concerts in Europe, America and other parts of the world.
Without wasting more of your time, let’s take a look at these successful Nigerian artistes and how the year – 2019 went for them.
Most Successful Nigerian Musicians In 2019
1) Burna Boy
Damini Ogulu who is popularly referred to as Burna Boy or “Oluwa Burna” is also a Nigerian born music star who has also gained a lot of international recognition in 2019. His album named “African Giant” was undoubtedly the most successful album in Nigeria in 2019 and he also got a Grammy nomination in the Best Album category for the African giant album.
In June 2019, he won the Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards and in July 2019 he was announced as Apple Music up next artiste. He has also been nominated (and won) many awards this year and these achievements makes him the most successful Nigerian musician in 2019.
David Adeleke who is popularly known ad Daivdo or O.B.O is a Nigerian born entertainer and he is the second musician on this list of the most successful Nigerian musicians of 2019. Davido who recently released his album titled “A Good Time” has enjoyed many successes this year.
He is a Nigerian musician that everyone loves to hate on but he doesn’t care about the haters as he focuses completely on his music career and family. Davido is ranked as the 2nd most successful Nigerian musician in 2019 and he doing fine in all aspects of his music career and record label (DMW).
Ayodeji Balogun who is popularly known as WizKid is a Nigerian musician who has been making waves in the Nigerian music industry lately whit his new EP titled “Soundman“.
Wizkid used to top the list of the most successful Nigerian musicians yearly but he wasn’t too successful this year in terms of making hit songs. He started recording songs at a very tender age and this guy is known for making hit songs.
He occupies the third spot on this list of the most successful musicians for 2019 and we’re currently waiting to see how 2020 would be for the “Ojuelegba” & “Soco” crooner.
Donjazzys new signee – Divine Ikubor (Rema) is one of the new artists in the industry who has been making waves recently. Rema made a lot of hits like Dumebi, Iron Man, Lady, Bad COmmando and many others in 2019 and these achievements have earned him a spot on this list of the most successful Nigerian musicians in 2019.
Rema is a very young artiste (one of the youngest in the industry) and in belives that 2019 is just a stepping stone or starting point of other achievements in the coming years.
5) Zlatan Ibile
Zlatan in another successful musician who came into limelight this year and he believes that the year 2019 was made specifically for him. He released many hits this year and this guy was the originator of the popular Zanku dance which is everywhere now.
Fireboy is another Nigerian musician who became very popular and successful in 2019. He released many hits like Jealous, What If I Say, Scatter and a couple of other songs that were loved and accepted by many Nigerians and foreigners alike.
He also released an album recently which he titled “Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps” and the album is currently one of the most-streamed albums in Nigeria and some other African countries.
7) Naira Marley
Naira Marley is another Nigerian artist who got very popular of during and after his detention by the EFCC on charges of internet scam which is also called “Yahoo Yahoo” in Nigeria.
After he was released by the anti-graft agency, Naira Marley teamed up wit Zlatan Ibile and they released a song titled “Am I A Yahoo Boy” and this song was the song of the moment as at that time.
After the EFCC scandal, Nair Marley has also released a couple of hit songs and just recently, he released highly anticipated his EP titled “Lord Of Lamaba (LOL)” and this EP is currently trending om popular music streaming services in the country.
8) Tiwa Savage
Tiwa Savage who recently left mavin records is also a very successful musician and one of the most successful female musicians in Nigeria. She was born in Nigeria but grew up in the UK. She then spent part of her life in the US where she wrote songs for Fantasia Barrino, Mya and others.
She made a couple of hits in 2019 and her “association” with Wizkid has really helped her to stay active in the music industry in 2019.
Phyno is a Nigerian indigenous Nigerian rapper and singer who mostly makes music in his indigenous language which is Igbo. Phyno released a couple of hit songs in 2019 and he did some collabos with top Nigerian artistes like Davido, Olamide, Don Jazzy and many others.
Phyno’s album which is titled “Deal With It” is also making waves in the country right now and it has accumulated a lot of streams and downloads on music streaming apps.
10) Yemi Alade
Yemi Alade is the last artiste in this list of the most successful Nigerian musicians in 2019 and she was very successful in 2019. She is also the second female artiste on this list after Tiwa Savage.
She is nicknamed ‘Mama Africa’ for afro-centrism and pan-African musical appeal. Her ever-popular hit single, ‘Johnny’ has accumulated more than 110 million views on YouTube and she is also the first African female musician to have up to one million subscribers on YouTube.