The Billion Dollar Industry
The music industry in Nigeria has made a mark for itself world-wide. It is one that without doubt has grown way past the provision of the Federal Government of Nigeria in its sector. It is highly commendable that the world has come to terms with Nigeria’s Afro-Beat, such that it must be played at parties, clubs, gyms, and sports centers in every corner of the world. When the ‘groove’ must be hot, Nigeria’s Afro Beat must be on board. I have found myself in the ends of the earth, only to hear a ‘sound’ that takes me back home…I smile, and I am proud!
Where the lyrics are not understood, the beats are sufficient to keep a crowd on the dance floor. Although the lyrics could be ‘heavy’ and the language ‘strong’ for young listeners, it is loved by all. The Street Hawker, is, however, of the opinion that younger fans (who constitute an enormous number) should be considered by the artists.
We should celebrate these talented, young people; who have made success out of passion. It is also clear that a lot of hard work goes into ‘keeping the fire burning’ and staying relevant in their industry. Some are so acclaimed and have received nominations and awards worldwide. They have also done collaborations with top Musicians in other parts of the world.
We celebrate Davido, Don Jazzy, Wiz Kid, Olamide, P-Square, Wande Coal, Flavor, Phyno, TuFace, D'Banj, Lil Kesh, Teckno, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Darey and others who have put Nigeria out in good light internationally, as far as the music industry is concerned. The Dj’s are doing great as well…that’s a story for another day…Proud we are of these great talents.
The Light today, is on Davido
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David Adeleke (Davido) was born in 1992. He attended British International School, Lagos and later enrolled to study Business Administration at Oakwood University, in the U.S.A. It was here that his interest in music began; as a result dropped out of Oakwood. He later earned a music degree from Babcock University in Nigeria, after which his music began on an upward journey, and up he is today!
Toyin Wura Oke
Publisher, Chief Editor