Massive List: Top 20 Most Popular Musicians In Nigeria 2023

Top 20 Most Popular Musicians In Nigeria
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Last updated on January 4th, 2023 at 07:48 am

2Baba (From Benue State)


The name 2baba is synonymous with good music no doubt. It is why he is a legend in the Nigerian music industry.


2Baba started his music career in 1994 as part of the boy band Plantashun Boyz. The group left its footprint in our hearts until disbanding in the 2000s.

2Baba (From Benue State)

This led 2Face to start his solo music career which was a success thanks to classics like African Queen and If Love Is A Crime.


2Baba is also one of the legends without a Grammy award. but you can chalk it to a time when African music hasn’t gained the popularity it has today.


The crazy part though is that in the times of 2face Idibia, there wasn’t the popularity of social media to market their songs.


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Fast forward to 2022, he is still dropping songs and holding down his fort as one of the most popular musicians in Nigeria.


Real Name: Innocent Ujah Idibia


Stage Name: 2Baba (aka 2face)


Age: 46 Years


Place of Birth: Jos 


Numbers of Albums: 5


Awards Won: 30+


Dbanj (From Ogun State)


Kokolet and mamalet. Dbanj has been fairly quiet in the music scene but his popularity has never dwindled.


His ability to dazzle with his performance is why he is rated as the best performing artist in Nigeria, one of the best and most popular musicians in Nigeria

Dbanj (From Ogun State)

Dbanj began his music career in Mohit Records which is a label formed by him and Don Jazzy.


Although the label hit rock bottom, the success of tracks like Why Me will be felt for another 10 years.


Charismatic and charming, he continues to release songs that have not really stuck in the head of fans.


This is partly due to the fact that the next generation of stars has been working with the old generations.


Today, competition is very steep with so much variety unlike when it was just him, Psquare, and 2baba dominating in the 2000s.


So is it biased for Dbanj to make the list of most popular music artist in Nigeria? The answer is certainly not because even with the popularity of the younger generations, non is touching these guys anytime soon.


Real Name: Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo


Stage Name: Dbanj (aka Koko master)


Age: 42 Years


Place of Birth: Zaria 


Numbers of Albums: 5


Awards Won: 25+


Don Jazzy (From Delta State)


Don Baba Jay as he is popularly called on social media today is one of the most influential stars in Nigeria.


He knows how to play, produce, sing and influence whatever outcome he desires.

Don Jazzy (From Delta State)

You could say he is the Kylie Jenner of the entertainment industry except he is not Kylie.


Don Jazzy began his music career in Mohits Record same as Dbanj but later went on to form the biggest label in the country called Mavin Records.


Mavin Records produced stars like Wande Coal, Tiwa Savage, and Reekado Banks amongst others.


Today Don Jazzy has the likes of Rema, Ayra Starr, and Crayon under his wings taking the industry by storm.


He continues to double if not triple his wealth by discovering young stars and giving them a platform to shine their lights.


He is a genius when it comes to influencing and marketing his brand using social media as the go-to tool.


Real Name: Michael Collins Ajereh


Stage Name: Don Jazzy


Age: 39 Years


Place of Birth: Umuahia 


Numbers of Albums: 2


Awards Won: 10+


Tiwa Savage (From Lagos State)


There is no most popular artist in Nigeria 2022 list that will be correct without the queen of Afrobeat.


I mean, yes, it is been a list mostly dominated by male musicians but it is obvious you can’t keep Tiwa out from this list.

Tiwa Savage Most Popular Musicians In Nigeria

When you and I are talking about the most popular female singers in Nigeria, she is right up there.


Tiwa came to the spotlight after getting signed by Mavin in 2012.


She released several bodies of work which were all beautifully accepted.


But the one that will etch in memory forever is Somebody’s Son featuring Brandy.


This one song from the Water and Garri EP has over 20 million views on YouTube.


Although there were a lot of controversies prior to the EP coming out, it was however one of the finest projects that dropped in 2021.


Fast forward years later, Tiwa Savage is making a very healthy amount of money and still competing for top spots on a list dominated by men.


Truly the queen of Afrobeat many would say, right?


Real Name: Tiwatope Savage


Stage Name: Tiwa Savage


Age: 41 Years


Place of Birth: Lagos State


Numbers of Albums: 4


Awards Won: 15+


Flavour (From Anambra State)


Flavour is the king of Highlife melody and a top 10 spot is befitting of an artist of his caliber.


But this is not a favoritism list, it is one that is earned based on merits, social media buzz, word of mouth and number of streams.

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When I wrote about Flavour and Phyno net worth a while ago, I was shocked to discover he has that much wealth. At some point, it got me thinking that I need to be a musician but I have neither the voice nor the charisma like Flavour.


Okay, that’s about as far as I go with that.


Flavour began his music career in the 2000s and dropped a few albums that have done good numbers.


He became very prominent for hit songs like Nnabania featuring Mr Raw and since then he has been unstoppable.


Although he has not won any major awards that’s because the award system in the country is rigged like the government.


You didn’t hear that from me though.


Here are a few details you may have missed:


Real Name: Chinedu Okoli


Stage Name: Flavour Nnabania


Age: 38 Years


Place of Birth: Enugu


Numbers of Albums: 4


Awards Won: 4+


Flavour ends the list of artists that made it into the SMCE top 10 most famous musicians in Nigeria.


But wait!


There is more, now come let’s dive right into the top 20 most famous musicians in Nigeria for 2022, shall we?


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