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

Top 21 Most Popular Musicians In Nigeria 2022


Who are the top 20 most popular musicians in the Nigerian music industry? Well, I can tell you that Timaya made the list, and so did Banky W, Yemi Alade, and Simi.


Finally, here is a complete list of the most popular Nigerian musicians 2022 top 20.


  • Timaya
  • Banky W
  • Yemi Alade
  • Simi
  • Tekno
  • Patoranking
  • Adekunle Gold
  • Fireboy DML
  • Rema
  • Omah Lay


Now let’s talk about these guys, right?


Timaya (From Bayelsa State)


While we have a couple of musicians from the Niger Delta region that made this list, Timaya is the top 2 most popular from the region.


Timaya became popular in the mid-2000s thanks to hit songs like Dem Mama which became a national anthem in the South.


Since then, it’s been one hit song to another with one of the most recent being I Can’t Kill Myself.


A song that was meme all over the world because of how it resonated with people.


The award system also has not been fair to Timaya despite his consistency and craft.


He is one of the few from the 2000s that has remained really consistent with his music career. Heck, I would even dare to say he is in a league of his own.


But that would be polishing the whole thing a bit too much so I will just add that he is talented and provides quite the humor when he wants to on social media.


With that said, much like other stars in the top 10, he has made quite a fortune for himself. And below, you will find some more details about the singer.


Real Name: Inetimi Odom


Stage Name: Timaya


Age: 41 Years


Place of Birth: Portharcourt


Numbers of Albums: 5


Awards Won: 2


Banky W (From Lagos State)


Wellington has been an amazing phenomenon as a result of everything that he has done for the culture.


He is currently a politician but that has not stopped him from marrying his musical career with his political career. His popularity is the reason he made the top most popular musicians in Nigeria in 2022


He has spoken against bad governance and was a musical voice during the Endsars Movement.


Banky W first came to the spotlight with the hit song Capable which was a huge track back in the day.


He is also popular for putting Wizkid on a path that made him the biggest artist from Nigeria at the moment.


With that said, here are some details on Banky W you may have missed while reading this post.


Real Name: Olubankole Wellington


Stage Name: Banky W


Age: 41 Years


Place of Birth: New York, US


Numbers of Albums: 4


Awards Won: 4+


Yemi Alade (From Lagos State)


Female artists in the country have struggled a lot due to the dominance of male artists in the industry.


But stars like Yemi Alade have been amazing in shifting the tide in their favor.


Yemi Alade became a sensation with her hit song Johnny, a song that has done over 100 million views on YouTube.


Actually, I had no idea it has amassed such an amount of views until I wrote an article on the top 50 most viewed African music videos on YouTube.


Her popularity is all over the continent because I feel she is really undercelebrated in the country.


However, outside Nigeria, she is the superstar who put smiles on the faces of people from those regions.


Yemi Alade takes the 13th spot as famous female Nigerian musicians 2022.


Meanwhile, if you have not listened to Yemi Alade My Man, you are missing a cool song.


Real Name: Yemi Eberechi Alade


Stage Name: Yemi Alade


Age: 33 Years


Place of Birth: Abia


Numbers of Albums: 4


Awards Won: 7+


Simi (From Lagos State)


Simi’s vocals will literally give you the chills whenever you listen to her and she is a sensation.


Today, she is one of the most popular female musicians in Nigeria thanks to a number of hit songs.


Simi first came to the spotlight with the hit song Thief, it was immediately accepted nationwide because of its appeal.


Shortly after, she and Falz collaborated on the hit song Soldier and that too was a bop.


However, 2017 JOROMI was the magic for Simi because this one song won her several awards at the Headies.


Fast forward to today, she is still giving me chills with every song that she drops.


You have to check out her latest project TBH which is an acronym for, To Be Honest.


Real Name: Simisola Bolatito Kosoko


Stage Name: Simi


Age: 34 Years


Place of Birth: Lagos


Numbers of Albums: 4


Awards Won: 7+


Tekno (From Anambra State)


Alhaji Tekno is one Nigerian musician that has been overshadowed by the success of Wizkid and Davido but make no mistake he is still one of the most popular musicians in Nigeria.


Don’t get me wrong, Tekno is a beautiful singer and he has the numbers on his side.


Despite his vocal cord challenge in 2017 which saw him take some time out of music, he came back stronger.


Every single he dropped after his vocal cord challenge was an instant hit with over 5 million views on YouTube.


Tekno first came to the spotlight with the hit song Pana and Diana which were all beautiful songs.


Then there was Jogodo, Choko, Enjoy e.t.c. if you didn’t listen to all these songs then you are missing a lot.


Having said that, he has also been able to make quite the wealth for himself and relocated to the US where he is now based.


Real Name: Augustine Miles Kelechi


Stage Name: Tekno


Age: 29 Years


Place of Birth: Bauchi


Numbers of Albums: 4


Awards Won: 7+


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