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Top 5 Nigerian Female Musicians With International Recognition

Nigerian female musicians have always elevated the standard in terms of gaining international recognition for their songs. Things were never the same thereafter, and stars were born. Women have succeeded in an era and society filled with devastating prejudice.

Nigeria boasts one of the world’s largest music industries, thanks to its talented musicians who never stop producing engaging tunes. They portray a bright picture of the country internationally as one of Africa’s best.

It is impossible to overestimate the work that Nigerian musicians put into creating blazing hot singles and club pop songs that keep fans thrilled on a daily basis. The Nigerian music industry continues to grow and is firmly established as a global force to be reckoned with.

Musicians in Nigeria have become an exquisite circle worthy of praise, with innumerable worldwide collaborations and spectacular performances to talk about. In light of all of this, the gender disparity that exists in the music industry continues to be a problem.

It’s practically impossible to ignore the reality that men artists in Nigeria are more well-known and successful in their careers than their female counterparts.

The Nigerian music industry is unlike any other in Africa; it is humming with a large number of musicians who have crossed African boundaries as well as fresh and promising acts. Although lots of Nigerian artists have gone international, NaijaTastic.com has compiled a list of top female Nigerian artists with international recognition.

Here are the list of the top 5 Nigerian female musicians with international recognition:
1. Tiwa Savage
Tiwa Savage is one of the biggest pop talents to come out of West Africa in the 2010s, with a slew of songs and worldwide accolades to her credit. She began her career as a backing vocalist and songwriter in the music industry, and in the early 2010s, she debuted with a mix kind of dance-pop that combines Afro-pop, reggae, as well as modern R&B, while singing in both English and Yoruba.

Savage, who was already a great success when her debut album Once Upon a Time was released in 2013, continued to release hits throughout the next decade and increased her global reach by performing at foreign festivals and venues.

After leaving Mavin Records owing to the expiration of her contract, Tiwa Savage signed a record deal with Universal Music Group. She’s been nominated for a number of prizes around the world. She has worked with a number of local and international stars.
2. Yemi Alade
Yemi Alade, who is a Nigerian songwriter and Afro-pop singer, in 2009 was the winner of the renowned Peak Talent. Yemi Alade was born in Abia – south-eastern Nigeria, pursued her musical dreams while studying at the University of Lagos, and later that year, she released her debut single “Fimisile” after winning the popular Peak competition.

The 2013 international breakthrough single “Johnny,” which was included on her debut album, King of Queens, in 2014, was the result of a partnership with the Effyzzie Music Group. The album featured a variety of collaborations between famous producers and guest performers like Phyno and Chidinma, and was a combination of reggae, R&B, rap, and Afro-pop.

Mama Africa, as she is fondly called, is a well-known female musician in Nigeria. She landed a collaboration with Oscar winner and Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo, a Beninese singer-songwriter of Nigerian heritage.

Shekere by Yemi Alade has over 9 million views on YouTube alone. She also recorded a song called “Oh My Gosh,” which included Rick Ross, an international rapper.

3. Seyi Shay
Seyi Shay began her singing career at the age of six. Her late mother, as well as her siblings, who were all musicians and members of various musical ensembles, showered her with encouragement and motivation.

Shay’s first record deal was with No Apology Records, which is owned by George Martin. In 2006, the girl band Boadicea was formed.

In July 2015, Seyi signed an international record deal with Universal Island Records UK, which would release her music worldwide. Her musical abilities and knowledge lead her to work with some of the world’s most well-known performers, including Justin Timberlake.

4. Waje
Waje’s distinctive vocal range is well-known. She was a member of a choir and had been singing since she was a teenager before entering the music industry.

Waje has also shared the stage with international acts such as Wyclef Jean and Kerry Hilson. Waje has had considerable success in a variety of musical genres. Her professional career began when she joined the east coast-based Dome record label.

5. Niniola
Niniola Apata, better known as Niniola, is another well-known musician. She is a strong music performer that exudes charisma and vigor in her performances.  The singer’s inclusion on the list is the outcome of her hard work and creativity. She, too, got her start after competing in MTN’s Project Fame Talent event.

She has earned a lot of international music acclaim outside of Nigeria, and her song was featured on Drake’s playlist. She has a long list of accolades under her belt, including a nomination for Viewer’s Choice Best International Act at the 2018 BET Awards. The singer and performer has been incredible, as she continues to release party jams for fans and listeners while keeping the entertainment scene alive.

In Review
The Nigerian music industry has progressed tremendously over the years, reaching international acclaim. Nigerian music has toured the world while maintaining its heritage and uniqueness, thanks to the hard effort of its music talents.

While most Nigerians are familiar with male musicians like Don Jazzy, Olamide, Dbanj, and others, the importance of female Nigerian powerhouses in the industry should not be ignored.

We’ve looked at the top five internationally recognized Nigerian female musicians in this article. The musicians featured here have had a significant impact on Nigerian pop culture through their music, collaborations, and other tangible factors as a result of their hard work.
Adesola Adewumi
Adesola Adewumi
Adesola is a purpose-driven man, critical thinker, problem solver, inner peace seeker, nature addict, writer, and a good listener. As a content writer, he has written several published and unpublished articles, as well as life-changing masterpieces on various social media platforms and websites. Adesola as an ardent knowledge seeker seeks to maximize various opportunities to grow, develop, and become productive in his world.

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