Nigerian music and Nigerian musicians are on the rise these days. Afrobeat(s) music is gaining more airplay globally. The Nigerian music industry has been able to export top music stars like Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi etc.
Besides making their Nigeria proud, these artistes also make their individual state very proud too. Maybe you ever wondered which state your favorite musician comes from, you are reading just the right article.
The aim of this post is to highlight where some of our popular Nigerian musicians and their state of origin.
Wizkid – pop superstar real name Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun was born and brought up in Surulere, Lagos State.
Don Jazzy – a veteran music producer and singer, CEO of the defunct Mo’Hits record and founder of Marvin Records. The award-winning beat maker Don Jazzy hails from Abia State.
D’banj – is a multiple award-winner singer and entertainer with awards like MTV Artist of the Year, Europe Music Awards and others D’banj whose real name is Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo is from Ogun state.
Davido – the DMW honcho hails from Ede, in Osun State. However, he was born in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
2Baba aka 2Face Idibia – the ‘African Queen’ crooner is an Idoma native in Benue State. However, he was born and brought up in Jos, Plateau State.
Tiwa Savage – the 39-year-old Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage whose real name is Tiwatope Savage-Balogun is from Lagos State.
P-Square – the duo of Peter and Paul Okoye formerly known as P-Square grew up in Jos, Plateau State. In other news, their state of origin is Anambra State.
Fela Kuti – the legendary Afrobeat founder was born
Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The globally famous singer later preferred to be called Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Yemi Alade – the beautiful singer was born to a Yoruba father and an Igbo mother in Abia State. Yemi Alade’s state of origin is Ondo State.
Kcee – the ‘Limpopo’ crooner was born Kingsley Chinwe Okonkwo, in Ajegunle, Lagos State. The Five Star Music general hails from Uli, in Imo State.
Adekunle Gold – is best known for his cover version of One Direction’s ‘Story of my life’ which he called ‘Sade’. He is born Adekunle Kosoko and hails from Lagos State.
Olamide – the rapper and singer also known as Baddo was born and brought up in Bariga, Lagos State. Meanwhile the YBNL boss hails from Ijebu, in Ogun State.
Reminisce – the LRR boss real name is Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru, his state of origin is Ogun.
Lil Kesh – born Ololade Keshinro, the rapper and singer who is best known for his hit track ‘Shoki’ is from Bariga, Lagos State.
Mayorkun – the multi-talented DMW singer was born in Osun State.
Dremo – signed to DMW and best known for ‘Fela’, a cover for hip hop track ‘Panda’. The rapper’s real name is Aboriomoh Femi Raymond and from Ibadan, Oyo State.
Reekado Banks – real name Ayoleyi Hanniel Solomon was formerly signed to Mavin Records. The ‘Oluwa Ni’ crooner hails from Ondo State.
Kizz Daniel – the highly rated Nigerian pop star was born Anidugbe Oluwatobiloba Daniel and he hails from Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Tekno – was born in Bauchi to a Nigerian Army Officer as father. He is Igbo and hails from Ebonyi State.
Asa – the revered female artiste was born Bukola Elemide in Paris, France. However, she hails from Lagos, Nigeria.
Burna Boy – the self proclaimed Afrofusion singer with real name Damini Ogulu hails from Rivers state, specifically Ahoada, Local Government Area.
Skales – born Raoul John Njeng-Njeng, the rapper turned singer has a Cameroonian dad and a Nigerian mum from Edo. He was born and had early upbringing in Kaduna State.
Falz – born Folarinde Falana, the Nigerian rapper and actor is from Lagos State, Nigeria.
Flavour – Highly regarded as the king of contemporary Nigerian highlife music, Chinedu Okoli is from Umunze in Anambra State.
Harrysong – is the founder of AlterPlate Music, the ‘Reggae Blues’ crooner is an indigene of Delta state, Nigeria.
Yung6ix – born Onome Onokohwomo, the Nigerian rapper and lyricist is from Delta State.
Orezi – the afrobeats and dancehall singer with real name
Esegine Orezi Allen is an indigene of Delta state.
Aramide – is a Nigerian Soul and R&B singer, she hails from Ibadan in Oyo State.
Chidinma Ekile – was born and bred in Ikorodu, Lagos. Her state of origin is Imo State.
Ice Prince – is a Nigerian BET award-winning rapper who was born and breed in Jos, Plateau.
Korede Bello – the Mavin Records music star is from Lagos, Nigeria.
MI Abaga & Jesse Jagz – are Nigerian brothers and rappers who were born and brought up in Jos, Plateau State. However, their state of origin is Taraba.
Iyanya – is born Iyanya Onoyum Mbuk, he best known for his viral dance track ‘Kukere’ and hails from Calabar, Cross River State.
Waje – the gifted female vocalist and voice coach hails from Edo State.
Omawumi – was born into the family of Chief Dr. Frank and Mrs. Aya Megbele of Itsekiri in Delta State.
Phyno – born Chibuzor Nelson, the PentHauze Music boss hails from Enugu State.
Praiz – the ‘Rich and Famous’ crooner and MTN ambassador was born in Lagos but hails from Kogi State.
Seyi Shay – was born Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua to Nigerian parents in Tottenham, London. She is a native of Ife in Osun state.
Runtown – was born Douglas Agu, the singer who is best known for ‘Mad Over You’ is an indigene of Enugu State.
Ruggedman – veteran rapper Michael Stephens aka Ruggedbaba is a native of Abia state.
Sean Tizzle – is a Nigerian singer with real name Morihanfen Oluwaseun Oluwabamidele. He is from Ilaje, in Ondo State.
Sound Sultan – is a veteran singer and was born in Jos, Plateau State.
Simi – she started off as a gospel singer and turned to the secular music. The ‘Joromi’ crooner hails from Surulere, Lagos.
Shaydee – is a former member of EME, born Shadrach Adeboye Folarin in the ancient city of Kano, Nigeria.
Patoranking – whose real name is Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie made a big debut with his song ‘Alubarika’. He is an indigene of Ebonyi state.
Mr Eazi – Oluwatosin Ajibade was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. However, he is a native of Ogun State, Nigeria.
Wande Coal – former member of Mo’Hits and Mavin Records is best known for his classic album ‘Mushin 2 Mo’Hits’. He is a native of Lagos Island, Lagos state.
Banky W – is a Nigerian musician turned politician and founder of EME. He is a native of Badagry, Lagos, Nigeria.
Niniola & Teni – these two are Nigerian sisters that are doing Nigerian music proud. Niniola and Teni hail from Ondo state, Nigeria.