Once upon a time, women lived with the psyche that they can only thrive in the home front and not outside the home front. This common psyche pervaded the workplace where it is believed that women cannot be trusted with power or comport themselves just like their male counterparts.
In no particular order, TheNewsGuru profiles Nigeria’s most influential female artistes.
TIWA SAVAGE- Singer/Actress
When Tiwa Savage sings, the world literally halts in its tracks. The award winning pop star has a voice that can calm frayed nerves.
In 2012, when Tiwa Savage signed a record deal with the Don jazzy led Mavin Records she was still trying to find her voice in the Nigerian music landscape. Fast forward to 2017, Tiwa now has a management and publishing deal with Roc Nation, she has clinched 9 awards and has over 3.4m followers on Instagram and 1.8M followers on Twitter.
Her hit single, All over has over 4m views on YouTube. Her music prowess has been felt on platforms like UK edition of The X Factor, Gidi Fest, BBNaija reality TV Show, amongst others.
YEMI ALADE- Singer/Entrepreneur
Perhaps a suitable description for Yemi would be ‘Persisting against all odds’. The delectable singer and songwriter who came to limelight through Peak Talent Show is known for her energetic Afrocentric voice.
We cannot easily forget how she crooned in songs like Johnny, Kiss, Tangerine and most recently Charliee.Yemi’s 2014 hit song, Johnny recently hit 72m views on YouTube.
The light-skinned songstress as at the time of this report has 2.3m followers on Instagram and 237k followers on Twitter. Yemi co-hosted the MTV Africa Movie Awards (alongside Bonang Matheba) and featured on a worldwide Shell promotional campaign with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.
The self proclaimed King of queens has an endorsement deal with Nairabox, a jewelry collection called Bland 2 Glam . She is undoubtedly one of the most sought after female artistes in Africa. Alade leads Tiwa Savage in the battle of the most viewed music video. While Tiwa Savage’s Eminado has over 21m views, Yemi Alade’s Johnny has over 72 million views on YouTube.
ASA- Musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
Bukola Elemide a.k.a Asa needs no introduction. She is globally known as a leading musician in Africa. Asa stole our hearts when she released the soulful song Eye Adaba, which endeared her to music lovers in Nigeria.She made soul music commercial through her brilliant blend of Afrocentric melody and Jazz.
Her yearly concert, Asa Live In Lagos Encore has been tagged as one of the most anticipated and electrifying music concerts in Africa.
Asa may not be have the social media edge of Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade, but she makes up for it with her sold out international concerts and fan-base.
SEYI SHAY- Musician, Songwriter
Seyi Shay broke into our collective consciousness with the fire in her voice that reminds us of her song,Irawo. Our hearts melted when she continued to mesmerize us with her amazing soulful vocal dexterity.
There is Seyi Shay, the svelte songstress who has a captivating voice and there is Seyi Shay the woman, who continues to expand her brand. The London born, Nigerian singer started out performing for the London Community Gospel Choir during their world tour, which included 13 cities in Japan. She is signed to Island Records. Her dance-hall tune, Murda has over 2m views on YouTube.
As at the time of this report, Seyi Shay has 840,000 followers on Instagram and 658,000 followers on Twitter.
SIMI- Singer, Songwriter/ and Sound Engineer
Simi constantly exemplifies a diva who doesn’t rest on her laurels. A young lady of many talents, she has effortlessly combined being a songwriter, sound engineer and songstress.
Simi’s vocal prowess in Falz song Soldier, earned her rave reviews from music pundits. She won the Headies 2016 award for the best vocal performance.
Her star power can be seen in her social media strength. The Jamb Question singer has 933,000 Instagram followers and 122,000 Twitter followers as at the time of this report.
Apart from being a singer , Simi is also a sound engineer. She played a major role in mixing Adekunle Gold’s debut album