Nigeria is known to produce the top acts in Africa when it comes to the music entertainment industry. The work put in by these Nigerian musicians to create hit music that constantly draws their fans attention certainly never goes unnoticed. The Nigerian music industry has drastically evolved in the past decade and is currently a major factor in the global music scene.
Having the highest number of celebrated tracks in the continent inclusive of global collaborations, the country brags entertainment excellence with their musical acts garnering so much praise for their amazing work. Gender inequality is said to still exist in the Nigerian music industry as fans tend to favor and celebrate the male artists in Nigeria as compared to their female artists. R
Despite this obvious fact, Female acts in the industry have managed to break through the music scene in the nation with artists such as the legendary ASA, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade and others reining the music industry for years now. In the list below, we are shedding the top female Nigerian musicians with the biggest hit songs.
Here is 12 Top Nigerian Female Singers
1. Tiwa Savage
There is no better female act to kick-start this list of top Nigerian musicians 2018 other than the famed Tiwa Savage. Tiwa is undeniably one of the top female artists in Nigeria having worked with the several top acts both in Nigeria and globally.
Tiwa’s musical career began in 2010 with her then hit ‘Kele Kele love,’ and her musical journey has since been nothing short of successful. She has had the great opportunity of performing in some of the biggest stages globally and has received various nominations for her great work through the years.
The artist recently signed to Jay-z‘s record label Roc Nation, and she is the first Nigerian artist to become a part of this record label. Tiwa Savage kick-started the year 2018 by collaborating with Kenya’s Sauti Sol boys band to produce the afro-reggae hit ‘Girl Next Door’ which is bound to be a banger.
2. Yemi Alade
Yemi Alade became a force to reckon within the Nigerian music industry after the release of her major hit “Johnny.” The award-winning singer has gained so much popularity through the years and is currently considered the queen of afro-beat among Nigerian female musicians, so it Is no surprise she made to the list.
Yemi Alade’s rise to fame was quick as she labored hard to gain recognition as the top female artist in Nigeria and possibly Africa. Yemi Alade has also worked with several Nigerian best musicians creating some of the best work which certainly did not go unnoticed as she has received several awards for most of them.
Niniola Apata is a rising Nigerian female vocalist and songwriter with a rather eccentric style of music which incorporates afro and house beats. Niniola has an outstanding vocal ability, and her great performing skills deem her enticing.
Despite being new in the Nigerian music industry, she has managed to create a name for herself and is undoubtedly an artist to watch out for in the Nigerian female musicians list for this year. Her debut single received so much positive feedback, and she landed her first nomination. She has since received several nominations including ‘Best Female Artist West Africa.’
Simi is another undeniable talent on the rise that started out in the Nigerian music industry as a gospel singer. Despite being initially linked to the gospel side of the industry, Simi has proven to be an all-rounder and managed to show us the best of both worlds.
Her career jump-started in 2014 and has been looking up ever since. She has received several nominations for the Headies awards, and we cannot wait to see what she has in store for us this year.
5. Seyi Shay
Seyi is relatively new to the Nigerian music industry but definitely not new to the music scene as she has been performing since she was just six years of age. Seyi relocated to Nigeria from the UK in 2013 which also marks the start of her career.
Seyi has done pretty well for herself in her career as Exquisite Magazine named her one of the Exquisite Ladies of the year 2016 along Nigerian popular musicians- Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade. In addition to this great honor, Seyi managed to secure several nominations for the Headies award that same year.
Morgan Began singing professionally in 2007, but became a fan favorite in 2010 when she featured in Jhybo song. In 2013, she released “Don’t Break My Heart” under Northside Entertainment Inc. She is number 8 on the list of richest female musicians of Nigerian origin. The song made crazy waves topping the musical chart for weeks. Her song “German Juice” is a hit. She is a well recognized figure in the music industry in Nigeria.
Waje featured in P-square hit track “Bizzy Body” in 2007 and also in a reality show powered by MTV Base South Africa and Zain which boosted her career in music. She signed a mouth watering endorsement deal with telecommunication giant, GLO. She occupies number 7 on the list of richest musicians in Nigeria 2018.
“Asa” whose full name is Bukola Elemide is a Nigerian-french singer. She came to limelight when she released her first single “Eye Adaba”, Jailer, e.t.c in 2009. She has a number of great hit songs and is reported to have signed an endorsement deal worth millions of Naira with GTBank after recording an official song for them.
Asa is one of the most respected female musician to ever emerged from Nigeria.
It is no surprise that Chidinma Ekile also known as Miss Kedike is among the list of the top 10 richest female musicians in Nigeria 2017/ 2018. Her fame began after she won the third season of the MTN Project Fame West Africa in 2010. Immediately after that year, she released her singles “Jankoliko”and “kedike” which won for her the Kora Awards for the Best Female west African Act.
Chidinma has been a brand ambassador for MTN for three years now.
Omawumi started her singing career in 2007 after she was voted as the 1st runner-up for Idol West Africa Competition. Her first single “In the music” boosted her career and since released some hit tracks.
She is a brand ambassador of Globacom, Konga.com, Mortein,and Malta Guiness.
Nneka is a Nigerian hip hop/soul singer based in Germany. She began her musical career in 2004 while performing as an opening act for dance hall reggae star Sean Paul at Hamburg. Nneka has toured and traveled to many countries in Europe and Africa and her net worth is said to be $1.3million which sees her enter the 9th position among the richest female musicians in Nigeria today.
12. Eva Alordiah
The Nigerian make-up artist, fashion designer, entertainer and recording artist, Eva Alordiah was born as Elohor Eva Alordiah on 13 August 1989 in Abuja, Nigeria. The versatile and most promising musician in Africa has definitely brought change to the Nigerian entertainment industry with her raw and illest lyrics; there is no doubt that she is one of Nigeria’s best female rappers.
In August 2013, she signed a management deal with Radioactiiv. And in the same year, Nokia Nigeria enlisted her as one of the judges for its annual “Don’t Break Da Beat” competition.
On August 2014, she became an ambassador of Guinness Nigeria’s Made of Black campaign alongside Olamide and Phyno.