These are the top 30 Nigerian artists and their state of origin that you need to be familiar with.
Nigeria has 36 states, and each state has contributed to the growth and development of the country in one way or the other and here are the top 30 Nigerian artists and their state of origin.
Some contribute material resources, others contribute awesome human resources in their respective fields, and are using their musical talent to promote the well-being of Nigeria as a whole, here is their state of origin.
Rema – Edo State
Divine Ikubor (born 1 May 2000), known professionally as Rema, is a Nigerian singer and rapper.
He rose to prominence with the release of the song “Iron Man”, which appeared on Barack Obama’s 2019 summer playlist.
In 2019, he signed a record deal with Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records.
2Baba – Benue State
Innocent Ujah Idibia known by his stage name 2Baba, is a Nigerian singer, musician, pianist, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, humanitarian, and activist.
Prior to July 2014, he went by the stage name 2face Idibia.
He is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa.
2Baba is the first winner of MTV Europe, Best African Act Award in 2015.
Fireboy DML – Ogun State
Adedamola Adefolahan (born 5 February 1996), known professionally as Fireboy DML, is a Nigerian singer.
He is signed to YBNL Nation, a record label founded by Nigerian rapper Olamide.
His debut studio album Laughter, Tears, and Goosebumps was released in 2019.
He won Listener’s Choice and was nominated for Song of the Year for “Jealous” at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.
Niniola – Lagos State
Niniola Apata (born 15 December 1986), known professionally as Niniola, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.
She participated in the sixth season of Project Fame West Africa in 2013.
After releasing her debut single “Ibadi”, she was nominated for Most Promising Act to Watch at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards
Don Jazzy – Delta State
Don Jazzy was born Micheal Collins Ajereh in Umuahia, Abia State, on November 26, 1982, the son of Collins Enebeli Ajereh and Mrs Ajereh, his father is from Isoko in Delta State.
Michael Collins Ajereh, known professionally as Don Jazzy, is a Nigerian record producer, audio engineer, record executive, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
He is the founder and the CEO of Mavin Records, Don Jazzy was co-owner of the defunct Mo’ Hits Records record label with Dbanj.
Olamide – Ogun State
Olamide Gbenga Adedeji known professionally as Olamide (and also Olamide Baddo, BaddoSneh, or simply Baddo) is a Nigerian hip-hop recording artist.
Also, Ijebu-Itele is the hometown of the popular rap artist Olamide Baddo, he has referred to the town in some of his songs as his father’s hometown.
He records in Yoruba and English, in 2011, he released his debut studio album Rapsodi while signed to Coded Tunes.
Wande Coal – Lagos State
Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe, popularly known as Wande Coal, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.
With his yearning for romantic ballads, Nigerian singer, songwriter, and producer Wande Coal pioneered the sound of Afrobeats while becoming an international star.
Coal got his start singing in a church choir as a teenager and broke into the music business as a dancer before signing with the Nigeran label Mo’Hits in 2006.
Coal contributed to the 2007 compilation Curriculum Vitae as part of the Mo’Hits All-Stars.
Wizkid – Ogun State
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun known professionally as Wizkid, Wizzy, Big Wiz, Machala, or Starboy, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.
The recipient of several international music nominations and awards, He signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records in March 2017.
In 2019, he was featured on Beyoncé’s project The Lion King: The Gift on the collaboration “Brown Skin Girl”, which won him a Grammy Award for Best Music Video.
His fourth album, Made in Lagos, was released in October 2020, to wide commercial success and acclaim.
The album includes the single “Essence”, which became the first Nigerian song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
Davido – Osun State
David Adedeji Adeleke popularly known as Davido, is a Nigerian-American singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Davido rose to fame after releasing “Dami Duro”, the second single from his debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo (2012).
In 2012, Davido won the Next Rated award at The Headies. Between 2013 and 2015, he also released a number of hit singles and in January 2016 he signed a record deal with Sony Music.
Dbanj – Ogun State
Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo better known by his stage name D’banj, is a Nigerian musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, lawyer, entrepreneur, and television personality.
He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards.
D’banj, also known as the Kokomaster or Bangalee, was born on 9 June 1980 in Zaria, the northern part of Nigeria to a military officer who commanded an artillery regiment and a devout church dignitary businesswoman who hailed from Shagamu in Ogun State
Burna Boy – Rivers State
Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu known professionally as Burna Boy is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, rapper, and dancer. He is one of the biggest and most successful African artists.
He rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E (2013).
In 2017, Burna Boy signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the United States and Warner Music Group internationally.
His third studio album Outside marked his major-label debut, in 2021, he won the award for Best World Music Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Tiwa Savage – Lagos State
Tiwatope Savage (born 5 February 1980) is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and actress.
Born in Isale Eko, she relocated to London at the age of 11 for her secondary education. Five years later, she began her music career doing backup vocals for artists such as George Michael and Mary J. Blige.
After participating in the UK edition of The X Factor and graduating from Berklee College of Music, Savage signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in 2009.
9ice – Oyo State
9ice, born Alexander Abolore Adegbola Akande is a Nigerian musician, songwriter, and dancer.
He is known for his powerful use of the Yoruba language in his music as well as his proverbial lyrics and unique style of delivery.
Phyno – Anambra State
Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike (born 9 October 1986), better known as Phyno Fino, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Although a native of Anambra State, Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike was born and raised in Enugu State.
His debut studio album No Guts No Glory was released in 2014.
Timaya – Bayelsa State
Inetimi Timaya Odon better known by his stage name Timaya, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.
He hails from Odi, Bayelsa state he is the founder of DM Records Limited.
His solo career began in 2005 with the release of “Dem Mama”, which also appeared on his debut album, True Story released the following year.
His second album Gift and Grace was released in 2008.
Runtown – Enugu State
Douglas Jack Agu, better known as Runtown, is a Nigerian Afrobeats artist who began releasing music in 2007 and gained global fame in the mid-2010s.
After spending years under the radar, Runtown released his career-making single, 2014’s “Gallardo (feat. Davido),” which won Best Collaboration honors at that year’s Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
Ghetto University, his debut LP, arrived in 2015 and featured such A-list collaborators as DJ Khaled and Wizkid.
He earned his first global hit with the 2016 single “Mad Over You,” which reached the Top 40 of the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart.
The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards named him African Artiste of the Year in 2017.
Yemi Alade – Ondo State
Yemi Eberechi Alade is a Nigerian Afropop singer, songwriter, actress, and activist.
She won the Peak Talent Show in 2009 after which she signed to Effyzzie Music Group, and had a hit with her single “Johnny” in 2014.
Since then Yemi has gained prominence in the music industry and is considered one of the biggest artists in Africa.
Following the releases of her albums King of Queens and Mama Africa with the huge commercial success recorded for both albums, this made her embark on world tours consecutively.
She won the MTV African Music Awards for Best female in 2015 and 2016 consecutively and was nominated for Artiste of the Year in 2015.
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Reminisce – Ogun State
Remilekun Khalid Safaru known by his stage names Reminisce and ALAGA IBILE is a Nigerian versatile musician, singer, rapper, songwriter, and actor from Ogun State.
He has mastered the art of performing in both English and his native language, Yoruba.
Flavour – Anambra State
Chinedu Okoli, better known by his stage name Flavour N’abania or simply Flavour, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.
He began his musical career as a drummer for a local church. Flavour is popularly known across Africa and the world for his hit song “Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)”.
He is currently signed to 2nite Entertainment.
Kizz Daniel – Ogun State
Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, better known by his stage name Kizz Daniel, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.
He is best known for his singles “Woju” and “Yeba”, he went by the stage name Kiss Daniel prior to changing it in May 2018.
He founded the Fly Boy Inc record label in November 2017.
Adekunle Gold – Lagos State
Adekunle Kosoko, known professionally as Adekunle Gold, is a Nigerian highlife singer, songwriter, and graphic designer.
He gained widespread attention after releasing the 2015 hit single “Sade”, a highlife cover of One Direction’s “Story of My Life”.
In 2015, he signed a record deal with YBNL Nation and released his debut studio album Gold, which debuted at number 7 on the Billboard World Albums chart.
Naira Marley – Lagos State
Azeez Adeshina Fashola, known professionally as Naira Marley, is a British-Nigerian singer and songwriter.
He is known as the president of his controversial fan base, “Marlians” Although 2019’s controversial “Am I a Yahoo Boy” attracted the ire of the Nigerian government, the track landed him on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart for the first time.
An ode to self-pleasure inspired by his own brief incarceration, his 2019 hit single “Soapy” gave rise to another viral dance trend.
Walking the line between Afrobeats and hip-hop while dropping a slew of hit records, Naira Marley is one of Nigeria’s biggest stars.
Patoranking – Ebonyi State
Nigerian dancehall singer Patoranking, who started out as a street performer before rising to national stardom, is known for his music’s signature African fuji rhythms and strong social messages.
He broke through in 2014 when Nigerian singer Timaya appeared on his bouncy reggae anthem “Alubarika,” the story of the former carnival dancer’s rise from “nothing to something.”
He has regularly addressed urgent social issues on such tracks as 2014’s “Girlie O,” featuring award-winning singer Tiwa Savage, and 2016’s “No Kissing Baby,” with Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie.
Oxlade – Lagos State
The artist’s real name is Ikuforiji Olaitan Abdulrahman, but he is best known in the music industry by his stage name Oxlade.
He was born on April 22nd, 1997, and was brought up by his grandmother after losing his mum at an early age.
Omah Lay – Rivers State
Stanley Omah Didia (born 19 May 1998), better known as Omah Lay, is a Nigerian singer. He released his self-produced debut single “Do Not Disturb” in April 2019.
He won the Next Rated award at the 2020 Headies Awards.
Tems – Lagos State
Temilade Openiyi (born 11 June 1995), better known by her stage name Tems, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Temilade Openiyi was born on June 11, 1995, in Lagos, Nigeria, Born to a Nigerian mother and a British-Nigerian father, Tems family moved to the United Kingdom shortly after birth.
Her parents separated when she was five, and relocated to Ilupeju, a city in Lagos State, before moving to Lekki, then another city called Ajah.
Tekno – Ebonyi State
Augustine Miles Kelechi (born December 17, 1990), popularly known as Tekno, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.
Kelechi is from Ivo Local Government Area, Ebonyi State, he was born in Bauchi State into a family of six — five boys and one girl.
He was raised in several parts of the country including Nassarawa, Kaduna, and Abuja
Simi – Lagos State
Simisola Kosoko (born April 19, 1988), better known by her stage name Simi, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and actress.
She started her career as a gospel singer, releasing her debut studio album in 2008, titled Ogaju.
She gained prominence in 2014 after releasing “Tiff”, a song that was nominated for Best Alternative Song at The Headies 2015.
Teni – Lagos State
Teniola Apata, born 23 December (1992) better known as Teni, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and entertainer.
Teni was born on 23 December 1992 in Lagos state, she is the younger sister of Nigerian singer Niniola.
She attended Apata Memorial High School and later preceded to American InterContinental University where she obtained a degree in business administration.