Today, the Nigerian entertainment has grown tremendously, with the likes of the musicians, comedians, actors, reality shows, award shows, concerts and so much more. Every day, we turn on our Television and Radio sets and watch or listen to new entertainers trying to earn the name “celebrity”. It’s no easy feat, I tell you, but it looks like a walk in the park until one gives it a go.
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In past years, many entertainers would drop an album that thrilled us so much so that we had them on replay…everywhere. We had the likes of Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, Bright Chimezie, Oliver De Coque, Dan Maraya, Joke Silva, Sadiq Daba, Barbara Soky and how could you forget Sir Victor Uwaifo? Fast-forward a few decades and the likes of D’banj, PSquare, Sunny Ade, Sammy Okposo, Omotola Jalade, Kunle Afolayan, Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic and more storm the Nigerian Entertainment scene. Many of these have managed to retain their relevance – The sole key to longevity in the “game”.
Today, many young entertainers who quit school to pursue a career seem to retire after releasing 2 songs, featuring in few movies and cracking few jokes depending on which aspect of the industry they are in. Could passion be missing? Could it be that they do not have what it takes to make it through the Nigerian Entertainment track filled with land mines on the way to stardom or they simply do not understand survival in this digital, social-media driven world? As an aspiring entertainer fighting to attach the word “star” or better still “superstar” to your name, these are a few tips on how to make it as a Nigerian entertainer within and outside the country.
1. Realise quickly that you have products; hence, you must quickly evaluate your products offerings and identify your target market.
2. You must find out where, how, why your target audience desires your products and consistently deliver it to your market.
3. You must constantly re-evaluate your brands offerings and re-position it when the needs of your target change.
If your target is under 25 then see what some youngsters had to say about how you can make it in the industry below:
•Believe in yourself when others don’t: In life there ups and downs, so when you come across them, don’t give up. No endorsement today doesn’t mean there won’t be one tomorrow. Believe in yourself and stay focused.
•Work hard for the future not only the present: Hard work pays. Don’t be lazy to do what you love as an entertainer. Don’t sit on your bed and expect to be recognized.
•Don’t get too carried away by the name “celebrity” it is a distraction.
•Have a structure and forum: Make sure you are on any platform that your audience can reach you.
We wish you the very best in your foray into the Nigerian Entertainment scene.
It’s 2024, and Nigerian singer Korede Bello is turning a year older today! This isn’t just any birthday, though, as it falls on a leap year, making it extra special. Bello is so excited about this milestone that he declared he’d be celebrating all year long!
To mark the occasion, he took to Instagram and posted a series of photos from a birthday photoshoot, calling it “Koreday.” He donned two stylish outfits, one white and the other mustard, expressing his gratitude in the caption.
“It’s Koredayyy. Happy Birthday to me 🤍You guys have almost finished me with love today. A ton of DMs, posts, and calls. I can’t respond to all of you but I sincerely appreciate you. Thank you for celebrating M3GA.”
The birthday celebration doesn’t stop there! Korede Bello took to Instagram again to announce a party happening today, March 1st, 2024, at Ballr Lagos, inviting his followers in Lagos to join him for the festivities.
In addition to the party, Bello also announced the release of two new singles as birthday gifts to his fans. These songs, titled “Happy Birthday To Me” and “Minding My Business,” are the first tracks released from his highly anticipated “Koreday” album.
Fans flooded Korede Bello’s comment section with birthday wishes and prayers to celebrate his special day. Don Jazzy joined in on the well wishes saying, “Happy birthday Omo Lope. May GOD continue to win in your life. More blessings,” and actress Adesua Etomi said, “Happy birthday Koredeeee.”
In another Instagram post, Korede Bello was dancing with joy, his flowing outfit adding to the celebratory atmosphere of his birthday.
Chike’s music video for his hit song “Egwu” is brimming with joy and positive energy, spreading happiness among viewers. Released in late 2023, “Egwu” has become a huge commercial success, soaring to the top of the TurnTable Top 100 chart in a remarkable climb.
To create the music video, Chike collaborated with the gifted cinematographer Pink. Together, they crafted a vibrant visual experience that not only reflects the song’s joyful spirit but also pays respectful homage to the memory of the beloved Street pop star, Mohbad.
Chike kicked off the year with the release of his latest music video on February 28th, 2024, marking his first artistic offering of the year. This video, filmed entirely in Lagos, showcases the city’s vibrant energy and the joyful spirit of its inhabitants. From lively market women and energetic school children to skilled artisans, wise elders, and colorfully dressed dancers, all come together in a delightful dance routine that breathes life into the song’s message.
In the music video for “Ewgu,” Chike utilizes powerful visuals to create a surge of emotion. We see Mohbad gazing upon the city, his music seemingly spreading happiness throughout its streets. This impactful imagery adds another layer to the song’s emotional depth.
“Ewgu” follows Chike’s 2023 release, “Ego Oyibo,” as he keeps fans engaged in anticipation of his upcoming third album.
MohBad, born Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba (1996–2023), was a rising star in the Nigerian music industry. The talented rapper, singer, and songwriter from Lagos made a name for himself with his streetwise lyrics and tunes
His hits like “Ponmo,” “Peace,” and “KPK (Ko Por Ke)” garnered him widespread recognition and award nominations. He rose to fame with his craft and collaborations with top artists like Naira Marley and Oladips. Despite his tragic passing in 2023, his music continues to resonate with fans around the world.
Nigerian music star Fireboy DML recently shared a fascinating story about his hit collaboration with global music sensation Ed Sheeran on the remix of Fireboy’s 2021 chart-topping single, “Peru.”
In a recent interview with Billboard News, the 28-year-old singer revealed that the collaboration came about after a friend of Ed Sheeran’s introduced the song to the British superstar. Fireboy revealed that Ed Sheeran himself reached out to him, expressing his interest in the song after a friend shared it with him.
Fireboy further disclosed that prior to this remarkable collaboration, he had expressed his fervent desire for a “global hit” that would significantly transform his life path.
“I remember praying for a song that would breakthrough on a global scale, something that would truly change my life forever,” Fireboy said, reflecting on the period before the collaboration.
“At the time, ‘Essence’ was enjoying significant popularity, and this inspired me to aim for even greater achievements. I would like to contribute to my genre by having a song that cuts across the whole world and changes my life forever.” he added.
“God gave me ‘Peru’, so the song blew up, amazing record. You know when a song blows up and it becomes this annoying record you hear everywhere in Africa, in Nigeria, especially in Lagos.
“It needed something special so it came in the form of the collaboration with Ed Sheeran. I was in the studio that day I remember when I got the call from Mr Kareem, he works with my label and he was like, guess what? Ed Sheeran is going to be on your record.
“Check your DM, I think he has sent you a DM. He has recorded the verse, everything is ready and I was like, what? But apparently, Jamal Edwards sent the song to Ed Sheeran.
“So after I got the call, I checked my messages on Instagram, and he had sent me a DM together with a voice note, and when I listened to verse, I was like this verse is fire.”
And that is how the chart-topping Peru Remix came about.