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The Rise And Fall Of Nigerian Musicians



There is no doubt that Nigeria is graciously blessed with talented men and women in the entertainment industry. While some artists through their passion, works and consistency made enough significance to remain in the memory of music lovers; some musicians’ light and popularity appeared to have dimmed in the music industry as a result of one thing or the other. The big question is; who are these rise and fall musicians and where are they?

You may agree with me that the dream of every aspiring musician is attaining stardom, but it is worrisome that some of the Nigerian well-known musicians have suddenly disappeared having completed their record label deals.

Let us take a look at some of them.

Olu Maintain

Olumide Edwards Adegbulu, popularly called Olu Maintain, is a Nigerian musician and producer, born in Lagos State, Nigeria on July 19, 1976.

The artiste was on top of his game in 2007 with his hit record, ‘Yahooze’. This song cut across every segment in the entertainment industry. In 2008, Olu Maintain performed ‘Yahooze’ at the Royal Albert Hall, London and brought on stage Colin Powell, to dance to his tune. Years later, he is yet to stage a major comeback that can be compared to his success with the classic hit record ‘Yahooze’.


Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk best known by his stage name Iyanya, was born on October 31, 1986. He rose to fame after winning the first season of Project Fame West Africa, and is best known for his hit single “Kukere”. He released his debut studio album ‘My Story in 2009.’

Years later, he is yet to stage a major comeback into the world of music.

Terry G

Gabriel Oche Amanyi popularly known by his stage name ‘Terry G’, was born March 17, 1986. He is considered one of those musicians who have far lost their musical career for another business entirely. Terry G is described as “the craziest musician in Nigeria”.
Some of his songs include: “Free Me”, “Ginjah ur Swaggah, and” Book of Ginger”. His music hit the air in the late 2000s after he released the song “Pass Me Your Love” featuring Terry G is no longer reigning as a top artist; he now sells pure water.

Lil Kesh
Keshinro Ololade, popularly called Lil Kesh started his professional music career in 2012 and became famous in 2014 following his hit title “Lyrically”. On April 2, 2014, Kesh signed his first music contract with YBNL Nation and through YBNL Nation, Kesh released “Shoki”, which got him nominated in the Best Street-Hop Artiste category at The Headies 2014 while “Shoki Remix” featuring Olamide and Davido got nominated in the Hottest Single of the Year at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
Kesh also released a song titled “Gbese” in 2015, which was produced by Young Jonn.

Years after the expiration of his record label deal with the YBNL, Kesh’s voice is yet to be heard in the music industry.


Modupe-Oreoluwa Oyeyemi, better known as Mocheddah in 2009 stormed the music scene with a promotional single, ‘If You Want Me’. The song was quickly followed by her debut studio album, Franchise Celebrity. She signed to Knighthouse Entertainment in 2010.After much effort to remain significant in the music industry, Mo’Cheddah, left the industry and got married to Prince Bukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi, known as BK in Lagos, Nigeria. Thereafter, things have not been the same anymore as fans have moved on to other artists.

Sasha P

Anthonia Yetunde Alabi, ‘Sasha P’ known to be the First Lady of hip hop and Nigerian rapper, began her musical career as a child in Ibadan and gained success at a time when there were few Nigerian women in hip-hop music.
Her success gave room for other female rappers and musicians in Nigerian hip-hop as she was signed to eLDee’s Trybe Records. In 2000, she released her debut album ‘First Lady’ under her record label — Storm Records.
In 2013, Sasha P took a break from the music scene to focus on her fashion business and since then, Nigerian music lovers are yet to hear anything from her.


Nigerian singer, dancer, and songwriter, Akinmayokun Awodumila, best known as May D became one of Nigeria’s most promising music youngsters in 2011 when he met with the hottest Nigerian music duo P Square. He was signed to their record label, Square Records, on May 13, 2011, and released his debut single, “SoundTrack.” Some of his songs include Sureboy, Ile Ijo, Gat Me High, So Many Tinz, among others.May D announced his departure from the music label of Square Record after a misunderstanding in 2012. The big question on the lips of Nigerians is, Where is May- D?


Kehinde Oladotun Oyebanjo, popularly known as ‘K Switch’ was part of the defunct Mo’hits crew. He was also one of the rappers in ‘Booty call’ and his single, Money. He also featured on Dr. SID’s ‘Over the Moon’ and Wande Coal’s ‘Who Born the Maga?’ So far, not much has been heard from the artiste in recent times.

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