Despite everything that happened in , Nigerian music remained strong. Towards the beginning of the year, cemented stars like Niniola, Burna Boy , and Rema were already rolling out singles as the pandemic began to hit. In October, the EndSARS protests against police brutality and corrupt governance brought Nigeria, and its music industry, to a necessary halt. Nigerian musicians at home and abroad pitched-in and joined the movement as the country's youth stood up for their rights. By the end of , despite by the virus, lockdowns and after joining national protests, a large portion of major Nigerian acts had dropped an album, with the last quarter of the year seeing Wizkid' s Made In Lagos, Davido 's A Better Time , Olamide 's Carpe Diem and many more. Below we round up our picks for the best Nigerian songs of the year.
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The song is about Naira Marley's experiences in prison and a jibe at the Nigerian authorities that held him a few months ago for internet fraud. Called the Queen of Afropop her by admirers, Tiwa Savage has been dropping hits that resonate with her fanbase on a constant basis. Burna Boy has had a great year, culminating in his nomination to the Grammy Awards. He released this video in November, four months after dropping his African Giant album , it is still hot and a club banger anytime. Another track influenced by Fela Kuti, Joro is taken from the Zombie album. Olamide 's new single is getting all the attention on radio and the internet with videos of different ladies twerking on Instagram. Confessing the dream of many young people, the dream of becoming a billionaire is paramount. Flashy cars and holidays in Santorini, not many will say not to that.
Earlier in the year we noted a slow start in the Nigerian music industry. The political song delivers a strong message while keeping it light and relatable to his fans. Whether you're at home or in the club, this one's a winner. It's not very common for an animated video or a visualiser for a song by an upcoming act to get a million YouTube views. But that is what Joeboy's visualiser for 'Baby' has done. It has beaten the million views mark by over a half-million views. Mission accomplished. The song has faint disco elements but retains a Nigerian vibe.