5 Nigerian Albums Turning 10 In 2023 (WN Picks)

5 Nigerian Albums Turning 10 In 2023 (WN Picks)
5 Nigerian Albums Turning 10 In 2023 (WN Picks)

The previous several years have seen a huge expansion of the Nigerian music scene, but this expansion was only possible because of the hard work of the artists and teams that kept the flame alive. Importantly, the majority of the artists that are now dominating the world scene did not simply emerge yesterday. They’ve been honing their skill, investing time, and exchanging enjoyable songs.

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It’s interesting that there are so many artists now that have really experienced the Nigerian entertainment business, know what it is like, have worked on projects, and have established a name for themselves.

This week on WN Picks, we examine five albums that will be turning 10 in 2023, showcasing both the performer and the record.

Burna Boy – L.I.F.E

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The name “L.I.F.E” stands for “Leaving an Impact for Eternity” and refers to Burna Boy’s first studio album, which was published on August 12 under the Aristokrat Records label.

His second mixtape, “Burn Identity,” which was published in 2011, was followed by this album.

L.I.F.E sold 40,000 copies on its first day of availability, and Aristokrat Records later gave Uba Pacific the marketing rights to the album for N10 million.

The 15-track album includes popular songs including “Like To Party,” “Yawa Dey,” and “Run My Race.”

Olamide – Baddest Guy Ever Liveth

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Olamide’s third studio album, “Baddest Guy Ever Liveth,” was released on November 7, 2013, under the YBNL banner, after “Rapsodi” and “YBNL.”

In addition to winning Best Rap Album and Album of the Year at the 2014 Headies Awards, Baddest Guy Ever Liveth also won Best Album of the Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Award.

The 21-track album includes popular songs including “Durosoke,” “Anifowose,” “Turn Up,” “Dope Money,” and “Rayban Abacha,” among others.

Tiwa Savage – Once Upon A Time

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The first album by Tiwa Savage, “Once Upon a Time,” was released on July 3, 2013, and it features a wide range of top performers.

Fans and other entertainment buffs gave Once Upon a Time a variety of favorable reviews, and it was nominated for Best Album of the Year at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards and Best R&B/Pop Album at the Headies Awards in 2014.

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The 21-track album includes popular songs like “Eminado,” “Ife Wa Gbona,” “Kele Kele Love,” and “Wanted,” among others.

D’banj – D’Kings Men

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Don Jazzy, Jay Sleek, and Dee Vee produced the song D’Kings Men, which was introduced on June 24, 2023, via DB Records and Sony Music.

Music journalists and other fans of the arts gave D’Kings Men a mixed response; some praised the album’s production, while others thought it was just ordinary.

The 24-track CD includes a number of popular tracks, including “Don’t Tell Me Nonsense,” “Oliver Twist,” “Sister Caro,” and “Scape Goat – The Fix.”

Reminisce – Alaga Ibile

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Alaga Ibile, Reminisce’s second studio album, was released on November 7, 2013, and it includes notable collaborations including Daddy with Davido and Eleniyan with Wizkid. Other characteristics come with Olamide and Naeto C.

Alaga Ibile reportedly sold a million copies, according to sources. In 2014, Time Magazine listed Reminisce as one of the seven “Global rappers you should meet.”

The 16-track album includes popular songs like “Sunkere,” “Fantasi,” “Eleniyan,” and “Daddy Mi,” among others.

Exceptional Mentions

The five albums that make up this week’s WN Picks are among the most well-liked ones that came out ten years ago, but they are not all.

The albums “Me, Myself and Eye,” by Sound Sultan, released on September 2, 2013, “R&B W,” by Banky W, “Desire,” by Iyanya, released on June 3, “Fire of Zamani,” by Ice Prince, released on October 28, 2013, and “Merchant, Dealers, and Slaves,” by Brymo are some others from that same year that we can say have aged well.

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