Over the years, these female entertainers launched their music careers in very different ways. We all know how difficult it is for women to survive in a male dominated society but these beautiful ones have shown that with resilience, hard work and zeal, you can achieve just anything.
Below are 9 of them.
1. Yemi Alade
28 year old Yemi Alade is an Afropop singer and songwriter who gained prominence after winning the Peak Talent Show in 2009. She is best known for her hit single “Johnny”. Other songs to her credit include: “Ferrari, Knack am, Kissing”
The first major spotlight she received was in 2008, when she featured in the P-Square hit track titled “Do Me”. After then, Waje has gone on to release a number of songs which include: “In The Air, Mountain, Coco Baby, Left For Good, I Wish”
She has worn different awards such as Best Rhythm And Blues Singer 2011, Best Female Vocalist 2011 Hiphop World Awards (HEADIES), Best Female Performer 2010 South South Awards.
She gained attention as the 2007 runner-up on West African Idols, a reality TV show part of the Idols franchise. Her sophomore album, The Lasso of Truth, was reported to be a commercial success in Nigeria. Omawummi has only risen higher since then. Her hit tracks include “Bottom Belle, In The Music, Today Na Today, Serious Love Nwatintin”
In 2014, 36 year old Omawumi was nominated for ELOY Awards Best Female Artist.
4. Emma Nyra
Emma Nyra, is an American-born Nigerian singer, writer and performer. In 2013, she was nominated at the NEA Awards for Most Promising Act. Some of her biggest songs are “Do It, Everything I Do, Elele”
Simi started her career as a gospel singer, releasing her debut studio album in 2008 titled Ogaju. Her career came into spotlight in 2014 after she released “Tiff”, a song which was nominated in two categories at The Headies 2015 and further brought her to mainstream recognition.
Her hit songs are “Jamb Question, Smile For Me, Open And Close, Love Don’t Care” amongst others.
In 2016, she won City People Entertainment Awards Female Artiste of the Year,and City People Entertainment Awards Female Artiste of the Year. She also Won Nigerian Teen Choice Awards 2016.
At The Headies 2016, she won Best Recording of the Year “Love Don’t Care”, Best Collaboration “Soldier” (with Falz), Best Vocal Performance (Female) “Love Don’t Care” and in 2017, City People Entertainment Awards Best Collabo of the Year “No Forget” (with Adekunle Gold)
6. Seyi Shay
She is a Nigerian based English singer-songwriter, recording artist, performer, and record producer and came into full limelight after her song “Irawo”. Her music has been dubbed a mix of Afro-pop and R&B. Her songs, “Loving Your Way” and “No Le Le” were instant hits when they dropped.
In November 2013, she signed an endorsement deal with telecommunications service provider Etisalat to become their brand ambassador. Seyi is also a Pepsi ambassador.
Other songs from the lovely singer are “Jangilova, Pack and Go, Yolo Yolo, Right Now”
She came into public recognition in 2010 after winning the third season of Project Fame West Africa. Chidinma won Best Female West African Act at the 2012 Kora Awards. Her hit singles “Kedike and Jankoliko” were agents of her quick rise.
Her other songs include “Emi Ni Baller, Kite, Oh Baby, Carry You Go”
8. Niniola Apata
In 2013, Niniola was the 3rd Runner-Up in the MTN PROJECT FAME Competition Season 6. With her current HIT single “Maradonna” playing on every Television Station, Radio Station and Topping Charts globally it’s safe to Say Niniola is here to stay. Some of her tracks include “Gbowode, Ibadi, Sicker and Maradonna”
9. Tiwa Savage
n 2006, Savage participated in the UK edition of The X Factor and advanced to the final 24 while attending music school. In 2015, she won MOBO Awards for Best African Act and Female Artiste Of The Year.
She moved to Nigeria and kickstarted her music career, releasing hits like “Kele Kele Love and Love me Love me” She later went on to Don Jazzy record label and she has been there ever since.
IN 2016, WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards, she won the award for Best African Music Video.
Her hit tracks include: “Sugarcane, Ife Wa Gbono, Eminado, Bad” and many more.