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The 12 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month

Featuring Teni, Rema, Kizz Daniel, Tekno, Niniola, Davido, Wizkid and more.

Read ahead for our selection of the best Nigerian songs of October.

For more Nigerian hits, follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.


Teni 'Billionaire'

"Wanna make love on the moon, dancing to my tunes / is it too much?" asks Teni on "Billionaire," the title track off her debut EP. "Billionaire" is introduced by zesty drumming and sustained by aspirational lyrics that manage to avoid vanity.

Kizz Daniel 'Pak 'n' Go'

The husk/rasp in Kizz Daniel's voice has long suggest maturity and here convinces especially over recorded live instrumentation by long term collaborator DJ Coublon.

Tekno 'Skeletun'

Over a delicious highlife beat, Tekno delivers his newest additions to the afropop dictionary with the words: "skeletun," "kelepu," and "keletu." Playful and nonsensical, "Skeletun" is the work of a fine music brain who continues to discover newer depths of musicality.

Niniola x Precision Prod 'Pocket' (Bitter Sweet Riddim) 

Niniola's first departure to Soca is helped by Trinidad & Tobago's Precision Prod, who have co-written and produced "Pocket." Niniola reins in her vocal power, perhaps more interested in supplicating her lover in the refrain, "will you be my mine?" But she still maintains her flashes of raunchy/suggestive lyrics like "come and enter my socket."

Wale 'Love & Loyalty' feat. Mannywellz

"I'm like a young Sunny Ade of my city" boast Wale on "Love & Loyalty," taken from his sithth studio album Wow… That's Crazy. The busily brilliant beat combines highlife and 808 drumming into a riotous production over which Wale impresses with speed and timing with solid support hook support from Mannyywellz.

Davido 'Risky' feat. Popcaan

Davido's "Risky" is a taste from his upcoming album A Good Time, which is set to drop on November 22. The new single sees the Nigerian heavyweight connecting with Jamaican star Popcaan as they both go in over afrofusion-meets-dancehall beat work. It was produced by DMW's in-house beatmaker Speroach Beatz. The track notably features Davido doing a cheeky flip of his own freestyle he did on Shade 45 earlier this year, which was made fun of across social media. "What you all laughed at !! You will dance to !! " Davido posted on Twitter.

M.I Abaga 'The Viper'

MI Abaga brings to bear his full powers as an MC, label head, OG and public intellectual on "The Viper,"his own character assassination of Vector's own character assassination "The Purge." Stretching over 5 minutes long, it buttresses and matches AQ's own diss at Vector "Distraction 2."

Vector 'Judas The Rat'

Vector leans into his background as a battle MC on "Judas The Rat." Alert, angered and, yet, zen, Vector's response to MI Abaga's "The Viper" is a studied take down and propels the rapper to the fore of conversations about supremacy which, before now, he was largely left out of. It's a fine display of skill sets by a proven craftsmen.


WizKid 'Joro'

By Wizkid's own admission on a recent Beats One interview, the word"Joro" means nothing; a non-word whose aural quality and four-lettered brevity is full of musicality as was "Soco."

ASA 'Murder in the USA'

A searching guitar introduces "Murder In The USA", the first song on Asa's fourth album titled Lucid. The drums come in the second verse, as do the cause of her lover's paranoia; "we'd just made love and it was so pure / and then my phone started ringing / you saw a name and got crazy." What followed isn't detailed but has led to this lover's death and her own impending demise via electrocution: "Guess ill see you soon now / they say i gotta face the chair now."

Rema 'Lady'

The best surprise on Rema's third project Bad Commando is "Lady," a delicious confection of house but rendered completely in Nigerian idioms. The beat's propulsive rhythms helps to showcase Rema's vocal control and the occasional flourish or stank especially when in pidgin, when he's just as convincing on a trap or "Soco"-inspired beat.

Erigga 'Ayeme' ft. YungZee Onos

Taken from his album The Erigma 2, "Ayeme" is a well rendered tale of steadfast love delivered in a near-ceasless flow. The song is memorable for its details and affecting for its portrayal of an eventful and lasting relationship.


For more Nigerian hits, follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.


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Yemi Alade Enlists Djimon Hounsou for New Music Video 'Remind You'

The veteran Beninese actor stars in the sultry music for Yemi Alade's latest single.

Yemi Alade shares her latest music video for her single "Remind You," and it stars none other than celebrated Hollywood actor Djimon Hounsou.

"Remind You" is a sultry R&B track from the singer's latest album, 2019's Woman of Steel. The vibrant music video, directed by Ovie Etseyatse, sees the singer gallivanting in an empty mansion in various elegant gowns. Honsou graces the screen throughout the video as well, but the two don't meet until the very end, when things take a funny and unexpected turn.

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Trump Plans to Extend Travel Ban to Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan, Eritrea & Three Other Countries

Here's what the travel ban could mean for these nations.

On Tuesday it was announced that Donald Trump's administration plans to extend its infamous travel ban to include seven new countries, many of them in Africa.

The countries named on the list, include Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan and Eritrea, as well as Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and the Eastern European nation of Belarus. Politico first broke the news.

According to The Washington Post, the move would likely not be a complete ban on citizens looking to enter the US, however it could place various visa restrictions on some government officials and on those seeking certain type of visitor and business visas.

Some nations could also be banned from participation in the diversity travel lottery program, which grants green cards. Trump has threatened to sack the program in the past.

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Interview: Afro Nation Festival's Smade On Unifying Africans Across the Continent & Diaspora

As the festival prepares to make its Puerto Rico debut this spring, we sat down with Afro Nation co-founder Adesegun Adeosun aka Smade to talk about how it all started and what the future holds.

Within minutes of speaking with Adesegun Adeosun, it's apparent that Afro Nation is much more than an urban music festival.

The Afro Nation co-founder, better known as Smade, talks passionately about connecting Africans across the globe. In less than a year since its debut edition, Afro Nation has successfully done this and gone on to establish itself as the largest festival celebrating African culture on the continent and in the diaspora.

This year, Afro Nation will touch down in Puerto Rico for the first time over spring break—from the 18th to the 21st of March—on the beach of Balneario de Carolina. Headliners will include Burna Boy, Chronixx, Davido, 2Baba, Naira Marley and many more.

As the festival prepares to make its Puerto Rico debut this spring, we sat down with Smade to talk about Afro Nation, how it all started and what the future holds.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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The 13 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Makwa x Maraza x AKA, Joeboy, Zlatan, Nadia Nakia, TOBi x The Game, Yilian Canizares, Aewon Wolf and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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