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The Top 10 Nigerian Music Videos Directed By Kemi Adetiba

Okayafrica presents the Top 10 Nigerian Music Videos Directed by Kemi Adetiba.


Waje in "Onye"

Kemi Adetiba may be a familiar face on the Nigerian music video landscape. From her compelling stories to engaging visuals, the on-air-personality-turned-director has mastered the art of giving a tasteful visual representation to music. Banky W’s "Lagos Party," Bez’s "More You" and TY Bello’s "Ekundayo" are just a few of her videos that have received critical acclaim. Adetiba, a gradaute of law, got her first media break as the host of Rhythm FM's "Sunday at the Seaside." She then transitioned to television, hosting programs the likes of  Temptation Nigeria on Mnet and the dance competition Maltina Dance Hall. After achieving success in Radio and Television she enrolled in the New York Film Academy and has since gone on to direct some of our favorite videos (in addition to her work with commercials and TV). In 2008 she released Across A Bloodied Ocean, a short film starring Osas Ighodaro which went on to screen at L.A.'s Pan African Film Festival and the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. In honor of Adetiba's already prolific career we highlighted ten of her best music videos (in no particular order).

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"Today Na Today" – Omawumi

Powerhouse vocalist and self-proclaimed Wonder Woman Omawumi was young and still trying to make it in the industry when "Today Na Today" was released back in 2009. Showing her in a totally new light, the video's costumes and vintage theme sold her as a "21st Century Brenda Fassie."

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"More You" – Bez

"More You" was alternative-soul crooner Bez's debut video and a grand entrance to Nigeria's music industry. At the time of its release the heart-wrenching video was lauded as one of the best videos to come out of Nigeria in 2010 for its attention to detail.

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"Maga No Need Pay" – Banky W, Bez, Cobhams, MI, Modele, Omawumi, Rooftop MCs, Wordsmith

Recorded for the Microsoft Internet Safety, Security and Privacy Initiative for Nigeria (MISSPIN) initiative, "Maga No Need Pay" and its video lined up an all-star cast for a worthy cause (that of rehabilitating cybercrime offenders). "Maga no need pay, I go hard for ma dough," explains the song's bottom-line chorus.

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"Toh Bad" – Niyola

Niyola landed on radars as soon as her lead single "Toh Bad" was released, but its New York-shot video is what catapulted the "First Lady" of Empire Mates Entertainment into the spotlight in November of 2013 with its emotional story about a woman in love with a famous actor.

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"Onye" – Waje ft. Tiwa Savage

The "Onye" video is Adetiba's hilarious take on love featuring Waje, Tiwa Savage, Bryan Okwara (and a cameo from Omawumi) in wonderful comedic performances. Says its YouTube description, the Lagos-shot video "depicts what happens when two women (Tiwa Savage and Waje) unknowingly fall in love with the same man (erstwhile Mr. Nigeria Bryan Okpara)."

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"Sitting On The Throne" – Olamide

"Sitting On The Throne" introduced us to a different side of Adetiba. While there's no formal storyline, its surrealist imaging and costuming are a spellbinding glimpse of Olamide, Baddest Guy Ever Liveth.

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"Lagos Party" – Banky W

Despite Adetiba admitting Banky W's "Lagos Party" video was not the original concept for the video, it's still a winner. The star-studded video released in 2010 brought out tons of nostalgia, especially with Wizkid dancing alongside Banky W.

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"The Future" – TY Bello

In the inspirational video for "The Future" Adetiba interpreted TY Bello's words and portrayed the hope that someday there will be a better Nigeria.

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"Say" – Bez

From start to end, Adetiba tells a tale about love and a not so happy ever after in the cinematic, New York-shot visuals for "Say," one of our Top Nigerian Videos of 2013.

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"Fall in Love" – Ego

As we wrap this list up, it's safe to say that Adetiba interprets love songs very well. The video that shows Eldee as Ego's love interest is a fan favourite. Plus its styling is on point.

Interview
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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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