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The 13 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month

Featuring Tiwa Savage, Duncan Mighty, Santi, Yemi Alade, Davido, Olamide, and many more.

August was yet another bountiful month for Nigerian pop with singles and album releases from big name artists, as well as promising newcomers, and the continuing resurgence of Duncan Mighty.

Read on for our selection of the Best Nigerian Songs of the Month.


Yemi Alade "Elele" & "Oh My Gosh"

A pair of affecting avowals to a lover. "Elele" ably combines a proven and confident singing voice with treated vocals, while the production on "On My Gosh," which rides the "soco wave," is bang on trend.

Tiwa Savage & Duncan Mighty "Lova Lova"

An excellent guest verse by Duncan Mighty brings good value to this duet with Tiwa Savage, whose honeyed singing voice and ever astute songwriting are easily some of the best in afropop.

Alpha "Yahooboy Musik"

Alpha delivers a timely indictment of policing in Nigeria, focused specifically on its Special Anti-Robbery, in the wake of the call by the presidency to overhaul the fantastically corrupt unit and end its reign on terror.

Blaqbonez "Play"

The very promising lead single by the new wonder boy of Nigerian hip-hop, Blaqbonez, from his debut album, Bad Boy Blaq, which is out this Friday, August 31.

Patoranking "Heal D World"

"Let's send love to every length and breath, let's show love while we still alive, not in death" pleads Patoranking over sweeping orchestral arrangements and a celestial choir which carries his message of self-worth and empathy among mankind as a remedy for the world's ills.

Simi "I Dun Care"

Delicate vocal beauty carries nonchalance about sticking to a love interest against popular opinion in Simi's "I Dun Care."


Santi "Freaky" feat. Nonso Amadi & Bridge

With flair and fine writing, the leaders of Nigeria's emo-core grapple with fidelity over a lush and unhurried production by the continually impressive Genio Bambino.

Tekno - "Choko" & "Freak Me"

Brilliant song-making (and song-titling) about requiting love from Tekno, artist who rather than tinker with different styles, continues to refine his unique stitching of simplified lyrics and playful and memorable melodies.

Remy Baggins "Choose"

Staccato percussion and a nursery rhyme are the sturdy anchors that carry Remy Baggins' sweetly-sung fretting about an inability to choose from several love interests. He also adds a healthy dose of self-awareness: "iIve got too way too many girls on my mind, I know."

Davido "Nwa Baby" & "Aza"

A crowd-pleasing love song as good as any, "Nwa Baby" celebrates a resilient relationship (especially if "Assurance" was a tale of early bliss in a relationship). On "Aza," all three artists—Davido, Peruzzi and Duncan Mighty— belt with winning conviction over a clever and seamless blending of highlife and trap.

Olamide "Motigbana"

Olamide's latest single, "Motigbana," is a satisfying revival of galala done with an ever engaging stank and swag.

Teni & D'tunes "Kolesi" & "Simbobo"

Two songs with similar themes of longing and avowal, written with skillful simplicity and sung with real feeling.

M.I Abaga & Tay Iwar "Do You Know Who You Are? Take Some Time And Meditate On You"

"You cannot build each other up, how can you build an economy? How you think is how you are, it's just basic neurology" goes M.I on the salient song on his most salient album, A Study on Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl, released last week and aided by the ethereal beauty in Tay Iwar's singing voice.

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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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The 9 Best Afropop Songs About Lagos

Featuring city odes from Kizz Daniel, Wizkid, Teni, Maleek Berry, M.I Abaga, Brymo and more.

The best afropop songs about Lagos, Nigeria's most populous city, are as much about the city as a whole as they are about select areas of special importance to individual artists.

Read on for our selection of The 9 Best Afropop Songs About Lagos. Listed in no particular order.

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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 is 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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A-Reece Releases His Second Song of 2020 ‘Selfish [EXP 2]’

Listen to A-Reece's new song 'Selfish [EXP 2].'

A-Reece has released another song via SoundCloud. "Selfish" is a minimalist song with its beat consisting mostly of gnarled guitar strings and a pulsating bongo drum.

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