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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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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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