Featuring Davido, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Niniola, Femi Kuti, Fireboy DML, Tony Allen, Mr Eazi and many more.
Despite everything that happened in 2020, Nigerian music remained strong. Towards the beginning of the year, cemented stars like Niniola, Burna Boy, and Rema were already rolling out singles as the pandemic began to hit. By mid-2020 many had adapted to the strange year and albums like Tiwa Savage's Celia, Fireboy DML's Apollo, Burna's Twice As Tall, started coming out.
The year also saw the continuing trend of top-tier collaborations between Nigerian and North American/European stars keep going, as Tiwa connected with Sam Smith and Mr Eazi with Nicki Minaj & Major Lazer, among others. In October, the #EndSARS protests against police brutality and corrupt governance brought Nigeria, and its music industry, to a necessary halt. Nigerian musicians at home and abroad pitched-in and joined the movement as the country's youth stood up for their rights.
By the end of 2020, despite by the virus, lockdowns and after joining national protests, a large portion of major Nigerian acts had dropped an album, with the last quarter of the year seeing Wizkid's Made In Lagos, Davido's A Better Time, Olamide's Carpe Diem and many more.
Below we round up our picks for the best Nigerian songs of the year. Listed in no particular order.