MTV Base Should Never Ever Make A List Again


So the buzz has been going on social media over a list by MTV Base titled “Top 20 Best Naija Tracks Ever” emphasis on ‘Ever‘. This sham of a list has the following songs

  1. 2Face – African Queen
  2. 9ice – Gongo Aso
  3. D’banj – Oliver Twist
  4. P-Square ft. Waje – Do Me
  5. Wizkid – Holla at your Boy
  6. Davido – Dami Duro
  7. Ice Prince – Oleku
  8. D’banj –Why Me
  9. M.I – Safe
  10. Olu Maintain – Yahoozee
  11. Naeto C – Kini Big Deal
  12. Davido – Skelewu
  13. Banky W – Lagos Party
  14. Wizkid – Pakorumo
  15. Asa – Jailer
  16. P-Square – Chop My Money
  17. Wande Coal – Bumper to Bumper
  18. Dr SID – Surulere
  19. Flavour – Nwa Baby (Remix)
  20. Kcee – Limpopo

I think the oldest song on here is 2face – African Queen released in 2004.

So let me understand something. There were no songs in Nigeria before 2004? Or were the songs before then all rubbish? Or is that Naija music is just 10 years old.

What happened to songs from Onyeka Onwenu, King Sunny Ade, Felix Liberty, Osadebe, Fela, Junior and Pretty, Mike Okri, Eva Edna Ogoli, Christie Essien Igbokwe, Daddy Showkey, Tony Tetuila… I mean Shina Peters’ Afro Juju is still in rotation at parties till date and it’s almost 25 years old. This is endless.

This is not a slight at any of the artists featured on the list as if this was done with just the past 10 years in mind, then most would deserve to be on there, but if you say ‘Ever‘, then in my humble opinion only 2face – African Queen, Dbanj – Oliver Twist, and 9ice – Gongo Aso would qualify to be discussed.

We’ll all never agree when it comes to lists and compilations as opinions always differ but this list is as myopic and insulting as they come with no kind of research or analysis done with it. For MTV Base it’s extremely poor, and shameful. You’d think they would know better.

Please MTV Base, just leave the lists alone, because it’s very clear that it’s not what you guys are good at. Great job on music video coverage though.

Aribaba (@aribabaj)




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