Some Of The Best Highlights Of 2019 In Nigerian Music


The outgoing year 2019 has been filled with some moments we can’t forget in a hurry. In this post, we hope to highlight some of the best highlights and moments from this year.

Some of those moments would be Davido’s viral freestyle, Naira Marley and EFCC among others. See some of our best moments and mention which one stood out for you.

Burna Boy Vs Coachella

Early in the year 2019, Burna Boy was listed to perform at Coachella Music and Arts Festival in California, United State. An unlikely response is gotten from Burna Boy as he calls out Coachella for printing his name in tiny fonts. The whole episode gave birth to his new alias the ‘African Giant‘ and subsequently an album of the same title. The rest is now history they say.

Davido’s Hot 97 Freestyle

Davido started 2019 on a personal high as his songs ‘If’ and ‘Fall’ were getting bigger in the US. He rightly responded by going over there to push it a lot harder with a little radio tour. He got to Shade 45 Sirius XM and he was asked to sign out with a freestyle. Needless to say, the end product was wack in so much that it turned to memes on the internet. Davido trended for days because of his terrible freestyle, the video still inspires a good laugh.

Kizz Daniel – Fvck You Challenge

One of the finest moments for Kizz Daniel would be engaging the whole Nigerian music industry with his ‘Fvck You Challenge‘. The challenge became the biggest music challenge in the sub-Saharan region as it extended to neighbouring Ghana. Our favourites celebrities jumped on the ‘Fvck You Challenge‘, some of the biggest moments in 2019 can be traced back to this.

Simi Vs Naira Marley & Yahoo Boys

Hopping on the ‘Fvck You Challenge‘ Simi took shots at yahoo boys, at some point she asked them to stop patronising her music. Naira Marley a pro-yahoo boys artiste gave Simi a subtle reply. The reply wasn’t elaborate enough he made a whole song ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy?‘ out of it, a song that would change his destiny for the rest of the year.

EFCC Arrests Naira Marley & Zlatan

While the discourse of ‘yahoo-yahoo’ and its economic importance to Nigerian music was top on the trends with Naira Marley in the mix, EFCC arrested the singer, his colleague Zlatan and other associates. Naira Marley was detained and charged to court later while his associates were released. At this point, the name Naira Marley meant several things beyond being a musician.

Bose Ogulu (Mama Burna) Speech At BET Awards

Burna Boy bagged a BET nomination and also won the category he was nominated. He wasn’t on hand to pick up his award and his mother, who also doubles as his and m manager received it on his behalf. Bose Ogulu made a rousing acceptance speech which he won’t forget in a hurry.

Burna Boy Vs AKA

South African rapper AKA and Burna Boy used to be good pals and made a formidable music partnership as evident in their collaborations. Then came the fallout after AKA made tweets which seemingly supported xenophobia in South Africa. Burna Boy lost his cool as he went savage on AKA even promising to lay hands on him if he was anywhere in sight. The rift dragged on until an entire show was cancelled because Burna Boy was coming to South Africa.

MI and Vector

Vector Vs M.I Abaga

One memorable thing on the rap music scene this year was when Vector had a collision of ego with M.I Abaga. The two rappers usually took sublime shots at each other until Vector drew first blood by releasing diss tracks. M. I Abaga returned the favour with ‘The Viper‘ while Vector came back with ‘Judas The Rat‘.

Cardi B In Nigeria

One of the most memorable events in Nigerian music 2019 would be the coming of American rapper Cardi B to Nigeria. Her less than 72 hours in Nigeria was about the best PR for Nigerian music, culture and country as a whole. She had a great time and she made sure she told the rest of the world about it. Once again Cardi B used her platform to endorse Afrobeats music.

Timi Dakolo & Wife Vs Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo

For a while, Timi Dakolo has been taking shots at a high-profile pastor resident in Abuja. It became obvious after his wife confessed to being raped as a minor by the Senior Pastor of COZA. The back and forth between these parties continued with lawsuits and other media trials.

Iyanya vs Ubi Franklin

After a few years of parting ways with Ubi Franklin, Iyanya finally got to share the ugly side of the breakup. The ‘Kukere’ crooner spilt the beans on ‘shady’ Ubi Franklin and the latter returned the favour too.



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