They’re young, they’re getting it and they always stay winning. This is a list of top Nigerian artistes under the age of 25. Please share your thoughts on this list and feel free to comment the names of other winning artistes who are under the age mark of 25.
Tekno, 24 (December 17 1992)
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music producer is our favourite boy, Tekno, who only flagged off his musical career in 2013 and now sits proudly with the artistes in the industry’s A-list category. At age 24, he has a variety of music hits and international endorsements worth millions of dollars.
Ycee, 24 (January 29 1993)
Ycee is arguably the industry’s new school commandant for Afro hip-hop. Often described as a gift that keeps on giving, his style of spoken-word rap, which samples a poetic influence, has endeared him to astute lovers of hip-hop. In like 2 years of active music practise, Ycee has sold records, headlined shows, bagged multiple nominations, won awards and signed endorsements deals. Occasionally, he moonlights as a rights activist for ignorant upcoming artistes.
Dremo, 24 (August 26 1993)
Dremo has been on the music grind for years – undiscovered. He shot to prominence with his hit cover of Panda, which got him signed to DMW and since then, life has changed from being a roller coaster to being a Buggati. At 24, Dremo already raps about living the big life. He has a music career to be proud of, and a future with bright lights.
Reekado Banks, 23 (December 6 1993)
Reekado’s journey to becoming the Starboy of the Mavins, happened when he got singled out by Don Jazzy from 5000 possible candidates. Launching into music mainstream in 2014, Reekado has grown his craft into an award-winning one, with a hitmaker status that puts him in the good graces of music honchos including Masterkraft, Ycee, iLLBliss, DJ Xclusive, Falz and Tiwa Savage.
Mayorkun, 23 (March 24 1994)
Mayorkun is one of the few artistes whose journey to stardom took pretty much no time at all. His debut single, Eleko shot him into instant stardom, and his musical career that spans a little over a year has recorded juicy achievements including a highly coveted award title, successful road tours as well as chart-topping singles and music videos. Already, he is being tipped as the recipient for the Next Rated category award at this year’s ceremony.
BOJ, 23 (April 22 1994)
BOJ is one of the very few Nigerian artistes with a particular and distinct voice. His songs and style of fashion has endeared him to many in record time. Despite joggling education and music, the 23-year-old singer has succeeded in staying afloat even after leaving his boy band (DRB Lasgidi) to begin a solo career.
Kiss Daniel, 23 (May 1 1994)
The much-loved Kiss Daniel brand is a product of talent mixed with good management and some divine influence. Kiss is only 23 and barely 4 years as a pro artiste; but he already carries a bag full of achievements; hit songs, awards and influential award titles. He’d be looking to stuff more in the bag as he progresses in his career.
Lil Kesh, 22 (March 14 1995)
Keshinro Ololade is a certified superstar from Bariga, Lagos who came into national consciousness the year 2013 after he released Shoki, an earth-shaking collaboration with two of Africa’s best acts in music. Kesh shelved his academic pursuit for the music dream; a move criticized by many but ultimately stamping his presence on the music scene. Right now, he is still being praised for being the industry’s youngest act to own a record label.
Korede Bello, 21 (February 29 1996)
One of the youngest kids on the block, Korede Bello is living a life that a lot of people (men) would wish for; he is doing what he loves (music), making money from it, bagging awards and has an ardent followership comprising mostly female fans who are in love with his music just as much as his good looks. Korede Bello is one of the U-25 artistes tipped to dominate the industry in the future.
Dice Ailes, 21 (March 21 1996)
Perhaps the youngest of the pac, Dice Ailes is a singer and rapper with a penchant for dictating industry trends for the new school cats, using his music and a defiant fashion sense. Dice returned to Nigeria after an academic sojourn abroad to pursue his music dream full-time. He is a nominee for multiple awards and is signed to one of Africa’s most-flourishing record label platforms.