The Nigerian music industry has in a way blossomed to the level of panache it is currently enjoying, thanks to the many music competitions/reality TV shows in the country. Since the advent of shows like Project Fame and Star Quest – who both blessed us with plenty stars – the other music shows like Idols, Peak Talent Show, and The Voice continued the trend and has gifted us with the following A-list artistes that we are all proud of.
KCEE was a winner of the maiden edition (2002) of the now concluded Star Quest show. Both he and Presh were part of the winners and formed KC Presh. The group was successful for a while with hits like Sengemenge until they split and KCEE started riding solo. Maybe his record label 5 Star music was inspired by Star Quest?
The RnB maestro emerged third in the 2004 edition of Project Fame, and he hasn’t stopped thrilling us with his eclectic and soothing voice ever since then. With hits like Escalade, Pray for Me, Carry Dey Go, Not The Girl, and others, Darey will forever hold the title of King of RnB in Nigeria
The beautiful and petite goddess was the winner of the third season of Project Fame West Africa in 2010. Her rise to stardom was almost immediate because shortly after winning the competition, she released “Emi Ni Baller” and the evergreen song “Kedike”.
In terms of vocal talent, the Nigerian male musician that immediately comes to mind is the winner of the 2007 edition of Idols West Africa, Timi Dakolo. In the competition, Timi had the highest number of votes every week and why wouldn’t he? when he leaves every listener of his music spellbound with his magical and soothing vocals.
In the same 2007 edition of Idols West Africa, Omawunmi was the 1st runner up of the competition. Her energetic personality and voice were the gateway to her quick rise to stardom in the Nigerian music industry, even though she didn’t win the competition. And if it’s a matter of vocals, then Omawunmi has it in an endless reservoir.
The critically acclaimed “sexiest male musician in Nigeria” was the winner of the 2008 edition of Project Fame West Africa. The current prominent male figure in Mavin records actually fessed up to competing in Project Fame at the behest of KCEE, and ever since then, Iyanya has been one of the top male musicians in Nigeria.
Yemi Eberechi Alade (born 13 March 1989) gained prominence after winning the Peak Talent Show in 2009. the ever-energetic pop princess has done nothing more than dazzle and leave spellbound, her audience ever since that moment with hits like “Ghen Ghen Love”, “Johnny”, “Tumbum”.