The Curious Case of the Comeback Kids

D’banj recently lit up social media with the reveal of the track-list for his upcoming album “King-Don-Come”. He also released a song and video featuring HarrySong and Wande Coal titled “It’s not a Lie”. The question is, will this comeback be a successful one?

The Nigerian music industry is a relatively young and erratic one. We’ve heard of countless artists being ‘the next big thing’ only to disappear, never to be seen again. In this industry, a number one hit today does not secure your relevancy tomorrow and it seems that making a comeback is almost impossible. That being said, a few artists have been able to beat the odds.

  • Wande Coal

After his debut Album, Mushin 2 MoHits, took the industry by storm, the expectations for Wande Coal’s success were high. Hits like Bumper to Bumper, Ololufe and Kiss Your Hand gained commercial success and massive radio play. Wande’s legend status seemed inevitable until he disappeared from the public eye for a number of years. After the dissolve of the record Label Mo’Hits and his subsequent departure from Mavin Records, Wande seemed unable to deliver a project of the same impact as his 2009 album. However, to the delight of his fans, in 2015, Wande released “Wanted”, an album with hits such as ‘Amorawa” featuring Burna Boy, “Baby Hello” and “Ashimapeyin”.

  • 9ice

9ice has been active in the Nigerian music industry for well over a decade. He rose to superstardom with the 2008 smash hit Gongo Aso. He followed up with songs like Gbamu Gbamu, Street Credibility and Party Rider that cemented his status as a staple in the industry. His pride in Yoruba culture and deep lyrics resonated with Nigerians around the world. After several of his personal issues came to light, 9ice’s career sharply declined. The singer vowed, on his 36th birthday vowed to make a comeback, releasing “Living Things” in 2017.


  • Olu Maintain

With the release of the smash hit “Yahoozee” in 2007, Olu-Maintain’s star was born. He followed up with the single “Jedi-Jedi” and seemed virtually unstoppable as the “Yahooze” sound penetrated every corner of the country. However, this success faded as he disappeared from the limelight for a number of years. He made a comeback with a single titled “Nawti” in 2011 and followed up with the huge hit “Cinderella” featuring Tuface in 2015.

  • Skuki

Skuki is the dynamic duo responsible for the hit 2009 song “Banger” featuring DJ Zeez. This led to them winning the coveted Next Rated award at the 2010 Headies Awards. Expectations were high for the young group but they failed to deliver another smash hit for a number of years. However, in 2015 the group made a comeback with a video “Gbemileke” featuring Tiwa Savage. This was followed in 2017 by the hugely popular “Pass the Agbara”.

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