Some of the men and women using their minds and voice to power Nigerian music and help audiences cope with all the chaos.
First he built his brand, then he built the following. Spinall knows his music and the fans listen when he plays. The industry has since noticed and everyone’s paying attention.
In a space of 10 days, Dj Obi son of late broadcaster Levi Ajuonuma moved from being unknown to getting global attention and mentions on international media when he set a new World Record for Longest Marathon Club DJing previously set at 200 hours.
His new record stands at 229 hours and 58 minutes of straight DJing and he’s since risen to fame and stardom.
DJ Jimmy Jatt
Oh, Jimmy JATT? He’s still your favourite DJ’s favourite DJ. He’s still the most name dropped DJ, the most revered and most decorated. Iconic.
Extremely talented and celebrated, Xclusive is a pop star masquerading as a DJ. Or, let’s say, a DJ living like a pop star. He’s likely to become the new Jimmy Jatt if he keeps his eyes on the prize.
The name Yahya Rilwan Abiodun might not ring a bell, but once you mention DJ Real, he has no competition. Over the years, DJ Real has evolved to become an influential street DJ, and he’s been able to crossover to mainstream pop with the release of his debut album, Street King, that features the likes of Olamide, Ortisefemi, Small Doctor, Terry G and Dammy Krane.
Akeredolu Pelumi famously known as DJ Consequence is a popular Nigerian disc jockey, He’s the official Dj for Club Quilox, Rumors and Industry Nite a position that puts him in an enviable position of influence in the music industry.
His series of mixtapes titled ‘The Playlist’ which is in its 3rd installment has enjoyed positive reviews and his recent Nationwide tour with drummer, Alatika was quite successful.
Daughter of a billionaire, a Nigerian cultural ambassador, a pretty face, and blessed with a lot of hard work and passion, what else do you need to be successful?
Pretty DJ Cuppy has managed to stay consistently consistent with her ‘House Mixtapes’, performances at top notch events including President Buhari’s inaugural gala night, touring eight countries in Africa and more.
Jimmie Akinsola is breaking barriers at a supersonic speed. Until recently a sports presenter at Beat FM, host of the weekly Industry Nite and D’banj’s official hype man, Jimmie has definitely worked his way to the top with hard work and dedication.
Wale Ozolua (Beat FM Ibadan)
Wale is the voice of urban radio station Beat FM in Ibadan. He’s the host of the Oyo State Beat NYSC Camp Concert and he anchors the Morning Rush with Josephine; Mondays to Fridays 6AM to 11AM and on Sundays 6AM-12PM.
O’square (Ray Power PH)
Olalekan Olajolumo fondly called Chocoberry Da O’square or Chicharito 1 of Raypower is fast attaining the veteran broadcaster status with his years of experience as a presenter on AIT and Manager of Programmes at Raypower FM.
Amanda Douglas (Cool FM PH)
She made her way from Joy FM 95.5 Benue State to Raypower 100 FM Abuja then Love FM 105.5 Abuja and currently she’s the radio queen at Cool FM 95.9 Port Harcourt.
Tolu Oniru is the darling of the corporates, with more affiliations than any other in her category. Her family background, and wedding to pilot Tunde Demuren have been favourable, too. And, as the listeners will tell you, she pulls more audiences on her midday show on a good month, than some will gather in an entire year.
Survey after survey puts her on top of many of her contemporaries. She’s the OAP who’s a shoe maker, who’s an events expert, who’s an influencer and talent shrink. And many labels say she’s one of the few not devoted to a life of payola.
He’s fondly called the ‘party animal’. He’s an OAP, hypeman and all round entertainer. Away from his job on radio, Sensei Uche has hosted some of the biggest gigs in the entertainment industry this year.
Lolo Wazobia FM
She’s a graduate of law, a mother, comedian and respected on-air-personality. Omotunde Adebowale-David firmly holds the position as the top lady of pidgin radio station Wazobia FM.
Oscar Oyinkan (City FM)
The former City FM broadcaster was combining executive duties with his on-air work, to bring a hitherto unknown radio station to the mainstream – until he left this year to pursue even bigger dreams.
Soni Irabor (Inspiration FM)
Veteran broadcaster, Soni Irabor owns the airwaves every Sunday afternoon. The media mogul interviews the biggest players in entertainment, media, politics, and fashion on his show every Sunday.
Newly-married Tosyn keeps her top spot as one of Nigeria’s finest broadcasters. This petite graduate of law has over the years honed her skills as a smooth talker and earned he self the title of ‘Lagos Area Mama’ on radio.
Turn up queen, OAP, show host, Toke Makinwa has it all. In the past year, she’s also made headlines with her troubled marriage, controversial topics on her vlog and she also managed to snag up a couple of endorsement deals.
Wazobia FM’s Steve Onu ‘Yaw’ is a reputable broadcaster with immense experience. Known for his popular programme, “Make Una Wake’, the morning show which airs from 6am to 12 noon, Yaw has become a household name, building a following only few can match.
He’s a standard case of started from the bottom now he’s on top. From his days as a library assistant to the host of the Midday Show on Cool FM and now to a sought after hype man and show host for corporate gigs and concerts, Dotun has seen it all, and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
Murphy is one of the few to look out for on drive-time radio in Lagos. His wit, humor, style and uniqueness stand him out as ‘the most wanted’ OAP.
Sope is a SOAS-trained International Studies and Diplomacy postgraduate with a love of all things creative which has led her to be a darling on radio.
Armed with a degree in Italian and Linguistics, Sope holds down the Smooth Breakfast and The Smooth Book Review with depth and maturity.
Buki HQ and Schullz (Classic FM)
Buki Sawyerr Izeogu and Sola Mogaji a.k.a Schullzz are one of the best pairs on Nigerian radio. The combination of these ladies on Classic FM’s Morning Show is one of the reasons that station has become a major force.
The Rhythm FM OAP has so many feathers you can’t even count. But he’s working his talent on the air, pursuing causes dear to him, and drawing listeners from across the world with carefully-curated themes.
Patrick Imohiosen popularly called DJ Neptune is a respected Nigerian disc jockey who has been active in the game for over a decade.
He recently floated a new online radio called ‘Neptune FM’, he keeps his game tight with corporate brands and drops his mixtapes regularly.
From a relatively unknown hustler to a DJ hugely respected in the industry, Ayorinde Kehinde Okiki a.k.a DJ Kaywise has paid his dues and he’s enjoying his hard earned stardom.
With over 3000 mixtapes to his credit, Dj Kaywise has been able to carve a niche for himself with creative mix tapes which he used to push his brand as well as that of other artistes.
He’s worked with NigezieTV and WapTV as a VJ as well as UNILAG FM.
Recently married Anita Ifeoma Isedeh fondly called Omalicha is a prized on-air personality with Rhythm 93.7 in Lagos.
The Delta-born radio girl co-hosts the morning drive with IK, the late morning show faji Friday on Fridays, Hola at the seaside (the request show) on Saturdays and At the seaside on Sundays.
Ismail Sunday Lawal popularly known as Dj Kentalky is a disc jockey, record producer and a recording artist.
He’s also an in-house DJ with Naija FM in Lagos. He has countless mixtapes to his name and has recorded songs with top pop stars including Yemi Alade, Dammy Krane, Lil Kesh, Kayswitch and others.
Olisa Adibua is a popular broadcaster, On-Air personality, former record label owner, entertainment personality and director at Beat FM 99.9 Lagos.
Adibua, one of the most regarded and in-demand radio and television executive producers in the industry, has more than 23 years experience in television, radio, film, and live events, having been involved in the African electronic media and entertainment scene since 1988.
From 1998 to 2008, Olisa hosted the number one afternoon drive time radio show on 96.9 Cool FM. In 2009 he moved to THE BEAT 99.9FM, as the morning drive-time host and Programmes Director.
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