MEET NIGERIAN ARTISTES WITH MULTIPLE TALENTS & CAREER PATHS (PART 1)

 MEET NIGERIAN ARTISTES WITH MULTIPLE TALENTS & CAREER PATHS (PART 1)

From time immemorial, there has always been different forms of ENTERTAINMENT such as film,radio, Print and Television. In the third quarter of 2021 the art, entertainment and recreation sector accounted for 0.18 percent of Nigeria’s GDP and the music industry is one that can’t be ignored. Below are some artiste who have excelled in not just their musical career but have equally done well in their various profession, if they decide to quite or leave music they will still thrive and do exceptionally well. This writeup is also to encourage everyone to follow their dreams irrespective of their educational background/history. Below are some of the industry’s best who have multiple talent/career path. Enjoy 🔻

SIDNEY ONORIODE ESIRI | DR SID @iamdrsid

The Delta state indigene popularly known as Dr sid was born 1st of May 1980. He is the second of four children, he attended Nigeria Air Force Secondary School Ikeja after which he proceeded to the University of Ibadan to study Dentistry and Dental surgery. He is a dancer, songwriter & Choreography instructor. His entertainment journey began during his school days and his love for entertainment was never hidden as he took part in school plays, dance competitions, and concerts winning numerous awards along the way.

In 1999 he signed on to Trybe Records where he was a choreographer and back up dancer, in 2002 he got his chance to partake in the song titled OYA alongside Sasha, 2shot,Timi, Eldee etc. He made his first debut single “Don’t Stop” and had the number 1 spot on MBI top ten for 8weeks. He took a break in order to complete his education and became a qualified Dentist.

In 2004, he moved to UK and later worked in Lagos State teaching hospital and has also worked in numerous dental clinics. He combined music and dentistry well for 3years before he resigned to finally do music fully in 2007, he signed into Mo hits Record (owned by Don jazzy) where he had amazing singles such as Dorobuchi, Adaobi, surulere, over the moon, lookulooku, Pop something, The best Etc. Dr sid is one of the few examples that Education does not disturb ones career path instead it enhances it.

She is professionally called Teni the entertainer. Born 23 December 1992,hails from Ekiti state Nigeria,A song writter, drummer who loves and plays basketball,She obtained a degree in business administration from American interContinental University, September 2017 Teni gained pominence after the release of her single” Fargin” but her breakthrough came after she released singles like “Uyo meyo”, “Case” and “Askamaya” she has signed several endorsement deals and won numerous awards. Teni is from a large family and one of her siblings is equally a musician… She’s jovial and super talented….

TENIOLA APATA | TENI MAKANAKKI @theteniola

She is professionally called Teni the entertainer. Born 23rd December 1992, hails from Ekiti State Nigeria. A song writer, drummer who loves and plays basketball. She obtained a degree in Business administration from American InterContinental University.

In September 2017, Teni gained prominence after the release of her single “Fargin” but her breakthrough came after she released singles like Uyo meyo, Case and Askamaya. She has signed several endorsement deals and won numerous awards. Teni is from a large family and her elder sister is also a Musician. She’s jovial and super talented.

SIMISOLA BOLATITO OGUNLEYE (MRS KOSOKO) | SIMI @Symplysimi

Simi as fans call her is a song writer, sound Engineer, Actress, Singer and lots more. She studied Mass communication at Convenant University. She is married to Adekunle Gold who is also a renowned musician.

Simi has a unique voice, her genres of music are Soul, R&B, Alt rock, Afropop etc. She began her musical career as a gospel singer in 2008 with a single titled OGAJU. She signed a record deal with X3M music in 2014 but left in May 2019 after the expiration of her contract. She has won numerous awards. Her songs are: E no go funny, Joromi, Duduke, Love don’t care, Jamb question, Smile for me, Promise and lots more.

AZEEZ ADESHINA FASHOLA | NAIRA MARLEY @NairaMarley

Naira Marley as he is called graduated with a distinction in Business from Peckham Academy. He also studied Business Law at Crossways College (now Christ the King Sixth Form College).

The Marlian President was born in Agege, Lagos, Nigeria on the 10th of May 1991.At the he age of 11 he moved to Peckham, South London, England. He derived his stage name from Bob Marley and his dreadlocks is a sign of tribute to the late Icon. He does Afro beat/ Hip-hop and mostly sings in Yoruba, Pidgin and English. Some consider his music lewd while others feel it’s philosophical but all in all he is a very controversial artiste, some of his songs are: Am i a yahoo boy, Soapy, Lord of Lamba, Mafo, Bad Influence etc.

He is a true representation of don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Very brilliant and his ability to switch well from one language to another is commendable.

OLUBANKOLE WELLINGTON | BANKY W @BankyWellington

He is a Musician, Actor, Entrepreneur and Politician who hails from Lagos State.
Born on the 27th of March, 1981 in the United States and moved back to Nigeria when he was five years old.

Banky W as he is fondly called studied Industrial Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York on scholarship where he started his EME record Lebel and won several musical competition. He left the US in 2009 to establish his record label in Nigeria where he signed Artiste like Wizkid, Niyola, Skales, Shaydee etc His debut single “Ebute meta” brought him to stardom however it’s interesting to note he wrote the first theme song for Etisalat (now 9mobile) titled “0809ja for life”.

In 2017, he dissolved his record label and it became a talent Management company. He is married to beautiful Adesuwa Etomi and they are both blessed with a son. Collections of his songs include Yes or No, Lagos Party, Strong thing, Don’t break my heart, Jo, Capable etc. He is a successful individual with different career path.

OYINKANSOLA SARAH ADERIBIGBE | AYRASTARR @Ayrastarr

19 year old (14th June 2002) Ayra Starr is from Kwara state, Nigeria; She attended Les Cours Sonou University and received a BA degree in International relations and Political science. Born in Cotonu, it was difficult for her to have friends due to the frequent shuttling between Lagos and Cotonu because of her Dad’s business. She started writing songs at the age of 10 and by 16 her modeling career had kicked off.

She’s a Model, Singer, Song writer and more. Her major as a musical artiste is Afropop and R&B and she’s currently signed to Mavin record where she released her first album in August 2021 tittled “19 and Dangerous”. Her lead single “Bloody Samaritan” was top of the Top 50 chart becoming the first solo song by a female artist to reach the number-one.

She’s young, vibrant, brilliant and an example that no matter your age you can achieve all you want to if you keep working hard and smart.


Funbi Kamzee

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  • This is so interesting…. Educative indeed. Gat some nice facts init.

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