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Meet 7 Nigerian Musicians That Were Born In 1980 (Photos)

1. D’banj

Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, popularly known by his stage name D’banj, is a Nigerian musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, entrepreneur, and television personality.

He was born on the 9th of July, 1980 in Zaria, Kaduna State, to a military officer who commanded an artillery regiment and a devoted church minister, businesswoman who is from Shagamu in Ogun State. Due to his father’s military status, he moved within several states in Nigeria and later moved to England. 

D’banj was expected to follow his father’s military career and was taken to the Nigerian Military School when he was eleven. D’banj resisted the system and was removed from the school after three years. While at the Military school he was a member of the elite drum corp of the Nigerian Army. From there, he attended another military institution, Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ibara, Abeokuta where he was a church worker. There, he completed his secondary school education. D’banj studied mechanical engineering at the Lagos State University, but due to the constant strikes and several irregularities in the school, he decided to withdraw and he headed to London to complete his degree.

Dbanj is married to Lineo Didi Kilgrow, they tied the knot on the 2 of June 2016.

2. 9ice

9ice, born 17 January 1980, is a Nigerian musician, songwriter and dancer. He is known for his powerful use of the Yoruba language in his music as well as his proverbial lyrics and unique style of delivery.

9ice was born into a polygamous home of five wives and nine children, in Ogbomosho, Oyo State in Western Nigeria. He grew up in shomolu Bariga suburbs of Lagos. 9ice had also dreamed of being a musician. 9ice began singing at the age of 14. His parents discovered his singing talent, and decided to allow him become a musician.

3. Abiodun Koya

Abiodun Koya, born 22 December 1980, is a Nigerian classical and opera singer, songwriter, poet, actress, screenwriter, and philanthropist based in the United States.

She is one of the very few professionally trained opera singers of African origin. She is called the Presidents’ and Kings’ singer. Abiodun Koya has performed at the White House, at the Presidential inauguration, and at the Democratic National Convention.

Born in Ogun State, she was encouraged by her father who introduced classical music to her at the age of three. Koya became interested in music when she turned six, playing the violin and singing classical music at church.

She left Nigeria in 2001 for the United States where she studied Business Management at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. She went on to study music for her master’s degree at Catholic University, Washington. D.C.

While singing for some of the world’s most influential leaders of today, she has been described as one of the world’s most beautiful voices.

She has sung around the world for numerous world leaders including presidents and royalty, ambassadors, and Members of Congress. In 2009 she released a compilation of her love poems called The Mood of a Princess.

Koya heads a charity organization and engages in mentorship activities. Her charity organization provides scholarships to young girls in many African countries.

4. Dr Sid

Sidney Onoriode Esiri, known professionally as Dr Sid, is a Nigerian Musician.

He was born on 1 May 1980 in Ikeja, Lagos state, Nigeria. 

His father was a veteran Nollywood actor while his mother was a fashion designer. 

His secondary school education was at Nigerian Air force Secondary school Ikeja. He studied Dental Surgery at the University of Ibadan. 

Dr Sid's rise to stardom started back in 1999 when he was affiliated to Trybe Records. He was the backup dancer for the Trybesmen. 

He later joined the now defunct Mo'Hits records. He is currently signed to Mavins records. 

5. Nneka Egbuna

Nneka Egbuna is a famous and talented Nigerian singer, songwriter, actress, and humanitarian. She is known for singing in English, Igbo and Pidgin languages.

She was born on December 24, 1980. She grew up in Warri, Delta State. Her father is a Nigerian and her mother, a German national.

Nneka relocated to Hamburg, Germany in 1999 where she studied Anthropology in the University. She subsequently began performing in the underground dancehall scene in order to finance her education.

Nneka made her entry into the music scene in 2004 while performing as an opening act for dancehall reggae star, Sean Paul at Hamburg Standpark.

She released her debut EP, The Uncomfortable Truth, and thereafter embarked on her first tour in April 2005, performing at various shows in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

In 2005, Nneka’s debut album, Victim of Truth, was released. The album was a huge success selling millions of copies across Europe, Nigeria and Japan.

The talented music star however enjoyed a sustained and successful period of touring, performing with label-mate Patrice Bart-Williams.

In February 2008, Nneka released her second album, No Longer at Ease, a title wisely derived from a novel written by the late renowned Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. It was widely acclaimed as it reflects the lyrical content of the record with a combination of political, social and economic issues with a winning mix of soul, hip-hop and reggae.

The lead single from the record, Heartbeat, became Nneka’s first song to break into the German Top 50.

Nneka recorded a song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa called Viva Africa. The song is a tribute to the premier Mundial on African soil.

Nneka Egbuna was nominated for several awards and won some. She was nominated in three categories for the 2009 Channel O Music Video Awards, and won an award for Best African Act at the 2009 MOBO Awards. In 2010, Nneka won the award for best indigenous artist in Nigeria at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, which was held in New York.

Her lyrics reflect much of her history and life in Nigeria as well as her time spent in Europe countries, revolving majorly on issues of capitalism, poverty and war.

6. Waje

Waje is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.

She was born on September 1, 1980, in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. She is the first child of her parents who got divorced when she was young.

She grew up in Benin City. She attended Word of Faith Group of Schools and was a member of the school choir. Her incredible vocals captured the heart of late Archbishop Benson Idahosa who took it upon himself to fund her secondary education.

Waje relocated to Nsukka and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she earned a degree in Social Work. To improve on herself, she listened to Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin.

She launched her music career in 2007 while still a student. She did free shows and gigs. In 2008, she featured in P-Square’s hit track, Do Me. The song gained popularity across Africa and some parts of Europe.

Waje participated in a TV reality show for artists that are on the verge of a breakthrough, Advanced Warning, where she was the runner-up. The show was organized by MTV Base South Africa and Zain Nigeria.

As an actress, she debuted in the movie, Tunnel, in 2014 alongside Nse Ikpe-Etim, Patrick Doyle, and Femi Jacobs.

Waje is a single mother. She had her daughter, Emerald, while still writing her West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations. She kept the pregnancy a secret from her mother until she was five months into the pregnancy. She was suspended from the church’s choir for getting pregnant out of wedlock.

In March 2019, Waje posted a video via her Instagram saying that she intends to quit music professionally because of the lack of support towards her music.

However, in April 2019, she teamed up with Omawumi to record the soundtrack of Somkele Idhalama's produced movie, She Is.

7. Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage is one of Nigeria's most talented female artists.

She is a songwriter and singer who started her music career as a backup vocalist for American artists like Mary J. Blige and George Michael.

Born on 2nd February 1980 in Lagos State, Tiwa relocated to London at the age of 11 for her high school education. She had her tertiary education at the University of Kent where she studied Accounting and went further to obtain a degree in Music from Berklee College of Music.

Tiwa moved back to Nigeria after seeing the rapid growth the Nigerian music industry is experiencing. In 2012, she signed up with the Mavin records owned by Don Jazzy and appeared on their 2012 Solar Plexus compilation album. Her first studio album, Once Upon a Time, was released in July 2013. Tiwa became the first Nigerian female to win the Best African Act at the 2018 MTV Europe music award.

In May 2019, she announced her record deal with Universal Music Group and exit from Mavin Records. Savage sings in English and Yoruba. Her music is a blend of Afrobeats, R&B, pop and hip-hop.

Savage's contributions to the Nigerian music industry have earned her several achievements. She has been involved in youth empowerment and breast cancer screening projects and has raised funds to build schools in Nigeria.

Savage was married to Tunji Tee Billz Balogun. On 23 November 2013, the couple held their traditional marriage at the Ark in Lekki. The couple's white wedding was held on 26 April 2014 at the Armani Hotel in Dubai. On 1 January 2015, Savage and Balogun announced that they were expecting their first child together. Six months later, Savage gave birth to their son. On 28 April 2016, Balogun accused his wife of infidelity and his mother-in-law of witchcraft. In a 45-minute interview conducted by This Day newspaper and Pulse Nigeria, Savage extensively addressed her husband's lengthy social media posts regarding their marriage. She debunked her husband's infidelity claims and accused him of financial recklessness, drug addiction and abandonment. She said her marriage to him was over.

On June 8 2021, Tiwa Savage was reported to have been involved in a skirmish with Seyi Shay at an upscale saloon in highbrow Lekki, Lagos. In a viral video, Tiwa was seen taking exception to Seyi Shay's greeting, followed by an exchange of words and curses from both artistes. According to Premium Times, Seyi had recorded a diss track in 2017, calling Tiwa several derogatory names. Reports also say that earlier in 2015, Tiwa had shown her aversion to being asked about Seyi Shay's endorsement with Pepsi in a radio interview.

Tiwa is currently 41 years old.

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