To say the old generation artistes paved way for these new generation artistes will not be wrong, so we have every reason to shower them with accolades.
The old generation artistes really made great music back in the days and they were more particular about the lyrical contents of their songs unlike this present generation.
The new generation artistes are more particular about making money. All they are concerned about are songs that the populace relate to and accept as well. As long as the music will put money in their pocket, nothing else matters.
Unfortunately, the Nigerian society doesn't help matters as most of the fans of these artistes are the youths who don't really care about good lyrical contents. In other words, they don't give a hoot as long as a song has good beats and is danceable; they are good to go.
Most of these new generation artiste's songs have lewd lyrical contents with sexual undertones that will make any decent person cringe in embarrassment.
However, that is not to say some of them don't have good lyrical contents, some actually do, but they are few.
Now back to the old generation artistes that once serenaded us with good music and meaningful lyrics. Very few of them are still active in the music scene, as most of them have gone into oblivion.
Some of them left quite early at the peak of their career, some left seeing that the music scene was no more favourable to them, while some others left for various reasons.
In this article, I will be talking about 12 popular Nigerian artistes who once ruled the airwaves but have gone into oblivion.
Let's take a look at them
Evi Edna Ogholi
Evi Edna Ogholi is a Nigerian reggae musician who came into limelight in the late 80s when the Nigerian music scene was dominated by men. Nevertheless, she took the Nigerian music scene by storm.
The singer who hails from Isoko in Delta state released her debut album My Kind of Music in 1987 which had several hits. She released others albums which also had hits. In fact, she literally took over the Nigerian airwaves.
She later got married to her producer and manager Emma Ogosi. Just at the peak of her career, she relocated to Paris where she is currently based. That move put an end to her soaring career.
Some of her songs are; "Obaro", "Jealousy", "Rirovara", "Look Before You Cross", "Oghene Me", "Happy Birthday", "Message to the Youths", among others.
Nya Edward Inyang better known as Blackky is a Nigerian reggae musician whose music ruled the airwaves in the late 80s and early 90s. He had several hits that took over the airwaves in the course of his career.
Though he has tried to remain relevant in the music industry, but obviously he could not compete with the present generation.
Some of his songs are; "Rosie", "Bang Belly", Blackky's Skank", "Okada", "Campus Girls" "Blackky's House", among others.
The Mandators was made up of a couple, Victor Essiet and Peggy. The couple ruled the airwaves with their songs in the late 80s, releasing hits back to back.
At the peak of their career, Peggy fell sick and died. The death of Peggy inevitably affected Essiet's career. In 1993, he relocated to the United States of America and has lived there for over two decades.
Some of their songs are; "Rat Race", "Rise To The Top", " The Nation And The People", "Apartheid", "Redemption", among others.
Mike Okri is a Nigerian musician who dominated the airwaves in the 80s. He had an amazing music career before he left the shores of the country when the ovation was loudest.
Okri who once did back up for legendary singer Onyeka Onwenu before his fame, relocated to the United States of America and lived there for over a decade before he came back to Nigeria.
Some of his songs are; "Omoge", "Time Na Money", "Rhumba Dance", "You're Di One", "Okpeke", "Oghenekewe", among others.
Alex Okoroigwe popularly known as Alex O is a Nigerian pop singer, songwriter and producer.
He was one of the prominent artiste in the 90s. Alex who is currently married to Nollywood actress Oby Edozie, seems to have retired from music totally because no new music has come from his stable in a long while.
Some of his songs are; "Celebrate", "Do It", "She's So Pretty", "Nwandanma", among others.
Daniel Wilson who is also known as Mr. Ragamuffin is a Nigerian reggae artiste who ruled the airwaves in the 90s.
He stormed the Nigerian music scene with his unique music style and released several hits songs before he went into oblivion. He is presently an entrepreneur.
Some of his songs are; "Mr. Ragamuffin", "Original Bad Boy", "Omolakeji", "Abortion", among others.
Esse Agesse is a Nigerian singer who came into the limelight in the early 90s. She was into the pop genre.
She released a couple of hits before she left the shores of the country and relocated to Ireland where she is currently based. The singer who hails from Delta state has since transitioned to gospel music and now performs in churches.
Some of her songs are; "Back To The Basic", "Fine Peppersoupe", "Bendel Girl in Lagos", "Familiar Stranger", "Ara Eba Miyo", among others.
Alex Zitto is a Nigerian-Ghanaian musician who started his music career as a bass guitarist in Ebenezer Obey's Miliki Band.
He however came to limelight with the release of his song "Tickle Me" which was a massive hit. He ruled the airwaves in the late 80s and early 90s before he went into oblivion.
Some of his songs are; "Tickle Me", "Walakolombo", "Rhythm Of Your Heart", " "Country Girl", among others.
Innocent Michael Onyebuchi better known by his stage name Daddy Fresh is a Nigerian artiste and songwriter who started his music career as the lead vocalist in a group De Pretty Busy Boys made up of himself, Daddy Showkey, Cashman Davies and Sexy Pretty, before they all went solo.
The handsome singer released a couple of hits before he disappeared into oblivion.
Some of his songs are; "Faka Fiki Faka", "Eleru Gberue", "Fiji Fa", among others.
Veno Marioghae is a Nigerian singer and songwriter who came into limelight after the release of her song "Nigeria Go Survive" which was a massive hit.
However, despite her success in the music scene, her stay in the industry was short-lived as she left quite early.
She is now a television and movie scriptwriter although she still sings.
Some of her songs are; "Nigeria Go Survive", " Wha Ti Yo", "Single Girl", among others.
Felix Liberty is a Nigerian musician, songwriter and producer who serenaded us in the late 80s with his big hit "Ifeoma".
He later left the music scene and became a pastor. The singer who now preaches strongly against polygamy says he regrets his polygamous life has he has fathered nineteen children from seven women.
Some of his songs are; " Ifeoma", "Lover Boy", "Ngozi", "One Life To Live", among others.
Stella Monye is a Nigerian singer who released a couple of hits in the 90s.
The singer who is fondly called the Samba Queen, went into oblivion after her son had a terrible accident that affected his private parts which badly damaged his urethra leading to other complications including kidney and liver diseases.
The singer solicited for help from the public concerning her son's health. According to reports, her son has undergone corrective surgeries in the United States of America, and we hope he is okay now. Obviously, the ugly incident has seemingly put an end to her career.
Some of her songs are; "Oko Mi Ye", "Kilode", "Satisfaction Guaranteed", among others.
That is my list of 12 Nigerian artistes who once ruled the airwaves but have gone into oblivion. They have indeed done well and should be highly commended. Personally, I will say they came, they saw, they conquered.
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