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Fact File: 8 Nigerian Music Stars to Watch Out For in 2022



Fact File:8 Nigerian Music Stars to Watch Out For in 2022

Nigeria is indeed filled with many upcoming musicians, who have one way or the other showed the world why they deserve stardom.

Are you being skeptical about which Nigerian musician you want to root for in 2022? Well not to worry, as I help you filter all fast-rising singers in Nigeria and help you pick out the top 8 music stars to watch out for in 2022.

8 Nigerian Music Stars to Watch Out For in 2022

First on the list of the fast-rising Nigerian music stars is no other than…

Omah Lay

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Stanley Didia, better known by his stage name, Omah Lay has unarguably wowed many with his performance last year, 2021, considering his high-profile music and shows.


Omah Lay is known for writing and releasing music that depicts love or emotional attachments.

One of the reasons you should put your money on Omah Lay this year, 2022 is his achievement in 2021. Omah Lay headlined his show at the Polo Club in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, a show which was attended by fans from different nooks and crannies of Nigeria.

His song, ‘Understand’, also did well on the charts, and had 28 million views on YouTube as of the time of filing this report.

He also won the ‘Next Rated’ award at the Headies Awards, now all eyes are on him to see what he has up his sleeves for 2022.



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Nigerian singing sensation, Temilade Openiyi aka Tems is an artist that obviously had a good run in 2021.

Her collaboration with music star, Wizkid on their hit song, ”Essence” is one of the factors that skyrocketed her to the spotlight.

Tems bagged two US top 40 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Essence’, and with Drake on the song, ‘Fountains.’

‘Essence’ also got her a Grammy Awards 2022 nomination in the category of ‘The Best Global Music Performance’. She is definitely one of the artists to look out for in 2022.



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Daniel Benson, popularly known as Buju was undoubtedly one of the most featured artists in 2021, as he also got the nickname ‘King of Chorus’.

In 2021, Buju released some hit tracks such as  ‘Outside’, ‘Feeling’, and ‘Never Stopped’. He performed at several shows in 2021, and also held his debut concert tagged ‘Buju: Sorry I’m Late’ in December 2021, in Victoria Island, Lagos, where artists such as Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Omah Lay.

The video of his song, ‘Outside’, currently has 3.9million views on YouTube. He has been tipped to make headlines in 2022 with his musical talent.

P Square

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Although Peter and Paul Okoye, better known as the P-Square are old Nigerian superstar singers, their fame in the music world was put on indefinite hold when the brothers broke up about four years ago.


The duo, Peter and Paul are unarguably one of the biggest groups I’m Africa before their split. However, the P Square brothers have reunited and have raised hopes high as fans expect another hit banger from them in 2022.

At the tail end of 2021, they also had a comeback concert tagged, ‘’P Square Reactivated” which was well attended by their fans.

Ayra Starr

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Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe known professionally as Ayra Starr is a fast-rising Nigerian singer and songwriter who has made her way up to my list of Nigerian music stars to watch out for in 2022, owning to her achievements in 2021.

Ayra Starr started as a model at the tender age of 16, before switching to music. She did covers of popular songs by top artists and shared them on her Instagram page, before dropping her first original song in December 2019.


This brought her to the attention of record executive Don Jazzy and led to her signing to Mavin Records. Since then, Ayra Starr has been topping charts with her songs and her popular album ‘19 & Dangerous’.

The lead song “Bloody Samaritan” got people’s attention the most as it ranks in the Turntable Top 50 chart, becoming the first solo song by a female artist in the history of the chart to reach the number-one position.


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Oniyide Azzez, popularly known as Zinoleesky has also found his way to my list of 8 music stars to watch out for in 2022.

Zinoleesky is known for his motivational songs, which makes him loved by people, as his songs are played in all corners of Nigeria and beyond.


Zino started his music career via social media alongside his friends and associated artists Lil Frosh and Ibradosky. He is currently signed into the Marlian Records.

He topped charts with songs he released in 2021 and doesn’t seem like he’ll be relenting in 2022.



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Michael Adebayo, professionally known as Ruger is a Nigerian singer and songwriter who deserves to be taken more seriously in 2022, as he has shown his potentials by the release of chart-topping songs in 2021.


Ruger gained people’s attention with his unique voice and looks; his pink hair and eye-patch.

Just like other music stars on this list, Ruger utilized social media, as he put out musical content for fun and landed on D’Prince’s radar and. After proper grooming and recording sessions; he was unveiled to the public and he hit the ground running.

The release of his five-track EP dubbed, Pandemic which houses records like “Ruger”, “Abu Dhabi”, “Bounce”  helped make his sound memorable to Nigerians especially “Bounce” which topped many charts including Apple Music Nigeria’s charts.

He is currently enjoying the fame gotten from his hard work in 2021, and one can only imagine what he has up his sleeves for 2022.



Portable Omolaomi

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Habeb Okikiola better known by his stage name, Portable Omolaomi is undoubtedly the newest face in the Nigerian rap industry.

Although Portable has been pursuing his music career for the past ten years, his song Zazzu Zeh, which features ace Nigerian rapper, Olamide and celebrity dancer, Poco Lee, shot him into the limelight.

His presence gave joy to the people as he also attended concerts with top music stars like Wizkid and Tiwa Savage.


With his energy and collaboration with the big boys in the music industry, we hope to see more of Portable in 2022.

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