The music industry for long was quite dominated by males except for a few females like Christy Essien Igbokwe, Onyeka Onwenu and Evi Edna Ogholi who made a name for themselves and truly gave the men a run for their money. However, we have witnessed quite an influx of female participation over the last decade even though the numbers may be staggering if compared to their male counterparts.
Also, gone are the days when female singers were merely disregarded and seen as sex objects. Now they’re truly revered and taken seriously.
The mindset is gradually changing and more than ever in our time, female singers are owning their craft, topping charts, bagging endorsement deals, organizing their own concerts and touring around the country, across Africa and the world at large.
However, only a handful of them has attained these feats, owing to some substantial factors such as cost. It has been said that managing a female artist is very capital intensive. This was also confirmed by rapper, Ice Prince, during the unveiling of his Super Cool Cats Label in 2016, where he said:
“The much I know is that they are very expensive to maintain. You have to take care of their hairs, makeups, creams and so on. And you know what they use is different and more expensive than their male counterparts.”
Other varying factors include harassment, lack of support and individual perceptions about female artists. Props should be given to the likes of Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, Seyi Shay, Niniola, Simi, and so on, who have soared above these challenges to carve a niche for themselves.
2017 has swiftly passed by and a new year has begun with lots of expectations from the music scene. This year we would love to see more female releases and more girl power collaborations like never before experienced. For those that have been quiet, in hiding or have not really impressed us with any release lately, we hope they make a strong comeback.
Here are the top 5 female comebacks we’re craving for in 2018, in no particular sequence:
After a long hiatus, Saeon Moruda returned completely transformed in all ramifications. She came back with a new identity – The Boychick with the 87Swags, a fresh sound and full of energy to take over.
Her 2017 single, #AI remix was electrifying as she teamed up with Nigeria’s Hip-hop giants such as Iceberg Slim, Terry Apala, Vector & Ycee. However, there was no follow up track to this and we saw less of her in the music scene as the year progressed. A comeback from Saeon in 2018 will definitely be interesting to watch and have her overwhelm us with her presence. As we expect more singles from her, we also look forward to seeing more collaborations with other notable artists to foster her artistry.
Combining both sexiness and lyrically savviness, Eva Alordiah is indeed a strong contender among female rappers in Nigeria, although she is commonly referred to as Nigeria’s foremost Femcee.
Eva has had her shine with hits like “High” and “War Coming” featuring Sir Dauda, an album, 1960 and two mixtapes – Eva, Because You Been Waiting, to her name. But in 2017, we mostly remembered Eva for her controversial split with the actor, Caesar Ume-Ezeoke, 15 months after their engagement. After which she channeled her creative energy releasing motivational materials such as “Take Charge” and “To Self”, both contained heavy wordplay and punchlines but didn’t get enough traction.
The rapper recently released a new single, Secret Lover anticipating her upcoming EP in the first quarter of this year. We hope the project will serve as a testament to her title as the Queen of Hip-hop.
Cynthia Morgan is talented, fierce and a ball of fire but the last time she gave us something riveting was in September 2016 with the release of her Dancehall Anthem, Bubble Up featuring Ghanaian sensation, Stonebwoy. The beat was excellent and showcased Cynthia’s exuberant style. We would love to see the Dancehall Queen in her elements in 2018 as well.
Eniola Akinbo, popularly known as Niyola, is undoubtedly one of the best voices the industry can boast about and we have definitely not heard her best yet. Niyola has blessed us with quite a number of decent tracks like Toh Bad, Go On and Love To Love You, that clearly showcased her vocal finesse. Her cover of Beyonce’s Drunk In Love is one we can’t easily forget.
Last year she broke her silence with a soothing and inspirational tune, “Where Is The Love” recruiting the vocals of Adekunle Gold as they passed across a very positive message. But that was all we heard from Niyola even though the song was released from her forthcoming project titled SELF-ish which never made 2017. I believe we have not seen the best of Niyola yet and I’m expecting to see what she brings to the table in 2018.
Ms. Kedike has a demeanor that is likable, attractive and has got most of us obsessed with her. Asides her physical endowment, she hasn’t released any music to be obsessed with in a while after her hit single “Fallen In Love” in 2016.
In early 2017, Chidinma released “Plenty Melody” but it never got the needed push to make it a national anthem. It had the potential of becoming a fan favorite but it faded quickly. Chidinma also stepped back from singing a bit and ventured into Nollywood as an actress, debuting in Kunle Afolayan’s movie, “The Bridge”. With her new single titled “Love Me” on its way, we hope it marks the return of the Afrocentric Chidinma.