Waje found herself in the limelight following two features on Psqaure’s hit songs ”Omoge Mi and Do Me.” From then on this vocal powerhouse became a household name, featuring on several other songs and releasing two albums that were not a favorite amongst critics. In no time, she became one of the hottest acts on the block, making the news, snagging nominations/awards, endorsement deals, you name it. Until she slowly began to fizzle out of our consciousness. She attempted a comeback with a badly thought out PR move which did more harm than good for her career. These days, we see her on ‘The Voice” throwing her shoes and screaming out ”Sing” the two effective things she seems to have a handle on these days.
Fresh off her ”Nigerian Idols’ first runner-up win, Omawumi was all the rage in 2008. Her song “In The Music” was a huge success, garnering massive airplay and awards and peaking at number one on most charts. She went on to release a couple of albums to include her second album ”The Lasso of Truth” released on April 10, 2013, which comprised of the songs ”If You Ask me” and ”Bottom Belle” two massive hit songs that again shot her to the top of several charts across the country. Her future was bright, but then came her inability to handle the fame, (Omawumi reportedly punched a photojournalist who had requested for a photo).
One would think her attitude would mature as time passed, but in 2013, she again had a brush with the media walking off an interview set after the hostess asked, “There is some controversy about you in the industry where people say Omawumi is a mother, she is doing motherhood. It’s amazing because young girls want to be like her but how does she keep this drinking and smoking habit away from her kids?” The singer replied angrily saying; “I will not honor you with a response. I feel like that is a taint to my character. Have you seen me smoking before? Why should you ask me such a question?” before walking off the set.
Putting all of these behind her, Omawumi took a deep dive into motherhood, family, Nollywood (launching a production company with friend Waje,) and recently released her fourth album which brought excitement to a limited few. Truth be told, she is fast becoming irrelevant.
Heap the blame on label issues or whatnot, it is however glaring something did assist Koker in finding a spot on the list of artists who we have since forgotten ever existed. Koker dominated the airwaves in 2015 with a few smash songs, before dropping off the face of the Earth. ”Kolewerk, Do Something,” became more like the country’s national anthem but he has since failed to create any more good songs. In 2017, he released ”Bokiniyen,” which was somewhat successful, but failed to meet the height of his previous smash hits.
For more than 5 years, Solidstar held many hearts in the palm of his hand. He did with the stunning songs he released until suddenly taking a wrong turn between 2016 – 2017 With 4 albums under his belt alongside tons of smash hits, Solidstar is one act I pray makes a comeback. Although he has been putting out records, none seem to have that sweet sweet vibe we have always known him for. Sadly he is slowing fading into the abyss of insignificance.
Once upon a time, this Kennis Music golden boy was the rave of the moment (Turning Me On, Coupe Decalre, to mention a few) and people couldn’t get enough of him. This perhaps was due to the loverboy/bad boy brand he so righteously portrayed back then but as the years passed, he failed to live up to the glory of that time as more young men began to tap into this type of branding making it really competitive. Minjin has since tried, a return to glory but with each try it is starting to seem a bit unlikely, mostly because many of us have had it with the same tired, non-biodegradable, and recycled brand he continues to relentlessly try to shove down our throats.