The female-male artist ratio in Nigeria clearly shows that the latter has a higher portion. Behind the spotlight, however, there are many female artists struggling to be heard too.I took a few weeks to research how many emerging artists are female. There weremajority’s music not up to 7 known ones. Also discovered was that the female artists that do have a spotlight on them don’t collaborate often. We’ll focus on the first issue first. A few women is not enough representation of all women.I found over thirty five female artists and counting, upon searching consistently. The majority’s music was with as much juice and sauce as any A-list’s.A further procession with conversations on the topic followed with as many people as possible. Many within my circle and outside were equally aggrieved that there is no balance. Some agreed that they envisage an industry with just as many artists that are female.The reasons for this imbalance spans across different scopes. Either the radio stations or other music enthusiasts do not research underground music. Or the women are not promoting their songs enough as only two or three make it to the big charts or stations.The need for more female artists to rise to fame is not to fuel the existing, never-ending gender war. Rather it is merely advocating the same level of representation for everyone. As a teenager, I remember parties with so many boys and very few girls. That significant difference in numbers is owing to other reasons, but it is still important to note. Imminently it gave a lot of room for the few girls at the parties to be gawked at and harassed.It is no news as well, that in the real world women in music have been targeted as prey and harassment victims. In a studio, there could be 6 boys and 1 girl during a session. The mere thought is worrying because of experiences.Many matters surrounding women’s marginalization have been swept under the carpet as the Nigerian system permits. Hence it cannot be overemphasized that women should be treated as equals and with respect.Women need all the support they can get too, without it having to do with their body or love. Platonic relations work between two men as it can work between a man and woman.Notably, a producer and engineer, PKA Beezyx made projects that involved female artists. He featured emerging acts Rindss, Sw9wd, Tsuni, Naya Akanji, and few others on different projects in a bid to put more female artists on. Gathered from his tweets, he can be seen as a soldier for helping women in the industry get deserved support. The push for balancing up the female-male artist ratio is certainly not a gender war.Also YBNL’s ex-signee, Temmie Ovwasa after gaining more spotlight from her 2020 debut album EBDSM took to supporting emerging female artists. To her thousands of followers on social media, she posted highlights of songs by Nigerian women only. She further urged others to support them as well. There are other notable people that perform their bit in helping create a balance, including the ones unknown. These examples of true support are truly what the industry needs.Music Consumers love the current male dominated discographies undoubtedly. However, the flavor of female vocals on certain historic records are unmatched. The marginalization and sexualizing will have to give way for women who genuinely just want to sing or make music. The suppression of women went on far too long and that era is fasting going away. 2020 alone saw the rise of over 10 new male artists including Terri, Ckay, Bella Shmurda, etc. The year 2021 does not seem to be taking the same way.With forerunners like Tems, Falana, Lady Donli, Dunnie, new school female artists are on the come up. As of today, there are two new budding female artists, Ayra starr and Liya, whose careers were launched by influential record labels. The power of adequate finance and a record label has a critical role to play. Perhaps the male to female artist ratio will balance up if more women have that.Many budding female artists equally putting in the work include Cill Soul, Viveeyan, Mimigold, Phlowetry, Tosing, Banke, Omolade, Fave, ihcego, Ria Sean, Reespect etc. We hope for music events in the nearest future with as many female artists as the male, performing and in attendance.If you do know any unmentioned female artist, don’t hesitate to support them.