5 Top Nigerian Female Artists Apart From Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage

By Cheloti Joshua

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When asked about the biggest and most popular Nigerian female artists today, I know for sure many of you will have Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade and of cos Sinach, for the Gospel music in your list.

The three have established themselves in the music industry in Nigeria and globally, and without taking anything from them, they for sure deserve to be ranked among the very top.

Aside from the above mentioned, let’s take a look at the other top Nigerian artists in no particular order.


Officially known as Simisola Ogunleye, Simi is no doubt one of the biggest and popular Nigerian female artists.

In the recent past, Simi has released several popular songs among them ‘Jericho’ featuring Patoranking, ‘Ayo’, ‘Love on Me’ and the most recent one ‘Duduke’.

She gained prominence in 2014 after releasing ‘Tiff", a song that was nominated for Best Alternative Song at The Headies 2015.



The 33-year-old singer and songwriter recently got a certificate of recognition from the Recording Academy for the role she played in American singer and songwriter Beyoncés album titled 'The Lion of King: The Gift'.

Born Niniola Apata, the singer who was nominated for the Most Promising Act to Watch at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards after releasing her debut single ‘Ibadi’ is definitely among the best Nigerian female artists today.


Seyi Shay

The United Kingdom (UK) born Nigerian-based singer, songwriter and actress also deserves a place among the top Nigerian female artists.

Officially known as Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua, Seyi Shay is known for writing and producing produced three songs for the soundtrack to Konami's video game Crime Life.

Some of her popular songs include ‘Right Now’ released in 2015, ‘Surrender’ and Gimme Love’.



Officially known as Teniola Apata, Teni has won several top awards among them Rookie of the Year at the 2018 Headies Awards, and Most Promising Act to Watch at the 2018 Nigeria Entertainment Award.

Despite being active in music for barely four years, Teni ranks highly among Nigerian female artists.



This list cannot be complete without a mention of Aituaje Iruobe, known professionally as Waje.

The 39-year-old singer whose vocal range covers three octaves can be ranked among the veterans in the Nigerian music industry.

Waje who first gained recognition after being featured on the remake of P-Square’s ‘Omoge Mi’ and also featured on the duo's 2008 hit track ‘Do Me’ has at least 7 albums to her name.


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