Saturday, October 31, 2020


The American reggae and pop singer-songwriter Johnny Nash, best known for the 1972 hit "I Can See Clearly Now" died on 6th October 2020 aged 80.The musician began singing as a child and made his major label debut with the 1957 song "A Teenager Sings the Blues".

Born in Houston, Jonny Nash was one of the first non-Jamaican singers to record reggae music in Kingston, Jamaica.
His single "I Can See Clearly Now" sold more than a million copies and reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972, where it remained for four weeks.

He also had a No. 1 hit in the UK in 1975 with "Tears on My Pillow".

It was Nash that brought the reggae legend Bob Marley to limelight and helped him to sign a recording contract. Nash's covers of songs like "Stir It Up" helped bring Marley's music to a broader audience, and the pair later collaborated on a track called "You Poured Sugar On Me".

Thursday, October 1, 2020


As we celebrate the 60th independence anniversary of our dear country Nigeria, we present some of the music by Nigerian artists that centre on the motherland and promote her unity.

Which Way Nigeria (Sunny Okosun)

The song "Which Way Nigeria" was about the growth trajectory of the nation many years after independence. Sunny Okosun sang in part:
Which way is Nigeria is heading to;
Many years after independence;
We still find it hard to start;
How long shall we be patient till we reach the promise land;
Let’s save Nigeria, So Nigeria won’t die. Which way Nigeria, Which way to go;
I love my fatherland, I want to know;
Which way Nigeria is heading to…”

Peace Song (Onyeka Onwenu)

Onyeka Onwenu released this song which, as the name implies, called for peace in in the country. It contained the lyrics:
“We’re the women of Nigeria
And peace is what we bring
Let it reign, let it reign everywhere
We’re the children of Nigeria
And peace is what we need
So that all can live as one…”

The Way Forward (King Sunny Ade)

King Sunny Ade's song "The Way Forward" was an instant hit with fans as it inspired the spirit of patriotism in many. The song called on all Nigerians to join hands in lifting the country. The musician sang that no matter where one travelled to, there could never be any place like home.

Nigeria My Beloved Country (Funmi Adams)

Funmi Adams contributed to shaping a positive perspective for the nation with her song "Nigeria My Beloved Country" in which she sang about her love for the motherland.

Nigeria Go Survive (Veno Marioghae)

Veno Marioghae's song “Nigeria go survive” which was released in 1985, was a favourite of many back in the day. Accompanied by a funky beat, the track proclaimed that regardless of what happened to it, Nigeria would survive. And no doubt, some may now see Marioghae in the mould of a prophet because though the country has gone through many turbulent times, it is still standing strong.
The song contained the lyrics:
“If they steal our oil,
Even if they burn the oil o,
Nigeria will survive.
I say if they drink the oil o,
No matter how they try o,
Nigeria will survive.
Our roots dem strong for ground o, Ancestors no go gree o,
Nigeria will survive…”

Arise, Make Nigeria a Better Place (Emeka Okeke)

This song was a track in Emeka Okeke's debut album "True Messages" released in 2000. The song promotes Nigeria unity by calling on all tribes and ethnic groups to come together and unite to make Nigeria a better place. Part of the lyrics goes thus:
"Arise arise make Nigeria a better place,
All my brothers wake up wake up,
All my sisters this is the time,
Umunne m o ngwanu ngwanu,
This is the time to call white white,
This is the time to call black black,
This is the time to say all the truth,
This is the time to forgive ourselves,
Arise arise make Nigeria a better place."

Green Land (TY Bello)

Bello was able to endear herself to fans with the song "Green Land". The lyrics included,:
“The land is green―it’s green,
The land is green― it’s green,
Can’t you see? The harvest is ready,
Cos the Lord of the harvest told me so,
It’s green― it’s green for me,
It’s green― it’s green for me…”

Great Nation (Timi Dakolo)

Timi Dakolo's song ,"Great Nation" was another song that promoted Nigerian unity. The song contained the lyrics:
“We’re all we have, We’ll defend our land, We believe in this nation,
And we know we’ll get there,
We’re all we have, we’ll defend our land,
We believe in Nigeria and the promise she holds,
And that one day we’ll shine like the sun, We’re a great nation…”

Wednesday, August 12, 2020


Samsong is a Nigerian gospel artist, based in Abuja, Nigeria. He was born Samson Uche Mogekwu in Delta State, Nigeria. In 1991, he formed a quartet known as Praise Creation. They were signed to Ivory Music Label and released their debut album in 1996 titled "Best of Life". The group however broke up, and Samsong became a solo artist, releasing his debut CD in 2002, titled "Count Your Blessings". His album was a success, garnering airplay, and resulting in winning The Psalmist Award that same year.
Samsong has had a successful recording career with radio hits like Bianule, and a handful of accolades such as The Psalmist Award in 2000, and recently being nominated as "best Gospel Artist" by Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) in New York in 2008. He has graced the stage with Gospel greats like Marvin Winans, Donnie McClurkin and Panam Percy Paul, as well as successful mainstream artists like Donell Jones, Kenny Latimore, etc.

Sunday, August 2, 2020


Sammie Okposo born May 30, 1971 is an international Nigerian gospel artist. He is also a music producer, psalmist, and CEO of Zamar Entertainment. He released his first album “Addicted” in 2004. He has collaborated with many other artists in the gospel and soul music fields, and has performed regularly in Africa, Europe, and North America and curates a series of concerts called SOPP (Sammie Okposo Praise Party). His most recent album, The Statement (2018), was produced by the Grammy-winning Kevin Bond.

Saturday, August 1, 2020


Nathaniel Bassey is a Nigerian gospel artist, born in Lagos in 1978. He is popularly known for his song "Imela" "Onise Iyanu" and "Olowogbogboro". Bassey started his musical career in the church where he joined the Rhodes Orchestra and he played the Trumpet for two years. He was just an ordinary trumpeter until he composed a song at the visit to Late Stella Obasanjo, the wife of former president Olusegun Obasanjo. In 2018, Bassey was one of the leading artistes in the Nigeria's Christian gathering, The Experience.
Nathaniel Bassey is the brain behind the #HallelujahChallenge, where he worships God for an hour, from 12:00 am to 1:00 am. He streams this event on his Instagram page and invites others to join him. In less than a month, the event had over 600,000 views. The #HallelujahChallenge for 2020 was held from 4 to 24 February.

Thursday, July 30, 2020


Joseph Omo Ebhodaghe, popularly known as Joe Praize, is an Edo State born Nigerian gospel singer, praise and worship leader, songwriter and music director who rose to popularity following the release of his hit song "Mighty God" off his debut album My Praise.
Joe Praize has since become a praise and worship leader at the Love World a.k.a. Christ Embassy. He has ministered in several countries including South Africa, Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Cyprus, Nigeria, Ghana and others, and he has won several awards. He has five studio albums to his credit: “Mighty God”, “Alpha Omega”, “My Praise”, “All the Praise”, and “Most High”

Saturday, July 25, 2020


The first ever Nigerian to release an album is Canon Josiah Jesse Ransome Kuti (Fela Anikulapo’s Grandfather and Prof Wole Soyinka’s great-grand father). He has been composing songs since 1878 and in 1925, he became the first Nigerian to release a record album after he recorded several Yoruba language hymns in gramophone through Zonophone Records. His album is still at the British Museum.

The Reverend Canon Josiah Jesse Ransome-Kuti, was perhaps the earliest person in Nigeria to compose gospel songs in form of Church hymns used in the early Anglican Church at St. Peter Cathedral Church, Ake Abeokuta Ogun state Nigeria.