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Nigerian albums turning 10 in 2024



In 2014, Nigeria’s music industry witnessed a remarkable surge in global recognition and local innovation, propelling it to the forefront of Africa’s cultural landscape. With the presence of digital platforms and social media, Nigerian artists found new avenues to showcase their talent to a diverse audience both at home and abroad. In this feature, Daily Trust Saturday celebrates some of the albums released in 2014 as they hit the 10 year mark.


Ayo – Wizkid

Released in 2014, “Ayo” marked a pivotal moment in Wizkid’s career, showcasing his evolution as an artist and his ability to blend various musical influences into a cohesive body of work. “Ayo” effortlessly fuses Afrobeats, reggae, dancehall, and R&B, creating a lively soundscape that captivates listeners from start to finish. Tracks like “Jaiye Jaiye” featuring Femi Kuti and “Ojuelegba” resonate deeply with audiences, celebrating Wizkid’s Nigerian roots while also embracing universal themes of joy, resilience, and love. The album’s captivating songs confirmed Wizkid’s place as one of Africa’s most influential singers, laying the groundwork for his sustained success and international renown. “Ayo” remains a timeless classic, embodying Wizkid’s charisma, talent, and unwavering dedication to his craft.


The Chairman – MI Abaga

M.I Abaga’s “The Chairman” album, released in 2014, is a masterpiece of Nigerian hip-hop, showcasing the artist’s lyrical prowess and visionary production. With this album, M.I solidified his position as one of Africa’s most influential rappers, delivering thought-provoking verses over captivating beats. “The Chairman” is a lyrical journey that delves into various themes, including social commentary, personal introspection, and the pursuit of excellence. Tracks like “Bad Belle” and “Bullion Van” featuring Phyno, Runtown, and Stormrex, became instant anthems, resonating with audiences across the continent. M.I’s impeccable storytelling and sharp wit shine through in every track, earning him critical acclaim and widespread admiration.

Street OT – Olamide

Olamide’s album “Street OT,” released in 2014, is a raw and authentic reflection of the Nigerian street culture, capturing the essence of the grassroots experience with unapologetic honesty. Known for his energetic delivery and unique blend of indigenous rap and contemporary beats, Olamide delivers masterpiece with this album. “Street OT” is a celebration of resilience, ambition, and street wisdom, with tracks like “Story for the Gods” and “Goons Mi” resonating deeply with listeners. Olamide’s charming flow and infectious energy dominate every track, providing a rich audio experience that brings listeners to the heart of the streets. “Street OT” demonstrated Olamide’s ability to connect with listeners from all walks of life, solidifying his position as one of Nigeria’s most well-known singers with its appealing lyrics and irresistible beats.

No Guts, No Glory – Phyno


Phyno’s album “No Guts, No Glory,” released in 2014, is a powerful expression of the artist’s journey and identity. Known for his distinctive blend of Igbo rap and contemporary hip-hop beats, Phyno tells a captivating story of endurance and achievement with his album. The album featured standout tracks like “Alobam” and “Parcel,” which showcase Phyno’s lyrical prowess and infectious energy. “No Guts, No Glory” is more than just an album; it’s a declaration of self-belief and determination, inspiring listeners to pursue their dreams fearlessly. With its memorable hooks, the album engages with fans across Nigeria and beyond, cementing Phyno’s place as one of the country’s most significant artists.

Epiphany – Timaya

Timaya’s album “Epiphany,” released in 2014, is a testament to the artist’s growth and versatility in the Nigerian music scene. Known for his infectious blend of Afrobeat, dancehall, and reggae, Timaya delivers a captivating mix of high-energy tracks and compelling singles. “Epiphany” showcases Timaya’s signature style while also exploring new musical territories, offering listeners a diverse listening experience. Tracks like “Sanko” and “Ukwu” became instant hits, dominating airwaves and dancefloors globally. The album serves as a reminder of Timaya’s enduring brilliance and ability to adapt to the ever-changing musical world, leaving an unforgettable impact on the hearts of fans all over.

Kings and Queens – Yemi Alade

Released in 2014, Yemi Alade’s album “Kings and Queens,” is a celebration of empowerment, resilience, and African pride. Yemi Alade’s unique mix of Afro-pop and highlife rhythms captivates listeners from start to finish, thanks to her powerful voice and engaging energy. Yemi Alade is one of Africa’s most dynamic artists, and “Kings and Queens” is proof of that, with songs like “Johnny” and “Tangerine” demonstrating her extraordinary talent. The album addresses significant social issues and celebrates the beauty and richness of African culture through a wide range of sounds and themes.


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