It is widely agreed that change is a constant phenomenon, it revolves round like a circle and blends with the trend of life, so it is for the Nigerian music industry.

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Back in the early 60’s and 70’s the Nigerian style and sound of music differs from genre to genre. We had the likes of Dr victor uwaifor, Ebenezer Obe, King Sunny Ade, Fela Anikulapo Kuti etc these legends where great pioneer of the modern style of music. They were able to carve out their sounds (genre) of music and give it a perfect touch to the satisfaction of we the consumer (fans).

The highlife, Juju, Apala and Afrobeat which is credited to Dr victor Uwaifor, Ebenezer obe and King Sunny Ade, Haruna ishola, and Fela respectively has stood the test of time to be an household sound (genre) for kids and adults. You remember hits like joromi ( Dr Victor uwaifor), suffering and smilling (fela), Ik Dairo (mosorire), this are musical hits that stood as fore runners of the music industry. As a matter of fact our music in those days yielded a Grammy award nomination for King sunny ade in 1978 and 79 respectively, even the great fela toured so many countries and thereby promoting our own sound (genre) of music across boarders for public appreciation. These set of generation were famous at what they do, but it never spurn millions.

However, this was not the end to the wonderful journey of Nigerian music, with time another generation of music sound (genre) emerged. This was the emergence of the likes of “the Remedies. Plantainshun Boyz, Tony tetuila, Lagbaja, Mr guddy guddy, Baba frayo, Azadus etc. this set music act where very good at what they do, they produced formidable sounds that was enjoyed by fans across the country. Hits like Kokobilo which is attributed to the mask man {Lagbaja}, jaga jaga {Idris Abdulkareem}, My car {Tony tetuila} and widely appreciated African queen by 2baba, are few from the many hits that stormed the Nigerian music sound into the global market. But there was still something missing in the Nigerian music business. Consistency from individual music act.

To tell the truth, the second generation was a disappointment, but only one act stood out which is 2face Idibia. He gave various artiste a reason to up their game, from Psquare, to D’banj, JJC, Banky w, not to mention but few. During this time the Nigerian music industry was the envy of every African nation. We gave them a reason to step up and sell our sounds to the global community.

Furthermore, we can see international collaborations { started with 2face ft Bennie man}, artiste riding exotic cars {Rolls Royce, porshe, chrysler}, building mansions and performing at big event centre (O2 Arena, Staples centre) this and many are evidence that the industry is getting bigger and bigger.

More so, this not just all about the Nigerian music industry. Recently, it has been of a serial habits that most Nigerian artiste beef each other, which I personally find very interesting. Many might say it is silly, childish and stupid but I say it is a necessary fun in the industry. It adds spark and glamour to the industry, it makes headlines and trends on the social media. Without incidence like this {beef} the internet cannot trend effectively. We’ve seen beef like that of Idris Abdulkareem and 50 cent which is regarded has the father of all beefs in Nigeria. Rugged man and Modenine beef is not to be left out, MI and iceberg, Vector and reminisce, Mo hits and Kelly handsome this and many more were the various beef that made the headline at that time.

Most recently, beefs between Davido and wizkid trends the social media for longer period than other ones mentioned above. As a matter of fact they went as far as featuring Meek mills and Drake respectively whom at that them were enemies. The rivalry between this two act was so exceptional that you can do without mentioning their names when you talk about music in Nigeria, they were

like the Messi and C.ronaldo of Nigerian music. But there was another beef that caught the attention of music lovers; Don jazzy and Olamide. There is no two ways about it, it is virtually the biggest beef ever for me, this is more or less a clash of the titans leaving the 2015 headies awards a memorable one; the beef was as a result of the fact that Olamide’s protégé Lil kesh was overlooked by headies for the next rated artist category which was eventually won by Don jazzy’s boy Reekado banks. The beef was tensed that it took the intervention of Africa’s richest man (Aliko Dangote) to settle the bad blood between them. This was not all about the beef, the beef brought about popular catch phrase like ‘’ leave trash for LAWMA’’ “back to back”. As if that was not all days letter it was Cynthia morgan and Davido, with another run off from wizkid and dammy krane recently. It was alleged that wizzy stole dammy krane’s line in his song which led to wizzy throwing a bottle at krane at club Quilox in Lagos, although the rift was immediately settled between both artistes. Could this be the newest trend in the Nigerian music industry? That’s a question I’ll leave for you to answer.

In conclusion, Nigeria has experienced a chain of transformation in its music business and it has expanded its brand across borders, thereby, causing a round acceptance of our sound (genre) globally. Leave trash for LAWMA, from Fela to lagbaja to 2face every single generation was a hit back to back.