Music is life and music from the 90s, well that’s wisdom. Let’s go way back to the days when the beats were soft and the lyrics were dope! Let’s go back to the days when nudity and big chains was a No! Let’s go back to the top 10 Nigerian jams from the 90s.
1 Junior and Petty – Bolanle
The duo of Junior and Pretty with their track titled “Bolanle” which such a big hit in the 90’s as the song stayed at the top of the Nigerian music chart for 8 months. The song was based on a tale of love about how Junior fell in love with a pastor’s daughter ‘Bolanle’. Sadly in 2005, Junior Okechukwu Azike died on the 2nd of February as a result of injuries sustained in a power bike accident.
2 Eedris Abdulkareem – Mr. Lecturer
Mr. Eedris Abdulkareem was one artist we loved to see on our TV screens and read about as he is very controversial and opinionated. His hit song ‘Mr. Lecturer’ addressed the vices female students face in the hands of their male lecturers using money and sex to solicit higher grades in Nigerian colleges and universities, as well as male lecturers exploiting female students by requesting sex and money in exchange for good grades.
3 Remedies – Shako Mo
Eedris Abdulkareem, Eddy Montana and Tony Teluila nailed the song ‘Shako Mo’. This song was a bang in the 90s no doubt. Some said Tony Teluila killed the song with his wack lyrics, some said Edris rap was not strong enough. Well, let’s watch and judge.
4 Mathematics – Sound Sultan
Jagbagantis High School, with Sound Sultan as the mathematics teacher, was one of the great jams back in the day. Sound Sultan did justice to the song. He talked about the woes of bad governance in the country and its effect on the nation at large. Let’s go back to BODMAS.
5 Raise The Roof – Jazzman Olofin FT Ajuba
Oh, my! This song is explosive. The is no way you won’t shake that thing your mama gave you once this song hits your ear waves. Then the sweetness of Wale Ajuba’s voice gave the song more flavor and vibe. Common, let’s raise the roof!
6 Dyna – Daddy Shokie
‘If you see my mama, tell am say oh I dey for getto, I no get problem’. There were no worries with this motivational hit from reggae/dancehall/afrobeat legend Daddy Shokie. This song got us motivated as we listen to the story of Dyna – a barren woman who God answered her prayers after long years. Awesome song.
7 My Car – Tony Tetuila
Following the split from Remedies and a long break from the music industry, Tony Tetuila gave us a comeback with the hit ‘My Car’. This threw some shade on his ex-buddy Eedris and how ex-Governor, Tinubu bashed his car (in his mind).
8 Rosie – Blackky
Oh, Rosie. Mr. Blackky gave it to us with his cool style of dancehall/reggae hit. His style of fashion still gets me excited. Those brown jacket with the belts and hat! Oh damn!
9 Seyi Sodimu – Love Me Jeje
Seyi Sodimu also known as Mr. Jeje is a Nigerian singer-songwriter. He is best known for his hit single “Love Me Jeje”, which made him very popular in the late 90s.
10 You Is The One – Azadus
May his soul rest in peace. Azadus hit ‘You is the one’ gave us sweetest taboo. His soft voice had a strong vocal range like no other.
What are you favorite Nigerian songs from the 90s? Do share them with us in the comment section below.