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10 Nigerian Artists Who Are Exceptional Songwriters

The process of making music can be quite intricate, with many creators making contributions to put together a song or project.

While there are those who focus solely on the art of songwriting, there are some gifted singers who have the exceptional ability to write their own songs and hardly seek help to compose a decent jam.

Artists who are skilled at songwriting usually have an edge over the ones who aren’t. They can easily write a song from scratch and deliver songs with quality lyrical content.

The special wordsmiths also get to collaborate easily with several acts, using their songwriting skills to make an impression as well as give subtle ideas on the form a song or project should take.

These are the songwriters that are fully recognized in the Nigerian music industry;

Simi

Simi

Simi’s interest in music started when she joined the choir as a kid. She later pursued a career in gospel music before switching to being a secular artist. Her first hit single Tiff was highly commended for having powerful lyrics.

The endowed singer writes her own songs and has churned out extremely hot singles. Have you heard Simi's latest album, Omo Charlie Champagne? We strongly recommend listening right away!

Brymo

Brymo

An alternative musician with a sonorous voice and unparalleled songwriting skills. His songs are mostly perfectly crafted with standard lyrics.

So far, Brymo has released six studio albums, with nearly all the songs written and composed by him. He’s a musical genius and is regarded as a respectable act in the music industry.

Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage

Before Tiwa Savage decided to become a superstar singer, she had gained a reputation in the international market as a reliable songwriter. The Afrobeats Queen has written songs for prominent acts such as Babyface, Kat Deluna, Fantasia Barrino, and many more.

Tiwa's songs have been received with critical acclaim, especially on the part of songwriting. She signed a songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in 2009.

Adekunle Gold

Adekunle Gold

Adekunle Gold is one of the rare talents in the Nigerian music industry. The alternative singer earned his place when he dropped a cover (Sade) to One Direction’s Story of My Life.

Simi's husband has top-notch songwriting skills and this has made itself evident in his songs and albums.

Darey Art Alade

Darey Art Alade

Darey is one of the best songwriters we have in the Nigerian music industry. He's got great vocal strength and has released four studio albums and several singles. As a judge for music contests, Darey has helped shape the careers of fledgling musicians.

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Teni Makanaki

One of the most distinguished qualities of Teni is her unequaled ability to write and compose songs within a short period of time. With her constant freestyles, she has learned to become an expert at songwriting. The NextRated award winner was responsible for co-writing Davido’s Like Dat as well as all her own songs.

Harrysong

Harrysong

Harrysong was originally a songwriter before he became a hotshot singer. The former Five Star signee has written songs for different artists including Kcee. He's established a place for himself in the industry with his unique songwriting ability.

Yonda

Yonda

A little unusual, yes? Not many people are aware that this young Afropop act is exceedingly gifted when it comes to songwriting. Blessed with a distinct urban Yoruba sound, he's contributed heavily to many DMW songs and projects.

Peruzzi

Peruzzi

Peruzzi’s most prominent talent is not his amazing vocals. It’s his natural flair for writing and composing. A skill he seems to have honed over time and is serving him well currently.

Cobhams Asuquo

Cobhams Asuquo

You can’t mention songwriting in the Nigerian music industry without Cobhams Asuquo. The man has contributed immensely to so many songs as well as writing for several artists. He is also a talented musician and producer.

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original
original
1 year ago

guys where is 2baba and burnaboy , this list in incomplete without those guys

toks
toks
1 year ago

This is the type of nonsense that pisses me off, how did you come to this conclusion who made the list how stupid and ignorant can you be. Every single person on this list with the exception of brymo is a below average songwriter, tell me what line or song any of this people on your list have ever said thats made you think oh wow how did an artist come up with that. Scrolling thru the list again and am even more pissed you have Yonda peruzzi on this list lol u deserve to win idiot of the year… Read more »

Uncle
Uncle
1 year ago
Reply to  toks

True! The names you mentioned are more suitable. I guess it was lazy journalism

Gafar Sanyaolu
Gafar Sanyaolu
1 year ago

Niniola needs to be on this list. As a matter of fact this list needs to gas follows:

Simi
Niniola
Teni
Tiwa Savage

The women have the lyrics hands down. The guys are all trash with exception of maybe Brymo and Reminisce.

Patrick
Patrick
10 months ago

Where is the likes of psquare especially Paul , 2 face .

Olayinka
Olayinka
1 month ago

Where is ASA Paul play dairo