Top 10 UK Musicians Of Nigerian Heritage

The United Kingdom has a vibrant and diverse music scene, and many of its most celebrated artists have roots tracing back to Africa. From grime to Afroswing, these musicians have risen to prominence, not only in the UK but also on the global stage.

In this article, we’ll spotlight 10 of the most successful UK musicians originally hailing from Nigeria, West Africa.

  1. Skepta: Born in Tottenham, Skepta (Joseph Junior Adenuga) is a grime sensation known for hits like “Shutdown” and “That’s Not Me.” He’s not only made waves in the UK but also collaborated with international stars like Drake and A$AP Rocky. Skepta’s sister, Julie Adenuga, is a popular British broadcaster and radio host.
  2. Dave: Dave (David Orobosa Omoregie), a rapper and singer from Brixton, tackles racism and social injustice through his music. His album “Psychodrama” earned him the Mercury Prize in 2019. While his songs often address important societal issues, he’s also known for tracks like “Location” featuring Nigerian musician Burna Boy.
  3. Not3s: Lukman Odunaike, known as Not3s, was born in Hackney, London. His hit single “Addison Lee” propelled him to fame, and he’s continued to release successful tracks, including collaborations with Nigerian musicians like Tiwa Savage and Maleek Berry.
  4. Ms Banks: Thyra Oji, of Nigerian and Ugandan descent, hails from Southeast London. Ms Banks is celebrated for her unique flow and impactful lyrics. She’s worked with prominent artists like Naira Marley, Simi, and UK rapper Stormzy, who has Ghanaian roots.
  5. Tion Wayne: Dennis Junior Odunwo, or Tion Wayne, was born in Edmonton, North London. His track “Keisha & Becky” catapulted him to fame. Tion Wayne has collaborated with fellow artists such as Stormzy and Davido, a popular Nigerian musician. His unique sound and catchy hooks have made him a recognizable name in the UK music scene.
  6. Tinie Tempah: Born to Nigerian parents in London, Tinie Tempah (Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu) rose to stardom with hits like “Pass Out” and “Written in the Stars.” He’s a recipient of prestigious awards, including MOBO and BRIT Awards.
  7. Darkoo: A South London native of Nigerian descent, Darkoo gained recognition with her viral TikTok hit, “Gangsta,” in 2019. Her music blends Afrobeats, dancehall, and grime influences, and she’s collaborated with artists like Mayorkun, Black Sherif, and KiDi from Ghana.
  8. Sade: Helen Folasade Adu, known as Sade, was born in Ibadan, Nigeria. In the 1980s, her eponymous band produced iconic hits like “Smooth Operator” and “No Ordinary Love.” Sade made history as the first Nigerian woman to win a Grammy.
  9. Seal: Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel, born in Paddington, London to Nigerian and Brazilian parents, gained fame with his award-winning song “Kiss from a Rose.” He’s a recipient of numerous accolades, including BRIT awards and Grammys.
  10. Lemar: Lemar Obika, simply known as Lemar, was born in Tottenham to Nigerian parents. His double-platinum debut album, “Dedicated,” propelled him to stardom. His soulful music, including fan favorite “If There’s Any Justice,” has garnered critical acclaim.

These 10 UK musicians of Nigerian origin have left an indelible mark on the music industry. Their unique styles and sounds continue to inspire and pave the way for future generations of musicians, not only in the UK but worldwide.

Ben Blay
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