International Women’s Day: 5 Most Influential Nigerian female musicians


Today, March 8 is globally recognized as the International Women’s Day (IWD), and it is celebrated on March 8 every year.

In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements.

In Nigerian music, women have played a role in pop culture, with the history of Nigerian music littered with great women, from Christy Essien Igbokwe, down to Weird MC, and now Tiwa Savage.

In a male dominated industry, our super talented Nigerian female stars have done well to stand out, becoming some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, through their talent, hard-work and consistency.

Here’s a list of the Top 5 most influential female musicians in Nigeria at the moment. by

Tiwa Savage


Mrs. Tiwa Savage Balogun is one Nigerian female artist with the phrase “star” written all over her. This Nigerian beauty is a triple threat with her natural songwriting ability, her electrifying stage presence and a voice that stays powerful through many stages.

Mrs. Savage took over Africa with the single “Kele Kele Love”, which went on to become an anthem for women everywhere around as it took the number one spot on numerous radio and television stations across the continent.

Her big break was at age 16 when she started off a background singer for George Michael.

Her determination didn’t stop there as she went on to do backup singing for a host of artistes including Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Blu Cantrell, Kelly Clarkson, Andreas Bocelli, Ms Dynamite, and much more.

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This University of Kent graduate has written for some of today’s A-list artistes and producers and has also received numerous song-writing credits.

She has won the City People Entertainment Award for ‘Female Musician of the Year’, ‘Best R&B Soul Song’ for ‘Kele Kele Love’ at the Afrotainment Museke Online Music Awards, ‘Most Stylish Female Artiste’ at the FAB Magazine Awards and ‘Most Promising Act’ at the Dynamix Youth Awards. She also picked up the ‘Best Female Act’ at MTV Africa Music Awards, Best Vocal Performance (Female) (The Headies), and was nominated for the ‘BET International Act Award’.

Her hard work has paid off so much she is a brand ambassador for MTN, Pepsi and Forte Oil.

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