Creatives often share their life stories and experiences through their art, and musicians are no different.
Here are seven songs that reveal these Nigerian female artists’ experiences and the emotions they’ve left them with.
“Loaded” — Tiwa Savage
Tiwa Savage hopped on “Loaded” with Asake and not only delivered one of the hottest verses of the year but addressed her sex tape. In a country like Nigeria, women are expected to walk humble paths and accept the shame of others. Tiwa Savage’s verse on this song shuts all of that down as she refuses to let the unlawful release of her sex tape take the crown off her head.
“Charlie” — Simi
After years of trying to write a song that explains how she’s felt since the death of her father, Simi finally put out this song. From the soft instruments to the raw emotions you can hear in her vocals, “Charlie” speaks on all the events he’s missed, big and small, and the mix of emotions it’s left in her.
“K’uchi K’uchi” — Jodie
Jodie waxes lyrical about the birth of her child and the love it filled her with. “K’uchi K’uchi” tells a tale of motherhood, the love and indescribable connection that binds mother and child in the midst of laughter and tears.
“Olorun mi” — Tiwa Savage
Tiwa Savage released “Olorun mi” in 2013, a year that saw the death of many notable Nigerian celebrities. The song touches on grief as Tiwa sings about missing the ones we’ve lost, asking God for comfort for the ones left behind.
“Promise” — Simi
In the midst of numerous rumours about her relationship status, Simi dropped “Promise” to announce her marriage to Adekunle Gold. The song, just as its title suggests, is Simi and Adekunle Gold promising to love each other and grow old together.
“Cast” (Gen Z Anthem) — Ayra Starr
These days, people have termed the younger generation of adults (Gen Zs) as impulsive, strong-headed and uncontrollable. Seemingly in response to this, Ayra Starr dropped “Cast”, the first song off her debut album “19 & Dangerous” in 2021. Ayra sings about the importance of living your life for yourself, ignoring what others might think. She shares how she’s shed the shame of others to live at her own pace.
“Duduke” — Simi
This song is famous for being Simi’s pregnancy announcement. In it, Simi shares the love she already had for her very first unborn child and how excited she was to finally meet her.