5 Hottest Nigerian Artists of 2022

A look at the performance of the Nigerian music industry mainly reflects the inventiveness and perhaps the reason why it performs very well in the global market.

With the help of major labels like Wizkid, Davido, Olamide and many more, emerging artists are finding it easier to achieve their dream of popularity and productivity in the music industry.

It is remarkably evident that the Nigerian music industry is competitive and replete with “talented stars already made and to come; however, the top five hottest artists of 2022 are those who are coming and yet excelling at redefining different sounds and genres of music, be it RnB, Reggae, Pop, Blues, Rap, Solo, Music ‘Alta, etc.

Therefore, the criterion of this note highlights artists with renowned and mastered calligraphy. We also considered the efforts or accomplishments of these artists in subsequent years to avoid selecting “just lucky” booming artists who were effortlessly signed to a major label; effort and consistency are such criteria that should not be overemphasized. This panegyric enumerates:

  • black sheriff
  • BNXN
  • Mohbad
  • Zinoleesky
  • Time
  • black sheriff

Comically, it’s easier to identify this boy by his booming latest installment “Kwaku the Traveller” than by his nickname, Mohammed Ismail Sherif, known as Black Sherif or blacko.

A peasant from Ghana, born on January 9, 2002; The black sheriff’s talent swings from rapping to songwriting, singing and producing music.

He started his musical journey in 2019 with the song title “Cry for me”. Unfortunately, the song didn’t explode and was wrapped up by the hit song dubbed “Money” in 2020.

A freestyle he launched on Twitter ignited Black Sherif’s discernment by catching the attention of Ghanaian rap god “Sarkodie” and music producer “Hammer”, among others.

He also collaborated with Grammy Award-winning Burna Boy in “second sermon”, which was also a hit song.

His mind-blowing opus “Kwaku the Traveller” became a hit song and the first Ghanaian song to top the Nigerian music charts.


The Nigerian singer and songwriter, dubbed Buju (formerly) or Daniel Benson, is an Afro-fusion singer and record producer. BNXN, his professional nomenclature, is an alternate way to pronounce Benson.

He was born on May 19, 1997, a Lagos resident of Akwa Ibom State; still single, energetic and focused on her career.

He collaborated with Ladipose in “feeling” which was Nigeria’s most commercially acclaimed single. He then featured blaqbonez in the song titled ‘Bling’

BNXN stoops to conquer, he then collaborated with Wizkid on the deluxe edition album ‘made in Lagos’ in collaboration with Canadian singer Justin Bieber in 2021.

Still on the Starboy axis, BXNX collaborated with Wizkid on their song “Mood” which incredibly catalyzed his fame in the UK to land him the No. 1 spot on the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart at the eleventh hour of 2021. .

So far, BXNX has won titles like Headies Rookie of the Year 2019, City People Entertainment Awards, African Muzik Magazine (AFRIMMA) 2021 Awards and Best Global Music Album for Grammy Awards 2022.


Any lover of Naira Marley songs should know Ilerioluwa Oladimeji, (also known as Mohbad) not only for the similarity of rhythmic flow the two artists deliver their songs to, but more so for their musical collaborations.

On December 30, 2019, Mohbad was signed to Marlians label by famous Marlian chairman, Adeyemi Fashola, preferably known as Naira Marley. He also welcomed Zinoleesky, Fabian and Cblack into his musical imprint.

Since then, every song released by Mohbad has been trending on the street. His Marlian banger “koma Jensun” with Naira Marley is one such hit; not to mention his most popular songs – Real Hustlers, Ronaldo, Jaabo and Balan Zia Gar.

The multi-faceted genius (singer, rapper, entertainer, songwriter, recording artist and performer) also collaborated with Rexxie, the award-winning producer to release the street hit “Ko Po Ke) in 2020.

In 2022, his consistency extends as he strikes his vocal cord to pop hits like “MMM” featured by DJ Tunz, “Denge pose” featured by Lil Frosh and “Bomb” in collaboration with Q2 and his label colleaque -Cblack, and many more.


Mohbad colleague and Naira Marley signee: Oniyide azeez, also known as Zinoleesky, was born on November 21, 1995. He has been making waves in the industry since joining Marlian Music.

Zinoleesky’s talent can be attested in several of his hits like “Popo, Joromi, Money, Ma Pariwo, Caro and Kilofeshe”. His genius influenced many established stars like his boss Marlian, Naira Marley, Zlatan Ibile and Mayorkun, another popular Nigerian hip-hop wizard who did a cover for “Ma Pariwo” when it reached over 13 million. streams on Audiomack and 1.6 million. views on YouTube… such musical expertise can only result from brilliance and consistency.


Nigerian female artists are quietly underrated. Nonetheless, the influence of social media, gorgeous vocal music, accomplishments, and sultry lyrics come in handy in uplifting these unsung heroines; Temilade Openiyi, professionally known as “Tems”, is one of those brave and talented female artists who fought their way to the “big stage”.

Earlier in 2020, she collaborated with Khalid and Davido in the song title “you don’t know your worth remix” which caught Chris Brown.

Tems was born on June 11, 1995. She dined and drank with music and musical instruments from an early age.

Tems is a writer, singer and record producer. Her debut single “Mr Rebel” dropped in 2018, which elevated her to leader of the rebel gang.

In 2020, his song with Wizkid “Essence” and the one with Drake “fountain” went viral.

Currently in 2022, this versatile diva refused to let her talent lie dormant as she collaborated with Canadian blacksmith Drake in the song dubbed “Wait for you” to further exhibit her professionalism and perfection.

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