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moments that shaped Nigerian music in first quarter 2024

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From chart-topping singles to groundbreaking collaborations, Nigerian artists have continued to captivate audiences worldwide. Let’s take a look at the top five moments that have defined Nigerian music in Q1 2024, showcasing the talent, innovation, and cultural richness that make Nigeria a global music powerhouse.

 Joeboy’s departure from EMPAWA

One of the standout moments in Nigerian music for the first quarter of 2024 was Joseph Akinwale’s, famously known as Joeboy, departure from Mr Eazi’s EMPAWA record labelafter five years of collaboration. This pivotal decision coincided with Joeboy’s signing of a groundbreaking dual deal with Warner Music, a global music powerhouse. Transitioning into the role of CEO, Joeboy launched his own label, Young Legend, alongside Deola Jaiyesimi as Head of the Label.

This strategic move not only propels Joeboy to the forefront of African music under Warner Music but also positions him as a mentor and champion for emerging talents in the vibrant Afrobeats scene. Joeboy’s departure signifies a significant shift in the Nigerian music industry and marks a milestone in his own career trajectory, solidifying his status as a pioneering force in the industry.



In a standout moment for Nigerian music in the first quarter of 2024, singer Omah Lay stirred controversy with an on-stage interaction at his concert in London. Following a successful performance, Omah Lay invited a female fan, who attended the concert with her man, to join him on stage. This gesture, captured in a viral video, sparked intense debate on social media as the man appeared visibly distressed witnessing his girlfriend engage with the singer in what seemed to be a romantic interaction.

The incident prompted widespread discussion about boundaries, consent, and appropriate behavior at live events, showcasing the power of music to evoke strong emotions and ignite public discourse. Omah Lay’s controversial on-stage moment became a focal point of online conversations, highlighting the complexities of navigating personal and professional boundaries in the entertainment industry.

Tiwa Savage’s letter to Commissioner of Police over alleged threats from Davido


Afrobeat Queen, Tiwa Savage found herself embroiled in controversy after alleging threats from fellow artist, Davido. The dispute unfolded following Tiwa’s attendance at a party with Sophia Momodu, the mother of Davido’s first daughter. In a letter addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State,Tiwa detailed receiving a message from Davido expressing feeling mocked by a video featuring herself and Sophia Momodu.

Despite the two artists having previously unfollowed each other on Instagram, the situation escalated when Tiwa claimed to have received a threat from Davido through mutual connections, warning her to be cautious in Lagos. Tiwa’s plea for police intervention and attached screenshots of the alleged conversations ignited a storm of debate on social media, shedding light on the complexities of interpersonal dynamics within the Nigerian music industry.

 Tems’ breakthrough moment at Billboard Women In Music awards

Award-winning artist, Tems achieved a significant milestone by winning the prestigious Breakthrough award at the 2024 Billboard Women In Music ceremony. The event, held at the YouTube Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, celebrated the accomplishments of leading women in the music industry.

Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, the ceremony brought together notable figures such as Pink Panthress, Victoria Monet, and K-pop group New Jeans. Among the attendees was Tems, who not only received the Breakthrough award but also graced the cover of Billboard Women in Music Issue. During her acceptance speech, Tems expressed gratitude and dedicated the award to her mother, highlighting the significance of the moment and the support she received throughout her journey as an artist. Her performance of Not an Angel further solidified her presence as a rising star in the global music scene, showcasing her talent and captivating the audience.


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