Nigerians had different reactions to watching their beloved actors try out the music industry. While some did it out of pure passion, others we just may never understand their motive. The good, the “terrible” and the funny: here are 10 Veteran Nollywood Actors who once tried out the music scene.
10. Jim Iyke
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While most people are just realizing that Jim Iyke did go into the music scene, we want to say that you’re not alone. This is us admitting to the fact that the Actor’s music career was almost non-existent to us until five minutes ago. This is probably because his career in music was short-lived. However, in 2018, Jim Iyke did come up with a revelation about his experience with the words “I was terrible at music”. So, guess we won’t be hearing any of that sound in the future. Phew! 😔
9. Stella Damasus
Singles? Check ✔️. Album? Check✔️. Music Videos? Of course✔️✔️. She did have a music career and to be honest, it wasn’t bad. However, it does prove rather difficult for successful actors to move into the music industry. On the flip side, we see music greats moving smoothly to the movie industry. Maybe there’s something about it that people have not created a balance with, but for now, it is what it is.
8. Dakore Egbuson
Admist her series of roles with Richard Mofé Damijò, which we definitely loved, one would wonder how Dakore slipped through the music scene with almost nobody noticing. Well, we did Dakore, we did. In all, it was a tight one if you ask. The talent was there and she just needed to stay longer. Still, she didn’t, but we understand.
7. Segun Arinze
How many people were aware that Segun Arinze did Music before movies? Hmm… His was not like any other’s. Segun Arinze is a pure testimony of “If you go blow, you go blow…maybe not with your first passion 😕”. Still doubting how far back Mr. Arinze dates in the music scene? Check this out
6. Tonto Dike
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Now this is a confusing and almost frustrating career. There were points where it felt like she had given up on music and the other points where we heard of record deals. However, she did raise so many controversies in her time doing music. The biggest one surrounded her music ‘Hi’. Some loved it, some hated it and they clashed making the song her biggest hit. Or was it Sugar Rush? Well, does it really matter at this point?
5. Patience Ozokwor (Mama G)
If Patience Ozokwor had not made a stamp with the name Mama G, her music career would’ve. Maybe because she said it almost a thousand times in a song or because that was her Official Music Name.
🎶Mama G, G for General, G for Good Life 🎶
Speaking of her music, it brought entertainment, but also shed some light on the government. It may have been a sandwiched message but we got it okay? We did.
4. John Okafor (Mr Ibu) 😂
If you think the music industry was a serious business for John Okafor, you need to have a rethink. Taking comedy from the Movie scene to music was definitely a smooth transition for Mr Ibu. Those were definitely the most ridiculous lyrics ever¹ sang but it was catchy. People did keep up with him….well, until he kept releasing the same rebranded song for every album. There’s only so much a man can take. It was still a good ride.
3. Nkem Owoh (Osuofia)
In all truth, this was one of the most enjoyable music carriers ever. From his lyrics to music videos and finally sound, it centred around making the average Nigerian person relate and find humor. Nkem Owoh developed a story telling technique in his craft which was why it didn’t come as a surprise when it as developed into a movie. People still jam to his music, they’re just not vocal about it anymore. Alexa play me Agreement by Nkem Owoh..no wait! Play I Go Chop your Dollar…wait! You know what? Stream the whole album
2. Genevive Nnaji
If you were born in the early 2000’s and know the Lion Heart Producer, you may find it very hard believing that she once tried out being a singer. Yes! Nevertheless, what most people don’t know is that she made it as far as a record deal in Ghana. Ghana!😲
Wait! Just Hollup. Before you go thinking she didn’t “got it”, remember that No More was a jam. Don’t believe us? Here you go
1. Omotola Jalade Ekehinde
Very special mention for OmoT because she really stuck with music for a very long time. While others said “this path is not for me”, she still held it down saying “this hustle must pay”. She even had a whole reality TV show where she showed her family and her music. Now that’s passion right there.
Who says you should let the world box you into a single genre? Follow your passion. People may have a lot of negative reviews at the start but they’ll catch up with time. If they don’t, you lived your life, guess who didn’t?