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You’ve probably never heard of them but that’s about to change!

These young Nigerians in Diaspora are doing great things in various corners of the world through music.

Many are of mixed heritage but one thing is certain, they are proud of their Nigerian roots…

Through music they are transcending borders and disproving stereotypes…I present the Rising Soulstars! ENJOY!


New York based Musician/Engineer, Banky Wellington is definitely the most famous of the bunch. Talented and Soulful, Banky is on the verge of explosion…With his hot songs, ‘My Regret’ and ‘Don’t Wanna’, Banky is one of my favourite musicians!



Tiwa Savage

Gorgeous, humble and talented – Tiwa Savage is a Nigerian artiste based in the USA. Tiwa grew up in Nigeria and England and developed diverse influences which are obvious once u listen to any of her songs. Tiwa is truly an emerging superstar.




Nigerian/Swiss Nubya is based in Switzerland. Raised in Nigeria and Basel, Switzerland, Nubya has built a strong career over the years. She has performed as the opening act for various superstars such as Seal and Whitney Houston and hosted a national TV show in Switzerland. She recently completed a UNICEF sponsored charity trip to Nigeria’s SOS Children’s Village with German superstar, Hartmut Engler.



Based in Paris – France, 26 year-old Nigerian/German Ayo Ogunmakin has achieved amazing success. She recently released her debut album “Joyful” with Polydor/Universal France. She entered the French album charts at Number 7. Ayo’s sound is not able to be pigeonholed; it’s simply eclectic and very different. Ayo is an amazing talent and she deserves all this success!





Budding musician Adama is of British/Nigerian heritage. She was recently included on the ‘Mimi Magazine Hot 21 Young African List’. She has a very simple stripped-down yet captivating approach to music and this has allowed her build her fan base.



Naijagal Feature



This 25 year-old Nigerian/German Nneka Egbuna might not be a household name but her music career is building momentum fast! She is based in Germany but has toured all around Europe…With her soulful but radical sound, Nneka is poised to gain a dedicated fanbase and critical acclaim!

The Unforgettable Truth – Video

Cool Digest Feature


*Thanks Icy


Temitope Odunayo Abidoye simply known as Nayo is a budding Nigerian musician based in the US and UK.

Her sound is amazingly serene and soulful…the type of music that feels like a warm drink on a chilly day! Nayo is truly talented…she recently released her first video to accompany her single, ‘African Girl’…amazing music!


Mola’s Feature

Yetty Reincarnated Feature

Naijagal Feature



Born in England to a Nigerian father and British mother, Dozie spent his early years in both the UK and Nigeria, moving to the U.S. with his family when he was a teenager. Throughout this time, Dozie picked up various musical influences and inspirations. Dozie’s music a blend of modern R&B and old-school soul…it’s catchy and addictive.



Wow! They are all very talented! I am very proud of each and every one of them. One of them is really really very dear to me…u can try to guess 🙂

I hope their careers continue to grow and I am confident that they are the next soul superstars!

What do you guys think? Are any of these artistes ur favs? Had u heard of any of them before?

Let us know!

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  1. Angie

    September 27, 2006 at 8:24 am

    Whao!!! how on earth do u get such wonderful info..this is amazing. I aven’t heard of any of them b4 but now i am itching to hear their muzik…pls cld u help wit putting their muzik on ur blog(while u r at it u can attach Banky’s email addy for MOI…lol).
    Really i am so impressed with these Nigerians…Thumbs up Bella

  2. LondonBuki

    September 27, 2006 at 11:03 am

    I am not really a fashion person but I find your fashion posts interesting enough 🙂

    It’s posts like this that show me how talented and dedicated you are.

    Well Done.

    P.S. Thanks for the song 🙂

  3. Parazone Super Bleach

    September 27, 2006 at 1:02 pm

    OMG…hmm where do I start? Nice one Bells! You don did it again!

    So which one is dearest to you now? LOL..I’m a little slow on the uptake!!!

  4. Ms. May

    September 27, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    Maybe Banky?! LOL. But anyway, I have his album and it is fantastic…especially “my regret” and “loving u is crucial”. Extremely talented artist and he sets himself apart in the sense that he’s not doing the afro/r&b/hip-hop thing….it’s just straight-up so he can really compete with the mainstream here if that’s his goal. And I love that he’s still repping as an engineer and doing the music thing as well. I was introduced to him by friends in DC and he’s actually very well known in the Naija circles on the East Coast. I’m yet to see him perform live but i hear he’s really good live as well. As for the rest, I’ve heard of a couple here and there but not all. Good post.

  5. deka

    September 27, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    i just heard of banky 2 weeks ago… i hope to see him soon since i stay in new york… bella where do u get these stuff??…. thumbs up….

  6. DisneyChick

    September 27, 2006 at 5:21 pm

    Damn , am loving nayo’s voice and dozie is so breath taking. l have his album…………………… so in love with soul music…………… loving it all. nice one bella.

  7. Icy

    September 27, 2006 at 5:22 pm

    Nice one mama. Loving this. You can check more on Tiwa. here

    she was featured on Nigerian Entertainment. She’s got some major talent.. I love this entry. Rawk on mama!

  8. mona

    September 27, 2006 at 5:50 pm

    not bad at all! Nice one babe xxx

  9. Anonymous

    September 27, 2006 at 5:52 pm

    nice change from the usual hip-hop, rap songs.

    only heard of Nayo before (just from reading the blogs u listed).

  10. Anonymous

    September 27, 2006 at 6:18 pm

    i love their music. banky has it and i pray he blows up. but i have a problem with the celebration of people who do not add or share in the stuggle of moving nigerian music industry. i know most of these artists have not yet blown up that well, so there is no need to clame the 9ja and stuff. but they should all look at akon as an example of a true man of africa. lets keep celebrating them but also encourage to inpact on 9ja.

  11. Ehi

    September 27, 2006 at 6:41 pm

    Nice one Bella….well I love Banky, i ve listened to a couple of his songs.
    Ofcos I know the one that’s dear to you……lol.
    I am so proud of them; I wish them the very best.

  12. zaiprincesa

    September 27, 2006 at 7:34 pm

    Glad to have u back…lol..even though u were MIA for just a day.
    Banky’s truly talented…he’s the only one im familiar with( from the list above); but i’ll look into the others…Yep, this is pretty impressive stuff. Great Post Bella!

  13. NaijaBloke

    September 27, 2006 at 7:51 pm

    Nice one Bella ..thx for all info .

  14. TEEKAY

    September 27, 2006 at 9:26 pm

    Tope rocks, shes the sweetest person ever, i love her voice to bits. u should listen to sparrow and u keep hurting me.Im a proud supporter, i even rocked her Logo shirt at a beach party last xmas. You go GIRL!!!

  15. Anonymous

    September 27, 2006 at 9:55 pm

    This Nayo girl is HOTTER Than Hot.. Hehen How did you dig up this information Bella. All this fine Naija chicks. A man must to find one to marry oh

  16. mola

    September 27, 2006 at 10:05 pm

    Bella I commend you on this. You are consistent on bringing the newness.

    Nayo and Tiwa Savage…Adana is kool too.

  17. nosa101

    September 27, 2006 at 11:54 pm

    I am still waiting for you to finish your Storm Records feature

  18. Onada

    September 28, 2006 at 4:12 am

    these are great talents!!! thanks for posting my favorites are banky and ayo….i love ayo’s voice and banky’s tracks are hot!

  19. faceless-blog-reader

    September 28, 2006 at 2:39 pm

    your ‘gist’ is always well researched and written. im really impressed with how you are able to gather all this great info. keep it up girl!!

  20. Aba Boy

    September 28, 2006 at 7:10 pm

    And there is my cousin Kashmere (aka The Iguana Man) British/Nigeria.

  21. TaureanMinx

    September 28, 2006 at 7:29 pm

    oBella Bella Bella, how many times did I call your name. You are absolutely brilliant. Love your posts. I’ve heard Bankys albums…I’m in love with him in ‘Oh Baby’, don’t mess with his voice on that one. Tiwa Savage too. I haven;t heard of the otheres but I’ll listen to them right now. Keep it up!

  22. Dammie

    September 28, 2006 at 8:49 pm

    WoW……..I’m so proud!!!

  23. beautyinbaltimore

    October 1, 2006 at 4:27 am

    Ayo is so so so so talented. I really enjoyed her video. I want to purchase her cd if she has one.

    Thanks for the mention Bella Naija.

  24. Tiwa Savage

    October 6, 2006 at 6:38 pm

    Hi, This is Tiwa Savage and I wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU for the feature. I also want to thank all those that took time out to visit my website. It is a hard road but Nigerians are really making an impact thanks to the support of everyone. Once again I truly appreciate it.
    Kind Regards, Tiwa Savage (

  25. Anonymous

    March 5, 2007 at 7:18 am

    JUST THOUGHT YOU’D WANT TO KNOW. NAYO’S SINGLE IS OUT TODAY March 5th. You can buy it online or at HMV stores. Support!

    Fyromusic Mgmt.

  26. HRS

    March 15, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Just to let u know, three of them have been back in Naija and are making it big, BanyW, Tiwa and Nneka 🙂

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