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BN Music Friday Top 5: Video Visionaries

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Hello, Onos O again. Welcome to this week’s edition of BN Music Friday Top 5.

We all know that in this very day and age, music videos are a clear cut integral part of the music industry as a whole. It makes me wonder, back in those days of Etta James and Sam Cooke, did music only get around by the radio and live performances? Wow! Music is really such a powerful thing.

This week we bring to you the A-list music video directors whose presence in the Nigerian music industry has been duly felt and has brought change and influence to the way things are done. We’ll give you just a little taste of their talent with one of their directed music videos. So, now, without wasting time, here is the top 5 list:

1. Clarence peters

When someone sees Clarence Peters or Capital Dreams or just plain Capital in a music video these days, it’s almost synonymous with a great music video. He is truly one of Nigeria’s visionaries and his empire is slowly growing far and wide. It’s so bad (in a good way) that I wasn’t shocked when I saw Capital at the beginning of a music video by Kenya’s Camp Mulla.

Watch Flowssickk – Lowkey

2. Gini

This is the man behind a lot of fabulous music videos in Nigeria, as a matter of fact, is an award-winning music video director. Gini is responsible for the late great Dagrin‘s “Pon Pon Pon” video which is immensely a part of Nigerian pop culture till date.

Watch Mo’Cheddah – Ko Ma Roll

3. DJ Tee

This is a game-changing Nigerian music innovator. He has been in the industry for ages and time and again has wowed audiences with creative thinking and simplicity. DJ Tee is one of the directors that begun the revamping of music videos in Nigeria to a certain more professional quality than was done just a few years ago.

Watch Olamide – Eni Duro

4. Aje

Aje is one of the relatively new school directors that is taking the industry by storm. Aje Filmworks is a highly sought after for music videos because people know they’ll get that fresh look and most definitely high quality music videos. He is the one responsible or the recent “Ara” video by Brymo as well as “Carolina” by Sauce Kid feat. Davido

Watch Rayce – Roll

5. Sesan

Last, but most definitely not the least is the one and only Sesan. Sesan Ogunro is a UK-based 3D animator and Music Video director who has brought us some of the best and most interesting music videos. He shot the video for the “Mr. Endowed Remix” and is responsible for most of  Mo’ Hits’ music videos.

Watch Tiwa Savage – Love Me Love Me Love Me

Music videos in Nigeria have taken it to another level. I remember the days of all those Daddy Showkey videos… Whoa! we have really gone far. Here’s a recap of the top 5:

1. Clarence Peters

2. Gini

3. DJ Tee

4. Aje

5. Sesan

So, with all that said, I’ll be right here waiting for you next week; and as I always say vivere senza rimpianti” (to live without regrets). Have a great day.

Photo Credits: Linda Ikeji | Seriously Doughnuts | Ayenithegreat | omg

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18 Comments

  1. rogotigi

    March 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Sesan Ogunro is a fine smbdy sha 😉

    • missbonnie

      March 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      QUITE !!! ME LIKE 🙂

    • Segun faremi

      May 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Hi miss bonnie

  2. faith

    March 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    i second…lol

  3. NICE...BUT

    March 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Who was the guy who did the ARA video? That was pretty great creatively

  4. Yeoal

    March 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Am surprised Kemi Adetiba is not on this list. Her videos are nice. BTW Sesan is 1 hot eye candy.

    http://www.yeoal.blogspot.com

  5. lily

    March 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Clarence all the way!!! sesan is good

  6. Kify

    March 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Lmao, this article should have been tagged as “Sesan: 9ja’s eye candy behind the music videos” cos no 1 commented on Onos O’s countdown per se #hahahaha. Thanks for the vids, luv gagabo 2 bits

  7. NNENNE

    March 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Naija’s got fine dudes!From Clarence to the rest.

  8. Nameless

    March 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    SESAN is fine

  9. young zee

    April 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    This guys are dude i hope they do pay them well like the way it’s in us

  10. funnie

    May 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Ajefilms is the future 4real,,,,the video Ara, carolina, is really awesome m tellin yuh…

  11. Annie

    May 20, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I just love this AJE, He’s such a cool dude and his creativity is insane…Heard he’s directing Ga ga crazy by chuddy-k and Brymo’s new single Good morning…can’t wait to see what he’s up 2 this time around. Love u AJe

  12. Segun faremi

    May 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    U look 2 good wit ur sunshade

  13. Segun faremi

    May 24, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Faith evans if i may call u dat,u look so classy & gaga wit ur sun shade.

  14. Awuya victoria

    May 28, 2012 at 2:01 am

    OMG who’s that young handsome guy that did da Carolina and Ara videos its veri intresting 2 watch that guy is soo creative men….
    AJE keep it up…..

  15. Sheikh Tijan Secka

    July 13, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Thumps up to all the following directors listed among the top 5 Nigerian Directors… I am from the Gambia, i have been following your creative jobs, you are really making Africans proud …..

  16. Anny Justin

    April 15, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Anny James Ekiko; AJE; the revolution, the future. I believe in U.
    Akwa Ibom all the way

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