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Guardian’s List of Most Influential Artistes Under 25 Years Old – Do You Agree?



Guardian's Top Artistes under 25 in 2016Here is The Guardian newspaper’s list of Most Influential music artistes under 25 years old. The nine person list has 7 men and two women.

The youngest is Korede Bello, turning 20 on February 29 this year, his leap year birthday means he only celebrates it once every four years.

We think Tekno (born in 1992) is missing – he made mega hits for himself and other artistes like Victoria KimaniShow in 2015.

What’s your take on the list?

The Guys
Wizkid – born 16 July, 1990
Davido – born November 21, 1992
Burna Boy – born 2 July 1991
Lil Kesh – born March 14, 1995
Patoranking – born 27 May, 1990
Falz – born October 27, 1990
Korede Bello – born 29 February, 1996

The Ladies
Chidinma Ekile – born 2 May, 1991
Cynthia Morgan – born 23 September, 1991


  1. bn lover

    January 31, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Where is tekno???

    • Fni

      January 31, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      Lil kesh is 21 and he already spews all thise kind of words?

    • Kanyin

      January 31, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      That’s the same thing I said when my sis read it out to me.

    • Lateefat

      February 1, 2016 at 9:03 am

      I wonder o….. My thought exactly!

    • Jade

      January 31, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      He’s duroing somewhere. Falz is a lawyer and under 25, that’s a smart guy. Knowing his background of academics makes me respect him more. Just when I found out Ebuka is a lawyer as well. I have a thing for law.

    • Cele-Ijesha

      January 31, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      They are not lawyers, they just read law and pass exam. Most of them went that route to massage parents ego. (stop going to school for your parents). If you don’t practice law you are not a lawyer, full stop Just like medical doctors wouldn’t be considered one if they don’t practice for a period under license. Where is that A Real Nigerian sef to come and admonish and add verbal jara to this your submission.

    • ATL's finest

      January 31, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      ??????lol @ ur last line! Congrats to them all .

    • danisko

      February 1, 2016 at 6:54 am

      @Cele… Ijesha

      Are you high? I dare someone to come and tell me i’m not a doctor or lawyer after I went to school for it, years of hardcore studying, stress, hard work, passed my exams just bcos I’m not using my license. Its like saying President obama is not lawyer bcos hes not working in a law firm or in the courtroom. My cousin is ER doctor, hasnt practiced in years, he went into enterpreneurship. Are you telling hes not a doctor now? Gerra out here. Anybody who went to school, passed the exam, finshed their program have ownership to what they studied, what they do with it is nobody’s business.

    • MC

      February 1, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      @Danisko being a lawyer takes more than just having a law degree.
      You cannot practice law with just a law degree.
      You can say all you like, it is what it is.

    • Ada

      February 1, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      @MC they are Barristers,not just lawyers. They have been called to the Bar. They didn’t just study law. I don’t practice what I studied doesn’t take away the fact that is what I am regardless.

    • oritsuwadavid

      February 6, 2016 at 3:39 pm


  2. Xxxx

    January 31, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    But there are 29days in Feb this year, it’s a leap year, so korede bello will actually celebrate his birthday on the 29th not the 1st of March. Abi??

  3. bruno

    January 31, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    influential in what way? nigerians just like to make unnecessary lists.
    how many of these people will still be making music in the next 5 years?

    how many of these people play instruments? zero


  4. Cardinal

    January 31, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Where is tekno?

    • ATL's finest

      January 31, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Lol everyone is asking where’s Tekno! Let me know when U find him ?. These ages tho. Na wa..

    • Cindy

      January 31, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      E dey Tanzania abi where they say him go sleep with ogbanje that time???

  5. o

    January 31, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    honestly had no idea Falz, Patoranking and Burnaboy were this young..

    • Ada

      January 31, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      The burnaboy especially, so old looking

  6. nellysneh

    January 31, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Big like jareee……. fake age

  7. nellysneh

    January 31, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Big lie oooooo

    • goldfinch

      January 31, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      won tun ti de o…………..awon aye
      Age lying detector of life!

  8. xoxox

    January 31, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Falz 1990? Patoranking 1990? Even Burns boy 1991? Kilodeeeee…am officially 1990 too???? all this age u people are slashing there is God oh ?????

    • Lyly

      January 31, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Lol I’m 21 but I look like I’m in my late 20s . So yea, you can’t tell someone’s age by just looking at the persons face.

    • Nne

      January 31, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      They are actually saying the truth. Don’t know about Patoranking but Falz and burna boy are young.

    • Suzie

      January 31, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      Burna Boy, Damini is actually 1991, I know as I have friends that went to Corona with him. I’m not surprised that Folarin, falz in 25, I however thought he was older, he’s matured when he’s not acting like an artist; probably why I thought he was older. It makes sense though as my brother went to Uni with him and he’s 1990 too.

  9. mars

    January 31, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Wher is tekno all of tekno songs has been a hit back 2 back from holiday 2 dance 2 anytin 2duro 2 wash dey shuld try my guy o. Or is he older than 25? …… and I didn’t know Falz was born in 1990 he looks older than his age menh

  10. Amaka*

    January 31, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Of cos! These are unofficial official ages! BN we kw…
    Burna boy,falz, chidimma can’t be under 25 abeg joor.
    If lil kesh is really 20 n spews such vile on his songs???Mehn, d dude has lived!!!(In wendy william’s voice)

    • Suzie

      January 31, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      Burna boy is 24! Jeez, Nigerians need to know and learn that you cannot tell someone’s age solely by the way they look or by what they’ve achieved or not. It’s actually irritating.

  11. sharon

    January 31, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    I agree with Bruno, influential in what way? Talented, yes!! Are girls influenced by chidinma or Cynthia? I’d think most of the young girls these days are more influenced by Kylie jenner. As for the guys, no words

  12. Kuyik-Abasi Gabriel Asuquo

    January 31, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Hmm… Fake fake fake!!! their ages are fake. Cynthia Morgan claiming ,1991? she try for that kind lie. Make una lie well.

  13. Reekaddict till infinity

    January 31, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Guardian’s life what is your meaning of inspiration? Don’t tell me is money. What is lil kesh doing on the list? and y is reekado banks not there? Everybody is beefing reeky even guardians life…..*singing* who God has bless no man can curse……. To vote for Reekado banks, kindly text kora 104 to 33320… Visit for more info……Gob bless us!

  14. ola

    January 31, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    very funny….how old was chidinma when she won project fame……..12 abi?

    • Key

      February 1, 2016 at 8:20 am

      19, it was 6 years ago

  15. Nne

    January 31, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Na wa o. Im sitting here confused at why a lot of you are claiming their ages are fake?….They are all saying the truth! The only person that surprised me was lil kesh and patoranking. Believe it or not these musicians do not lie compared to their nollywood counterparts.

  16. kk

    January 31, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Where’s Kiss Daniel? Or is he more than 25?

  17. Jay

    January 31, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    This list get K-leg oh for a fact I know these people are in their 30’s
    Falz bad guy- went to school in the UK with my cousin.

    Cynthia Morgan- This aunty don dey hustle e don tey, she’s old hood friends with my aunty

    Patoranking – best believe is in his late 30’s, ask the hood

    Chidinma – she just has a young stature and baby face, Ask oritshe street Ikeja hood people.

    As for Davido- that one we all know he fits well into the category, the rest me I know sabi so I no go talk

    • December Wind

      February 4, 2016 at 5:05 am

      Jay be cracking me for days with “…ask the hood” and to think that he sounded so sure of the age predictions , Biko where’s the hood ? Lol

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    February 1, 2016 at 1:18 am

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    Please watch my new Hawt Talk and watch me dissect this week’s hawt gist

  19. killing show

    February 1, 2016 at 2:34 am

    victoria kimani is 31

  20. lapetite

    February 1, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Korede is 18…

  21. Ibi

    February 1, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Korede bello 20 n Lil kesh 21 .MULe

  22. ACE

    February 1, 2016 at 8:55 am

    My own is what are they influencing biko ???? Hian!!!


    February 1, 2016 at 9:40 am

    y do they lie abt their age sef….. cynthia n victorai i dont believe it……………#wash# #yeye#

  24. keke driver

    February 1, 2016 at 10:45 am

    WhaT! Falz is only 25? why does he look 28 tho, and Patoranking’s just 25 and they “know soo much”?

    • MC

      February 1, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      You’re wondering why 25 looks like 28???
      Are you being for real!?
      What’s the difference?

      Soon you guys will be able to tell which month somebody looks like they were born in.

  25. ify

    February 1, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Cyntia Morgan and Patoranking 1991 kor….if i hear! I soo dont believe that!
    This has got to be some football age shit…
    Im older than Davido…. kai.. why is life soo unfair

    • Jennifer

      February 1, 2016 at 11:36 am

      Why are you shocked that you’re older than Davido? He went to Whitesands and I know for a fact that he’s 1992 cause he’s a year older than me.

  26. Spade

    February 1, 2016 at 11:17 am

    That means my friend who dated Korede abt 4yrs ago happens to be 18 wen apparently shes 23 now????? dis age reduction shuld stop already na, remember some pple av known u evn before u got dere

    • Jennifer

      February 1, 2016 at 11:52 am

      “his leap year birthday means he only celebrates it once every four years.” Please open your eyes, read and understand.

  27. prince

    February 1, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Wizkid, Patoranking and Falz are more than 25years old is they were born in 1990 and this list is coming now unless it came out last year and Bellanaija just got the newspaper and decided to add it to their news.
    If not those guys will be 26 this year, hence, they’re not under 25. Lil Kesh is just 21 or so and all of his songs are kporo, yansh and the likes. He needs Jesus

    • prince

      February 1, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      …if they were born

  28. vicky

    February 1, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Abeg,how does dat put food on our table…?we don manage buy their songs wetin we go do again?

  29. Uber bella

    February 1, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Na them sabi. Most of them look older to me

  30. Cele-Ijesha

    February 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    You cannot be a notable person in any career if all you did was have a school certificate to that effect. There has to be record of practice linked to that career path. I know hustle can make one deviate especially when ground refuse to level and we our passion start to differ. But what i posted earlier still stands

  31. Anon

    February 1, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Falz was a year above me in uni and I’m 26 so that can’t be right lol

    • keke driver

      February 2, 2016 at 11:36 am

      Are you foolish, what has age got to do with school?

  32. sexy

    February 1, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    stupid comment indeed……., i graduated from university at 21….in my class i had some married people n older people. so anyone who was in my class then will now say my age was more than that cos we were in same class? i hate when people just never face the issue at hand and keep doubting peoples ages cos they dont look it….is there a format for each age? honestly very irritating

  33. Squad

    February 1, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Lmao how can lilkesh be 1995, korede 1996… Whats this rubbish? This must be a joke o

    • Mykelti

      February 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      It’s a joke because you gave birth to them?

    • keke driver

      February 2, 2016 at 11:37 am

      See you, you had better go and hustle, stay there and be dragging age. Iranu

  34. Prekky

    February 1, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Fake ages everywhere

  35. Aso Oke

    February 1, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    lol Football Age has reached entertainment industry

  36. lucy

    February 2, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Enof already everybody,believe it or leave it

  37. Angel'skiss

    February 8, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Na Facebook age Abegi! !

  38. castle

    February 8, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    a beg ooooo…which one be una own even if they ar 12 of what biz is it to all of ya ………make una shift jooor…………..*SMG* Nigerian spirit always arguing …….*flips the station *

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