They say clothes do not make the man but surely there’s something in a name? Music artistes have to be careful how they choose their monikers so that when their careers blossom they won’t be stuck with names that sound like a trader’s signboard in Onitsha market.

Below are stage names of some Nigerian music stars grouped according to how they chose those names.

(1) Music stars who gave more than a passing thought to their names

These ones thought long and hard and asked themselves, “if I’m ever up on the Grammy stage do I want my name to sound trendy and make sense at the same time?

  • Maleek Berry
  • Seyi Shay
  • Wande Coal
  • Sound sultan
  • Ice Prince
  • Reminisce
  • Ric Hassani
  • Adekunle Gold
  • Reekado Banks
  • Humblesmith

(2) Those who chose a name right after watching the Disney Junior Channel.

  • Lil Kesh
  • Wizkid
  • MI
  • Young Six
  • Burna Boy
  • Broda Shaggi
  • Magnito
  • Dice Ailes
  • Vector the Viper
  • Teni the entertainer

(3) Those who just went with their nicknames from high school.

Teenage life is still strong with these ones.


  • D’banj
  • Davido
  • Banky W
  • Phyno
  • Falz the badt guy
  • Tekno
  • SkiiBii
  • Dremo
  • Runtown
  • Patoranking

(4) Those who said “I’m not even going to sweat it, my real name is good enough!”

  • Tiwa Savage
  • Korede Bello
  • Yemi Alade
  • Nonso Amadi
  • Olamide
  • Simi
  • Inyanya
  • Omawumi
  • Chidinma
  • Timi Dakolo

(5) Those who thought about it but still ended up with ridiculous names

  • Psquare and their new incarnations; Mr. P, Rudeboy
  • 2Baba
  • Peruzzi
  • Flavour N’abania
  • Victor Ad
  • Mr. Raw
  • Faze
  • Bracket
  • Chinko Ekun
  • BRed

(6) Those who went with the first thing that came to mind

  • Skales
  • Mayorkun
  • Skuki
  • Mr. Eazi
  • Orezi
  • Barry jhay
  • Wizboy
  • Real
  • Ycee
  • kaycee

(7) Those who were like “Monica? My girlfriend’s name is not Monica O!” (also known as the cacophony crew)

  • Idowest
  • Obadice
  • Slimcase
  • Zlatan Ibile
  • Duncan Mighty
  • Small Doctor
  • Naira Marley


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