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Top 10 Artiste Managers In Nigeria (No. 2 Has Managed Legends)

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Nigeria’s music industry is blessed with many talented artistes but who are these artistes without their managers who do the dirty jobs underground.

These managers also handle media tours for their artistes and also act as representatives for the artistes on all business fronts.

In most cases, the success of an artiste depends on how hardworking the manager is.

In No Particular Order, Here Are Top 10 Artiste Managers In Nigeria

1. Asa Asika

He is one of the most successful artiste managers in Nigeria’s music industry.

No doubt, Asa‘s inclusion in Davido‘s career journey has been very instrumental to OBO’s success.

He’s got a very amazing music distribution and talent management tactics which set him apart from others in the music industry.

In a recent interview, Asa Asika revealed how he made Davido a hitmaker. According to him, he always distributes Davido’s songs to major clubs for DJs to be banging it 2 weeks before the official release.

This way they monitor the reaction of people to the song in clubs before releasing it and that was exactly how “Dami Duro” became a hit.

Asa Asika who has also worked with artistes like Naeto CEldeeYQSinzu among others is no doubt a tactical genius when it comes to artistes management.

2. Sunday Aare

The fact is, this man is a legend in the business of artiste management in Nigeria.

He has worked with countless artistes before Wizkid. He has once worked with legends like Majek FashekAsaAdewale Ayuba, and other artistes in and out of Nigeria.

During his youthful days, Sunday Aare created Nigeria’s one and only faceless artiste who can singdance, and play instruments.

Yes, it takes the iron hand of Sunday Aare to create the legendary “Lagbaja” brand you all know today.

3. Osagie Osarenz

History of music business and management in Nigeria can’t be written without recognizing this powerful Osagie Osarenz.

The intelligent woman managed EME artistes like SkalesNiyolaShaydee including Wizkid for 5 years under her management company M.et.al. She Contributed Largely To Wizkid’s early Success.

The fearless Osagie forged ahead with harnessing and working tirelessly with Skalesand Aramide of Baseline Music even though the business ended on a sad note as she was accused and arrested for fraud.

Osagie’s wealth of experience and understanding of the music industry made her found ‘The Zone Agency’ in 2016 which manages various talents like TimayaReminisceGGB DancersStarboy TerriKemi Smallzz (OAP)EhizGoodGirl LA.

Mrs. Osagie Is happily married and has been appointed as the country manager for Independent Music Solutions Company (ONERPM) in Nigeria

When next you hear the name Osagie Osarenz, put some respect on her name because she has paid her dues.

4. Bose Ogulu (Muma Burna)

Bose Ogulu is the mother of the world-acclaimed “African Giant“, Burna Boy and she successfully manages the career of her son to what it is today.

She is a very important personality not only as a talent manager but also as a professional in foreign language arts.

Burna Boy‘s mum can conveniently speak French, ItalianGermanEnglish, and Yoruba.

No wonder her son fast became an international superstar with Grammy nomination under her watch.

5. Seyi Awonuga (SHigh)

Seyi Awonuga widely known as SHigh is no doubt one of the youngest artiste manager in the Music Industry.

SHigh is a very industrious talent manager, she’s so good at bringing artiste from the low level to limelight and this has made her one of the best artiste managers in the Music Industry.

Over the years, SHigh has managed with a lot of artistes in the game which includes artistes like Lyta, Zlatan, Naira Marley and so on.

She is currently the major talent manager at Marlians Records.

She was once rumoured to be Zlatan‘s girlfriend but all na fluke, she was just his talent manager at that time.


6. Ubi Franklin

In the music business, Ubi Franklin has successfully made a name for himself.

As one of the co-founders of Made Men Music Group and managers of the artistes under the label, Ubi is more than deserving to be on this list.

The success of artistes like IyanyaTeknoEmma Nyra, and Selebobo can be attributed to him.

Tekno and Iyanya were big acts flourishing under Ubi Franklin‘s management some years back.

It is, however, true to say that the career of these two artistes took a dive downwards after they left Ubi.

7. Mr. Pirazzy

Adekunle Adetola Asuni popularly known as Mr. Pirazzy is fast becoming a force to reckon with as an artiste manager in Nigeria’s music industry.

With the way he has shot many young and coming artistes to limelight, it is safe to say Mr Pirazzy is the Next Rated artiste manager in the country.

Artistes like ZamorraDeshinor came into limelight under his management.

No doubt, Mr. Pirazzy has the right media connect to blow a rather unknown music talent.

Currently, he is doing an amazing job Wande Coal‘s team as artiste manager.

8. Ijoba Na Danku

The name Ijoba Na Danku is such a big name within Nigeria’s music industry.

He has been in the business of talent management and music promotion for many years having worked with OritshefemiRayce,and some others.

Presently, Ijoba Na Danku is a major plug for many street talents, and of course “Öri” crooner, Areezy is currently doing well under his management.

9. Sam Phrank Abarikwu

He is one of the biggest power plugs of Afro-beat in recent times.

He is young and getting it in the game of artiste management in Nigeria’s music industry as he currently manages DMW finest act, Mayorkun.

Sam Phrank is a very hardworking guy who will stop at nothing to ensure the success of any artiste under his management in the music market.

In a highly competitive music industry of Nigeria, talent manager like Sam Phrank is needed to stay in the game as an artiste.

10. Alexander Okeke Ikemefuna

No matter how talented you are as an artiste, you need a manager who will always have your back no matter what.

This is the case for Ikemefuna who has been YBNL and Olamide‘s major wingman and manager for many years.

The success of Olamide‘s music projects, concerts, tours, and others are all of Ikemefuna‘s making.

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Beyoncé features Tems on the girls’ anthem, “MOVE”

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Tems and Grace Jones add vocals on Beyoncé’s MOVE, track 10, produced by Guilty Beatz and P2J on her newly released album, RENAISSANCE. The song’s deep bass drums and claps give it a lively touch as the lyrics invigorate the listeners, especially the female audience to take charge of their lives, making sure their presence is felt anytime they step into a building.

Beyoncé’s verses are as commanding as can be, “Move, move, move, move (Move) / Yeah, you gotta move, move / Anything you do / Will be held against you”, she boldly sings in the first verse; Tems, on the other hand, did not get a verse to her name but can be heard on the interlude chanting “Who this girl in the back of the room? / Who this girl in the back of the room? / Who this girl in the back of the room? / It’s the girl, it’s the ‘Yoncé groove”, which sounds like a declaration of intention, notifying any other crew present not to mess with hers, the “’Yoncé groove”.

The bouncy beat and Grace Jones’ backup vocals on each verse serve as a hint to the ladies to move and bounce to the words being said on MOVE.

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Portable’s uncouth behaviour and proclaimed gang affiliations get him disqualified from the Headies Award 2022

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The organisers of the music award show, Headies Award have disqualified upcoming street-hop singer Portable for his uncouth behaviour, untamed public speeches and proclaimed affiliation with the notorious group, One Million Boys.

This will not be the first time Portable has got into trouble with the organisers of the show. The first time around was due to his controversial statement in a video in which he threatened to use force, even going as far as saying he will kill somebody (which translates to other nominees of the categories he is vying for) if he does not emerge winner during the event scheduled to hold later this year.

However, what warranted Portable’s disqualification from this year’s Headies Award show is the recent video of him associating himself with the dreadful cult – One Million Boys, which he claimed to have founded the group. “Have you heard of Ajah boy? One Million Boys? I established them.”, Portable said in his usual tell-all nonchalant manner. The statement has led to an ongoing investigation by the Nigerian Police Force.

Headies reason as to why Portable is getting disqualified reads in part: We shall not condone reckless and uncouth statements from any artists and hereby linked to such assembly or activities including Mr Okikiola’s [publicly known as Portable] prospects as long as these acts are linked to him as described.

Portable bagged nominations in the Rookie of the Year and Best Street Artist categories for having sprung up to commercial or mainstream recognition with his hit song, Zazu Zeh, but will lose all nods for being “reckless” and “uncouth”.

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M.I is proud to be “The Guy” on new single

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Me I like the way that I be feeling now and that’s on Poe”, M.I Abaga smartly lays the bar, using witty wordplay to present his current emotions, that of being The Guy of course. So many matters are on the Nigerian rap veteran’s chest and what better way to let them off than on the microphone like he has thoroughly done for almost two decades now.

M.I addresses different subject matters over his extensive career with clever bars, moving from one situation to the other one while making sure to keep listeners entertained through the two minutes, forty-four seconds rap single. First off, he speaks about his reconciled relationship with Vector, “And me and Vector are cool even though we don’t chat on a daily” before diving into longtime beef with Yung6ix, “Looking Yung6ix coming for the God MC / Man that s–t pain me”.

M.I shouts out label mate and fellow rapper, Loose Kaynon, “And my guy Loose, he got the Jordan connect like he Israeli”; incorporates a voice note from Tiwa Savage which says “Yo, keep that same energy fam“, just immediately after namedropping her in a punchline, “Anybody wants to get to rapping, we could make it happen oh, my guy show/ But remember sey no be only Tiwa Savage that’s on go”; brags without barriers, “Top of the rap game in three decades, call man ‘King’”, all these he does to show why he is the guy.

The Guy dwells more on M.I words than on its instrumental, giving room for proper enunciation and clarity of words from the rapper, passing the intended message. It will be the intro song on the album of the same name, coming out on August 18.

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