If K-pop’s budget and strategy ever met the Afropop energy and spice, the global music industry would be shooketh, so we decided to make-believe a Nigerian K-pop girl group. The members of K-pop groups take on specific roles and positions besides singing. Just imagine Ayra Starr as the face and centre of this monster rookie band or Itohan of Nigerian Idol as the “golden maknae”.
That’s why we created PURPLEWINE, a 4th-gen girl crush band made up of seven Nigerian Gen-Z stars. Let’s find out why each member would be in this Nigerian K-pop girl group, what the group would be known for, how well they’d do and how they’d eventually disband.
The Unnie Line (older members)
Sanchan: The Leader
The oldest by age or years of training
This 24-year-old brand influencer, popularly known as The White Melanin, would be the oldest member, making her the default leader. The entertainment company would select Sanchan Unnie to be a “visual”/fine girl of the group, because of her modelling background as face of many beauty brands. Her half-Japanese ethnicity would also be a factor, but the company would constantly deny it.
Most likely the last member to be picked, they would train her for about a year to pass as a vocalist, dancer and maybe even rapper. None of that would matter though because what they want are her visuals and existing popularity to promote the group. She’ll always look out for the other members, but like BLACKPINK’s Jisoo, very few people will know she’s the leader as she’ll be completely overshadowed by the “centre”/most popular member.
Positions: leader, visual, sub vocalist
Fave: The Vocalist
The one with the best vocal range or technique
With her understated persona but obvious talent and passion for music, Fave, 21, would’ve joined the company very early on, say ten years before PURPLEWINE’s debut. She would’ve known since she was a kid that she wanted to sing, auditioned to join the company and been the only one of thousands to be picked that year.
She would then spend ten years as a trainee, learning to play every instrument (and dance every choreo) in the book, while also perfecting her vocals, only to be given one position and barely any parts in songs once they debut. Any part she does get would be the most difficult ones. But she would kill them, so her stans would dedicate their lives to attacking the company for not giving her more.
Position: main vocalist
Ayra Starr: The Centre & Face
The most popular one
It would be love at first sight between the company and the self-assured fierce-looking 19-year-old Ayra. She joined after Fave, but still very early on, as an IJGB, and has been crowned the company’s princess/secret weapon ever since. Considered an ace because of her singing, dancing and visual skills (they’ll probably train her to hold her own as a rapper too), and her charisma, the company would start promoting her some months before their debut, as the face of the group.
Once PURPLEWINE debuts, she would literally be placed at the centre of the group in everything — photo shoots, music videos, live performances — the person who sings first on all their songs, gets more lines to sing than all other members, and generally be the Beyonce. There’s one in every group tbh.
Positions: centre, face, lead vocalist, lead dancer
The Maknae Line (younger members)
Diana Eneje: The Visual
The most physically attractive or closest to local beauty standards
Also 19, Diana would’ve been scouted four years earlier, by one of many company reps who roam the streets, for a group they hadn’t even formed yet at the time they noticed her. Since her looks more closely represent the Nigerian standard of beauty than Sanchan’s, they would want her to be the main visual of the group. She’d probably want to be a model or actress, but they’d convince her she was made for pop superstardom despite never actually heard her sing.
She would accept and spend the next four years training for it. The company would use her and Ayra to promote the group pre-debut so that by the time PURPLEWINE comes out, they would already be it-girls. However, it won’t take long for stans to accuse her of not having any talent. But hey, Posh Spice didn’t care, so why should she?
Positions: visual, face, sub vocalist
Susan Pwajok: The Rapper
The cool kid with the best rapping skills
There’s no evidence that Susan can actually rap. But the actress has major rapper vibes, and I honestly think she should consider it just in case she’s looking for a side hustle. Anyway, that’s what the company would be thinking when they recruit her for this Nigerian K-pop girl group. After watching one of her many Instagram videos in which she’s being cool as usual, someone in the company would have a vision of her as a popstar and reach out to her.
She would then become a trainee for three to four years, during which time her swag would evolve into great rapping and dancing skills. She’ll end up being the most popular member some years after their debut because everyone loves a good rapper. Side note: Nigeria needs female rappers!
Positions: lead rapper, lead dancer, sub vocalist
Amarachi: The Dancer
The most impressive dancer in terms of technique
Do you remember Amarachi Dance by Nigerian Willow Smith and winner of the first Airtel Nigeria’s Got Talent, Amarachi Uyanne? Well, Amarachi went viral in 2012 after winning and dropping the song (and another one featuring Phyno). She’s 17 now and has spent the last few years she was out of the spotlight swooped up by the company to train rigorously for a grand comeback as a member of PURPLEWINE.
The company would be banking on people’s surprise at her return and transformation to promote the group even more. Not to mention that her obvious dancing talent would’ve been refined to its fullest power level through almost ten years of training, so she would get mad dance breaks during live performances. The devil works hard, but the head of this company works harder.
Position: main dancer, sub vocalist, sub rapper
Itohan: The Maknae
The youngest one
The company would snatch Itohan right after she’s made a name for herself as the Baby Dragon of the just concluded Nigerian Idol (2022). The 17 year old would be the voice they’d been searching for to round up the group as the youngest member or “maknae”, with a huge fanbase hungry to support her harder after she failed to win the popular talent competition.
They would expect her to unfurl, performing alongside the older, bolder members, so that when the band tragically goes on indefinite hiatus five years in, she would still be young — but experienced and famous — enough to have a long solo career ahead of her. Would they be conniving devils if they put all their eggs in the Ayra Starr “solo takeover” basket? I think not. She’ll sing all dem special bridges, and the stans will tag her “golden maknae” because of her big vocals, a la BTS’ Jungkook.
Positions: main vocalist, maknae
The ult 4th-gen group, PURPLEWINE’s badassery would catch everyone’s attention right away. Their visuals would be unmatched, and since there aren’t that many local female acts, they would be an instant hit, dropping fast and catchy songs with a mostly afro-trap, amapiano sound.
Their choreos would be tight; they would invent new moves that would go viral, and put their spin on old popular ones as well. Like every kpop music video, theirs would smell of Hollywood blockbuster-worthy budgets that would get them huge numbers on YouTube. That would be the beginning of the Nigerian K-pop girl group global invasion. You’re welcome, Don Jazzy.
The Break-Up of an Iconic Girl Group
Unfortunately, the company would mismanage their finances, everyone would vex over the preferential treatment of Ayra, and as soon as their five-year contract is up, only three out of seven would renew. Most would want to return to their actual careers; they’ve acquired the status of global pop icons, so they can now run the acting, modelling or influencer industries too. But don’t worry, OT7 forever!
There you have it. What do you think their fandom name should be? Tweet at us or let us know in the comments section below.