After intense research, I’m convinced Nigerians love love. Forget the usual gra-gra and “hard guy” disguising, we love to take care of our partners and tell everyone who cares to listen that they’re the baddest.

If you’re doubting me, take this list of street jams that are actually love songs as exhibit A.

Rock – Olamide

Between Olamide announcing that his love for his babes has him gathering enemies, left, right and centre, and him being her personal hype man, this is actually the sweetest love song ever. The entire song is giving “obsessed with my babe”.

Philo – Bella Shmurda & Omah Lay

Omah Lay literally starts the song confessing that he’ll do anything for his babe. Then, Bella Shmurda clearly recounts where they met and what she had on that fateful day? These men were down bad for their babes.

Backside – MohBad

MohBad was in love, his mumu button was firmly in his babe’s hands, and he didn’t want to go or be anywhere else. The love was so bad people thought she used jazz on him, but my man didn’t give a hanging shimi. He just wanted his babe.

New Born Fela – Bella Shmurda 

God, when?!

The entire song is Bella Shmurda telling his babe not to worry, he’s going to work hard enough to ball her. A lover boy to the core, Bella just wants to love his babe intentionally and exceptionally.

Ma Pariwo – Zinoleesky

Clearly, this is a case of forbidden love. Zinoleesky couldn’t didn’t want to stay away from his babe, and she didn’t want to stay away from him either.

Agege – Tekno & Zlatan

The song starts with Tekno’s willingness to ensure his babe never has a frown on her face. You can’t go wrong with that kind of intention. 

Loving You – Zinoleesky

There are little things in life as beautiful as realising you’ve fallen head over heels for someone. Loving You is a love letter from Zinoleesky to his woman, declaring her the sole owner of his mumu button and heart.

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