In the history of Nigerian music, teen stars have been few and far between. There was Wizkid, Davido, Korede Bello and a few less popular others. The year is 2024, and the number of teenagers springing up and running things is increasing almost daily. From music charts and playlists, notable stages and mainstream affiliations, we zoom in on the new youngins popping up in Afrobeats. Here are seven.

Muyeez

We got to know 16-year-old street-pop artist, Muyeez, when Seyi Vibez Incorporation was unveiled in April. Soon after, he featured Seyi Vibez on his first single, Instagram. In May, he released his self-titled EP, perhaps too soon after bagging his first hit.

Qing Madi

When considering the Afropop stars who’ll impact the industry in 2024, Qing Madi should be a sure mention. From peaking on Apple Music charts to featuring global stars like Chlöe, the 17-year-old singer-songwriter and dancer is one to watch out for.

Ayo Maff

Street-pop artist Ayo Maff began getting attention after dropping Jama Jama and 7 DAYS in 2023 and 2024. He isn’t just 17 and creative; he makes music that brands him as “an old soul in a young body.” His new single Dealer features Fireboy DML.

Vasa 

When I profiled 18-year-old Vasa in 2023, he’d just gone viral on TikTok with his single Treasure. He has since bagged a Bella Shmurda feature on the remix of his song 50-50 and is putting in work on his forthcoming project.  

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Anni3

Sensuality, toxicity and obsession are the major themes Anni3 (19) explores in her music. Port Harcourt remains the melting ground of music talents in the country, and she’s one of its latest exports with her mellow Afropop sound. Start with her single Toxic.

Khaid 

Thanks to the virality of Carry Me Go with Boy Spyce, 19-year-old Khaid is now enjoying mainstream attention and affiliation. His hit songs, Amala and Run Away (OMALICHA), boast big-name features like Zlatan, Rexxie and Gyakie.

Uloko

Uloko is a 19-year-old artist out of Benue state, and he just joined Apex Village, which houses artists like PsychoYP and Azanti. He went viral with Nsogbu in 2023 and came back with his “Problem Child” EP this year. If you’re looking for a mix of Afropop and electronic music, Uloko is that guy.

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