In this article, we’d be seeing the top Nigerian disc jockeys (DJs) to watch out for in 2023.
Music, no doubt, should be added as one of the primary human needs, especially for the African man. When we’re happy, we play songs, when we’re sad, we also play songs. In the church, in the school, in the market, in offices, and in virtually everything we do, we find a way of squeezing music into our daily lives.
This explains why Nigeria’s media and entertainment industry is one of the fastest-growing creative industries in the world, according to PwC Global Entertainment and Media Outlook. According to the information, in 2021, Nigeria’s film industry contributed 2.3% and about 239 billion naira ($660 million) while the motion picture and music recording industry contributed about 730 billion naira ($1.8 billion) to the country’s GDP.
Nigeria’s music industry wouldn’t be where it is today if not for the contributions of the DJs, producers, promoters and of course, the artistes themselves.
The music industry has created a solid relationship with the DJs, and in most cases, they get to know about artists’ new releases before they release them to the market. They get to say which songs would be liked by the audience and which ones would have no audience reactions.
Until recently, most Nigerian DJs have worked behind the scenes, helping artists without having to sing behind the microphone themselves. If you check the major record labels, from MAVIN to DMW and others, you’d notice that they all have in-house DJs.
Top 10 DJs in Nigeria
The list below was arranged alphabetically, and doesn’t show who’s better, but rather lists the DJs making us proud both in Nigeria and beyond. Some of the top DJs in Nigerian include:
DJ Big N
Nonso Temisan Ajufo (popularly known as DJ Big N) is no doubt, one of the most popular disc jockeys in Nigeria. Currently signed to MAVIN Records, DJ Big N has released Mavin-themed mixtapes, including the ‘ENERGY Mixtape‘, ‘Surulere Mixtape Volume 1‘ and ‘Mavin All Stars‘ mixtapes.
As a singer, DJ Big N has worked with several A-list singers including Wizkid, Kizz Daniel, Rema, Tiwa Savage, Mr Eazi and Burna Boy.
Big N has won several awards, including; Youth DJ of the Year in the 2017 Scream Awards, DJ of the Year (male) in the 2019 City People Music Awards, DJ of the Year in the 2020 Nigerian Choice Awards and Best DJ Africa in the 2021 Afrima Awards.
Born May 7, 1991, Akeredolu Precious Pelumi (professionally known as DJ Consequence) has over the years, made a name for himself in the Nigerian entertainment industry. He started his entertainment career as far back, while still in secondary school and by his SS3, he was already performing as a DJ.
In 2014, DJ Consequence signed a record deal with Aristocrat Records, one of the biggest record labels in Nigeria, owned by Piriye Isokariari.
As a singer, DJ Consequence jas worked with Olamide, Lil Kesh, Mayorkun, Ycee, Niyola, Reekado Banks and other A-list singers.
DJ Cuppy is no doubt, the most popular female DJ in the Nigerian entertainment industry and one of the most followed Nigerians on Instagram. She is the daughter of Nigerian businessman Femi Otedola and granddaughter to former Lagos State governor, Michael Otedola.
DJ Cuppy is also a music producer and has produced two songs, two songs, ‘The Way I Am‘ and ‘Vibe‘, both of which appeared on the “Afrobeats” EP by Young Paris. As a singer, she has worked with A-list artists like Tekno, L.A.X, Rema, Rayvanny, Zlatan, Skuki and Kwesi Arthur.
Eniola Olamilekan Adedeji (popularly known as DJ Enimoney) is a Nigerian disc jockey and music producer. He is the younger brother to Nigerian rapper, and YBNL boss Olamide.
Enimoney started his professional disc jockey career after senior secondary school and has over the years, earned himself several awards and recognitions. He is currently YBNL’s official DJ.
Enimoney gained recognition in 2016 with his debut single ‘Oya dab‘ which featured Olamide. As a singer, he has worked with Pheelz, Reekado Banks, Tiwa Savage, Reminisce, Slimcase2Sec, Chinko Ekun, B Banks amongst others.
DJ Jimmy Jatt
Born October 15, 1966, Jimmy Jatt Amu’ (popularly known as DJ Jimmy Jatt) is no doubt one of the pioneering Afrobeats and hip-hop music DJs in Nigeria. He started out his entertainment career as a rapper but delved into DJing after his failure in getting signed by a record label.
In 2007, Jimmy Jatt released a mixtape titled ‘The Definition‘, a compilation of songs which features several Nigerian artists including 2Baba, 9ice, M.I, Mode 9, Ruggedman, Naeto C, eLDee and the late Sound Sultan.
Ayorinde Kehinde Okiki (popularly known as DJ Kaywise) is a Nigerian record producer and disc jockey. Kaywise started his journey as a DJ in 2010, he came into the limelight after his “Emergency” mixtape broke into the mixtape market in the Lagos Alaba market.
As a singer, Kaywise has worked with Mayorkun, Naira Marley, Zlatan Ibile, Phyno, Naira Marley, Tiwa Savage, Olamide, Vector, Ice Prince, Dammy Krane and Yung 6ix.
He also owns a DJ academy called Kaywise Academy which he kickstarted in 2019.
Born, on 26 September 1990, Imohiosen Patrick (popularly known as DJ Neptune) is an award-winning Nigerian record producer and disc jockey. DJ Neptune hails from Edo State in Nigeria but was born and bred in Lagos State, where he got exposed to music in the late 90s.
Asides from djing, Neptune has also worked with several Nigerian artistes as a singer, including Lynxxx, Kizz Daniel, Mr Eazi, Davido, Joyeboy, M.I, Da Grin, Naeto C, Del B and Jesse Jagz.
Oluseye Desmond Sodamola (popularly known as Spinall) is a Nigerian disc jockey, songwriter, record producer, label executive, and media personality. He first gained prominence in 2004, while working as a radio DJ at Raypower 100.5 FM.
Spinall has performed in several popular events and shows since his rise to stardom, performed in events like; BET Awards 2017, One Africa Music Fest New York 2017, One Africa Music Fest, London 2018, Bruno Mars Live and Exclusive, Sydney 2022, amongst others.
Rotimi Alakija (popularly known as DJ Xclusive) is a Nigerian DJ, recording artist and record producer. Xclusive was born in England to Nigerian parents. At an early age, he moved back to Nigeria to pursue a high school education at the prestigious King’s College, Lagos.
DJ Xclusive started his professional career as a DJ in 2003 by performing at various nightclubs, including Jalouse, Penthouse, Aura Mayfair and Funky Buddha. In 2011, he became the resident DJ for CoolFM 96.9, also joining Empire Mates Entertainment where he became Wizkid’s official DJ.
As a singer, DJ Xclusive has Olamide, Niyola, CDQ, Zlatan Ibile, Timaya, Wizkid, Terry G, D’Prince, Patoranking, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Banky W, Lil Kesh, Kcee and many other A-list artistes.
Other Good Nigerian Disc Jockeys
We promised to list 10, but the list doesn’t end there. Below are some very good Nigerian DJs that you must have heard of:
- DJ Abass
- DJ Bally
- DJ Barbie
- DJ Caise
- Dj Dcozy
- DJ Dimple Nipple
- DJ Frizzie
- DJ Humility
- DJ Lambo
- DJ Kelblizz
- DJ Nana
- DJ Obi
- DJ Switch
- DJ Tunez
- VDJ Tflexx
- Baddest DJ Timmy
Who’s your favourite DJ? Did we miss out on anyone on the list? Kindly drop us a comment.