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27 Mar Written by  Ladi Opaluwa

Lyrical Name Game

In a Five Dials article, Simon Prosser and Daniel Pemberton collected the names of some DJs in London and undertook a systemic probe into how the nature and styling of their names give away the genre of music they play. The sample was from a population of DJs playing in clubs on or around Brick Lane. To some degree, the result, presented in a table, proves that there is indeed more to a name than the bearer may realise. The title of the said article, naturally, is All the DJs on Brick Lane.

In what is essentially a parody of that piece, Nigerian musicians are here put to the tabular test, in this case to find how the art of christening has evolved over the years. They have been separated into three generations, namely the old (before 1990), the intermediate (approximately 1991-2000), and the millennial (2000-present), resisting the urge to create a fourth category for the Mo Cheddah-Davido class of the young, uber-contemporary musicians. While the categorisation gives precedence to their era of reign rather than the age of the musician, some clearly straddle two generations, making classification tricky.

The exercise reveals—and it isn’t a startling revelation—the metamorphosis from the simple, traditional names of the old and a few of the intermediate generations to the trendy, alphanumeric, initialled nicknames of the millennial musicians. The old generation stuck with their organic names, that is first names with surnames. In those days, Victor Uwaifor was Victor Uwaifor and so were Osita Osadebe and Onyeka Onwenu. The names got shorter and trendier as the years passed.

The scrabble for nicknames among the millennial generation make some appear as mere alterations or back-formations of the same name. D’ Prince and Ice Prince, for instance; Whizkid and Sauce Kid- never mind that neither is technically a kid. In earlier decades Ice Prince would be Panshak Zamani; Tuface would exclusively be Innocent Idibia; and Terry G would be a sane Gabriel Amanyi. Eedris Abdulkareem, Jeremaih Gyang, and Timi Dakolo, are among a few of their age who buck the trend by bearing their real names. Female musicians, it appears, have a penchant for first names only, leaving space for updating their matrimonial status.

Name

Generation

Gender

Fela Kuti

 

Male

Sunny Ade

Old/Intermediate

Male

Ebenezer Obey

Old

Male

Osita Osadebe

Old

Male

Victor Uwaifor

Old

Male

Victor Olaiya

Old

Male

Bobby Benson

Old

Male

Jim Lawson

Old

Male

Orlando Owoh

 

Male

Bright Chimezie

Old

Male

I. K. Dairo

Old

Male

Fatai Rolling Dollar

Old

Male

Prince Nico Mbarga

Old

Male

Bongos Ikwue

Old

Male

Sunny Okosun

Old/Intermediate

Male

Oliver De Coque

Old

 

Onyeka Onwenu

Old/   Intermediate

Female

Christie Essien

Old/   Intermediate

Female

Mike Okri

Old

Male

Chris Mba

Old

 

Edna Ogholi

Old

Female

Dan Maraya Jos

 

Male

Chris Okotie

Old/Intermediate

Male

Kollington Ayinla

Intermediate

Male

Salawa Abeni

Intermediate

Female

Adewale Ayuba

Intermediate

Male

Ayinde Barrister

Intermediate

 

Shina Peters

Intermediate

Male

Majek Fashek

Intermediate

Male

Ras Kimono

Intermediate

Male

Oritz Wiliki

Intermediate

Male

Femi Kuti

Intermediate/Millennial

Male

Lagbaja

Intermediate/Millennial  

 

Pasuma

Intermediate/Millennial

Male

Blacky

   

Sunny Neji

Intermediate/Millennial

Male

Junior and Pretty

Intermediate

 

Alex Zitto

Intermediate

 

Alex O

Intermediate

Male

Daddy Showkey

Intermediate

Male

Daddy Fresh

Intermediate

Male

Baba Fryo

Intermediate

Male

Funmi Adams

Intermediate

Female

Kenny St. Brown

Millennial

 

Rugged Man

 

Male

African China

Millennial

Male

Danfo Driver

Millennial

Male

Eddy Remedy

Millennial

Male

Eedris Abdulkareem

Millennial

Male

Tony Tetuila

Millennial

Male

Tuface

Millennial

Male

Black Face

Millennial

Male

Faze

Millennial

Male

J. Martins

Millennial

Male

M.I.

Millennial

Male

Dr. Sid

Millennial

Male

D. J Zeez

Millennial

Male

D’ Prince

Millennial

Male

D’banj

Millennial

Male

GT da Guitarman

Millennial

Male

OJB Jezreel

Millennial

Male

P. Square

Millennial

Male

Mode 9

Millennial

Male

Terry G

Millennial

Male

KC Presh

Millennial

Male

Banky W

Millennial

Male

Chuddy K

Millennial

Male

Naeto C

Millennial

Male

Kelly Hansome

Millennial

Male

Sound Sultan

Millennial

Male

Nigga Raw

Millennial

Male

Paul Play

Millennial

Male

Timi Dakolo

Millennial

Male

Style Plus

Millennial

Male

Lara George

Millennial

Female

Olu Maintain

Millennial

Male

Jeremiah Gyang

Millennial

Male

Dare Art Alade

Millennial

Male

Ice Prince

Millennial

Male

Jesse Jags

Millennial

Male

Wande Coal

Millennial

Male

Mo Cheddah

Millennial

Female

Tiwa Savage

Millennial

Female

TY Bello

Millennial

Female

Sauce Kid

Millennial

 

Wizkid

Millennial

Male

Ikechukwu

Millennial

Male

Iyanya

Millennial

Male

Timaya

Millennial

Male

9ice

Millennial

Male

Eldee

Millennial

Male

Durella

Millennial

Male

Skales

Millennial

Male

Davido

Millennial

Male

Obiwon

Millennial

Male

Brymo

Millennial

Male

Bracket

Millennial

Male

Flavour

Millennial

Male

Olamide

Millennial

Male

Omawumi

Millennial

Female

Sasha

Millennial

Female

Niyola

Millennial

Female

Waje

Millennial

Female

Asa

Millennial

Female

Kween

Millennial

Female

Chidinma

Millennial

Female

Ego

Millennial

Female

Ashinonye

Millennial

Female

Bouqui

Millennial

Female

Jodie

Millennial

Female

Goldie

Millennial

Female

 

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