Nigerian Songs to help you navigate the realities of Adulthood presents Nigerian Songs to help you navigate the realities of Adulthood.

Nigerian Songs to help you navigate the realities of Adulthood
Nigerian Songs to help you navigate the realities of Adulthood

Nigerian Songs serve different purposes and for this article, we will be focusing on the ones which serve as a reflection on Adulthood.

As kids, we wished to be Adults only to become one and find out that it wasn’t appealing as it looked. In this current age, many find themselves lost and confused on the journey of Adulthood and just surviving on vibes and the Grace of God.

While the majority of Nigerian musicians create music for clubs and parties and for financial gain, certain musicians deviated from the norm to create songs that have an influence on the audience, inspire hope for a brighter tomorrow, and stress the value of perseverance, patience, and persistence.

This is why we curated a list of Nigerian songs to help you navigate the realities of Adulthood.


Darey – Pray For Me

Darey- Pray For Me
Darey- Pray For Me

This song by demonstrates how literally adulthood can at times be viewed as a journey. It takes some self-awareness, rebellion, and risk for some people to mature on their own terms.

The main character in Darey’s tale leaves home without his father’s approval in order to make his way in the world. spends the three minutes writing letters home, expressing the gravity of his choice and pleading for his father’s acceptance.

The father is urged to pardon his son in the song’s chorus since the journey was necessary and the boy “just had to take a chance.”

In the end, the song tells a happy tale of triumph against all difficulties and the importance of the choices we frequently have to make as we mature. That’s as literal as adulting gets: you learn to make your own decisions and deal with them.

Burna Boy ft. Stormzy- Real life

Burna Boy ft Stormzy- Real Life

Real Life” marks the second collaboration between Burna Boy and South London rap sensation Stormzy.

The song which is off Burna Boy’s Grammy-winning album “Twice as Tall” seems to come from a personal place in Burna Boy’s life.

In the first verse, Burna Boy reflects on his state of maturity so far and how he doesn’t ‘subscribe to guys on the internet, Living for the clout, telling lies to the press again’.

The chorus which is sung by Stormzy makes one reflects on the many blessings of life even in the midst of challenges.

Stormzy’s chorus perhaps serves as a moral or an explanation for this spiritual video: “Real life is for living, use this life that you’re living, be free“.

Underneath the surface, the song also touches on the concept of freedom and peace which many adults yearn for as they constantly have to battle the many pressures they are placed under.

Adekunle Gold- Ire

Nigerian Songs to help you navigate the realities of Adulthood
Adekunle Gold- Ire

Everyone seeks success and good fortune, and we frequently believe that the other side’s grass is greener. However, if you believe Mr Gold, the grass is greener you water it, and you can rely on him to grant you goodwill.

Timaya ft BNXN (Buju)- Cold Outside

Reactions to Timaya and Buju's collaboration on "Cold Outside"
Timaya ft Buju- Cold Outside

The phrase ‘Cold Outside‘ roughly translates to a description of how ruthless the streets can be. As an adult, betrayals are one of the realities one must deal with and must be ready to face no matter what direction one comes from.

ft. Dave Scott – Bring It On

Nigerian Songs to help you navigate the realities of Adulthood
Bring it on- Psquare

One of the best motivational songs to have been released by a Nigerian act, “Bring On” is literally the English way of saying odeshi to life trials.

and Dave Scott tell listeners in the song to keep their heads up high and keep standing tall no matter how many times they fall.

Erigga ft Victor AD – Motivation

Motivation- Erigga

Aptly named, this song preaches motivation and reveals the secret to facing life’s biggest problem; boldness.

Victor AD begins the song with the iconic lines, ‘Pikin wey dey find party rice, No suppose to fear dance eh fear dance”. It’s no secret that life favours the bold and for anyone to survive the jungle called life, one needs to do with a level of shame, fear and timidity.

The song also encourages people to be motivated by situations that made them feel ashamed of their level initially.


Olamide ft Shmurda – Triumphant

Olamide ft. Bella Shmurda – Triumphant Video
Olamide ft. Shmurda – Triumphant Video

When Olamide dropped this song as part of his “Carpe Diem” album, it gave listeners an insight into the inside struggle of the rapper who on the surface looks like he has all it together.

The song is perfect for anyone who has been mentally struggling with failure, depression, loss and rejection.

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