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    Top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names

    These are the top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names

    The art of making music is one that has always encouraged a separation of art from the artiste and for the artistes themselves, and here are the top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names

    A number of times, these names are made up of a mix of their real names and nicknames they’ve had over the years, but at times, these names are entirely different from their actual names and are a vicious switch as a result.

    Whichever way it happens for artists, fans and listeners only ever become privy when they decide to share these stories and also only ever know the real names of their favorite musicians when they search them out on the internet, an act that in so doing, fosters a sense of intimacy and kinship.

    Top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names
    Top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names

    Top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names

    Buju – Daniel Benson

    You might have watched the NdaniTV TGIF video where Mayorkun failed to guess that the name Daniel Benson was Buju’s birth name, you may also have listened to his EP, Sorry I’m Late where the first track was a brilliant and actual introduction titled after the singer’s name with a chorus that sprinkled mentions of it in the most enchanting way.

    Top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names
    Buju

    But the fact remains that no one prior to being told would have guessed that ‘Daniel Benson’ is the name attached to the young singer who has been making a killing on music charts every other week since the start of the year.

    Top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names
    Daniel Benson

    For Buju, his name was inspired by admiration for Jamaican dancehall legend, Buju Banton, but his adaptation is far from prosaic as he coined an acronym with it which means ‘Beauty underneath, fully understood.’

    Zlatan – Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael

    Born Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael but popularly known as Zlatan Ibile, the Zanku master which in itself is short for ‘Zlatan Abeg No Kill Us’, non-followers of football might be unaware of the fact that the animated and energetic rapper’s professional name was gotten from that of a Swedish footballer regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    Top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names
    Zlatan

    According to Zlatan Ibile while in conversation with Adesope Olajide at Beat FM London, professional football was his childhood passion and he’d nursed dreams to play for the Spanish club, Barcelona.

    Top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names
    Zlatan

    He’d also had two jerseys of Zlatan Ibrahimovic back in secondary school so his friends had taken to calling him the latter.

    Santi – Osayaba Andrew Ize-Iyamu

     

    Due to an exclusivity clash and copyright issues, Santi had in 2020, witnessed a second christening as an artist, going from Ozzy B which was his moniker as a rapper and singer to being Santi we’ve come to love and now, Cruel Santino.

    Top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names
    Santi

    Still fondly referred to as Santi, fans of the eccentric artiste had taken the previous name change to heart, damning the existence of a certain Santi from Spain who according to Santim his refusal to relinquish the name amidst copyright issues, had caused the change.

    Top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names
    Santi

    Cruel Santino’s birth name however bears no semblance to the Italian name for a saint but instead bears testament to his roots as a native of Edo state as Osayaba Andrew Ize-Iyamu.

     Ayra Starr – Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe

     

    An uncanny music listener might presume that the Mavin Records enchanting new star’s Gen Z classification and undying love for Game of Thrones character, Arya Stark, were the two factors that summed up Ayra Starr’s decision to name her music-making persona thus.

    Top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names
    Ayra Starr

    Such listeners couldn’t be any more wrong as according to the star, the second part of her name ‘Starr’ was influenced by the knowledge that she’d be precisely that, a star.

    Top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names
    Ayra Starr

    While she chose the Arabic name ‘Ayra’ because it meant honorable and respected. According to her, her name embodies being woke and eye-opening, all attributes she’s constantly manifested.

    Naira Marley – Azeez Fashola

    Back in June 2020, Nigerian rapper and president of the Marlians association had made the headlines for breaking Covid-19 regulations by performing at Jabi Lake Mall.

    Top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names
    Naira Marley

    That had however not been the end of the story as it was soon discovered that the rapper had made his way to Abuja aboard a private jet despite flight restrictions.

    Top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names
    Naira Marley

    The story soon developed into an entire affair regarding impersonation where the owner of the airline which owned the private jet that had transported him, claimed ignorance of the nature of their passenger, stating that the flight application had requested transportation for the Federal Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola and not a popular rapper, Naira Marley, full name, Azeez Fashola.

    Rema – Divine Ikubor

    With birthname Divine Ikubor, which gives a nod to his Christian background and Edo heritage, not much is known about the origin behind the new generation megastar’s professional moniker.

    Top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names
    Rema

    It is however not amiss to deduce from his Church-bound early days as an upcoming act where he gained his confidence rapping and singing in the church, before going on to make pop-inspired Christian music with a version of his name spelled with an H, Rhema, that his name was gotten from the Bible where the word has been described to mean ‘Divine utterance.’

    Top Nigerian musicians with surprising real names
    Rema

    Fun fact; The Sad Girlz Luv Money singer, Amaarae, is actually named Ama Serwah Genfi and not Amarachi as she’s actually Ghanaian.

    What names on this list surprised you the most and what other musicians’ birth names have surprised you in the past? We’ll like to hear all about it in the comment section below.

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