10 Nigerian Singers Who Bowed Out to Industry Pressure

by Sola Legend
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The Nigerian music industry is vibrant and dynamic, but it can also be demanding and challenging for artists to navigate. Despite their talent and success, some Nigerian singers have chosen to bow out due to various pressures. Let’s delve into the stories of 10 notable artists who have stepped away from the limelight.

1. Tuface Idibia

After decades of dominating the Nigerian music scene with hits like “African Queen,” Tuface Idibia, also known as 2Baba, announced his retirement in 2019. Citing the need to focus on other aspects of his life, including activism and family, Tuface bid farewell to the music industry, leaving behind a legacy of iconic songs and contributions to Nigerian music.

2. D’banj

Once hailed as the “Koko Master” of Nigerian music, D’banj rose to fame with hits like “Oliver Twist.” However, in recent years, the singer faced personal and professional challenges, including legal battles and financial woes. In 2019, D’banj announced a hiatus from music, citing the need to regroup and address the pressures he faced in the industry.

3. Waje

Known for her powerful vocals and soulful performances, Waje captivated audiences with songs like “I Wish” and “Onye.” Despite her talent, the singer struggled with the demands of the music industry, including financial instability and lack of support. In 2019, Waje announced her decision to quit music, expressing frustration with the challenges she faced as an artist.

4. Lynxxx

Lynxxx, known for his fusion of hip-hop and afrobeat, enjoyed success with songs like “Fine Lady” and “Change Your Parade.” However, after experiencing a spiritual awakening, the rapper chose to step away from secular music and focus on his faith. Lynxxx’s departure from the music industry was driven by a desire to pursue a more purposeful and fulfilling life.

5. Mo’Cheddah

As one of Nigeria’s most promising female artists, Mo’Cheddah burst onto the music scene with hits like “Ko Ma Roll” and “Destinambari.” However, the pressures of fame and the music industry took a toll on her mental health. In 2012, Mo’Cheddah announced her retirement from music, citing burnout and the need to prioritize her well-being.

6. Brymo

Known for his unique sound and thought-provoking lyrics, Brymo carved a niche for himself in the Nigerian music industry. Despite critical acclaim for albums like “Merchant, Dealers & Slaves,” the singer faced challenges with record labels and distribution. In 2013, Brymo parted ways with his record label and took a hiatus from music, seeking creative freedom and independence.

7. Skales

Skales, known for his catchy tunes and energetic performances, rose to prominence with songs like “Shake Body” and “Temper.” However, the singer faced setbacks in his career, including legal disputes and financial struggles. In 2016, Skales announced his decision to take a break from music, citing the need to focus on personal growth and development.

8. Blackface

A founding member of the iconic group Plantashun Boiz, Blackface made significant contributions to Nigerian music with hits like “African Queen.” However, the singer faced legal battles and controversies throughout his career. In recent years, Blackface announced his retirement from music, expressing frustration with the industry and the lack of recognition for his contributions.

9. Eldee

As a pioneer of Nigerian hip-hop, Eldee played a significant role in shaping the country’s music landscape. With hits like “Big Boy” and “I Go Yarn,” the rapper enjoyed success both locally and internationally. However, in 2012, Eldee announced his retirement from music, citing the need to focus on other ventures and prioritize his family.

10. Kefee

Known as the “Branama Queen,” Kefee captivated audiences with her soulful voice and infectious energy. With hits like “Kokoroko” and “Branama,” the singer established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the Nigerian music scene. However, in 2014, Kefee tragically passed away, leaving behind a legacy of unforgettable music and performances.


The Nigerian music industry is filled with talented artists who have made indelible marks on the music scene. However, the pressures and challenges of the industry can sometimes take a toll on even the most successful artists. As we celebrate the contributions of these 10 Nigerian singers, let’s also reflect on the importance of supporting artists and prioritizing their well-being in the pursuit of music.

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