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Articles by Joey Akan

2 Jan
On Sunday, December 13, 2020, Nigerians celebrated the birth of a new star from the MTN Y’ello Star reality TV show. Okeowo Oladotun Alani, aka Dotti out after a long campaign where he shone so bright and won the prize.
3 Jan 2020
One of the greatest problems that have been identified as a limiter in Nigerian music is the absence of one local streaming powerhouse to properly service the market, while also giving artists an incentive to create art for their core audience. The Nigeria music industry is considered a graveyard of sorts for music streaming companies.…
6 Dec 2019
As far as it has travelled, Nigerian music hasn't enjoyed the smoothest journey. Its transition from a catchy mix of western and local genres into an in-demand global sound has been plagued by an Achilles' Heel; the lack of infrastructure. Legal disputes borne out of hastily made "Whatsapp" deals have broken the internet and Instablog9ja on more than one occasion. Few venues in Nigeria can host a music festival. And year after year, artists and fans alike are robbed by the sheer scarcity of resources they need to deliver and enjoy the best experience.
23 Aug 2019
Let’s start this from artist A. He’s broke. His family is broke. And he is in the big city of Lagos, without a professional skill, except the talent that he desperately holds on to.
16 Aug 2019
When Burna Boy appeared on The Daily Show, hosted by Trevor Noah, he was in the brightest mood ever, since his US press runs for his African Giant album.
9 Aug 2019
In my time in the music industry, one of the crucial skills that I have discovered that people ought to have is to spot the appearance of vanity, as opposed to actual progress.
26 Jul 2019
When you think about the biggest records of 2019, images of superstars come up. There will be a Wizkid song in there, Davido’s omnipresence comes through, Burna Boy makes up the trinity, while Tiwa Savage’s vocals will always find a way to make the charts.
19 Jul 2019
When Beyonce announced her new album, “Lion King: The Gift,” she probably had no idea that she would unleash a sequence of events that would divide the continent across cultural lines. The album, which would accompany remake of the famous Disney animated film, which opens Friday has thrown Africans against each other, with conversations about the lack of inclusive representation of all the major sound cultures on the continent.
12 Jul 2019
These days In Nigeria, you can wake up in the morning to anger at a pastor for allegedly raping a member of his church. But by the day’s end, you are fighting the Federal Government for grazing lands for the Fulani herdsmen via the RUGA scheme.
5 Jul 2019
I know you have attempted to dance Naira Marley’s ‘Soapy’. I am not judging you. I just want us to agree that you are a hypocrite.
28 Jun 2019
I remember the first time Ice Prince walked into the Roc Nation offices in New York, he was waving a flag, and a video crew tagged along, and making a big deal out of the incident. When he was pictured with JAY-Z, that photo – no matter how you feel now with hindsight wisdom –…
21 Jun 2019
There’s a viral video that’s making the rounds. In it, an indignant athlete can be seen talking to bank officials who appear to have slighted him before the clip began running.