Not too long ago, DJs were not so much to reckon with when it came to mainstream entertainment. We only knew DJs as people who played songs on the radio. These days, however, DJs command as much respect as artistes, sharing the spotlight with their albums, hit songs and big endorsement deals.
Disc Jockeying has become a very lucrative career in Nigeria as many of them keep improving their craft, winning awards and gaining international recognition.
Here are the list of the top 10 DJs in Nigeria;
10. DJ Enimoney
His real name is Eniola Olamilekan Adedeji. He is also known as a celebrated DJ, an official DJ to YBNL artist and a brother to Olamide, the king of street music.
Enimoney started his music career when he was in the secondary school and had the name DJ Electric. Among his famous mixtapes are: “DJ Enimoney. The Mixtape Vol. 2” and “Shaku Shaku Therapy.”
9. DJ Lambo
DJ Lambogini is her stage name but it is often shortened as DJ Lambo. Her real name is Olawanmi Okerayi. She has officially been DJing since 2009.
Her decision to venture into disc-jockeying was borne out of her passion for mixing sounds, which she had nursed since childhood.
Interestingly, she taught herself how to Deejay, today she is one of the biggest female disc-jockeys in Africa. Her mixes span across the genre of techno, Afro pop and hip hop.
Since she started DJing, she has recorded successes at different levels. Asides from handling the deck at some of the biggest events in Africa, she is the official DJ to one of Africa’s greatest rappers, M.I. She is signed to his label, Chocolate City.
DJ Lambogini has been nominated for Best Female DJ in Africa in the African Global DJ Awards AGDA.
8. DJ Cuppy
Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola is one of the most negotiable masters of sounds and a producer in the Nigerian music industry. People know her under the nickname DJ Cuppy. Her father (Femi Otedola) is a businessman.
Her childhood passed in Ilupeju. Then her family moved to Ikeja. She got educated in London. In 2014, she graduated from King’s College London with a degree in Business and Economics.
DJ Cuppy considers music to be a serious matter and does her best to gain new skills. She also has a Master’s Degree in Music Business. DJ Cuppy’s music is full of sounds, described as “Neo-Afrobeats”. It is a fusion of Electro house and Afrobeats.
Her musical treasury includes:
performances at MTV Africa Music Awards;
Financial Times Luxury Summit in Mexico;
Tatler & Christie Art’s Ball in London;
official DJ ambassadorship for Pepsi.
In 2015 she was proud to get an award as the best female DJ at NEA Awards. The same year, DJ Cuppy went on her first tour to about 8 cities in Africa. DJ Cuppy is one of the most talented female DJs, who not only plays great vibes but also sings.
7. DJ Neptune
Born Imohiosen Patrick, DJ Neptune began to show interest in entertainment at age 10, entertaining family and neighbours. He, however, began his professional career as a DJ in 2001 before joining RayPower 100.5FM as the in-house DJ for six years.
DJ Neptune has worked for several radio stations and also runs an online radio; Neptunes FM. He is one of the most industrious and respected DJs in the country.
6. DJ Kentalky
His real name is Ifeoluwa Ibrahim Ozimah but famously addressed as DJ Kentalky, is fast rising DJ in Nigeria’s music industry today who has done couples of mix tapes for his fans and he is no doubt the in-house DJ at Naija FM.
He started his hustle in year 2001 when he was part of the MTV Guinness Extra Smooth Train to Abuja and Benin.
His prowess as a Dj has given him fame beyond our expectation. This edge has offer him more opportunity to work with international disc jockey, Mannie.
5. DJ BIg N
DJ Big N is widely known as one of Nigeria’s most sought out and respected disc jockeys.
As an integral part of Mavin Records, DJ Big N has supported several of the label’s top-billed acts, including supporting Tiwa Savage on her first American tour.
He has released several Mavin themed mixtapes, including the “Mavin All Stars” mixtape, the ‘Surulere Mixtape Volume 1’, and the “ENERGY Mixtape”, among others.
DJ Big N who recently obtains his Msc in the UK is currently the Official DJ for VODKA. He is currently enjoying massive airplay for his Song “My Dear” ft. Donjazzy & Kiss Daniel.
DJ Big N is Mavin Records Official DJ.
4. DJ Spinall
The DJ, who wears his characteristic, fila (Yoruba traditional cap) irrespective of attire, was born Sodamola Oluseye Desmond. He distinguishes himself with his rare ability to play and mix all genres into one playlist, hence the name “Spin all”
The DJ also is known as ”The CAP” (Crazy A** Party) is the first Nigerian DJ to get a brand endorsement. His endorsement with Smirnoff Ice was signed in 2015 and renewed in 2016.
3. DJ Xclusive
Superstar Dj Xclusive is the one best Dj in Nigeria 2018, His real name is Rotimi Alakija , born in the United Kingdom to Nigerian parents.
After spending some years in the United Kingdom, his parents moved back to Nigeria where he attended King’s College, Lagos after which he he proceeded to the higher institution.
He bagged a degree in financial computing at the end of all. Rotimi Alakija popularly addressed as Dj Xclusive is currently signed to EME record label.
He kick started his DJ career at various clubs such as Vendome, Tribeca and now an on-air radio DJ at Cool FM Lagos, Vee-Jay at Channel O.
Dj Xclusive is also a musician because he now sings , he has featured alot of Nigerian musicians in his songs including Davido, Timaya, Wizkid and many more.
2. DJ Kaywise
DJ Kaywise is another Nigerian Born DJ who has strongly carved a Niche for himself in the Nigeria’s Entertainment Industry and has been known for the Live of any Party.
DJ Kaywise got recognised based on alot of his Achievement in the past 3 years and has some notable Key contributions in Entertainment Sector.
Attributed to the Kaywise Brand is his JOOR Concert which is Nigeria’s first DJ Spareheaded concers with over 10,000 People Yeaarly. DJ kaywise is also known for his Big sonfs with Several Top Notch Acts like Olamide, Tiwa Savage. Davido, Kiss Daniel and More.
Kaywise is the First DJ in NIgeria to own a DJ Academy popularly known as Kaywise Academy with over 50 Students and international lecturers to build his dream. Kaywise is currently the Official DJ to SOuncity FM, SOuncity TV and has previously worked at MTVBase, Nigezie TV, WapTV and many more.
He is the Biggest DJ on the streeet of Lagos with over 10,000 Printed CD Mixtape and the Street Sound JOOR O.
- DJ Jimmy Jatt
There is no need for long story or argument, this great man known as DJ Jimmy Jatt is the number one Dj in Nigeria 2018 and even in time past.
DJ Jimmy Jatt is the winner of the best and biggest Nigerian Dj. He is not just the best Dj in Nigeria, he is also the most influential and famous Dj in Nigeria 2018.
This man is like a father to all Nigerian DJs, he is like the 2baba of all Disk jockers all over Naija and beyond. He is not just a DJ but one of the most celebrated man in the Nigerian entertainment scene and he has been in the game like forever.
He real name is Jimmy Amu while his stage name is Cool Dj Jimmy Jatt . His days as a prominent disk-jocker seems to be coming to an end because he is like paving way for upcoming DJS so that they too can shine bright like a diamond in the sky and start enjoying the best time of their career.