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5 Nigerian Artist Protégé Who Have Become Superstars

Today, we look at 5 music artist protege who have grown to become superstars in their own right!

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Protégé = Wizkid, Artist = Banky W

Earlier in his career, Wizkid was part of a group called Glorious Five which included couple of his friends from church. The group released an album before Wizkidleft and he later met OJB Jezreel. OJB prevented Wizkid from recording for a year while developing him musically.

During his constant and frequent visitation to OJB’s studio, Wizkid watched 2face record Grass 2 Grace and also watched Soundsultan record Jagnajantis. A year after, Wizkid started recording. His first song featured OJB Jezreel. The song was met with great reception throughout Surulere, where Wiz was born. Wizkid cited Naeto C as one of the people who mentored and coached him while he was 15 years old. but it was Banky W who groomed him professionally.

Wizkid and Banky built a casual friendship before a professional one. He co-wrote several songs with Banky before the former signed him to his newly formed record label EME. Wizkid and Banky W enjoyed several years of a great relationship together before he left Banky W to be alone. He is now one of the biggest music export in Africa


Protégé = Patoranking, Artist = Timaya

Ijegun Egba Satellite Town born dancehall singer Patoranking was under hitmaker Timaya for many years before leaving although without the blessings of Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa.

Patoranking cannot be faulted for his departure from Timaya because he never signed a record deal with him but he was everything a protege is under Timaya. The record that broke out the 25 year old was made by Timaya tagged Alubarika.

Timaya and Patoranking met in 2012 and the former once expressed his dismay after Pato left without notice. He said ‘Am bigger than one guy level, I don’t want to leave my career to push his career, he is on another p, I put him somewhere else, I don’t have issues with Patoranking, I handled him first, paid for his Alubarika’s video’.

Patoranking is now argubaly the hottest danceall artiste in Africa.


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Protégé = Lil Kesh, Artiste = Olamide

20 year old Lil Kesh met Olamide through his friend Viktoh, who is also signed to YBNL if words on the street is to be believed. Lil kesh revealed he officially started doing music in 2012.

The young rapper is now a certified hit maker and we tagged him as Olamide’s heir presumptive in an article several months back (click here if you missed it).

Lil Kesh has released three official singles and all of the three (Shoki, Shoki Remix, Gbese) are chart topping.


Mavin Don Jazzy Reekado Banks Di'Ja Korede Bello

Protégé= Mavin Kids (Korede Bello, Di’Ja, Reekado Banks), Artist = Don Jazzy

Serial hitmaker, Don Jazzy signed three relatively unknown youngsters to his record label Mavin Records. One of them was recruited via a Twitter competition (Reekado Banks), another had one or two singles on blogs but was unknown (Korede Bello) the other is a returnee from Canada with Sierra Leone orijin (Di’Ja).

The three of them now have a monster hit single each with Korede Bello breaking boundaries with Godwin while Di’Ja is bursting heads with Awww while Reekado Banks can boast of two with Chop Am and Katapot doing relatively well.

Don Jazzy’s tutoring is well more than on the stage for the three youngsters, the trio recently landed a deal with Glo which confirmed their status on music forefront.



Protégé = Ice Prince, Artist = M.I

BET winner and newly appointed Vice Chairman of Chocolate City has cited his label boss, M.I as the man who molded him from a rapper to a rapper that smiles to the bank on weekly basis severally.

Born Minna, Niger state and raised in Jos, 28 year old Ice Prince rose to fame after releasing “Oleku”, one of Nigeria’s most remixed songs of all time.

During the aforementioned interview, Ice Prince shed some light on his record deal with Chocolate City, saying: “My record deal with Chocolate City came off of my affiliation with MI and Jesse Jagz. We are pretty much brothers, we’ve always lived together, always been together. But then Chocolate City signed MI first. It was like they did it in order of our age. Then they signed Jesse Jagz. Jesse was obviously more ready than I was at that time. Then they saw that I was getting ready as well and they signed me too.”

Ice Prince is now one of Nigeria’s most decorated rappers of all time.



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