Staying in the spotlight has proven to be an even more daunting task than getting in the spotlight. People move on fast, trends change and hitsongs get stale. This list features five Nigerian celebrities who once rocked out the world but today are sadly nowhere to be found.
Now please note that this list is not aimed at taunting the said celebrities but rather at reminding them and other celebrities that relevance is the currency of fame. If you don’t stay relevant to people, they’ll forget you. Ask Muna, exactly
1 Karen Igho
Karen who? Let me juggle your memory a little. Remember the busty lady that represented Nigeria at the 2011 series of big brother and eventually won it? Yes, her. Her participation in the show skyrocketed her to fame, and for a while she did stay in the limelight. From featuring in mega movies like Keeping My Man and Tinsel to anchoring quite some popular shows. She was even made an ambassador for GoTv and was a video vixen for a while. Karen, however, has lost her sparkle. She is no longer as famous as she once was (if she still is) and seeing as she had no one certified trade in showbiz like music or acting, we may not be hearing from her in quite a while.
Remember the guy that sang Akwaibom Ayaya? We haven’t heard from him either and believe me we have looked. Mish came into limelight after releasing the hit song Akwaibom Ayaya in 2013. The song became so popular that it even people not from Nigeria could be caught humming the lyrics which blatantly stated “I want to go home, I’m from Akwaibom…”. His next song Every Woman is Beautiful was received with a little less gusto and since then, we have not heard from this Akwaibom boy. He could be somewhere cooking his huge comeback hit, but it’s been 5 years. He had better hurry before we forget him for good.
3 May D
May D literally hit the music scene with a bang. With hit songs like Ile Ijo, Many Things and Sound Track he caught fans in droves. What we, however, did not see coming was the fact that his successive songs would not be that chart-topping. Some would tie his drop in the limelight to the scuffles he had with twin brother P-Square. But whatever it was, May D is definitely not the star he once was and with the way it’s going the next generation might not even get to hear about him.
4 Muna Abii
Muna burst into limelight after she became the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 2007. She further solidified her place in our hearts when she featured in Psquare’s Ifunnanya in the same year. Muna went on to pursue a career in rap and in 2011 she collaborated with Music star Waja on her hit song So Inspired. She dropped other singles soon after (which not a lot of people paid any attention to) and in 2012 she hosted a rap battler titled Don’t Break The Beat. In 2015 she released a trap song titled Muna and we have heard little from her since then.
5 Sasha P
Sasha was once known as the first lady of Nigerian hip hop. Today she has no claim to that title. Although in her defence, she did give up her fame voluntarily when in 2013 she announced to the world that she would be taking a break from music to focus on entrepreneurship and running her fashion label Eclectic by Sasha. Oh how we miss her, she really did drop them singles hot.
6 Chuddy K
Chuddy K rocked our 2012 when he released his hit song Gaga Crazy, and we gave him the Best Street Pop award at the Headies to show him just how grateful we were. He in turn returned the favour with a line of singles that were just not good enough. And we moved on from him. End of story.
7 Wierd MC
Weird MC ruled Nigerian rap in the 90’s with top charting singles like Allen Avenue from her debut album Simply Weird. She came back with another bang in 2006 when she dropped the mega hit Ijo Ya (You probably still remember this) and then in 2011 she was featured on Psquare’s Bizzybody remix. Sadly we have not seen much of her since then.
Is there someone on this list who you feel should not be here or is there someone who you feel we forgot to add? Drop it in the comments sections.