After thorough research and study, AFRIMMA came up with the nominees for the best newcomer in Africa. Out of the list of 10 upcoming African musicians 3 from Nigeria made it to the list making Nigeria to be the most populated on the list. Rema, Fireboy DML & Zlatan Ibile who made it to the list has been really so wonderful this year, knowing that they are still new in the music industry. Now let’s look at their stats and performance this year:


Talking of the MAVINS record superstar, Divine Ikubor, known popularly by his stage name, Rema, he was born in 2000 in Benin City, Edo State. Being a Christian, he gained both his Primary and Secondary school certificates from Benin City where he was known for his singing and rapping while in school.

Rema signed a record deal with Jozing world, which is a subsidiary of Mavin Records in the year 2019. While in the record label Rema has sang songs which high rating on Apple Music Nigeria some of his singles that went viral are:

  1. Dumebi
  2. Iron Man
  3. Why
  4. Spiderman
  5. Trap out the submarine
  6. American Love
  7. Boulevard

While in collaboration with other artiste:

  1. Rema X DJ Big N – “Ogologoma”
  2. Mavins – “All is in order’
  3.  D’Prince X Rema – “Lavida”

What is so surprising and amazing about this guy is that he was born in just 2000 making him just 19 this year and only in 2019 that he was signed into a new record label he has already sang over 5 songs in just his singles.

Another milestone he accomplished was the fact that his single “Iron Man” made it to Barrack Obama’s 2019 summer play list which some other musicians hasn’t accomplished yet.


Adedamola Adefolahan who prefers to be called Fireboy on stage has really been on fire so far this year. He hails from Ogun State, and studied English Language at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

Fireboy who was signed by Olamide into the ever-popular YBNL on October 2018 has been really thrilling this year. His first single in the record label “Jealous” gained much popularity which boosted his people’s knowledge about a new musician in town. Other of his single hits are:

  1. King
  2. Star
  3. What if I say
  4. Ajoke
  5. Give me love
  6. Don’t say so

Some of his collaborations are:

  1. Fireboy X Picazo –Fire Down
  2. Fireboy X Oxlade – Sing
  3. TchapO X Fireboy – Fire

Fireboy has really been marvelous this year and some fans think he really deserves the award cause if he doesn’t get now he may never be able to get this kind of award again.


Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael whose stage name is Zlatan Ibile is another upcoming glamorous musician this year. He was born 19th of December, 1994 in Ekiti State but was raised in Lagos, he gained his Higher National Diploma in Business Administration in Moshood Abiola Polytechnic.

Zlatan who is widely famous for his catchphrase, “Kapachumarumarichipaco” is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter and also a wonderful dancer. Zlatan won the Airtel One Mic Talent show in Abeokuta, Ogun State in 2014 which made a step in his musical career. Towards the end of 2018, Zlatan released a song titled “Zanku” meaning “Zlatan Abeg No Kill Us” which was very popular for the song’s dancing routine. Other songs which Zlatan released in collaboration with many other musicians and personal singles are:

  1. Zlatan X Davido – Osanle
  2. Zlatan X Burna Boy – Killin Dem
  3. Naira Marley X Zlatan – Am I a Yahoo Boy
  4. Rexxie X Zlatan X Teni X Naira Marley – Foti Foyin
  5. Chinko Ekun X Lil Kesh X Zlatan – Able God
  6. Zlatan – Agege
  7. Zlatan – Bolanle
  8. Brainee X Zlatan X DJ Spinall – Gbese

And a host of others………..

Zlatan really was good this year and he also deserves the award even if he is just 1 among the 10 nominees, he should really be noticed even if he doesn’t actually win the award. Though he was arrested alongside Naira Marley and others due to their collaboration “I am a Yahoo Boy” by the EFCC, he was later released after cases were looked upon.

As I said earlier it wasn’t really surprising to see the likes of Rema, Fireboy and Zlatan Ibile to be on the list but we still expected one more person in that list which made the list null and void for diehard fans of him.


His collaborator in his release ‘Am I a Yahoo boy,’ Zlatan Ibile was in the list but why wasn’t he.? With the likes of his single hit “Opotoyi” and also “Soapy” which went viral fans needed him to be on that list which he wasn’t. Was it because of his arrest? Was it because of his record label?

Anyway vote for your favorite artiste to win the upcoming African musician here: