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The best 2021 Nigerian music videos

The best 2021 Nigerian music videos

The best 2021 Nigerian music videos

Below are the best 2021 Nigerian music videos. These videos are chosen based on Video setting, direction, compatibility with song, and replay value. In no particular order, here are the best music videos of 2021

10) “Bloody Samaritan” (Performance video) Ayra Starr

Video setting: 1.6/2
Direction: 1.4/2
Compatibility with song: 1.4/2
Replay value: 1.5/2
Sync/Choreography/Acting: 1.6/2
Total: 7.5/10

The original video for “Bloody Samaritan” left so much to be desired. The music video was not that compatible to the song. However, the performance video did so much that was required.

The video needed swag and attitude and although the original video wanted to do this, the assignment was not that understood and this led to the misconstrued idea that a group of teenagers could produce the kind of swag needed. It is therefore not surprising that the performance video has more views in comparison to the original music video.

Ayra Starr delivered the swag and attitude needed for the song, and the performance video had the setting necessary for that kind of song.

9) “Jo” Banky W

Director: Banky W

Video setting: 1.2/2
Direction: 1.8/2
Compatibility with song: 2/2
Replay value: 1.5/2
Sync/Choreography/Acting: 1.5/2
Total: 8/10

The wonderful thing about this video is its choreography. Adesua Etomi’s dance in the music video is legendary. It shows a great amount of dedication and rehearsal. The song lip syncing and dance rhythm is also noteworthy.

Although the direction could be better and the takes could have been more than one venue as this made the video monotonous, it still passes for a good music video

Read: Nigerian artists with highest monthly listeners on spotify (December 2021)

8) “Question” Burna Boy ft Don Jazzy

Director: TG Omori

Video setting: 1.5/2
Direction: 1.6/2
Compatibility with song: 1.9/2
Replay value: 1.4/2
Sync/Choreography/Acting: 1.3/2
Total: 7.7/10

I think one of the praiseworthy thing about Burna Boy is that he has not lost his originality. “Question” is not a unique music video, but it contains as much authenticity about not only Burna Boy but the life of an average African.

The music video clearly depicts how people will always hate other people who seem to be making it. It even gets to the extent of wishing the successful people dead. Burna Boy does not mince words in saying:

“Anything you wish me, dat be your portion”.

The video looks like it’s set in Accra, Ghana even though the poster on the barber’s shop signs Burkina Faso and Nsukka.

7) “Squander” Falz ft Niniola

Director: Falz, Old The Wave

Video setting: 1.8/2
Direction: 1.6/2
Compatibility with song: 1.4/2
Replay value: 1.9/2
Sync/Choreography/Acting: 1.5/2
Total: 8.2/10

The story behind “squander” is amazing! When you listen to the song, you will not easily decipher that it’s about different heists done by a group called “Squander”. They model it after the popular money heist series and plan to rob a wedding ground.

The ludicrous idea is what makes the essence of the video in the first place. It’s not supposed to sound smart because the group themselves are not smart.

The diversion created by stopping the music so they can rob the wedding floor makes it even more funny

Read: Top Nigerian 2021 songs

6 ) “Rain” Yemi Alade

Director: Ovie Etseyatshe

Video setting: 2/2
Direction: 1.8/2
Compatibility with song: 2/2
Replay value: 1.9/2
Sync/Choreography/Acting: 1.4/2
Total: 9.1/10

Do you know how Disney’s Lion King looks so good. Yes, that is how beautiful this video is!

Songs like “Rain” are Perennial. In this new age of the Nigerian Music Industry, you rarely hear any singer singing about the Unity of Africans and hope for Africa as a continent with many dark shades and situations.

Yemi Alade and the Mzansi Youth Choir, clad in glamorous African and South-African attires, sang the heartwarming song on mountains and shrubs, with better coordinated choreography. The music video is indeed a sight to watch.

5) “Running to you” Chike Ft Simi

Video setting: 1.4/2
Direction: 1.3/2
Compatibility with song: 2/2
Replay value: 1.8/2
Sync/Choreography/Acting: 1.9/2
Total: 8.4/10

“Running to you” was the highlight of the beginning of 2021. The song was literally everywhere. Although it didn’t blow up immediately upon its release, it gradually garnered a lot of fan attention. “Running to you” music video is the most watched 2021 Nigerian music video with over 33 million views in YouTube

Although we may have our reservations about Simi and Chike not playing actually, lovers who will die for each other, it makes sense that they are the ones telling the story. The story ends on a touching note, with the guy dying for his girlfriend. It aims to pattern how true love should be unconditional so much that one is willing to give his life lover.

4) “Woman” Simi

Director: Dammy Twitch

Video setting: 1.5/2
Direction: 1.8/2
Compatibility with song: 2/2
Replay value: 1.7/2
Sync/Choreography/Acting: 1.7/2
Total: 8.7/10

“Woman” is one of Simi’s best music videos till date. The costume and expressiveness is on point, the way different scenes and images represent the song well is worthy of note. It’s hard to believe this music video was not scripted to the letter.

Although the choreography needed a little more work. It still didn’t water down the effect of the music video on viewers. The music video has so much replay value. The scenes and images are not recycled and it’s as though each scene is a new take. This adds an addictive touch to the song.

3) “For you” Teni ft Davido

Director: Dammy Twitch

Video setting: 2/2
Direction: 1.5/2
Compatibility with song: 2/2
Replay value: 2/2
Sync/Choreography/Acting: 1.7/2
Total: 9.2/10

Teniola’s video titled ‘For you’ is the first single taken from her Wondaland album which was released March 2021. First, great acting. Teni and Davido’s acting contributed greatly to explaining the plot of the video. Their mime game is on point and Dammy Twitch did a fantastic work here in directing the video.

The music video exemplifies the unconditional love a couple have for each other and how they would do anything to be with each other. It is a slight reminder of how couples who love each other should not give up because of limiting factors.

The coherence between Davido and Teni is legendary. It’s like that have been working together for a long time and they should do this more often because ‘For you’ is a hit.

The end of the music video was amazing and realistic, Teni was caught again and Davido was declared wanted. It shows that if they really wanted to be together, then maybe Prison was where they could be together.

2) “Lie” Kizz Daniel

Director: The Alien

Video setting: 2/2
Direction: 1.8/2
Compatibility with song: 2/2
Replay value: 1.7/2
Sync/Choreography/Acting: 2/2
Total: 9.5/10

Kizz Daniel’s music video for “Lie” is like a movie. The music video complements the song so much. The dialogue at the beginning, the short story that backs up the song and forms the plot, as well as Kizz Daniel’s acting in the video, makes it a 100% take. If anything, it leaves no stone unturned at all.

Normally, a music video ought to express the singer’s intention for singing/writing the song, Kizz Daniel’s “Lie” achieves this purpose. Therefore, it is not a surprise that it is one of the best music videos of 2021.

1) “The Best” Davido Ft Mayorkun

Director: Dammy Twitch

Video setting: 2/2
Direction: 1.7/2
Compatibility with song: 2/2
Replay value: 1.8/2
Sync/Choreography/Acting: 1.5/2
Total: 9/10

The main purpose of “The Best” is to show that Davido is the best when it comes to music and when it comes to having a “Music Godfather”. It might be more appropriate to call Davido a “Coach” here but this may water down the essence of his impact on Mayorkun’s music career.

In “The best” music video, we have a Chinese setting where Davido trains Mayorkun to be the best. The training is a vigorous one. The nice thing about this video is its portrayal of Davido giving instructions to Mayorkun like any master would.

In this scenario, Davido is the Kung Fu master and Mayorkun is his apprentice who not only learns from his master, but does his master proud by beating others in a tournament organized. Even Davido says:

“I learnt from myself. The best…baddest”

The video adequately represents Mayorkun’s growth in the music industry and how he seems to be racing past a lot of other new artists. It shows Davido has not failed as a mentor and therefore, he is “The best”.

The Best 2021 Nigerian Music Videos
1) “The Best” Davido ft Mayorkun

2) “Lie” Kizz Daniel

3) “For You” Teni ft Davido

4) “Woman” Simi

5) “Running to you” Chike ft Simi

6) “Rain” Yemi Alade

7) “Squander” Falz ft Niniola

8) “Question” Burna Boy ft Don Jazzy

9) “Jo” Banky W

10) “Bloody Samaritan” (Performance video) Ayra Starr

Honorable mentions

■“Holy Father” Mayorkun ft. Victony

Mayorkun delivers this song with passion and makes it very convincible. It’s a song about adulation of his lover; how she is beautiful to see and how the singer desires her.

The song was a hit upon release and it proceeds on how the singer would like to get to know the lady more and probably marry her…

“Rock” Olamide

Off his Uy Scuti album, the song is about a lure to enjoyment with a babe he is engrossed with. The song is a hit becomes it not only comes from Olamide, but it comes with some new sounds and the voices of a lady testing Olamide’s sincerity. He says

‘Girl…I just want us to chill…girl I just want us to chill like Ice Water”

■“Celebrate me” Patoranking

Patoranking is a hit factory. With hit releases like “Girlie o” and “Abule”, making hits comes easy with this guy. “Celebrate me” is a song of request for eulogy and appreciation of the Artist from his fans. It has a memorable line of

“Celebrate me…now when I dey alive…”

■“Kilometre” Burna Boy

Grammy Award winning King- Burna Boy released his first single of the year. Most likely from his forthcoming studio album. Even though “Kilometre” was met with mixed reviews. It was still a hit. I think we can all agree that anything Burna Boy releases now is going to be a hit.

The song has a body-moving upbeat tempo to it. The songwriting is not disappointing as Burna Boy asserts his Big Boy status and shows that he has in fact, gone far ahead others. He says:

“I don tey for the game Shina Peters”

It might not actually be wrong to compare himself with Shina Peters right now.

The song engineering? Sweeet.

■“Crazy Tings”

Though the delivery on “Crazy Tings” reduces the kind of effect the song is supposed to have, it still doesn’t reduce the fact that it’s a hit. It’s about how a guy tries to deceive the singer. She is so surprised that she says:

“Crazy things are happening”

Tems has come a very long way in the industry and she is still establishing her presence. With meeting Rihanna, Meeting Adele, making “Fountains” with Drake and most importantly, making “Essence” with Wizkid.

■ “Sip (Alcohol)” Joeboy

#nobadsongz!!! So, the reason he’s sipping alcohol gently is to forget bad things and probably overcome negative things. He says:

“I don’t wanna reason bad things no more”

■“Somebody’s Son”- Tiwa Savage ft. Brandy

A hit! Funny thing is, this song was not even a single, it was just released alongside Tiwa Savage’s “Water and Garri” EP. But you know what they say, a good song can never be hid.

We all know the catchpharse:

“Somebody’s son go find me one day..”

This song found its way out of the EP, stood out, and was the song used by millions on Tiktok and Instagram, and even positioned Tiwa into a more respectable position in the Nigerian music industry. She does know how to make hit.

■“Love Nwantiti” ft. Joeboy and Kuami Eugene

You listen to this song and it seems like you taste honey in your mouth. The rhythm, the patterned beats and the “ah ah ah”. The music video has more than 140 million views on YouTube, and the North Africa remix has about 30M views in just 3 weeks.

The song went viral, and very global. I’m not very sure Ckay himself knew this song will go so viral. I mean, the song has charted in UK, US, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, France…the list is endless.

Read:How “Love Nwantiti” became popular

I think the realistic thing Ckay did was to remix this song as many times as possible, to keep the fire alive. The song has been remixed two times now and each version is still making waves and bearing the heat.

■“Peru” Fireboy

This song was a bomb upon release, and garnered even more attention after months of its release. The unique thing about “Peru” is its fresh sound. It sounded so new upon release.

It’s usually very hard for established artists to release fresh hit songs like “Peru” by “Fireboy”. One would have guessed that this song was by a rookie that just broke into the industry. It is so devoid of poor writing, unneeded sound and rather presents a vibe through rhythmic patterned beats that span over 2 minutes.

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