Nollywood stars and music: a good or bad combo?

Becoming a superstar is probably every young girl’s dream. If vocal talent would be divided among every woman, there would be a more angry competition in the music scene than is today. Unfortunately not everyone is cut out for the big screens to make I as an actress, singer, model or any of that type of occupation. First requirement is talent, right? The answer to that question seems easy, yet some are talented and unknown and some have very little talent but are seriously popular. There have been significant figures in the Nollywood scene that are taking the role of a music artist. That has also happened in the worldwide music scenes, take for instance Cassie and Kim Kardashian. These personalities have great looks and are famous for other things also, like singing. They aren’t the best at it, let’s be honest. Now we have Africa’s film stars, like Tonto Dike, Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Juliet Ibrahim making songs. But can these personalities actually sing? We will let you be the judge of that.

Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve is Nollywood’s sweetheart, a vet in the Nollywood scene and a perfect beauty. I mean, the woman’s beauty makes every person that wants to transfer herself to a light-skinned-woman think again. Genevieve has a name for herself and she has the looks that make her very marketable. But can she sing? Would a judge of a Talent show like X-factor vote her to the next round? Watch her song ‘no more’ .



Tonto Dike

Tonto Dike is probably Nollywood’s bad girl. The lady doesn’t give a flying finger about what anyone thinks about her and that is very obvious in her interviews and in her roles. Her song ‘High’ was released this year. Tonto also has a name, looks and attitude. These things make her marketable. But can she sing? ‘High’ has a pop sound with an Autotune to her vocals. T-pain makes auto tune sound fantastic, but is she doing the same?



Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

Omotola is another gorgeous Nollywood star that is doing very well for herself. Could she be Nollywood’s girl-next-door? That, I don’t know. But she is another beautiful actress with looks and a name. Maby more of a voice than her collegue Tonto has. Judge for yourself in her single ‘Feel alright?’



Juliet Ibrahim

Juliet, Nollywood’s seductress recently released her single ‘celebrate’. A danceable tune, which will probably get some airplay. But it makes me question again: can she sing?

Click here to listen to Juliet’s single ‘High’



Having shared all this, makes me wonder where the quality of African music is heading to?  Having grown up listening to Kojo Antwi, Fela Kuti and artists of today like Efya, Tiwa Savage, Psquare and more, who have mad talent, makes me wonder. Are we as music listeners lying to personalities who are attempting to become music artists or are we really enjoying it? Is all the work that talented artists like Beyoncé put in necessary if random artists take the microphones and score hits?





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