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Real Names Of Naija Music Stars That You Never Knew

Has it ever occurred to you that all our celebrities, especially music stars, have real names, entirely different from the stage names we have overtime been used to?



Yes, every act comes up with stage names that best fit their brand of music…and other brand they represent in the showbiz game.  however we collated the real names of some of our most loved musicians. You will be surprised at the kinds of names your celebs bear.


Davido, a musician, a Nigerian American recording artist, performer, and record producer. Davido’s real names: David Adedeji Adelekeand he was born November 21, 1992 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. 


You all call him Wizkid, Wizzy, Star Boy,  but his actual names are: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun. The Nigerian recording artist, songwriter, and performer was born 16 July 1990 in Lagos. 


Loved by his voice and his reggae mix, Patoranking’s actual names are  Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie. The Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter was  born 27 May 1990 in Lagos, although he is a descent of Ebonyi state.

Don Jazzy

Nigerian Multi award-winning record producer, singer-songwriter, musician and CEO of Mavin Records was born Michael Collins Ajereh. He is an Ambrose Alli University graduate. 


34 year old Bangalee, Eja Nla, Kokomaster and many more are some of the pseudo names of Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo who is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and businessman. 

Dr Sid

Sidney Onoriode Esiri, also known as, Dr SID is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and dentist, who is from Delta state, but was raised in Lagos. 


Waje is one Nigerian singer whose vocal range covers three octaves. Real names  Aituaje Iruobe, WAJE coined out her stage name from the acronym “Words aren’t just enough”. 

MI Abaga

His lines get his music lovers on. Nigerian Hip Hop artist Jude Abaga who was born 4 October 1981 is popularly known by stage name M.I 


25-year-old Olamide is widely loved for his Yoruba fusion of rap and hip hop all together.  The Bariga, Lagos indigene  is known for his blunt and rhythmic act in all his songs. His full name is Olamide Adedeji


Call him Tu-baba, or 2face and you will still not be wrong. Innocent Ujah Idibia is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer. 


The story of Chidinma Ekile will not be complete without mentioning MTN. She is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, recording artist and stage performer. In 2010, she rose to stardom after winning the third season of MTN Project Fame West Africa. 

Tiwa Savage

Tiwatope Savage-Balogun, known by her stage name Tiwa Savage, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, recording artist, performer, and actress. 


Timaya, popularly known as Enetimi Alfred Odom, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter, who hails from Odi, Bayelsa State and he is the founder of South South hip hop group Dem Mama Soldiers. 

Naeto c

He calls himself ‘the only MC with an MSC’, he’s a father, Naetochukwu Chikwe, popularly known as Naeto C, is a Nigerian rapper, Afrobeat artist and record producer. He was born in Houston, Texas and is of Nigerian origin.

Any of the names came as a surprise to you? Which one got you totally surprised?

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