In order to merit a mention among the best DJs in Nigeria, one must understand that the job of a DJ is more than just playing loud music at events. A competent DJ needs to assess the crowd in front of him; he needs to know what kind of music is going to appeal to his audience. He also needs to know to the mood of the audience; and how to play music in the correct order so as to gradually lift up their moods until they are all happy and dancing.
A great DJ should not feel nervous or uneasy because of the size of the crowd; in fact, the shouts of acceptance from the audience should motivate him to do more, to continue to select songs, sounds, and effects so as to enable the people to have the best time possible.
In Nigeria, the best DJs are often courted by artistes because association with, or endorsement from the best DJs can go a long way in promoting a song, and in promoting an artist’s brand.
Top 10 Best DJs In Nigeria
1. DJ Exclusive
Dj Xclusive’s real name is Rotimi Alakija, and he is the top DJ in the country at the moment. DJ Exclusive is a celebrity disc jockey who has amassed quite a fortune; he is reputed to be worth around $6 million, and he is the most famous DJ in the country.
DJ Exclusive is not just a DJ to perform at weddings and parties; he is the resident DJ at CoolFM 96.9, and he also became the official DJ of Wizkid by joining Empire Mates Entertainment.
DJ Exclusive was born in the UK, although he did his secondary education in Nigeria, before returning to the UK to study Physics and Computer Science at Reading University.
He started his career in 2003 by working at various nightclubs, including Aura Mayfair, Penthouse, Funky Buddha, and Jalouse. DJ Exclusive, during the 2010 edition of the Nigeria Entertainment Awards, which was held in the United States, won the best DJ award.
During the course of his career, he has also received several other awards, and nominations in a career that has seen him perform at locations such as Vendome and Tribeca, and with personalities as Ne-Yo, and Rihanna, Mario Winans, Brick and Lace, Nas, and Fat Joe.
2. DJ Jimmy Jatt
DJ Jimmy Jatt’s real name is Jimmy Amu, and for a long time he has been one of the best DJs in Nigeria; in fact, he remains the most recognized by the old and the young.
DJ Jimmy Jatt is an entertainment heavyweight in Nigeria; his presence at an event is enough to draw in crowds, and also to draw in top artistes because they want to be associated with him, and they will take the event serious if he is one of those who will be featured.
DJ Jimmy Jatt is an old-timer in the industry; he was one of the pioneers of Hip-hop music in Nigeria. In fact, he was a rapper when he started, but he became a DJ when he couldn’t find a platform to launch his music career.
With his inside knowledge of music, he excelled as a DJ. He became the resident DJ at Ray Power 100 FM, and he went on to perform in every major show and concert in Nigeria from the late 90’s to the early 2000s.
His rap battle concert Jimmy’s Jump Off is still one of the most important launch pads for rappers in Nigeria, and his albums and singles are still very important milestones in the history of DJs in Nigeria. He produced “Stlylee” with 2face Idibia, Mode 9, and ElaJoe. That song received 2 nominations at the Channel O Music Awards in 2007.
He also performed with Sound Sultan, El Dee, Naeto C, 9ice, Ruggedman, eLDee, and M.I among others.
3. DJ Kaywise
DJ Kaywise’s real name is Ayorinde Kehinde Okiki, and he was born on August 4, 1992, in Lagos, Nigeria. DJ Kaywise comes from the street, that makes him rather unique as far as DJs in Nigeria go. He broke into popularity not by getting an endorsement from anyone or any organization but by selling DJ Collections in Alaba, Lagos.
His collections (bordering on piracy) included popular songs at the time. The songs which were all well arraigned were also interjected with smooth effects which made his works well accepted across the country. Now, DJ Kaywise is one of the most popular DJs in Nigeria; and surely one of the most respected; especially on the streets.
Since the days of making CDs for sale at Alaba, DJ Kaywise has come a long way; he has performed at shows and events hosted by MTVBase, Nigezie TV, and WapTV. He has made a name for himself by establishing a DJ Academy in Nigeria; the first of its kind.
4. DJ Spinall
DJ Spinall is a Nigerian disc jockey; one of the biggest in the country. His real name is Sodamola Oluseye Desmond, and he rose from the ranks to become one of the most prominent figures in the entertainment industry. He first gained popularity around 2004, as a radio DJ at Ray-power 100.5 FM.
Since then he has gone on to promote new talents; he joined Industry Nite where he promoted underground talents at the weekly platform. At one time he was the official DJ to Wande Coal – that was during his days with Mavin Records.
He created a platform called Afromix which aired on Apple Music; and then he hosted a television show; Smirnoff Infamous Mix which was syndicated on MTV Base, Soundcity TV, and had a podcast series on Audiomack.
He has performed with several stars, and notably, Dj Spinall produced a hit single with Kojo Funds titled “What Do You See.” He has two albums to his name, and he has done endorsement deals with Pepsi, Smirnoff Ice Drink, and other well-known brands.
5. DJ Neptune
DJ Neptune’s real name is Imohiosen Patrick, and he was born on born 25 September 1990, in Lagos Nigeria. Despite being so young, he is one of the old-time DJs in the country with a career dating back to 2001.
He has been the star DJ for several shows and events in Nigeria and abroad, and he has worked on radio and television. Not content with playing other people’s songs, he has produced several songs, and 2 albums; Greatness, and Greatness 2.0.
He has won several awards and has received several nominations. DJ Neptune has collaborated with a list of Nigerian artists such as Joeboy, Mr. Eazi, MI, Da Grin, Naeto C, and others.
6. DJ Enimoney
DJ Enimoney’s real name is Eniola Olamilekan Adedeji, and he is a Nigerian celebrity disc jockey. He was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, and has risen to prominence as the official DJ of the YBNL Nation; a popular music label with stars like Olamide, Slimcase, and Chinko Ekun.
He is the younger brother of rapper Olamide and has been in the background of his brother’s meteoric rise in music.
7. DJ Cuppy
DJ Cuppy is the stage name of Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola; one of Nigeria’s most popular Disc Jockeys. Her father is one of Nigeria’s biggest billionaire businessmen Femi Otedola. She has alternated residences between Nigeria and the UK all through her life, and is known for her lavish lifestyle.
She is currently signed into Red Velvet Music Group as a DJ, and she has been the official DJ for several shows and events in the country. DJ Cuppy has also released several singles; most notable among them being Gelato; which she did with Zlatan.
8. DJ Big
DJ Big’s real name is Nonso Temisan Ajufo, and he was born in Lagos, Nigeria. DJ Big N, after his secondary school education, went to the UK to further his education.
However, he discovered his love for playing music in the UK; when he started playing at local clubs. He started playing for clubs in the West Midlands before going to the Palms Club in Coventry. He also played for the Club “Release”.
Having proven his mettle in the UK; DJ Big then made a big move by joining Mavin Records, as the official DJ. He has performed with Tiwa Savage on her first American tour, and that has been the springboard for him to continue on the way up.
9. DJ Lambo
DJ Lambo is another big-name female DJ in Nigeria; her real name is Olawunmi Okerayi, and she is one of the best DJs in Nigeria due to the number of awards.
DJ Lambo was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and she grew up among four brothers; making her kind of a tomboy. She started her professional career in 2013, and she has gone on to become one of the most prominent players in the industry.
DJ Lambo is currently with Chocolate City, and she has won several awards during her career.
10. DJ Sose
DJ Sose’s real name is Thomas Amar-Aigbe, and he a Nigerian/Hungarian DJ who was born in Oyo State, Nigeria. He is very handsome, and he has already wooed the audience with his good looks, facial tattoos, and his tidy haircut.
He has been in the industry since 2010 and has produced performances that have earned him nominations for top awards in the country.
He has started his own record label, Gray Tiger Entertainment, and is producing young talents for the industry.
The best DJs in Nigeria have spread their fame all over the world. They have been key to the boom in the Nigerian music industry; arraigning and playing Nigerian music on air and on stage, both within the country and outside it. They have done well to bring Nigerian music on the world stage, and to give Nigerian artists the recognition they deserve.