Everyone has that one Nigerian song that will bring that nostalgic feeling whenever a particular music piece from the 90s is played.
Those songs are the kind that revives old memories, and at some point, while the music is going on, some people would wish they possess metaphysical powers to go back in time to relive such memories.
While it is impossible to go back in time, listening to Nigerian songs from childhood points at one truth which is ‘You are getting old.’
For those that grew up in the 90s when children could stroll within the neighbourhood without fear of being kidnapped when children would bathe outside and go out to play with their pairs in their underwear without fear, growing up was such a sweet experience.
To help you relive some of those beautiful moments, we have gathered a list of 15 Nigerian songs that would remind you of your childhood.
- Why Me by D’banj
This piece was one of the reigning songs back then and it was released by D’banj when he was still a part of the now-defunct music group, Mo’ hit.
You may not remember all the lines from the song, but I am sure you are still conversant with the catchphrase ‘File haa she no gree.’
- Kiss Your Hand by R2Bees and Wande Coal
Those that played secondary school love back then would gladly remember this song and might even be smiling as they recollect the things they had to do for love.
- My Car by Tony Tetuila
This song also has a chorus many children who grew in the ’90s wouldn’t forget till they grow old.
“You don hit my car, Oyinbo repete” is a famous line from the song.
- Yahoozee by Olu Maintain
As a child that grew up in the 90s, if you didn’t dance to Yahoozee that requires raising two fingers over your head, from the back to the front, then your childhood was not complete. The song was a jam.
- Lori Le by XProject
The song till date is still a jam from the 90s, especially with the powerful instrument at the beginning of the song
- Olufunmi by Styl Plus
If you were a lover boy or lover girl back then, this song by Styl Plus would most likely be on your playlist. Styl Plus back then was considered a Nigerian version of Westlife.
- Nfana Ibaga by 2Baba
2Baba was one of the reigning stars in the early 2000s; however, his song Nfana Ibaga was one of his best song of all time.
The hook from the song, “Wake up in the morning and I stretch up my feet, say a thank you prayer and I brush up my teeth” is what many babies from the ’90s wouldn’t forget in a hurry.
- Mr President by African China
Although this song was a song criticizing those in power, it came with a danceable beat. As a result, the song remains relevant to date.
- Mr Lecturer by Eedris Abdulkareem
This song which was released in 2003, is a song that tells a story about a lady known as Bimbo who was being sexual harassed by her lecturer who vowed to fail her except he had his way with her.
“Oh my Lord, can you save my soul?
I’m in school wanna keep my head up high..” This is a line from the sing
- Kerewa by Zule Zoo
If you are part of the 90’s babies that grew up in the ghetto especially, this song would come to mind easily because it has a powerful beat.
While many thought the theme was about sex, it however seems to have been speaking about rape.
- Kolomental by Faze
This song released by Faze in 2006 has a powerful beat and when it comes up, the listener should be ready to dance to the end.
”Oh, omo a mental case
Start to dey craze
Na who dey rocking this place
It’s kolomental,” this is a line from the song.
- Mathematics by Sound Sultan
It would be wrong not to mention this song by Sound Sultan who made use of the popular mathematics formula ‘BODMAS’ in the song even though he gave it different meanings.
Sound Sultan in the song gave the solutions to the country’s problem then.
- Ijoya by Weird MC
This song, released in 2006 by a female rap artist, Weird MC, is one song that will get you on your feet to do some dance steps, “It’s time to show the beautiful people how to get down,” is one line babies from the ’90s wouldn’t forget.
- Omoge Mi by PSquare
This song was one of the best to be released by Psquare, who have now gone their separate ways.
The song, which was released in 2006, was popular among lovers, especially those that were betrayed by their partner.
Listening to this song will wake up a lot of romantic connections for many of the 90s babies today.
- Fire On The Mountain by Asa
This powerful song released by Asa was her introduction to many in the 90s.
The song contains a profound message that many didn’t understand back then, but the music comes with many memories beyond the message.