There is nothing new under the sun but the power of imagination would make even the most familiar look strange and exciting.

This extends to music made in Nigeria. Its renewable power of music can never be underestimated.

It can be given new life and recreated without even being noticed even under close observation.

Here are 6 Nigerian songs that would bring back sweet memories of your childhood - that's for those of you above 30!


1.    Tekno – ‘GO’






If you have had a funny feeling that Tekno’s latest single GO sound’s familiar but you cannot figure it out, well you are not wrong.

The song notably borrows lyrics and melodies from two hit songs.

The first is from, ‘In Da Club’ by 50 Cent which can be heard almost throughout with interjections of "Go!"

The song also replayed a sample of vocals and lyrics from 2013 hit song ‘Surulere’  by Dr Sid Featuring Don Jazzy.



2.     Patoranking – ‘Girlie ‘O’ Remix’ feat. Tiwa Savage

The 1992 hit song by Chaka Demus & Pliers titled ‘Bam Bam’  pops up in ‘Girlie O Remix’.

Tiwa Savage’s verse in this dance-hall tune, interpolated vocals and lyrics from this old skool jam.

She belts out lines from this old tune when she begins singing.



3. Olamide – ‘Batifeori’

Cece Winans would be surprised that the King of Bariga streets will be sampling a gospel tune.

One of the most popular track from her 2003 album, ‘Throne Room’, was used by Olamide.

While searching for a chorus for his 2014 gospel-inspired jam, ‘Batifeori’, Olamide turned to ‘Mercy Said No’ and gave it a Nigerian feel that will make Cece proud.

4. Tiwa Savage – ‘Without My Heart’ feat. Don Jazzy

Tiwa Savage’s 2011 collaboration with Don Jazzy, ‘Without My Heart’, is more of an unofficial remix.

The song is basically similar to Diwali Riddim’s 2002 ‘Lenky’. The major difference between both songs is that Tiwa did what only Tiwa can do with her.

Don Baba J we don catch you today!

5. Adekunle Gold – ‘Sade’

One of the most popular Nigerian samples is Adekunle Gold’s usage of One Direction’s ‘Story Of My Life’.

He sampled it in his breakout hit ‘Sade’ which paved the way for the singer and songwriter to create amazing and original follow up materials.

No one can deny that he is truly made of Gold.

6. Wizkid – ‘Jaiye Jaiye’ feat. Femi Kuti

WizKid wants to be identified as an Afrobeats musician, his own genre has the ‘s’ at the end- unlike Afrobeat created by Fela Kuti.

While paying tribute to the inspiration behind the genre of music that is giving him worldwide fame; in 2013, he sampled a seemingly random Fela track.

Starboy interpolated Fela Kuti’s ‘Lady’ into his 2013 hit single ‘Jaiye Jaiye’ without minding whether or not it correlated with his song, and threw in Femi Kuti’s Saxophone for good measure.

He gave Nigerians over jara.