Do Nigerian Songwriters Get Enough Accolades?
Everybody recognizes the hit songs, and the musicians that sang them, but what about the songwriter?
In Nigeria, songwriters do not get any 'accolade', except from maybe the likes of Davido who have confessed to have hired songwriters to create some of his hit songs.
Just ask singer/song writer, Klem, he walks down that road every single day.
"A lot of these stars, they do not want people to know that you wrote for them.
"Nigeria is not like abroad were you write one song and you are cashing out for the rest of your life.
"Here it's difficult, you do not get royalties. No one remembers you once a song is done.
"In Nigeria, you have to blow your own trumpet by yourself. You have to let people know you have written songs", he told Bounce News.
"I have some people that I am close to.
"People like Seyi Shay, Yemi Alade and Iyanya; they let people know in interviews that I wrote the songs for them", he added.
Klem, who has written songs for the likes of; Emma Nyra, 9ice and Davido is like a cat with 9 lives.
He has survived the music industry and its disregard for the art of songwriting.
He spoke to Bounce News about what he has learnt, when it comes to navigating this terrain.
"First of all do not give up, your talent will pay.
"You need to train yourself on song writing, listen to sounds, and differentiate people's sounds.
"For example, Seyi Shay does not sound like Tiwa Savage or Yemi Alade", he noted.
He also encouraged budding song writers to walk up to producers and musicians to offer their services, because they (musicians and producers) are always looking for content.
"It's easier for producers to work with song writers because a wrong song can spoil a right beat.
"Producers can work with song writers to get the right beat. The right song and the right beat will give you the hit".
Just ask Davido.