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18 Music Videos That Graced Nigerians’ TV Screens In The 80s’

Nostalgia! I am an 80s’ kid and watching these, I can still remember the exact spots I sat, seeing these videos. The smell of cooking in the house while watching them is still in my head. I faintly remember some scenes but some just stand out to me. Good ol’ days as a kid with no responsibilities! *sigh* Let’s go down memory lane, shall we?

  1. RAS KIMONO- RHUMBA STYLEE

I would run and wear a face cap and glove to do this dance, anytime it played. LOL. His other songs, Gimme likkle sugar, Under pressure, Natty get jailed, etc are quite memorable too.

 

 

2. YVONNE MAHA- GOING TO SCHOOL

I loved this girl(then) so much. Wanted to be her. Listening now, she kinda has a sweet foreign accent. Heard she lives in Brazil now and is doing well.

 

3. GRADY HARRELL- BELINDA

I used to think this guy was Nigerian, He is actually an American. Watching this, can see he was kinda inspired by late Michael Jackson.

 

4. EVI- EDNA OGHOLI- RIRIOVARA (WIPE YOUR TEARS)

Was I the only one who feared for this boy’s life as he broke those eggs? Couldn’t thank ‘Aunty Evi’ enough for saving him from getting some flogging. LOL. Other songs from her: Message to the youths, Happy Birthday, Oghene me, Lingua Franca, Jealousy, Obaro etc

 

5. MIKE OKRI- OMOGE

Other songs from him, Time na money, Oghene kevwe etc.  His hit in the early 90s got me stunned, called Rhumba(I think. LOL). They had exotic dancers, one yellow sisi and fire dancers at the beach.

 

6. YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA-  UMQOMBOTHI

Love, love, love her. South African Beauty. Other songs like Thank you Mr DJ, I’m burning up, Let me be free etc

 

7. LUCKY DUBE- I’VE GOT YOU, BABE

RIP Lucky Dube. He made me love Reggae. Other songs, Slave, I’m a prisoner, Back to my roots etc. (His song titles were …well, captivity themed)

 

8. ONYEKA ONWENU- WAIT FOR ME

This was kinda an Xrated song for me then. LOL. But it carried a great message. Onyeka was phenomenal with Iyo gogo, One love , Ekwe, etc. Sunny Ade was cool. This was a dynamic duo.

 

9. FELIX LIBERTY- IFEOMA

Yes o! It stuck in our heads.

 

10. MAJEK FASHEK- SEND DOWN THE RAIN

My best Reggae artist, phenomenal! Other songs, Genesis, Holy spirit, Without you(Beskelebe- Oringogo), Redemption song, etc

 

11. DANIEL WILSON- RAGAMUFFIN

Our ‘Naidjzaaa- Dehta’ brother. Songs like Gimme 999 got you bobbing your head

 

12. THE MANDATORS- RAT RACE

Where is that his lady partner?

 

13. CHRIS MBA- BABY DON’T CRY

 

 

14. ALEX ZITTO WALAKOLOMBO

I just didn’t like the yellow sisi here and her dance, I thought she was overdoing it but liked the other laid -back ‘Aunty’ cos she seemed gracious- Thoughts of a 5 year old- me. LOL. Other songs are Tikkle me , etc

 

15. ALEX O- CELEBRATE

Our oyibo Nigerian. He had finesse. I saw him live once when I was little. So cute with his pony-tailed permed hair. From his accent, you could tell, he stood out but Bros, na “[ho-sul and bo-sul] not [ho-stul and bo-stul]”. Love him, anyway.

 

16. CHRISTY ESSIEN IGBOKWE- TETA NU NA ULA

RIP, Legend! Her songs were phenomenal. Like Seun Rere and more

 

17. BLAKKY- ROSIE

‘Chyking’ in the highest order.

 

18. SUNNY OKOSUN- AFRICAN SOLDIERS

RIP, Sir. A Legend who did well in secular music and gospel music. His songs, No more war, wind of change, Mohammed, Revolution, etc

 

Others not highlighted here are  Charly boy’s “1990 track”, Oritz Wiliki’s “Conqueror” , Peterside Otong’s “Where are the prophets?” and lots more. Nigeria is blessed.

 

 

BONUS TRACK: YVONNE MAHA- DON’T TREAT ME LIKE A CHILD

I used to think this song was a bad song but it makes sense now.

Like joke, like joke, I’ve compiled an 18 track CD for you. LOL.

Just like the good ol’ days. The day comes to an end, a Pastor shares an epilogue sermon, the National Anthem is sung, the Pledge is recited,…..

TV epilogue screen

……and we see our famous colored screen (in black and white, of course) that tells us the day is over.

I hope I took you down memory lane. Remind me of others!

 

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Precious @ Precious Core
    July 24, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Hahaha Bubu! We had a similar multi-colour screen when “tele” was about to start at 3pm! It’s always fun to go down memory lane. I love that song, “Ekwe”.
    Your writing is fun!

    http://www.preciouscore.com

    • Reply
      Bubu
      July 24, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks Precious. Those were the fun days!

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    JESSE THE BODY
    July 25, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Aaaahh! Major throwback to a time when music felt like a soothing balm. Thanks Bubu for rolling back the years. Fun writing style you have.

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      Bubu
      July 25, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks Jesse. Stop by anytime

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    Kuro
    July 30, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Lol Bubu u just forgot Etiene Tboy”chop i chop”I don tire I dey go back to my village….Heheehee

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      Bubu
      July 30, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      *Facepalm* How could I have forgotten that? Oh well, you have it there, peeps! There goes number 19. lol. Thanks Kuro

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    Kuro
    July 30, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    The guy be like Chinese Monk.

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      Bubu
      July 30, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Yes, I remember Etienne T Boy very well. That look of his, created some sort of mystery about him in my head. Later I understood he was from Akwaibom. He is late now. He died July 28th 2010. Come to think of it, his songs were in the 90s’, but I don’t mind him on the list because he was awesome.

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        Kuro
        July 30, 2016 at 6:17 pm

        You very good at keeping track Aby…Kudos

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    Ada_ugo
    September 26, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Bubu, I can see we were watching very similar things at the same time… ha!… Now, maybe you can help me with this puzzle I’ve been trying to figure out for years. Do you remember one sonny okosuns song where his wife is pregnant, and he (and practically the whole village) are taking her off to the hospital to be delivered of the baby. She is sitting on a bicycle. I have been trying to recall the song, but forgetting the lyrics and not knowing the title doesn’t help. I have searched youtube to no success. D’you remember it? 🙂

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      Bubu
      September 26, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      I can’t remember the title but I remember bits of the lyrics “My mother is the answer….” “song along, aint along with me, woman …..”. I’m singing the melody here but I just can’t remember the lyrics very well. Oh dear, I loved that song. Good to have remembered that.

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        Ada_ugo
        December 25, 2016 at 1:33 pm

        you’re a genius. THANK YOU!!!! You have no idea how happy you’ve made me with this. Thank you 🙂

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          Bubu
          January 7, 2017 at 7:01 pm

          Awww,you are welcome dear. Glad it did

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    Ada_ugo
    September 26, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    random: i remember in Primary 1 just singing away in class “Mama mama mama yo, papa papa papa yo, send down the rain!”… my teacher was so shocked at what i was singing, and she hushed me up immediately…lol … now that I’m older, I understand the issues surrounding the song, but back then I was thinking but what’s the big deal? the song is always on TV!…

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      Bubu
      September 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Hahaha. Please what are the issues surrounding the song, if not for wishing it rained. Enlighten me. Lol.

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        Ada_ugo
        December 25, 2016 at 1:32 pm

        haha… i think some people were saying it rained after that song even though there had been a drought

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          Bubu
          January 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm

          Yes, they always stopped us kids from singing it if they didn’t want it to rain.lol

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