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?
- 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,…..
……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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