The entertainment industry in Nigeria and Africa has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years and it is safe to say that the world is finally giving it some deserved attention. While artists like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, AKA, Sarkodie, Tiwa Savage, etc. continue to make headlines. This week’s Friday Treat focuses on the next generation of artists who are already making big statements in their chosen expressions. Here is a shortlist of some of the featured talent; In no particular order.
Lordmaine (born January 1, 2014) real name Oluwateniola Womandi, is a Nigerian born model, actor, singer, Instagram kid Influencer, fashionista and CEO of ‘Elegant kids’.
Besides modeling, Lord Maine’s mother, Toyin Lawani, who is a fashion designer, entrepreneur and also CEO of Tiannah’s empire, helped him create a clothing line called “Elegant kids”. Lord Maine has also started a YouTube channel that teaches kids how to stay fit and eat well. As an entrepreneur and business owner, LordMaine runs the following businesses; Stylish Kids, Tenor Biscuit, Tenor Kicks, and Tenor Gym
Emmanuella Samuel, popularly known as Emmanuellela, is a 12-year-old native of Imo State, who entered the comedy industry at the age of five after her brief encounter with Mark Angel. She rose to fame after her comedy skit “That’s not my real face oh”.
Having numerous awards both international and local to her name, one that stands out is her recent award as Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for Favorite African Social Star. She indeed possesses an undeniable talent and a force to be reckoned with in the comedy industry if her talents are harnessed well.
Makayla Malaka is a talented nine-year-old who has become a sensation in the music industry. Since releasing her very first single, “Just Dance” at the age of six, Makayla has been consistent in delivering content. Her debut album ‘Eight’ was released on her eighth birthday in June 2020 and featured many songs including her hit hit ‘Grandma Told Me’ which other child stars have danced to.
The talented artist recently teamed up with award-winning comedian Emmanuella and saxophonist Temilayo Abodunrin on a new Afrobeat track titled “Yes o”, which is currently playing through major media outlets nationwide.
On February 11, 2022, Makayla featured a dance group called “The amazing kids” in their new single which is the third single from their third studio album. The track was delivered in an ‘Amapaino’ sound.
DJ Arch Junior
DJ Arch Junior is the youngest DJ in the world. His real name is Oratilwe Hlongwane. He’s an eight-year-old DJ from Florida. He is better known as DJ Arch Junior. He won the sixth season of South Africa’s Got Talent in 2015 when he was just three years old. The little DJ even got the ‘Golden Buzzer’ during his audition.
Arch was born on May 3, 2012 in South Africa. He has also participated in several reality TV shows around the world. His video went viral on YouTube when he was just three years old. He has always been passionate about music, especially as a disc jockey.
Regarding education, he is home schooled. To date, he is the youngest DJ in the world. He is a budding young DJ in the music industry, who has already been recognized as a young DJ all over the world.
Anthony Mmesoma Madu
An 11-year-old boy from Lagos, who is Nigeria’s viral ballet dancer, rose to popularity after a 45-second video, shot in June outside his ballet teacher’s home in Ajangbadi, a remote coastal town at the end of the road on the outskirts of Lagos, was posted on IG and caused a stir among Nigerians. Multiple scholarships from around the world have flocked to allow him to pursue his passion. One such scholarship was from the prestigious Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theater in the United States. As Anthony prepares to embark on a journey that leads him to pursue his passion, we can only trust in a big comeback from this rising star.
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