Nigerian star boy Wizkid just became the first African artist to have his song ranked as no 12 on Fader’s 107 best songs of 2015 list. Ojuelegba was a song that rocked African airwaves and even here in Uganda, it took several hangouts and radio stations by storm. The song which was a major class act not only proved Wiz Kid’s immense prowess and tenacity but also the growth of the African Entertainment industry which is slowly penetrating other continents.
The song beat some popular songs like Jidenna’s classic man and Tinashe’s Party favours.
Fader Magazine wrote,
“Let’s get what we all already know out of the way: Drake hopped on this song from Nigerian artist Wizkid for a remix, generously making the song more famous (at least in America) than it might’ve been on its own in 2015. But let me state this clearly and definitively: the song never needed him. No matter the celebrity, you can’t improve on perfection, even if the Skepta verse that accompanied Drake’s on the remix was pretty great. No, “Ojuelegba” is best on its own, a graceful slice of rhythm that does not need cultural translation. Like Popcaan’s “Everything Nice,” the iconic global jam from last summer, it has a message of grace, thankfulness, and happy perseverance that resonates in every home. And that beat? It’s got a shoulder-shrugging momentum so joyful, how could it not have wound its way all over the world? —Alex Frank”
Have a look at Wikid’s latest song below.