2018 has so far been such an amazing year in the world of Nigerian pop culture. We have had key players in the music game dropping monstrous and infectious hits all year-long. We saw the rise of a couple of newcomers in the music industry like Teni the Entertainer as well. As the year gradually draws to a close, it seems fair enough to reminisce on the key pop culture moments that made up the year 2018 in Nigeria.
The Return of Duncan Mighty
This year, we witnessed the epic return of Duncan Mighty in the music industry with his massive hit collab, Fake Love alongside Wizkid. As far as comebacks go, Fake Love is definitely one of the best out of Nigeria. That’s how you do it Duncan!
Big Brother Naija
Even if you never for a day sat and watched the last cycle of Big Brother Naija, you definitely heard the names Cee-C, Tobi, and Alex. There really was no escaping the events of the show.
Burna Boy’s Yé
2018 will certainly go down as the year Nigeria got its second national anthem courtesy of our very own Burna Boy. Yé, the hit song off Burna Boy’s chart topping album(which made its way to no. 3 on the Billboard reggae album charts) , Outside was a huge part of 2018.
The Nigerian Jersey and World Cup
The World Cup is one of the most anticipated sport in the World. The tournament sees the best of the best football players represent their countries with the hope of getting to hoist the 18 carat gold trophy and gaining the bragging rights that come with being on the winning team.
Though not winning the competition or even making it past the group stages, one of the biggest highlights of the tournament was the Jersey of the Nigerian national team. The kit was in high demand and got sold out within 3 minutes of its release.
History was made on the 31st of May 2018 when the President signed the Not Too Young To Run bill into law. The primary aim of the bill was to amend the minimum age requirements for running for key political posts in the country. As amended, the new minimum age requirements are as follows:
- Members of Senate- 30 years
- Members of House of Representatives- 25 years
- Members of House of Assembly- 25 years
- Office of the President- 30 years
- State Governor- 30 years.
Lionheart and Netflix
Our movie industry was not left out of having pivotal historic moments in 2018. During the course of the year, Nollywood superstar Genevieve Nnaji premiered her directional debut film, Lionheart at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film caught the eye of American streaming platform, Netflix which subsequently purchased worldwide rights making it its first ever Nigerian original film. The film features other Nollywood heavyweights and leading actors such as Onyeka Onwenu, Pete Edochie, Nkem Owoh to name.
As we come closer to the incoming year, we can tell that the year 2019 is definitely going to be quite an eventful one and not just regarding the general elections.