2020 would best be described as one of the most devastating times largely due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The emergence of the virus affected various sector of the economy and human relations.
For several months, there was a lockdown and various activities were either brought to an abrupt end or were simply put on hiatus. The Coronavirus disease otherwise known as COVID-19 caused a lot of heartache in society.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 virus itself affects different people in different ways.
Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization. Hence, it is quintessential to stay safe and take the necessary precautions.
During the compulsory nationwide lockdown, some celebrities played pivotal roles in entertaining their audience and enlightening them amidst the panic. They created social media programmes that engaged people from different parts of the world; the aim of this was to keep everyone sane and to maintain mental wellness.
2020 has been one of the most onerous years, however, some celebrities came out to remind their fans that there is more to life and there is always light at the end of every tunnel.
No one foresaw the chaos and pandemonium ongoing in the globe today, the heartaches and demise of notable celebrities are several and heartrending. Indeed, the world is in a downtrodden place.
Entertainers ranging from musicians, social media comedians, mainstream actors and OAPs played a pivotal in encouraging Nigerians. 1st News will be unravelling 20 celebrities who made attempts to spread love in the past couple of months.
Falz real name Folarin Falana is one of the most intelligent celebrities in the Nigerian entertainment industry. His constant urge to educate and inform Nigerians has made him stand ahead above his contemporaries without hassle.
Falz is creative and his style of expression has depth and purpose.
In 2020, Falz did not only release the well-received hit single, ‘Bop Daddy’ which gained massive traction during the lockdown, he also advocated for the reinstatement of five female Immigration officers who participated in the viral “Bop Daddy” video challenge.
For his professionalism both as a musician and a legal practitioner, Falz is the first celebrity on our list.
Runtown is on this list for his benevolence.
While some celebrities decided to hold on to their cash and ignore their wailing fans on social media, singer Runtown real name Douglas Jack Agu shared the sum of N10 million amongst his fans.
He did this in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
3. Tiwa Savage
Amidst the entire drama and trauma of 2020, Tiwa Savage stepped in with a balm to soothe the ache. Prior to the release of her first single this year, she spoke about gender equality and advocated against rape.
Tiwa also admonished her celebrities to take a day off social media on Tuesday, June 2. According to her, it is time for entertainers and celebrities to reconnect with their immediate family members; the community; and their acquaintances.
She is indeed a mother figure.
4. Mr Macaroni
Mr Macaroni easily became one of the most beloved social media comedians and content creators amidst the lockdown. His popularity and relevance peaked after a handful of insightful skits were published.
Using humour as a tool to inform his audience, Mr Macaroni spoke against sexual abuse and false rape accusation during the lockdown. Further, he released several episodes that admonished viewers to take necessary precautions against the dreaded virus.
Ladipoe is signed to Don Jazzy’s Mavins Record, however, several Nigerians have been oblivious to this information until his single, ‘Know you‘ featuring Simi hit the airwaves. The song played a quintessential part in the rapper’s career as it exposed him to the mainstream market.
The single, ‘Know you’ surfaced at a pivotal time in his music career. During the lockdown, several listeners related to his song primarily due to the romantic and relationship theme of the song.
This is Mayor of Lagos.
In 2020, Mayorkun premiered the official music video for his anthemic mega-smash “Geng“, produced by QueBeat and directed by Dammy Twitch.
His narrative differs from others on this list, currently, he released some of his best work yet in 2020.
7. Kizz Daniel
Kizz Daniel released his 3rd studio album, King of Love in June 2020, much to the fascination of his fans.
Davido has been offline since June 2020, however, he has been work surreptitiously behind the scene. He is preparing to release his 3rd studio album, A Better Time.
While Davido is currently off social media, he signed veteran singer, May D and fledgling artiste, King Ajaa to DMW.
Prior to the arrival of Simi and Adekunle Gold’s daughter, Adejare Kosoko; songstress Simi released a heartwarming song titled, ‘Duduke‘. The single became an instant hit following its release. The inspirational song gave several Nigerians hope, dreams and the opportunity to believe in the beauty of life.
Specifically, ‘Duduke‘ was composed for Simi and Adekunle Gold’s unborn child at the time. The single touched so many lives.
10. Chika Ike
Without making a fuss about it, Chika Ike was among the celebrities who aided downtrodden Nigerians during the compulsory lockdown.
The Nollywood actress and her Chika Ike Foundation took to the streets of Lagos to give out incentives to the masses.
11. Don Jazzy
Music executive and entertainment polymath made sure he entertained his followers on social media in the dire times of 2020. Aside from his benevolent act, Don Jazzy made sure his followers had something to smile about each day. He created skits, made memes and even did a giveaway for his fans.
Don Jazzy was also very outspoken and contributed to the various issues in society.
12. Toke Makinwa
Easily one of the best dressed female celebrities in Nigeria, Toke Makinwa lectured her followers about styling and profiling, relationships and entrepreneurship during the lockdown. Also, she spoke about the topics that were trending at the time.
13. Omah Lay
The new kid on the block, Omah Lay is currently experiencing an epiphany in his music career. He has been described as the next big thing following the success of his EP, Get Layd which was released in May 2020.
14. Odion Ighalo
In January 2020, former Nigerian international, Odion Ighalo became the first Nigerian-born footballer to play for the English premier league club, Manchester United after he completed a six-month loan deal from a Chinese Club.
Odion Ighalo made his long-awaited debut for English giants, Manchester United on Monday, February 17.
15. Pastor Chukwuemeka Odumeje
Pastor Chukwuemeka Odumeje is renowned as one of the most controversial Nigerian clergymen.
During the pandemic, controversial pastor Chukwuemeka Odumeje also became an internet sensation. His catchphrases, as well as enigmatic persona, made him a mainstay on almost everyone’s WhatsApp status.
In a decade’s time, the self-acclaimed Indabosky Bahose will certainly be remembered as one of the highlights of the pandemic. Indeed, people will remember his mystifying gimmicks.
Lasisi has continued his rise as one of the most creative online comedians in Nigeria.
Rema received an award nomination for the 2020 BET Music Awards. Although, he did not win, his contribution in the music industry in 2019 has seen him attain greater heights across the globe.
Born Divine Ikubor, Rema grew up in Nigeria’s bustling Benin City, near the country’s southern coast.
Brymo has refused to be pigeon-holed.
During an interview with Joey of Akan, he stated that he is too enormous to be categorized or defined by public perception of his style.
This man is a maverick, an unapologetic hedonist who prefers to create his own rule and bend them himself. Like an artiste, Brymo’s lyrics are predominantly divulged in metaphors and oxymoron. His music is soothing yet controversial and confrontational. In his most recent album, Yellow, he recounts how the celebrity lifestyle has gotten the best of him.
With songs like ‘Strippers & White Lines’, Brymo could be heard stating that if a person fails to control his urge for fame, money and sex, he’ll end up on a chalk outline.
In 2020, he blessed listeners with his 7th album, Yellow.
19. Mr Eazi
The Banku Music recording artiste has released several harmonized songs for his fans on several occasions.
Mr Eazi real name Oluwatosin Ajibade stated that he is launching a fund that will invest in Africa’s stars of the future.
He disclosed that the Africa Music Fund (AMF), is worth $20 million dollars.
Wikzid specifically mentioned that his long-awaited studio album, Made In Lagos will be released in July 2020. Well, the project is yet to be seen as he has remained mute about it.
However, he has managed to make and share a couple of good songs with his listeners, especially with the new single, ‘Smile’ featuring H.E.R.
Nigerians and fans of Machala are still awaiting his fourth major music project.
This will quench the thirst of music lovers in the country for this year.