Nigerian superstar, Davido, hit another milestone yesterday, as he was named one of the next “100 Most influential people in the world for 2021”, by the influential US-based Time magazine.
It reads: “Davido is one of the biggest voices in Afrobeat because his music connects with people, often in ways that transcend his expectations”. When he released the song “FEM” in 2020, a title that loosely translates to “shut up” in Yoruba, he didn’t know it would become a major #EndSARS protest anthem.
Davido, in his reaction, wrote on his social media platforms: ‘Proud to be included in the inaugural #TIME100Next list”. The excerpt for the selection of Davido was written by Nigerian rapper and BBNaija Lockdown season 5 winner, Laycon, according to the magazine.
Davido’s song ‘IF’, which recently sold 500,000 copies in the U.S, has been certified gold. Other Nigerians on the list include Odun Eweniyi, FK Abudu and Dami Odufuwa.
Afrobeats is a worldwide phenomenon and Davido is one of many Nigerian artists who have made that possible. More and more artists, from Nicki Minaj to Young Thug, want to work with him.