The short answer is NO, but lets look at the facts. So I’m looking at the most played music data for 2016 and one of the interesting things that caught my attention is how overwhelmingly male-saturated the Naija music industry is. Don’t get me wrong, music is, and has been since the founding of sound, a male-dominated sport. However, Nigeria is on the extreme end of that statistic.
According to the Nigerian gender report of 2012, Nigeria is among…(contd)
According to the Nigerian gender report of 2012, Nigeria is among the thirty most unequal countries in the world with respect to income distribution. The poorest half of the population holds less than 10% of national income. Significant rural-urban differences in income distribution impact particularly on women, because 54 million of Nigeria’s 80.2 million women live and work in rural areas, where they provide up to 80% of the rural labour force, yet men are five times more likely to own land and property. In the urban settlements, women occupy fewer than 30% of all posts in the public sector and only 17% of senior positions. The gender disparity in the music industry reflects similar data.
As a matter of fact, Nigerian female artists earn …(Contd)
As a matter of fact, Nigerian female artists earn significantly less than their male counterparts. Sadly, human development outcomes for girls and women are worse in the North, where poverty levels are sometimes twice as high as parts of the South (72% in the NorthEast compared with 26% in the South-East and a national average of 54%). It is no surprise that there are only two notable female artists in Nigeria from the north, Di’ja and Ruby Gyang.
Looking at PlayDataCharts’ Top 100 Most Played Songs List for 2016,…(Contd)
Looking at PlayDataCharts’ Top 100 Most Played Songs List for 2016, only 19 of the musicians who made the list were female, out of 143 total artists, and of the 19 total female artists, only 10 were Nigerian.
Fig1. The chart above shows the percentage of songs that include a female artist (including features) from the most played 100 songs in Nigeria of 2016.
Fig2. The chart above shows the percentage of songs by a Nigerian female artist (excluding features) from the most played 100 songs in Nigeria of 2016.