Niniola brought Amapiano to Nigeria – Erigga

Popular Hip Hop artiste, Erigga has asserted that ace songstress, Niniola is the person behind the emergence of South African genre, Amapiano in the Nigerian music industry.

The ‘Motivation’ crooner weighed in on the debate that trended last year over who actually imported the genre from South Africa to Nigeria.

Taking to his Twitter account, Erigga, attempted to shut down any further debate on the matter by giving credit to Niniola. He tweeted; “Na NINIOLA really bring amapiano come Nigeria sha 💨🚀”

It may be recalled that in September 2022, there was a raging debate which started with a Twitter user’s opinion that Davido brought Amapiano to Nigeria and made it successful.

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South Africa’s Maphorisa however disagreed and tweeted that it was he and Kabza who first put Wizkid and Burna Boy on an Amapiano song in 2020 called ‘Sponono’.

In swift reaction, OBO fired Maphorisa; “You’ve never liked me” and shortly after, other Nigerian entertainers joined the conversation.

But May D claimed he was the first to jump on Amapiano with ‘Get Down’, his song with South African legend Oskido.

Then Ace producer Kiddominant got into the conversation and stated that he was the person who imported Amapiano into West Africa

As the matter grew more intense, DJ Neptune reminded everyone that he was the first Nigerian to feature South Africa’s Focalistic on the Amapiano remix of his smash hit ‘Nobody’.

In other news, music producer, Philip Ahaiwe Chukwuja, also known as Philkeys, has revealed that popular singer, Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe aka Kizz Daniel once offered to pay him N50,000 for a studio session.

He said Kizz Daniel was still up-and-coming when he made the offer, but he turned it down because his charges at the time was above that amount and he was already working with legendary musician, King Sunny Ade.

Philkeys, who shared this in a recent interview with MTV Base Africa, however, added that he linked up with the ‘Woju’ crooner and made several songs together after the artiste hit stardom.

He said; He [Kizz Daniel] reached out to me. He was not signed then. He told me that he had a certain amount of money, I think N50k, that he wanted to work with me.

But my charges don pass N50k by that time wey I come dey work for Sunny Ade. That time I be big boy. I was like, ‘No o, I’m not doing.’

I was gonna see if he was going to call me back but he didn’t call me back, so we just allowed that part to slide. Then, when he blew up, he called me back saying that he wanted to work with me.