D’banj’s Two-Decade Journey – Celebrating a Legend

by Ukenya Emmanuel

In 2024, we celebrate 20 years since D’banj’s remarkable start to his musical journey. This trajectory is marked by countless iconic moments and unforgettable hit singles. Affectionately known as the Koko Master, D’banj is currently commemorating his 20th year in the music industry. This milestone is highlighted by a recent electrifying headline performance at Trace Live. Additionally, the multi-award-winning superstar has unveiled plans for a new single titled ‘Since 04’, dedicated to honouring his extraordinary journey.

  • D'banj's concert - Two-Decade Journey
  • Crowd at D'banj's concert close up - Two-Decade Journey
  • Crowd at D'banj's concert - Two-Decade Journey

Early Beginnings and Rise to Fame


“Tongolo” is an early masterpiece that signalled D’banj’s emergence in the Nigerian music scene. It symbolizes his return to Nigeria alongside the legendary music producer Don Jazzy to establish Mo’hit Records.


Reflecting on his triumphs over adversity in the United Kingdom, this sensational track embodies D’banj’s resilience and success.

Why Me

“Why Me” was a game-changer that propelled D’banj to national acclaim. It solidified his reputation as a hitmaker with his signature harmonica, leaving an indelible mark on Nigerian and African music.

Establishing Superstar Status


A standout from D’banj’s iconic ‘Entertainer’ album, “Kimmon” contributed significantly to his superstar status.


Another vibrant, up-tempo hit, “Suddenly” showcased D’banj’s undeniable talent in collaboration with Don Jazzy.

Gbono Feli Feli

This track from the ‘Entertainer’ album underscored D’banj’s dominance in the music scene, resonating widely across the country.

Romantic Hits and Global Influence

Fall in Love

“Fall in Love” is a testament to D’banj’s star power, featuring a captivating music video starring screen goddess Genevieve Nnaji.

Igwe Feat Don Jazzy

Drawing inspiration from Igbo traditional music, D’banj and Don Jazzy crafted a sensational single. This track cemented their status as Nigerian music royalty.

Olurun Maje

Delving into his Yoruba heritage, D’banj delivered a scintillating record capturing the essence of Nigerian culture.

Scape Goat

Displaying his romantic side, “Scape Goat” garnered a remix by Kanye West. This further elevated D’banj’s global influence.

Oliver Twist

Arguably his most significant single, “Oliver Twist” played a pivotal role in popularizing Afrobeats globally. It showcased D’banj’s continental impact.

International Collaborations and Recent Successes

Mr. Endowed

A timeless record with a remix featuring Snoop Dogg, “Mr Endowed” contributed to D’banj’s international aspirations and Afrobeats’ crossover endeavours.

Top of the World

Crafted for the 2013 African Cup of Nations, this anthem fueled Nigeria’s success in the tournament.


In 2014, D’banj embraced the Azonto style with “Finally”, leaving an indelible mark on West African pop culture.

Issa Banga feat Mr Real & Slimcase

Amidst the Shaku Shaku trend, D’banj collaborated with street style pioneers for a chart-topping hit.

Feeling The Niger

Another infectious single, “Feeling The Niger”, showcased D’banj’s ability to churn out catchy hits effortlessly.


Reflecting D’banj’s enduring relevance, “Emergency” reaffirmed his status as a timeless figure in Afrobeat music.

It’s Not A Lie

Teaming up with Harrysong and Wande Coal, D’banj revisited his musical journey from humble beginnings to his stellar career with Mo’hit Records.

El Chapo feat Wande Coal & Gucci Mane

Demonstrating his versatility, D’banj collaborated with Wande Coal and Gucci Mane for a hip-hop-infused track.

Baecation feat 2baba

Two icons of their generation joined forces for a highly anticipated collaboration. This delighted fans with their collective prowess.

Legacy and Continuing Influence

As D’banj continues to shape the landscape of African music, his two decades of musical brilliance stand as a testament to his enduring influence and unmatched talent. His legacy as a true legend in the Afro-music industry is solidified.

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