Earlier in July 2015, hip hop star Drake and Skepta made a remix of the song, further helping it cement a global spot.
There is more recognition for the 25-year-old star however. Fader magazine has listed Ojuelegba as the 12th best song of 2015.
This is really an impressive feat.
According to the magazine, even though Drake made the song more popular in America it would have been just as big as it is.
Read Fader magazine’s full description of the song here by Alex Frank:
“Let’s get what we all already know out of the way: Drake hopped on this song from Nigerian artist Wizkid for a remix, generously making the song more famous (at least in America) than it might’ve been on its own in 2015. But let me state this clearly and definitively: the song never needed him. No matter the celebrity, you can’t improve on perfection, even if the Skepta verse that accompanied Drake’s on the remix was pretty great. No, ‘Ojuelegba’ is best on its own, a graceful slice of rhythm that does not need cultural translation. Like Popcaan’s ‘Everything Nice,’ the iconic global jam from last summer, it has a message of grace, thankfulness, and happy perseverance that resonates in every home. And that beat? It’s got a shoulder-shrugging momentum so joyful, how could it not have wound its way all over the world?”
See original version of Ojuelegba below:
Wiz Kid is a 26-year-old Nigerian singer who was formerly signed to EME music.
He is a multi-award winning artiste who is currently one of Nigeria’s finest exports of the art.