Ayra Starr, Rema, Burna Boy Make Obama’s Favorite Music for 2022

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Blessing Oluchukwu Awamba


A picture of two black people wearing a headset and earpiece and enjoying some music.
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Me no getty time for the hate and the bad energy
Got mi mind on my money
Make you dance like Poco Lee
Steady green like broccoli
Steady on my grind, no wan hear what they want telly me
Kudi na my fantasy
Dem wan dey check if my tap e no rush

These words from Ayra are the perfect icing to the cake that is Afro beats. Our music speaks for itself, devoid of hate.

As much as the list of the former President’s favorite music is not an award in itself, it is a validation of how far our music and our musicians have come.

These young men and women have made the world stop and notice them. “Taking the world by storm” is putting it in better terms. Any and everyone who loves good music cannot deny that there’s been at least one Afro beats song in their playlist from the year 2019.

These are the sounds I grew up listening to, crying to, and dancing to. These songs make up my playlist for every year I have lived. Seeing it get as much recognition as it is now is uplifting for me as a music lover and a young Nigerian woman looking to create sustainable change in her sector.

The words from Burna Boy’s Grammy award acceptance speech for Global music album in 2021 come to mind

This is a big win for my generation of Africans all over the world and this should be a lesson to every African out there. No matter where you are, no matter what you plan to do, you can achieve it, no matter where you are from cuz you are a king.

Look at me now, Grammy award-winning Burna Boy!

For context, you can read Mr. Barack Obama’s essay here

You can click below to check out my favorite music from 2022

“Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going.” — Yasmin Mogahed



Blessing Oluchukwu Awamba

I write about life; as I experience it, as I know it; as it could be better.