The year 2023 witnessed a dazzling array of talent across the entertainment industry, with numerous stars leaving an indelible mark on showbiz. From breakthrough performances to chart-topping hits, these entertainers emerged as trendsetters and dominators in the ever-evolving world of entertainment.

    With the year coming to a close, Saturday Beats looks back at the performers that shone throughout the year.

    Burna Boy


    Damini Ogulu, widely known as Burna Boy, undeniably emerged as one of the preeminent artists in the global music scene in 2023. With the release of his seventh studio album, ‘I Told Them,’ and a slew of prestigious accolades, Burna Boy’s musical journey reached new heights.



    In the vibrant tapestry of Nigeria’s music scene, Ahmed Ololade, known professionally as Asake, stood out prominently in 2023. His meteoric rise to fame culminated in the coveted ‘Next Rated’ award at the Headies Awards, marking a significant milestone in his burgeoning career.

    Asake’s musical prowess shone brightly through a string of chart-topping hits, including ‘Lonely at the Top,’ ‘Basquait,’ and ‘Sunshine.’ These tracks, woven into his album ‘Work of Art,’ not only showcased his lyrical finesse but also resonated with audiences, solidifying his status as a force to be reckoned with in the industry.


    Davido 2

    In the realm of Nigerian music, Davido, born David Adeleke, experienced a year of unparalleled success in 2023. From a record-breaking album release to Grammy nominations and city-wide accolades in the United States, Davido’s journey was a testament to his enduring impact on the global music stage.

    Davido’s fourth studio album, ‘Timeless,’ resonated deeply with fans, setting a remarkable milestone. Boasting a staggering 4.91 million streams on its first day of release, the album shattered records, becoming the most-streamed debut on Spotify Nigeria. The widespread acclaim reinforced Davido’s ability to create timeless musical masterpieces.


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    In the course of this year, Divine Ikubor, widely known as Rema, reached the pinnacle of his career by achieving several significant milestones. The singer, renowned for his hit track ‘Dumebi,’ accomplished a sold-out show at London’s 02 Arena. Additionally, he secured various accolades, such as the ‘Best Afrobeats Award’ at the 2023 MTV EMAs, ‘Song of the Year’ for his chart-topping single ‘Calm Down,’ and the ‘Best Global African Artiste’ title at the 2023 Trace Awards.

    Kiss Daniel

    Oluwatobiloba Anidugbe, popularly known as Kizz Daniel, has a reputation for setting trends. In 2023, he celebrated the 10th anniversary of his music career by releasing his fifth studio album, ‘Maverick,’ which received positive acclaim from his fans.

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    Various streaming platforms, including Google and Spotify, recognized him as one of the most streamed artists of the year. Kizz Daniel’s bouncer, Kayode Atobiloye, also gained widespread attention, becoming an internet sensation after participating in a dance challenge for Kizz’s song ‘My G,’ featured on the ‘Maverick’ album.

    Additionally, Kizz Daniel clinched the award for ‘Best RnB/Pop Album’ at the 2023 Headies Award.

    Odumodu Blvck

    Rapper and singer Tochukwu Ojogwu, known as Odumodu Blvck, emerged as one of the rising stars in the music industry this year. Despite making his debut with the single ‘Pikanto’ in November 2022, Odumodu quickly gained popularity and won the ‘Rookie of the Year’ category at the Headies Award 2023.


    Habeeb Okikiola, widely known as Portable, continued to captivate fans with his engaging and sometimes controversial activities throughout the year. Despite the controversies, he remained prolific in releasing various songs.

    His notoriety kept him consistently in the headlines, and he expanded his reach by performing in different countries, including Italy and the UK. During a recent visit to the UK, he was seen alongside popular rapper and singer Skepta, even attending the prestigious British Fashion Awards. Portable also experienced excitement when Land Rover, the British automobile maker, shared his picture from the event on social media.

    In June, he received the West Africa Icon Award, adding to his eventful year.

    Ayra Starr

    Oyinkansola Aderigbigbe, known as Ayra Starr, solidified her international presence this year through collaborations with renowned artists like David Guetta (US) and Kelly Rowland (US).


    She further showcased her popularity by becoming the most streamed female singer in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

    Funke Akindele

    Apart from her roles in various films, Funke Akindele showcased her versatility as a producer by releasing two projects this year. ‘She Must be Obeyed,’ a Prime Video Original Series, and ‘A Tribe called Judah’ hit cinemas on December 15, 2023.

    Earlier in the year, she ventured into politics by running as the Lagos State Deputy Governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 elections.

    Bimbo Ademoye

    Actress Bimbo Ademoye made a significant impact in the film industry this year with her roles in blockbuster movies such as ‘Gangs of Lagos,’ ‘Jagun Jagun,’ and ‘Big Love.’ Her outstanding performance in the hit series ‘Selina’ earned her the ‘Best Actress in a Comedy’ award at the African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards 2023.

    Broda shaggi

    Content creator and comedian Samuel Perry, popularly known as Broda Shaggi, remained highly active throughout the year. In addition to consistently creating online content, he showcased his acting skills in films like ‘Love in a Showroom’ and ‘Something like Gold.’ His latest single, ‘Ijo Loka,’ even featured veteran fuji musician Wasiu Alabi, aka Pasuma. Broda Shaggi’s achievements were further recognized when he won the ‘Best Actor in a Comedy, Drama, Movie, or TV Series’ award at the 2023 AMVCA.


    Ilabaye Odiniya pleasantly surprised many by emerging as the winner of Big Brother Naija (All Stars) a few months ago. The self-proclaimed ‘Gen Z baddie’ outshone competitors like Mercy Eke and Cynthia Nwadiora (Cee C) to secure the highly coveted 120 million naira grand prize. It’s worth noting that she had previously participated in the Season 7 ‘Level Up’ edition in 2022 but was evicted after a few weeks.

    Showbiz cinemas

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    ShowBiz Cinemas is a chain of movie theaters that offers a variety of entertainment options, including the latest movie releases, special events, and amenities for an enhanced movie-watching experience. With multiple locations, ShowBiz Cinemas aims to provide a diverse range of films and entertainment choices to cater to different audience preferences. The theaters often feature state-of-the-art technology, comfortable seating, and various concessions for moviegoers to enjoy. ShowBiz Cinemas may also host events, screenings, and promotions to engage with the community and enhance the overall movie experience.

    Who is the biggest cinema?

    The Kinepolis-Madrid Ciudad de la Imagen megaplex, situated in Spain and owned by the Belgian Kinepolis Group, holds the title for the world’s largest movie theater. Boasting an impressive 25 screens, the megaplex offers a seating capacity of 9,200, with its largest auditorium accommodating 996 seats.

    Who started movie theaters?

    Following the introduction of the Vitascope Hall in New Orleans, Mitchell H. Mark, a New Yorker, established the world’s inaugural permanent movie theater dedicated exclusively to showcasing motion picture films. The Edisonia Vitascope Hall debuted in downtown Buffalo, New York, in October of that same year.

    When did ShowBiz shut down?

    After Pizza Time Theatre’s bankruptcy in 1984, ShowBiz joined forces with the ailing franchise to fulfill a previous court settlement requirement, creating ShowBiz Pizza Time. By 1994, all the remaining ShowBiz Pizza establishments underwent a rebranding, transforming into Chuck E. Cheese locations.

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