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With its largest ever event in Nigeria on Thursday, December 9, 2022, Spotify concluded the year in the country. Wrapped, the streaming platform’s annual look at the songs, playlists, artists, and albums that defined the year in music, was celebrated at the party. Spotify brought together the best Nigerian media, influencers, practitioners, artists, and fans of the music industry for one night only at the Hall in Victoria Island to celebrate the many achievements and wins that brought Afrobeats to the world this year.

Sheye Banks, a masterful MC and media personality, was the night’s host, hyping up the crowd with his best dance moves and breaking the ice to keep guests engaged. The night highlighted an apparently perpetual slew of spinning dance meetings, with visitors making that big appearance to flaunt their moves and dance to the year’s greatest melodies. Filled cups and glasses gave fuel to the evening, courtesy of Bombay Sapphire.

Gen Z darling and social media influencer Enioluwa got fans talking on the red carpet about their 2022 Wrapped insights. They found a lot of interesting stories that showed how much Nigerians love their local music and artists. In the venue’s imaginative photo booths, guests could also freeze the night in time and create visual memories.

DJ Tohbadt kicked off the night with a mix of Afrobeats and Amapiano tunes, taking guests on a journey from Lagos to Jo’burg and back. After that, multi-hyphenate DJ Spinall gave an amazing set centered on his hit collaborations, including Palazzo, which, according to Spotify’s Wrapped data, will be one of the most streamed songs in Nigeria in 2022. To the delight of their fans, Nigerian artists Skales and Reekado Banks also made appearances that night.

Michelle Atagana, Spotify’s Head of PR & Communications for Sub-Saharan Africa, declared, “Wrapped is our biggest fan moment of the year” to conclude the event. We wanted to celebrate the journey of Afrobeats and the significant accomplishments of the previous year, and we are pleased to continue improving the experience for both artists and fans.

Spotify has contributed significantly to the development of Nigeria’s music culture, and streaming numbers are expected to rise in 2022.

The list at the end of the year for 2022 showed that more Nigerian songs were being streamed, and Burna Boy, Ayra Starr, Asake, and other famous artists were the artists with the most streams.

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