It’s been good vibes and accolades for Afrobeat sensation and DMW boss, Davido, who has been inducted into the TIME Next 100 list.
The ‘Time 100 Next’ list is an expansion of Time Magazine’s franchise ‘TIME 100’, it seeks to highlight 100 emerging leaders who are shaping the world in their various niches.
A proud Davido tweeted to let his followers in on the remarkable achievement:
” Proud to be included in the inaugural #TIME100NEXT LIST!!!! @time”, He wrote.
The list which features lots of people from around the world is assembled by American news magazine, Times.
On the list, rapper and reality TV star, Laycon was the one who talked about Davido and he had this to say;
Here’s the beautiful piece written on Davido’s TIME 100 NEXT profile by BBNaija winner Laycon:
Davido is one of the biggest voices in Afrobeats because his music connects with people, often in ways that transcend his expectations.
When he released the song “FEM” in 2020, a title that loosely translates to “shut up” in Yoruba, he didn’t know it would become a major #EndSARS protest anthem, as youth banded together to demand the government take action to end police brutality in Nigeria last October.
Officials responded by sending politicians to give speeches. We told the government to keep quiet unless they had something sensible to add—the ethos of “FEM” was directly relatable to that moment.
You can tell Davido puts 100% into every song he makes. And the results are clear: his album A Good Time surpassed a billion streams in 2020.
Afrobeats is a worldwide phenomenon, and Davido is one of many Nigerian artists who has made that possible; now more and more artists, from Nicki Minaj to Young Thug, want to work with him.
By bringing Afrobeats to the global stage, he’s paved the way for people like me.
Nigerians who made the list in other categories include: FK Abudu who was very active in the #EndSars movement, Olugbenga Agboola and Ijeoma Oluo
This accolade comes on the heels of Davido’s recent