Crafting a pseudonym could be one heck of a task; you have to rummage through a bag of ideas, list of past nicknames or pet names. It could be a daunting affair, when you’re trying to avoid the cliched monikers that abound– a la the addition of ‘wiz’, ‘boy’, ‘lil’, ‘kid’ to appeal to a targeted audience that loves ageism. But, this fades away as soon as the artiste leaves puberty. Sauce Kid couldn’t be called a kid anymore when he already had a kid.
Artistes want names that will be easily remembered and leave a lasting impression. You don’t want to wake up at 50 and remember you once had ‘virus’, or some cringe-worthy word stuck in your stage name.
In the process, accidentally (or intentionally), an artiste may discover his/her moniker has been used or is being used by another; well… Sometimes you have to change the name like ChiDynma changed hers to Chee so as not to be confused with Chidinma (Ekile), though the former started her career earlier; or Eva (the singer) did to Evaezi to separate herself from Eva (Alordiah)– funny thing, too, she began music before the latter.
Here are 5 Nigerian artistes who share stage names with American stars:
Iceberg Slim (Nigerian rapper) vs Iceberg Slim (Popular American pimp)
The Nigerian Iceberg Slim was born Olusegun Olowokere, while the American Iceberg Slim was born Robert Lee Maupin. The Nigerian’s nom de guerre is more like an ode to the American pimp.
KC (KCee) vs K-Ci of K-Ci & Jojo
The Nigerian pop singer was born Kingley Okonkwo, while the American singer was born Cedric Hailey.
Ruggedman vs R.A. the Ruggedman
The Nigerian rapper was born Michael Stephens, while the American rapper was born Richard Andrew Thorburn.
2 Shotz vs Too Short
The Nigerian was born William Iroha, while the American was born Todd Anthony Shaw. Both rappers.
Ghost (of Show Dem Camp) vs Ghost (of The Lox)
The Nigerian Ghost of the rap duo, SDC, was born Olumide Ayeni, while the American Ghost/Styles P of the rap trio, The Lox, was born David Styles.
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