“…boy, you’re all that I want,
cos you got what I need…”
I am quite sure you already know which song has the above lyrics and you might even be singing it in your head. Again, maybe like me, you are wondering where the artiste is, the delectable, sweet and petite Di’ja of Don Jazzy’s Mavin crew.
The Nigerian entertainment industry is usually replete with a lot of one-hit wonder artistes [this is no mockery of Cobhams sensational One Hit track] i.e. artistes who release a single track and the whole nation is jamming and grooving and thumping their feet and clicking their fingers to the music but that is just about the last of them.
For Di’ja, after releasing her wonder song Yaro which was a beautiful one because it had a mix of English, Hausa and Krio language, she went on to do a number of collaborations including the Mavins hit song Dorobucci then another Mavins fans delight, Adaobi.
She then went on to release her own rendition, the one that got all the boys wishing they could cuddle up her at night, the one that got the girls screaming for more and singing to their boyfriends on cold, rainy nights, the hit song Awwn. Call her the rave of the movement then and you would not be far from the truth. The song became a lover’s anthem especially for the girls and one can guess that Mavins boss, Don Jazzy would have been glad that he signed this Nigeria- Sierra Leone beauty.
However, all that was in 2014. Four years have passed and our dear Di’ja has not staged the much awaited comeback. And interestingly, she has been up in the kitchen cooking and releasing tracks but none ever manages to achieve or reach the tag- hit track.
In 2015, she released “Looku Looku” which enjoyed massive airplay for a while but soon faded into nothing. Not to be daunted, she released “Take Kiss” which had the same short reign in the Nigeria music scene but also went into oblivion and the last I personally do know of her is her 2017 song “Air”.
2018 is almost over and I am sure, few like me are still waiting to hear her voice over the radios in a beautiful rendition but while we anticipate, I am forced to ask, where is Di’ja? Or maybe where is Hadiza Blell?
This article was written by Edaki Timothy; connect with him on IG here