Nigerian singer and songwriter Wizkid debuts on the Global 200 at No. 159 with "Essence," featuring Tems, following Burna Boy to become the second and third artists from Nigeria to hit the survey. According to Billboard, "Essence," from Wizkid's 2020 album Made in Lagos, is primarily sung in English but includes lyrics in Yoruba, making it is the first song to feature vocals in Yoruba to grace the Global charts.
Earlier in the week, "Essence" climbs 82-72 on the U.S. based Billboard Hot 100, while bouncing 30-24 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally.
Wizkid and Burna Boy have especially become in-demand featured guests, showing up on albums by Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake and others, but "Essence" represents a breakthrough with Wizkid being the lead artist, and, instead of asking one of his North American buddies to return the favour, spotlighting a fellow Nigerian act in Tems.
This influx of Nigerian talent onto the Global 200 is not just a breakthrough for the country but continues a burst of chart activity from Africa.