On our #AOTW segment, it’s all about the Nigerian Afro hip hop brothers ‘Skuki’


Although missing from the scene and spotlight for a while, it is impossible to deny their impact, fame and success. So today on the show we would take a trip down memory lane (into the Lives of The Musical Duo).


Skuki is a Nigerian Afro hip hop duo composed of two brothers: Tumininu Laolu-Oguniyi and Atewologun Laolu-Ogunniyi. They are also known as Vavavoom (Tumininu) and Peeshaun (Atewologun).


The brothers were both born in the 1980s in Oyo State, Nigeria. They attended The Staff School, University of Ibadan and The International School, University of Ibadan. The duo developed an interest in music shortly after they graduated from secondary school. Shortly after that, they had to part ways as Tumininu went to study Geography at the University of Lagos while Atewo studied law at the University of Ibadan.


Their father is a musician, director and producer. Recognising their talent he involved them in a nationwide awareness tour of the War against Indiscipline (WAI) program where they performed in the presence of the then Head of State, Gen Ibrahim Babangida and other notable Nigerians. He then featured them in a TV commercial for Sungass in 1988; the result showed that the boys were a natural at entertaining.


They reunited in 1999 in preparation to start a music career under the name “Skuki”. Their debut single, “Fire” stayed on the Africa Edition of the Channel O Top 10 Chart for four months and was number one for four consecutive weeks. Their singles “Stamina” featuring Mo’Cheddah and “Banger” featuring DJ Zeez brought them awards and prominence.


No. 4. Banger feat. Dj Zeez: The Song which was released in 2009 and is 12 years old has over 9.9k views on YouTube serves as our number four song on Top for songs by skuki.


Skuki had another hit for 2013 “B.A.D”, an acronym for “Beautiful and Different”. The video for “B.A.D” was shot in Cape Town, South Africa and premiered on MTV Base Africa and Soundcity, gaining airplay on terrestrial and international music channels and garnered over 130,000 views on YouTube under one week of its release. They released a club and dance track which they titled “Voom-Va” which featured the Nigerian rap artist Phyno. “Voom-Va” was on most charts on radio stations across Nigeria and was a popular club song.  Now this two songs sit respectively on our Number Three and Number Two.


No. 3. B.A.D 

No. 2. Voom-va feat. Phyno

Bonus – Werk – DJ Cuppy Ft Skuki: It has over 480k views on Youtube and was released in 2019.


The duo released their debut album B.A.N.G.E.R in May 2010, and won the Next Rated award at The Headies 2010. On 30 May 2014, Skuki rejected a nomination for the “Best New Act” at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.


No. 1. Pass the Agbara: Originally released in 2017 and Earned them a nomination at the Headies for best street Hip-hop artiste of the year. Song has over 744k views on Youtube.

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