Change is the only constant thing in life…
There’s a saying that you can’t do the same things and expect different results so obviously if something isn’t going well, you have to try something else.
There are times we also change things about us because our philosophies eventually evolve and change. These musicians started off with a stage name and over time, decided to re-brand.
Below are 10 Ghanaian musicians who changed their names and how it affected them:
Batman to Batman Samini to Samini
He started off as Batman and later changed to Batman Samini until he finally settled on Samini. For the Batman name change, his reason was that people were calling him ‘Batty’ which means something different in Jamaica. He further said he decided on Samini because it’s his actual name.
After his evolution, he’s done well, he’s stayed relevant, won awards, played high profile shows, opened his own pub and club and seems to be winning.
Ayibge Edem to Edem
He started off as Ayigbe Edem and after his first album, decided to change to Edem. His reason was that the word ‘ayigbe’ is derogatory. He is still doing well in the music scene though.
Jane Awindor/Jane to Efya
Efya was known as Jane Awindor or Jane when she came out of the Stars of The Future talent show. She later changed her name to Efya and she’s been winning since. She’s achieved more, not only with her music but also with her brand.
Lazzy to Zeal
For years we’ve known him as Lazzy of VIP. We are not sure what motivated the name change but he decided to drop Lazzy for Zeal. Still with VVIP and they are still standing tall.
Bandana to Shatta Wale
Bandana was his name when he joined mainstream music. After his first album, he went underground and later emerged as Shatta Wale. He didn’t only change the name but his demeanor as well. Bandana was a relatively reserved character whiles Shatta Wale is a flamboyant, no-nonsense and somewhat aggressive. He’s done more with Shatta Wale than with Bandana so we can say that the name change has helped him A lot!.
Christiana Love to Obaapa Christy
She was known as Christiana Love but after her divorce from her then husband, she changed to Obaapa Christy. It was understandable because LOVE was her husband’s name. Her career hasn’t been the same after her divorce and her name change hasn’t really turned the needle on her career so far.
Gogomi to Mugeez
He was known as Gogomi when he started. He was featured on Samini’s first album and was with him for a while before joining forces with his cousin Paedae to start R2Bees. He then started using his real name Mugeez which has paid off. Mugeez is now a brand that we all gravitate towards.
Old Solja to Asa Khalifa
Old Solja honestly never really achieved mainstream popularity and his name change is derived from his real name, Abu-Bakr Saadiq Abdul Karim Khalifa. According to him, he didn’t change his name for showbiz. We wait to see how this rebrand will affect his career.
Papa Virus/PV – Wutah Afriyie – Afriyie
He was part of the group WUTAH. They made so much progress and were one of the biggest acts in Ghana for a period. For some reason, they decided to go part ways. After their separation, he became known as Wutah Afriyie, obviously so as not to lose all the previous brand capital. He later dropped the Wutah and became simply known as Afriyie.
Tiffany to Itz Tiffany
She was known as Tiffany but along the line decided to add Itz to the name, making it Itz Tiffany. According to her, she changed or added the Itz to her name because Tiffany wasn’t internet friendly. It makes a lot of sense though, however, she hasn’t been that dominating as she was once was. If anything at all, she’s been in one controversy or the other after the name change.
Abortion to Coded
We are very sure Abortion’s name change was because it wasn’t brand friendly.
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