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Birth nameSidney Onoriode Esiri
Also known asDr SID
Born (1980-05-01) 1 May 1980 (age 40)
Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria
Years active2002–present
LabelsTrybe Records, Mo' Hits Records, Mavin Records
Associated actsD'banj, Mo' Hits Allstars, Don Jazzy, Wande Coal, Tiwa Savage, Lynxxx

Sidney Onoriode Esiri (born 1 May 1980 in Ikeja, Lagos state, Nigeria), known commonly as, Dr SID is a Nigerian singer-songwriter. He is from Urhobo in Delta state but born and raised in Lagos. His mother a successful fashion designer and his late father the legendary actor Justus Esiri[1][2] who was a Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), and famous for his role as the Village Headmaster a Nigerian sitcom popular in the 1980s. The second child of 4 children from an early age he had his heart set on becoming an entertainer. However his life took a different course graduating from the Nigerian Air force Secondary school[3] ikeja, SID went on to the University of Ibadan, Ibadan[4] (UI) to study Dentistry and Dental Surgery. During his school years his flair for entertainment could not be hidden as he took part in school plays, dance competitions and concerts winning numerous awards along the way.



Dr SID signed on to a fresh new record label Trybe Records (who released the Nigerian hip hop group Trybesmen) as a choreographer. He would spend the next three years touring as a backup dancer for the Trybesmen.[citation needed]


Dr SID got his chance in front of the mic, when he was made a member of Da Trybe, and given a spot on the song that caused a revolution in Nigerian Hip-hop, "OYA" in 2002 alongside Sasha, 2-Shotz, Timi, DEL, and the Trybesmen (Eldee, Kb and Freestyle). Over the next year SID recorded his Debut Single "Don't Stop" and had the number 1 video on the MBI top ten for 8 weeks, His music career had to be put on hold as he had to take a year out to finish up his university degree.[citation needed]


Dr SID became a qualified Dentist. He moved to the UK working with the likes of JJC & the 419 squad, Felix Duke, KAS, R70 and D'Banj. Returning to Nigeria he spent the Next year working at Lagos University Teaching Hospital,[5][6] and then went on to serve his country at Yola in Adamawa state. He also worked at various dental clinics combining dentistry and music.


He started recording a studio album titled Prognosis which featured the single "Raise da roof". He was nominated in the Best New Act category at the 2005 Amen Awards. He abandoned the album in 2006.[citation needed]


Dr SID after 3 years made the tough decision to quit practising as a dentist and concentrate fully on his music career signing on to Don Jazzy's Mo' Hits Records and records the Mo' Hits Allstars collective album Curriculum Vitae (CV) which was released in December 2007. He featured on 7 of the 15 tracks released on the album, which include "Booty Call" and "Close to you".[citation needed]


Dr SID spent most of 2008 touring with the Mo Hits Allstars, and performing at some of the major concerts, including the Thisday Music Festival and Star Mega Jam.[citation needed]


Dr SID started recording his first studio album as a solo artist under Mo' Hits Records with producer Don Jazzy. The first single of the album Turning Point was titled "Something About You"[7] and was released in September 2009 and is currently moving up the African charts[8] alongside two other Winchi Winchi ft Wande Coal and Pop Something ft D'banj. He also performed at the MTV Africa Music Awards[9] in Kenya as a member of the Mo' Hits Allstars alongside D'banj, Wande Coal and Kenyan artist STL.


Mo' Hits Records release Dr SID's debut album Turning Point on 11 April[10][11] Dr SID New Single off Turning Point, "Over the Moon", hits number 1 on Nigerian top 10.


Dr SID performing at MTV Africa Music Awards 2014

Following a fall out of the partners at Mo' Hits Records, D'banj and Don Jazzy, Dr SID has since signed on to Don Jazzy's Mavin Records. He also had three songs from his upcoming album featured on a Mavin Records compilation album titled: Solar Plexus.


Dr Sid released his sophomore album titled Siduction


Dr. Sid starred in Moses Inwang's 'The Last 3 Digits'. He starred an NYSC corp member and a friend to Nonso Diobi in the film. It won the People's Film Festival's Best International Film award in Paris, France.[12][13][14] Dr SId performed his hit single Surulere Live on the MTV Africa Music award stage in Durban.


Studio albums[edit]


Year Song Title Featured Artist Producer Album/Single Title
2013 Chocolate West African Remix Ice Prince, Sarkodie, Elom Adablah, and Lynxxx Don Jazzy Chocolate The Remixes
Chocolate East African Remix Musik Maestro Don Jazzy Chocolate The Remixes
Afefe Blayze Beats Siduction
Lady Don Dada Don Jazzy Siduction
Love Mine Don Jazzy Siduction
Talented Don Jazzy Siduction
Baby Tornado Don Jazzy Siduction
Baby Tornado Remix Alexandra Burke Don Jazzy Siduction
Surulere Don Jazzy Don Jazzy Siduction
Oyari Tiwa Savage Don Jazzy Siduction
2015 Kabiyesi Don Jazzy Single
2016 The Best Don Jazzy single
Flawless Korede Bello Don Jazzy Single
2017 Greater Things Don Jazzy Single
We Up Altims Single
Jensimi Don Jazzy Single
2018 Open and Close Don Jazzy and Altims Single
Softly Solidstar P.Banks Single
40 Bottles Dj Big N, Special Ed, Shody, Do2dtun Princeton Single
Deep Down Seyi Shay Altims Single
2019 Good Time Ozedikus Single

As featured artist on compilation albums[edit]


Year Title Director Ref
2002 Don't Stop Eldee N/A
2009 Something About You Sesan Ogunro N/A
2010 Over the moon Dj Tee N/A
Pop Something ft D'banj Walter Banger N/A
2011 bamijo ft eldee, Ikechukwu and M.I Sesan Ogunro N/A
2013 When this song comes on N/A N/A
2012 Afefe Sesan Ogunro N/A
2013 Baby Tornado ft Alexandra Burke Olehbuckman Productions N/A
Love Mine Mr Moe Musa N/A
talented Mr Moe Musa N/A
2014 Work It ft Navio N/A [15]
Surulere ft Don Jazzy Daniel Ugo N/A
2015 Kabiyesi Dr SID and Adasa Cookey N/A
2016 If I Start to talk ft Tiwa Savage Clarence Peters N/A
The Best Clarence Peters N/A
Flawless ft Korede Bello Lavinia Noel N/A
2017 Jensimi Dr SID and Paul Gambit N/A
2018 Open and Close Dr SID N/A
2019 Good Time Unlimited LA N/A

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2008 Soundcity Music Video Awards Fresh Video Won
2009 Nigerian Music Video Awards Best Afro Hip Hop Video[16] Won
2011 The Headies Revelation of the year Won
Best R&B/Pop Album Nominated
Best Pop Single [17] Won
Song of the Year Nominated
Album of the year Nominated
2014 The Headies Song of the year Nominated
Best Collabo Nominated
Best Pop Single Nominated
MTV Africa Music Awards Song of the year Nominated
City People Entertainment Awards [18] Best Collaboration Won


Year Project Role Director
2014 Last 3 Digits Benji Moses Inwang
2015 The Application Director Sidney Esiri
2019 Nigerian Trade Jade Osiberu

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1], Imdb.
  2. ^ [2][permanent dead link], Punch article.
  3. ^ List of schools in Nigeria, List of schools in nigeria.
  4. ^ Nigerian Universities, NIgerian Universities
  5. ^ Lagos, Lagos Universities.
  6. ^ List of hospitals in Nigeria#Lagos, Lagos Hospitals.
  7. ^ [3], Something About you Lyrics.
  8. ^ [4], Radio Express Africa Chart.
  9. ^ [5],[dead link] MAMA 2009 Performers.
  10. ^ [6], Turning point on iTunes.
  11. ^ [7][permanent dead link], Punch Newspaper.
  12. ^ "THE LAST 3 DIGITS 1ST TRAILER". You Tube. Moses Inwang. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  13. ^ "'The Last 3 Digits' Moses Inwang's movie wins 'Best International film' award". Pulse Nigeria. Chidumga Izuzu. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Dr. Sid Makes Nollywood Debut In 'The Last 3 Digits'". Information Nigeria. Haliwud. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Navio, Dr Sid African stars collaborate in 'Work it' video". Pulse.com.gh. Joey Akan. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  16. ^ "NMVA WINNERS AND NOMINEES |". 11 January 2010. Archived from the original on 11 January 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  17. ^ "THE HEADIES' WINNERS LIST - Hiphop World Awards 2011". 25 October 2011. Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Rita Dominic, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Majid Michel - 2014 City People Entertainment Awards Nominees - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. Retrieved 22 December 2017.

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