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Divine Ikubor (born in 2000), known professionally as Rema, is a Nigerian singer and rapper. In 2019, he signed a record deal with Jonzing World, a subsidiary of MAVIN RECORDS. His first song DUMEBI, made airwaves and topped several music charts in Africa. He rose to prominence with the release of the song “IRON MAN“, which appeared on Barack Obama’s 2019 summer PLAYLIST.

Rema was born in 2000 in Benin City, Edo State. Born into a Christian family, Rema grew up singing and rapping while in secondary school. He attained his primary and secondary school education in Edo State.

In 2013, Rema and his friend Alpha P formed a group called RnA. The group’s name is a combination of the first letters of their stage names. RnA won season 2 of Pikolo’s Dream Alive talent show. They signed a record deal with Peak Entertainment shortly afterwards and released their debut single “Mercy”. The mid-tempo song was recorded at Dream Alive Studio in Benin City. The music video for “Mercy” was directed by Whyte House Pictures. The group gained minor exposure following their performance at the Glo Slide and Bounce concert series in Benin and Lagos. Rema signed a record deal with Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records. He released his eponymous debut EP Rema in 2019. It peaked at number 1 on Apple Music Nigeria.

On 19 October 2019, Rema won NEXT RATED Award, and was nominated for Viewer’s Choice Award at the 13th edition of The Headies.

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Joseph Akinfenwa Donus known for his stage name “Joeboy” is a Nigerian singer and song writer.
Joeboy is on of the fast rising new artist that are moving towards the limelight i the nigerian music industry. His genre is that of Afro pop and R&B.

In this article we will be seeing Joeboy Biography, Age, Date Of Birth, Early Life, Family, Education, Career, Label, Songs, Net Worth and all you need to know about this great talent. Don’t forget to drop a comment and share to friends at the end of this article.

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Joeboy is a vibrant user of social media, you can connect with him on:Instagram – @JoeboyOfficial
Twitter – @JoeboyOfficial
Soundcloud – @JoeboyOfficial

Full name: Joseph Akinfenwa Donus
Stage name: Joeboy
Age: 22 years
Date of birth: May 21, 1997
Place of birth: Lagos, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigerian
Religion: Christianity
Occupation: Singer, Song writer
Genre: Afro pop, R&B
Label: Gorilla Sauce Ent. Banku music

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Emeka Akumefule, known professionally as Blaqbonez, is a Nigerian rapper signed to 100 CROWNS, an imprint of Chocolate City. In 2019, he was profiled by the The New York Times (alongside Teni, Odunsi the Engine and three others) as one of the new guards of Nigerian music. He is widely known for his controversial self-proclaimed status as the “Best Rapper in Africa”, which became the most talked about topic in the Nigerian hip hop space, between July and September 2019. In an interview with The Punch newspaper, he said his “Best Rapper in Africa” proclamation was a response to a diss track and need to wake up other rappers in Nigeria.

He was recently described by The Guardian as ‘carrying the torch of Nigerian rap’ and on 2 January 2019, he was listed by the same as one of the top 10 artists to watch in 2019. He has released 8 EPs and a mixtapes, and his most recent album, ‘Bad Boy Blaq’ was highlighted by Soundcity TV as Album of the Year, listed alongside Burna Boy’s “YE” and M.I Abaga’s “Rendevouz” among others.

Emeka was born on 29 January 1996, and grew up, exposed to the Yoruba and Urhobo culture in Nigeria. He was 13 years old when he discovered he could rap, and his journey into music was a result of happenstance. He self-discovered his talent while listening to the radio with his cousin, when the song of a 12 year old rapper was played. His cousin liked the song and challenged Blaqbonez to come up with his own lyrics, since he liked criticizing rappers. Few minutes later, he had enough bars for a verse, and that was where it all began. His parents were not in support of his new found hobby, and he secretly pursued his passion. While in school, he dropped his first project, Hip-Hop in Blaq, and participated in competitions.

Blaqbonez started exploring his rap skills very early, and at 16, came 1st out of over 3000 rappers in Nigeria, who participated in Terry tha Rapman’s Zombie competition. As a result, he and was featured on Terry’s album World Domination alongside Olamide, Vector (rapper), Mode 9, Spellz which was released in 2012. Five years later, Blaqbonez featured Terry on one of his projects. He emerged 1st runner-up in Vector (rapper)’s king kong competition, won the Rhythm fm Freestyle Fury and became RhythmFm’s artiste of the month, became the Hennessy Vs class captain, part of the Soundcity blast cypher, also released his much talked about mixtape CTAT “Cssette Tapes and Tvs” grossing over 60,000 engagements in streams and downloads, which is his third mixtape, following hip-hop in blaq and the “unfinished EP”.

Bad Boy Blaq is Blaqbonez’s 8th studio EP and was released 31 August 2019. It was the third in a trilogy of projects which also featured L.A.M.B and A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl, executively produced by M.I Abaga and released under 100 Crowns, a label imprint of Chocolate City (record label). Bad Boy Blaq peaked at no.1 on the ITunesNigerian hiphop chart, doing better than LAMB, A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl and Falz Moral Instruction, all which were released within the space of a month. An updated version, Bad Bloy Blaq Re-Up was released in February 2019, and sits at no.46 on the iTunes Hip Hop chart for Nigeria, two steps ahead of M.I Abaga Rendevouz and twenty notches above his mentor’s critically acclaimed A Study on Self Worth.

Mr. Boombastic is Blaqbonez’s 9th studio EP and was released on the 25th Of October, 2019. A day before the release of the “Mr. Boombastic” EP, Blaqbonez released a track on Youtube titled “Jesus Is Black (Letter To Kanye West)” telling Kanye to postpone the release of his “Jesus Is King” Album which was set to be released on the same day with Blaqbonez EP.[citation needed]

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Cobhams Asuquo is a song writer/music producer per excellence who started his professional training as a lawyer, but later branched into music full-time to fulfill a lifelong desire he had though unadmittedly but silently nurtured.

His style comprises a wide spectrum of genres based on his careful understudy of such classical, jazz and traditional music greats as Tchaikovsky, Dave Grusin and Haruna Isola respectively. He is currently signed onto Sony ATV (Sony Publishing) London as a songwriter and has won awards in music as well as his other fields of interest. Cobhams Asuquo likes to say that his music career started when as a child he used to puff his cheeks to play the 12-bar blues. Today, he is known for producing some of the finest artistes in Nigeria. Noteworthy among these artistes is the Nigerian soul-singing sensation, Asa, whose 2007 debut album became an international hit. In addition to producing the album, Cobhams wrote and co-wrote several of its hits songs. In 2005, Cobhams signed on to Sony ATV London as a songwriter. After working as Head of Audio Productions at a local label, Questionmark Entertainment, he set up his own recording facility in 2006. He is CEO/ Head of Productions of CAMP (Cobhams Asuquo Music Productions), an all-encompassing entertainment company that discovers, nurtures and exposes great talents. Cobhams has won multiple local and international awards for his creative and entrepreneurial contributions to the Nigerian music industry.

Birth Name: Cobhams Emanuel Asuquo

Born: January 6, 1981

Genre: Various

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Ayodeji Balogun a.k.a Wizkid kicked off his singing career as early as 11 when he recorded his first song with one of Nigeria’s celebrated music icons, OJB Jezreel. He went on to record a 7-track album, which he released in his church in Lagos, under the name of Lil’ Prinz; this was just a stint that earned him a remarkable deal of encouragement and recognition from family, his church and other artistes.

Years later in 2006, with a new name, which he picked up from a very funny incident, Wizkid got into the studio to record again; this time with HMan (OJB’s younger brother) and Ugly on a song titled ‘Naija Boy’, produced by OJB Jezreel. From that time, he continued to hone his singing skills with influences from OJB Jezreel, Ruffman, Naeto C, Ikechukwu and many others. By 2008, he had developed a unique reggae style and had worked with some of the finest artistes in Nigeria such as Sound Sultan, Ruffman, Nyore, Durella, Kel, TBase etc.

The 19 year old’s collaboration with M.I on “Fast Money, Fast Cars” on the Talk About It album, drew a lot of attention to his distinct voice and singing style. He also voiced the seasonal Barcelos radio jingle which was released in December 2008.

In 2009, Wizkid got signed to Banky W’s label, Empire Mates Entertainment and has since then go on to perform and record with Banky W, who is one of Nigeria’s most sought artistes. Wizkid has collaborated with other artistes such as Kel, Dipp, Eva and Teeto, to name a few.

In 2010, Wizkid, fully broke into the music industry with the release of his smash hit singles; “Don’t dull”, “Holla at your boy”, and “Tease me”. Ayo Balogun’s debut album- “Super star” was released in 2011 and in June 2011, he performed several sold-out concerts in Nigeria, UK, and the United States.

Work on Wizkid’s second studio album, Ayo, began in 2012 and continued through 2014. It features guest appearances from Femi Kuti, Banky W., Seyi Shay, Phyno, Tyga, Akon and Wale. The album’s production was handled by Sarz, Shizzi, Uhuru, Del B, Dokta Frabz, Maleek Berry, Legendury Beatz and Spellz. It was initially titled Chosen. According to MTV Base, the album suffered from a pushed back release date. It was earlier reported that the album would feature Don Jazzy, Efya and Olamide. On 6 September 2014, Wizkid revealed the album’s cover art and track listing.

Prior to announcing plans for a second studio album, Wizkid had plans of releasing a mixtape in April 2013. In an interview with Ok!Nigeria TV at Disturbing Headquarters in London, he said that the mixtape would be released in April. He also said that the mixtape would feature Wale and Tinie Tempah. Wizkid later announced that he would be releasing his second studio album on 12 June 2013. In an interview with HipTV, Banky W revealed the album’s initial title and commented on the delayed album. In addition, he gave an estimated time-frame for the album’s release.

On 2 May 2013, Wizkid released the album’s lead single, “Jaiye Jaiye”, featuring Femi Kuti. Wizkid told Showtime Celebrity that he collaborated with Femi Kuti in order to prevent people from depicting him as an artist whose lyrics revolve around girls, cars and materialistic things. “On Top Your Matter” was released as the album’s second single on 26 October 2013; it was produced by Del’B. The music video for the single, released on 13 February 2014, was shot and directed in South Africa by Sesan. In July 2014, Wizkid visited The Beat 99.9 FM studio in Lagos and told Toolz that he collaborated with Barbadian singer Rihanna.

On 5 January 2015, Wizkid released the music video for “Ojuelegba”, a song that highlights the struggles he endured in the early years of his recording career. The official remix to the song features vocals from Drake and Skepta; it premiered on OVO Sound Radio in July 2015. Wizkid first announced that he was working on a new album during his visit to London in October 2014. He revealed his collaborative single with Chris Brown titled “African Bad Girl”, and said that it would be the lead single off the upcoming album. In April 2015, both Wizkid and Chris Brown performed the song together at the latter’s concert in Durban, South Africa. In May 2015, Wizkid released “Expensive Shit”, an Afrobeat song built on light guitars, saxophone lines and acoustic percussion; the song was reported as being a likely inclusion on the album. In July 2015, Wizkid announced via Twitter that Angélique Kidjo will be featured on the album. In September 2015, Wizkid revealed that he was dropping his EP and postponing the release of his third studio album. He made the announcement via Instagram shortly after the conclusion of 2Face Idibia’s “Fortified” tribute concert. Wizkid was quoted as saying, “I celebrated the legend 2face Idibia last night! Epic! It made me realize how much work I need to do.”

According to an interview published by The Fader magazine, Wizkid’s upcoming EP would be titled Sounds from the Other Side. Although much information were not revealed, The Fader did report that Wizkid is squeezing in edits to the EP.

Birth Name: Ayodeji Balogun

Born: July 16

Genre: Dance Hall/R&B

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Born to Dr. & Mrs. Ekweani in Kaduna State, Chukwuka, Ekwean a.k.a Ckay is of Anambra state origin. His earliest contact with music was at age 7, where he was introduced to the art of music by his father who was at the time a choir conductor in the church. He began producing & writing music at age 13.

In 2014, Ckay relocated to Lagos and began working with Chocolate City Music as a production intern in early 2015, while there he worked at the studio until later in the same year he was signed Loopy Music which merged with Chocolate City when MI became the C.E.O. His production debut was “Third Mainland Bridge” which featured MI &Moti Cakes on the TICBN vol. 1 album.

He was also featured by MI on “The box” with Pryse- Illegal Music 3

Following many productions and song writing for various artistes within and outside the label, his skill got the acknowledgments of the A&R’s and the value of Ckay as an artiste was beginning to shine through.

He officially was approached with the offer and signed to the label in August 2016.

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Chike-Ezekpeazu Osebuka (born 28 January 1993) popularly known by his stage name CHIKE is a singer, songwriter and actor known for his participation on the Nigerian reality competition Project Fame West Africa in 2015 and also in the talent competition TV show The Voice Nigeria Season 1 finishing runner-up on the show. Chike is an ambassador for Airtel Nigeria. Chike made his acting debut as Mayowa Badmus on the Africa Magic Showcase telenovela Battleground.

Chike is a native of Onitsha, Anambra State in Nigeria. He comes from a family of four children. He is a graduate of Computer Engineering from Covenant University. He comes from a musically talented family and so had the passion to take up music as a career.

CHIKE who is a graduate from Covenant University with a degree in Computer Engineering started his music career in 2009 after winning an award as the vocalist of the year in his high school.

Project Fame

Chike started his career and became a household name as a contestant on Project Fame West Africa. He was eliminated after reaching top 10.

The Voice Nigeria

Chike made a comeback auditioning for The Voice Nigeria with a rendition of “Roses” from the UK The X Factor winner James Arthur with all four coaches turning their chairs and standing up for him. Patoranking called him a star and said he was going to make him a superstar. Waje acknowledged him as her missing piece by saying “I don’t have anybody on my team that sounds like you”. After all the pitching, he chose to be on Team Patoranking.

In the battle round, he sang “Let Me Love You” from Mario with Team Patoranking contestant, Patrick and was picked by Patoranking to move to the next round. In the first week of the live shows, he sang the emotional ballad “Not the girl” from co-coach Dare Art Alade and earned himself the first save from his coach. He stole hearts with his second live show performance singing “Earned It” from The Weeknd and was saved by public votes. He gained international recognition with a heart-felt rendition of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” from The Proclaimers and earned his coach’s final save of the season. For the semi-final, he went local singing “Pullover” from Kcee and Wizkid. In the finale, he sang “No Woman No Cry” from Bob Marley and the Wailers and for the final performance, he did a powerful rendition of “Mama” from Nigerian artist Kiss Daniel. He was dubbed the “Ladies’ man” by the host of the show and “Chike-ranking” by his coach Patoranking.

He finished runner up of the inaugurative season of The Voice Nigeria on 31 July 2016 with A’rese from Team Waje finishing as winner of the contest.

After The Voice Nigeria

After his stay on The Voice, Chike was signed to Universal Republic along with the other top four contestants on the show. He released his debut single Fancy U in December 2016 under the Universal Republic. He went on to release a music video some months later. Chike was also made an ambassador for Airtel Nigeria along with the other seven finalists of The Voice Nigeria.

In April 2017 it was confirmed that Chike had been cast by Africa Magic to play the role of Mayowa Badmus, a rich egocentric spoilt but clever son of the patriarch, Kolade Badmus in a new Family drama series called Battleground. In November 2017 he departed Universal Republic becoming an independent artist. He then released his next single titled “Beautiful People” in February 2018.

Chike released his album titled Boo of the Boo less containing 14 tracks. It became the most listened to and number 1 album on 19th February 2020.

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