Eight popular Nigeria musician that are from Edo state
Divine Ikubor , 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. He rose to prominence with the release of the song “Iron Man”, which appeared on Barack Obama ‘s 2019 summer Playlist.
The singer was born into a Christian family in Benin City , Edo State. Rema grew up singing and rapping while in secondary school. He attained his primary and secondary school education in Edo State.
Rema signed a record deal with D’Prince ‘s Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records in 2019. 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 and was nominated for Viewer’s Choice at the 13th edition of The Headies.On 12 January 2020 he received the Souncity mvp for best new artist.
#2. Cynthia Morgan
Cynthia Ikponmwenosa Morgan, born 23 September 1991, popularly known by her previous stage name Cynthia Morgan , now Madrina, is a Nigerian born songwriter and singer. Her music is a fusion of pop, hip hop ,dancehall and rap . She shot into limelight following the release of two singles titled “Don’t Break My Heart” and “Lead Me On”, which received massive airplay and positive reviews from critics. Cynthia made her acting debut in a 2016 Nollywood movie “The Wrong Number” Directed by Saint Joseph ovensehi, and Ay’s comedy movie A trip to Jamaica.
Cynthia Morgan was born in Benin City , Edo State where she completed her basic formal education. At the age of 3, she was already a backup singer for her mother’s musical band.
At the age of 7, Cynthia Morgan started composing songs and at the age of 17 she recorded her debut single which featured General Pype “Dutty Stepping”. In 2008, she moved to Lagos to further her music career.
She calls herself Killa Marshal which her Ego on stage.
On 22 August 2013, Cynthia Morgan signed a recording contract with Northside Entertainment Inc. owned by Jude ‘Engees’ Okoye. Few months later, she released two chart-topping singles “Don’t Break My Heart” and “Lead Me On” which got positive reviews from fans; the latter went on to be nominated for “Best Reggae/Dancehall Single” at The Headies 2014.
She is currently working on her debut album.
Aituaje Iruobe , known professionally as Waje , is a Nigerian singer whose vocal range covers three octaves. She first gained recognition after being featured on the remake of P-Square ’s “Omoge Mi”. Waje was also featured on the duo’s 2008 hit track “Do Me”. Moreover, she contributed vocals to Banky W ‘s “Thief My Kele” and M.I ‘s “One Naira”. In 2016, Waje was one of the four judges in the inaugural season of The Voice Nigeria.
Waje was born September 1, 1980, in Akure, Ondo State , Nigeria. She is the first born and the first daughter in her family. She grew up in Benin City, following her parent’s relocation. Her parents got divorced when she was young, and she had to overcome the difficulty that accompanied her parent’s separation.
Waje attended the Word of Faith Group of Schools and joined the choir. She sang gospel tunes to the delight of the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa . Idahosa was quite impressed with her singing and decided to help her during her entire secondary school days. Waje later relocated to Nsukka to attend the University of Nigeria, Nsukka , earning a degree in social work from the school. During her time at UNN, she performed at school concerts and fellowships. She listened to singers such as Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin to improve her craft.
#4. Helen Paul
Helen Paul is a comedian, singer and actress from Nigeria. She is also a stand-up comedian, known as Tatafo, characterized by a voice range that makes her sound like a child.
In July 2012 Paul released her debut album Welcome Party , which contains Afro-Pop songs such as “Boju Boju”, “Vernacular”, “Gbedu”, “God Forbid”, an Afro RnB song titled “Children of the World”, and “Use Calculator”, an enlightenment song about the menace of the HIV-AIDs epidemic.She subsequently released some singles, including “Take It Back”. In 2018, she released the audio and visuals of her single titled “Never Knew”, an inspiring song about her developmental years and career progress thus far.
#5. Joe Praize
Joseph Omo Ebhodaghe, born June 20, 1979, popularly known as Joe Praize , is a Nigerian gospel singer, praise and worship leader, songwriter and music director who rose to popularity following the release of his hit song “Mighty God” off his debut album My Praise.
Born in Edo State Nigeria, into a family of nine, Joe Praize was born again in 1991. A graduate of Social Work and Administration from the University of Jos , Plateau State , Nigeria, he has since become a praise and worship leader at the Love World a.k.a. Christ Embassy . He has ministered in several countries including South Africa , Canada , United Kingdom , United States, Australia, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Cyprus, Nigeria, Ghana and others, and he has won several awards. Some of the awards include the Song of the Year Award 2010, at the Love World Award with the song, “Mighty God”, which is track number five on his first album, My Praise . He was also nominated for Best African Gospel by SABC Crown Gospel Awards 2010, winner Best West Africa at the Africa Gospel Music Awards UK 2011, the Love World Awards 2011, for Worship Song of the Year, best artiste of the year at the crystal award Nigeria, best gospel song at the Coson awards Nigeria, lifetime achievement at the gospel music awards Italy, collaborated with Ayo Vincent in her video “You Are Great”, which won the best video at the Crystal Awards for gospel artists in Nigeria, which held on the July 2014, special recognition award loveworld Australia in 2014.
He married his wife Joana on June 2017, and they had their first child, a baby boy, on August 26th 2018.
Halle, born Halle Grace Ihmordu, December 17 in Edo State, Nigeria, is a Nigerian actress and a singer-songwriter / dancer currently signed to N3rd Records.
In 2008 she starred in her first drama movie Relentless (2008–2009) the movie which was later released in 2010 (at the BFI London Film Festival. The movie which also got screened at the 2012 New York African Film Festival and also at the Film Club, Nigeria in 2012, becoming her first; the drama also stars Gideon Okeke, Nneka Egbuna , Jimmy Jean-Louis and Tope Oshin Ogun, co-produced by Andy Amadi Okoroafor, set in Freetown, Sierra Leone and Lagos, Nigeria.
Before becoming an actress, Halle, started dancing and she entered several dance competitions, finishing up as the Winner of Channel O Dance Africa Competition, and the last female standing at the Maltina Dance Hall (2008). In 2012 she debuted with her first single Falling in Love the song was positively received and also criticized by music lovers, then she went for a brief hiatus, giving it her 101% she continued honing her skills, she added another single to her catalog Na Na Na , not leaving anything out she rolled-out Dutty Shower in 2013.
Just like the other years, 2014 was an exception, she got signed to A.N.I Entertainment, in the same year she licensed all her musical works to Soundcore Media Limited who distributed for her and in late 2014 she released her first single Halle Baby under the label, the song enjoyed airplay’s on radio stations in Nigeria, Internet Radio in UK and USA and hype’s on local media; Newspapers, Entertainment Magazine’s. Not resting in her oars Halle followed it up with Only You and Freaky Loving.
As a professional Dancer, Halle has represented her country Nigeria in several dance competitions in South Africa and USA. Also as a performer, she has graced stages like The Calabar Festival, Star Trek , Coke Studio Africa and many more. Also in 2014, Halle was also nominated for City People Entertainment Awards in the Best New Female Act Category.
In 2015, things where no longer the way they used to between Halle and her record label A.N.I Entertainment and so she parted ways with the entertainment outfit. In early May 2015 after the split-out from her record label, she joined Soltesh Iyere’s record label N3rd Records (a subsidiary of theMedia 360 Company) and she made a statement of intent in the Nigerian Music Industry with a single Another Day the song which serenades a special guy features Nigeria’s Number one dance-hall artist Patoranking as the guy.
Halle is all about the process, the singer-songwriter understands that less is usually more.She and Idia Aisien are both brand ambassadors of 9janimi Channel , a music/movie streaming service since 2010.
Eseohe Arhebamen or Eseohe Arhebamen-Yamasaki, also known as Edoheart (born Obehioye Eseohe Ikhianose Oghomwenyenmwen Cleopatra Anne Arhebamen ), is a poet, dancer, singer, musician, producer, performance artist and visual artist.
Eseohe was born in Zaria, Nigeria and is descended from a royal family of the Benin Empire . Eseohe Arhebamen’s maternal grandmother is Princess Theresa Maria Nodumwenben Osazuwa, a princess of the Edo people. Eseohe Arhebamen’s great-grandfather Osazuwa Eredia, the father of Princess Theresa Osazuwa, was the Oba N’Ugu and Enogie of Umoghumwun, making Eseohe Arhebamen a royal descendant and princess. “The foundation of the kingdom of Ugu , with its capital at Umoghumwun has been traced to Prince Idu, the eldest son of Oba Eweka I .”
Eseohe Arhebamen is the oldest of five siblings and frequently played a parental role in their upbringing. At the age of seven Eseohe’s family migrated to the United States and settled in Detroit, Michigan . At age 17 she enrolled in the University of Michigan at the Residential College. Although strongly encouraged to pursue medicine as a career path, Eseohe instead followed her passion for poetry, language and the arts. As an undergraduate student Eseohe focused on literary means and performance as a way to affect social change. While at the University of Michigan, Eseohe won prestigious awards for her writing and is included in a University of Michigan Anthology of Hopwood Award winners.
At 19 years old, Eseohe earned a position as Writer-in-Residence with InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit, Michigan and worked with children in impoverished inner-city schools to expand their literary skills. After moving to New York in 2003, Eseohe founded the company EdoHeart also written as Edoheart which became her performance name. Eseohe Arhebamen is synonymous with Edoheart.
Eseohe received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in Creative Writing and Literature in August, 2005, and went on to receive another Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a minor in English from Hunter College. She further graduated from New York University with a Master’s degree in Performance Studies, which is described as drawing from a study of the performing arts, anthropology and sociology, literary theory, and legal studies. Eseohe also intensively studied Butoh dance with Yukio Waguri.
Areas of interest in Eseohe Arhebamen’s experimental work are imaginative creation of alternate environments, and poetry and vocal expressions as a source for movement. She has choreographed and taught or led workshops involving these areas of interest at The Living Theatre and Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. Eseohe Arhebamen has appeared on Korean and American television and news, and in American, Estonian and Latvian newspapers. In 2011, she was chosen by artist Kalup Linzy to appear in a documentary about New York artists. Eseohe Arhebamen also appears in a video tape included in acclaimed poet Anne Waldman’s papers purchased by the University of Michigan Special Collections Library.
Eseohe Arhebamen is the first indigenous and native-born African butoh performer. In addition, Eseohe Arhebamen is the first performer to combine butoh dance with singing, talking, mudra, sign language , spoken word, and experimental vocalizations after the traditional dance styles of the Edo people of West Africa. She refers to this dance style as Butoh-Vocal Theatre. Eseohe Arhebamen’s Butoh-Vocal Theatre style arises out of her work in poetry, music and the traditional Edo theater in which performers dance and sing simultaneously, and is influenced by her expressed belief in a common lingual history between the Edo people of Nigeria and the Japanese. On 26 September 2010 Eseohe gave a performance at a Yukio Waguri intensive workshop demonstrating her style of Butoh-Vocal Theatre during which she danced butoh while singing Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
Eseohe’s notable performance during the Fifth Diverse Universe tour was described by Kaarel Kressa as embodying natural elegance and femininity; with poetry, dance and song that won the hearts of the audience. Eseohe’s performances have also been called “powerful ritual”.
#8. Tonye Garrick
Tonye Garrick, born 27 August 1983, simply known as Tonye is a British-born Nigerian singer and songwriter. Her accapella song titled “What About Us?” was used at the Nigerian Youth Presidential debate in 2011. Born in England, Tonye was raised in France, Nigeria and the United States of America where she dropped her job as a business consultant to pursue a career in music in 2013. In 2015, she released a marriage-themed single title ” Ari Belema ” which got her nominated in the “Most Promising Act” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards . She is signed to Made Men Music Group since April 2016.
Tonye is a native of Benin City in Edo State , South-South Nigeria. Her name “Tamunotonye ” was given to her by her grandmother who is a native of Kalabari , Rivers State. She grew up listening to songs by Whitney Houston , Janet Jackson , Celine Dion and Brenda Fassie before she developed her interest in music at the age of 7.
Born in England into the family of an Edo State father who was a diplomat and an Anambra State mother, Tonye had most of her early life in Nigeria, Paris and the United States of America. She attended Vivian Fowler Memorial College and Queen’s College, Lagos where she completed her secondary school education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business & Fashion Merchandising after graduating from Marymount University.
Prior to picking music as a profession, Tonye had previously worked for UBS Financial and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited as a business analyst . She dropped her corporate job for a career in music in 2013 and went on to release her first official single titled “Were Niyen” which was received to critical acclaim. On 2 October 2014, she released another song produced by Password titled “Criminal” which did well to gain grounds. In 2015, her song titled “Abi Belema” became popular and thus winning her a nomination at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. She cites Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Brandy and Aaliyah as her musical influences. In an interview granted to Thisday Live on 21 June 2014, she said she is working on her debut studio album.
#9. Felix Liberty
Felix Liberty, born Felix Aigbe Liberty, also known as Lover boy is a Nigerian pop musician, singer, songwriter and producer.He is best known for his song “Ifeoma.”.
Felix Liberty became popular in the Nigerian music scene in the late 80s after the release of his song “Ifeoma.” but in the late 90s he became a born again Christian and he is now a Pastor in the church, he is blessed with 19 kids.