Chidozie Godsfavour Ugochinyere (born 13 March 2000), known professionally as Fave, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and recording artist. She gained recognition after releasing several minute-long videos on Twitter during the COVID-19 lockdown. In 2022, she won Rookie of the Year at The Headies 2022 and was nominated for Most Promising Artist and Best Artist in African Reggae, Dancehall at the All Africa Music Awards. Moreover, she was nominated for Best New Artiste at the 2022 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival[1][2][3]

FAVE
Fave in 2023
Fave in 2023
Background information
Birth nameChidozie Godsfavour Ugochinyere
Born (2000-03-13) 13 March 2000 (age 24)
Anambra State, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2019–present
LabelsTumblar

Background and career

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As a middle Child and only daughter of the Chidozie's, a small family of 5 who resided in eastern and south western Nigeria over the last two decades, her musical experience typically began from the church at the tender age of 6. Just before she rose to stardom in 2020, Fave (coined from Favour) was just a 19 year old singer-songwriter pursuing a law degree belted with only one single M.O.M.M.S which stands for Me or Mask My Sins. She is studying Law currentlY, Fave in her final year in Obafemi Awolowo university in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.

Although her Career has seen her dabble around genres including dancehall, Afro pop, Afro beats, Dane, R & B, Fave largely considers herself a "pop" girl. Her poetic approach to writing prioritizes vulnerability accompanied by vivid plots conveying a whirlwind of emotions often on groovy beat-drops or high-tempo drum progressions.

In 2019, while studying for a Law degree in south-western Nigeria she posted several freestyles on her Twitter account which was instrumental in bringing her into the spotlight, she started gaining traction after her verse on Jinmi Abdul's produced free beat became an internet sensation specifically on Twitter where she got a lot of positive feedback from the public. Fave went on to release her official debut single N.B.U meaning "Nobody but U" on the 17th of April 2020 debuting number 64 on Apple music Top 100 charts. Months later she subsequently signed a year long licensing deal With Mr Eazi's emPawa Africa in November 2021 . Fave rose to stardom after the release of her most popular single "Baby riddim" released under emPawa Africa .[4]

The single "Baby riddim" became the number 1 song in Nigeria on turntable chart making it the second entry by a lead female artiste to reach number 1 in Nigeria on turntable chart, the single was also the number 1 Global Shazam Afrobeats record for 6 weeks consecutively in 2021.[5]

Fave released her debut EP titled ‘Riddim 5’ which dropped on Thursday January 20, 2022. The EP includes five solo tracks – Obsessed, S.M.K, Kilotufe, Mr. Man, and her most successful hit, Baby Riddim. The EP became the first 2022-released project to go number 1 on Apple Music Top albums chart in Nigeria. Nigerian rapper Olamide featured Fave on two tracks "Want" and "Pon Pon" in his UY Scuti album released in 2021.[6]

Nigerian singer Simi featured Fave on her single titled "loyal" released in 2022.[7]She was later featured on the track 'kante' off Davido's album Timeless which was released march 2023, a song in which she delivered a powerful chorus with her vocals playing a major role in it.

Discography

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Fave discography
Music videos3
EPs1
Singles6
Mixtapes0
Remix albums0

EPs

  • Riddim 5 (2022)

Singles

Title Year Album
"Momms" 2019 Non-album single
"Dal" 2020
"Beautifully" 2021
"Baby Riddim" 2021
"Scatta Scatta" 2022

As featured artist

List of guest appearances, with year released, other artist(s), and album name shown
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Drama" 2020 Dimeji Tales of the Calm & Spirited
"Want" 2021 Olamide UY Scuti
"Pon Pon"
"In Love" 2022 Ajebo Hustlers Bad Boy Etiquettes 101
"Loyal" 2022 Simi To Be Honest
"Play" T.I Blaze El Major
"Kante" Davido Timeless
"Fight for Us" 2023 Masika Generation of Kings

Music Videos

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Album Director(s)
"Beautifully" 2021 Non-album single Clarence Peters
"Baby Riddim" 2022 Riddim 5 Alien
"Mr. Man" Two Brothers

Awards and nominations

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Award Year Recipient(s) Category Result Ref.
All African Music Awards 2022 Herself Most Promising Artist Nominated [8]
Best Artist in African Reggae, Dancehall Nominated
Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Best New Artiste Nominated [9]
The Headies Rookie of the Year Won [10]
2023 Songwriter of the Year Herself for (Simi - "Loyal") Won [11]

References

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  1. ^ Adebiyi, Adeayo (2022-09-05). "FAVE wins Rookie of the Year at the 2022 Headies Awards". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2023-03-11.
  2. ^ Olorunnisola, Israel (2021-11-30). "Fave: From SoundCloud to national sensation". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2023-03-11.
  3. ^ Ambrose (2023-02-27). "Fave SZN Biography, Age, Career, Songs, State And Net Worth". BaseNaija. Retrieved 2023-03-11.
  4. ^ "Fave Biography: Who Is He and Where Is He From?". buzznigeria.com. 5 January 2023. Retrieved 2023-03-11.
  5. ^ Adebiyi, Adeayo (2022-09-29). "Singing sensation Fave & talented producer Damie get plaques for their chart-topping song 'Baby Riddim'". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2023-03-11.
  6. ^ "Fave Debuts with 'Riddim 5' – THISDAYLIVE". www.thisdaylive.com. Retrieved 2023-03-11.
  7. ^ Tv, Bn (2022-10-14). "Simi, Fave & Kemi Adetiba Team Up on the Vibrant Music Video for "Loyal" | Watch". BellaNaija. Retrieved 2023-03-11.
  8. ^ "All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) Unveils Nominees List for 2022 Edition". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2022-09-21. Retrieved 2023-03-11.
  9. ^ Emmanuel, Solution (2023-02-12). "Soundcity MVP Awards 2023: Burnaboy, Kizz Daniel win (FULL WINNERS LIST)". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 2023-03-11.
  10. ^ "Full list: Wizkid, others win at Headies 2022". Punch Newspapers. 2022-09-05. Retrieved 2023-03-11.
  11. ^ Arogbonlo, Israel (4 September 2023). "Full list: See 2023 Headies Award winners". Tribune Online. Retrieved 10 September 2023.