Open main menu


Ekenedilichukwu Ijemba (born May 14, 1991), better known by his stage name Humblesmith, is a Nigerian afropop recording artist who achieved recognition upon the release of his single titled "Osinachi", which later won a nomination spot at the 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[1][2] He first ventured into the entertainment business as an actor, starring in a number of films including Hypertension (2010) with Sam Loco Efe.[3] Currently signed to N-tyze Entertainment,[3][4] he made the list of "10 Artists To Watch In 2016" by notJustOk.[5]

Birth name Ekenedilichukwu Ijemba
Born (1991-05-14) May 14, 1991 (age 27)
Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria
Origin Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria
Genres R&B, afropop, highlife
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter, vocalist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2011–present
Labels N-tyze
Associated acts


Early lifeEdit

Originally from Uruala, a town in Ideato North local government area of Imo State, southeastern Nigeria, Ekene Ijemba was born on May 14, 1991 into a Catholic family in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria.[6] While in secondary school, he started dancing and was part of a group called American Boys before he left Ebonyi State for Asaba City, the capital of Delta State, South-Southern Nigeria in order to pursue a career in music.[7]

2014–present: Beginnings and rise to fameEdit

Upon arriving in Asaba City, Humblesmith had to take up menial jobs in order to earn a living. He later ventured into entertainment as an actor and appeared in various films including Hypertension with Sam Loco Efe.[3] He returned to Ebonyi State at some point and then back to Delta State again to focus on a career in music. [3] Determined to succeed, he started scouting for shows and performed for free until he was signed by DG Records who were impressed with one of his several performances.[8] In 2012, he left Asaba City for Lagos State where he recorded his debut single "Chairmoo" in 2014. In 2015, he released "Osinachi, a chart-topping single that featured Phyno; and Davido in the remix version.[3] The song earned him a nomination spot in the "Best New Act" category at the 2016 edition of the Nigeria Entertainment Awards and was also nominated in the "Hottest Single" category at the same event.[9] In April 2016, he featured Flavour N'abania in a song titled "Jukwese" which enjoyed rotational airplay around the country. He later announced an Instagram competition tagged the "#JukweseContest" in reference to the song, with a $2,000 prize money for the winner.[10]


Humblesmith cites Bright Chimezie as his music influence.[11] He usually sings the afropop genre of music with a little fusion of highlife.

Endorsement dealEdit

In June 2016, Humblesmith signed a multi-million Naira endorsement deal with noodles manufacturing company Tummy-Tummy Food Industry.[12]


Year Song Album
2014 "Chairmoo" Non-album singles
2015 "Love Me"
"Osinachi" (featuring Phyno)
2016 "Osinachi (Remix)" (featuring Davido)
"Jukwese" (featuring Flavour N'abania)
"Na U" (featuring Harrysong)
2017 "Attracta"
"Abakaliki to Lasgidi (featuring Olamide)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award ceremony Prize Recipient/Nominated work Result Ref
2016 The Headies 2015 Rookie of The Year Himself Nominated
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Hottest Single "Osinachi" Nominated [14]
Best New Act Himself Nominated [14]
2016 African Muzik Magazine Awards Best Newcomer Nominated [15]
2016 City People Entertainment Awards Collaboration of the Year "Osinachi (Remix)" Won [16]
The Headies 2016 Song of the Year Nominated [17]
Best Pop Single Nominated [17]
Best Collaboration Nominated [17]
Next Rated Himself Nominated [18]
Nigerian Teen Choice Award 2016 Choice Afro Beat & Pop Artist Nominated [19]
Choice New Song of the Year "Osinachi (Remix)" Nominated [19]


  1. ^ Ayodele Johnson (23 July 2016). "Humblesmith: 'I want to give $2000 to my fans', singer says". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Humblesmith speaks on background". Naij. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e "I don't regret featuring Davido in Osinachi –Humblesmith". The Punch. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  4. ^ Dayo Showemimo (30 May 2015). "Humblesmith returns with 'Love Me'". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  5. ^ Don Boye (22 February 2016). "10 Artists To Watch In 2016". notJustOk. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  6. ^ Ago, Arinze; Emmanuel, Dan; Kehinde, Seye (15 February 2016). "Humblesmith Reveals His Grass-To-Grace Story – How He Sold Moin-Moin In Abakaliki". City People Magazine. Archived from the original on 2 May 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  7. ^ Ademola, Adeleke; Agbana, Rotimi (18 June 2016). "I stole and sold my mom's gold to pay for my first studio session — Humblesmith". Vanguard News. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  8. ^ "EN: Osinachi Crooner, Humblesmith Opens Up About Life & New Found Fame". Channels TV. Youtube. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  9. ^ Adedayo Showemimo (17 June 2016). "FULL nominee list for 2016 Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA)". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  10. ^ Rotimi Agbana (4 July 2016). "Humblesmith unveils competition for new single, jukwese". Vanguard News. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  11. ^ Ifeoma Ogbonna, Genevieve; Jide, Molokwu Theophilus; Christopher, Emuekpere (1 July 2016). "I wept, fasted before God gave me Osinachi –Humble Smith". The Sun Newspaper. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  12. ^ Agbana, Rotimi (29 June 2016). "Humblesmith bags multi-million naira endorsement deal". Vanguard News. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Humble Smith Sugar song download". View Nigeria. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Nominations are Here! Find out who Made the 2016 Nigerian Entertainment Awards Nominees List". BellaNaija. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  15. ^ Demola OG (20 July 2016). "EXCLUSIVE: AFRIMMA 2016 NOMINEES LIST UNVEILED". notJustOk. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  16. ^ Adedayo Showemimo (26 July 2016). "Full List Of Winners at 2016 City People Entertainment Awards". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  17. ^ a b c "Headies 2016 Awards : The winners are…". The Punch. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Ycee, Koker, Humblesmith... Who Is The Next Rated Artiste In 2016?". tooXclusive. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  19. ^ a b