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Humblesmith

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]

Humblesmith
Birth name Ekenedilichukwu Ijemba
Born (1991-05-14) May 14, 1991 (age 26)
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

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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]

ArtistryEdit

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]

DiscographyEdit

Year Song Album
2014 "Chairmoo" Non-album singles
"Bogati"
"Shoki"
2015 "Love Me"
"Osinachi" (featuring Phyno)
2016 "Osinachi (Remix)" (featuring Davido)
"Jukwese" (featuring Flavour N'abania)
"Na U" (featuring Harrysong)
2017 "Attracta"
"Focus"
"Sugar"[13]

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]

ReferencesEdit

  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 http://www.evatese.com/nigerian-teen-choice-award-2016-nominees/