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Niniola Apata (born 15 December 1986),[1] better known by her stage name Niniola, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.[2] She rose to recognition in 2013 after finishing third runner-up on the sixth season of Project Fame West Africa.[3] Upon the release of her breakthrough debut single "Ibadi", Niniola was nominated in the "Most Promising Act to Watch" category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[4] She currently has a record deal with Drumroll Records.

Niniola
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Born
Niniola Apata

(1986-12-15) December 15, 1986 (age 32)
Lagos State Nigeria
CitizenshipNigeria
OccupationSinger, songwriter, performer
Years active2013 (2013) – present
Musical career
GenresAfro-House, Folk music, House music
InstrumentsVocals
Associated acts
Websiteofficialniniola.com

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Growing up and educationEdit

Niniola is a native of Ekiti State but was born in Lagos State where she had her primary and secondary school education at Apata Memorial High School. She is an alumna of the University of Lagos where she graduated with a Bachelor of Education certificate.[5]

Early life and careerEdit

At high school Niniola participated in several social activities and competitions.[5] She competed in Season 6 of Project Fame West Africa where she placed 3rd Runner-Up.[6] During the competition, she performed a live rendition of "Limpopo" with KCEE and also performed her composition "Itura" which was produced by Cobhams Asuquo. She cites Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, The Cranberries, Madonna, Beyoncé and Angelique Kidjo as her music influences.[3]

On 19 March 2014, Niniola released her debut single "Ibadi", produced by Sarz.[7] The song received positive critical reviews, topped national music charts and gained extensive airplay.[8] "Ibadi" and her single "Gbowode" were used as soundtracks in the Season 2 of Nigerian television drama series Gidi Up. In 2015, she was listed on notJustOk's "15 Artists to Watch in 2015" and was nominated in the "Most Promising Act to Watch" category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[9][10] Niniola is the elder sister of popular Nigerian singer Teni [11]

ArtistryEdit

Niniola describes her style of music as "Afro-House", a blend of afrobeat and house music.[12] Niniola lyrics are mostly in her dialect - Yoruba language as she explained in an online interview with Gbolahan Adeyemi of TalkGlitz Media saying she loves her culture and the language makes her song delivery beautiful [12]

Personal lifeEdit

Niniola is the older sister of singer Teni.[13][14]

DiscographyEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award ceremony Prize Result
2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act to Watch Nominated[15]
Nigerian Achievers Award Best Promising Female Artist of The Year Nominated[16]
Lagos Fashion Awards Most Fashionable Fast Rising Music Star Of The Year Female Nominated[17]
Scream Awards Best New Act Female Nominated[18]
City People Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act of the Year (Female) Nominated
2016 ACI Awards New Artist Of The Year Nominated[19]
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act Nominated
All Africa Music Awards Best Female Artiste in West Africa Nominated[20]
Best Artiste/Duo/Group In African RnB & Soul Nominated[21]
Songwriter of the Year In Africa for "Mbilo Mbilo" (Remix) Nominated[22]
Best African Collaboration for "Mbilo Mbilo" (Remix) Won[23]
Nigerian Music Video Awards Best RnB Video for "Akara Oyibo" Nominated[24]
ELOY Awards Upcoming Female Music Artist Nominated[25]
Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Best Collaboration for "Mbilo Mbilo" (Remix) Nominated[26]
Best New Artiste Nominated[27]
Top Naija Music Award Artiste of the Year Nominated[28][29]
2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Afropop Female Artiste Nominated[30]
All Africa Music Awards Best Newcomer Nominated[31]
City People Entertainment Awards Music Artiste Of The Year Female Nominated[32]
Nigerian Teens Choice Awards Choice Female Vocalist of the Year Won[33]
All Africa Music Awards Best Artiste African Electro Nominated[34]
Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Best Female MVP Nominated[35]
Best Pop Nominated[36]
Listener's Choice Nominated[37]
2018 Maya Awards Youth Artiste of The Year Won [38]
Glazia Awards Glazia Persons of The Year Won [39]
The Headies Best R&B/Pop Album Nominated [40]
Best Vocal Performance (Female) Nominated [40]
Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year Nominated [40]
South African Music Awards Best African Artist Album Nominated [41]
BET Awards Viewers Choice Best New International Act Nominated [42]
IARA Aawards Best International Female Artist Nominated [43]
Ghana-Naija Showbiz Awards Best Female Act Won[44]
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Afropop Female Artist Nominated [45]
The Future Awards The Future Awards Africa Prize in Music Nominated[46]
Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Viewer's Choice Nominated[47]
Best Female MVP Nominated[48]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MTN Project Fame Season 6 Contestants Unveiled". P.M. News. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. ^ Ige, Tofarati (8 November 2015). "Music industry has been kind to me — Niniola". Vanguard News. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b Ajose, Kehinde (21 February 2015). "Why I am still relevant after Project Fame — Niniola Apata". Vanguard News. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  4. ^ Lalaboiy (11 June 2015). "The 10th NEA Awards 2015 Nominees List". notJustOk. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b Abimboye, Micheal (26 April 2015). "Project Fame prepared me for a bigger stage – Niniola". Premium Times. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  6. ^ Ogbeche, Danielle (18 November 2015). "Niniola reveals the only challenge she has in music industry". Daily Post News. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
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  8. ^ Michael (1 December 2014). "VIDEO: NINIOLA – IBADI (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". Naija Review. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
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  32. ^ "LIST OF NOMINEES FOR 2017 CITY PEOPLE MUSIC AWARDS". Citypeopleonline. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  33. ^ "NINIOLA BAGS CHOICE FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD". Nigerian Teens Choice Award 2017. 9 August 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
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  39. ^ "Glazia Persons of The Year – Full List of Recipients and More!". GLAZIA AWARDS 2018. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
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  41. ^ "NINIOLA BAGS BIG NOMINATION AT THE SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2018". SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2018. 20 April 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  42. ^ "NINIOLA SECURES BET AWARDS NOMINATION FOR VIEWERS' CHOICE BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL ACT". BET AWARDS 2018. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  43. ^ "IARA AWARDS 2018 NOMINATION". IARA AWARDS 2018. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  44. ^ "Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Patience Nyarko, Others bag Ghana-Naija Showbiz Awards Nominations". Ghana-Naija. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
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