Thursday, 1 July 2010

Top EnTeRtAiNeRS


1.Jude "MI" Abaga: Mr indomitable, mr incredible ,most immaculate and trust me he has lived up to these names and more. Mi is a Nigerian hip hop artist currently signed with Chocolate City Music. On the 11th of December 2008, M.I released his highly acclaimed debut album, 'Talk About It' under the Chocolate City Label and made history by selling a record 30,000 copies in less than 30 minutes!
His influences are Lauryn Hill, Robert Nesta Marley,Sarah Mchlaclan, Pablo Neruda, Jay Z and DMX. M.I. was born to Pastor and Mrs Abaga, both active members of the local Church choir in Jos, Plateau, Nigeria he went to Baptist High School a private high school in Jos ,Plateau state Nigeria. His mother taught the basic music notations and later bought him 7-key mini piano,which launched him early into the world of music.
M.I’s encounter with Hip-Hop started with sampling the works of DMX and Lauryn Hill in 1998 . He later delved into writing poetry. In 1999, MI left for Calvin College, Michigan, USA to pursue a degree in business and economics. There he interacted with the budding Michigan hip-hop community. He performed at all the major hip-hop and R&B shows and concerts in school and later came third in the Calvin College “Hip hopera” 2003.
M.I. returned to Plateau, Nigeria in 2005 to find the local music industry on the verge of a revolution and was set to take African Hip-Hop to new heights. A proficient producer, lyricist, songwriter and instrumentalist, M.I. has been described by DIV as the future of African Hip-Hop.
He has produced and featured on the works of artists like Jeremiah Gyang, Djinee, Shifi (Style Plus), Jesse Jagz(his brother), Ice Prince,Ruby, Lindsy, Leone, Banky W, Tu face Idibia,Splint(Adole Joshua). he is also planing to record a track with coming up artist BodMan. (Bethel Odu Olofu) and also a GENIUS IN PERSON OF 'splint'(Adole Joshua)
Crowd Mentality – the first single off his album has topped every major chart in and around Nigeria and was number one on the Creative economy website Soundtrack, beating music from Nine other countries around the world! Talk About It was one of 2008’s most anticipated album’s and it came on the heels of Asa’s self titled album, 9ice’s Gongo Aso, P Square’s Game Over, D’banj’s The Entertainer, Mo’hits All Stars’ Curriculum Vitae and Naeto C’s You Know My P.
Since its release M.I. has won 7 awards including Best Rap Album and Hip Hop Revelation of the Year (Hip Hop World Awards 2009), Best New Artist and Nest Rapper(N.E.A Awards 2009), Musician of the Year (Mode men Awards 2008),Best Hip Hop Artist(City People Awards 2009) and won two awards at the MTV MAMA Awards 2009 - Best New Act and Best Hip Hop.
Most recently, his 1st video 'Safe' has won many awards in both the NMVA's, City People and other notable awards in Nigeria and most importantly he was a nominee for the best international act at the BET AWARDS.
His upcoming album set for a mid-2010 release is titled 'MI 2'. It features production from Jesse Jagz, Mo'Hits' Don Jazzy, Dr Frabs, Frenzy and possibly SoSick for now known, and the first single from the album is 'Somebody Wants to Die' with Iceprince which was said to be a feud reply to some unknown artist, and the second is titled 'Nobody' with 2face is already making its way up the charts. Other collabs include Mo'Hits, Iceprince and a host of others.

2.Genevieve Nnaji:is a diva is an understatement and you have to give it to her in everything(dress sense,smile,interpretation of roles) Genny does it and and makes it look like vanilla ice-cream with caramel topping....
Genevieve was born on the 3RD of may 1979 IN MBIASE IMO STATE,she grew up in Lagos the commercial capital of Nigeria. The fourth of eight children, she was brought up in a middle class environment. Her father worked as an engineer and her mother as a teacher. She attended the Methodist Girls College Yaba, before heading onto the University of Lagos. While at the university Genevieve began auditioning for acting jobs amongst the many Nollywood projects.
Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then popular television soap opera RIPPLES at the age of 8,She also featured in several commercials some of which include Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 2004 she became the face of Lux soap,in a highly lucrative sponsorship deal.In 1998 at the age of 19 she was introduced into the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie “Most Wanted”. Her subsequent movies include Last Party, Mark of the Beast and Ijele.She has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies.
Nnaji has received several awards and nominations for her work, including the Best Actress of the year award at the 2001 City People Awards and the Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the 2005 African Movie Academy Awards.
In 2004 she signed a recording contract with EKB Records, a Ghanaian record label, and released her debut album One Logologo Line,a mix of R&B, Hip-Hop and Urban music.
2008 saw Nnaji launching a clothing line, "St. Genevieve", which donates a percentage of its proceeds to charity.
Genevieve Nnaji is considered to be the best paid actresses in Nollywood.Some of her works include:Most Wanted, camouflage,love boat,power of love,The very famous SHARON STONE,death warrant,blood sister,break up, her latest include Silent scandal and IJE(THE JOURNEY).She has a beautiful daughter.

3.Dbanj: The KOKO MASTER himself,is a ladies man no doubt and you cant help but love him and i must add very humbleeee too D’Banj was born as Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo in the Northern city of Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria to a military Officer and a church dignitary whom hailed from Shagamu in Ogun state.
Due to his father’s job, D’Banj moved several times within Nigeria as well as abroad to India.
He was sent to Nigerian military school at age 11 and was expected to enter the military like his father, but at 14 D’Banj picked up a weapon of different kind and altogether more peaceful; the harmonica. He was introduced to this instrument by his late elder brother, Femi Oyebanjo who tragically died in a plane crash at age 17 on his way en route Lagos from Nigerian Military School, Zaria. His brother’s harmonica was one of his possessions recovered after the incidence and D’BANJ started to cherish it. His incredible harmonica skills are self taught; he says, “I play the harmonica like it was built for me”.
D’Banj became more and more involved in music and he cannot see himself doing anything else with the same passion. His song “All The Way” is about the struggles he has faced with his parents over his chosen career.
Dapo has now adopted the elegant, almost French-sounding name “D’Banj” and also the KOKO master, a combination of his first name Dapo and his surname Oyebanjo.
He has recorded songs with established artistes like Ruggedman, JJC & 419 Squad, Weird MC, El Dee Da Don, Ikechukwu, SID and the newest sensations like; Wande Coal and D’ Prince among others.
He has also performed along side many international artiste here in Nigeria; Bennie Man, Wayne Wonder, Kevin Little,Kelly Rowland, Ja Rule and was adjudge the best Nigerian performer at the THIS DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL which was held in Nigeria in October, 2006. He performed at the mentioned show along side international music icons like Beyonce, Jay Z, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, En Vogue, Ciara.
He performed at “History of love 101 concert” alongside Donell Jones, 112, Kenny Lati Moore and Chante Moore on the 10th Of February, 2007.
D’Banj is moving from height to greater height everyday, the beginning of his achievement recognition came when he won MOST PROMISING MALE ARTISTE AT THE KORA AWARDS, 2005.He also launched KOKO WATER and one of the reality shows that kept us glued to our tv screens "koko mansion"..He is also the a glo ambassador scorching in millions and his latest video feat Genevieve Nnaji FALL IN LOVE isnt leaving our tv screens....Other awards of Dapo include
REVELATION OF THE YEAR Hip Hop World Awards, 2006

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR Nigerian Music Awards, 2006 UK

ROLE MODEL AWARD Delta State University Awards, 2006

BEST NEW COMER Channel O Music Awards, 2006

SONG OF THE YEAR Hip Hop World Awards, 2007

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR Global Excellence Awards, 2007

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR City People Awards, 2007

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR Ghana Music Awards, 2007

BEST AFRO POP OF THE YEAR Nigerian Music Awards US 2007

HOTTEST SINGLE OF THE YEAR Nigerian Music Awards US 2007

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS Channel O Music Awards 2007

BEST AFRICAN ACT MTV Europe Music Awards 2007

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR Future Awards 2008



He was recently appointed Nigeria’s first UNITED NATIONS YOUTH AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

D’Banj is a natural charismatic, energetic and infectious performer that can hold his audience captive for as long as he wants.

Without a doubt, D’Banj is ENDOWED.

4.Stella Damasus_Nzeribe: She is my favorite, she just has a way about her, her smile or is it her calm disposition talk less of her natural beauty.STELLA was born Stella Ojukwu in Asaba, Delta State. She grew up in Benin City where she completed most of her primary education and after her secondary education she proceeded to Unilag where she studied and graduated with a degree in creative arts.
Damasus-Nzeribe first appeared in the Nigerian film "Abused" in 1992.She has starred in over 50 movies which include engagement night,wheel of change, dangerous twins,market seller, the intruder,kings pride,missing angel, never say goodbye, my time,passions and my favorite WIDOW(WHICH PEOPLE BELIEVE IS WHAT SHE WENT THROUGH IN THE HANDS OF HER EX IN LAWS WHEN HER HUSBAND JAIYE ABODERIN DIED).

5.Richard Mofe damijo: RMD as he is popularly called is an actor of repute,Mofe-Damijo was born Richard Evans Eyimofe Mofe-Damijo on July 6, 1961 in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria.He is from a family of 13 children.In primary school, he took the roles of Jesus or Peter in religious dramas. During his secondary school years at Midwest College, Warri and Anglican Grammar School, he was a member of the Drama Club. He then proceeded to the University of Benin and studied Theatre Arts.[4] In the late 90s Mofe-Damijo returned to the university to study law at the University of Lagos, and graduated in 2004.
After graduating from the university, Mofe-Damijo took part in a television soap opera in the late 80's called Ripples. Before then, he had a stint with Concord Newspapers and Metro Magazine as a reporter. Out of Bounds was the first film for which he received a writer/producer credit. Furthermore, the film has won many awards in Nigeria, including best actress and best soundtrack...Wanting to help promote his state and also help his people he became the current commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nigeria.
Mofe-Damijo was married to the late May Ellen Ezekiel, a foremost Nigerian journalist popularly known as MEE. After MEE's death in 1996, Mofe-Damijo married Jumobi.He has four children.some of his works include, Keeping faith, engagement night,hostages,diamond ring,when God says yes,freedom,richest man,the return,romantic attraction,private sin,passions.

6.I go die: This guy to us is the best comedian as in, the guy has made me laugh and i peed on myself*covers face* Born Francis Agoda, but people call me “I go die”. he attended Baptist Primary School in Okpara, waterside, Delta State,When his mom found out that he could not speak pidgin English, she insisted that he should start primary school afresh which he did all over. From there, he moved to the College of Commerce, Warri. As the the best technical student, he constructed a Hover that worked with battery. "But since I was not even born with wooden or plastic spoon, there was no money to further my education". At a tender age, his parents thought he will be one of the greatest engineers because anything he saw, he could construct. he also constructed Agoda satellite that received many television stations. "So I'm . As a Wafferian, sometimes the way we speak is comical to everyone that listens us. Because comedy itself originated from warri and when a warri man or woman talks, you will know that this person comes from warri .Funny enough, his mother had a shop in their compound and he was put in charge of the shop to sell provisions. So what do you expect from a salesman who don't know how to speak English? Comedy of course. Because a lot of people came to the shop and he could not speak simple “wetin you wan buy?” he was like a comedian to them. So the story spread around warri that there was one big boy who cannot speak simple pidgin, a real Urhobo boy.However, when he was in the College of Commerce, there was a drama club and a friend of his said “Agoda, let us stroll into the club and see what they are doing there.” they went there and saw a guy who came out cracking jokes and he(AGODA) said okay, let him just tell them one or two jokes, so he started telling them about one boy who came from the village and could not speak pidgin English, his mother put him in a shop, unknown to them he was talking about myself and they were laughing seriously. That was how the interest in comedy developed.
he got the name“I go die from his surname “AGODA”, from a royal family in Abraka. While in secondary school, most of the teachers, instead of pronouncing the name A-GO-DA, rather chose to call me “I-go-die”. So when he started presenting a programme on Delta State Television, the only way of projecting myself was to adopt the name people knew him with, that is “I-go-die”. But there is an impression he want to correct here, the “I go die” is not die, as one killing himself or saying why the boy wants to die. It is “I-go-dye”. When there is no life, I have to dye to change one thing. So it is spelt “DYE” and not “DIE” as people are wont to calling me.
His first show started in warri,When he started, he never believed people would pay to watch him perform. Whenever there was an event, he went tow struggle for the microphone and entertain people and at the end of the day I would use the power of the mike and said “Una no go spread this man wey de make una laugh”.But a friend of his who was organizing a birthday party said to him “I go die, I like make –u- add some fun to this event. So he asked me how much was my fee and he said pay me N100. So his first show fetched me N100. And that N100 was like millions to him then was millions because he needed the money more than any other thing,And when he got that N100, you can't believe it, he photocopied it for record purpose.His biggest show“The Biggest show I have done in my life was “A night of a thousand laugh”. he tried more than three times to get Opa Williams to feature him on “A night of a thousand laugh, but it was after the fourth attempt that he eventually gave me a chance.It was during the Nigeria Movies Award night that Opa spotted him on stage and said: “Men you are damned good and you will perform at the next Night! of a thousand laugh”and he has since become a regular feature. “Comedy has done a lot for me, I no longer queue up in the banks or embassies for money or visa. Whenever I'm in a bank or an embassy, what usually trails me is “I go die, leave the queue, come and cash your cheque or process your papers. I have traveled to nine countries because of comedy. Infact, you this (Sunday Sun man) reporter would not be talking to me now, where it for comedy. So I can say it has done almost everything for me. Without comedy, there is no I go die

7.Omotola Jolade-Ekehinde:Her first role was in the film "Venom of Justice"(1995). Omotola Ekeinde burst into the Nollywood film industry with the movie "Mortal Inheritance" (1995) where she played a sickle-cell patient who fights for her life even when she knows she might not be able to live. At the end of the day, she has a baby and eventually lives. This film which received good reviews, won her awards for her role in the movie and is still known as one of Nigeria's best movies ever made. Ever since then she has not looked back and she has starred in blockbuster movies like "Games Women Play", "Blood Sisters", "All my life", "Last Wedding",My Story, The Woman in Me,yankeegirls, beyonce and rihanna ,most recently IJE(THE JOURNEY)and a host of others. In the year 2005, she launched her music career with the club banger "GBA"
Omotola was born in a family of five to Mr. & Mrs. Shola Jalade (both late) and two brothers, Tayo and Bolaji Jalade. She attended Chrisland Nursery School , Opebi, Lagos and Oxford Children School , Santos Layout. She then proceeded to Kaduna for her secondary education at Command Secondary School. She got married at the Ikeja registry on the 23rd, March 1996, and had a beautiful white wedding on board a DASH 7 Aircraft flying from Lagos to Benin, on the 19th April, 2001. Besides acting she occasionally gets involved in Social Services for women and charity homes. Omotola Jalade Ekehinde is a beautiful award winning actress known for her craft all around Africa. She acts in Nollywood, the Nigeria home video movie scene that has in the past decade blossomed into a full fledged entertainment industry and ranks no 2 in the WORLD. For this screen goddess, life is family, scenes in a movie, songs in an album and the sure pleasure of getting feed back from her fans. Omotola has within the space of 10 years been able to play major roles in numerous movies. She has played a prostitute, a prisoner, the lonely housewife, the bitchy manipulator and the girl next door. Omotola radiates the aura of a real star.Omosexy as she is called by her fans, would not respond to anything that she claims “does not add value to my life”.

8.Wande Coal:
Born Wande Ojosipe on the 18th of October 1985, 1st child in a family of 2 children Wande like most great musicians started singing in the teenage choir at his church. he got his break in the Nigerian entertainment industry as a dancer. He continued improving his vocal skills and got signed to Don jazzy’s Mo’ Hits records in 2006. He featured on D’banj’s Rundown/Funk You up album on singles like; Loke, tonosibe and why me.
Being signed to Mo’ Hits records he is also a member of the Mo’ Hits all stars, and played a major role in the CV (Curriculum vitae) album.
His first single of the CV album “Ololufe” has been described as the greatest love song ever written by a Nigerian since "olo mi" by Tosin Martins.
Wande Coal has also recorded track with other Nigerian artist including; Ikechukwu, Naeto-C, SID D’Prince and P-Lola.
He has been dubbed the town crier because of his performance where he announces the entrance of D’banj singing D koko... With the release of his album that was tagged MUSHIN TO MOHITS which included You bad, Bumper to bumper, So confused he undoubtedly became the king of the Nigerian Music industry.

Apart from being a talented singer Wande Coal is also a brilliant performer as can be seen at his numerous performances, which include;

Thisday music festival 2006 and 2007 with Jay-Z, Beyonce, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, Ciara, P-Diddy, Neyo, Rhianna, Shakira, John Legend and many more
History of love concert 2007 with 112, Kenny latimore, Chantey Moore and Donnel Jones
Ghana music awards 2007 Accra.. And at the just concluded hip hop world awards he carted away 5 awards which are the album of the year, artist of the year,best pop single, best r"n"b/pop album, hip hop world revelation of the year.. Wande coal is BAD and he knows it.

9.Banky W :Olubankole Wellington, where do i start from, you have to give it to him,you are always FEELING IT and it undoubtedly does you STRONG THING in LAGOS PARTIES...He was born in the united states to a calabar mum and a yoruba father, he moved back to Nigeria at the age of 5 and back again to America at the age of 17 where he finished college and bagged a degree in Engineering. He continued to follow his passion for music but his musical career was threatened by cancer scare which he pulled through and came out stronger.. When back in Nigeria he released his album Mr Capable which had hit singles including Capable and capable remix, then again he released his The W Experience album which was off the hook and has every emotion captured in it.... Olubankole Wellington no doubt is one to watch out for because he is definetly evolving and am loving his mix feat Mi of the world cup song by K'naan.

10. Djinee: My benin lover *winks* Djinee is one of a kind, where do we start??? Is it the voice,or the emotion poured into every note and how can i forgot his faithful second wife(his guitar)????? Djinee has it all together,original name Nosa Osayamwen was Born and bred in Nigeria started music at home by partaking in the early morning ritual of listening to Fleetwood Mac, Abba, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Rogers, Don Williams and the likes. The Chief Priest being his father, was an avid music lover and Djinee went on to forge a career in music. His journey into the entertainment saw him go into classical Music as a tenor,in the early days. Rock and R n B took his interest not too long after.He took up a jop as a Vjay(tv presenter)at the entertainment and lifestyle brand, SOUNDCITY not only to broaden his grip on the entertainment industry but to establish himself as a household name. Here he put in 3yrs working as a Producer/Anchorman. During this time his love for music never waned as he continued to push for recognition commercially in music. During this quest, his powerful yet emotion laden and very stainless) voice caught the ears of the brains at management outfit Chocolate City and a record label "Westside Inc" where he released his debut hit single "Ego". This brought him instant success and then critic acclaim followed. His pitch perfect vocal ability on the song brought him accolades amongst which are "Best new artiste " at the Nigerian Music Awards in London, two Nominations at the Hip Hop World Awards 2006. He began to work on his album which was released in 2009 and Self named DJINEE. This saw him engaging the services of seasoned producers like Cobhams, Rymzo, Don Jazzy, M I and Jesse jags. He also had sultry voiced Ego Ogbaro of the 'Never far Away" fame bless the track "come sun come rain".In December 2007, he released the second single "i no dey shame" and its airplay is increasing by the day. Including the video on major TV stations. In May 2008 at the Nigerian music awards he was presented with the Voice of the year award. He came out with LADE(MY VERY ....... SONG) and the he finally killed his critics with overkilling and the remix and till date the video of overkilling is top ten in the nation with his matrix stunts ...Nosa possess an arresting voice that defies every law of music.

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