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Niniola Apata Full Biography/History

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Niniola Apata Full Biography

Real name:  Niniola Apata

Born: December 15, 1986 (age 32)

Place of Birth: Lagos State Nigeria

Citizenship: Ekiti State, Nigeria.

Occupation: Singer, songwriter, performer

Years active: 2013 – present

Genres: Afro-House, Folk music, House music

Instruments:  Vocals

Early, Educational Background and Career Sucess

   Niniola Apata (born 15 December 1986) a native of Ekiti State but was born in Lagos State. she had her primary and secondary school education at Apata Memorial High School. She also graduated from the University of Lagos with a Bachelor of Education certificate. Niniola is theelder sister of popular Nigerian singer Teni. 

     Niniola had burning passion for music right from her childhood. In high school, she had a sort of request show during her free time here her friends will make requests and she will sing to her classmates. This was possible because of her large repertoire of songs and clear vocals… She was tagged “the human radio“.

She later joined the school’s cultural group and participated in social activities. Although she’s immersed herself in music, and enjoyed accolades from friends and family, she wanted the world to hear her voice. This made her go for lot of music shows to harness her singing skills.

     Popularly known by her stage name Niniola, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter that rose to recognition in 2013 after finishing third runner-up on the sixth season of Project Fame West Africa. During the competition, she made a live performance of  Limpopo with KCEE and also performed her composition Itura which was produced by Cobhams Asuquo. Upon the release of her breakthrough debut single  Ibadi which was produced by Sarz, it topped national music charts and gained extensive airplay.

     Niniola was nominated in the  Most Promising Act to Watch category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. She currently has a record deal with Drumroll Record. According to her, Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, The Cranberries, Madonna, Beyoncé and Angelique Kidjo are her music influences.

Niniola classifies her style of music as  Afro-House which is a blend of afrobeat and house music. Niniola lyrics are in her dialect – Yoruba language as she explained in an online interview that she loves her culture and the language, it makes her song delivery perfect and entertaining. She has also worked with EDDY KENZO from Uganda.

      The BET AWARD Winner featured her on the remix of his hit single “Mbilo Mbilo”. Her awesome contribution won them the award for Best Collaboration at the 2016 AFRIMA Awards. Niniola released her most anticipated debut album titled “This Is Me“ on the 1st of November 2017. This release propelled her to both an Artist Spotlight feature and to become Apple Music’s New Artist of The Month. Both Maradona and Sicker have topped several charts and are receiving massive airplay till date.

Along with her current hit Bana, Saro, Oyin, Magun and Magun Remix, their music videos have a current combined 13.7 million views on Youtube alone. With currently over 2 million streams on Spotify and over 5.6 million views on YouTube, Maradona reached No. 1 on the biggest charts in Africa including Metro FM SA, MTV Base South, YFM and Beat FM 99.9 Nigeria,becoming the most played song on Radio in South Africa according to Radio Monitor SA. Niniola arrived South Africa for her much-anticipated media tour in February 2018. She was back in South Africa in March as she was booked to perform at the prestigious SA MusicCarnival.

   In April 2018, her debut album “This Is Me” was nominated for the Best African Artist Album at the South African Music Awards 2018.

   In July 2018, internationally renowned DJ Snake teamed up with Niniola for a hit single titled “Maradona Riddim” based heavily on her 2017 hit song “Maradona”. She became the first female Nigerian artist to cross 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify on 7th August, 2018.

 On Friday the 9th of November 2018, she headlined her debut concert “The Human Radio“ which was held at the Landmark Event Center in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Read also: Teni Apata biography: Age, Awards, Father, Mother, Sister

NOMINATIONS

 

  • NEA AWARDS 2015 (MOST PROMISING ACT TO WATCH)
  • NIGERIAN ACHIEVERS AWARD 2015 (BEST PROMISING FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR)
  • AFRICA YOUTH CHOICE AWARD 2015 (NEXT RATED ACT)
  • AFRICA YOUTH CHOICE AWARD 2015 (BEST NEW ACT MUSIC)
  • LAGOS FASHION AWARDS 2015 (MOST FASHIONABLE FAST RISING MUSIC STAR OF THE YEAR FEMALE)
  • GREEN AWARDS 2015 (MOST PROMISING FEMALE ARTIST)
  • SCREAM AWARDS 2015 (BEST NEW ACT FEMALE)
  • EMAWARDS 2015 (FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR)
  • NEMAWARDS 2015 (MOST POPULAR SONG OF THE YEAR “IBADI”)
  • NIGERIAN OSCAR 2015 (MOST PROMISING ARTISTE OF THE YEAR (FEMALE))
  • SURULERE ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS 2015 (BEST FEMALE ARTISTE OF THE YEAR)
  • ACIAWARDS 2016  (NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR)
  • NEA AWARDS 2016 (BEST NEW ACT)
  • AFRIMA AWARDS 2016 (BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN WEST AFRICA)
  • AFRIMA AWARDS 2016 (Best Artiste/Duo/Group In African RnB & Soul)
  • AFRIMA AWARDS 2016 (Songwriter of the Year In Africa (mbilo mbilo remix))
  • AFRIMA AWARDS 2016 (Best African Collaboration (mbilo mbilo remix))
  • LAGOS FASHION AWARDS 2016 (FASHIONABLE REVELATION ARTISTE OF THEYEAR)
  • ELOY AWARDS 2016 (UPCOMING FEMALE MUSIC ARTISTE)
  • SCREAM ALL YOUTH AWARDS 2016 (Youth Favorite Artiste(Female))
  • NIGERIAN MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2016 (BEST RnB VIDEO Akara Oyibo)
  • SOUNDCITY MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2016 (BEST COLLABORATION Mbilo Mbilo Remix)
  • SOUNDCITY MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2016 (BEST NEW ARTISTE)
  • NEA AWARDS 2017 (BEST AFROPOP FEMALE ARTISTE)
  • AFRIMMA AWARDS 2017 (BEST NEWCOMER)
  • CITY PEOPLE MUSIC AWARDS 2017 (MUSIC ARTISTE OF THE YEAR (FEMALE))
  • NIGERIAN TEENS CHOICE AWARDS 2017 (CHOICE FEMALE VOCALIST 2017)
  • AFRIMA AWARDS 2017 (BEST ARTISTE AFRICAN ELECTRO)
  • SOUNDCITY MVP AWARDS 2018 (BEST FEMALE MVP)
  • SOUNDCITY MVP AWARDS 2018 (BEST POP)
  • SOUNDCITY MVP AWARDS 2018 (LISTENERS CHOICE – Maradona)
  • GLAZIA PERSONS OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2018 (PERSON OF THE YEAR)
  • MAYA AWARDS 2018 (YOUTH ARTISTE OF THE YEAR)
  • HEADIES 2018 (BEST R&B/POP ALBUM – “This Is Me”)
  • HEADIES 2018 ( HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION)
  • HEADIES 2018 (BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE) – “Saro“)
  • SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2018 (BEST AFRICAN ARTIST ALBUM – “This Is Me“)
  • BET AWARDS 2018 (VIEWER’S CHOICE: BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL ACT)
  • IARA AWARDS 2018 (BEST INTERNATIONAL FEMALE ARTIST)
  • GHANA NAIJA SHOWBIZ AWARDS 2018 (BEST FEMALE ACT)
  • SOUNDCITY MVP AVARDS 2018 (Best Female MVP)
  • SOUNDCITY MVP AVARDS 2018 (Viewers’ Choice – “Magun Remix”)

AWARDS

  • GREEN AWARDS 2015 (MOST PROMISING FEMALE ARTISTE)
  • I.R.P.M CLASS OF ’15 UNILAG (NEXT RATED FEMALE ARTISTE)
  • SURULERE ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS 2015 (BEST FEMALE ARTISTE OF THE YEAR)
  • MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS 2015
  • AFRIMA AWARDS 2016 (Best African Collaboration (Mbilo Mbilo remix))
  • NIGERIAN TEENS CHOICE AWARDS 2017 (CHOICE FEMALE VOCALIST 2017)
  • GLAZIA PERSONS OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2018 (PERSON OF THE YEAR)
  • MAYA AWARDS 2018 (YOUTH ARTISTE OF THE YEAR)
  • GHANA NAIJA SHOWBIZ AWARDS 2018 (BEST FEMALE ACT)

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