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Niniola
Born Niniola Apata
December 15, 1986 (age 31)
Lagos State Nigeria
Citizenship Nigeria
Occupation Singer, songwriter, performer
Years active 2013 – present
Website officialniniola.com
Musical career
Genres Afro-House, Folk musicHouse music
Instruments Vocals
Labels Drumroll Records
Associated acts

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.

Growing up and education

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 career

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 PartonWhitney HoustonCeline DionThe CranberriesMadonnaBeyoncé 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 notJustOks “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]

Artistry

Niniola describes her style of music as “Afro-House”, a blend of afrobeat and house music.[11]. 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]

Discography

Awards and nominations

Year Award ceremony Prize Result
2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act to Watch Nominated [12]
Nigerian Achievers Award Best Promising Female Artist of The Year Nominated [13]
LAGOS FASHION AWARDS MOST FASHIONABLE FAST RISING MUSIC STAR OF THE YEAR FEMALE Nominated [14]
SCREAM AWARDS BEST NEW ACT FEMALE Nominated [15]
City People Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act of the Year (Female) Nominated
2016 ACI AWARDS NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR Nominated [16]
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act Nominated
Afrima Award Best Female Artiste in West Africa Nominated [17]
Best Artiste/Duo/Group In African RnB & Soul Nominated [18]
Songwriter of the Year In Africa (mbilo mbilo remix) Nominated [19]
Best African Collaboration (mbilo mbilo remix) Won[20]
Nigerian Music Video Awards Best RnB Video (Akara Oyibo) Nominated [21]
ELOY Awards Upcoming Female Music Artist Nominated[22]
Soundcity Music Video Awards [23][24] Best Collaboration (mbilo mbilo remix) Nominated
Best New Artiste Nominated
Top Naija Music Award Artiste of the Year Nominated[25][26]
2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards BEST AFROPOP FEMALE ARTISTE Nominated [27]
AFRIMMA AWARDS BEST NEWCOMER Nominated [28]
City People Entertainment Awards MUSIC ARTISTE OF THE YEAR FEMALE Nominated [29]
Nigerian Teens Choice Awards Choice Female Vocalist of the Year Won[30]
AFRIMA BEST ARTISTE AFRICAN ELECTRO Nominated[31]
SOUNDCITY MVP AWARDS BEST FEMALE MVP Nominated[32]
SOUNDCITY MVP AWARDS BEST POP Nominated[33]
SOUNDCITY MVP AWARDS LISTENER’S CHOICE Nominated[34]
2018 MAYA AWARDS YOUTH ARTISTE OF THE YEAR Won [35]
GLAZIA AWARDS GLAZIA PERSONS OF THE YEAR Won [36]

See also

References

  1. Jump up^ “MTN Project Fame Season 6 Contestants Unveiled”P.M. News. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. Jump up^ Ige, Tofarati (8 November 2015). “Music industry has been kind to me — Niniola”Vanguard News. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  3. Jump up to:a b Ajose, Kehinde (21 February 2015). “Why I am still relevant after Project Fame — Niniola Apata”Vanguard News. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  4. Jump up^ Lalaboiy (11 June 2015). “The 10th NEA Awards 2015 Nominees List”notJustOk. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  5. Jump up to:a b Abimboye, Micheal (26 April 2015). “Project Fame prepared me for a bigger stage – Niniola”Premium Times. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  6. Jump up^ Ogbeche, Danielle (18 November 2015). “Niniola reveals the only challenge she has in music industry”Daily Post News. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  7. Jump up^ Akan, Joey (19 March 2014). “Life After Project Fame: Listen To Niniola – Ibadi”Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  8. Jump up^ Michael (1 December 2014). “VIDEO: NINIOLA – IBADI (OFFICIAL VIDEO)”Naija Review. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  9. Jump up^ Demola OG (21 January 2015). “15 Artists to Watch in 2015”notJustOk. Retrieved 28 May2016.
  10. Jump up^ Hassan Sanusi (12 June 2015). “Full list of nominees for Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2015”Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  11. Jump up^ “Exclusive: Singer Niniola Talks About Her Music, Charity Organization And More”Naij. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  12. Jump up^ Akan, Joey (8 September 2015). “NEA Awards 2015:Check out complete winners List”Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  13. Jump up^ “Nigerian Achievers Award 2015 Nominees’ List”HF Magazine. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  14. Jump up^ “LAGOS FASHION AWARDS”Greennews ng. 16 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August2016.
  15. Jump up^ “SCREAM AWARDS”SCREAM AWARDS. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  16. Jump up^ “ACI AWARDS”ACI AWARDS. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  17. Jump up^ “Afrima Award 2016 Nominees’ List”Afrima. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
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  20. Jump up^ “Wizkid, Phyno, Flavour, others shine at AFRIMA”Afrima. 8 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  21. Jump up^ “2016 NMVA: See Full List Of Nominees”NMVA. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  22. Jump up^ “2016 ELOY: See Full List Of Nominees”ELOY. 5 October 2016. Retrieved 22 November2016.
  23. Jump up^ “2016 Soundcity MVP: See Full List Of Nominees”Soundcity. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  24. Jump up^ Johnson, Ayodele. “Soundcity MVP Awards 2016: See full list of winners”. Retrieved 5 April2017.
  25. Jump up^ “Winners Of 2016 (4th Edition) Top Naija Music Awards”Top Naija Music Awards. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  26. Jump up^ “2016 Top Naija Music Awards Shorlisted Nominees (First & Second Batch)”Top Naija Music Awards.
  27. Jump up^ “Nigeria Entertainment Award”Notjustok. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  28. Jump up^ “AFRIMMA Awards & Music Festival 2017”Notjustok. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July2017.
  29. Jump up^ “LIST OF NOMINEES FOR 2017 CITY PEOPLE MUSIC AWARDS”Citypeopleonline. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  30. Jump up^ “NINIOLA BAGS CHOICE FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD”Nigerian Teens Choice Award 2017. 9 August 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  31. Jump up^ “AFRIMA 2017 FULL NOMINEES’ LIST”Afrima Award 2017. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  32. Jump up^ “2017 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Nominees”Soundcity mvp Award 2017. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  33. Jump up^ “2017 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Nominees”Soundcity mvp Award 2017. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  34. Jump up^ “2017 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Nominees”Soundcity mvp Award 2017. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  35. Jump up^ “MAYA Awards Africa 5.0 Full List Of Winner”MAYA AWARDS 2018. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  36. Jump up^ “Glazia Persons of The Year – Full List of Recipients and More!”GLAZIA AWARDS 2018. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.

35. Gbolahan Adeyemi. “Hey There! Niniola Is Different From Her Folks”TalkGlitz Media. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2018.

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