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Birth name Esegine Orezi Allen
Also known as Dat GehnGehn Guy, Voice of the Future, confirm sure boy
Born 28 March 1986 (age 31)
Delta State, Nigeria
Genres African hip hopreggaedancehall
Occupation(s) Recording artist, songwriter, performer
Years active 2009–present
Labels Culbeed Music, Sprisal Entertainment
Associated acts Davido, Danagog, WizkidTimaya
Website iamorezi.com

Esegine Allen (born 28 March 1986), better known by his stage name Orezi, is a Nigerian musician from Delta State. He rose to prominence with his song “Rihanna” in 2013.[1][2]

Early life and education

Esegine Orezi Allen was born in Owhelogbo, IsokoDelta State, where he grew up with his family. He is the first of five children. He attended the Command Secondary School in Abakaliki. He graduated from the University of Lagos and completed the mandatory one year NYSCprogram.[3]

Music career

Orezi began his music career in early 2009. He has worked with several producers, including Kiddominant, Del B and Dokta Frabz.[4][5] Orezi’s first musical release was “I No Fit Lie”. The music video for the song was shot in South Africa. The song became Radio Continental’s theme song. Subsequently, Orezi headlined a show named after the song. The show was organised by the Continental Broadcasting Services (CBS), owners of Radio and TV Continental.[6]

In 2010, Orezi released “High B.P”. The music video for the song was endorsed by MTV Base.[7] In late 2010, he released another single titled “Jamilaya”, featuring UK disk jockey DJ JamJam. Like its predecessors, the song received rave reviews.[8]

In early 2011, Orezi was featured on the track “Emoti” alongside Danagog, Igho, and DJ Debby. It was played on Trace TV, MTV Base, Sound City, and One Music. Orezi bursts onto the Nigerian Music scene after collaborating with DJ Jimmy Jatt.[9] He was featured on Jatt’s “Komije” single alongside Sauce Kid, Muna, and Igho.

Orezi released the music video for his song “Booty Bounce” which featured cameo appearances from Karen Igho, BoviWande Coal, Kay Switch, Sina Rambo, Vina, Danagog, Skuki and General Pype, among others. For several weeks, the song was one of the top ten African songs on Trace Urban, Channel O, and MTV. The music video for the song received a nomination in the Reggae/Dancehall category at the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards.[10]

Orezi performed at the 2010 Star Trek musical concert tour held in Kaduna and Makurdi. He also graced the stage at Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebration in 2010. In early 2011, Orezi performed at DJ Jimmy Jatt’s “Jump Off Show”. The show was held at the Get Arena in Lekki. He has performed at several club tours, both in Nigeria and South Africa. He was part of the Emoti Tour organised by DJ Debby. He also performed at Club Inc in South Africa. In 2012, Orezi performed at the Rhythm Unplugged concert in Ibadan, and toured with Trace Urban & St. Remy.[11]

In March and September 2014, Orezi released the French version of his single “Shoki” as well as the music video for his “You Garrit” single, respectively.[12] [13]

In September 2015, Orezi released his debut album titled Ghen Ghen, featuring collaborations with 9iceDavidoFlavourIce PrinceM.I AbagaTimaya and Wizkid. The album was rated 3.0 (worth checking out) on a scale of 5 by Pulse NG.[14] In November 2015, Orezi released the music video for his hit single “Ogede”.

He released a controversial cover for his single “Call in the police” in September 2016[15].


Year Award Category Result
2014 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act of the Year [16] Nominated
City People Entertainment Awards Dancehall/Reggae Act of the Year[17] Nominated
2013 NMVA (Nigerian Music Video Awards) Best Reggae Dancehall Artiste Won
SSMA. (South South Music Awards) Won
The Headies Best Reggae Dancehall Song Nominated
AMMA Award (Abuja Meritorious Music Awards) Best Club Banger Won
The Prestigious ChannelO Music Video Awards Reggae Dancehall Nominated
UNILAG Awards Best New Act Won



I No Fit Lie (2010)[18]
# Shake Body
# I No Fit Lie
# High B.P.
# Head Ache (Ori ‘n Fomi)
# I No Fit Lie (Remix) [feat. T.O.G., Billion Air & Yung Chef]
# Outro
# Shake Body (Instrumental)
# I No Fit Lie (Instrumental)
# High B.P. (Instrumental)

Other singles

  • “Jamilaya featuring DJ Jam-Jam” (2010)
  • “Rihanna” (2013)
  • “Booty Bounce”
  • “What is the Need”
  • “You Garrit”
  • “Shoki “[19]
  • “Onome Ft DJ Akaba” [20]
  • Shuperu
  • Shuperu Remix ft Davido
  • “Yagolono” (2016)[21]
  • “Sweet Yarinya”[22]



  1. Jump up^ “I have crush on Rihanna – Orezi”. Vanguardngr. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  2. Jump up^ “Orezi tours South Africa, shoots ‘Rihanna’ video”. Vanguardngr. Retrieved 17 August2013.
  3. Jump up^ “New Music: Orezi – Zarokome + You Garrit”. Jaguda. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  4. Jump up^ “Orezi – Zarokome + You Garrit”. TooXclusive. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  5. Jump up^ “Orezi Laments Over Losing at the Headies To Waje”. Information Nigeria. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  6. Jump up^ “NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Orezi – Booty Bounce”. NaijaMoyor. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  7. Jump up^ “VIDEO: Orezi Samples Next Single “Zarokome” on Nigezie TV”. NotJustOk. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  8. Jump up^ “LEAK: Orezi ft Terry G – Don’t Compare Me”. NotJustOk. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
  9. Jump up^ “My search for Rihana paid off when her look-alike emerged —Orezi”. HallMarkNews. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  10. Jump up^ “2Face Idibia, Davido, D’Banj, P-Square, Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, Wizkid & Six More Nigerian Artists Nominated For the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards”. Bellnaija. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  11. Jump up^ “My search for Rihana paid off when her look-alike emerged —Orezi”. HallMarkNews. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  12. Jump up^ “Orezi – Shoki French Version”View Nigeria. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  13. Jump up^ “DOWNLOAD:VIDEO: Orezi – You Garrit”notjustOk. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  14. Jump up^ “Pulse Album Review: Orezi’s ‘The Ghen Ghen’ album is all that Nigeria currently wants”pulse.ng. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  15. Jump up^ “Orezi – Call The Police | Jaguda.com”jaguda.com. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  16. Jump up^ “NEA Awards 2014 Winners List”. tooxclusive. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September2014.
  17. Jump up^ Jasanya, Olamide (24 June 2014). “Who won what at City People Entertainment Awards 2014”. Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  18. Jump up^ “I No Fit Lie – The EP”. iTunes. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  19. Jump up^ http://www.ogusbaba.com/2014/05/orezi-shoki-freestyle-download-iamorezi.html
  20. Jump up^ “DJ Akaba – Onome ft. Orezi”View Nigeria. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  21. Jump up^ “New Music Orezi – ‘Yagolono'”Pulse.ng. Joey Akan. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  22. Jump up^ “New Music Orezi – ‘Sweet Yarinya'”Pulse.ng. Joey Akan. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  23. Jump up^ “Orezi Biography- Age, Net Worth, Songs, House & Cars”Nigerian Info Box. Enabs Nicholas. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
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