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11 Nigerian Musicians That Are From Edo State (Photos)

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#1. Rema

Divine Ikubor , known professionally as Rema, is a Nigerian singer and rapper.

In 2019, he signed a record deal with Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records. He rose to prominence with the release of the song "Iron Man", which appeared on Barack Obama 's 2019 summer Playlist.

The singer was born into a Christian family in Benin City , Edo State. Rema grew up singing and rapping while in secondary school. He attained his primary and secondary school education in Edo State.

Rema signed a record deal with D'Prince 's Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records in 2019. He released his eponymous debut EP Rema in 2019. It peaked at number 1 on Apple Music Nigeria.

On 19 October 2019, Rema won Next Rated and was nominated for Viewer's Choice at the 13th edition of The Headies.On 12 January 2020 he received the Souncity mvp for best new artist.

#2. Cynthia Morgan

Cynthia Ikponmwenosa Morgan, born 23 September 1991, popularly known by her previous stage name Cynthia Morgan , now Madrina, is a Nigerian born songwriter and singer. Her music is a fusion of pop, hip hop ,dancehall and rap . She shot into limelight following the release of two singles titled "Don't Break My Heart" and "Lead Me On", which received massive airplay and positive reviews from critics. Cynthia made her acting debut in a 2016 Nollywood movie "The Wrong Number" Directed by Saint Joseph ovensehi, and Ay's comedy movie A trip to Jamaica. 

Cynthia Morgan was born in Benin City , Edo State where she completed her basic formal education. At the age of 3, she was already a backup singer for her mother's musical band.

At the age of 7, Cynthia Morgan started composing songs and at the age of 17 she recorded her debut single which featured General Pype "Dutty Stepping". In 2008, she moved to Lagos to further her music career.

She calls herself Killa Marshal which her Ego on stage.

On 22 August 2013, Cynthia Morgan signed a recording contract with Northside Entertainment Inc. owned by Jude 'Engees' Okoye. Few months later, she released two chart-topping singles "Don't Break My Heart" and "Lead Me On" which got positive reviews from fans; the latter went on to be nominated for "Best Reggae/Dancehall Single" at The Headies 2014.

She is currently working on her debut album.

#3. Waje

Aituaje Iruobe , known professionally as Waje , is a Nigerian singer whose vocal range covers three octaves. She first gained recognition after being featured on the remake of P-Square ’s "Omoge Mi". Waje was also featured on the duo's 2008 hit track "Do Me". Moreover, she contributed vocals to Banky W 's "Thief My Kele" and M.I 's "One Naira". In 2016, Waje was one of the four judges in the inaugural season of The Voice Nigeria.

Waje was born September 1, 1980, in Akure, Ondo State , Nigeria. She is the first born and the first daughter in her family. She grew up in Benin City, following her parent's relocation. Her parents got divorced when she was young, and she had to overcome the difficulty that accompanied her parent's separation.

Waje attended the Word of Faith Group of Schools and joined the choir. She sang gospel tunes to the delight of the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa . Idahosa was quite impressed with her singing and decided to help her during her entire secondary school days.Waje later relocated to Nsukka to attend the University of Nigeria, Nsukka , earning a degree in social work from the school. During her time at UNN, she performed at school concerts and fellowships. She listened to singers such as Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin to improve her craft.

#4. Helen Paul

Helen Paul is a comedian, singer and actress from Nigeria.She is also a stand-up comedian, known as Tatafo, characterized by a voice range that makes her sound like a child.

In July 2012 Paul released her debut album Welcome Party , which contains Afro-Pop songs such as "Boju Boju", "Vernacular", "Gbedu", "God Forbid", an Afro RnB song titled "Children of the World", and "Use Calculator", an enlightenment song about the menace of the HIV-AIDs epidemic.She subsequently released some singles, including "Take It Back". In 2018, she released the audio and visuals of her single titled "Never Knew", an inspiring song about her developmental years and career progress thus far.

#5. Joe Praize

Joseph Omo Ebhodaghe, born June 20, 1979, popularly known as Joe Praize , is a Nigerian gospel singer, praise and worship leader, songwriter and music director who rose to popularity following the release of his hit song "Mighty God" off his debut album My Praise.

Born in Edo State Nigeria, into a family of nine, Joe Praize was born again in 1991. A graduate of Social Work and Administration from the University of Jos , Plateau State , Nigeria, he has since become a praise and worship leader at the Love World a.k.a. Christ Embassy . He has ministered in several countries including South Africa , Canada , United Kingdom , United States, Australia, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Cyprus, Nigeria, Ghana and others, and he has won several awards. Some of the awards include the Song of the Year Award 2010, at the Love World Award with the song, "Mighty God", which is track number five on his first album, My Praise . He was also nominated for Best African Gospel by SABC Crown Gospel Awards 2010, winner Best West Africa at the Africa Gospel Music Awards UK 2011, the Love World Awards 2011, for Worship Song of the Year, best artiste of the year at the crystal award Nigeria, best gospel song at the Coson awards Nigeria, lifetime achievement at the gospel music awards Italy, collaborated with Ayo Vincent in her video "You Are Great", which won the best video at the Crystal Awards for gospel artists in Nigeria, which held on the July 2014, special recognition award loveworld Australia in 2014.

He married his wife Joana on June 2017, and they had their first child, a baby boy, on August 26th 2018.

#6. Halle

Halle, born Halle Grace Ihmordu, December 17 in Edo State, Nigeria, is a Nigerian actress and a singer-songwriter / dancer currently signed to N3rd Records.

In 2008 she starred in her first drama movie Relentless (2008–2009) the movie which was later released in 2010 (at the BFI London Film Festival. The movie which also got screened at the 2012 New York African Film Festival and also at the Film Club, Nigeria in 2012, becoming her first; the drama also stars Gideon Okeke, Nneka Egbuna , Jimmy Jean-Louis and Tope Oshin Ogun, co-produced by Andy Amadi Okoroafor, set in Freetown, Sierra Leone and Lagos, Nigeria.

Before becoming an actress, Halle, started dancing and she entered several dance competitions, finishing up as the Winner of Channel O Dance Africa Competition, and the last female standing at the Maltina Dance Hall (2008). In 2012 she debuted with her first single Falling in Love the song was positively received and also criticized by music lovers, then she went for a brief hiatus, giving it her 101% she continued honing her skills, she added another single to her catalog Na Na Na , not leaving anything out she rolled-out Dutty Shower in 2013.

Just like the other years, 2014 was an exception, she got signed to A.N.I Entertainment, in the same year she licensed all her musical works to Soundcore Media Limited who distributed for her and in late 2014 she released her first single Halle Baby under the label, the song enjoyed airplay's on radio stations in Nigeria, Internet Radio in UK and USA and hype's on local media; Newspapers, Entertainment Magazine's. Not resting in her oars Halle followed it up with Only You and Freaky Loving.

As a professional Dancer, Halle has represented her country Nigeria in several dance competitions in South Africa and USA. Also as a performer, she has graced stages like The Calabar Festival, Star Trek , Coke Studio Africa and many more. Also in 2014, Halle was also nominated for City People Entertainment Awards in the Best New Female Act Category.

In 2015, things where no longer the way they used to between Halle and her record label A.N.I Entertainment and so she parted ways with the entertainment outfit. In early May 2015 after the split-out from her record label, she joined Soltesh Iyere's record label N3rd Records (a subsidiary of theMedia 360 Company) and she made a statement of intent in the Nigerian Music Industry with a single Another Day the song which serenades a special guy features Nigeria's Number one dance-hall artist Patoranking as the guy.

Halle is all about the process, the singer-songwriter understands that less is usually more.She and Idia Aisien are both brand ambassadors of 9janimi Channel , a music/movie streaming service since 2010.

#7. Felix Liberty

Felix Liberty, born Felix Aigbe Liberty, also known as Lover boy is a Nigerian pop musician, singer, songwriter and producer.He is best known for his song "Ifeoma.".

Felix Liberty became popular in the Nigerian music scene in the late 80s after the release of his song "Ifeoma." but in the late 90s he became a born again Christian and he is now a Pastor in the church, he is blessed with 19 kids.

#8. Johnny Drille

Johnny Drille was born John Ighdaro. He was conceived on July 5, 1990. He hails from Edo, Benin City, Nigeria. Johnny Drille’s father is a school principal and a Clergy which means that he was born into a Christian background. He has four siblings.

According to Johnny, he started singing in church with his siblings at a young age. He joined the children’s choir and began playing the keyboard in 2001. He also joined a music group known as ‘Soul Awakening Singers’ where he sang with his sister and other people.

After his primary and secondary education, he proceeded to study at the University of Benin where he graduated with a BSC in English and Literature in 2012.

Johnny Drille contested for the 6th edition of Mtn Project Fame West Africa, where he made it to the last 10.

He began his music career in 2006 by learning music production techniques, and in 2012, he began as a professional music producer. His career came into prominence when he released a cover of Awww by Dija in 2015, where he caught the attention of Mavin Boss, Don Jazzy, he officially signed a deal with Mavin record Label in 2017.

His song’ Love Don’t Lie’ which was released in 2015 got massive airplay and also top music charts in Nigeria.

Johnny Drille hails from Edo State, Nigeria. His father is a school principal and clergyman. He has four siblings. Drille started singing in his father's church at an early age.

#9. Amarachi

Born Amarachi Uyanne popularly known by her stage name Amarachi, is a Nigerian child singer, dancer and violinist. The child celebrity named Amarachi rose to prominence after winning the maiden edition of Nigeria’s Got Talent. She is one of the best Nigerian child singer, dancer and generally regarded as one of the bankable kids in Nigeria today.

The popular Nigerian kid dancer, violinist, recording artiste, singer, songwriter and a performing artiste was born on 17th July 2004 in Asaba, Delta State in the south southern part of Nigeria, though she is originally a native of Benin City, Edo State. She grew up with her family in delta state. Amarachi officially started dancing at the age of 5, she shot to lime light after emerging the winner of the first edition of Nigeria’s Got Talent. She was subsequently dubbed the “youngest millionaire in Nigeria” , the likes of Emmanualla Samuel and Ozzybosco are also on that category.

Amarachi Uyanne went to South Point Primary School in Benin. She successfully debuted in the music industry with the single “Amarachi Dance” in 2013. She started dancing at a very tender age as she was juggling studies and works together. She later completed her primary school education and obtained her first school leaving certificate, then concentrated more on dancing before she proceeded to secondary school. Amarachi is currently studying in an international high school in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria where she combines both music career and her academic studies together.

She started her career when she was very tender, things got better after emerging as the winner of Nigeria’s Got Talent. She released her debut single titled “Amarachi Dance” just after winning the first edition of Nigeria’s Got Talent. She proceeded to feature Phyno in a song titled “Ova Sabi”; her first two singles received massive airplays and positive reviews from music critics. She has found a talent school called “Amarachi Talent Academy”, where she nurture and train young children with musical and dance talents.

Amarachi went head to head with many contender in the competition including a notable dancer and violinist, Godwin Ogechukwu. She won the competition against all odds because she believes in her talent as it doesn’t lie. Amarachi is very talented, skillful above all beautiful. She and George Sampson both competed on different versions of the Got Talent TV show.

#10. Skales

Skales, official names, Raoul John Njeng-Njeng, was born on 1st April 1991 in Kaduna State, Nigeria, but he is originally from Edo State. His stage name Skales is short for his "Mantra" Seek Knowledge Acquire Large Entrepreneurial Skills. Skales is by profession a rapper, singer, and songwriter.

Skales received his university degree from the University of Jos and later landed at Lead City University, where he graduated with a degree in office management and technology.

Skales started writing rap songs in Kaduna during his stay in Jos while working with Jesse Jagz and Jeremiah Gyang from 2007.

In 2008, He entered the Zain Tru Search competition where he won the competition's North Central region.

His debut single "Must Shine" received numerous spin on the Rhythm FM stations in Lagos, Jos, and Abuja. He later relocated to Lagos and signed a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E) in 2009 and he was one of the main acts on E.M.E's debut compilation album, Empire Mates State of Mind released in 2012.

He released the singles "Mukulu" and "Keresimesi" simultaneously. Both songs were produced by Sarz and released under the outfit. The music video for the latter track was directed by Clarence Peters and uploaded to YouTube on 28 November 2011.

He collaborated with Banky W., Wizkid, Shaydee, Niyola and DJ Xclusive on five of the album's seven singles. He also toured with some of the aforementioned acts on the EME US Tour, which kicked off on 4 July and ended on 2 September 2012. E.M.E acts performed in several different cities, including Houston, Dallas, Toronto, Vancouver, New York City, Providence, Calgary, Atlanta, Washington DC and Chicago.

Skales has collaborated with numerous artists, including eLDee, Jeremiah Gyang, Banky W. and Knighthouse. His well-known songs include "Shake Body", "Mukulu", "Keresimesi", "Komole", "My Baby", "Take Care of Me" and "Denge Pose".

Vanguard newspaper reported that Skales left E.M.E following the expiration of his four-year recording contract. E.M.E executives believed they were not getting remunerated for investing in him and refused to renew his contract.

After leaving E.M.E in March 2014, Skales set up the independent OHK Music record label in April 2014. According to Skales, OHK focuses on music production, songwriting, promotions, as well as music publishing for all acts signed to the label.

Skales became the second notable artiste to leave EME Records after Wizkid left several months back to start his own, Star New Boy Entertainment.

His debut studio album Man of the Year was released in 2015.

11. DJ Neptune

DJ Neptune whose real name is Imohiosen Patrick, is an award winning Nigerian disc jockey, radio personality, Musician, and record producer born on September 25.

DJ Neptune was born and raised in Lagos state but originally hails from Edo state.

He is from a family of four; he has three siblings, three elder sisters.

Neptune is also a graduate of Mass Communication with high taste for good music.

He has been able to carve a niche for himself within a short period of time in the industry.

He has also been able to showcase his versatility with the musical genres of Afro-pop, hip hop, dance-hall, house and R&B.

A DJ with a unique personality, he has tour many countries which include South Africa, Malaysia, the United states, United Kingdom, Mauritius and so on.

Neptune developed interest to become a disc jockey at the age of 10 where he began entertaining friends.

Through the mentor-ship of UK based disc jockey, DJ Douglas, Neptune became a professional Dj in 2001.

He became a household name when he was a resident DJ at Ray power FM 100.5 FM. He worked with the radio station from 2004 to 2010.

He was later signed by the Nigerian rapper, Naeto C and became his official disc jockey.

He took a bold step to start his own production for the sole purpose of putting his name out there and then began releasing series of promotional Mix tapes online for free downloads.

Neptune released many hit songs such as 123 (Remix) feat. Mi, Naeto C and the late Dagrin, This Gbedu feat. Ice Prince, YQ and Shank, Skoobi Doo feat. Jesse Jagz, General Pype and Lynxx, So Nice feat. Davido and Del B, Baddest feat. Olamide, Stonebwoy and BOJ.

Neptune drops one of the best album titled “Greatness”. The album consist of 13 tracks with features from the likes of Davido, Mr Eazi, Niniola, Olamide, Phyno, Small doctor, Runtown, C4 Pedro, Mayorkun, Yemi Alade, Mr Real, Zoro, Slimcase, Maleek Berry, Efya, Harmonize, Willy Paul and may others.

It also boast of production credits from Masterkraft, Spellz, Jay Pizzle, Young John, Ckay, Sossick, GospelOnTheBeatz, Del B, Fiokee, Simba and so on.

Some of the notable hits on the album are Wait feat. Kizz daniel, Why feat. Runtown, Mia Mia Feat. Mr Eazi and C4 Pedro.

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