Chidinma Ekile (born 2 Might 1991), identified professionally as Chidinma, is a Nigerian gospel singer and songwriter. In 2010, she rose to stardom after profitable the third season of Project Fame West Africa. Following the discharge of the music video for her “Emi Ni Baller” single, she turned the primary feminine musician to peak at number one on the MTV Base Official Naija Prime 10 chart. In 2011, she launched the Sound Sultan-assisted single “Jankoliko”.Her eponymous debut album Chidinma was launched by the music platform Spinlet; it was supported by the singles “Jankoliko”, “Carry You Go”, “Kedike” and “Run Dia Mouth”.
The album options guest appearances from Sound Sultan, Tha Suspect, Olamide and Muna. Chidinma gained Finest Feminine West African Act on the 2012 Kora Awards and carried out “Kedike” on the ceremony. She is not too long ago signed with Eezee Idea, with the discharge of a gospel track as a kingdom lady, titled “Jehovah Overdo”.
Formative years, instructional pursuits, and public picture
Chidinma Ekile was born in Ketu, Kosofe, Lagos State to folks originating from Imo State. She is the sixth of seven youngsters. Chidinma grew up with a disciplinarian father and commenced singing on the age of six. When she was 10 years previous, she joined her church’s choir.
Chidinma attended main and secondary college in Ketu earlier than relocating to Ikorodu along with her household. She labored as a enterprise promoter in Lagos previous to auditioning for the third season of Venture Fame West Africa. Chidinma needed to review mass communication however ended up attaining a sociology diploma from the University of Lagos.
Chidinma initially declined her admission to the College of Lagos attributable to her development in Venture Fame West Africa. In an interview with YNaija, she mentioned she has at all times taken college significantly and her choice to enroll at Unilag was inevitable. She additionally mentioned music wasn’t at all times on her agenda, however determined to present it a attempt after profitable the music competitors.
After dying her hair crimson and getting a mohawk, folks began perceiving her as a great lady gone dangerous. In an interview posted on the Daily Independent web site, Chidinma mentioned she remains to be the identical and that she’s evolving and rising as a musician.
True to her phrases, Chidinma transitioned into the Gospel Music Trade after she was signed by Eezee Conceptz, a prime gospel producing company
Earlier than auditioning for the third version of Venture Fame West Africa, she dreamt of being a part of the fact tv present. With the assistance and assist from her shut knit buddy, Chidinma left her residence in Ikorodu and went to Ultima Studios.
She was among the many eight thousand contestants that went that yr to showcase their abilities. Subsequently, Chidinma joined 17 different contestants within the Fame Academy spherical. For 10 weeks, Chidinma and the opposite contestants had been coached by musical professionals: voice coaches, inspirational audio system, established musicians, and music enterprise service suppliers.
Furthermore, contestants had been taught choreography and a number of other rehearsal drills. Chidinma was introduced because the competitors’s winner on 26 September 2010. She gained numerous prizes, together with ₦2.5 million, a 2011 Toyota RAV4, and a manufacturing deal. In Might 2013, Chidinma signed an endorsement take care of MTN Nigeria.
Chidinma began engaged on her eponymous debut studio album Chidinma after releasing a collaborative undertaking with different season 3 finalists. The album was scheduled for launch within the fourth quarter of 2011. Chidinma spoke concerning the album briefly and mentioned she put a whole lot of power into it. She labored with numerous producers, together with Cobhams Asuquo, Tee-Y Mix, WazBeat and Oscar Heman Ackah.
She launched the Sound Sultan-assisted single “Jankoliko” and “Carry You Go” on 22 February 2011. Each songs had been written and produced by Oscar Heman Ackah. In an interview posted on the Weekly Belief web site, Chidinma mentioned she was happy with the constructive response she obtained after the songs had been launched, and is working arduous to enhance her craft. On 4 June 2011, Chidinma launched the Clarence Peters-directed music video for “Jankoliko”.
On 11 October 2011, she launched “Kedike” because the album’s third single. The track interprets to “Heartbeat” and was produced by Cobhams Asuquo. In an interview with Leisure Rave, Chidinma revealed she and her producers invented the track’s identify and additional mentioned it depicts love. The Clarance Peters-directed music video for “Kedike” was launched on 24 January 2012. Nigerian singer Dammy Krane performed Chidinma’s love curiosity within the video. On 11 October 2011, she additionally launched the album’s fourth single “Run Dia Mouth”.
2013–2014: Standalone releases
On 14 September 2012, she launched the Illbliss and Tha Suspect-assisted single “Emi Ni Baller”. The track was produced by Legendury Beatz. It peaked at quantity 7 on Vanguard‘s checklist of the Prime 10 songs that made 2013. The official remix for “Emi Ni Baller” was launched on 22 February 2013.
It options vocals by Wizkid and was additionally produced by Legendury Beatz. Capital Goals Footage launched the music video for “Emi Ni Baller” on 12 June 2013. It was shot and directed within the U.Okay by Clarence Peters. On 10 June 2013, Chidinma launched three singles: “Bless My Hustle”, “Kite” and “Jolly”, all of which had been produced by Tha Suspect, Del B and Wizzboy, respectively.
On 14 September 2013, Chidinma launched “Oh Child”. Its remix was launched on 29 January 2014 and options vocals by Flavour N’abania. Each songs had been produced by Younger D. On 2 Might 2014, Chidinma launched the music video for “Oh Child (You & I)”. It was directed by Clarence Peters and stars Ngozi Nwosu and OC Ukeje.
One in all Chidinma’s most up-to-date hits is “Fallen In Love” which was launched in 2017. Its video at present has 101 million views on YouTube.
Chidinma carried out with Dr SID on the MTN Energy of 10 Concert events, a ten-city tour that celebrated MTN Nigeria’s ten-year anniversary; the tour kicked off in Makurdi on 9 September 2011. Chidinma was one of many supporting acts on the 2013 Hennessy Artistry Membership Tour headlined by D’banj.
On 3 November 2013, she carried out on the Guinness World of Extra Live performance alongside P-Square, D’banj, Wizkid, Ice Prince, Burna Boy, Olamide, Phyno, Waje, Davido and Tiwa Savage. On 9 November 2013, Chidinma carried out with Blackstreet on the Butterscotch Night Expertise, a live performance held on the Eko Motels and Suites.
On 14 February 2014, she carried out on the MTN Valentine Rave Celebration, alongside Tiwa Savage, Mario and Sound Sultan.Chidinma has carried out in a number of nations in Africa, together with the Republic of Benin, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Cameroun, Equatorial Guinea, Niger and Ghana.
2021:Chidinma turns into Gospel Artiste
After a really lengthy absence from the music scene, Chidinma Ekile reappeared once more in Might 2021 however this time to have a good time her thirtieth birthday, sharing pictures of herself on Instagram. She expressed regrets losing over 9 years doing secular music, noting that her sudden swap to gospel music was fueled by a brand new encounter with God and understanding of her Christian religion.
To announce her arrival into the Nigerian gospel music scene, Chidinma launched her debut gospel single titled, ‘Jehovah Over Do’ on Sunday, Might 2, 2021. The New Season EP include 6 tracks and a bonus (making 7 in whole) was launched on August 23, 2021.
Accomplishments and musical influences
Chidinma gained Finest Feminine West African Act on the 2012 Kora Awards. Her award plaque was offered to her by Didier Drogba. She toppled Omawumi and 5 others for the honour. After profitable the award, Chidinma mentioned, “It was an enormous honour to me.
I’m grateful to God, my followers and folks, who’ve been a part of my success story. Successful KORA is a giant achievement for me and I do know it’s the starting of higher issues to come back.” Chidinma has cited Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Fela Kuti, Omawumi, Onyeka Onwenu, Lagbaja and Darey Art Alade as her greatest musical influences.
Molped, firm specializing in sanitary pad makes Chidinma its model ambassador in April 2019.(https://punchng.com/chidinma-becomes-molped-brand-ambassador)Chidinma is the founding father of NMA care basis,a non governmental group set-up to cater for visually impaired children
As one of many nice feminine Nigerian Artists, Chidinma Ekile carried out on the MTN Energy of 10 Live performance that was organized in September 2011 and her internet value as at the moment was $2.8million.
Awards and nominations
|2014||City People Entertainment Awards||Musician of the Yr (Feminine)||Herself||Nominated|||
|Finest Collabo of the Yr||“Oh! Child (You & I)”
(that includes Flavour N’abania)
|2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Finest Pop/R&B Artist of the Yr||Herself||Nominated|||
|Feminine Artist of the Yr||Nominated|
|Finest Music Video of the Yr (Artist & Director)||“Oh! Child (You & I)”
(that includes Flavour N’abania)
|African Muzik Journal Awards||Finest Feminine West Africa||Herself||Nominated|||
|MTV Africa Music Awards 2014||Finest Feminine||Nominated|||
|2013||The Headies||Finest Collabo||“Emi Ni Baller”
(that includes Tha Suspect and IllBliss)
|Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA)||Video of the Yr||Nominated|||
|Finest Pop Additional Video||Gained|
|Finest Afro Hip Hop Video||“I Am Sorry”
(IllBliss that includes Chidinma)
|Channel O Music Video Awards||Most Gifted African West||“Emi Ni Baller”
(that includes Tha Suspect and IllBliss)
|Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Finest Collabo||Nominated|||
|Metropolis Individuals Leisure Awards||Musician of the Yr (Feminine)||Herself||Nominated|||
|2012||The Headies||Finest Vocal Efficiency (Feminine)||“Kedike”||Nominated|||
|Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA)||Finest Afro Pop||Nominated|||
|Finest Indigenous Idea||Nominated|
|Nigeria Leisure Awards||Finest New Act of the Yr||Herself||Nominated|||
|Finest Pop/R&B Artist of the Yr||Nominated|
|Kora Awards||Finest Feminine West African Act||“Kedike”||Gained|||
|New Season EP||
|2011||“I Am A Winner” (with MTN Venture Fame All Stars)||—|
|“Jankoliko” (that includes Sound Sultan)||Chidinma|
|“Carry You Go”|
|“Run Dia Mouth”|
|2012||“Emi Ni Baller” (that includes Tha Suspect and iLLBliss)||TBA|
|2013||“Emi Ni Baller (Remix)” (that includes WizKid)|
|“Bless My Hustle” (that includes Phyno)|
|“Candy Like Shuga” (with Flavour, KCee, Sound Sultan, and Professor)||—|
|“CAPITAL Krismas” (with Tha Suspect, iLLBliss, Tesh Carter, and Clarence Peters)||Non-album single|
|2014||“Oh Child (You & I)” (that includes Flavour)||TBA|
|2017||“Fallen In Love”|
|2012||“In The Air” (Tesh Carter that includes Chidinma)||TBA|
|2013||“One Kain Love” (Mystro that includes Chidinma)|
|“Oga DJ” (Mr 2kay that includes Chidinma)|
|“Solely Human” (Silvastone that includes Chidinma)|
|“Instantly” (Monica Ogah that includes Chidinma)||Someday in August|
|“Highly effective” (iLLBliss that includes Chidinma)||TBA|
|“I Am Sorry” (iLLBliss that includes Chidinma)||Oga Boss|
|“Ije Love” (Dubie that includes Chidinma)||DUBIE|
|“Doxology” (Mike Aremu that includes Chidinma)||Coat of Many Colors|
|2014||“ODUNAYO” (Creddy-F that includes Chidinma and Phyno)||TBA|
|“Candy Potato” (Praiz that includes Chidinma)||Wealthy and Well-known|
|“Our Voices” (DaSuki that includes Chidinma)||TBA|
|2015||”All I Need Is You” (Banky W that includes Chidinma)||TBA|
|2011||“I Am A Winner” (with MTN Venture Fame All Stars)||Bayo Alawiye|
|“Jankoliko” (that includes Sound Sultan)||Clarence Peters|
|“In The Air” (Tesh Carter that includes Chidinma)|
|2013||“Solely Human” (Silvastone that includes Chidinma)|
|“Emi Ni Baller” (that includes Tha Suspect and iLLBliss)|
|“One Kain Love” (Mystro that includes Chidinma)|
|“I Am Sorry” (iLLBliss that includes Chidinma)|
|“Candy Like Shuga” (with Flavour, KCee, Sound Sultan, and Professor)|
|“Oh Child (You & I)” (that includes Flavour)|
|2017||“Fallen In Love”|