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IYANYA-Biography, Age, Career, Awards, Personal Life, Net Worth, Family, Siblings, Houses, Cars, Education

IYANYA-Biography, Age, Career, Awards, Personal Life, Net Worth, Family, Siblings, Houses, Cars, Education

Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk (born 31 October 1986), identified by his stage title Iyanya, is a Nigerian Afropop singer.

Profession

He rose to fame after successful the primary season of Project Fame West Africa and is finest identified for his hit single “Kukere“. He co-founded the document label Made Males Music Group with Ubi Franklin in 2011. He launched his debut studio album My Story in 2011. It was supported by the singles “No Time” and “Love Really”. Desire, his second studio album, contained 5 singles: “Kukere”, “Ur Waist“, “Flavour“, “Sexy Mama“, and “Jombolo“. He gained the Artist of the Year award at The Headies 2013. In October 2016, Iyanya introduced on Instagram that he signed a document take care of Mavin Records. Few months prior, he signed a administration take care of Temple Administration Firm. He first introduced his intentions to go away Made Males Music Group in July 2016.

Formative years and schooling

Iyanya was born on Palm Road in CalabarCross River State. His mom was a head mistress and his father was a forester. Iyanya has described his mom because the family disciplinarian, whereas his father was the gentler of the 2. His mother and father each died in 2008, and his older brother died across the identical time. Iyanya’s grandfather was a priest the place Iyanya sang in his church’s choir and was the choir grasp for the youngsters’s choir at age 5.

Mbuk accomplished his major, secondary, and college schooling in Calabar. He’s a enterprise administration graduate from the University of Calabar.

Profession

After graduating from the College of Calabar, he labored in a resort and sang karaoke at a neighborhood bar he managed. Iyanya started growing his vocal skills at native bars which embody: Fiesta Fries Bar, Mirage Nite Membership, and West-Life. Iyanya cited British singer Craig David and American hip hop artist R. Kelly as his key musical influences. Iyanya was motivated to pursue music professionally after watching the superstar life-style of 2 Face Idibia and Olu Preserve. Iyanya began as a rapper, going by the title “Lofty”.

MTN Venture Fame

In 2008, KCee from KC Presh satisfied Iyanya to partake within the first season of Project Fame West Africa. Iyanya went on and emerged the winner of the competitors after battling quite a few individuals who had the identical aspirations as him. The 2008 MTN-sponsored Venture Fame competitors was the start of Iyanya’s musical profession. Not like many individuals who dwindle after a significant competitors, Iyanya’s success had simply begun.

2009: My Story

After successful MTN’s Venture Fame West Africa, Iyanya started recording his debut album My Story. It was launched by CN Media Imprint. The album confirmed Iyanya’s versatility as an R&B artist, significantly on the self-titled monitor “Iyanya” and “Love Really”. Iyanya’s debut album was a industrial failure because of issues with distribution and promotion.

2012–2013: Need

After visiting his hometown of Calabar and seeing individuals’s affection for the Etighi dance, Iyanya determined to do a track that will popularize the dance that originated in Calabar. He teamed up with producer DTunes and recorded “Kukere“, a single that achieved international success, significantly in Nigeria, Ghana and the UK. The track was succeeded by the album’s second single entitled “Ur Waist“, which options extra vocals from Emma Nyra.

Endorsements

On 16 October 2013, 360Nobs reported that Iyanya grew to become an envoy for Solo Telephones Nigeria, a cell phone firm located at Laptop Village, Ikeja. The one-year deal was reportedly value $220,000 (35 million naira). As well as, Iyanya acquired a 2014 Toyota Prado from the deal. In 2013, the Every day Unbiased newspaper reported that Iyanya additionally signed a one-year take care of Zinox Computer systems (Nigeria’s first licensed branded computer systems) value $300,000. The deal will characteristic Iyanya on Zinox billboards and in TV commercials.

Musical type

Iyanya began performing ballads, significantly on his debut album My Story. In an interview with Toolz on Ndani TV, he mentioned he desires to be a flexible artist and desires to be identified for his R&B and Afrobeats skills. In the identical interview, he additionally mentioned he switched from R&B to Afrobeat as a result of he needed to generate income and needed followers to see his versatility.

Worldwide appearances

On 25 November 2012, Iyanya carried out at comic AY Makun present held on the INDIGO2 enviornment. To advertise his second album within the UK, Iyanya headlined the Iyanya vs. Need live performance. It began in London and resulted in Manchester. The London live performance was held on the INDIGO2 enviornment on 9 June 2013. It featured performances from Tonto Dikeh and Emma Nyra. On 14 June 2013, the Manchester live performance commenced and featured performances from Emma Nyra and DRB Lasgidi. Iyanya and his label mate Emma Nyra went on a mini tour throughout the US and Canada in early 2013. Iyanya carried out on the Shrine in Chicago on 11 April 2013. He additionally carried out on the African Muzik Journal launch on 12 April 2013, which was held in Dallas, Texas. Iyanya serenaded Grammy Award nominee Melanie Fiona on the LTB Jean retailer in Soho, New York, and carried out on the world-renowned New York Fashion Week.

Movies and tv

Tv
Yr Title Position Notes Ref
2013 Shuga (season 3) Himself Cameo appearance [28]

Awards and nominations

Yr Occasion Prize Recipient End result Ref
2014 Metropolis Individuals Leisure Awards Musician of the Yr (Male) Himself Nominated [29]
African Muzik Journal Awards Finest Male West Africa Nominated [30]
Finest Dance in a Video “Le Kwa Ukwu” Gained [31]
World Music Awards World’s Finest Tune “Away” Nominated [32]
“Le Kwa Ukwu” Nominated
World’s Finest Video Nominated
World’s Finest Male Artist Himself Nominated
World’s Finest Dwell Act Nominated
World’s Finest Entertainer of The Yr Nominated
2013 The Headies Artist of the Year Gained [33][34]
Finest R&B/Pop Album Desire Nominated
Album of the Year Nominated
Finest Pop Single Ur Waist Nominated
Tune of the Yr Nominated
Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Finest Excessive Life Video Jombolo
(Iyanya that includes Flavour N’abania)
Nominated [35]
Finest Use of Choreography [36]
Finest Use of Visible Results Sexy Mama
(Iyanya that includes Wizkid)
Nominated [36]
Soul Train Music Awards Finest Worldwide Efficiency “Ur Waist”
(Iyanya that includes Emma Nyra)
Nominated [37]
Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Male Video Flavour Nominated [38]
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Finest Pop/R&B Artiste of the Yr Himself Nominated [39]
Hottest Single of the Yr Kukere Gained [40]
Ghana Music Awards African Artiste of the Yr Himself Nominated [41]
Metropolis Individuals Leisure Awards Musician of the Yr (Male) Nominated [42]
Most In style Tune of the Yr “Kukere” Nominated
2012 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Finest Up to date Afro (Dwell Beats selection) Nominated [43]
The Headies Finest Pop Single Gained [44]
Tune of the Yr Nominated [45]

Discography

Iyanya discography
Iyanya vs desire concert performance-9764-2.jpg
Studio albums 2
Music movies 14
Singles 22
Promotional singles 5

The discography of Iyanya consists of two studio albums, twenty two singles (together with ten as featured artist), 5 promotional singles, and fourteen music videos.

Studio albums

Title Album particulars Peak chart positions Certifications Gross sales
NGR RSA GHA UK
My Story
Desire
  • Launched: 6 February 2013
  • Label: Made Males Music Group
  • Format: CD, digital download
Applaudise
  • Launched: 19 September 2015
  • Label: Made Males Music Group
  • Format: CD, digital download
“—” denotes a recording that didn’t chart or was not launched in that territory.

Compilation albums

Title Album particulars Peak chart positions Certifications Gross sales
NGR RSA GHA UK
The Evolution
  • Launched: 29 Could 2014
  • Label: Made Males Music Group
  • Format: CD, digital download

Singles

As lead artist
Checklist of singles as lead artist, with chosen chart positions
Title Yr Peak chart positions Certifications Album
NGR RSA GHA UK
“Love Really” 2009 My Story
“No Time”
(that includes Faze)
“Iyanya (My Story)” 2010
Kukere 2011 Need
Ur Waist
(that includes Emma Nyra)
2012
Kukere Remix
(that includes D’banj)
Flavour
Sexy Mama
(that includes Wizkid)
2013
Jombolo
(that includes Flavour N’abania)
“Head Swell”[46] TBA
“She Can Get It”[47]
“Le Kwa Ukwu”[48]
“Story Story”
(that includes Oritse Femi)[49]
2014
Mr Oreo Applaudise
“Ijeoma” (that includes peruzzi) 2019
As featured artist
Checklist of singles as featured artist, with chosen chart positions
Title Yr Peak chart positions Certifications Album
NGR RSA GHA UK
“Get Wild”[50]
(N6 that includes Iyanya)
2012 BiznessB4Pleasure
“Omoge”[51]
(Slim Joe that includes Iyanya)
TBA
“Every part I Do”[52]
(that includes Iyanya)
“Your Need”[53]
(Sammy Lee that includes Iyanya)
2013
“Koma Roll Remix”[54]
(Tillaman that includes Ice Prince, Iyanya, Burna BoyPhyno and Trigga)
“Coupe Decale Remix”[55]
(Minjin that includes Iyanya)
“Emujo”[56]
(DJ Jimmy Jatt that includes Iyanya and 4×4)
“Fi Mi Le”[57]
(Lola Rae that includes Iyanya)
“Felele”[58]
(Ajemina that includes Iyanya)
“Fever”[59] 2016
“Really feel Alright”[60]
(Wizzboy that includes Iyanya)
Testimoney
“Flex”[61]
(Princeton that includes Iyanya)

Promotional singles

Checklist of promotional singles, with chosen chart positions
Title Yr Peak chart positions Album
NGR RSA GHA UK
“I am the One”[62] 2010 Non-album single
“In Love Once more”[62]
“South Woman”[63]
(that includes Duncan Mighty)
2011
“Excessive”
(that includes Dammy Krane)
2013
“Take It Inside”[64]
(Olamide that includes Iyanya)

Music movies

As lead artist
Checklist of music movies as lead artist, exhibiting date launched and administrators[65]
Title Video launch date Director(s) Ref
“Le Kwa Ukwu” 12 November 2013 Sesan [66]
“Head Swell” 1 August 2013 Mr. Moe Musa [67]
“Jombolo”
(that includes Flavour N’abania)
12 June 2013 Sesan [68]
“Horny Mama”
(that includes Wizkid)
26 April 2013 [69]
“Flavour” 24 December 2012 Mr Moe Musa [70]
“Ur Waist”
(that includes Emma Nyra)
14 September 2012 Clarence Peters [71]
“Kukere” 24 March 2012 Patrick Ellis [72]
“Iyanya (My Story)” 7 March 2010
“Love Really” 10 July 2009 [35]
As featured artist
Checklist of music movies as featured artist, exhibiting date launched and administrators[65]
Title Video launch date Director(s) Ref
“Felele”
(that includes Iyanya)
17 June 2013 Don P Movies [73]
“Coupe Decale Remix”
(Minjin that includes Iyanya)
12 June 2013 Limitless LA [74]
“Koma Roll Remix”
(Tillaman that includes Ice Prince, Iyanya, Burna Boy, Phyno and Trigga)
2 Could 2013 Patrick Elis [75]
“Every part I Do”
(Emma Nyra that includes Iyanya)
25 March 2013 Mr Moe Musa [76]
“Get Wild”
(N6 that includes Iyanya)
3 March 2013 Lanre Tyson

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