Davina Oriakhi

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Davina Oriakhi
Birth nameDavina Oriakhi
Born (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 25)
OriginLagos, Nigeria
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Radio
  • Poet
  • Performer
Years active2014–present
Associated actsTracy Baba, Dami Oniru, Preye Itam, Lady Donli, Tim Lyre

Davina Oriakhi is a London-based Nigerian singer, songwriter and poet who is well known for her fluidity and ability to jump genres since her acclaimed 2014 debut single ‘Content’.[1] She was awarded the Choice Female Artist at the Nigerian Teen Choice Awards in 2016.[2]

Early life[edit]

Davina Oriakhi was born in London, to Nigerian parents but was raised for most of her life in Abuja, Nigeria. She is a native of the Bini people of Nigeria. Davina Oriakhi had her high school education at CherryField College, continued to have her bachelor's degree in accounting at the Covenant University and a master's degree in media and communications at City University London.[3]

Musical career[edit]


Davina Oriakhi first stepped into the music industry in 2014 when she released her debut single Content. The song reached thousands of listeners. Sending her further into the spotlight, she released a collage video of the single the same year.[1]


In 2017, Davina Oriakhi released singles Silence (Father Have Mercy)[4] in April, F.S.L.S[5] in May and Juju[6] in June all geared towards the release of her debut album, Love to a Mortal[7] in July. Davina Oriakhi went ahead to release three videos for her singles It's All About Love,[8] Content[9] and F.S.L.S[10] the same year.[1]


Davina Oriakhi started the year 2018 with her first collaboration and single after her album, featuring Tim Lyre on the song Lagos[11] in March and another with Canadian R&B singer Preyé on the song Vanity[12] in April.


Davina Oriakhi boasts of a diverse vocal range and ability to jump genres without losing her individuality or sacrificing her impressive songwriting ability; evident mostly on her debut album Love to a Mortal. Davina Oriakhi's music is written and sung in mostly in English and sometimes Pidgin. She admits most of her songs are derived from personal experiences. [13] In an interview with Unorthodox Reviews, she stated that she does not believe that a single genre would truly describe all the elements that make her sound or give her absolute freedom of expression. [14]


Davina Oriakhi's musical inspiration is derived strongly from life experiences. According to her,

If it is not a personal experience or story, if it is not uplifting, if it doesn't have a healthy message, I'm not putting it out. I do not make music about sweet nothings. Every song I write has a profound meaning.

— "6 Artists From the New School of Afrobeats", OkayAfrica[15]

Her other musical influences are Disney, Lauryn Hill, Sade, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu and Kirk Franklin.[16][1]


Year Title Production credit Album Ref
2014 Content Nonso Amadi, Ray Single [17]
2017 Freedom (Intro) feat. Muyiwa Mide, Nonso Amadi Dear Music [18]
It's All About Love Gabriel Ryder, The Chordinator and Nobong D'Synth Love to a Mortal [19][20]
These Feelings
Temptations (Relapse)
Before the Silence
Silence (Father have mercy)
W.S.T (Good Fight)
Moonshine (Reprise)
2018 Lagos (feat. Tim Lyre) Nobong D’Synth Single [21]
Vanity (feat. Preyé Itam) Gabriel Ryder [22]


Year Title Director Ref
2016 Content Odaro Igbako [23]
2017 F.S.L.S Loraa White (BMV Productions) [24]
It's All About Love [8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Recipient/Nominated work Result Ref
2016 Nigerian Teen Choice Awards Choice Female Artist Herself Won [25]
Choice Female Vocalist Nominated
2017 Choice Female Vocalist Nominated [26]


  1. ^ a b c d "Discover: Davina Oriakhi, The Talented Genre-Hopping Singer". Konbini. Daniel Oruba. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Full List Of Winners at Nigerian Teen Choice Awards 2016". Evatese. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Davina Oriakhi". Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Davina Oriakhi – 'Silence (Father have mercy)'". Pulse Nigeria. Abiola Solanke. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Emerging Artiste, Davina Oriakhi Drops Her Second Single This Year "F.S.L.S."". Peoples Post Nigeria. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Listen to Juju, The Final Single Off Davina Oriakhi's Forthcoming Debut LP". Culture Custodian. Simi Badiru. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Singer, Songwriter & Poet Davina Oriakhi Releases Debut Album 'Love to a Mortal'". Spread Magazine. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Davina Oriakhi – Content (The Official Music Video) – YouTube". Retrieved 7 June 2018 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ "DAVINA ORIAKHI IS AN UPTOWN GIRL IN THE VISUALS FOR F.S.L.S". Native Magazine. Edwin Okolo. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Lagos (feat. Tim Lyre) – Davina Oriakhi Song – BBC Music". BBC.
  12. ^ "New Music: Davina Oriakhi x Preye – Vanity – BellaNaija". Bella Naija. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Discover: Davina Oriakhi, The Talented Genre-Hopping Singer". Konbini Nigeria. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  14. ^ "10 Questions: Davina Oriakhi". Unorthodox Reviews. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  15. ^ "6 Artists From the New School of Afrobeats". OkayAfrica. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Davina Oriakhi – Music in Africa". Music in Africa. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Davina Oriakhi – CONTENT [prod. by Ray]". Ace World Team. DJ Sean. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Muyiwa Akhigbe in 'Dear Music' uses his soulful musical gift as a positive force to drive societal change". Pulse Nigeria. Abiola Solanke. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  19. ^ "ALBUM: Davina Oriakhi – Love To A Mortal". Jam in Pitakwa. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Singer, songwriter and poet Davina Oriakhi releases debut album 'Love to a Mortal'". Ear Milk. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  21. ^ "New Music: Davina Oriakhi feat. Tim Lyre – Lagos". Belle Naija. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  22. ^ "Davina Oriakhi & Preyé presents their premier collaboration single "Vanity."". Ear Milk. Tayo Odutola. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  23. ^ "Davina Oriakhi – Content (The Collage Video)". itembo. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  24. ^ "Davina preaches self-love in video 'Find Self Love Self (FSLS)'". Pulse Nigeria. Abiola Solanke. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  25. ^ "Full List Of Winners at Nigerian Teen Choice Awards 2016". Evatese. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  26. ^ "Nigerian Teen Choice Awards (NTCA) storm Lagos for 2017 edition!". Linda Nkechi. Retrieved 6 June 2018.

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