Eva Alordiah

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Eva Alordiah
Eva Alordiah, 1.jpg
Eva Alordiah in 2013
Background information
Birth name Elohor Eva Alordiah
Born (1989-08-13) 13 August 1989 (age 25)[1]
Abuja, Nigeria[2]
Origin Lagos, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Recording artist
  • entertainer
  • make-up artist
  • fashion designer
Years active 2008–present[3]
Associated acts
Website evaafterdark.com

Elohor Eva Alordiah (born 13 August 1989),[4] better known as Eva Alordiah or simply Eva, is a Nigerian rapper, entertainer, make-up artist, fashion designer and entrepreneur.[5][6] She is considered one of the best female rappers in Nigeria.[7][8] Since her breakthrough into the Nigerian Music Industry, Eva has garnered several awards including one Nigeria Entertainment Award from 4 nominations, one Eloy Award, and one YEM award from 2 nominations. Her debut EP, titled The GIGO E.P, was released for free digital download on 20 November 2011. Eva is the owner of makeupByOrsela, a company that specialises in Makeup services.[6] In November 2014, Eva released her self-titled second EP. Eva's debut studio album, 1960, was scheduled to be released in January 2015.[9]

Life and early career[edit]

Eva Alordiah was born to Nigerian parents from Delta State. She got introduced to music by her mother who listened to musical recordings from the 70's and 80's.[10][11] Eva has cited Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Sade Adu, The Carpenters, John Lennon and Don Williams as her musical influences. Eminem's "Cleanin' Out My Closet" inspired Eva to pursue a professional rap career. When she was 7 years old, she partook in several forms of art while in her adolescence. She sang in her church's choir, and joined the drama club while in secondary school. Growing up, Eva was fond of drawing and reading books.[4]

At age 10, she wrote a short story in her notebook, and dreamt of being an author. After learning of Eminem, she began to write rap verses. Eva's love for words and rhyming pulled her deeper into the Hip hop genre.[4] At age 16, Eva found herself balancing school and business. With an ambition to make money and become independent, she started auditioning for acting and modelling roles. Eva sold second-hand clothing in school as a means to an end.[11] Eva began her career as a photography model. She took pictures and auditioned for several jobs.[11] She graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Bowen University.[10]

In 2009, Eva released "I Dey Play" as her first ever studio recording. The song features Tha Suspect and was recorded over Lil Wayne's "A Milli" instrumental.[12][13] Eva was featured on "Make 'em Say", a song from one of Strbuttah's mixtapes.[14] The music video for the song, released in January 2011, was created by Rcube of Strbuttah. Eva made her TV debut in the music video.[15] She later appeared on the female version of Tha Suspect's song "I No Send You".[16] The video for "I No Send You" was released in March 2011.[17]

Music career[edit]

2011–2013:The GIGO E.P[edit]

Main article: The GIGO E.P

Eva started working on her debut EP, The GIGO E.P, as an independent artist. On 20 November 2011, she released the EP which is an acronym for Garbage in Garbage Out. The EP was released under 3UD management. It consists of 9 songs and was released for free digital download. The EP was supported by the singles "I Done Did It", "Down Low", "Garbage Out (Your Fada)" and "High". The EP's production was handled by Sossick, Tintin and Gray Jon'z. "I Done Did it" was released as the EP's lead single; it was produced by Sossick.[18][19] In a 2012 interview with Halley Bondy of MTV Iggy, Eva said she was honored to have worked with the aforementioned producers. She also said she had fun recording the EP.[20]

Eva released the second single "High" in 2012. The music video for the single, directed by Mex, was released on 24 May 2012. It was uploaded onto YouTube at a total length of 4 minutes and 37 seconds.[21] The video premiered on MTV Base in May 2012.[22] When the video was released, many people misconstrued the meaning of the song and thought that it alluded to drug use. In the aforementioned interview with Bondy of MTV Iggy, Eva said that the song is about overcoming the struggles and hardships of life.[20]

It was reported in May 2012 that Eva signed a record deal with Da Trybe 2.0, a record label owned by record producer and recording artist eLDee.[23] In November 2013, Ariya Today reported that Eva was dropped from Trybe Records. According to the press release signed by the management of the recording outfit, Eva's ideas and foresight didn't align with the label's plans.[24] In an interview with Bellanaija, Eva denied reports about being signed to Trybe Records despite the press release statements from the label.[25] After the Trybe Records saga in 2012, she took a break from the music scene and spent time reflecting on her craft.[4]

In February 2013, she worked with producer Sossick to release "Mercy", a song that was made available for download on her blogsite. The song was produced and co-written by the aforementioned producer.[26] In December 2013, UK producer Drox featured her in the music video for "Mercy".[27][28] He released several official remixes of the song, including a "Summer Mix" and a "Jackin Storm" mix.[29][30]

In August 2013, Eva signed a management deal with Radioactiiv.[4] Also in August 2013, Nokia Nigeria enlisted her as one of the judges for its annual Don't Break Da Beat competition.[31]

2014–present:1960 and other releases[edit]

On 29 July 2013, Eva released the promotional single "Lights Out".[32] The song was produced by Gray Jon'z.[33] The music video for the song was directed by Patrick Elis.[34] In an interview with the Leadership newspaper, Eva said she recorded the song to showcase her versatility as an artist.[5]

Work on Eva's debut studio album started as early as 2012. The album is being produced by Tintin and Gray Jon'z. On 24 January 2014, Eva released "Deaf" as the album's lead single. The song, which was produced by Gray Jon'z, premiered three months after the premiere of the "Lights Out" video.[35] The music video for "Deaf" was shot and directed by Patrick Elis.[36] The song has been remixed by rapper Boogey.[37] Eva stated in an interview that she loves creating visual content, and has successfully co-directed all of her music videos to date.[4] To promote the single, Eva organised a rap competition exclusively for girls.[38]

Eva was featured in the Lagos edition of BBC Radio 1xtra's Live Lounge alongside M.I, 2face Idibia, Wizkid and Iyanya.[39] As part of the feature, artists were asked to freestyle.[39][40] Eva collaborated with Burna Boy, Endia, Yung L, and Sarkodie on a song that was initially intended to be a theme song for the third season of MTV Base's Shuga. Instead of using the Chopstix produced song, MTV Base chose Del B's "Sweet Like Shuga" track which features vocals from Flavour N'abania, Sound Sultan, Chidinma, Kcee and Professor. The unreleased theme song was leaked online and made available on NotjustOk.[41] On 11 March 2014, she released her version of the unreleased theme song titled "Shuga".[42]

On 31 August 2014, Thisday reported that Eva became an ambassador of Guinness Nigeria's Made of Black campaign alongside Olamide and Phyno. Eva performed at the campaign's launch and was featured in the campaign's television commercial.[43]

On 25 September 2014, "War Coming" was released as the upcoming album's second single. The song was produced by Tintin and features guest vocals from Sir Dauda.[44] On 6 November 2014, 1960 was announced as the title of Eva's debut studio album which was slated for a January 2015 release. The album will feature guest collaborators such as Darey Art Alade, Femi Kuti, Yemi Alade, Olamide, Sarkodie and Sir Dauda. On 20 November 2014, Eva released a self-titled second EP for free digital download.[45] On 6 March 2015, Eva premiered the music video for "War Coming" which was directed by MEX.[46]

Personal life[edit]

Eva dated Ice Prince when he first relocated to Lagos from Jos. Ice Prince told the Nigerian Tribune that the relationship ended due to numerous arguments.[47]

Discography[edit]

Singles
As lead artist
Title Year Album
"Relentless" 2010 N/A
"Down Low"
(featuring Shank)
"Tonight" [A]
"I Done Did It" 2011 G.I.G.O E.P
"High" 2012
"Biggie Biggie" N/A
"Mercy" 2013
"Lights Out" TBA
"Deaf" 2014 TBA
"Shuga"
(with Burna Boy, Endia, Yung L, and Sarkodie)
N/A
"Shuga"
As featured artist
Title Year Album
"I No Send U" (Remix)
(Tha Suspect featuring Sasha, Muna, Eva Alordiah, Mo'Cheddah, Blaise, and Zee)
2009 I AM MUSIC
"Owo Ati Swagga" (Remix)
(CartiAir featuring Gino, Da Grin, Eva Alordiah, and Terry Tha Rapman)
Welcome to My World
"Fido Dido"
(DJ Zeez featuring Eva Alordiah)
2012 N/A
"Closer"
(Omotayo featuring Eva Alordiah)
2013 TBA
"Love Letter"
(Moses featuring Eva Alordiah)
Cameo appearances
Title Year Album
"Ayanfe" (Remix)
(Iceberg Slim featuring M.I and Emma Nyra)
2013 TBA
Guest appearances
Title Year Album
"Shake It Down Low"
(P-Square featuring Muna and Eva Alodiah)
2011 The Invasion
"Super Sun" (Remix)
(Bez featuring eLDee, Ice Prince, and Eva Alordiah)
Super Sun
Music videos
Title Year Director(s)
"I No Send U" (Remix)
(Tha Suspect featuring Sasha, Muna, Eva Alordiah, Mo'Cheddah, Blaise, and Zee)
2011 Clarence Peters
"High" 2012 Patrick Elis
"Biggie Biggie"
[B]
"Lights Out" 2013 Patrick Elis
"Closer"
(Omotayo featuring Eva Alordiah)
Tomi Shift
"Mercy"
(Drox featuring Eva Alordiah)
N/A[C]
"Deaf" 2014 Patrick Elis
"Shuga" MEX
"War Coming" 2015

Awards and Nominations[edit]

The Headies
Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2014 "Deaf" Best Rap Single Nominated [50]
2012 Herself Next Rated Nominated [51]
Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year Nominated
2011 Herself for "God Hand" Best Vocal Performance (Female) Nominated [52]
"God Hand" Best Recording of the Year Nominated
Nigeria Entertainment Awards
Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2012 Herself Best Rap Act of the Year Nominated [53]
Most Promising Act to Watch Won [54]
2011 Best Rap Act of the Year Nominated [55]
2010 Best Soul/Neo Act of the Year Nominated [56]
2014 Female Artist of the Year Nominated [57]
Best Rap Act of the Year Nominated
Eloy Awards
Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2011 Herself Female Rap Artiste of the Year Won [58]
YEM Awards
Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2012 Herself Artiste of the Year (Female) Nominated [59]
"I Don Did It" Best Rap Single (Female) Won
Dynamix All Youth Awards
Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2012 Herself Promising Artist Nominated [60]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Tonight" is a tribute to the late Da Grin.[48]
  2. ^ An animation video with a Super Mario theme was created for "Biggie Biggie".[49]
  3. ^ The music video for "Mercy" was shot in Lagos and edited in London and Paris.

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