|Birth name||Jamila Mohammed|
16 January 1972 |
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, music consultant|
Jamila is the fifth daughter of Margaret (née Roberts), a nurse from Wales, and, Inuwa Mohammed, a veterinary surgeon from Nigeria. She has four siblings: Amina, Yasmin, Kareen and Hindy.
Jamila attended Penrhos College in North Wales, King William's College in the Isle of Man and Kingston University, UK. After leaving Kingston she embarked on a career in the music industry, temping at various London record labels before landing a permanent position working for UK-based singer-songwriter Gabrielle, spending the 1990s/2000s working with Go! Beat Records/Polydor and Gabrielle. Jamila left music for four years to pursue a career in the oil and gas sector in West Africa before finally going back to music.
In May 2011 Jamila released her debut single "No Regrets" in Nigeria. The song was given good support by radio, TV and press in Nigeria and was received well by critics. Jamila’s follow-up single “We Are One” was released September 2011, a song aimed at promoting unity and peace in Nigeria. The song was also shortlisted (one of three songs) as the Team Nigeria song for the London 2012 Olympic Games, which was eventually won by the Nigerian act Big Smile with his song “Niaja Don Win”, decided by a national radio vote. Her first album, Story Book, was officially released later in 2012.
Between 2013-2016 Jamila completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Oil and Gas Management and was awarded first class honours. She continues to work on new material, whilst also re-pursuing her career in the Oil and Gas sector.
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- "Jamila has no regrets", Vanguard, 25 June 2011.
- "Jamila says we are one", Vanguard, 3 September 2011.
- "Jamila Says ‘We Are One’", PM News, 2 September 2011.
- "Jamila calls for peace", Entertainment Africa, 2 September 2011.
- Tunji Adyinka Connect Marketing MD. www.connectmarketingonline.com
- Video: Official Song For Team Nigeria At London 2012 Olympics, African Spotlight, 30 July 2012.