Monica Ogah

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Monica Ogah
Birth nameMonica Ene Ogah
Born (1990-08-07) August 7, 1990 (age 29)
Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
OriginOtukpo, Nigeria
GenresR&B, soul, pop, highlife
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2011–present
LabelsUltima Studios, Goretti Company
Associated actsChidinma, Wizboyy

Monica Ene Ogah (born August 7, 1990), commonly known as Monica Ogah, is a Nigerian singer, the 2011 winner of the fourth edition of MTN Project Fame West Africa.[1][2] As a prize, Ogah was given a record deal and her first album, Sometime In August, was released in August 2013.[3]

Early life[edit]

The youngest of six children, Monica Ogah was born on August 7, 1990 in Makurdi, Benue State.[4] She credits her mother, a choir mistress, as one of her earliest influences. She said in an interview with Thisday News: "[Mother] would also remind me of how sweet my voice was when I made those innocent cries which she believed was laced with God’s given voice." She further revealed that her father had hoped that she would become a nurse and would not support her musical aspirations until she gained entrance into the Project Fame reality show where she would emerge from popular finalists as the victor.[4]

Ogah's early education was at Bammco Nursery and Primary School. She later attended Methodist Girls' High School in Otukpo, Benue State. Her singing talent was first honed during Sunday school at her childhood church.[5]

Music career[edit]

Monica Ogah auditioned for the fourth edition of Project Fame West Africa in August 2011. She made it past the audition stage and was among the nineteen contestants to join the music academy. Ogah shined throughout her time on the show, garnering positive comments from the judges, who praised her performance.[6] On December 18, 2011, she was declared the winner, making her the second female after Chidinma to win the competition.[7] As a prize for the victory, Ogah received a recording contract with Ultima Studios while being managed by Goretti Company.[8][7]

In August 2013, two years after her appearance on Project Fame, Ogah released her debut studio album, Sometime in August, which featured collaborations with singers Wizboyy and Chidinma. Contributions to the album's production came from TY Mix, Del B, Silvastone, Wizboyy, J. Sleek and the Suspekt. Her singing style ranges from R&B, pop, and soul to highlife.[9] Preceding its release, the album's lead single "Body Hug" received significant airplay on radio stations across Nigeria and the song's music video, directed by Clarence Peters achieved considerable popularity.[5]

In April 2014, Ogah released an Igbo language love song titled "Obim bu nke gi" which features Harrysongz. The music video accompanying the song was filmed in South Africa.[10]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Sometime in August (2013)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2014 The Headies Best Vocal Performance (Female) Herself Nominated [11]


  1. ^ Iyabo, Aina (2013-09-20). "Originality will differentiate me from other artistes – Monica Ogah". Vanguard Media. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  2. ^ "Monica Ogah:My Best Yet To Come". P.M. News. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  3. ^ Oogbodo, Oseyiza (28 September 2013). "Life after Project Fame hasn't been easy –Monica Ogah". National Mirror. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b "My Story Monica Ogah: Dad Wanted Me To Be A Nurse". Thisday. 2013-08-24. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  5. ^ a b "Naija Star, Monah Ogah Taking Africa By Storm". Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  6. ^ "Final 19 Contestants: Monica Ogah". Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  7. ^ a b "The Nation - Monica Ogah wins MTN Project Fame". The Nation. 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  8. ^ "How Monica Emerged Project Fame Winner". P.M. News. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  9. ^ Akande, Victor (25 August 2013). "Monica Ogah releases video". The Nation. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Monica Ogah – 'Obim bunke gi' feat Mr. Songz". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  11. ^ "Check Out the 2014 Headies Nomination List". Daily Times of Nigeria. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.