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2014 on "The Juice"
Background information
Birth name Eniola Akinbo
Born (1985-12-09) December 9, 1985 (age 31)
Lagos, Nigeria
Genres Soul, Jazz
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter
Years active 2005 – (present)
Labels Empire Mates Entertainment
Associated acts Banky W., Wizkid, Shaydee, DJ Xclusive, Skales, Sasha P, Sound Sultan, Paul Play, Lynxxx

Eniola Akinbo (born December 9, 1985, in Lagos[1]), professionally known by her stage name Niyola, is a Nigerian recording artist, singer, songwriter and performer.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Eniola Akinbo was born in Lagos in 1985. She was the youngest of ten children. She sang in church with her siblings and she was inspired when she attended a Funmi Adams concert.[2]

Niyola started her sojourn into music began in 2000, when she emerged runner up at the Amen Starlet Competition. In 2005, Niyola began her professional music career and was briefly affiliated with eLDee’s Trybe’s Records, following that she put pen to paper on a production deal with Freestyle’s Make Sum Noise Entertainment. Niyola’s first three singles; Me n U (In da club), No more and Dem say were released under this imprint.[3]

Music career and breakthrough single[edit]

Niyola was signed to Empire Mates Entertainment in 2012 as the first lady in the house.[4]

"Toh Bad"[edit]

On 22 May 2013 Niyola released her first single, "Toh Bad", under the Empire Mates Entertainment label.[5]



Year Title Album
2012 Don't Delay Me (Don't Go There) Empire State Of Mind Album (Feature)
2013 Be My Lover R&BW by Banky W (Feature)
2013 Toh Bad Single
2013 Crazy Single
2013 Belle No Be Showglass ft. Sound Sultan Single
2014 No comment Single by Lynxxx (Feature)
2014 Love To Love You ft. Banky W Single

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2013 The Headies Best Vocal Performance (Female) Nominated
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Most Promising Female Act to Watch Nominated
2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Female Artist of the Year Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Singer NIYOLA Full Biography, Life And News". This Is Naija. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ Niyola, PartyJollof, Retrieved 3 October 2016
  3. ^
  4. ^ "eme records signs niyola". Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Niyola - Toh Bad". Retrieved 30 July 2014. 

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