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Omawumi Megbele during an interview in 2016
Background information
Birth nameOmawumi Megbele
Also known asOmawumi
Born (1982-04-13) 13 April 1982 (age 37)
Delta State, Nigeria[1]
OriginWarri, Delta State
GenresSoul,[2] R&B,[3] pop,[4] afro-pop[2]
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, actress
Years active2007–present
Associated acts2Face Idibia, Timaya, Flavour N'abania, wizkid, Cobhams Asuquo, Lynxxx

Omawumi Megbele (born 13 April 1982), known by her stage name Omawumi, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and actress of Itsekiri ethnicity[5] She is a brand ambassador for Globacom,[6], and Malta Guinness. She's also part of the campaign called "Rise with the Energy of Africa".[7] She gained attention as the 2007 runner-up on West African Idols, a reality TV show part of the Idols franchise.[8] Her second album, The Lasso of Truth, was reported to be a commercial success in Nigeria.[9]


Early life and education[edit]

Omawumi was born to Chief Dr. Frank and Mrs. Aya Megbele on 13 April 1982. She attended Nana Primary School during her pupilage, and later attended the College of Education Demonstration Secondary School. She graduated from Ambrose Alli University with a Law degree. After graduating in 2005, she moved to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where she worked with her family's law firm called "O.S Megbele & Associates". She also studied French at Alliance Francaise. She got married to Toyin Yusuf on 13 January 2018.

Music career[edit]

Omawumi rose to prominence as a contestant on Idols West Africa. Omawumi, with her strong voice and out-going personality, was voted the 1st runner-up of the competition when it ended in May 2007. Since then, she has had numerous performances on the stage with musicians such as P-Square, 2face Idibia, D'Banj, Banky W, M.I, Sasha, 9ice, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Carl Thomas, Angie Stone and Donell Jones, Angelique Kidjo , among others.

Acting career[edit]

Omawumi played a minor role in the 2009 edition of the V-Monolugues, a play that reflects the negative issues affecting women in Nigeria. She also starred in the musical play Olurombi. She had a minor role in the movie Inale, a Hollywood/Nollywood Bongos-Ikwe production, starring Hakeem Kae Kazeem, Dede Mabiaku, and Ini Edo. In 2011, she starred in Funke Akindele's Return of Jenifa. Moreover, she starred in Yvonne Nelson's House of Gold (2013) alongside Majid Michel and Ice Prince.[10]

Brush with the media[edit]

Omawumi has had at least two brushes with the media. On one occasion she slapped a photojournalist. [11] On the other occasion she worked out of the set of an interview looking very irate.[12][13]



Title Track listing
Wonder Woman
  • "Starting Point (intro)"
  • "Ma Fi Mi Shere" (featuring ELDee tha Don)
  • "Today na Today"
  • "Serious Love Nwantinti"
  • "Love it" (featuring Shank)
  • "When Breeze Blow"
  • "The Way that i feel" (featuring Dr Frabz)
  • "Chocolata" (featuring Naeto C)
  • "I stand (Skit)"
  • "In The Music"
  • "Brighter Day"
  • "I miss my baby"
  • "As i dey"
  • "Niger delta 1" (featuring Eric Arubayi)
  • "Same Guy" (featuring Waje and Kel)
  • "Blessings Flow"
  • "Outro"
Title Track listing
Lasso of Truth
  • "If you ask me"
  • "When the Boss is coming"
  • "The African Way"
  • "The best you can be"
  • "I Go Go"
  • "What a Bang Bang" (featuring 2face Idibia)
  • "Personal Race" (featuring Timaya)
  • "You must love me"
  • "Warn yourself" (featuring wizkid)
  • "Stay Alive (Jeje Laiye)"
  • "Belle" (featuring Flavour)
  • "Life goes on" (featuring Afay)


Year Film Role Notes
2010 Inale with Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Caroline Chikezie and Nse Ikpe Etim
2011 The Return of Jenifa with Funke Akindele and Helen Paul
2013 House of Gold Nina Dan Ansah with Yvonne Nelson and Majid Michel
2014 Make a Move with Ivie Okujaye and Majid Michel
In the Music in post production

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2014 ELOY Awards Best Female Artist N/A Nominated [14]
2018 The Headies Best Recording of the Year Butterflies Pending [15]
Best Vocal Performance (female) Butterflies Won


  1. ^ "Omawumi @Omawumi – Artist Profile". Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Bands We Like: Nigerian Singer Omawumi's Powerful Voice". MTV Iggy. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Omawumi, Ice Prince debut in Yvonne Nelson's new movie". Vanguard News. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Omawumi gives birth to baby girl in US". Vanguard News. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  5. ^ "I never knew I would become a musician – Omawumi". Nigerian Tribune. 28 December 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Glo Picks Omawumi, Others As New Ambassadors". PM News. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  7. ^ "my first job was the team song I did for Malta Guinness with Cohbams Asuquo". vanguard. 29 October 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  8. ^ Yemisi, Adeniran (22 June 2013). "Omawumi Megbele: Red, hot and rising". National Mirror. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  9. ^ Olatuja, Adebimpe (27 December 2013). "Music: Best of entertainment in 2013". National Mirror. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Omawumi, Ice Prince debut in Yvonne Nelson's new movie". vanguard. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
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  14. ^ "Seyi Shay, Toke Makinwa, Mo'Cheddah, DJ Cuppy, Others Nominated". Pulse Nigeria. Chinedu Adiele. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  15. ^ "Headies releases nominees for 2018 awards [FULL LIST] - Daily Post Nigeria". Daily Post Nigeria. 13 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Wande Coal (2008)
Next Rated Award
Succeeded by
Skuki (2010)
Media offices
Preceded by
Rita Dominic and eLDee (2011)
The Headies host (co hosted with M.I)
Succeeded by
Tiwa Savage and Dr SID (2013)