Omawumi

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Omawumi
Omawumi Megbele during an interview in 2016
Omawumi Megbele during an interview in 2016
Background information
Birth nameOmawumi Megbele
Also known asOmawumi
Born (1982-04-13) 13 April 1982 (age 38)
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] Konga.com, 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]

Biography[edit]

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 married Tosin Yusuf on 13 January 2018.

Music career[edit]

Omawumi rose to prominence as a contestant on Idols West Africa. Omawumi 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, Phyno, D'Banj, Banky W, M.I, Sasha, 9ice, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Carl Thomas, Angie Stone and Donell Jones, Angelique Kidjo, among others. In September 2008, Omawumi released her debut single "In The Music". Her album Wonderwoman was released on November 11, 2009. The album The Lasso of Truth was released on April 10, 2013.   The Lasso of Truth

Her fourth album In Her Feelings was released on 14 June 2019, which comprises Afro-fusion and Jazz to R&B, ‘In Her Feelings’ embodies tracks of multiple genres which include ‘For My Baby’, ‘Mr Sinnerman’, ‘Away’, ‘True Loving’, ‘Tabansi’ and ‘Green Grass’.

Her single ‘Lituation’ was released on May 22, 2020.

Acting career[edit]

Even before Omawumi made her official debut in the world of make-believe, she has always incorporated the element of visual demonstration and dramatic elements to her music videos which in turn, deem her worthy of being a thespian and the movie roles that came her way. She kick-started with a role on stage in the 2009 edition of the V-Monologues. A literary work geared towards portraying the plights and struggles of women in Nigeria. She subsequently went on to score a role in Olurumbi, a Yoruba indigenous folktale and musical. She made her screen debut in 2010 with the high budget AMAA award-winning film, Inale. A Nigerian musical drama hosting an array of actors within Nollywood and Hollywood. She made her second appearance alongside Ice Prince, in the Ghanaian movie titled ‘House of Gold’ produced by Yvonne Nelson and directed by Pascal Amanfo in 2013. In 2019, she took a leap to venture into movie production as she joined forces with Waje to collaborate on a film project as co-producers. The movie titled ‘She Is’ directed by Eneng Enaji is an extension or replica of her humanitarian works and the values she has upheld and consistently communicated in her work of art. ‘She Is’ takes a ride through the societal standards, expectations and restrictions a successful Nigerian woman is faced within Nigeria. The film is a presentational art that paints a picture as it is in the society and raises questions and debate topics on possible solutions. She starred in the movie, alongside her co-producer.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • Wonder Woman (2009)
  • Lasso of Truth (2013)
  • Timeless (2017)
EPs
  • In Her Feelings (2019)
Singles
  • Lituation ft. Philkeyz (2020) [10]

Filmography[edit]

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
2009 The Headies 2009 Best Vocal Performance (Female) "In the Music" Won
2014 ELOY Awards Best Female Artist N/A Nominated [11]
2016 The Headies 2016 Best Vocal Performance (Female) "Play Na Play" (featuring Angélique Kidjo) Nominated [12][13]
2018 The Headies 2018 Best Recording of the Year "Butterflies" Nominated [14]
Best Vocal Performance (Female) Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Omawumi @Omawumi – Artist Profile". Africax5.tv. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. 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. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. 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 x Philkeyz - Lituation (With Lyrics)". Naijapals. 8 February 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Seyi Shay, Toke Makinwa, Mo'Cheddah, DJ Cuppy, Others Nominated". Pulse Nigeria. Chinedu Adiele. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  12. ^ Akan, Joey. "Headies 2016, Full Winners List". Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  13. ^ "The Headies Awards 2016: Complete list of Nominees - INFORMATION NIGERIA". INFORMATION NIGERIA. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  14. ^ "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
2009
Succeeded by
Skuki (2010)
Media offices
Preceded by
Rita Dominic and eLDee (2011)
The Headies host (co hosted with M.I)
2012
Succeeded by
Tiwa Savage and Dr SID (2013)