Simi (singer)

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Simi on NdaniTV in 2015
Background information
Birth name Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye
Born (1988-04-19) April 19, 1988 (age 30)
Surulere, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, vocalist, record producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006–present
Labels X3M
Associated acts

Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye (born (1988-04-19)April 19, 1988), professionally known and referred to as Simi, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.[1] Simi started her career as a gospel singer, releasing her debut studio album in 2008 titled Ogaju.[2] Her career came into spotlight in 2014 after she released "Tiff", a song which was nominated in two categories at The Headies 2015 and further brought her to mainstream recognition.[3] Simi is currently signed to X3M Music under which she released her second studio album Simisola.[4][5]

Growing up and education[edit]

Simi was born in Ojuelegba, a suburb of Surulere, as the last of 4 children.[6] In an interview she granted to Juliet Ebirim of Vanguard Newspaper, Simi revealed that she grew up as a tomboy before the separation of her parents when she was 9.[7]She attended Stars International College, a secondary school in Ikorodu, Lagos State.[8] She is an alumna of Covenant University where she studied Mass Communication.[9]


2006–13: Early beginnings and Ogaju[edit]

Simi grew up dancing and singing as a member of her local church's choir until she wrote her first song at the age of 10.[10] Her professional musical career started in 2008 following the release of her debut album titled Ogaju which consisted of a variety of songs such as "Iya Temi" and "Ara Ile" with the entire musical production from Samklef.[11]

2014–present: Restless, Chemistry and Simisola[edit]

In January 2014, Simi released an EP titled Restless that eventually earned her a record deal with X3M Music.[12] The EP contains a 5-track cover of popular songs by international acts like Rihanna's "Man Down" and Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain".[13]

On January 9, 2014, Simi released two singles titled "Tiff" and "E No Go Funny", both of them receiving massive airplay and had generally positive reviews from critics. The video for "Tiff" was released on August 30, 2015 and directed by Josh Clarke.[14] The song went on to be nominated in the "Best Alternative Song" category at the 2015 edition of The Headies.

Later in 2015, Simi won the "Most Promising Act to Watch" category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. In an interview with Leadership Newspaper, Simi said she is working on her sophomore album scheduled to be released in 2016.[15] Upon the release of a single titled "Jamb Question" which later featured Falz in the remix, Simi was listed as one of the artistes to watch out for in 2016 by NotJustOk.[16]

On 14 February 2016, Simi released one of her most successful single to date, "Love Don't Care", an Oscar Heman-Ackah-produced love ballad which was received to positive reviews and tremendous airplay. "Love Don't Care" effectively conveyed the discrimination in Nigerian society and Tribalism.[17][18] The music video of the song was directed by Clarence Peters. In October 2016, she was nominated in the Best Breakthrough Act category at the 2016 edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards.[19] On 27 October, Simi collaborated with Falz to release Chemistry, a project Oghene Michael of 360Nobs described as an "experiment of the word art". In December 2016, Simi was nominated in three categories at The Headies 2016 award ceremony, winning one category.[20]

In anticipation of her second studio album Simisola, a 12-track album which features only Adekunle Gold as guest artiste,[21] Simi released two singles "Smile for Me" and "Joromi" backed with music videos which were directed by Clarence Peters and Aje Films respectively. She unveiled the album's tracklist via Instagram on September 1, 2017 before it was released on September 8 to relatively positive reviews and went on to debut at number five on the Billboard World Albums chart.[22][23][24]

Since the release of her album, she has released for music videos off the album including "O wa nbe", "Complete me", "Gone for good" and "Aimasiko" which was a cover to a song of similar title by Ebenezer Obey with cameo appearance from him. On August 11, 2018 simi released another hit single of her style "I dun care" alongside a video for it.[25]


Studio albums[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Ara Ile" 2008 Ogaju
"Emi L'Onijo" 2012 Non-album singles
"Take a Chance"
"Chocolate Brown"
"Don't Judge Me (cover)" 2013
"Bibanke (cover)"
"Marvin's Room (cover)"
"Tiff" 2014 Simisola
"E No Go Funny" Non-album single
"Jamb Question" 2015 Simisola
"Jamb Question (Remix)" (featuring Falz) Non-album singles
"Open and Close"
"Love Don't Care" 2016 Simisola
"Smile for Me" 2017
"I Dun Care" 2018 Non Album singles


Apart from singing and songwriting, Simi is also a sound engineer. She is credited to have mixed and mastered Adekunle Gold's Gold album which was released in July 2016.[26] Her music style is basically hinged in the rhythm and blues, soul and hip-hop genre of music.[27]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Simi awards and nominations
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Awards won 11
Nominations 16
Year Award ceremony Prize Recipient/Nominated Work Result Ref
2015 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act to Watch Herself Won [28]
2015 City People Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act of The Year Won [29]
2015 Nigerian Music Video Awards Best RnB Video "Tiff" Nominated [30]
Music Video of The Year Nominated [30]
Best Soft Rock/Alternative Video "Jamb Question" Nominated [31]
2016 The Headies 2015 Best Alternative Song "Tiff" Nominated [32]
Best Vocal Performance (Female) Herself Nominated [32]
2016 City People Entertainment Awards Female Artiste of the Year Won [33]
Nigerian Teen Choice Awards 2016 Choice Upcoming Female Artist Won [34]
2016 MTV African Music Awards Best Breakthrough Act Nominated [35]
The Headies 2016 Best Recording of the Year "Love Don't Care" Nominated [36]
Best R&B Single Nominated [36]
Best Collaboration "Soldier" (with Falz) Won [37]
Best Vocal Performance (Female) "Love Don't Care" Won [38]
2017 2017 City People Entertainment Awards Best Collabo of the Year "No Forget" (with Adekunle Gold) Won [39]
2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Afropop Female Artist Herself Nominated [40]
Best Album Chemistry (with Falz) Nominated [41]
AFRIMA Awards Songwriter of the year Herself Won [42]
Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Song of the Year Herself Nominated
Best Female MVP Herself Nominated
Best POP Herself Nominated
2018 The Headies Best Recording Of The Year Joromi Won [43]
Best R&B/Pop album Simisola Nominated
Best R&B single Smile For Me Won
Best Vocal Performance (female) Gone For Good Nominated
Album of the Year Simisola Won
Artiste Of The Year Herself Nominated

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Kingsley, Ediale (18 April 2016). "I started with gospel music – Simi". National Daily. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  2. ^ Offiong, Adie Vanessa (25 December 2015). "Nigeria: Even the Silliest Things Inspire Me - Simi". Daily Trust. allAfrica. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  3. ^ Akan, Joey (30 September 2015). "Headies 2015: Check out the complete nomination list". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  4. ^ Arogundade, Funsho (2 April 2014). "Simi, Sammy Join X3M Music". P.M. News. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  5. ^ "It's here! Simi releases her debut album, 'Simisola'". 8 September 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  6. ^ Olonilua, Ademola (2 April 2016). "I fantasise about working with Ebenezer Obey –Simi". The Punch. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  7. ^ Ebirim, Juliet (17 March 2016). "Why I do love songs – Simi". Vanguard Newspaper. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
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  9. ^ Medeme, Ovwe (27 March 2016). "SIMI:I DON'T FEEL THREATENED BY ANYBODY". The Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  10. ^ Odigie, McDonald (12 August 2015). "WHY I SANG MA BI MI NI JAMB QUESTION SONG- AFRO POP SINGER, SIMI". Goldmyne Entertainment. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  11. ^ Ikeokwu, Juliet (12 June 2015). "JAMB QUESTION CROONER, SIMI SHARES HER STORY". YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Simi: 5 fun facts about the gifted female vocalist". News Flash Nigeria. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  13. ^ "NETPod: Simi drops new EP 'Restless'". Nigeria Entertainment Today. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  14. ^ "VIDEO: Simi – Tiff". tooXclusive. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  15. ^ Abulude, Samuel (27 March 2016). "My Relationship With Falz Is Professional – Simi". Leadership Newspaper. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  16. ^ Don Boye (22 February 2016). "10 Artists To Watch In 2016". NotJustOk. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  17. ^ "LOVE DON'T CARE- Simi (The Vexscheworld Review)". 24 February 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  18. ^ Mutiat Alli (19 May 2016). "LOVE MEETS ART IN SIMI'S 'LOVE DON'T CARE' VIDEO". The Daily Times. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  19. ^ Abiola Solanke (23 October 2016). "MAMA 2016: Tekno wins Best Breakthrough Act". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  20. ^ "Headies 2016 Awards : The winners are…". The Punch. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Fans Go Emotional As Simi Launches Album 'Simisola' • Channels Television". 9 September 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  22. ^ "World Music: Top World Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  23. ^ "Simi Unveils Official Tracklist For New Album". Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  24. ^ "Simi bets and wins on Simisola". 12 September 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  25. ^ "Simi releases 'I dun care', drops video - Nigerian Entertainment Today". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 2018-08-11. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  26. ^ Showemimo, Adedayo (19 July 2016). "Adekunle Gold has his 'boo' SIMI as the only featured act on his GOLD album". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  27. ^ Yinus, Qismat (17 July 2016). "Why I quit gospel music – Simi". The Punch. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  28. ^ Badmus, Kayode (7 September 2015). "Kiss Daniel, Simi and Dj Cuppy win big at NEA 2015". Nigeria Entertainment Today. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  29. ^ Offiong, Vanessa Adie (27 November 2015). "Simi thrills in new video". Daily Trust Newspaper. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  30. ^ a b Tyler (17 November 2015). "Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2015 Nominees List". tooXclusive. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  31. ^ "WHO WILL WIN NMVA BEST SOFT ROCK/ALTERNATIVE VIDEO?". sounds ng. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  32. ^ a b "Headies Awards 2015: Full List Of Winners". Channels TV. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  33. ^ Adedayo Showemimo (26 July 2016). "Full List Of Winners at 2016 City People Entertainment Awards". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Archived from the original on 8 December 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  34. ^ Lucky Freeman (11 August 2016). "Nigerian teen choice awards (#NTCA2016) full list of winners". Premium Herald. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  35. ^ Alyssa Klein (22 October 2016). "Here's the Full List of Nominees at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards in Johannesburg". Okay Africa. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  36. ^ a b Hassan Sanusi (23 December 2016). "Headies 2016: The complete winners list". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  37. ^ "Full list of Headies 2016 winners". Vanguard Nigeria. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  38. ^ Hassan Sanusi (22 December 2016). "#Headies2016: Simi and Shaydee each win their 1st major award". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  39. ^ "#CPMA2017: Full List Of Winners At the City People Music Awards - City People Magazine". 7 August 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  40. ^ "FULL LIST: RMD, Funke Akindele, Wizkid, Davido, Efe nominated for Nigerian Entertainment Awards". The Punch. 11 July 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  41. ^ Oleniju, Segun (9 July 2017). "Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2017 (NEA) Full List of Nominees". Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  42. ^ "AFRIMA 2017: The list of winners". 13 November 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.[dead link]
  43. ^ "Headies releases nominees for 2018 awards [FULL LIST] - Daily Post Nigeria". Daily Post Nigeria. 13 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.

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