Waconzy

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Waconzy
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Background information
Birth nameObinna Kelvin Anyanwu
Born (1983-08-10) August 10, 1983 (age 39)[1]
Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
OriginUmuahia, Abia State, Nigeria
GenresAfro pop music, pop, R&B, hip hop music, soul, reggae
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer, philanthropist
Years active2008–present
LabelsDv8 Media
Websitewww.waconzy.com

Obinna Kelvin Anyanwu (born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria), better known by stage name Waconzy, is a singer, songwriter, record producer and philanthropist with family roots in Umuahia, Abia State. He is the founder of Dv8 Media and the Waconzy Foundation. He rose to prominence in 2010 with his song "I Celebrate" which appeared on the I Celebrate album. His second album Money Back Guarantee was released in 2013. He is currently signed to Dv8 Media.

Early life[edit]

Waconzy was born on 10 August 1983 in Port Harcourt and completed his primary and secondary education there. In 1998, he recorded his first song while he was still in high school.[2] In 2000, Waconzy gained admission into the Federal University of Technology Owerri and graduated in 2005 with a bachelor of technology degree in project management. After completing his NYSC service in 2006, Waconzy joined the Project Management Institute in the United States where he was certified a Project Management Professional (PMP) and, in 2008, he set up his company Dv8 Media.[3][4]

Career[edit]

In 2008 Waconzy released the single "I Celebrate". The song's music video was shot by Clarence Peters of CAPital Dream Pictures in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2011, Waconzy collaborated with Duncan Mighty for the remix of "I Celebrate".

He released his debut album I Celebrate in 2010. The album included the singles "I Celebrate", "Too Much Money", "Wedding Day" and "Chuku Chuku".[5]

Following his debut album, Waconzy released his album Money Back Guarantee in 2013 which featured the songs "Amosu", "Club on Fire" and "Sweet like Tombo". In 2015, he released the Waconzy Greatest Hits compilation album which featured the songs "Na God", "Balling like Waconzy (Ekpoh)" and "Ogbono".

Waconzy has made charitable contributions in Nigeria.[6] He helped feed over a thousand poor people[6] and kicked off the Waconzy versus Malaria Zero Tolerance campaign to fight malaria in Africa.

Waconzy has collaborated with Banky W. ("Jangolova"), Faze ("Champion"), Duncan Mighty ("I Celebrate" remix), Naeto C ("Hallelujah" remix) and Truth Hurts ("Club on Fire" remix).

World tours and notable performances[edit]

World Tours[edit]

Hottest Naija Boy Alive Tour (Europe Tour) in 2014[7] where he was spotted with Sean Combs.[8]

Notable performances[edit]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Ikebe super"
  • "I Celebrate"
  • "Hallelujah"
  • "Jangolova" (featuring Banky W.)
  • "Fine Fine Girl"
  • "Jogodo"
  • "Club on Fire"
  • "Oh No (I CRY)"
  • "Amosu"
  • "Sweet Like Tombo" (featuring Chimaga)
  • "Club on Fire (Remix)" (featuring Truth Hurts)
  • "My Money Dey Talk" (featuring Chimaga)
  • "Champion" (featuring Faze)
  • "Ekpoh"
  • "Ogbono"
  • "Na God"
  • "Am Sorry"
  • "Amosu (Remix)" (featuring Rhage, Heyden Adama & Shadow Boxxer)
  • "Pitakwa"
  • "Nothing Last Forever"
  • "Let Me Love you"
  • "Apple Of My Eyes"

Albums[edit]

  • I Celebrate (2010)
  • Money Back Guarantee (2013)
  • Waconzy: Greatest Hits (2015)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2009 Glitz Awards Song of The Year (Ikebe Super) Won
2010 Odudu Awards[16] Artist of The Year (Himself) Won
Song of the year (I celebrate) Won
Naija Urban (Male) Won
Best Collaboration ('ft. Ibz, Drill, Big mouth – Too Much Money') Won
2011 NigerDelta Advancement Awards Video of the Year (I Celebrate) Won
2012 City People Entertainment Awards Best Raggae/Dancehall artiste (I Celebrate Remix) Nominated
2013 Blue print Awards Best indigenous Artist of the year (Amosu) Won
F.A.C.E Awards International Artist of the year {Himself} Nominated
2014 New Media Awards Best use of Social Media NGO (Waconzy's Silver spoon foundation) Nominated[17]
2015 NIGER DELTA ADVANCEMENT AWARDS[18] BEST MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTOR (MEXfor Amosu) Pending
VIDEO OF THE YEAR(Amosu) Pending
NIGER DELTA ARTISTE OF THE YEAR (Himself) Pending

Awarded[edit]

At the 2013 6th Annual World Music and Independent Film Festival in Hollywood, Waconzy was honoured with a humanitarian award for his contribution to the fight against malaria in Africa through his 'Waconzy Versus Malaria Zero Tolerance' campaign.[19] [20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography of Waconzy". Waconzy.
  2. ^ "Early life Story of Waconzy". Jango.
  3. ^ "Early life Story of Waconzy". Waconzy.
  4. ^ "Waconzy 'buys over Dv8 media with $100,000". The Net.
  5. ^ "Waconzy Biography". SongzFactory.
  6. ^ a b "Touching! Singer Waconzy Feeds 1000 Lagos Beggars & Less Privileged On His Birthday". Joey Akan. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Waconzy kicks off his Hottest Naija Boy Alive Europe Tour". Tatafo Naija. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Waconzy Pictured With P. Diddy On His American Tour, View Photo". Ono Bello. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  9. ^ "MTN POWER OF 10 CONCERT". Jaguda. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Calabar Festival 2013". TheVoice.
  11. ^ "Waconzy's Performance At The Caribbean African American 2013". Waconzy.
  12. ^ "Waconzy's Performance At The Caribbean African American 2013". Spells Music.
  13. ^ "Waconzy Kills The Show at The MTN Loud in Naija Tour Ibadan". City News.
  14. ^ a b "Ibadan Youths Laud MTN For A Great Show As Loud in Naija Concert Begins". Naija.
  15. ^ "Hennessy Artistry Supporting Acts". The Fast Babe.
  16. ^ "Winners & Nominee's of Odudu (PH Music) Awards." PHCityMusic. Retrieved 2 December 2010.
  17. ^ "Full Winners List at 2014 New Media Broad Awards". Bob Alash. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  18. ^ "LIST OF NOMINEES FOR 6TH NIGER DELTA ADVANCEMENT AWARDS (NDAA) 2015 RELEASED". Juvenis.
  19. ^ "Waconzy wins Humanitarian Award in Hollywood". Record Africa. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  20. ^ "Waconzy Receives Humanitarian Award at WMI Film Festival in Hollywood (Photos)". Odinaka.

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