She was born Niniola Apata but popular known by her stage name Niniola, she was born on the 15th of December 1986 . Niniola Apata is a Nigerian female singer and songwriter currently signed under Drumroll Records. She rose to limelight in 2013 after finishing third runner-up on the 6th season of MTN Project Fame West Africa. After gaining recognition through MTN Project Fame West Africa Season 6, she officially dived into her music career and it has been rise, rise and rise for the singer.
Following the inception of her professional music career after finishing third runner-up on the sixth season of Project Fame West Africa, she released her breakthrough debut single “Ibadi”, she was nominated in the “Most Promising Act to Watch” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. She has won several awards and earned a lot of nomination in different award.
Early Life , Education and Background
Niniola Apata aka Niniola is a singer, song writer and energetic performer who is originally from Ekiti state, Nigeria. She was born on the 15th of December in Lagos State . She is from a poor family that had no financial support for her family but they loved and supported her career not financially though. She had her primary and secondary school education at Apata Memorial High School. She is an alumna of the University of Lagos where she graduated with a Bachelor of Education certificate.
Niniola Apata started involving herself in music right from her early age. While she was in high school, she had a sort of request show during her free time where her friends will make requests and she will sing to her classmates. Her voice sound like that of an angle and she was tagged “the human radio” by her friends. At some point, she joined the school cultural group and participated in other social activities. Although she was still very involved in music and enjoyed accolades and encomium from friends and family. Her major focus was to showcase her singing talent to the world which she tried doing severally by going for a couple of competitions at the same time using the opportunity to harness her singing skills.
She was always participating in several social activities and competitions which made her very popular around her school. The big break started when She competed in Season 6 of Project Fame West Africa where she placed 3rd Runner-Up. During the competition, she performed a live rendition of “Limpopo” with KCEE and also performed her composition “Itura” which was produced by Cobhams Asuquo. She cites Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, The Cranberries, Madonna, Beyoncé and Angelique Kidjo as her music influences.
On 19 March 2014, she released her first single “Ibadi”, a song that was produced by one of the most talented and respected Nigerian producer, Sarz. The song received positive reviews from music critics , it topped a lot of music charts and gained extensive airplay. She also another song titled GBOWODE which she delivered in her traditional Ekiti Yoruba. The song enjoyed air play on several radio stations and was produced by Jospo. “Ibadi” and her single “Gbowode” were used as soundtracks in the Season 2 of Nigerian television drama series Gidi Up. In 2015, she was listed on notJustOk’s “15 Artists to Watch in 2015” and was nominated in the “Most Promising Act to Watch” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
She didn’t stop there, she also went on to release another cool song titled AKARA OYIBO which she dedicated to all Lovers Out there. After some time, she also releases yet another one titled SOKE, which was also produced by the SARZ. This song topped radio charts for months amd was well-receieved. Niniola is a dedicated christian and a easy going person who doesn’t like to be belittled by people . She has managed to become the people’s favorite and her latest song Sicker is currently making waves in all radio stations across Nigeria.
Niniola Apata: 10 Quick Facts About The Talented Nigerian Songstress
1. Niniola was born as Niniola Apata on 15 December in Ekiti State, Nigeria.
2. She completed her secondary education at Apata Memorial High School in Lagos, Nigeria.
3. During her high school days, she joined the school cultural group and participated in a number of social activities.
4. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Lagos.
5. She was the third runner-up in the MTN Project Fame competition in 2013.
6. She mentioned in an interview her musical inspirations are Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Celine Dion, Dolly Parton, Madonna and The Cranberries.
7. She released her first official single titled “Ibadi” produced by Sarz. The single received massive airplay in Nigeria and around the continent.
8. She has been nominated for numerous awards including the Most Promising Female Artist category at the 2015 Green Awards and also for the Most Popular Song of the Year for her single “Ibadi” at the 2015 Nemawards.
9. She won the Best Female Artiste of the Year award at the 2015 Surulere Entertainment Awards and also the Next Rated Female Artist award at the I.R.P.M Class of ’15 UNILAG Awards.
10. She is involved in a number of projects including the scholarship program which started in June 2015, “Adopt-A-Child’s-Education” project.
I Can’t Quit Music For My Relationship
Niniola in a recent interview with Vanguard shared her thoughts about music, competition, the music industry, as well as her sex life and relationship.
Sharing about her interest in music, she said:
“My interest in music was as a result of boredom as a child (laughs), it’s funny but true.
“My parents didn’t take me out and I had to get busy, so music occupied my time.”
Talking about artistes who have influenced her style of music, Niniola says:
“I have an endless list of musical influences; to name a few, there’s Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, The Beatles, Shakira, Toni Braxton, Brandy, Beyonce, The Cranberries, Angelique Kidjo, Funmi Aragbaye, King Sunny Ade, etc.”
Speaking about her love-life and s3x, she disclosed:
“Oh yes I am [in love] baby.”
Niniola affirmed strongly that she cannot quit music for her relationship
“That’s not possible! Not for anything/anybody will I quit music.
“I won’t be in such an unsupportive relationship in the first place.”
How is life after MTN Project Fame?
Life after Project Fame has been eye opening for me. In real life, there’s no spoon-feeding as opposed to life in the academy where everything, like publicity, is handled by Project Fame. Starting my musical career has been exciting as well as challenging. But I’m grateful to God, my parents, Project Fame, my management – Naijareview, and everyone who has been supportive.
Source: Wikipedia.org, Youthvillageng.com and Bionetworth.com.ng