FULL NAME: Niniola Apata
DATE OF BIRTH: 15th of December,1986
MARITAL STATUS: Not married
Niniola is a Nigerian singer and songwriter who rose to fame in 2013 after she placed 3rd runner-up at the Project Fame West Africa Season 6. Upon the release of her breakthrough debut singles were “Ibadi” “Soke”. She is currently signed to Drumroll Records.
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
Niniola is a native of Ekiti State but was born in Lagos State where 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 fell in love with music right from when she was a kid. And 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. This was possible because of her large repertoire of songs and clear vocals…She was tagged “the human radio“…
She later joined the school cultural group and participated in social activities. Although she’s immersed herself in music, and enjoyed accolades from friends and family, she wanted the world to hear her voice. Thus going for a couple of competitions thereby harnessing her singing skills.
CAREER AND LIFE
Niniola was the 3rd Runner-Up in the MTN PROJECT FAME Competition Season 6 (2013), where she performed with the likes of KCEE and also performed her personal composition “ITURA” which was produced by COBHAMS ASUQUO…A song that was loved by everyone who heard it.
Niniola with a Vocal range that can crack a glass, takes her influences, from the likes of Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, The Cranberries, Madonna, Beyoncé and Yoruba(African) music, and uses them to shape her own style…In her words “I naturally gravitate to a sound that’s filled with warmth and timelessness”.
And finally out with her first Official Single “IBADI” Which was produced by Sarz, A new genre she has created for herself and calls it “AFRO-HOUSE”. That is a blend of afrobeat and House music, the single as we speak is getting massive airplay in Nigeria and around the continent.
After which she released another song titled GBOWODE which she delivered in her traditional Ekiti Yoruba. Another song making waves on all radio stations and was produced by Jospo.
And she would not stop there as she delivered yet another classically done song titled AKARA OYIBO which she went on to dedicate to all Lovers Out there. Following successful releases of all her songs Niniola decided to continue dropping HIT songs which lead to the release of SOKE, SHABA, J’ETE & JIGI JIGI. All the songs went on to be another fans favorite and topped radio charts yet again..
Niniola has also worked with EDDY KENZO from Uganda. The BET AWARD Winner featured her on the remix of his HIT single MBILO MBILO. Niniola has graced many stages since releasing her debut single and is preparing to grace more in the coming years…
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS
MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS 2015
AFRIMA AWARDS 2016 (Best African Collaboration (mbilo mbilo remix))
|Niniola and OAP Ggbemi
|Niniola on stage