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Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk (born 31 October 1986), better known by his stage name Iyanya, is a Nigerian recording artist and performer. He rose to fame after winning the first season of Project Fame West Africa, and is best known for his hit single “Kukere


Iyanya was born on Palm Street in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. His mother was a head mistress and his father was a forester. Iyanya has described his mother as the household disciplinarian, while his father was the gentler of the two. His parents died in 2008, his mother, 42 years old, and his father, 50 years old. Iyanya’s elder brother died around the same time of his parents’ death. Iyanya’s grandfather was a clergyman. Iyanya used to sing in his church’s choir and was the choir master for the children’s choir at age 5. Iyanya completed his primary, secondary, and university education in Calabar. He is a business management graduate from the University of Calabar.


After graduating from the University of Calabar, he worked in a hotel and sang karaoke at a local bar he managed. Iyanya began developing his vocal abilities at local bars which include: Fiesta Fries Bar, Mirage Nite Club, and West-Life. Iyanya cited British singer Craig David and American hip hop artist R. Kelly as his key musical influences. Iyanya was motivated to pursue music professionally after watching the celebrity lifestyle of 2 Face Idibia and Olu Maintain. Iyanya started as a rapper, going by the name “Lofty”.


He co-founded the record label Made Men Music Group with Ubi Franklin in 2011. He released his debut studio album, My Story, in 2011. It was supported by the singles “No Time” and “Love Truly”. Desire, his second studio album, contained the singles “Kukere”, “Ur Waist”, “Flavour”, “Sexy Mama”, and “Jombolo”. He won the Artist of the Year award at The Headies 2013.


In October 2016, Iyanya announced via Instagram that he signed a record deal with Mavin Records after signing a management deal with Temple Management Company months before. He first announced his intentions to leave Made Man Music Group in July 2016.


Awards and nominations


Year Event Prize Recipient Result
2014 City People Entertainment Awards Musician of the Year (Male) Himself Nominated
African Muzik Magazine Awards Best Male West Africa Nominated
Best Dance in a Video “Le Kwa Ukwu” Won
World Music Awards World’s Best Song “Away” Nominated
“Le Kwa Ukwu” Nominated
World’s Best Video Nominated
World’s Best Male Artist Himself Nominated
World’s Best Live Act Nominated
World’s Best Entertainer of The Year Nominated
2013 The Headies Artist of the Year Won
Best R&B/Pop Album Desire Nominated
Album of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Single Ur Waist Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best High Life Video Jombolo
(Iyanya featuring Flavour N’abania)
Best Use of Choreography N/A
Best Use of Visual Effects Sexy Mama
(Iyanya featuring Wizkid)
Soul Train Music Awards Best International Performance “Ur Waist”
(Iyanya featuring Emma Nyra)
Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Male Video Flavour Nominated
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Pop/R&B Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated
Hottest Single of the Year Kukere Won
Ghana Music Awards African Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated
City People Entertainment Awards Musician of the Year (Male) Nominated
Most Popular Song of the Year “Kukere” Nominated
2012 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best Contemporary Afro (Live Beats choice) Nominated
The Headies Best Pop Single Won
Song of the Year Nominated


Source: Wikipedia



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