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Eni sexy.. yoruba girl toh sure..Eniola Akinbo popularly known as Niyola

discovered her affinity for music at age 8

when she attended a Funmi Adams concert with her father. Soon, she started

developing interest in singing; deciding later that year, to do a song at the annual

church convention.

Her father who’s a music enthusiast and vocalist groomed her for the convention

together with her brother and sister who also had love for music. After that

performance, little Eniola went home with gifts and envelopes from people who had

confessed that she had an amazing talent. From then on she recognised her talent

and started nurturing her musical skills while creating music that her older ones

listened to.

Niyola’s unique story started in 2000 when she took part in the AMEN starlet

competition and emerged first runner up – meeting with the then “Plantashun boys’’

who invited her to do a duet with the group (she ended up recording with Faze as the

group would soon split).

She later joined Trybe records briefly; leaving to jump start ‘’Make sum noise

‘’entertainment a production outfit owned by Freestyle of TRYBESMEN. She released

her first singles Me n U (in da club) No more and Dem say on the imprint.

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After the release of the singles, it wasn’t long before she got signed to Westside

Music (where she released her eponymous debut album containing the smash hits

Bring it on and Call my name). The album got two nominations that year at the Hip

hop world awards. She also signed a management deal with Now muzik.

Niyola has performed at major events like the Akon concert in Lagos, Calabar festival

in Cross Rivers, Yhello Festival alongside Sasha, and toured with CELTEL (now Airtel)

in 2008. She also took part in the first girl power Tetmosol project amongst many

others. In 2009, she took part in the OVATION RED CAROL theme song.

With influences like Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Rachelle Ferelle and Beyonce,

Niyola’s vocal strength has brought about collaborations with Ruggedman on” If I

could do it’’, “ If you want my love” with Freestyle, ‘’All my days ‘’, “Leaders of tomorrow

‘’with Sasha amongst many others.

She’s also written soundtracks for movies in her dialect Yoruba like FEYIPITAN, OGIDI

OMO ABANIDARO amongst many others. In 2007 she wrote the theme song for 2FACE

IDIBIA’s 2nd album concert and also did jingles for Coca Cola and a few other

international brands.

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As an undergraduate in the University of Lagos, and an apostle of travel and tourism,

Niyola combined her studies with her music; building up a strong profile as a

musician to reckon with, while earning her first degree.

Following the successful release of her first independent single TURN ME ON in

December 2010, the singer has now gone on to release her hot new single titled

UNPREDICTABLE (featuring Skales and produced by Ex O). UNPREDICTABLE was

written with Ex O and is a translation of Niyola’s personal experiences, as is her

forthcoming album.

Niyola recently got signed to Empire Mates Entertainment and was featured on

several tracks on the EME Empire Mates State of Mind album alongside leading

Nigerian acts, Wizkid, Banky W and Skales; including her debut single as the EME

1st lady, titled ‘Don’t Go There.

Eni baby, if you’re reading this, hope to meet you someday… love..

your biggest fan

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