Iyanya Artiste Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk Nigeria
Winner of the 2008 MTN project fame show, Iyanya is one of Nigeria’s music stars. Fortune smiled superfluously at him after the release of his single entitled “Kukere” and since then his name continued to grow.
Born in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria., Iyanya lost his parent in 2008.Talking about how his child hood looked like, Iyanya made it known that his mother was a disciplinarian and was perfectly matched for his own good with a gentle father, who was apparently more lenient.
Iyanya used to sing in his church’s choir and was the choir master for the children’s choir at age. He completed his primary, secondary, and university education in Calabar and holds a degree in Business Management from the University of Calabar.
He started music gradually first singing karaoke in a local bar of a hotel he managed and developed his vocal prowess on this platform. According to him, he was motivated to pursue music professionally after watching the celebrity lifestyle of 2baba and Olu Maintain and has Craig David and Kelly as his role models in the field of music. It is interesting to also know that Iyanya started as a rapper, going by the name “Lofty.
After winning MTN’s Project Fame, Iyanya began recording his debut album entitled My Story released under CN Media Imprint. The album showed Iyanya’s versatility as an R&B artist, particularly on the self-titled track “Iyanya” and “Love Truly”.However, the album did not really perform as expected due to issues with promotion and distribution.
He did kukere in 2012 to promote the Etighi dance common among the people of Calabar his hometown. This single really did a lot in what the star has achieved today. It recorded massive global success. Iyanya went ahead to release another banger, which he called, “Ur Waist”.
He has bagged much recognition and acquired a few endorsements. He was made the ambassador for solo phones in October 2013, also in the same year sealed a deal with Zinox computers. Some of his other achievements include:
African Muzik Magazine Awards 2014 – Best Dance in a Video. Lekwa Ukwu
The Headies 2014 – Artiste of the year
Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2013 – Hottest Single of the Year – Kukere
The Headies 2012 – Best POP Single – Kukere