Niyola real/full name is Eniola Akinbo born December 9, 1985, in Lagos and she
hail from Ilesha in Osun state
is a Nigerian Female recording artist, singer, songwriter and performer signed to
Empire Mates Entertainment(EME) owned by Banky W, former record house to wizkid and skales
Born on the 9th of December in Lagos Nigeria and hailing from Ilesha
in Osun state, the last born of a conservative Christian family of ten,
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.
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 started her music professionally in 2000, when she emerged runner up at the
Amen Starlet Competition. In 2005, Niyola began her professional music
career and was briefly affiliated with eLDee’s
Trybe’s Records, following that she put pen to paper on a production
deal with Freestyle’s Make Sum Noise Entertainment. Niyola’s first three
singles; Me n U (In da club), No more and Dem say were released under
Music career and breakthrough single
Niyola was signed to Empire Mates Entertainment in 2012 as the first lady in the house.
On 22 May 2013 Niyola released her first single, “Toh Bad”, under the Empire Mates Entertainment label
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.
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.
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.
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.