Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Babatunde Okungbowa, was born on 4 July, 1966, he was popularly known by his stage name OJB Jezreel or OJB, was a Nigerian singer-songwriter and record producer. He was born in Lagos to Chief Anthony Okungbowa & Isabella Abiodun Okungbowa (Nee Pinheiro) in a matrimony that produced 5 others. He was the last child of his mum. He died on June 14, 2016 of kidney disease.
OJB attended Yewande Memorial Primary School & Mainland Preparatory Elementary School between 1972 – 1977. He is graduate of Federal Government College, Ijanikin set of 1986 where he organized a music concert while he was a student of the school.
He furthered his education at Lagos College of Education and Liter-way College, Holland, Year 1987-1990. However, in true pursuit of his passion and a real career, he decided to follow his path in life as an artiste/music producer.
For the prolific producer, music started back in 1986. Babatunde started making beats in back room studios, first in his Surulere neighborhood and later in other parts of Lagos city.
Jezreel was a seasoned producer and a great musician. Over the years, he has produced some of the greatest hit albums and singles in the history of R&B hip-hop music in the entertainment scene in Africa.
He worked with 2face Idibia which is the greatest thing that came out of Africa to the world. Jezreel single handedly produced ‘Face 2 Face’, the album that contained tracks like African Queen that took 2face to another level. He has worked with Beenie Man, a Jamaican American-based musician.
He produced artistes like RuggedMan re-establishing rap music to gain its ground in Nigeria. He also produced Jazzman Olofin, Weird MC, Paul Ik Dairo, Daddy Showkey, Sir Shina Peters, Olu Maintain and the likes of them.
He is one of the greatest vocalists and by virtue of years of experience as a producer he has been able to impact his gathered knowledge into his style of music thereby making him Mr. Versatile in his last album ‘No Drama’ with great hit songs like ‘Searching’ and ‘Pretete’ which created so much impact that it sold close to one million copies in less than 4 weeks without the push and promotion of a record label. If you call OJB Mr. Versatile, he really is.