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Oyenike Laoye-Oturu, professionally referred to as Nikki Laoye, is a Nigerian recording artist, singer, songwriter, dancer and coffee actress, renowned for her eclectic musical expressions and fascinating degree performances. As a recording artist, Laoye’s song has earned her several awards which include The Headies Award in 2013 for fine lady Vocal overall performance and the All African music Awards (AFRIMA) in 2014 for satisfactory girl Artiste in African Inspirational tune. She is also well known for the 2006 hit song never felt this manner before, the 2013 dance unmarried “1-2-3”, the soulful ballad “only You”, which she remixed in 2016 offering Seyi Shay and the affection music Onyeuwaoma providing Banky W.
Her passion for humanitarian activities attracted the eye of the Nigerian country wide fee for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced humans (NCFRMI), who unveiled her as the superstar ‘Voice of Refugees’ in Southwest Nigeria in 2013.
Her musical style is an urban cutting-edge sound with the fusion of opportunity rock, R&B, hip hop, pop, soul, funk, jazz and Gospel.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Laoye hails from the musical lineage of the speaking drum legend – overdue Oba Adetoyese Laoye (from Ede, Osun state-Nigeria) The singer, fondly called, the small one with the large voice, rose to fame in 2006 with the hit unmarried, “by no means Felt This way before” from her debut studio album, Angel 4 existence (2008), which additionally featured other first rate singles, consisting of the Hip-Hop collaboration with Rooftop Mcs and her brother, Rap2Sai – “Taka Sufe”; the affection ballad “a person to love” with R&B crooner Jeremiah Gyang amongst others.
Laoye turned into born in Lagos, Nigeria; the handiest daughter to Prince Olushola Isaac Laoye & Olori Christiana Yetunde Laoye. Laoye bears lines of a mixed historical past as her father, Olushola is of european (Dutch), Ghanaian and Nigerian ancestry. She is sister to 3 brothers: Femi, Bola and Ade, who’s additionally called Xblaze, a budding younger song producer/Hip Hop artist in Lagos, Nigeria.
Enrolled in choirs and dance instructions at the age of 5, Laoye started off her education at Grace youngsters college, Gbagada, Lagos. soon sufficient, she become singled out via her tune instructor, who noticed her music abilties at any such smooth age and individually provided her loose piano instructions on the give up of every school day. Laoye’s musical skills became further stronger at some stage in her high college years at Federal authorities woman’s college, Sagamu (from wherein she graduated in 1998) and on the university of Ibadan respectively as she executed with the school choirs and joined up with track and dance companies inclusive of Exousia, Soul Alliance and the girl group trio, Soul Sistas.
In 1998, Laoye joined the youngsters band of Ikoyi Baptist Church and became added officially to current gospel with the aid of pal and music director, Reginald Bassey and served as a soloist/lead vocalist for multiple years. (Laoye later joined residence on the Rock Church and became a lead vocalist for the choirs in Ibadan and Lagos for over 10 years.
In 2000, a hazard meeting along the hallways of St. Anne’s corridor, a personal woman hostel, at the university of Ibadan brought about the creation of the girl woman organization, Soul Sistas, composed of Laoye, Debola Kester and Aboyowa Tene. The girls met for the duration of an night of tune, amusing and games in their dorm room and struck a chord literally. They began performing collectively, truly for the affection of it and finally took up the name “Soul Sistas” after making a song at a campus fellowship and the Pastor, Dele Osunmakinde (now Pastor of The Baptizing Church, Lagos) remarked cheerfully “these women sing on your soul”. In 2003, The ladies have been joined briefly by using every other girl singer, Funmi Ojo, but again to a trio in the equal 12 months.
together for five years, Soul Sistas have been the best lady a cappella group on the college and had been renowned for his or her soulful harmonies consisting of their rendition of the traditional a cappella song “Your Love is better than existence”. In 2005,The girls went their separate approaches after graduating from the university with Laoye pursuing a solo career and Debola and Aboyowa took up normal jobs. In 2007, the trio lower back to document a remix for his or her hit, “Baba L’oke” for Laoye’s debut album, Angel four existence. In 2010, Debola contested within the Nigerian music reality display, project reputation Season 3 and was one of the very last 10 contestants along Ochuko, Yetunde Omo’badan, Chidinma Ekile (winner).
Laoye began her career as a solo artist in 2006, with the release of her first unmarried, “never Felt this manner earlier than”, produced by means of Nigerian music producer Cobhams. The unmarried enjoyed airplay on mainstream radio stations in Nigeria and gained wide attractiveness across the us of a, therefore making Laoye one of the few present day Christian artists inside the Nigerian tune industry with mainstream appeal. the discharge of her HipHop collaboration single, “Taka Sufe” offering Rooftop Mcs and Rap2Sai similarly endeared her to Nigerian youths and provided a platform of expression for her brother, Xblaze who produced the track. (Xblaze Ade Laoye produced maximum of the songs on Laoye’s debut album as well as her 2013 dance single, “1-2-3”. He turned into a main producer for the West African edition of X-issue, held in Lagos, Nigeria).
In 2008, Laoye followed up with the discharge of her debut album Angel four life— a group of modern-day sounds and a lineup of top Nigerian artists which include Rooftop Mcs, Blaise, Jeremiah Gyang and lots of extra. The singer quickly won notoriety as her singles gradually rose to the number one spot on the Nigerian Chart display for weeks; and she was a major feature on the MTV Base Rockumentary show- increase caution. In 2009, Laoye finished alongside American worldwide gospel artists Kirk Franklin, Cece Winans and Donnie McClurkin to an audience of 500,000 at the 2009 experience live performance in Lagos, Nigeria. Laoye additionally played a theatrical role in the Nigerian-Broadway level play musical, OLURONBI in October 2009[ and was one of the five girl artists at the 2009 Tetmosol lady power excursion, which changed into a nationwide excursion across various states of Nigeria.
the discharge of the unmarried “never Felt This way before” introduced a clean city Christian contemporary sound to the Nigerian track enterprise. This seven-time award nominated track, (2009 Hip Hop international Awards- fine Vocal performance (girl) and HipHop global Revelation (excellent New Artist); Kora Awards-pleasant non secular Artist and quality arrangement; 2009 city people amusement Awards-Musician of the yr (female); the 2009 Nigerian entertainment Awards inside the US -Gospel Artist of the yr & 2009 SoundCity song Video Awards-pleasant woman Video), received major accolades and gave Laoye the score because the 3rd great overall performance at the 2009 HipHop world Awards in Nigeria (Darey artwork Alade and Tuface coming 1st and second respectively, out of the ten performances on the awards).
Laoye changed into the simplest lady contender alongside pinnacle male Nigerian Artists – M.I, Banky W. and Naeto C for the HipHop world Revelation (quality New Artist) class of the 2009 HipHop global Awards.
In 2009, Laoye carried out along Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin to an audience of 500,000 at the revel in concert in Lagos.
Laoye’s music has received crucial acclaim past Africa, as she turned into one of the first three Nigerian artists ever to be interviewed and diagnosed on American amusement channel, wager in 2009 and she was one of the initial judges for wager’s Sunday satisfactory Auditions which held in Lagos, Nigeria in December 2009. In 2011, Laoye’s lifestyles and profession had been showcased in a unique function phase on wager, tagged “bet spotlight – Nikki Laoye”.
In 2013, the singer made a comeback into the tune scene after being on a hiatus following the loss of her father in 2011.
Laoye became commissioned to record her own model of the Nigerian national Anthem for Nigerian tv manufacturer, Mo Abudu’s Ebony lifestyles tv in June 2013. The video is famend as the first legit song video for the Nigerian Anthem. seeing that its launch in June 2013, Laoye has been invited to carry out the anthem for the Presidency in Aso Rock, Abuja and at other legitimate capabilities. As at 2013, she launched the singles “No Be Beans” with Yoruba Hip Hop artist Base One; the dance unmarried “1-2-three”; and the Rotimi Keys produced ballad “simplest You”, a song dedicated to the reminiscence of her past due father, for which she won an award for the first-class Vocal overall performance (girl) on the 2013 Headies Awards in Lagos, Nigeria.
Laoye also lends her vocal signature on radio jingles a number of which include Etisalat’s “0809aija 4 existence”, which featured R&B singer Banky W, MTN’s “everywhere You move” jingle and constancy bank’s “No extra Feeling”. The singer has accomplished film soundtracks for predominant Nollywood productions inclusive of Bent Arrows, where the coronary heart Lies, mission 2 Nowhere and the ensemble film journey to Self
Laoye is also an on-air personality on television and radio. In 2005 she hosted the TV display New Breeze show on Silverbird entertainment television and as of 2013, she hosts her own radio display, girls Rock with Nikki Laoye on Nigerian net gospel radio station Praiseworld Radio. She turned into additionally unveiled as one of the hosts for a gospel truth tv opposition, Stars 4 Christ.
In August 2013, Laoye headlined the Nigerian nook on the Nottinghill Carnival within the united kingdom, an occasion which draws hundreds of Nigerians living throughout the United Kingdom. in the equal 12 months, Laoye went on a church excursion of britain, which took her to London, Manchester, Loughton and Warrington. In September 2013, Laoye finished along R&B legend Mary J. Blige at the “Sisters with Soul” live performance in Lagos, Nigeria.
Laoye headlined the 2014 Headies Awards as well as the tenth Anniversary of the Rhythm Unplugged live performance in December 2014.
In January 2016, Laoye headlined the Butterscotch Evenings event, along American R&B celebrity Brian Mcknight on the Eko lodges and Suites in Lagos, Nigeria. On 12 February 2016, two days to Valentine’s Day, Laoye released a Love duet with Nigerian R&B singer Banky W titled Onyeuwaoma, the music loved rave opinions and the respectable video became released on 14 April 2016
On 11 December 2011, Laoye married Alexander Oturu in Lagos, Nigeria. the 2 separated after six years of marriage because of possible irreconcilable differences. The couple do not have any youngsters collectively.
In December 2010, Laoye based the “Angel four existence foundation”, a non-governmental company through which she mentors and helps broaden the creative talents of gifted physically challenged youths and additionally assists in the control of the music therapy health center of Modupe Cole home for the physically and Mentally Challenged, in Lagos, Nigeria.
In October 2012, Laoye’s Angel four lifestyles basis, in conjunction with the Nigeria affiliation of the Blind (Lagos chapter, Nigeria) celebrated the 2012 worldwide White Cane Day, the event consisted of a Sing for the blind unplugged fund raising gig on the hallways of The fingers shopping center in Lekki with aid from celebrities inclusive of Sammie Okposo, Funke Kuti, Tiwa Savage, Dipp, Lamboginny and Kiki Omeili; a White Cane cognizance stroll and a Lunch Reception to rejoice the achievements and independence of all visually impaired residents of Lagos nation.
On 25 December 2012 and 2013, the inspiration hosted Christmas day trip with Laoye presenting an entire day trips and treats across the city of Lagos for bodily challenged youths. the foundation additionally handles The artwork in Me challenge, an empowerment initiative for creative bodily challenged youths. With the help of a warranty believe financial institution training school set, Angel 4 existence helped to build a completely functional music recording studio for bodily challenged producer, Akeem at Modupe Cole domestic, Yaba, Lagos.
In 2013, Laoye turned into given an honorary 234Giver Award for her advocacy and contribution to the social and educational development of the physically challenged in Nigeria. The award changed into offered by 234Give, Nigeria’s first on line fundraising platform – a company dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations to raise finances for reasons that enhance and uplift their communities.
Laoye’s paintings has earned her numerous award nominations and accolades together with the prestigious KORA Awards, HipHop world Awards (now Headies),Soundcity track Video Awards, town humans amusement Awards, NEA Awards (US), Nigeria song Video Awards (NMVA); Africa Gospel music Awards (uk), Crystal Gospel Awards, Nigeria Gospel tune Awards (NGMA), and a special characteristic on MTVBase improve caution truth television display. She turned into introduced as one of the logo ambassadors for popular wrist watch emblem, Ice Watch, in Nigeria.
On 26 December 2013, Laoye changed into unveiled as the winner of the category of the fine Vocal overall performance (girl) for her soulful ballad “handiest You” in a robust field that protected singers Waje, Niyola, Seyi Shay and Zaina, on the Headies 2013 Award ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria.
In April 2014, Laoye was unveiled as ‘The Voice for Refugees’ in southwest Nigeria, through the national fee for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced folks (NCFRMI). As part of her position as a superstar voice, she has regarded at various occasions prepared by the fee to enlighten most of the people approximately the travails of refugees and internally displaced humans. She has additionally made donations to the reason and achieved at a number of events in guide of the motive.
On 21 may additionally 2014, Laoye became nominated inside the category for the satisfactory Gospel Artiste on the African Muzik magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) 2014. The Award rite held on the Eismann Centre in Dallas, Texas on 26 July 2014. Later that month, Laoye changed into also nominated for first-class Gospel Artiste of the 12 months by the Nigerian enjoyment Awards (NEA).
On 20 July 2014, Laoye picked up the Crystal award for quality Worship music for “best You” at the 2014 Crystal Awards in Lagos, Nigeria. She turned into also nominated for the Artiste of the yr and exceptional lady Vocalist categories at the awards. On 24 August 2014 on the Fairfields hall-Croydon, in London, England, Laoye gained the award for ‘girl Artiste of the 12 months’ at the 2014 Africa Gospel tune Awards (AGMA). She had additionally been nominated for the ‘Artiste of the yr’ (West Africa) on the identical awards.
On 19 August 2015, Laoye became given the Humanitarian of the yr Award by means of the arena desire basis in honor of her humanitarian activities and in commemoration of the 2015 global Humanitarian Day