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Popular Music Artiste: Flavour N’ abania

Chinedu Izuchukwu Okoli well known by his stage name Flavour N’abania or simply Flavour (born 23 November 1983), is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and performer. The popular celebrity began his musical career as a drummer for a local church in his hometown of Enugu State. Flavour is popularly known across Africa and the world for his hit song “Nwa Baby ( Ashawo Remix)”. He is currently signed to 2nite Entertainment.

In 2005, he released his self -titled debut album N’abania. In 2010, Flavour released his second studio album Uplifted. It was supported by the singles ” Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)”, Adamma, and Oyi Remix. The album’s success made Flavour one of Africa’s most sought out artists. Flavour was booked to perform at numerous concerts and social events following Uplifted’s release.

Flavour, who is well known for his ability to sing fluently in the Igbo language was born in Enugu State, Nigeria. His family is originally from Umunze in Orumba South LGA, Anambra State, Nigeria.  Flavour is the first son of a large family of four siblings and seven step-siblings. Flavour began his music career at the age of 13 when he started playing the drums for his church choir in Enugu. The resident pastor at his church introduced him to a friend, Chris I. Ordor, the CEO of SoundCity Communications. Mr Ordor had just started a musical company aimed at training young musicians on the basics of music and nurturing them all the way to a professional level. In 1996, Flavour was invited to join the company on an educational scholarship to study music. After three years of playing the drums, Flavour started playing the drums professionally. In 1999, Flavour moved on from playing the drums and started playing the keyboard. He also used to provide backing vocals for other musicians at SoundCity.

Music career of Flavour

Career beginnings

Flavour is a versatile instrumentalist, capable of playing the drums, piano and guitar. He gleaned this skills professionally while in music school. He was a professional drummer before venturing into singing, playing for city centre Enugu. Through his knowledge of music, he was able to learn music production effortlessly. In 1996, Flavour was invited to join professional music company on an educational scholarship to study music. After three years of playing the drums, Flavour started playing the drums professionally. In 1999, Flavour moved on from playing the drums and started playing the keyboard.

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At the age of 19, Flavour emerged unto Nigeria’s musical scene as a drummer and pianist for a local Enugu band. After learning to play drums professionally, Flavour received an offer to perform at City Centre, Enugu. The massive crowd at City Centre inspired him to gain new grounds and reach great heights. Flavour’s educational background in music enabled him to learn music production from Dekumzy, Isi Charles and Nnachie. Today, he is a songwriter, Singer, dancer and a producer. He has served a little from his traditional high life into contemporary music and he’s not doing badly in that direction. He inspires with his songs and creates a romantic ambience with it.

2005: N’abania

In 2005, Flavour released his debut album N’abania through Obaino Music. The album’s success was relative and limited to Eastern Nigeria, particularly Enugu State. Flavour collaborated with Mr Raw on the album’s lead single titled “N’abania”. The song was recorded at Kingsley Ogoro’s music studio in Lagos, Nigeria.

2010: Uplifted

Following the relative success of his debut album, Flavour released Uplifted in 2010. While working on the album, Flavour believed the album would surpass his previous works. Flavour’s projection came true when the album broke national barriers. Lolhiphop Records, an established record label  in South Africa, released the album after popular demand. The album’s top singles include “Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)”,  “Adamma”, and “Oyi Remix” featuring Tiwa Savage.

2012: Blessed

Blessed was released on 18 October 2012 through 2nite Entertainment and iROCKING LTD. The album is the successor to Uplifted. It is arguably Flavour’s biggest album to date due to the number of producers that worked on it. It was launched on the same day of Flavour’s 2nite Club grand opening. In an interview with iROKTV, Flavour said: “I think I’m growing. This is my third album… Now it’s time to give them the music, like define myself. I have to be more mature with my music, lyrics and instrumentation-wise. I worked with tons of producers and the whole production process made sense.”

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2014: Thankful

Thankful was released in December 2014. With 22 tracks and running for one hour, seventeen minutes, Thankful features hit tracks such as “Ololufe” featuring Chidinma, Flavour tries his hand on a mellow love duet. Potentially, it, Wakeup call feat. Wande Coal, The slow and breezy “Wiser” featuring Phyno and M.I, Golibe is the Igbo love ballad.

2017: Ijele – The Traveler

Ijele The Traveller is the latest album released in 2017. It contains 17 tracks – including a track featuring a blind Sierra Leonean fan.

Family Life

Flavour is the first son of a large family consisting of four siblings and seven step-siblings. Flavour currently dwells in Lagos, Nigeria. Flavour’s family wasn’t very fond of his musical ambitions; they often dismissed it as a pipe dream. His mother, in particular, believed that his musical ambitions wouldn’t amount to anything. He is still a single man and not yet hooked up but a father as he has a daughter with Sandra Okagbue named Gabrielle and another with Ex-beauty queen and actress Anna Ebiere Banner named Sophia.

Discography

  • N’abania (2005)
  • Uplifted (2010)
  • Blessed (2012)
  • Thankful (2014)
  • Ijele – The Traveller (2017)

Singles

Year Title Album
2016 Zoro as featured artiste N/A
2016 Champion N/A
2010 My Woman is Gone Uplifted
2005 N’abania N ‘abania

Videography

Year Title Album Director
2011 Adamma Uplifted God Father Production
Oyi Remix Uplifted God Father Production
2012 Kwarikwa featuring Fally Ipupa Blessed Master Kraft
2012 Baby oku Blessed Selebobo
2012 Shake Blessed Godfather Productions
2013 Chinny Baby Blessed Masterkraft
2013 Ada Ada Blessed Clarence Peters
2014 Ikwokrikwo Blessed Masterkraft
2014 Black is Beautiful Blessed
2014 Wake up featuring Wande Coal Thankful Clarence Peters
2014 Gollibe Thankful
2015 Ololufe featuring Chidinma Thankful Godfather Productions
2015 Sexy Rosey featuring P-Square Thankful Godfather Productions
2016 Champion N/A Godfather Productions

Awards and Nominations

Year Event Prize Recipient Result
2014 Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Afro Pop “Ada Ada” Nominated
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Indigenous Artist of the Year Himself Nominated
Best Album of the year  Blessed Nominated
Best Music Video of the year (Artist & Director) “Oh! Baby (You & I)”
(Chidinma featuring Flavour N’abania)
Nominated
Best Collaboration Nominated
African Muzik Magazine Awards Best Male West Africa Himself Nominated
Best Traditional Artist Won
Best Video of the Year “Ada Ada” Won
City People Entertainment Awards Musician Of The Year (Male) Himself Nominated
Best Collabo of the Year “Oh! Baby (You & I)”
(Chidinma featuring Flavour N’abania)
Nominated
Video of the Year “Ada Ada” Won
MTV Africa Music Awards Best Live Act Himself Won
Ghana Music Awards African Artiste of the Year Nominated
2013 The Headies Artiste of the Year Nominated
Album of the year Blessed Nominated
Best R&B/Pop Album Nominated
Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Video of the Year “Ada Ada” Won
Best High Life Video Won
Best Indigenous Concept Won
Best use of costumes Won
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Indigenous Artist/Group Himself Nominated
Ghana Music Awards African Artiste of the Year Nominated
City People Entertainment Awards Musician of the Year (Male) Nominated
Best Collabo of the Year “Give it to Me”
(Kcee featuring Flavour N’abania)
Won
2012 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best Highlife “Kwarikwa”
(featuring M-Jay, Wage G.Jay Dey, Elense)
Nominated
Channel O Music Video Awards Best R&B Video “Oyi Remix”
(featuring Tiwa Savage )
Won
The Headies Best Collabo “Orobo”
(Sound Sultan featuring Excel and Flavour)
Won
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Indigenous Artist/Group Himself Won
2011 Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Afro-Pop Video “Nwa Baby ( Ashawo Remix) Nominated
Most Gifted African West Video Nominated
Hip Hop World Awards (The Headies) Best R&B Single “Oyi Remix”
(featuring Tiwa Savage)
Nominated
Best Collabo “Number One”
(M.I featuring Flavour N’abania)
Won
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best High Life Video “Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)” Nominated
2010 Ghana Music Awards African Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated
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Net Worth

The popular celebrity is estimated to be worth $28,000,000.00. His source of wealth is his music and record label. Flavour is an owner of various cars and houses in Nigeria.

 

 

 

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