Hadizah Blell popularly known as Di’Ja is a Nigerian R&B artiste and songwriter. The fast rising Mavin Records signed artiste who is always seen singing alongside other notable artistes like Korede Bello, D’Prince, Reekado Banks, Don Jazzy, Dr SiD and Tiwa Savage, was born on 14 August (year unknown) to a Sierra Leonean father and a Nigerian mother. Her stage name, Di’Ja, is derived from the blending of two names Hadizah and Khadijah. Her mother hails from Zaria, Kaduna State while her father who was a deputy minister in Sierra Leone shares two nationalities: Sierra Leone and Lebanon. No wonder the upcoming Nigerian singer fluently speaks Hausa and Krio. In 2014, after she was signed to Mavin Records, she released a hit single titled ‘Yaro’ in which she code mixed Hausa and Sierra Leonean Krio. Before that time, she had released several other songs when she decided to go professional with her musical career in 2008. Featuring Don Jazzy and the rest of the Mavin Records artistes in 2014, ‘Dorobucci’ was released. In no time, the song shook up the Nigerian Music Industry bursting speakers on stereo of radio stations and shows and events across the country. Today, the gorgeous and brilliant Nigerian singer who holds two different degrees (Biology and Psychology), has been nominated twice for notable awards. When she is not singing, she is engaged with her other passion; fashion designing.
Genre: Afropop, R&B
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No award recorded yet as at the time of writing this biography
(Best New Artiste) 2008 Beat Music Awards
Nominated Best Urban/R&B single, 2009 Canadian Radio Music Awards
Nominated Most Promising Act to Watch, 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards
In January 2015, rumour has it that Di’ja and Tiwa Savage were not on good terms. However, in an interview, Di’Ja debunked the rumour, saying that it was nothing but an attempt to sell a story by all means. She added that she and the award-winning music star are doing great together. She also stated that Mavin Records is like one big family.
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